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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD Found After 500 Years

31st March 2015

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The Register tries to be the tabloid of the tech press and sometimes tries a bit too hard. Still, it’s entertaining.

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Ikea’s Flat-Pack Refugee Shelter Is Entering Production

30th March 2015

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You can get anything at Ikea.

I see these as emergency barracks in combat zones.

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Opossum Peptides Are a Promising New Antivenom

30th March 2015

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Though some may consider them a nuisance, opossums are amazingly hardy and opportunistic eaters, feeding on everything from the contents of a garbage can to fruits or snails. They also eat snakes and, thanks to an evolutionary chemical arms race, are immune to basically every kind of snake venom. Now, a team of researchers has isolated the peptide from the opossum that makes the animals resistant to snake bites, hoping to use it as a new, inexpensive antivenom in humans. The researchers presented their work on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver.

Well, you knew they had to be good for something.

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Google to Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

30th March 2015

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Autodoc, here we come.

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Drinking Coffee Decreases the Odds of Getting Liver Cancer, Study Finds

29th March 2015

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No wonder coffee tastes so much like medicine that most people need cream and sugar in order to choke it down — it actually is medicine.

Who knew?

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Car-Size Salamander With Toilet-Seat Head Ruled Ancient Rivers

28th March 2015

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Slow news day.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

28th March 2015

Pre-Threaded Sewing Kits. For people who do their own plumbing and wind up flooding the neighborhood. You know who you are.

LED Dog Vest. Two words: phone number.

Fold-Flat LED Solar Lantern.

McDonald’s French Fry Gloves. Make you a real good target.

See-Through Sun Visor.

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Chuck Norris Fights for the A-10 Warthog

25th March 2015

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And, really, who could do it better?

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Finally: Sunlight in the Office Cubicle

25th March 2015

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“It’s a great challenge,” said Gordon Gill, a Chicago architect. “Everybody wants the daylight; nobody wants the glare, and you only want the heat when it’s cold outside.”

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The Results of a New Stanford University Study Could Surprise Charter School Critics

24th March 2015

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Yeah, by rubbing their noses in a little reality.

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has a new study out finding urban charter schools outperform traditional public schools (TPS) in urban areas.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Scientists Are Making Chocolate Tastier and More Cancer-Fighting

24th March 2015

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And ya gotta love that.

From a cocoa tree to a candy bar, chocolate undergoes a radical transformation. Workers pick pods from the cacao tree, then remove the bitter seeds from inside the pods to be fermented, then dried in the sun. The dried seeds are then roasted and combined with sugar, milk and other ingredients to create the final product.

The delicious stuff loses some of its nutritious components during this process, such as polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties that have been shown to help stave off cancer and heart disease. To preserve more antioxidant activity, the researchers decided to add one extra step to the chocolate production process: storing the pods for a few days after they’re harvested but before removing the seeds to be fermented and dried. This isn’t traditionally done, and they didn’t know what effect this step would have on the nutritional content, so the researchers tested different storage times for 300 pods. They found that the ideal storage time was seven days; when the seeds were then processed as usual after that storage time, they maintained more antioxidants than seeds that were not stored or were stored for more time. The researchers believe that the stored beans were higher in antioxidants because they had the time to absorb more nutrients from their outer husks, but not so much time that they started to break down.

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“Bionic Leaf” Makes Fuel From Sunlight

24th March 2015

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Here’s a new way to make fuel from sunlight: starve a microbe nearly to death, then feed it carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced with the help of voltage from a solar panel. A newly developed bioreactor feeds microbes with hydrogen from water split by special catalysts connected in a circuit with photovoltaics. Such a batterylike system may beat either purely biological or purely technological systems at turning sunlight into fuels and other useful molecules, the researchers now claim.

“We think we can do better than plants,” says Joseph Torella of Boston Consulting Group, who helped lead the work published February 9 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Nano-Architecture

21st March 2015

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To visit the lab of Caltech materials ­scientist Julia Greer is to enter a realm where the ordinary rules of physical stuff don’t seem to apply. Greer designs and builds nanomaterials that behave in ways surprising to those of us who spend our days in a world where strong materials like ceramic and steel tend to be heavy, while lightweight ones are weak. When Greer controls architecture at the nanoscale, the rules change.

If materials like Greer’s could be produced in large quantities, they could replace composites and other materials used in a wide range of applications, because they’d be just as strong at a fraction of the weight. Another possibility is to greatly increase the energy density of batteries—the amount of power they can hold at a given size. To do that, researchers have been trying to develop electrodes that are lighter than the ones used in today’s batteries but can store more energy. However, promising electrode materials such as silicon are prone to cracking under strain. An electrode made by coating a metal nanolattice with silicon could have crack-resistant toughness in its very structure. The key to creating such wondrous materials is an arsenal of specialized machines—some of which Greer has rebuilt to suit her purposes—that make it possible to precisely control structure at the nanoscale over relatively large areas.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st March 2015

Analog Memory Desk,

Blue Freedom Portable Hydropower Plant.

Briefcase Barbecue.

Pick-Pocket-Proof Pants.

eTape16 digital measuring tape.

Nite Ize Gear Tie.

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Ireland Enters Nationwide Recovery

18th March 2015

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Happy St Patrick’s Day.

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Scientists Discover How to Change Human Leukemia Cells Into Harmless Immune Cells

17th March 2015

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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that when a certain aggressive leukemia is causing havoc in the body, the solution may be to force the cancer cells to grow up and behave.

After a chance observation in the lab, the researchers found a method that can cause dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells known as macrophages.

That sounds pretty useful.

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Solar-Powered Membrane Separates Water Into Hydrogen and Oxygen Without Exploding

17th March 2015

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And ya gotta love that.

Author Nate Lewis and his colleagues at Caltech created a thin coating of nickel oxide that can be applied to semi-conductors made of silicon or other materials–a setup that acts like an artificial leaf, using sunlight to power the system. When introduced to water, one side of the ‘leaf’ oxidizes the water, releasing oxygen, while the other side gathers the hydrogen.

A membrane keeps the newly separated hydrogen and oxygen isolated from each other, which helps reduce the risk of explosion. If heat (or electricity) is added to a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen the results can be incredibly explosive, much more so than each gas on its own. Check out the differences in burning oxygen, hydrogen, and a mix of the two in the video below.

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Spain Finds Don Quixote Writer Cervantes’ Tomb in Madrid

17th March 2015

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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The First Silicene Transistors Promise More Powerful Electronics

17th March 2015

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If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A University of Texas-Austin engineer has made the first transistors from silicene, moving the material closer to its potential to create more powerful devices.

Silicene is made of an atom-thick layer of silicon that, like graphene, can move data much faster than the silicon found in current electronics. While it lacks some of graphene’s other impressive qualities and is still extremely difficult to make, researchers are interested in it because of its relationship to silicon. Modern electronics rely on a highly developed silicon-manufacturing industry. Once silicene production is more reliable, it wouldn’t be as complicated or expensive to switch to silicene as it would be to switch to graphene.

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First Manganese-based Superconductor Discovered

15th March 2015

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And about time, too.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th March 2015

Suit Up With These 3 Pieces of Bulletproof Businesswear.

Hello Kitty Chainsaw.  I am not making this up.

Pop-Up Cardboard Furniture.

Home-Made HDTV Antenna.

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Grizzly Defense: Former Marine’s Invention Could Aid Escape From Bears

14th March 2015

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Just in case you were worried about that. I know I was.

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Ultrasound Restores Memory To Mice With Alzheimer’s

13th March 2015

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Great news … if you’re a mouse. (Really, what do mice have to remember? That steamy fling in Paris?)

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US Students Are Fleeing Law Schools and Pouring Into Engineering

13th March 2015

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A good sign. Wish I’d done that myself.

 

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Breakthrough DNA Editor Borne of Bacteria

10th March 2015

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It was only in 2012 that Doudna, Charpentier and their colleagues offered the first demonstration of CRISPR’s potential. They crafted molecules that could enter a microbe and precisely snip its DNA at a location of the researchers’ choosing. In January 2013, the scientists went one step further: They cut out a particular piece of DNA in human cells and replaced it with another one.

In the same month, separate teams of scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute reported similar success with the gene-editing tool. A scientific stampede commenced, and in just the past two years, researchers have performed hundreds of experiments on CRISPR. Their results hint that the technique may fundamentally change both medicine and agriculture.

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Reading Our Genome Is Tough, But Epigenetics Is Giving Us Valuable Clues

10th March 2015

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Just about every cell in a human body has the same DNA, packaged into the same chromosomes. But cells differentiate, growing into different tissue types with different functions. The epigenome works through molecules like methyl and acetyl groups that wheedle their way into DNA, exposing different genes to the machinery that reads them and makes proteins. That helps control when or whether those proteins get made at all, and it’s also critical to that process of differentiation. “In each cell type, it unravels just the right genes,” says Brad Bernstein, a biologist at Harvard University. “It unravels just the right switches.

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Your Subconscious Is Smarter Than You Might Think

10th March 2015

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A recent experiment by a team from Israel scores points against this position. Ran Hassin and colleagues used a neat visual trick called Continuous Flash Suppression to put information into participants’ minds without them becoming consciously aware of it. It might sound painful, but in reality it’s actually quite simple. The technique takes advantage of the fact that we have two eyes and our brain usually attempts to fuse the two resulting images into a single coherent view of the world. Continuous Flash Suppression uses light-bending glasses to show people different images in each eye. One eye gets a rapid succession of brightly coloured squares which are so distracting that when genuine information is presented to the other eye, the person is not immediately consciously aware of it. In fact, it can take several seconds for something that is in theory perfectly visible to reach awareness (unless you close one eye to cut out the flashing squares, then you can see the ‘suppressed’ image immediately).

Doesn’t surprise me.

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Stopping HIV With an Artificial Protein

10th March 2015

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For 30 years, researchers have struggled to determine which immune responses best foil HIV, information that has guided the design of AIDS vaccines and other prevention approaches. Now, a research team has shown that a lab-made molecule that mimics an antibody from our immune system may have more protective power than anything the body produces, keeping four monkeys free of HIV infection despite injection of large doses of the virus.

Great news if you’re a monkey.

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Graveyard of Giant Lemurs Discovered Underwater in Madagascar

9th March 2015

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Not the sort of thing one is accustomed to seeing in National Geographic.

Soon to be a major motion picture, I have no doubt.

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Arrest Rates: Ferguson v. People’s Republic of Santa Monica, CA

9th March 2015

Steve Sailer runs the numbers.

 

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French Thumb Noses at EU Spanking Ruling

8th March 2015

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The Council of Europe is very unhappy that the French government won’t ban spanking. The BBC reports on a new non-binding ruling by the Council’s European Committee of Social Rights finding that France’s corporal punishment laws were “not sufficiently clear, binding and specific.” The French government was unimpressed.

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Man Finds Secret Message in Frosted Flakes Box

8th March 2015

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The message itself is rather disappointing.

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Little Ellie Born Without Genetic Disease Thanks to Pioneering ‘Designer Baby’ Technique

7th March 2015

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BABY Ellie Cross was born free of a genetic disease which could have claimed her life, thanks to a pioneering technique.

Her mother, Jess Fenwick, had a 50 per cent chance of passing on neurofibromatosis.

The condition causes tumours to grow along nerve endings.

Over time these can become cancerous and threaten the life of sufferers.

To prevent her much-wanted baby inheriting the disease, Jess underwent embryo selection, or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Doctors found an embryo free from the faulty gene, fertilised it with sperm from Jess’s partner Paul Cross, 39, then implanted it in her womb.

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Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala to Run Clinton Foundation as Hillary Prepares Possible 2016 Run

7th March 2015

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The Crust take care of their own.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

7th March 2015

Ear Scope. (Well, I guess you have to be Japanese….)

Glasses that block facial recognition cameras.

Anti-paparazzi clothing.

Laser-sighted blowgun. You know you want one.

Igloo-Dome Pillow.

The Bow-Tie Book.

Pen-Ultimate 7-in-1 Pen.

Paperspace Computer-in-the-Cloud.

Heated Fleece Travel Blanket. Take a look outside.

Cinder Countertop Grill.

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Lockheed Martin Claims Sustainable Fusion Is Within Its Grasp

6th March 2015

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Unlike earlier fusion projects, this effort has the results of all that research behind it as well as the Skunk Works’ physics and engineering know-how to create a working prototype. The Lockheed Martin project is designed to take advantage of the practice of rapid prototyping that the Skunk Works pioneered by building relatively small, easily improved incremental projects that lead to a finished product that actually works.- See more at: http://www.eweek.com/news/lockheed-martin-claims-sustainable-fusion-is-within-its-grasp.html#sthash.jW07rqEj.dpuf

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Goodyear Developing Tires That Generate Electricity, Change Shape

6th March 2015

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It has a thermo-piezoelectric material built inside of it that turns heat generated when the tire is rolling into electricity that can be used to charge batteries on an electric or hybrid car.

Its tread was also designed to better absorb sunlight, so it can use that heat to generate additional electricity even when the car is parked. Exactly how much, Goodyear hasn’t said, as the tire is only a concept at this time.

In car talk, ‘only a concept’ means ‘you’ll never be able to buy one’.

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Nano-Coating Makes Self-Cleaning Surfaces That Are Tougher Than Knives

5th March 2015

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“Commercial hydrophobic surfaces aren’t that robust,” Yao Lu, lead author of the study, tells Popular Science. He says the materials are expensive and don’t last for very long before they become ineffective. As an alternative, Lu’s team worked with titanium dioxide nanoparticles, a material also found in sunscreen. It’s cheap and easily accessible for labs. In a study published today in the journal Science, the researchers tested the coating not only for how well it kept itself clean, but also how it handled contact with oil and damage.

To test it out, the team sprayed the nano coating onto steel, glass, cotton wool, and filter paper, and measured how well those things resisted water compared to untreated materials. Then the researchers assaulted the materials with a battery of tests, covering the surfaces with oil and dirt, even scratching it with sandpaper and knives. But the water-repelling material maintained its self-cleaning properties despite all that. The results were much more promising than most commercial self-cleaning surfaces, which often become impaired when contaminated or damaged.

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What Does Shipwrecked 170-Year-Old Beer Taste Like?

5th March 2015

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Concierge Medicine Grows in Maryland

5th March 2015

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Three years ago, Dr. Wayne Benjamin — then 67 years old — was considering retirement. He was worn out, frustrated with the daily grind of his family medicine practice and the increasing pressure to see “more and more patients in shorter and shorter” amounts of time.

Then, on a whim, he decided to attend a seminar about an alternative practice model. The event was hosted by some company called MDVIP, and it introduced Benjamin to a new way of practicing medicine — although he and many of his peers prefer to think of it as “the old way.”

It’s called concierge medicine, and it hit the spot for Benjamin. He decided to start a new practice with MDVIP, a national network of concierge doctors. Now, he says, he’s happy he didn’t retire.

It is refreshing to find privately organized alternatives to the increasingly sclerotic government-regulated systems of providing basic social services.

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Injectable Enzyme Stops Wounds From Bleeding

4th March 2015

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The researchers, from the University of Washington, created a synthetic material that can be injected when a person is losing a lot of blood. The material, PolySTAT, mimics the body’s enzyme Factor XIII, which helps the fibrin strands cement a blood clot. The researchers tested PolySTAT on a small amount of blood and found that it clotted much more quickly and effectively with PolySTAT; in a separate test on rats that had a major wound in an artery, the researchers found that the rats that didn’t receive an injection of PolySTAT lost 11 times more blood than did the treated rats.

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Food Freedom Win in Wyoming

4th March 2015

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“The purpose of the Wyoming Food Freedom Act is to allow for the sale and consumption of homemade foods, and to encourage the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers markets, ranches, farms and home based producers,” the legislation states. It applies to food sales that take place directly between produer and consumer, where products are bought for home consumption, and does not apply to meat except for poulty.

The new law takes “local foods off the black market,” said Lindholm. “It will no longer be illegal to buy a lemon meringue pie from your neighbor or a jar of milk from your local farm.”

A step in the right direction.

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More Efficient Photosynthesis Transferred From Corn Into Rice: Could Boost Yields 50 Percent

4th March 2015

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The Hate-Humanity eco-Nazis, of course, will be up in arms — and Washington.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

28th February 2015

Cool Brick.

The Leatherman Tread. What James Bond would wear if he drove a pickup.

Eight in One Portable Workshop.

D3Co Multi-Mat.

Battery Organizer.

Air Hockey Salt & Pepper Shakers. Relive the golden days of your youth.

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Sunlight Continues to Damage Skin in the Dark

25th February 2015

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Exposure to UV light from the sun or from tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes, the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color. This damage is a major cause of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. In the past, experts believed that melanin protected the skin by blocking harmful UV light. But there was also evidence from studies suggesting that melanin was associated with skin cell damage.

In the current study, Douglas E. Brash, clinical professor of therapeutic radiology and dermatology at Yale School of Medical, and his co-authors first exposed mouse and human melanocyte cells to radiation from a UV lamp. The radiation caused a type of DNA damage known as a cyclobutane dimer (CPD), in which two DNA “letters” attach and bend the DNA, preventing the information it contains from being read correctly. To the researchers’ surprise, the melanocytes not only generated CPDs immediately but continued to do so hours after UV exposure ended. Cells without melanin generated CPDs only during the UV exposure.

I blame George W Bush.

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Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics

22nd February 2015

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Essential oils often evoke thoughts of scented candles and day spas, but their benefits beyond relaxation are less well-known. Essential oils are ultimately just plant extracts—and those are used in countless cleaning and personal-care products, and are the main ingredient in some pest-control products and some over-the-counter medications, like Vick’s VapoRub and some lice sprays. They’re used in the food industry because of their preservative potency against food-borne pathogens—thanks to their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin, and more.

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How a Handgun Works: 1911 .45

21st February 2015

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These animations are outstanding.

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An Ingredient in Olive Oil That Appears to Kill Cancer Cells

21st February 2015

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Fast DNA-Sequencing Machines Are Leading to Simple Blood Tests for Cancer.

21st February 2015

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In December, I traveled by metro from Shenzhen to Hong Kong. There I had arranged to meet Dennis Lo, a doctor who has worked for nearly 20 years on a technique called the “liquid biopsy,” which is meant to detect liver and other cancers very early—even before symptoms arise—by sequencing the DNA in a few drops of a person’s blood.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st February 2015

Pain Relief Wand.

Snirt Stopper.

Time Locking Kitchen Container.

Pop & Pour Beer Mug.

Windshield Snow Tarp.

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