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Researchers Document Chinese Censorship in Detail

Carnegie Mellon researchers analyze what happens to posts made on sites that are inside the `great firewall.’

We already knew that the “great firewall” barred many people in China from reaching websites deemed subversive or otherwise inappropriate by the government. Now comes evidence of just how sophisticated and widespread the censorship is even on sites inside the firewall.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon analyzed how often posts to social networking sites in China will be deleted if they contain certain terms and found that, for example, at least 16 percent of the messages at one popular microblog site, Sina Weibo, were sent to the memory hole. The researchers document their work in great detail at http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3943/3169

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

Work reinvented: Tech will drive the office evolution

As organizations navigate a new world of hybrid work, tech innovation will be crucial for employee connection and collaboration.

lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

panpsychism concept
panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

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