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Scientists Find Evidence of Viking Presence in Arctic Canada

22nd December 2014

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A small stone artifact recovered from a Paleo-Eskimo site on Baffin Island is important evidence of a Viking presence in Arctic Canada around 1000 CE, says a team of scientists led by Dr Patricia Sutherland of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

 

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The Secret Ingredient Behind Rome’s Lasting Monuments

22nd December 2014

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In 30 B.C., the Roman architect Vitruvius wrote down an ancient recipe for mortar that, as it happens, could make modern buildings more durable and environmentally friendly.

The crucial ingredient, volcanic sand, has long been credited with the longevity of Rome’s ancient monuments, including the Pantheon, Hadrian’s Temple, Trajan’s Market, and the Baths of Diocletian.

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Today Is Groundbreaking Day for Nicaragua’s Canal With China

22nd December 2014

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So far, it has brought as much fear as hope. Since Chinese-speaking surveyors, backed by Nicaraguan soldiers and police, began assessing land and houses along the canal’s proposed 278km (172-mile) route a few months ago (see map), peasants fearful of their land being expropriated have taken to the streets 16 times. On December 10th several thousand, shouting “We don’t want the Chinese”, protested in Managua, the capital, despite police efforts to keep them in their villages, activists say. Boatmen in Punta Gorda on the Caribbean coast have refused to ferry heavy machinery to be used to begin construction, fearing their livelihoods will be harmed.

And the Occupy Whatever people say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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Sign With Misspellings Leads to Demotion of New Jersey School Principal

22nd December 2014

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A large sign outside a New Jersey elementary school that misspelled “December” appears to have cost the principal her $108,000 a year job.

The Bergen Record says the sign outside School 20 in Paterson also notified people of the date for “progress reepor” and contained a backward numeral 1.

And rightly so, I think.

None of the news stories appear to include a picture of her, so I think it’s safe to suppose that she’s black.

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Watch a Kangaroo in Australia Punch a Drone Out of the Sky

21st December 2014

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Gotta love Australians.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

20th December 2014

Survival Grenade.

Hot Sauce Flavored Beer. You know who you are.

Sous-Chef Prep Station.

Pico Folding Armchair.

Shoes with a hidden whiskey compartment.

Adhesive measuring tape. Words cannot express how useful this stuff is.

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator.

Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan.

 

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Woz Moves to Oz

19th December 2014

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“Woz” has lived in Australia on and off for a few years now and recently picked up a gig as an adjunct professor at Sydney’s University of Technology. According to The Australian Financial Review he’s now taken the plunge and moved down under to become, if you will, The Woz-ard of Oz.

Don’t blame him.

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Printing Cancer Killing Viruses

19th December 2014

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Cell biologist Andrew Hessel of Autodesk is designing viruses in software to attack a specific individual’s cancer and then using DNA Printers to create the viruses as a drug.

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Hipster Business Models: A New Book by Priceonomics

18th December 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

16th December 2014

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Better and better.

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Martin Freeman Returns to The Office as The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins

15th December 2014

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When asked what he has he been up to in the hilarious clip, Bilbo replies: “I went on a quest I saved middle earth and became a bit of a hero.

“I did the noble thing and turned down loads of treasure….and so yeah the brave Bilbo Baggins now works in a paper company, selling over the phone and I drive a Jetta.”

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Could a New Injectable Gel Save Lives on the Battlefield?

14th December 2014

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Blood, as the vital and life-sustaining passageway through the body, has a strong incentive to flow as easily as possible — in all cases except that of injury. With a cut or larger bleeding injury, platelets rush to the opening, part of the body’s desperate action to cut off what had moments ago flowed so freely. That switch takes time, and as good as platelets are, in trauma situations or on the battlefield, they might not work fast enough unaided. Now, a team of scientists at Texas A&M, Harvard, and MIT just developed an injectable gel that uses synthetic nanoplatelets to staunch the bleeding.

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Blog News

13th December 2014

My Macintosh is sick, so blogging will be light until it gets fixed.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

13th December 2014

Science-Fiction Door Decals. You, too, can live behind an airlock door.

Stun Gun iPhone Case. Now you’re talkin’.

Neck Massager with Wireless Remote Control.

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A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases

11th December 2014

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The first commercial power plant to use carbon capture and sequestration shows the potential of a crucial technology.

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Drug Flags Malaria-Infected Cells for Destruction

9th December 2014

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At the end of November, a team reported some good results from testing a chemical called (+)-SJ733 in cells grown in lab and in lab animals, such as rats, mice, and dogs. What makes the study interesting is that the scientists tested one possible way malaria might evolve against (+)-SJ733. They found resistance will likely arise slowly. The team included researchers from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, as well as biologists from universities and research institutes all over the world.

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New Study Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee From a White Mug

9th December 2014

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Ken Weatherwax, Pugsley From ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at Age 59

9th December 2014

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What a great name for an actor.

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This Disk in Your Pants Tells You to Sit Up and Breathe Into Your Belly

7th December 2014

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Both good things. At last, a useful piece of ‘wearable’ tech.

 

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Francesinha

6th December 2014

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Legend has it that in the 1960s, one Daniel da Silva returned to his native Portugal following a stint in France and Belgium, with a vision of adapting the classic grilled ham and cheese croque-monsieur for local palates.

The result was the Francesinha (“Frenchie”), an example of what happens when you take a simple sarnie, crank it up to 11 with the addition of meaty overdrive and then douse it in alcohol-heavy sauce.

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Yale, Organovo Team Up to 3D Print Organs for Transplants

6th December 2014

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They’re not a reality quite yet, but laboratories are already busy 3D printing living tissue. Industry leader Organovo and Yale’s schools of medicine and engineering announced a partnership this week that will focus specifically on research into printing transplantable tissue, and we may see some working applications very soon.

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Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, and They’re Changing Lives

6th December 2014

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When you think of bionic exoskeleton suits, images of futuristic high-tech super soldiers often come to mind. Think Tom Cruise in this summer’s sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow, or Ripley taking on the queen xenomorph in Aliens. While militaries across the world are certainly interested in designing weaponized exo-suits for their armies of the future, powered exoskeletons are actually finding a much more benevolent niche right now: patient rehabilitation.

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Trains Could Use Lasers to Blast Leaves Off Track

6th December 2014

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Leaves … cows … demonstrators … it’s all good.

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Power Savings of Smart Meters Prove Slow to Materialize

6th December 2014

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Gee, I wonder why.

The end is in sight for the meter reader, who each month faithfully tramps through the flower beds or into the basement, flashlight and clipboard in hand, to record electricity use.

They are being phased out because tens of millions of new meters talk directly to the electric company. The meters can record use by the hour, changing the price as the market changes and telling the customer — or maybe even the appliances themselves — the best time to buy energy.

But this is not happening. Although the goal is to shift consumption to off-peak hours when cheaper, cleaner electricity is available, experts say it is still many years away, despite billions in federal subsidies that have helped finance the switch to the so-called smart grid.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Austin Cop’s Sure Shot Stopped Crazed Gunman

6th December 2014

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Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away.

Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital, where he’d fired more than 100 rounds from his AK-47 and .22-caliber rifles at buildings. The shot, from Johnson’s Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol, hit McQuilliams square in the chest and made the 15-year-veteran the toast of gun enthusiasts around the country.

“At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster, a retired Special Forces operator, long-range shooting expert and author of “The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers.”

 

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

6th December 2014

25 Amazing Life Hacks You Won’t Believe You Didn’t Know.

Edible Greeting Cards. I am not making this up.

Shoulder Bag With Pop-Up Tablet Holder. For those who are insecure with their geek status.

New Pills Make Farts Smell Like Chocolate.

Pressure Oven.

Bubble-Wrap Suit.

‘You Suck at Parking’ Business Cards.

Ring Weeder.

Liquid Plastic Welder.

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DNA Test That Distinguishes Identical Twins May Be Used in Court for First Time

5th December 2014

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One of the two men involved pleaded guilty to the attacks in 2012. The other remained at large. Police had a suspect, but they couldn’t pin the crime on him due to a twist of genetic fate: He had an identical twin brother, and DNA from the condom matched both siblings. But now, a decade after the assaults, scientists have developed a genetic test that can distinguish between identical twins, and it may be used in court for the first time in this case.

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Veteran Homeschoolers Share Tips and How-To’s as More Students Exit Schools Due to Common Core

5th December 2014

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Parents are discovering that having government employees responsible for educating their kids is not a recipe for success.

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Fort Hood Victims Set to Receive Purple Hearts, Combat Status

5th December 2014

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Congress is set to make victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings eligible for Purple Hearts and combat injury benefits after the Obama administration has denied them the status for the past five years.

About fargin time, too.

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Electric Implants Kill Off Infections, Then Dissolve

3rd December 2014

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Someday, in the not-too-distant future, bacterial infections could be treated by implanting electronics into your body. A team from Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana developed a tiny implant that can be inserted into an area of infection (or potential infection) and activated remotely, delivering either heat or drugs to infected tissues, and then dissolving harmlessly.

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New Breast Cancer Vaccine Proves Safe in Early Clinical Trial

2nd December 2014

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Researchers developed the vaccine to target mammaglobin-A, a protein found almost exclusively in breast tissue, according to the news release. The vaccine works to prime a type of white blood cell in the body’s adaptive immune system, and seek out and destroy the cells with mammaglobin-A.

“Being able to target mammaglobin is exciting because it is expressed broadly in up to 80 percent of breast cancers, but not at meaningful levels in other tissues,” William E. Gillanders, senior study author and breast cancer surgeon said in the release. “In theory, this means we could treat a large number of breast cancer patients with potentially fewer side effects.”

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Backers of Alaska Gold Mine Win Court Battle With EPA

2nd December 2014

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Pebble Partnership, the Canadian company behind the project, which would take place near Anchorage, claims the regulatory agency has conspired illegally with opponents of the mine to devise scientific and environmental justifications for blocking it. Salmon fishermen in Washington state and Alaska, Native American groups and environmental organizations have opposed the massive project for several years, and had appeared to have gotten it scuttled prior to Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Russel Holland, in Anchorage.

“Instrumental to this scheme was EPA’s clandestine use of the de facto advisory committees – made up of individuals and groups who have been vehemently opposed to any mining of the Pebble deposit – to help the agency plan and then implement unprecedented steps designed to guarantee that no mining of the Pebble deposit would ever take place,” the company’s lawsuit claims.

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Inside the Dynomak: A Fusion Technology Cheaper Than Coal

30th November 2014

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The dynomak is a variation of the most popular type of research fusion machine, the tokamak. Essentially, a tokamak is a doughnut-shaped machine that generates helical magnetic fields by combining toroidal fields (which go around the doughnut’s equator) with poloidal fields (which wrap around the outside of the doughnut). These fields have to be strong enough to keep plasma stable and contained indefinitely at the tens to hundreds of millions of degrees Celsius necessary to induce fusion.

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Thyssenkrupp Develops the World’s First Rope-Free Elevator System

29th November 2014

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Presented today, MULTI is ThyssenKrupp’s latest offering in its extensive repertoire of elevator technologies, representing a landmark revolution in the elevator industry and a new and efficient transport solution for mid and high-rise buildings. Now, the long-pursued dream of operating multiple cabins in the same elevator shaft is made possible by applying the linear motor technology of the magnetic levitation train Transrapid to the elevator industry. MULTI will transform how people move inside buildings, just as the recently introduced ThyssenKrupp’s ACCEL, which also applies the same linear motor technology, is set to transform mobility between short distances in cities and airports.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

29th November 2014

Magazine stool.

Bacon-making kit.

Keyboard-shaped-waffle maker.

Self-defense keychain.

Melting Nazi-Face Candle. For the man who has everything but puberty.

12-in-1 Scissors.

LED Keychain Light. I have one of these and wouldn’t be without it.

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How to Keep Your Giraffe Warm

27th November 2014

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

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Transylvania’s Castle Owners Sink Their Teeth Into Business

27th November 2014

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In the end it wasn’t vampires that the castle owners of Transylvania had to worry about, it was Communists.

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GPS Study Tracks Grizzlies as They Follow Hunters

26th November 2014

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The study is aimed at bolstering the theory that grizzlies, which can be as stealthy as they are ferocious, stalk hunters from as close as the length of a football field in order to steal their prey. Already, data has shown at least one grizzly following oblivious elk hunters almost from the moment they left the parking lot, according to the Billings Gazette. Scientists believe the bear may have been following the humans in hopes of getting to a fallen elk before they did.

Heh.

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Aerial Laser Discovers Ancient Roman Gold Mines

26th November 2014

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ScienceDaily reports that the gold mining complex in the Eria river valley includes sophisticated hydraulic works diverting river water to the mines. The Las Médulas region in León is considered to be the largest opencast mine in the Roman Empire but the University team discovered that mining extended many miles to the south east to the Eria valley.

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The Secret Life of String Cheese

25th November 2014

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It makes sense that string cheese was most likely invented in Wisconsin, cheese capital of the United States. Brian (referred to by his first name here to avoid confusion between various members of the Baker family involved in this story), is the president of a family-owned and operated cheese brand named Baker Cheese, a company that has made cheese for nearly 100 years. Over the course of four generations string cheese has become close to the entirety of their business.

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Bringing Sous Vide to the Home Cook

24th November 2014

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Then there is the computer you use for sous vide, a cooking technique beloved by restaurant chefs — and a truly groundbreaking way of making better meals. In this method, you begin by packing food, usually meat, into a plastic bag. Then you place the bag in a water bath whose temperature is precisely controlled by a computerized thermostat. Then you wait.

After an hour, two hours, or in some cases 72 hours, you will have an exquisitely textured cut of meat — a steak with a uniform pinkness from edge to edge, or chicken so tender it tastes like no chicken you have ever experienced. If you have ever wondered how high-end restaurants get every steak right, every time, it is most likely because they cook sous vide.

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How Scientists Are Developing the Robot Doctors of the Future

23rd November 2014

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Legions of research teams around the world are now working on proof-of-concept studies that take this tiny step further, engineering microscopic robots that may some day be able to cruise through both the large arteries and small veins of living bodies to perform a wide range of medical feats that would otherwise require invasive surgery.

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The Wallabies of Ireland

22nd November 2014

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Not far off the coast of Ireland’s County Dublin, there’s a private island with some unlikely inhabitants. Along with the native bird colonies and a herd of cattle, the island, called Lambay, is home to Ireland’s only wild mob of wallabies.

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Study: How Yoga Alters Genes

22nd November 2014

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All of the subjects’ blood samples revealed changes in gene expression following meditation. The changes were the exact opposite of what occurs during flight or fight: genes associated with energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, insulin secretion, and telomere maintenance were turned on, while those involved in inflammation were turned off. These effects were more pronounced and consistent for long-term practitioners.

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‘Rise of Saturated Fat in Diet Does Not Raise Fats in Blood’

22nd November 2014

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A new controlled diet study has found that increasing the levels of saturated fat in the diet does not lead to increased levels of saturated fat in the blood. However, increasing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet was found to raise the levels of a fatty acid associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Everything bad is good for you.

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Newly Discovered Hormone Points to Potential Treatment for Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease

22nd November 2014

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Looks like Michelle Obama will need a new hobbyhorse.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd November 2014

Flash drive cufflinks.

Remote-controlled heated insoles.

Spring-based nutcracker.

Chocolate Cake in a Can.

The Survival Bike.

Guitar Pick Punch. You never know when you’ll need an emergency guitar pick.

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Keeping Up With the Carnivores

21st November 2014

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Over the past 100 years, coyotes have, quite literally, been taking over America. They are native to the continent, and for most of their existence these rangy, yellow-eyed canids were largely restricted to the Great Plains and western deserts where they evolved. But after wolves and cougars were exterminated from most of the United States by the 1800s, coyotes took their place. Colonizing some areas at a rate of 720 square miles per year, coyotes now occupy—or “saturate,” as one scientist I spoke with described it—nearly the entire continent. (Long Island is a notable exception.) The animals are now the apex predators of the east. And they’re proving so resourceful that even the last stronghold—the urban core—represents an opportunity to flourish.

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World’s Deadliest Spiders a Toxic Myth?

20th November 2014

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Toxic spiders have a terrible reputation. Yet even though deadly spider bites are regular fodder for scary stories, spider experts say it’s actually quite rare for anyone to suffer serious injuries from the world’s deadliest spiders.

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Utah Revives Plan For Executions By Firing Squab

20th November 2014

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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