John Hodgman. Photo credit: Randal Schwartz.
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Facebook acknowledged on Monday before Congress that more than 126 million users potentially saw political ads bought by a Kremlin-linked company. Should the government regulate Facebook and Twitter, or should information on the internet roam free?
Heart stents have long been a go-to treatment for blocked arteries. More than 500,000 of the little mesh cages are inserted each year. But researchers at Imperial College London found that stents don’t make much of a difference when it comes to reducing chest pain.
Ravi Dave, Doctor, Director of interventional cardiology at UCLA Health
If you have a vacation home in beautiful western Massachusetts, you’re lucky. If you then buy another vacation home on the coast of Maine, it sounds like your cup runneth over. But comedian and author John Hodgman manages to find the downsides of all this good fortune in his latest book.
A potrait of John Hodgman by Aaron Draplin. Book cover by Viking/Penguin Books
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