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“The Gentle Author” is the maintainer of Spitalfields Life, a blog that has featured a brilliant and moving series of essays about the history of East London; Author is also sharply critical of the plans by giant property developer Crest Nicholson to redevelop the site of a Victorian chest…

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For decades, Democrats in power and in opposition have traded away labor laws and rules that protected unions in order to gain short-term advantages in political horse-trades, and now, with union membership down from 26 to 10.7% since the Reagan years, districts that formed Democrats’ “blue wall” have been…

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Beryllium is an element commonly found in stars’ cores and, as it turns out, audio equipment as well. We won’t bore you too much with the science involved, but beryllium possesses a host of qualities that, when used in audio components, like diaphragms, makes for uniquely high responsiveness and sound clarity. TREBLAB’s…

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No one’s sure how the windows on commuter buses between San Francisco and Silicon Valley keep getting smashed on a stretch of the 280 — maybe it’s a pellet gun, maybe it’s thrown rocks — but Apple and Google have informed employees who use the service that their commute…

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