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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

The Moon Is a Galactic Garbage Can

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In total, the moon hosts more than 400,000 pounds of man-made material. But is this trash a problem, or just the cost of doing space travel?

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky: The Man to Take on Putin?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been praised as a activist for democracy and a force for good who suffered at the hands of Putin. But it's not clear if he can save Russians from reality.

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GOP Votes to Block Funding for Executive Action on Immigration

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Republican leadership insists that the vote has nothing to do with immigration and that it's all about holding the president accountable for executive overreach.

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What the Car of the Future Will Look Like

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Imaging the car of the future is a real gig and Sheryl Connelly has it—she's the head of global consumer trends and futuring manager for Ford.

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Free Speech & The Prophet Muhammed: Fighting Radical Islam

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

While the great majority of Muslims do not subscribe to the radical ideas of ISIS, after attacks like those in Paris, the message of mainstream Islam is often obscured.

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The CentCom Hack & The Age of Cybervandalism

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

U.S. Central Command, also known as CentCom, is responsible for U.S. military affairs in the Middle East. Yesterday their social media accounts were attacked by a group claiming be ISIS.

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Goodbye Prius, Hello Gas Guzzler?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Is it true that as soon as gas prices drop people stop riding the subway and start buy new gas guzzlers? A transportation expert explains what really happens.

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Waiting For Justice in Boston

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The second phase of selecting a jury in the federal trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, gets underway this week. 

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Science & Space in The New GOP Congress

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz is leading the committee overseeing space programs. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a climate change denier, is chairing a committee on the environment.

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The Science of Decision-Making

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why do we struggle to keep even our best New Year’s resolutions? We delve into the latest research about the science of decision-making to find out.

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U.S. Central Command’s Twitter Feed Hacked by Pro-ISIS Group

Monday, January 12, 2015

The account was apparently hacked today by a group claiming to be ISIS. We took some screenshots of the tweets before the account went dark.
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The End of the World as We Know It

Monday, January 12, 2015

Author Emily St. John Mandel's fourth novel, "Station Eleven," imagines the run-up to and aftermath from a global flu outbreak that effectively ends civilization as we know it.

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Reign of Terror: 2,000 Feared Dead in Boko Haram Massacre

Monday, January 12, 2015

After a week of Boko Haram-sponsored attacks across Nigeria, scores are dead and many are left wondering whether the government can effectively combat terror.

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Al Qaeda and ISIS Unite in Paris Terror

Monday, January 12, 2015

The terrorist behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and other recent attacks in Paris included unlikely cooperation between Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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Computer Masters Two-Person Texas Hold 'Em

Monday, January 12, 2015

Experts have already "solved" tic-tac-toe and checkers. Poker is a little more tricky. 

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Obama to Call for New Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Obama Administration wants to create some new regulations that would alert consumers to the potentially unavoidable dangers facing them in the era of Sony's hacks.

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The Weekender: Behind The Takeaway Curtain, An Extended Interview With Ben Folds, and A New Horror Novel

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Surprising Twist: GOP May Raise Gas Tax

Friday, January 09, 2015

A few powerful GOP senators are signaling that they're open to the idea—even House Speaker John Boehner, who personally opposes raising the gas tax, hasn't ruled it out.

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Freedom of Speech, or An Excuse to Bully?

Friday, January 09, 2015

"Under the rhetoric of free speech and satire we see bullying of oppressed and marginalized communities. I think Hebdo mixed those lines," says religious scholar Hussein Rashid.

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Multicultural Mix & Europe On Edge

Friday, January 09, 2015

French politicians have moved quickly to blame "radical Islam." Germany's budding anti-Islam movement has called for sympathizers to wear black arm bands.

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