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5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn’t Learn In Social Studies: A Short Guide To ‘The Half Has Never Been Told’

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Edward Baptist’s new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism”, drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners.

What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that “The Half Has Never Been Told” is quite a gripping read. Baptist weaves deftly between analysis of economic data and narrative prose to paint a picture of American slavery that is pretty different from what you may have learned in high school Social Studies class.

The whole thing is well worth reading in full. Baptist positions his book in opposition to textbooks that present slavery like a distant aberration of American history, cramming 250 years into a few chapters in a way “that cuts the beating heart out of the story.” To counter that image of history, Baptist devotes much of the book to depicting the lived experience of enslavement in a way that’s vivid and immediate.

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King Tut Had A Club Foot And Other Deformities, New ‘Autopsy’ Shows

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An international team of researchers studying King Tutankhamun are reporting some surprising new discoveries about the ancient boy king.

The scientists say that a ‘virtual autopsy’ of Tut — essentially a close analysis of a life-size image of the king made from more than 2,000 CT scans of his mummified remains — shows that he had buck teeth and a club foot as well as a girlish figure.

The findings, featured in a new BBC One documentary entitled “Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered,” suggest a new explanation for King Tut’s mysterious death.

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Here’s ‘All About That Bass’ Sung By An Actual Bass Vocalist

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Singer Avi Kaplan of famed a cappella group Pentatonix really is “All About That Bass” in his cover of Meghan Trainor’s hit single.

No treble.

Watch Kaplan perform the song in his extremely deep voice, accompanied by singers Mario Jose and Naomi Samilton.

The hamburgers and piles of fries in front of the group might make you extra hungry… for more bass.

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Craig Spencer Tests Positive For Ebola In New York City

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A New York City doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the disease on Thursday.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, reported a fever of 100.3 degrees and gastrointestinal problems Thursday morning, both symptoms of Ebola. He was then transported to Bellevue Hospital in an ambulance staffed by a “specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment,” according to a statement from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Tests conducted at the hospital revealed that he had the virus.

Spencer is the only case of Ebola in the city of more than 8 million. He is now the fourth person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the viral disease.

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Blackout Buddy H2O Is An Emergency Light That Only Needs Water To Run

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Emergency flashlights have always been a necessity for everyone. But by the time you actually need to use them, the batteries have died. Eton’s new Blackout Buddy H2O, is the answer to such problems. A product that will still work after sitting for up to 10 years, according to reports. And to turn it on, you just have to add water to it.

The latest member of the blackout Buddy line features a magnesium Oxide battery, which starts providing current to the light’s three LEDs when exposed to H2O. For the initial startup, you have to dip it in a small amount of water. Or just pour water into the battery compartment. After that it will continuously work for 72 hours and may the light start to dim, you’ll just have to add some more water.

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Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts For Blackwater Guards

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Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

The men claimed self-defense, but federal prosecutors argued that they had shown “a grave indifference” to the carnage their actions would cause. All four were ordered immediately to jail.

Their lawyers are promising to file appeals. The judge did not immediately set a sentencing date.

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Blood sugar testing goes wireless, painless for diabetes patients

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Now that is cool: Testing your sugar without needles and without blood droplets.

In Europe, the medical company Abbott has just released its FreeStyle Libre system, which may usher in a revolution in diabetes care. And both doctors and patients can’t wait.

Prabahar Gopalakrishnan, 26, is a type 1 diabetic who has taken daily insulin injections since the age of seven. “I’ve probably pricked my fingers almost 15,000 times so far,” he tells me.

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