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Rappers Sorted by Size of Vocabulary

4th May 2014

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It is one of the most charming characteristics of this great country of ours that people bother with this sort of things.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

4th May 2014

Another Irish Drinking Song

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

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High School Student Accepted at all Eight Ivy League Schools Chooses Yale

2nd May 2014

Of course.

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Thoughts From the Ammo Line

2nd May 2014

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When we women were younger, we could convince ourselves that we could possibly fight our way out of trouble. We were undoubtedly grievously mistaken. Testosterone is just a terribly unfair advantage! But, once we hit 60, say, no matter how many Zumba classes we have attended, it becomes crystal clear that we are sitting ducks. And, make no mistake, thugs go for the easiest targets. Counting on a thug to say, “Oh, Jeez, I didn’t see your wheelchair, there, never mind,” is a pipe-dream. Ladies, forget your traditional friends, Ben and Jerry. Count on Mr. Smith, Mr. Wesson or their Austrian cousin, the super-reliable Mr. Glock.

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Armed Citizen Project

30th April 2014

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And listen to the radio. (Free shotguns to single moms.)

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With Prime Pantry, Amazon Offers Slow Grocery Delivery On The Cheap

27th April 2014

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A new offering from Amazon, called Prime Pantry, aims to alleviate some of this guilt. The service, which launched Wednesday, lets Prime members fill a large box with up to 45 pounds of household items (automatically calculating how much space is left in their box as they shop) and get it delivered for $5.99. Eligible items are available “in popular pack sizes that are cost prohibitive to ship for free,” meaning you can buy one box of Cheerios instead of 12. The program means that Amazon now carries a selection of groceries that are only available to Prime members. A non-Prime member can’t buy that one box of Cheerios or one can of tomatoes.

Full disclosure: I own stock in Amazon, and this sort of thing is why.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th April 2014

Mama Tried

I really don’t do enough country music for these. But I plan to fix that.

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A Small Creek Connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

26th April 2014

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Reddit user wheatley_cereal has posted a factoid that we have no doubt is widely known among Mountain West residents, but of which the rest of the country is almost certainly unaware: It’s possible for a fish to swim directly from the Pacific to the Atlantic without having to dodge Panamax ships in the canal zone.

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Justice League Beer

23rd April 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Space Colony Art From the 1970s

20th April 2014

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I remember the days when we actually thought there would be space colonies. You know, before government decided to suck up all the money and use it to buy votes.

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Soylent Gets Tested, Scores a Surprisingly Wholesome Nutritional Label

19th April 2014

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In its shipping form, a three-serving bag of Soylent clocks in at 2,010 kcal, with 630 kcal from fat—that’s with the combined package of canola and fish oil added into the mix. Altogether, a full day’s worth of Soylent 1.0 will give you 1,050 mg of sodium, 3,465 mg of potassium, 252 total grams of carbs (including 24 g dietary fiber and 6 g of sugars), and 114 g of protein. There’s no cholesterol in the dry ingredients; the oil mix adds about 15 percent of your daily recommended cholesterol intake (specific numbers on the oil aren’t included as part of the label).

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KFC Bringing Back the Double Down

18th April 2014

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“It includes bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and Colonel’s sauce sandwiched between two 100 percent white meat Original Recipe filets,” said Maynard.

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Domino’s to Make Pizza with Fried Chicken Crust

15th April 2014

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Yeah, but it’s still Domino’s pizza….

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KFC Chicken Corsage Being Sold Just in Time for Prom Season

15th April 2014

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Be the first on your block….

Hm. I’m really hankering for some extra-crispy — time to go visit the Colonel.

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New Age Bullshit Generator

15th April 2014

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Namaste. Do you want to sell a New Age product and/or service? Tired of coming up with meaningless copy for your starry-eyed customers? Want to join the ranks of bestselling self-help authors? We can help.

Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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MIT Creates Shapeshifting Furniture That Can Transform With a Gesture

13th April 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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LEGO is Coming: Game-of-Thrones Inspired Minifigs

13th April 2014

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‘If you nail together two things that have never been nailed together before, some schmuck will buy it.’ — George Carlin

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PackPoint Makes Packing as Simple and Easy as Possible

13th April 2014

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‘Whatever happened to personal responsibility and planning for the future?’

‘There’s an app for that….’

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th April 2014

High School Dance

Yeah, I like Disco. Deal with it.

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The Week in Pictures

12th April 2014

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My favorite:

Golf Digest Parody copy

Runner-up:

Rude Bikers copy

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Us Universities Bracing for Surge of Vets Heading to College as Military Downsizes, Wars Abate

8th April 2014

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Tens of thousands of new veterans are expected to return to college or the workforce in the next several years as the military downsizes after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and as the Pentagon budget is pared back.

Oh, those lefty professors are in for a shock….

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Navy Testing Revolutionary Remote-Controlled Choppers, Rail Gun

8th April 2014

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The U.S. Naval Research unit, led by Rear Adm. Matt Klunder, already is in the process of developing an unmanned helicopter that can be navigated by iPad. And that’s just one way the unit is researching ways to revolutionize how the U.S. military fights, and saves lives.

“It will be able to deliver critical mission supplies, life-saving supplies. It could even be in our civilian sector used by first responders,” Klunder said of the chopper project.

The U.S. Navy has successfully tested the unmanned chopper, part of a five-year, $100 million program. “For the first time we could put a system, about 60 pounds, on any helicopter, manned or unmanned. With a touch of one button on my handheld, I can direct that helicopter to an unprepared landing site.”

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John Galt Writes a Car Commercial

6th April 2014

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While I continue frankly have no particular taste for commercial advertisements, particularly for foolish products like electric cars (they run on electricity generated at powerplants by burning diesel fuel, hence serve no purpose), I admit it is refreshing to see one which pretends, if only for a moment of make-believe, that ours is the America we once had in the 1950s and which has since been abandoned.

I personally enjoy the delicious irony of using such a no-doubt-funded-by-the-Koch-brothers ad for an electric car.

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Smarter Than a CIA Agent

5th April 2014

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For the past three years, Rich and 3,000 other average people have been quietly making probability estimates about everything from Venezuelan gas subsidies to North Korean politics as part of an experiment put together by three well-known psychologists and some people inside the intelligence community.

According to one report, the predictions made by the Good Judgment Project are often better even than intelligence analysts with access to classified information, and many of the people involved in the project have been astonished by its success at making accurate predictions.

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Happy Birthday to a Great American

5th April 2014

Booker T Washington

Booker T. Washington was born on this day in 1856, the illegitimate son of a black slave and a white plantation owner. Following emancipation, he worked his way through school, eventually becoming a teacher. In 1881, at the age of 25, he helped to found the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a college for training black teachers.

Washington devoted his life to improving the lives of black Americans through education and vocational training, with a strong emphasis on teaching the life skills they would need to gain social acceptance, overcome white racism, and lead productive lives. He was often criticized by other black civil rights leaders of his time who found his style too understated and insufficiently confrontational. Washington’s formula for success for black Americans — education, thrift, and hard work — is what many black kids nowadays dismiss as “acting white.”

Read Up From Slavery. Best money you will ever spend.

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Missouri Gun Company to Sell ‘New York-Compliant’ AR-15 Rifle

5th April 2014

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A Missouri gun manufacturer says it plans to release a “New York Compliant” AR-15 rifle in response to tough gun control measure passed by New York lawmakers last year banning the sale of assault weapons in the state.

The company, Black Rain Ordnance, said the rifle would eliminate features that were made illegal under the SAFE Act. The gun will not have a pistol grip and will include a non-threaded muzzle and a 10-round low-capacity approved magazine.

Now that’s comedy.

The law bans the sale of some semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own one to register them by April 15. It also bans high-capacity magazines, requires federal background checks on private gun sales and imposes felony penalties for illegal gun possession.

And we all know how well such laws, like the Sullivan Act, have made living in New York City safer since 1911.

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Stunning Desk Clock Is Inspired By Deep Space Nine

2nd April 2014

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When you’re  a nerd / You’re a nerd all the way….

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The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People

30th March 2014

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I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

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Thoughts From the Ammo Line

30th March 2014

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A few years ago, I moved from a blue to a red planet. No, wait, I moved from Minnesota to Arizona, but my point still stands. A metric ton of tedious lip service is paid to the concept of “diversity” in Minnesota (motto: “It’s Not Just the Landscape that Is Lily White!”)

My dusty little village in Arizona is the most diverse place I have ever lived. There’s obviously so much intermarriage that people no longer fit neatly into Census Bureau boxes. But, you’ve got your Native-Americans; you’ve got your African-Americans; you’ve got your Latinos, many of them legal; and you’ve got your Geezer-Americans, retirees of every hue and creed, dumping their Social Security checks into the slot machines and supporting the Native-Americans in a beautiful Circle of Life.

Everybody gets along. Everybody eats at the same three local diners. Everybody is polite. Everybody is smiley and friendly, even teenagers! Why?

Because everybody is armed to the teeth – cowboys, geezers, Iraqi vets, tattooed Latinos, nuns.

You see ranchers ambling through Walmart with .45 caliber 1911s on their hips in glorious Open Carry and nobody even bats an eyelash. In Minnesota, someone would dive under the Size 4XL Clearance Rack and call SWAT. In Arizona, you say “Good morning,” and the cowboy tips his Stetson and says, “Ma’am.”

That’s because they all share a common culture, i.e. Normal American. Try that in Neuww Yahk and some gangbanger from Bed-Stey would blow you away for ‘dissin’ him.

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U.S. States Most and Least Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

30th March 2014

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

(Movin’ to Montana soon … gonna be a dental floss tycoon….)

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Massive Corn Dog Spill Shuts Down Interstate In Louisiana

27th March 2014

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“There were some reports that passerby were coming in and loading up on some of those corn dogs for dinner,” Shreveport Police Corporal Marcus Hines said. “Everything you need to make a good corn dog was in the middle of the road.”

America, Land of Opportunity.

It doesn’t say whether they were my wife’s favorite, State Fair Corn Dogs.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

23rd March 2014

Dance Dance Dance

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How the South Will Rise to Power Again

22nd March 2014

Joel Kotkin looks beyond the Crustian sneers.

Perhaps the most persuasive evidence lies with  the strong and persistent inflow of Americans to the South. The South still attracts the most domestic migrants of any U.S. region. Last year, it boasted six of the top eight states in terms of net domestic migration — Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Texas and Florida alone gained 250,000 net migrants. The top four losers were deep blue New York, Illinois, New Jersey and California.

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Gears of War: When Mechanical Analog Computers Ruled the Waves

21st March 2014

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The USS Zumwalt, the latest destroyer now undergoing acceptance trials, comes with a new type of naval artillery: the Advanced Gun System (AGS). The automated AGS can fire 10 rocket-assisted, precision-guided projectiles per minute at targets over 100 miles away.

Those projectiles use GPS and inertial guidance to improve the gun’s accuracy to a 50 meter (164 feet) circle of probable error—meaning that half of its GPS-guided shells will fall within that distance from the target. But take away the fancy GPS shells, and the AGS and its digital fire control system are no more accurate than mechanical analog technology that is nearly a century old.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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YC-Backed CodeCombat Wants You to Learn to Code by Playing Games

21st March 2014

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The web-based game teaches rudimentary JavaScript fundamentals, including everything you’d learn in an introductory computer science course, by forcing you to code your way through the game. In order to get from one level to the next, you must understand the lesson being taught and prove it through writing your own code.

It’s an RPG-style game that has a beginner, single-player campaign as well as a multiplayer option for more advanced coders. The game is targeted at high schoolers who are looking to learn the basics in a fun way, and according to cofounder George Saines, it’s “growing like crazy.”

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X Plane: One Step Closer to the Next Military Breakthrough

21st March 2014

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The longtime hunt for the ultimate military hybrid – part helicopter, part airplane – may finally be over. Narrowed down to a final four contenders, the Phantom Swift has come out of the gate looking strong with a smart design and the coolest name.

Made by Boeing, the aircraft giant’s strange design incorporates fans on both the fuselage and wingtips that provide efficient vertical lift; the pair in the fuselage are then covered when it shifts into cruise mode. Smaller ducted fans on the wingtips provide forward thrust and enhanced lift and control in hover mode.

Boeing is one of four teams to receive a $17 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the fearless innovation arm of the military that is better known as DARPA. The agency hopes the proposed “VTOL X-Plane” will give the military unprecedented capabilities.

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Chemist Claims She Reversed Daughter’s Autism Symptoms

21st March 2014

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A Bay Area biochemist thinks she’s found a sort of autism smoking gun: monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

It’s a chemical compound almost exclusively connoted with Chinese food, but Katherine Reid points out that it’s found in all but 5 percent of processed food, largely unbeknownst to us: It appears on the food label only about 1 percent of the time.

But if things like flavor or flavoring, soy protein, whey protein, pectin, corn starch, or stock make an appearance (many, many more listed on this pdf), you’re consuming MSG, she says, needlessly.

According to Reid, many neurodevelopmental disorders like autism are potentially linked with an improper balance of glutamate intake.

“We have glutamate receptors in our body, and 50 percent of our nervous system is excited by glutamate, so we need certain amounts to function,” Reid told FoxNews.com. “But it’s all about balance.  There’s a huge amount of scientific literature that links many diseases with a glutamate imbalance.  And it’s not just autism, but a number of neurological disorders too – there’s a connection to this glutamic imbalance.”

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Blue River and Its Farm Robots Harvest Another $10M

19th March 2014

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The company’s lettuce bot rolls slowly (1 mile per hour) down a row of lettuce plants, with a camera pointed at the ground. One set of algorithms determines whether or not the robot is seeing a plant, another set of algorithms determines if the plant is a weed or not (to about 98 or 99 percent accuracy) and a third set of algorithms determines when the correct moment is to inject the deadly dose of fertilizer on the weed.

We have the technology — or soon will.

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Thousands Rally to Protest Global Warming

19th March 2014

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

16th March 2014

I Can’t Hold Back

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Minnesota Wrestler Who Lost State Title Hugs Opponent’s Dying Dad

13th March 2014

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A Minnesota high school wrestler won over the crowd with a hug that came away from the mat — and after a loss.

Instead of getting upset when he lost the 120-pound title match in the Class 3A tournament, Blaine High School sophomore Malik Stewart went over to his opponent’s dad — who is dying of cancer — and gave him a hug. The crowd at the Xcel Energy Center loved it.

“He won,” Stewart said of opponent Mitchell McKee. “He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him.”

America isn’t completely gone.

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Graphene, Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

13th March 2014

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One of the barriers to the continuing shrinking of electronics is that as you pack more features into a smaller space, you also pack more heat into that space. That makes heat a hurdle standing in the way of our ability to keep Moore’s Law going for as long as possible.

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found that a single-atom-thick graphene coating on either side of a copper track – a graphene-copper-graphene sandwich – gave a 24 per cent better heat conduction than copper alone.

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Modeled by Women With PhDs

12th March 2014

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Well, it had to happen.

‘Sasha’ is pretty cute — too bad she has a boy’s name … apparently brains skipped a generation in her family.

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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Crush Things With a Tank… for Charity

12th March 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Last Six Months Coldest Since 1912

12th March 2014

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How ’bout that Global Warming, huh?

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Cold Fusion News

11th March 2014

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Cold fusion, otherwise known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or LENR is fringe science — but it continues to progress stealthily into the mainstream. The developments over the last few months have been in business rather than science, with focus shifting towards commercialising a technology claimed to be able to generate unlimited energy from cheap, desktop-sized reactors.

The current wave of interest was sparked by Italian inventor Andrea Rossi, who showed off his Energy Catalyser or E-Cat in 2011. Rossi claimed that his reactor produced hundreds of kilowatts, and after the demonstration, he went into partnership with an undisclosed US industrial partner. A confidentiality agreement apparently prevents him from giving any details of his work. However, while Rossi’s dealings have been very much underground, others have been breaking cover.

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Domino’s Uses Pizza-Smelling Thermal Ink on Rented DVDs as Media

9th March 2014

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I am not making this up.

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New Machine Turns Water Into Wine in Three Days

9th March 2014

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The machine, which costs USD 499, was developed by wine expert Kevin Boyer, who founded the Boyanci winery in Napa Valley and British entrepreneur Philip James, who lives in New York.

Soon to be sued by a plethora of humorless separation-of-church-and-state groups.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

9th March 2014

Fantasy Girl

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How to Make a Microscope Out of Paper in 10 Minutes

8th March 2014

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A new microscope can be printed on a flat piece of paper and assembled with a few extra components in less than 10 minutes. All the parts to make it cost less than a dollar, according to Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash and colleagues, who describe their origami optics this week in a paper published on arxiv.org.

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