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Weekly News Roundup: Get Ready to Rumble in Mississippi!

Reality BaseBy Melissa LafskySep 26, 2008 7:20 PM

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• The debates are on! Slateanalyzes what each candidate must do to win, while a

cognitive linguist says the key to victory is appealing to "values, not facts." Clearly the GOP got that memo.

Eye-gate explained: A doctor-blogger discusses the controversy over McCain's apparent facial ailment. • If you're going to be president in one of the world's most volatile times, it's good to have the Nobel winners on your side. • January may not be soon enough: The director of NIH resigns, leaving the organization in purgatory until the next administration shows up. • So signs of autism appear around the time of vaccinations, therefore vaccines must cause autism! Not so much. Here's a far likelier (and actually logical) explanation. • This is your brain on cell phones: More warnings from scientists to Congress on your cell's potential danger. • Facebook and the science of narcissism.

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