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Malaysia Airlines plane crash exposes alarming flaw in airline security "More than a billion air journeys were taken last year without the passengers' details being checked against a stolen-passport database, Interpol said on Sunday in a stinging critique of aircraft security following the Malaysia Airlines disaster. The international police agency confirmed that at least two stolen passports, one Austrian and one Italian, were used by passengers on missing flight MH370."
Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study "Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, is one of the world's leading experts in agnotology, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance. It's a rich field, especially today when whole industries devote themselves to sowing public misinformation and doubt about their products and activities."
Why we need pain in the games we play "In physical spaces, playful conflict leads to the agonising exertions of sport. In the more abstract arenas of video and board games, conflict arises from constraints that produce irritation and frustration and the intellectual pain of failure… It is odd that we choose to subject ourselves to it. Yet games exercise their peculiar hold over us precisely by offering both the unpleasant experience itself and its antidote in one package."
Little town of champions "Bekoji (population: 17,000) has produced seven Olympic medal-winning runners… Bekoji's runners have won 16 total Olympic medals — 10 of them gold — and more than 30 world championships. For some perspective: The runners from this tiny town have hauled in more gold medals than India (population: 1.2 billion) has won in all Summer Olympic categories put together."
Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer "Explaining how he remained so calm, he said simply: 'If you panic it makes it worse.'"
Wellcome image awards 2014: life in extreme close-up (image gallery)