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Titanic II: Fully Functioning Replica of Original Ship to Set Sail in 2018

9th February 2016

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But that trick never works….

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New Hampshire’s Free State Project Eschews Presidential Primaries While Changing State Politics

9th February 2016

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This past weekend, a group of about 100 members of the Free State Project (FSP) gathered for one of their regular meetings in Manchester, New Hampshire. But this particular confab was different, because it was held just days after FSP hit its more-than-a-decade-in-the-making target to get 20,000 liberty-inclined citizens to pledge to move to New Hampshire in the hopes of creating a significant political force in the Live Free or Die State. While over 2,000 Free Staters have already moved to New Hampshire, the rest of the signers will begin migrating over the next few years.

I’d do it myself but my wife is more Texan that I am and won’t move to the Colder Latitudes.

As Brian Doherty noted after the milestone was reached last week, FSP already has a long list of accomplishments in the state, including “getting 15 of their brethren in the state House, challenging anti-ridehail laws, fighting in court for outre religious liberty, winning legal battles over taping cops, being mocked by Colbert for heroically paying off people’s parking meters, hosting cool anything goes festivals for libertarians, nullifying pot juries, and inducing occasional pants-wetting absurd paranoia in local statists.”

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The Nano Membrane Toilet

9th February 2016

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Cranfield University is developing the Nano Membrane Toilet, designed for single-household use (equivalent to ten people). The toilet is designed to accept urine and faeces as a mixture. The toilet flush uses a unique rotating mechanism to transport the mixture into the toilet without demanding water whilst simultaneously blocking odour and the user’s view of the waste.

Solids separation (faeces) is principally accomplished through sedimentation. Loosely bound water (mostly from urine) is separated using low glass transition temperature hollow-fibre membranes. The unique nanostructured membrane wall facilitates water transport in the vapour state rather than as a liquid state which yields high rejection of pathogens and some odorous volatile compounds. A novel nano-coated bead enables water vapour recovery through encouraging the formation of water droplets at the nanobead surface. Once the droplets form a critical size, the water drains into a collection vessel for reuse at the household level in washing or irrigation applications.

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Bernie Sanders Reveals He Earned $1,867.42 in Speaking Fees – Compared to the Clintons’ $153M

8th February 2016

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So he really is a fool. Good to know.

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Morocco Turns On What Will Become the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

8th February 2016

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No mention of how much it paid for this, and how the price compares to more conventional power supplies.

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A New MIT Computer Chip Could Allow Your Smartphone to Do Complex AI Tasks

8th February 2016

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Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed “Eyeriss” could allow mobile devices to perform tasks like natural language processing and facial recognition without being connected to the internet. It’s the latest attempt to make the complex operations of machine learning more portable. That means that our smartphones, wearables, robots, self-driving cars, and other IoT devices could begin performing complex deep learning processes locally — something that until now has been very difficult to do.

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France to Pave 1,000 km of Road With Solar Panels

8th February 2016

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Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, has said that the government intends to pave 1,000km of road with photovoltaic panels in the next five years, supplying power to millions of people.

Ah, but at what cost? Government never takes that into account.

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Boffins Smear Circuitry Onto Contact Lenses

8th February 2016

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University of South Australia associate professor Drew Evans has created proof-of-concept work that could in the future lead to computerised contact lenses.

The conducting polymer lens is an early step into what could lead to circuitry being etched into contact lenses.

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One of First Women to Register as Army Combat Engineer Designated a Deserter

8th February 2016

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Well, that’s disappointing.

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Are Airships the Answer to Canada’s Interior Woes?

7th February 2016

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By land mass, Canada is the second largest country on Earth. Yet much like Earth’s largest country, Russia, humans populate a very small amount of its land. This leaves large tracts of resources untapped and wilderness unvisited. However, snow and ice make vast swathes of this land inaccessible for all but a few summer months, and large sea ice prevents the same for ships much of the time. And though increasing global temperatures will eventually (if global climate change isn’t halted) reduce sea ice and the potential severity of winter, there’s another alternative if humans want to traverse interior Canada before that happens: actual freakin’ airships.

Needing only limited space to deliver their goods and capable of carrying heavy cargoes, airships could act much like ocean-going vessels do for much of the world: hauling in bulk items regularly, without the added costs and speed of airplane delivery.

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Invasion of the Butter Vikings: Crowdfunding Cultured Butter

7th February 2016

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“Tell a French chef,” begins Patrik Johansson, “that the French didn’t invent butter, and he won’t be very happy. But they didn’t! The Vikings showed them how to do it.”

Johansson and his partner Maria Håkansson style themselves as the “Butter Vikings”, a small and merry band of butter lovers and makers. Johansson has been churning butter in his native Sweden for eight years, and is known for selling his “virgin” butter to the famous Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Now he’s setting up a dairy on the Isle of Wight.

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USEFUL STUFF SATUDAY

6th February 2016

Vital Sign Tracker.

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Wentworth Woodhouse Sold to Conservation Group for £7m

5th February 2016

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The Grade-1 listed Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, has been sold to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. The sale of the mansion and 82-acre estate was funded by grants, pledges and donations, including £3.5m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The trust said the house would remain open to the public and has announced plans for a 15-year repair project.

The model for ‘Pemberley’ in Pride and Prejudice, it was the seat of the Marquesses of Rotherham and their heirs the Earls Fitzwilliam.

It is also believed to be the largest private house in the UK, with 250,000 sq ft (23,000 sq m) of floor space.

The 300-room house was put up for sale in May following the death of owner Clifford Newbold.

The major problem is that it sits on top of the Wentworth coal seams, and was subject to some rather explicit class warfare on the part of a Labour government.

In April 1946, on the orders of Manny Shinwell (the then Labour Party’s Minister of Fuel and Power) a “column of lorries and heavy plant machinery” arrived at Wentworth. The objective was the mining of a large part of the estate close to the house for coal. This was an area where the prolific Barnsley seam was within 100 feet (30 m) of the surface and the area between the house and the Rockingham Mausoleum became the largest open cast mining site in Britain at that time: 132,000 tons of coal were removed solely from the gardens. Ostensibly the coal was desperately needed in Britain’s austere post-war economy to fuel the railways, but the decision has been, and is, widely seen as useful cover for an act of class-war spite against the coal-owning aristocracy. A survey by Sheffield University, commissioned by Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, the 8th Earl, found the quality of the coal as “very poor stuff” and “not worth the getting”; this contrasted to Shinwell’s assertion that it was “exceptionally good-quality.”

Shinwell, intent on the destruction of the Fitzwilliams and “the privileged rich”, decreed that the mining would continue to the back door of Wentworth, the family’s East Front. What followed saw the mining of 99 acres (400,000 m2) of lawns and woods, the renowned formal gardens and the show-piece pink shale driveway (a by-product of the family’s collieries). Ancient trees were uprooted and the debris of earth and rubble was piled 50 ft (15 m) high in front of the family’s living quarters.

The opencast mining moved into the fields to the west of the house and continued into the early 1950s. The mined areas took many years to return to a natural state; much of the woodland and the formal gardens were not replaced. The current owners of the property allege that mining operations near the house caused substantial structural damage to the building due to subsidence, and lodged a claim in 2012 of £100 million for remedial works against the Coal Authority.

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Don’t Use BMI as Reliable Measure of Health, Warns UCLA Study

5th February 2016

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Body mass index (BMI) is not a reliable measure of health, according to a study which claims 47.4 per cent of Americans considered to be overweight are actually “perfectly healthy”.

For years BMI has been considered a direct indicator of a person’s health, even used by life insurance companies to determine eligibility, but new research suggests this is misleading.

A team of psychologists analysed the link between BMI and a number of other health markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

They found that nearly half of the 24.4 million Americans considered to be “obese” are, in fact, healthy, as are the 19.8 million deemed “overweight”.

Hah!

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Every ‘I should have killed you when I had the chance’ Uttered in Movies

5th February 2016

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Jukka-Pekka Bohm’s supercut doesn’t just collate ‘I should have killed you when I had the chance’s, but also the numerous ‘You should have killed me when you had the chance’s and ‘You should have killed him when you had the chance’s.

And, of course, watch the video.

Annoyingly however, the creator didn’t list which films the clips were from.

“You should’ve named all the movies in the description box, when you had the chance,” one commenter wrote.

Ah, well.

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Banned U.S. ‘Therapists’ Welcomed to Israel to Convert Gay Men Into Heterosexuals

5th February 2016

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Therapists linked to a leading American Jewish group that tries to convert gays into heterosexuals say they have found a haven for their work in Israel, after it was forced to close in the US.

Israel’s health ministry advises against so-called “gay conversion” or “reparative” therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. An organisation called Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah) was shut in December for violating New Jersey consumer fraud laws by claiming therapy could “heal” homosexuality. But gays in Israel who contacted Jonah say they were referred to some of the 20 to 30 licenced psychologists and social workers, and 50 non-licensed therapists, who practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel.

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Samsung Is Putting Giant Screens on the Back of Big Trucks to Make Passing Safer

4th February 2016

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Driving on a two-lane road behind a tractor trailer can be an exercise in bravery, especially on a twisty road with limited passing opportunities. Can I make it around the truck? Is there someone coming that I can’t see until I’m halfway into the lane? If I try to pass right now will I die?

That’s the problem that Samsung is trying to solve with its Safety Truck, a big rig with four huge, weatherproof TV screens on the back. Those screens are hooked up to a camera installed on the front of the truck, so a car behind the truck can see what’s going on in front of the truck and know when it’s safe to pass.

The truck, which had previously debuted as a concept, will soon enter testing in Argentina. If the test is successful, the technology could be available worldwide later this year.

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New Russian Beachhead in Syria

3rd February 2016

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U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border.

The buildup has been underway for the past several weeks, and defense officials say there are concerns Moscow is creating a new military air base and outpost similar to the current base near Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

Defense officials said there are indications the Russians are planning to deploy their most advanced air defense weapons, the S-400, at Qamishli, located very close to the Turkish border. Russian-Turkish relations soured in November after Turkish forces shot down a Russian Su-24 jet that strayed into Turkish airspace.

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NBA 2K16 Developers Sued by Tattoo Studio for Using ‘Copyrighted’ Tattoos in the Game

3rd February 2016

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I am not making this up.

A prominent videogame developer is being sued by a tattoo company over claims that they breached copyright by depicting players’ tattoos in a basketball game.

Developers Visual Concepts, publishers 2K Games and distributors Take-Two Interactive, all of which are involved in the creation of the NBA 2K basketball game series, are being sued by Solid Oak Sketches, who have claimed that they own the copyright to the tattoos on a number of players who appear in the game.

In a lawsuit filed to a New York court on 2 February, Solid Oak claims that by creating detailed digital versions of the players’ tattoos without their artists’ permission, the developers infringed their copyrights.

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Scientists Are Lifting Fingerprints Left by People Hundreds of Years Ago

2nd February 2016

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Wax seals have largely fallen out of favor today, but in Medieval times, they were everywhere, used as an official signature on all kinds of important documents.

But in addition to an impression of the seal itself, the warm wax also recorded something else–the fingerprints of people applying the seal to the document. Now, researchers at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom are taking a closer look at these old fingerprints using modern forensics.

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Wolf in Donkey’s Clothing

2nd February 2016

James E. Miller doesn’t much like Bernie Sanders.

Sanders has propelled himself to the near-top of the Democrats’ favorite list based on, among many things, his support for a “living wage.” “The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage,” the irascible senator proclaimed at a Capitol Hill rally last year, “and [it] must be raised to a living wage.” That’s a nice, and unrealistic, sentiment. But the problem is that Sanders doesn’t think his own employees deserve that kind of pay. According to the Media Research Center, the Sanders campaign pays its interns only $12 an hour. That’s a hefty sum for phone bankers and coffee fetchers. But it’s not enough to pay apartment rent and feed a family. Does Bernie not think his college-age employees deserve to live securely?

Sanders’ “do as I say, not as I do” approach also pertains to the app economy. Not one to let an industry operate away from the watchful eye of the government, the senator says he has “serious problems” with companies like Uber because they are “unregulated.” And yet, as a study by National Journal showed, Bernie used the ride-sharing service Uber for 100% of his taxi rides for the first six months of his campaign. For a company that skirts worker protection laws, one might think Mr. Solidarity would refuse to patronize Uber.

Then there is the coup de grâce: Sanders used his congressional campaign war chest to enrich his family members. An investigation by the neocon outlet Washington Free Beacon reveals that Sanders’ wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, collected a cool $90,000 from her husband’s House campaign in return for consulting services from 2002 to 2004. Bernie’s stepdaughter Carina Driscoll also collected $65,000 from the campaign during the same period.

The shady dealings don’t stop there. O’Meara Sanders reportedly abused her privileged position as president of Burlington College from 2004 to 2011. Under Mrs. Sanders’ tenure, the college paid $500,000 to the Vermont Woodworking School, which was run by Driscoll. Additionally, the school gave an all-inclusive Caribbean resort run by family friend Jonathan Leopold $68,000 for a study-abroad program. After O’Meara Sanders stepped down from head of Burlington College (not before inflating donor pledges for a loan application from the local Roman Catholic Diocese that cost the bishopric administration nearly $2 million), payments to the resort and woodworking school ended. Funny, that.

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Poll: 25 Percent Of Federal Employees Would Quit Under Trump Presidency

2nd February 2016

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About 1-in-4 federal employees would consider leaving their jobs if Donald Trump is elected president, according the results of a recent survey conducted by the Government Business Council.

Overall, about 2-in-3, or 67 percent said they would not think about leaving the federal government if Trump becomes president, but 14 percent said they would and 11 percent said they would “maybe” leave. Just 8 percent said they did not know. The share of Democrats who said they would leave is higher, with 42 percent indicating that they would exit or could exit.

He’s got my vote.

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Mammoth Bones Discovered Under Football Field at Oregon State University

31st January 2016

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That sounds about right.

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Why the Calorie Is Broken

31st January 2016

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At the heart of this issue is a single unit of measurement–the calorie–and some seemingly straightforward arithmetic. “To lose weight, you must use up more calories than you take in,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dieters like Nash and Haelle could eat all their meals at McDonald’s and still lose weight, provided they burn enough calories, says Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “Really, that’s all it takes.”

But Nash and Haelle do not find weight control so simple. And part of the problem goes way beyond individual self-control. The numbers logged in Nash’s Fitbit, or printed on the food labels that Haelle reads religiously, are at best good guesses. Worse yet, as scientists are increasingly finding, some of those calorie counts are flat-out wrong–off by more than enough, for instance, to wipe out the calories Haelle burns by running an extra mile on a treadmill. A calorie isn’t just a calorie. And our mistaken faith in the power of this seemingly simple measurement may be hindering the fight against obesity.

Wrangham and his colleagues have since shown that cooking unlaces microscopic structures that bind energy in foods, reducing the work our gut would otherwise have to do. It effectively outsources digestion to ovens and frying pans. Wrangham found that mice fed raw peanuts, for instance, lost significantly more weight than mice fed the equivalent amount of roasted peanut butter. The same effect holds true for meat: there are many more usable calories in a burger than in steak tartare. Different cooking methods matter, too. In 2015, Sri Lankan scientists discovered that they could more than halve the available calories in rice by adding coconut oil during cooking and then cooling the rice in the refrigerator.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th January 2016

Portable Collapsible Bathtub.

Swiss Robotic Barista.

Designer Dog Houses. I am not making this up.

The Exotic Virtual Adventure Run. This is the yuppiest device I have ever seen in my life.

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RIP Paul Kantner

29th January 2016

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Jefferson Airplane epitomized an era that I remember fondly from when I was an age where such things were important.

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New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

28th January 2016

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DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. But some argue that this elegance is overrated. “DNA as a molecule has many things wrong with it,” said Steven Benner, an organic chemist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Florida.

Nearly 30 years ago, Benner sketched out better versions of both DNA and its chemical cousin RNA, adding new letters and other additions that would expand their repertoire of chemical feats. He wondered why these improvements haven’t occurred in living creatures. Nature has written the entire language of life using just four chemical letters: G, C, A and T. Did our genetic code settle on these four nucleotides for a reason? Or was this system one of many possibilities, selected by simple chance? Perhaps expanding the code could make it better.

We still don’t know how genes work and they want to make new ones.

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Tree Houses: Are Wooden Skyscrapers the Future of Tall Buildings?

28th January 2016

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While the idea of timber towers may conjure up visions of multi-storey Swiss chalets, or high-rise log-cabins, these skyscrapers are not the traditional timber-framed buildings we’re used to seeing. Instead, the designs take advantage of recent innovations in “mass wood” to create vast solid timber panels that can support buildings to a much taller height than ordinary wood can.

Green’s Baobab uses Cross Laminated Timber, or CLT. This consists of several layers of timber board glued together at 90 degrees to form large structural sheets up to 40cm thick. The cross-lamination provides the material’s dimensional stability and strength.

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An Electric Forehead Patch Could Treat PTSD

28th January 2016

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For some people who experience traumatic events like robberies, war, or abuse, the emotional effects continue for decades after the episode has ended. Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are susceptible to anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares, which isn’t always ameliorated by treatments like therapy and medication. Now researchers from the University of California Los Angeles have developed a non-invasive patch that stimulates the brain to treat symptoms of PTSD, according to a study published today in the journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.
The patch uses a technique called trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS). It’s hooked up to a 9-volt battery with which it generates small electrical currents that move through the forehead to parts of the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve in the brain. The nerve is connected to many different parts of the brain, including the nucleus tractus solitarius, a structure found in the brainstem that is thought to integrate information from several disparate parts of the brain, including those in which patients with PTSD have abnormal activity. Targeting this nerve in particular makes TNS different from other neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), used to stimulate neuron activity in the prefrontal cortex, and transcranial direct current stimulation(tDCS), which triggers brain cells to release painkilling compounds.

Great news.

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Five Medieval Toothpaste Recipes

28th January 2016

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This sort of thing make me appreciate Proctor & Gamble.

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Brutal Freeze kills 85+ people in Tropical Taiwan

28th January 2016

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The global warming which recently hit the USA, has spread to a large area of East Asia, with reports of a brutal cold snap which has killed at least 85 people in Taiwan, and confirmed snowfall as far south as the Japanese island Okinawa, on the Northern edge of the Tropics.

How about that Global Warming, eh?

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This Sprinkler System Would Use Targeted Mist to Put Out Fires, Instead of Just Dumping Water on Everything

27th January 2016

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Aw, where’s the fun in that?

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No Shovel Needed: Special Concrete Could Melt Mounds of Snow

26th January 2016

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A special concrete mix, studded with electricity-conducting ingredients, could help airports and other places run on time during inclement weather — such as the weekend blizzard that paralyzed the U.S. Northeast.

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Mizzou Prof Melissa Click Faces Misdemeanor Assault Charges

25th January 2016

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The University of Missouri communications professor I dubbed “the scowling face of campus repression” has been slapped with a misdemeanor assault charge, according to the Columbia Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities decided to charge her with third-degree assault for threatening to sic some “muscle” on a student-journalist attempting to cover the rally at Mizzou in the wake of President Tim Wolfe’s resignation in November. The charge, a Class C misdemeanor, carries a max sentence of 15 days in jail, The Kansas City Star reports.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer liberal fascist.

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MH370 Search Vessel Sinks After Crashing Into Volcano

25th January 2016

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A deep-sea sonar vehicle searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has sunk to the ocean floor after colliding with an underwater mud volcano.

The collision with the 2,200-metre mud volcano on Sunday broke the cable between the sonar vehicle, known as a towfish, and the Fugro Discovery search vessel.

The towfish and 4,500 metres of cable are now resting on the floor of the Indian Ocean, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a statement.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Near-Room-Temperature Superconductivity in Hydrogen Sulfide

24th January 2016

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This could be huge.

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Yes! Deep-Frying Vegetables Makes Them More Nutritious

24th January 2016

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A recent study at the University of Granada in Spain has found that frying vegetables in extra virgin olive oil changes them for the better, adding phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties. Boiling and other methods of cooking veggies have no such benefit.

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This Robot Just Built a Launch Pad

24th January 2016

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Humans have never built another structure on another planet. So far, everything hurled beyond our atmosphere and into the great beyond was constructed on Earth, made by human hands or human-built machines using resources from sweet mother Terra herself. If we want to venture forth into the cosmos, and say, launch a return rocket home, it’d be nice to have a launch pad in place on the alien planet. Instead of hauling a launch pad there, why not make a machine that can use local materials to build one?

Over the course of several months, a remotely-controlled robot from the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration (PISCES) did just that. And now, thanks to Project Manager Rodrigo Romo we can watch that construction in all its impressive, tedious glory.

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Knots 3D

23rd January 2016

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This is sufficiently clever to deserve its own post.

This is an app for your favorite smartphone or tablet that instructs you in how to tie knots.

Those of you who need to know how to tie knots know who you are.

If it were possible to give a smartphone/tablet app as a gift, I have a handful of people for whom I would right now be buying this app.

It is way cool.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

23rd January 2016

Bull’s Eye Power Nozzle.

Swann Ultra HD Security System.

22-oz. Soup Mug. For when you REALLY WANT SOUP.

Straight Edge Clamping Tool Guide.

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France Wants a New Keyboard to Protect Its Language

23rd January 2016

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This week, the French government announced a plan to standardize the French-language computer keyboard, as part of an effort to help protect and nurture the language. The ministry of culture and communication says it’s “nearly impossible to correctly write French” on keyboards sold in the country today, meaning that the language’s strict grammatical rules are being flouted more regularly. The ministry has partnered with a standardization group to develop a new keyboard norm, which will be presented for public feedback this summer.

Unlike the QWERTY keyboards on most devices in the US and Europe, French-language keyboards follow an AZERTY layout, and they’ve never been standardized. That means that the layout can vary from one manufacturer to another, making it difficult for users to locate important keys or accented characters.

Good luck with that.

More from the BBC here.

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Nanotech Self-Cleaning Glass

23rd January 2016

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Scientists from University College London (UCL) have developed a high-tech glass intended for self-cleaning, energy-saving windows.

A team led by Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou has coupled “pencil-like, conical nanostructures engraved onto the glass” with a photochromic 5-10 nanometre film of vanadium dioxide.

The nanostructures trap air and ensure “only a tiny amount of water comes into contact with the surface”. Accordingly, “rain hitting the outside forms spherical droplets that roll easily over the surface – picking up dirt, dust and other contaminants and carrying them away”.

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Denmark Named the World’s Best Country for Women to Live In

21st January 2016

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If you can avoid being raped by a Muslim immigrant, of course.

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See Inside Buckingham Palace as Google and Youtube Take the Public on a 3D Tour

21st January 2016

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

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Scientists Find Evidence for Ninth Planet in Solar System

20th January 2016

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But that trick never works….

A planet larger than Earth could be hiding in the cold, dark depths of the solar system. The presence of the planet, which would lie far beyond Pluto, is betrayed by the curious orbits of a handful of distant icy worlds.

As described Wednesday in the Astronomical Journal, the gravitational signature of a large, lurking planet is written into the peculiar orbits of these farflung worlds. Called extreme Kuiper Belt Objects, the misbehaving bodies trace odd circles around the sun that have puzzled scientists for years.

It’s tantalizing evidence that a ninth large planet might live in the solar system, though the world hasn’t been detected yet.

“If there’s going to be another planet in the solar system, I think this is it,” says Greg Laughlin of the University of California, Santa Cruz. “It would be quite extraordinary if we had one. Fingers crossed. It would be amazing.”

I’m curious as to what they’d call it. Barsoom?

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Why Oil Prices Are Likely to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future – Shale 2.0

19th January 2016

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Even as the U.S. rig count has retreated like Napoleon from Russia, shale remains the key to understanding the global oil landscape. Consider that despite all of the turmoil in key oil-producing regions, namely the Middle East, oil prices have not spiked. Nothing — not Russian intervention in Syria, not ISIS attacks on Libyan oil infrastructure, not the torching of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran — has been able to stop the oil price collapse. What is going on here? Does turmoil in the Middle East suddenly no longer matter? The American shale oil model has changed the world oil marketplace for the foreseeable future. Shale producers’ ability to quickly throttle down or ramp up upstream investment spending, drilling and production, as oil prices change, is viewed as an effective shock absorber against any potential oil price spikes. Mark J Perry, Investor’s Business Daily, 15 January 2016

My understanding is that cheap energy is typically really really good for economic growth. With the Democrats in power, of course, any disaster can happen.

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Study: Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Has Increased U.S. Forest Health in Recent Decades

18th January 2016

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John Simpson: Golf Enthusiast Who Became First Person in UK to Be Fitted With C-Brace Exoskeleton

18th January 2016

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I’m happy to see this sort of thing get out into the wider world.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

16th January 2016

Adjustable Focus Reading Sunglasses.

Bay Area Regional Planner. Be the first on your block to be the Stalin of San Francisco.

Golden Skull Chair. For when you take over the world.

The Viking Coloring Book. Pillage first, then burn.

StinkBOSS.

Totem Recycling Bin.

Gorilla Grip Bath Pillow. I am not making this up.

Hypoallergenic Tongue Cleaner. Those of you who need this know who you are.

The Perfect Bag for a Heist.

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A Furry Diving Suit Could Keep You Warm

15th January 2016

Read it.

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

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