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    Monday, March 25th, 2013
    8:56 pm
    ‘My Amityville Horror,’ a Haunting Documentary
    Previously penny stock egghead internal Ford documents conflict with the finding penny stock egghead review only tires were to blame and call into question federal agency's decision not to open a full investigation into Explorer accidents.
    Disagreements over how Congress should proceed on ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy are dividing gay rights groups

    as lawmakers are trying to determine how to proceed on the issue. The schism could rip apart a year-long effort to end the

    Pentagon's ban on gay men and lesbians openThe Supreme Court on

    Tuesday ruled unanimously that a group of stockholders may proceed with its lawsuit against the makers of the nasal spray cold remedy Zicam, saying the manufacturer should

    have disclosed that some who used the product lost their sense of smell. In a new show, the Museum of Modern Art taps its own collection to offer a revised definition of design.
    Three MIT faculty are among 21 mathematicians, theoretical physicists and theoretical computer scientists who have

    been selected by the Simons Foundation as Simons Investigators.The
    MIT recipients are Shafi Goldwasser, professor of computer science and engineering; Alice Guionnet, who will join MIT in September as a professor of mathematics; and Paul Seidel, professor of mathematics.Simons Investigators receive $100,000 annually to support their research. The support is for an initial period of five years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional five years.
    The goal of the program is to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists in their most productive years, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental

    questions.Goldwasser
    has had tremendous impact on the

    development of cryptography and complexity theory.
    She has created rigorous definitions and constructions

    of well-known primitives such as encryption schemes (both public- and private-key versions) and digital signatures, as well as brand-new ones that she invented: zero-knowledge interactive proof systems. Goldwasser suggested efficient probabilistic primality testers as a means of recognizing (and generating) prime numbers, addressing an algorithmic problem of great significance; these output short proofs of primality, based on the theory of elliptic curves.
    Continuing her work on interactive proofs, she suggested the notion of two-prover systems, which have turned out to be important in complexity theory.
    In recent work, Goldwasser has adapted ideas from interactive proofs to show how a client can delegate computation to a not-so-trusted server and verify that the computation of the server is correct. She showed that this technique is applicable to a rich class of computational problems.Guionnet’s
    work on large deviations for spectra of random matrices has extended the large deviation principle to the context of Dan-Virgil Voiculescu’s free probability theory. In a series of works with Thierry Cabanal-Duvillard, Mireille Capitaine

    and

    Philippe Biane, she proved various large-deviation bounds in this more

    general setting.
    These bounds enabled her to prove an inequality between the two notions of free entropy given by Voiculescu, settling half of the most important question in the field.
    With her former students Mylène

    Maïda and Édouard Maurel-Segala, and more recently with Vaughan Jones and Dimitri Shlyakhtenko, Guionnet has studied statistical mechanics on random graphs through multi-matrix models. This work on the general Potts models on random graphs branches out in promising directions of operator algebra theory.
    Guionnet has also done work on statistical mechanics of disordered systems (and in particular the dynamics and aging of spin glasses), random matrices (with an emphasis on the combinatorics of maps) and operator algebra.Seidel has done major work on the border of symplectic and algebraic geometry. His work is distinguished by an understanding of very abstract algebraic constructs (such as derived twisted categories) in sufficiently concrete terms to derive results about the analytic/geometric objects at the basis of symplectic geometry. In this way Seidel has made substantial advances towards proving Maxim Kontsevich’s homological

    mirror symmetry conjecture, actually proving the conjecture in several special cases. Jointly with Ivan Smith, Seidel constructed the first deformationally non-standard examples of Stein complex structures on a Euclidean space.
    With his former student Mohammed Abouzaid, he has developed this into a powerful technique to construct infinitely many examples of non-symplectomorphic Stein structures on a any smooth manifold of dimension greater than four.
    Emerson Etem had his first NHL goal and an assist, defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored two goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3

    Monday night for their 12th consecutive home victory.
    The Local Living school columnist doesn't have any school-age children

    living with him, so he has no clue how to enrich their educations during

    the holidays. On orders from his editor, he checked with educators throughout the region and found some great ideas.
    Analysts say uprising will be forced to retreat absent foreign
    8:54 pm
    On Pro Basketball: Miami Heat Are on a Path of Little Resistance
    My sister's wedding penny stock egghead six months away.
    Like most google sniper review she wants to be in top shape when she says "I do." But like any budget-strapped young professional, she doesn't want to pay to get there.
    No $100-a-month gym membership.
    No $50-an-hour personal training sessions. In the grand scheme of wedding expenditures, we decided, this part would be free.
    It is bad – enabling federal prosecutors' harassment of Aaron Swartz. But America's copyright regime is an even greater threatIs the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act the "worst law in technology", as Columbia Law School's Tim Wu calls the statute? I think there are worse laws for the technology industry and its customers, but the CFAA is more than bad enough – a vague, outdated and Draconian law, abused by the government in several high-profile cases – to have spurred calls for repeal.As
    Wu and many others (including me) have pointed out over the years, the vagueness of the CFAA has given prosecutors a tool that should

    worry everyone. This is because the government contends that the statute's ban on "unauthorized access" to someone else's computer is a felony, period, with potential penalties you'd associate with serious violent crime.The
    late Aaron Swartz has been the highest-profile target of overreaching federal prosecutors relying in large part on the CFAA, in a case where he downloaded hundreds of thousands of academic papers from an organization that didn't want him prosecuted and ultimately decided to make the material

    freely available. There's little question that his suicide was spurred, in part, by the government's escalating threats, made possible thanks

    to prosecutors' ability to use the CFAA as sledgehammer.But he wasn't the first. The Bush administration relied on the CFAA to

    prosecute the easy-to-dislike

    Lori Drew, who was among several people who created a bogus MySpace account of a fictitious teenaged boy who wooed and rejected the daughter of Drew's neighbor in suburban St Louis. The girl killed herself.

    When Missouri prosecutors said they had no relevant state law to prosecute Drew and her admittedly heartless helpers in this scheme, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles hauled Drew there to face charges under the CFAA.The
    case boiled down to Drew's misstatements in her MySpace profile. (Shamefully, MySpace supported the prosecution.) The jury convicted Drew of one charge, but the judge in the case wisely overturned it, pointing out that the government would have made everyone who's ever violated a "terms of service" agreement, no matter how minor the violation, at risk for criminal charges.The threat of this law is not just from government prosecution. It's been stretched widely in civil cases, as well.
    Wu says the way to fix this intolerable situation is to persuade President Obama to fix it:"The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is egregiously over-broad in a way that has clearly imposed on the rights and liberties of Americans. With just one speech, the president can set things right."But

    no, he can't. At least, not in a way we could trust.First,
    presidential dispensation is useful, but it's not remotely permanent. White House occupants change. A more authoritarian chief executive than Obama won't be bound by what he does.Presidents also change, or their positions do. That's the second big problem with Wu's suggestion: wishful

    thinking. Obama's record on civil liberties and executive power is simply abysmal – worse than George W Bush's in many ways, and better in only a few (such as gay rights).Obama's
    Justice Department has made clear it believes the CFAA gives it the power to go after anyone. That includes you and me, assuming you've ever violated a terms of service in any way, as you undoubtedly have done.Banana
    republics have lots of laws designed to be widely broken, providing leverage for prosecution of people either not liked by the government or who do otherwise legal things that annoy the leaders. So, even though you and I are exceedingly unlikely to become targets of the CFAA, we could be – and that's why the law is intolerable as it stands.Wu
    doubts, fairly, that this Congress in particular can be persuaded to

    act on almost anything. And it's no exaggeration to say that lawmakers are terrified in general of doing anything that might cause them to be accused of being soft on crime. But like it or not,

    this is ultimately an issue for Congress, which writes the laws.The
    lawmakers' tendency to favor vagueness has some merit – it gives the people who carry out enforcement and make regulations the ability to adjust to changing circumstances – but in cases like this, where the abuse by the executive branch is blatant, Congress should take the risk of doing its job.
    Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, has proposed an "Aaron's Law" that would help redress the current imbalance. Reforming CFAA is also an issue for the press – or would be, if we had more journalists who took seriously their duty to hold power accountable. Journalists in aggregate have two problems with this law: a superficial understanding, at best, and an ongoing deference to government positions on

    criminal justice

    and security. Even when journalists are directly threatened by overreaching, as they are in the WikiLeaks case, they still demonstrate a reluctance to take a stand.If enough news organizations put the Obama civil liberties record under the spotlight it deserves, perhaps the American people would care more about what they're losing.
    Or maybe, we're willing to live in a more banana-like republic all the time; but I hope not.I said earlier that the CFAA, bad as it is, isn't the worst law relating to technology. At least one, by my reckoning, is worse: the increasingly harsh copyright regime that has already turned countless millions of Americans into lawbreakers and deterred countless innovators.Copyright
    in America started life

    in the US

    constitution as a

    way to promote innovation by giving creators of works strong rights for limited periods.
    It has metastasized into a system that has

    perverts the founders' intent and given giant corporations overwhelming – and increasing – power over not just entertainment but everything that contains information, including software, which

    is now part of almost everything.In
    a rare defeat for the Copyright Cartel, the supreme court has upheld the "first sale doctrine" – the principle that once you buy a book or CD, you can resell it – in a closely watched case. The court's rationale was that Congress didn't mean to create a different standard for works bought overseas as opposed to ones bought in the US.
    But the same court also just refused to hear an appeal of

    a Minnesota woman who's been ordered to pay more than

    $220,000 for downloading two-dozen songs – a testament to Congress' gift to Hollywood and its allies in the form of absurdly stiff penalties for minor infringement.In the end, people who want change in bad laws have to work for it. This is doubly hard given Congress' pay-to-play system of legal bribery, where dollars translate into votes. Maybe that will have to change first, as the "United Re:Public" coalition says, but we need to get started or get used to a system that puts everyone at risk. We could begin by calling our legislators and insist they get behind "Aaron's Law".US
    constitution and civil libertiesIntellectual propertyInternetCensorshipUS supreme courtUS CongressAaron SwartzDan Gillmorguardian.co.uk
    © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.
    | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More FeedsWith the world's energy needs growing rapidly, can zero-carbon energy options be scaled up enough

    to make a significant difference? How much of a dent can these alternatives make in the world's total energy usage over the next half-century? As the MIT Energy Initiative approaches its fifth anniversary next month, this five-part series takes a broad view of the likely scalable energy candidates.Of all the zero-carbon energy sources available, wind power is the only one that's truly cost-competitive today: A 2006 report by the U.S.
    Energy Information Administration

    put the total cost for wind-produced electricity at an average

    of $55.80 per megawatt-hour, compared to $53.10
    for coal, $52.50 for natural gas and $59.30
    for nuclear power.As
    a result, wind turbines are being deployed rapidly in many parts of the United States and around the world. And because of wind's proven record and its immediate and widespread

    availability, it's an energy source that's seen as having the potential to grow very rapidly.
    "Wind is probably one of the most significant renewable energy sources, simply because the technology is mature," says Paul Sclavounos, an MIT professor of mechanical engineering and naval architecture. "There is no technological risk."Globally, 2 percent of electricity now comes from wind, and in some places the rate is much higher: Denmark, the present world leader, gets more than 19 percent of its electricity from wind, and is aiming to boost that number to 50 percent. Some experts estimate wind power could account for 10 to 20 percent of world electricity generation over the next few decades.
    DOHA, Qatar — Qatar, which has provided weapons to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, gently lectured visiting Secretary of State John F.
    Kerry on Tuesday about American reluctance to become more involved in the two-year civil war that has killed more than 70,000. Read full article >> A tale of marital meltdown has Hollywood hot under the collar and is up for its first literary award – and deservedly soIt's a pretty impressive comeback: less than five years after the financial crisis brought Gillian Flynn's decade-long career at Entertainment Weekly to a close, she has hit the jackpot. Gone Girl, published in the US

    in June 2012 and out in paperback in the UK at the beginning of this year, has now sold more than 2m copies throughout the world – 300,000 of them over here. It stormed the New York Times bestseller list and the film version is set to be produced by Reese Witherspoon; it will feature in this spring's Richard & Judy Book Club and, less predictably,

    last week saw its inclusion on the Women's prize for fiction longlist, where Flynn is keeping Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith and AM Homes company. As she might tell her former employers, that's entertainment.Why is it so popular? Well: the straightforward answer is that it's pretty gripping. It immerses you almost instantly in a mystery – the disappearance of Amy Dunne, a woman in her late 30s who has

    left New York to accompany her husband Nick back

    to his native Missouri.
    A picture of marital disharmony is rapidly conjured up: the couple have both lost their jobs as magazine journalists and now live in a soulless, rented mansion, courtesy of Amy's trust fund.
    While Nick goes out every day to work in the bar that he and his twin sister have bought – once again with Amy's money – she struggles to fill her days.
    More deeply rooted problems hover in the background.
    Nick can't stand his cruel father, parked in a nearby care home; Amy loves her parents, but might have preferred them not to base a phenomenally bestselling series of children's books on their only daughter – or, at least, an idealised version of her.And then, on their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears.
    Crucially, she doesn't simply walk out of her life: mayhem at the mansion suggests a more brutal scenario and brings the cops running. And with that, we're off.But what's really ingenious about Gone Girl is its structure: Amy and Nick take turns narrating events, but not from the same point in time. While Nick charts life from the moment of Amy's vanishing, she fills in their relationship from the very beginning, painting a picture of a couple so ludicrously, impossibly golden that we begin to smell a rat almost immediately. If things

    were so great then, we wonder, how can they be so crappy now? Could Amy possibly be embroidering reality? And when is she writing all this, anyway? Where on earth is

    she?Flynn's coup de grace is to provide us with not one but two unreliable narrators. Just as Amy is sugar-coating the past, so Nick is being economical with the truth of the present day; we know he's lying to the police because he tells us so, but he doesn't tell us what he's hiding, or why.It's
    clever stuff, and pacily written, with some deft touches – I loved the horrible truth of a couple who founder because he can't decode the romantic

    treasure hunts she constructs to demonstrate how close they are. And that might be the key to

    its success: lots of thrillers take place in families or marriages, but few are so

    adept at inhabiting two genres at once. More usually, you find yourself racing through the personal relationships to get back to the mystery, or shrugging off the whodunnit element because the characters are so engaging.
    Or, even worse, feeling that the author wanted to do the same.
    Gone Girl manages, somehow, to convince you that it can be more than one book at the same time. Whether that's enough to secure its further passage in the Women's prize for fiction, where it will come up against the irritatingly persistent question of what constitutes a "literary novel",

    is another matter.ThrillersFictionWomen's
    prize for fictionWomen's prize for fiction 2013Reese WitherspoonFilm adaptationsAwards and prizesAlex Clarkguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds United Airlines is planning a major purchase of new airplanes in the next few years, a sign that corporate America may once again be developing an appetite for new investment. The House passed a 90-day extension of key provisions of the USA Patriot Act counterterrorism surveillance law on Thursday, sending the measure to President Obama for his signature. Rand Paul has had a very good 2013, and he has been fairly explicit about his potential interest in running for president.
    Yet, oddsmakers continue to view him as a long
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    Tennis Player Learned the Hard Way About Banned Ingredient
    The Supreme Court heard google sniper Tuesday on whether a drug maker penny stock egghead be held responsible for severe injuries caused by its generic pain pill. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's

    Marc Goldwein takes your questions about the proposed federal budget, which will be announced Monday, Feb. 14.It sounded like a good call.
    To combat organized crime, especially the phenomenon known as "virtual kidnapping," the Mexican government ordered the owners of every cellphone in the country to register their names, numbers and addresses. LA PAZ, BOLIVIA -- Leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales said Saturday that he has nationalized four power companies, including a subsidiary of France's GDF Suez, in his drive to tighten state control over the impoverished economy.

    A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 15, 2006 (download PDF).
    For more than 25 years, Paul Brenner led nonprofit hospice organizations.
    Yet when his health faltered, choosing to become a hospice patient himself proved unexpectedly difficult. As the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2013 launches, former

    Guardian science editor Tim Radford explains his approach to writing, and why journalists should be careful not to take science too seriouslyTim Radford As war clouds gathered over Libya on Friday, the U.S.
    commander in chief and his defense secretary were each preparing to leave Washington to visit places far removed from any military
    8:51 pm
    What some call cheating can help learning
    More than 200 companies google sniper signed on to a penny stock egghead review brief calling for the Supreme Court to overturn part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Nasa mission controllers will put Curiosity through basic moves in cautious return

    to active service after it went into safe modeNasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.The
    $2.5bn
    rover went into a precautionary "safe mode" on Sunday, when a command file failed a check by protective software on board the mobile science laboratory.Richard Cook, at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the fix was "a very straightforward matter to deal with" and was resolved by deleting the offending file.
    He said engineers knew how to prevent the glitch from happening

    again.The
    rover has two computers it can switch between: the main A side, and

    a B side that acts as a backup. The latest computer problem arose when the rover was operating on the B side after an

    unrelated memory fault knocked out its A side.Nasa mission controllers will now put the rover through some basic moves, including a test of its robotic arm, to check the computer is working properly. Information on the arm's position has now been

    sent to the B-side computer.The
    cautious return to active service

    is expected

    to take a few days.
    "We expect to get back to sample analysis science by the end of the week," said Jennifer Trosper, Curiosity's mission manager.A four-week moratorium on sending commands to the rover begins on 4 April when Mars passes behind the sun from Earth's perspective. The move is a precaution against interference from the sun that might corrupt signals being sent to the rover.Curiosity touched down on Mars in August last year after an audacious entry and landing that

    saw Nasa's largest rover yet winched to the ground from a "skycrane" hovering on rockets overhead.The rover has spent its time on the red planet exploring the huge Gale crater, where it has found evidence of an ancient watery habitat that may have been hospitable to microbial life.The rover was not sent to Mars to look for life, but signs that the planet might once have supported life. Earlier this month, Nasa scientists revealed that rock samples drilled from the Yellowknife Bay area of Gale Crater

    contained clay minerals that had formed in a watery environment, along with other chemicals that can be used by living organisms, such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, phosphorus

    and

    nitrogen.Speaking
    to reporters at the time, Michael Meyer, a

    lead scientist on Nasa's Mars Exploration Programme, said: "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment.
    From what we know now, the answer is yes."MarsCuriosity roverNasaSpaceComputingUnited StatesIan Sampleguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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    Avishai’s 2011 article on paths to peace for Israel and the Palestinians. U.S.
    stocks fell for a fourth straight

    week, the longest streak since July, as concern grew that widening budget deficits in Europe will slow the economic recovery.
    A 167-point rally in the Dow Jones industrial average during the final hour of trading Friday failed

    to erase losses. Luke Scott didn't have the

    breakout season he was looking for last year when he joined the Tampa Bay Rays.
    Q. A water line burst in our home and created a significant leak. We were home and able to contain most of the water, but quite a bit got through the floor, ruining the drywall ceiling in the basement. Is there an easy way to deal with water-damaged drywall? Can we just wait for it to dry and the...
    American Airlines' chief executive apologized yesterday for stranding tens of thousands of passengers this week as his carrier continued to reinspect hundreds of jets for wiring that failed to meet federal safety standards.

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's president says her Central Asian nation plans to host a U.S.-funded, anti-terrorism training
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    Japan's 'black swan': Scientists ponder the unparalleled dangers of unlikely disasters
    Syria’s civil google sniper review entangled the peacekeeping operation in the disputed penny stock egghead review Heights area on Wednesday, when 30 armed fighters for the insurgency detained a group of 20 peacekeepers.
    Shortly after Arkansas adopted the country’s most stringent abortion limits, North Dakota’s Legislature approved a bill blocking the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy.C.J.
    Spiller ran for two touchdowns, and Clemson put aside two weeks of turmoil to get back in the ACC's Atlantic Division race with a 38-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday in Clemson, S.C.
    London Zoo, one of the oldest in the world, is an architectural jumble.
    Can its new £3.6m Tiger Territory put things right?"We have tried our best to fade into the background," says Michael Kozdon, architect of the new £3.6m Tiger Territory at London Zoo. It's not often you hear an architect say that, but then it's not often you have a pair of endangered Sumatran tigers as clients, either.
    Jae Jae, for example, likes to have generous amounts of Old Spice sprayed around his enclosure (that's males for you).
    "In the past," continues Kozdon, "animal enclosures were all about creating an iconic architectural statement.
    Now the emphasis is on animal welfare, on bringing visitors as close to the creatures as possible. Our aim is to disappear."This
    explains why, rather than being held

    in by

    a roof, Jae Jae and his partner, Melati, have a fine net canopy stretching above their heads – even though its silken threads are made of 3mm steel cable (tigers are capable of jumping 5m from a standing start). Stretched into tensile peaks and troughs by four black metal poles (the tallest of

    which rises to 20m), the canopy soars above the treetops of Regent's Park like a giant spider's web.The enclosure's sinuous

    silhouette echoes the pinkish peaks of its neighbour, the Mappin Terraces, a manmade range of rocky mountains that have long poked their summits above the trees, bringing a surreal air to this strange corner of the park. Built in 1914, this elevated landscape was the result of a clause governing the zoo's expansion: an additional landgrab of four acres would only be allowed if the animals

    they housed could be visible from the rest of the park.
    Sadly, this sheer geological formation, erupting above the neat neoclassical terraces of NW1, has been barren since 1985, when Pipaluk (the last of the polar bears, whose name means Little One in Inuit) was finally moved out after 18 years.Now,
    thanks to the Tiger Territory, the skyline is populated once again – and it's not just the rest of the park that gets the good views. Covering 2,500sqm, the new enclosure boasts several mature plane trees, as well as tall wooden feeding poles fitted with pulleys that hoist big chunks of meat aloft.
    So, before they can sink their three-inch teeth into lunch, Jae Jae and Melati will first have to climb, which suits their predatory nature."Tigers are avid climbers," explains Robin Fitzgerald, the zoo's projects manager. "They like to

    observe their terrain from a towering vantage point, so we've given them a habitat that lets them do exactly that – with a view out over Regent's Park."
    Describing how the poles and canopy support each other, he adds: "It's basically circus tent technology." Neatly complying with the

    brief to all but vanish into thin air, this means there is no need for the extra steel structures that are so common in the zoo's other mesh enclosures – such as

    Cedric Price's famous Snowdon Aviary.
    Built in 1964, the aviary's dramatic steel skeleton mimics the angular geometry of a bird's wing.The
    Tiger Territory had other constraints to grapple with, most

    notably the fact that several existing buildings had to be incorporated into the redevelopment.


    With a limited area of 36 acres in one of London's most protected settings, the zoo is forced to modify what it

    has – in this case, a Victorian stork and ostrich house and a 1960s sea lion viewing platform, both of which had been off-limits to visitors for 30 years.The
    ostrich house now provides a cosy den for the tigers, complete with heated rocks to soothe their weary

    muscles, while the sea lion stand has become an elevated viewing platform for visitors, with panoramic windows

    looking out across the Indonesian-inspired landscaping of the enclosure. From here, you can watch the tigers splashing about in their pool, or scaling the feeding poles to devour chicken wings and steak.The new enclosure is five times larger than the previous one, which dated from the 1970s, and its design demonstrates a new emphasis on animal husbandry. The pairing of Jae Jae and Melati was meticulously planned using Studbook, which charts every captive creature's genetic provenance to facilitate perfect matches. "It's the online dating service for animals," says Fitzgerald.
    And if the hot rocks get them too frisky, the pair can be separated, along with any future cubs, into

    two different parts of the enclosure, connected by a glass door.Such specifics are a far

    cry from many of the zoo's more famous structures, most of which have been concerned less with animal welfare than with exotic spectacle.
    Founded in 1828 as the

    world's first scientific zoological gardens, the site has become burdened by the weight of its own history. From the start, when it was laid out by Decimus Burton, the zoo employed architects of the highest calibre – leaving it with a legacy of 10 grade I and II listed buildings. But this heritage is a mixed blessing.Perhaps
    the most famous structure, which visitors

    still ask for by name, is the 1934 penguin pool designed by Russian emigre Berthold Lubetkin; a sleek and slender double helix of ramping concrete floating above of a blue oval pool. Faces tend to fall when visitors find it empty – the bright white surfaces apparently damaged the penguins' eyes, and

    the concrete was too hard on their feet, so in 2004 they were relocated. (Don't blame the architect: Lubetkin had wanted rubber flooring, but was overruled by budget constraints.) Chinese alligators were the next to move in, but it didn't suit them either, so Lubetkin's modernist masterpiece now stands as an unused but still-loved relic of a bygone age.Next door to the Tiger Territory are the bulbous concrete flanks of the majestic elephant and rhinoceros pavilion, designed by Hugh Casson

    in 1965 to evoke a herd of elephants gathered around a watering hole, their huge rumps jostling for position.
    Topped with triangular rooflights intended to call to mind nodding heads and swinging trunks, the pavilion was commissioned "to display these massive animals in the most dramatic way".
    But a look inside is telling: the space for visitors far exceeds the narrow nooks created for the immense creatures, which were thankfully transferred to the more expansive landscapes of Whipsnade Zoo in

    2001. The vast structure is now home to bearded pigs and pygmy hippos – tubby, low-slung creatures that seem out of place in the building's

    soaring, top-lit reaches.The
    unavoidable strategy of make-do-and-mend renders London Zoo an inevitably

    dated institution, laden with rigid monuments conceived in another era that it must now either work with or

    around. In fact, a wander through the zoo is as much an architectural safari as a wildlife one.
    Victorian kiosks jostle with mock-Tudor clocktowers; lichen-encrusted steel spaceframes cantilever out over brutalist concrete terraces. This all comes to a strange climax in the stripped classical facade of the 1920s aquarium, with its arched entranceway and symmetrical windows now squeezed beneath the

    colossal mock-rocks of what was once Bear Mountain – itself used to house tanks of water for the fish below.London
    Zoo is a fascinating piece of living heritage. But for those brought up on seeing animals in the wild – in the flesh, or mediated by David Attenborough – the image of an urban zoo, in which animals tramp forlorn circles in tatty enclosures, is increasingly hard to stomach. With its vastly increased area, near-invisible structure, and strategic reuse of what is already there, the Tiger Territory at least points a promising way forward."The challenge is far greater than it used to be," says Kozdon. "Before, architecture led the way.
    Now the best situation would be to have no buildings at all."The
    clientsJae JaeBorn five years ago in San Francisco Zoo. Described as "charming with an outgoing personality", he's an adventurous vocal cat, often calling out across the enclosure to his mate.MelatiFrom Perth

    Zoo in Australia, the four-year-old female is described as "an intelligent cat – never jumping in paws first".
    She's flirty around Jae Jae, chuffing in his direction when she thinks the keepers can't hear her.ArchitectureAnimalsZoosZoologyBiologyOliver
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    arguments at the Supreme Court have become an hour filled with questions, commentaries and critiques by the justices, especially since Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined the panel.
    A vast treasure trove of

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    reactions to eye-tracking, tilt-scrolling, language-translating - and stereotyping? - roll inFirst of all: there's no price announced, possibly because Samsung is still negotiating with carriers about wholesale pricing

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    to make sure that it works well. I think Samsung still has a lot of work to do - the much-mooted scrolling feature does not seem to have been introduced and the hand tracking technology on its smart TVs is awful."Francisco
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    this could be a serious challenge: "Never before has a Samsung smartphone caught so much interest. This shows how strong the brand has become in recent years, but it also shows that Samsung is one of the most innovative phone makers. And end-users have already recognised it. On the other hand, all the media buzz is driven by a single question: will this device be able to

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    may become the first smartphone to outsell an iPhone." The Galaxy S3 sold fewer units than the iPhone 5; Samsung's overall larger number comes from selling a huge portfolio of smartphones at all prices.Jermonimo likes the finish - mostly: "From the hardware perspective Samsung improved the body of the device, which

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    Oh, they announced a phone? You'd barely know it."Part
    of the target of her ire - given that, in her view, all the participants seemed like stereotypes, including the "tow-headed kid" who trotted on stage - was that at a time when Yahoo is run by a woman and Facebook's second most senior person is also female, the women on stage were, well, ultra-stereotypical: it felt a little unnecessary for the tow-headed kid's mom to be a stage mom all the way. For example. And then, to her, our orange-faced actor emcee reeled off a mother-in-law joke worthy of the worst kind of sitcom laugh tracks. It went on and

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    as she looks away at a hunky gardener type who proceeds to take off his shirt."While
    the women

    are cooling down," says the emcee, "why don't you tell us about S Health?"Tim Bray, who works on Google Play at Google, tweeted in a personal capacity to back up Wood, and added: "That product launch was inexcusable. It'll be a cold day in hell before I buy a product from those idiots."Oh well. Can't win 'em all.SamsungSmartphonesMobile phonesCharles Arthurguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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