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    Tweet a Short Story for a Chance to Win a Copy of Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress'

    19th October 2014 23:02

    Novels, poems, essays, children's books — Margaret Atwood can write it all Since she released her first poetry collection Double Persephone in 1961, Atwood has published more than 50 works, including her dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale. See also: Read the First Story from Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress,' Our MashableReads Selection Most recently, Atwood has delved into short story writing with her collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, October's MashableReads book club selection. Throughout the collection, Atwood explores what it means…

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    Germany Says Pro-Russian Rebels in Ukraine Downed MH17 With Captured Missiles

    19th October 2014 22:38

    KIEV, Ukraine – Germany’s federal intelligence service has concluded that pro-Russian rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 using a missile system captured from a Ukrainian military base, the German news magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday The findings of the intelligence service, known as BND, contradict claims by Kiev and the West that the rebels fired on the passenger jet using an advanced surface-to-air “Buk” missile system provided to them by Russia. See also: Report on MH17 States the Obvious:…

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    Ebola-Infected Spanish Nurse Tests Negative for Virus

    19th October 2014 21:41

    The person with Europe's first confirmed case of Ebola is on the mend. Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse that contracted Ebola, has tested negative for the virus, authorities said Sunday. Further tests will be necessary to determine whether Romero is indeed cured, but the news is another positive sign after she responded well to treatment. See also: Ebola Protocols for Treating Patients to Include Protective Gear With No Skin Showing Romero, 44, caught the virus two weeks ago while treating…

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    The NYC Cook Who Turned a Tiny Food Cart Into His Biggest Dream

    19th October 2014 21:39

    NEW YORK, New York — On a hot Friday afternoon, a herd of customers flank both sides of the food cart, waiting on their South Indian fare. The phone rings loudly with takeout orders. Yet New York food vendor Thiru Kumar calmly shuffles between tasks, giving everyone due attention. Better known as the Dosa Man, Kumar opened his tiny world-renowned cart, NY Dosas (a dosa is a South Indian crepe), in 2001. Soon he amassed a cult following; local and…

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    St. Louis Rams Trick Play Is Fun for Everyone (Unless You're From Seattle)

    19th October 2014 20:31

    There's just something about a well-executed trick play. When it goes wrong, it's a disaster. When done right, it's beautiful. The St. Louis Rams tricked just about everybody during a punt play at Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Nearly the entire Rams team feigned the punt going one way, drawing practically every Seahawk to the wrong side of the field. See also: 10 Pro Sports Teams That Need to Bring Back Their '90s Uniforms By the time everyone —…

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    Malaysia's 'I Want to Touch a Dog' Event Popular With Canine-Curious Muslims

    19th October 2014 19:32

    Four-legged friends helped close a cultural gap in Malaysia during a unique event that invited Muslims to pet dogs — some for the very first time. The "I Want to Touch a Dog" event, held in Central Park in Petaling Jaya, attempted to dispel myths about canine cleanliness. Some Muslims believe dog fur and saliva is unclean, and prefer not to keep them inside their homes. See also: 10 Pumpkin Recipes to Carve Into Your Diet As a result, some…

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    Ebola Protocols for Treating Patients to Include Protective Gear With No Skin Showing

    19th October 2014 18:37

    WASHINGTON — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas were left vulnerable because some of their skin was exposed. See also: 'I am Liberian, Not a Virus': Video Fights Stigma Against People From Countries Battling Ebola The Centers for Disease…

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    Comet to Buzz by Mars — And You Get to Watch

    19th October 2014 18:04

    A comet zoomed past Mars in a rare celestial event Sunday afternoon. The event was live streamed by Slooh, an organization that connects powerful telescopes to the Internet. The viewing started at 2:15 p.m. ET, and the actual passing occurred around 2:27 p.m. ET. See also: NASA Puts All Eyes on Comet's Historic Brush With Mars The Virtual Telescope Project also live streamed the comet's passing, below: Called Siding Spring the comet made a close flyby of Mars — only…

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    10 Job Openings in Marketing, Media and More

    19th October 2014 18:00

    Are you on the job hunt? The Mashable Job Board is the ideal place to search for your next big move. More than 3,000 employers in tech and digital have posted on our board, and they're looking to fill positions from Mashable's community. Each week, we highlight 10 recently posted openings. Check out some of this week's newest listings, below, and be sure to read our Job Search Series for valuable career tips. Position: Manager, Marketing AnalyticsCompany: InvaluableLocation: Boston, Massachusetts…

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    13 Strange Animals Photoshopped as Fruits and Vegetables

    19th October 2014 17:30

    Vegetarians be warned. We're about to ruin your favorite foods, including avocados. Mashups and hybrids are no stranger to the Internet, and yet we're still finding ourselves saying "WTF?" to some of the creepy combos that should never be stitched together. See also: 15 Funky Hybrid Animals That Deserve a Chance at Life Artist Sarah DeRemer stepped up the weird, creating this strange series of creatures crossed with fruits and vegetables named "Animal Food." We're not sure if we could…