Don't Blink: Stories You May Have Missed in the Age of Information Overload

I read a lot of news, current affairs, politics, science and technology, arts and culture, etc., I read blogs, listen to podcasts and watch video. I share a lot of what I find on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Linked In, Tumblr and Pinterest. It is far more than I could ever keep up with if I were trying to post it here though and far more than you'd have time to read. So, Don't Blink is going to become a regular roundup of things that I've found, for people who like things. I will try to skip over the obvious headlines that you've likely already heard and focus instead on smaller and/or less well publicized stories, insightful commentary, and the odd and unusual.

Foreign Policy Magazine is wondering whether Nate Silver like statistical models can be used to predict events in international politics.

Meanwhile, prominent US Republicans have begun jockeying for position ahead of the 2016 Presidential race.

In Canada emails have emerged that show that Elections Canada raised concerns about robocalls and voter suppression during the election. According to the Ottawa Citizen "The emails, released under the Access to Information Act, show that voters in ridings across Canada believed they had been misled by Conservative callers."

As Greece continues to descend into chaos, neo-Nazi groups are on the rise and people involved in a play which depicts a gay Jesus are being charged with blasphemy. Was Jesus gay? Of course he wasn't because there was never any such person at all.

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny 'bio-bots' powered by a thin layer of rat heart cells. This is just the first in a series of experiments where tiny robots are given specific abilities by infusing them with specific cells. The ultimate goal is to get the tiny robots to perform functions that only something very small could do, like locating and neutralizing specific toxins.

In other science news, you may have trouble doing math when you're awake but, according to scientific American, you can do it in your sleep.

You may also want to check out Popular Science for emerging technologies that will one day change the stuff the world is made of, literally.

By now you've heard that Hostess, makers of Twinkies and Wonderbread is going out of business. No one can cover a story like that quite like the World Weekly News though.

In Ecuador a donkey has been rejected as a candidate by the city of Guayaquil despite protesters arguments that other jackasses had entered the race.

Have you ever made paper snowflakes? Ok, but have you ever made Star Wars paper snowflakes?

Has PETA been practicing genetic modification? The bite of a tick in the United States is now thought to cause severe allergic reactions to meat.

Finally, for this round, space has been called the 'final frontier' but an estimated two-thirds of deep ocean species remain unidentified. Let's hope we get to meet them before companies like BP and Shell kill them all off.

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