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Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

26th April 2015

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An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”

Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team, which returned from the site last Wednesday, also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned.

In contrast to the nearby Maya, this vanished culture has been scarcely studied and it remains virtually unknown. Archaeologists don’t even have a name for it.

If you run across a guy named Belloch, watch your back.

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The Runway Tech That Stops Runaway Planes

26th April 2015

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The 4-foot cubes are made of a concrete aggregate infused with a foaming agent, which creates air bubbles. The bubbles give the cubes a low density, which allows them to collapse on impact. The number of air bubbles can be adjusted to create different strengths depending on whether an airport caters to larger or smaller aircraft.

I suppose it really isn’t practical to use tail hooks and arresting wires….

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Scientists Discover Root Cause of Asthma and Believe Bone Drug Could Be Cure

25th April 2015

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Scientists have proven for the first time the role of a protein in cell walls which causes sufferers’ airways to narrow and handicap or prevent breathing.

A class of drugs known as calcilytics – first created to treat the bone disease osteoporosis – have been found to reverse all symptoms associated with the debilitating respiratory condition.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th April 2015

Survival Orb.

Steel Star Trek Coasters. A fool and his money are soon parted – that’s what the free market is all about.

Leatherman Bit Kit.

Liese Hair Reset Straightener Wipes. Lack of straight hair has never been one of my problems, but I imagine it would be useful for somebody.

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To Get Rid Of Mitochondrial Diseases, Just Edit Them Out Of DNA

23rd April 2015

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To test this approach, the researchers used the enzymes on mitochondrial DNA in mouse embryos and found that much of the targeted DNA had been snipped out. After they were born, the mice had healthy mitochondrial function. Even more interestingly, that same edited DNA was successfully passed on for two successive generations.

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MIT Invention Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

23rd April 2015

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Ah, but will it be in time to save the Left Coast?

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MMA Embraces Medieval Martial Arts

23rd April 2015

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The next big thing in mixed martial arts competition could be knight-on-knight combat. Russian fight promoter Vadim Finkelchtein has recently started a “medieval division” and it seems like people are really getting into it. The fights pit combatants dressed in medieval armor and armed with (thankfully) dulled swords against each other, but just like unarmed MMA fights, there are rules to protect the fighters from deadly injury.

‘Like an event, only everyone’s in costume.’

 

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Indians Flock to See EIGHT-limbed Baby Believed to Be Hindu God Ganesha

22nd April 2015

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In a world in which an incompetent slacker gets elected President because of his skin tone, anything is possible.

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How Nicaraguan Villagers Built Their Own Electric Grid

21st April 2015

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On a dirt road high in Nicaragua’s northern mountains, a small knot of men and two precocious young boys uncoil electrical cable from the back of a pickup truck. Other workers swing machetes at overhanging tree branches. Along the cleared shoulder of the road, another crew tightens a cable on a freshly planted utility pole.

Verdant coffee plantations line the steep road, punctuated by wooden shacks where pigs orbit stakes in the mud. Placards on outhouses proclaim the names of aid organizations. Cinder-block evangelical churches mark even the tiniest clusters of homes.

This extension of the power grid will serve about 30 families in the San Ramón valley, about 200 kilometers northeast of Managua. “We’ve always lived in the dark here,” says Salvador Gonzáles, a resident of the valley and one of the men volunteering on the line crew. For him, the arrival of electricity means a refrigerator and a leap in quality of life. “I’ll have my soda cold, some chicken, some meat, a Popsicle,” he says.

And the SWPL cry goes ’round the clubs: ‘Oh noes! They’ corrupting these innocent primitive people with – gasp – technology!’

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Korean Shipbuilder Uses “Iron Man” Exosuit to Help Build World’s Largest Freighter

20th April 2015

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Daewoo, Samsung, and Hyundai’s shipbuilding wings are already setting a standard for the use of bleeding edge robotics in manufacturing. According to a U.S. Navy study they rely on robots for over two thirds of the welding, as well as much of the cutting, grinding steel, and polishing. But keeping the robotic assembly components fed with material requires a lot of heavy lifting and transfer of large metal components.

That’s where the Daewoo S&M Eng. is having the RoboShipbuilder step in. Currently the exosuit is being used by employees and can lift up to 30 kg (66.1 lb.). That’s enough to lift a variety of smaller steel components, and precisely position them for the most difficult welding tasks.

The suit uses a mixture of hydraulics and electric servomotors to carry the load. Workers start by standing on footpads and then strap the exoskeleton legs frame to their legs, followed by a backpack-like section and arm frame. The exoskeleton accommodates workers of heights between 1.6 and 1.85 meters (5’3″ to 6’1″).

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

19th April 2015

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Right now, the chef of the future looks like a pair of robotic arms that descend from the ceiling of a very organized kitchen. And it makes a mean crab bisque.

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Desolenator Creates Clean Water From Salt Water Using Sunlight

19th April 2015

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Having lived in United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi, for more than five years, William Janssen was already accustomed to drinking desalinated water — seawater treated in large machines that consume lots of energy. So Janssen came up with the idea of using solar energy instead to transform salt water into drinking water, a more sustainable, cost-effective method.

So Desolenator was founded in 2012, and the company has been working with Innovation Experience, a group that helps marry “clean tech development” with human-centered design, since 2013 to make the idea a reality. The company has since become part of London’s Imperial College accelerator program for clean technology startups, and just this week it met its $150,000 crowdfunding target on Indiegogo, with a week still to go.

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World-Record Electric Motor for Aircraft

19th April 2015

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Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts – five times more than comparable drive systems. The motor has been specially designed for use in aircraft. Thanks to its record-setting power-to-weight ratio, larger aircraft with takeoff weights of up to two tons will now be able to use electric drives for the first time.

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Tactical Laser Weapon Module Can Laserify Almost Anything

18th April 2015

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The thing in this picture isn’t a photon torpedo. But, it’s close. It’s a photon cannon, currently under development by General Atomics. Small, versatile, and completely self-contained, it turns anything onto which you stick it into a powerful laser weapon. And at just two cubic meters in volume, you should have no trouble mounting it on the roof rack of your Volvo.

Me want.

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Odd Sound In Antarctica May Be From New Whale Species

18th April 2015

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Or it may be the screams of the Global Warming crowd.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th April 2015

Air Vent Safe Features RFID Lock.

Bug-Blasting Blunderbuss.

Grab-It Gadget for cars.

Adjustable Reading Wedge Light.

Pill Remover Fabric Shaver. There were times when I would have killed for this device.

Magnetic Vest Holds Your Tools For You.

Self-Heating Butter Knife.

Rolling Cooler With Own Tables and Chairs.

Tactical Credit Card Axe. I am not making this up.

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Man Goes Exploring With Metal Detector, Finds Roman-Era Grave

18th April 2015

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Oddly enough, they’re all registered to vote as Democrats.

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An Ice-Proof Coating for Airplanes Based on a Frog’s Skin

17th April 2015

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Konrad Rykaczewski, an assistant professor of engineering at Arizona State University, has strived for years to develop a better anti-icing solution for airplanes. His drive is more than academic: He was once stranded for two days in London when a long snowfall depleted Heathrow Airport of the supplies of antifreeze it uses to keep ice off airplane wings.

Rykaczewski’s eureka moment came later on a Panama vacation, sparked by a chance encounter with a poison dart frog. The frog’s skin inspired him to design a novel anti-icing coating. He learned that poison dart frogs have various glands in their skin. Some glands always secrete lubricant, while others secrete bits of toxin when provoked.

Is this a great country or what?

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WW II Wreck Gives Up Millions in Silver

17th April 2015

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The SS City of Cairo was carrying 100 tons of silver rupees from India in November 1942 when it was hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and sank nearly 17,000 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic, reports CNN.

Underwater recovery company Deep Ocean Search, working under a contract from the British government, brought up coins worth millions from the record-breaking depth. The 100 tons would be worth about $50 million today, and the salvage team’s leader tells the BBC a “large percentage” of the coins were reclaimed.

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What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?

16th April 2015

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Hint: More than it’s worth.

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Judge Rules Woman Who Recorded Ex-Clippers Owner Sterling’s Racist Rant Owes His Wife $2.6M

15th April 2015

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The wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed $2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly Sterling most of the nearly $3 million she had sought.

Sterling had claimed that money used to buy V. Stiviano a house, luxury cars and expensive gifts was her community property.

Heh.

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Mountain Lion in Crawlspace Causes Commotion in Los Angeles Neighborhood

15th April 2015

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I’d heard that L.A. was full of cougars but I hadn’t realized it was this bad.

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Aluminum Battery Charges in 1 Minute

14th April 2015

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Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world — they’ve replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ever-increasing energy needs. But a new type of aluminum-ion battery developed at Stanford University is not only less explode-y than lithium, but also can be built at a fraction of the price and recharges completely in just over a minute. Best of all, “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it,” Stanford chemistry professor Dai Hongjie boasted in a recent release.

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How To Grow Your Own Furniture

12th April 2015

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An ingenious British designer has come up with the ultimate environmentally-friendly way to create stunning household furniture – by letting Mother Nature do all the hard work.

Gavin Munro grows young trees into specially-designed plastic moulds, pruning and guiding the branches into shape before grafting them together to form ultra-tough joints.

Using this method he’s already created several prototype pieces and has a field in Derbyshire where he’s currently tending a crop of 400 tables, chairs and lampshades which he hopes to harvest next year.

British landlords used to do this, in a more primitive fashion, during the 17th and 18th centuries with their oak trees so that the branches would be the right shape for the knee frames used in building warships.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

12th April 2015

Christos Anesti

 

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Barry’s Coilgun Design Site

11th April 2015

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As William Gibson famously said, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.

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Altamura Man Yields Oldest Neanderthal DNA Sample

11th April 2015

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

11th April 2015

Yoda-Inspired Child’s Bath Towel.

Foldable Ultra-Portable Grill.

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Glowing ‘Tumor Paint’ Shows Surgeons Where to Cut

8th April 2015

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Brain surgery is notoriously complicated. Before surgeons go in to remove a tumor, they study the size and location of the tumor. But once they’re in, they have to rely on their fingers and eyes to distinguish tumor cells from healthy brain cells. Now researchers have developed a “paint” that can be injected into a patient’s veins to make tumor cells glow. After a number of successful studies in mice and dogs, the paint is now being tested in humans in California.

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Mechanical Exoskeleton Makes Walking More Efficient

8th April 2015

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

For the first time, researchers can improve the way humans walk without using an external power source, according to a study published in Nature today. A boot-like exoskeleton that fits into a regular running shoe reduces the energetic costs of walking by about 7 percent. In short, it makes walking less tiring without resorting to a battery pack or a motor — something that could really come in handy for people who have trouble walking, or military personnel in remote areas.

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The Future of Disease Diagnosis Is Here

8th April 2015

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And about fargin time, too.

A long term project of a Massachusetts based company is receiving plenty of press as a potential next generation solution for getting to the bottom of health matters.  Nanobiosym™ (NBS) is an innovative technology, engineering and biomedicine company who has introduced  Gene-RADAR®, a tablet sized device that may revolutionize disease diagnosis. Through your genetic fingerprint, via a drop of blood or saliva, Gene-RADAR is able to diagnose various diseases and conditions.

Think of the time and cost saved with traditional tests. Gene-RADAR can give test results for diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, Ebola, E.Coli. Weeks and hundreds of dollars would quickly be saved with such a handy device. Multiply that over the population of a high risk group and you just justified the investment.

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Apple Eaters Visit the Doctor Just as Often as Everyone Else, Study Finds

8th April 2015

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Studying the eating habits of 8,399 Americans, the researchers separated out a group of 753 who ate at least one small apple every day. These apple eaters were generally healthier and better educated than the general populace, but once the effects of such confounding factors were accounted for, there was no statistical difference to be found. Apple eaters were just as likely to visit the doctor or have an overnight hospital stay as everyone else.

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

This analysis, led by University of Michigan assistant professor Matthew Davis, has a number of important limitations. While its subjects are nationally representative for the US, the data is based on their recall of food consumption over a period of 24 hours, which they assert to be representative of their usual diet. That’s then compared against their hospital or doctor visits over the previous month, which are again self-reported, and the metric for “keeping the doctor away” is to have no more than one meeting with a medical professional during that period. That leaves the nuance of why people might need treatment unaddressed.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Jeb Bush Registered to Vote as “Hispanic” in 2009

6th April 2015

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Hey, he’s more Hispanic than Elizabeth Warren is skraeling — at least he can speak the language.

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What Really Happened to Harry Reid?

5th April 2015

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Someone attacked Harry Reid on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day; that much seems clear from photographs and from the nature of his injuries. So far, to my knowledge, no one has investigated to try to find out what really happened. My “investigation” consisted of answering my telephone. Perhaps those reporters who were so eager to dig through Sarah Palin’s dumpster and track down Mitt Romney’s high school classmates will now swing into action, carry out an actual investigation, and either confirm or refute the events described by Mr. Elliott.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

4th April 2015

Fridge Squircle.

Wide Path Camper. Perfect for SCA events.

Jevo Jello Shot Maker. There are people who need one of these, and you know who you are.

Grappling Hook. Hey, one of these babies can save your life.

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A New Source of Energy In Maryland: Chicken Manure

3rd April 2015

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And you thought Joe Biden was totally useless….

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Notes on the Menendez Indictment

2nd April 2015

Scott Johnson of Powerline fills you in.

The facts alleged in the indictment may to a great extent make out what former Wall Street Journal reporter Brooks Jackson denominated “honest graft.” Much of the indictment is devoted to a recitation of activities that must be business as usual in Washington, or close to it.

The activities itemized in the indictment go back as far as 2006. It is certainly fair to wonder why the indictment has been handed up now and to doubt that Senator Menendez’s leading role criticizing the foreign policy of the Obama administration is merely a big coincidence.

No doubt.

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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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