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Saturated Fats No Longer the True Enemy, Experts Say

30th September 2016

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So much for scientific ‘consensus’. (I must admit to having been a Saturated Fat Denier.)

Everything bad is good for you.

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How Board Games Got Literary

30th September 2016

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Great book? There’s a game for that.

Remember that Tom Clancy’s novel Red Storm Rising was taken from the Harpoon game.

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The Flyway Code: How Birds Avoid Crashing Into Each Other in Mid-Air

30th September 2016

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

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Infiniti Introduced a Breakthrough New Engine

30th September 2016

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In a statement, Infiniti said the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder power plant “promises to be one of the most advanced internal-combustion engines ever created.”

The VC stands for variable compression, and it means that the new motor can modulate its compression ratio to optimize its performance. According to Infiniti, it combines the torque of a diesel motor with a high-performance gas engine — minus the emissions problems that small-displacement diesels confront.

The VC-Turbo is to engines what a continuously variable transmission is to shifting gears: It can locate the ideal compression ratio for a given driving condition. Infiniti has been working on the technology for 20 years and thinks it will enable the automaker to offer better performance with a four-cylinder motor, replacing six-cylinder power plants.

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3D-printed ‘Hyperelastic Bone’ Could Be the Future of Reconstructive Surgery

29th September 2016

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A new synthetic material called hyperelastic bone, or HB, could be “the next breakthrough” in reconstructive surgery, new research shows. The HB can be implanted under the skin as a scaffold for new bone to grow on, or used to replace lost bone matter altogether. Though it hasn’t been tested in humans yet, early experiments on animals appear to have been successful, with “quite astounding” results, according to the researchers.

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Disney Rollercoaster Helps Pop Out Kidney Stones

27th September 2016

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Doubt that insurance covers roller coaster rides, though.

 

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Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

27th September 2016

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Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.

Well, that’s all right, then.

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Ancient Roman Coins Found buried Under Ruins of Japanese Castle Leave Archaeologists Baffled

27th September 2016

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The four copper coins were retrieved from soil beneath Katsuren Castle on Okinawa Island, and were originally thought to be a hoax before their true provenance was revealed.

The designs on the coins are difficult to decifer as they have been eroded over time, but x-ray analysis revealed several of the relics bore the image of Emperor Constantine I.

Time to call the Doctor.

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In the Mood for Cheese? Here’s Why You Should Consider Full-Fat Over Reduced-Fat Options

26th September 2016

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Everything bad is good for you.

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Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table

25th September 2016

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In his new history of food, acclaimed historian Massimo Montanari traces the development of medieval tastes, both culinary and cultural, from raw materials to market and captures their reflections in today’s food trends. Tying the ingredients of our diet evolution to the growth of human civilization, he immerses readers in the passionate debates and bold inventions that transformed food from a simple staple to a potent factor in health and a symbol of social and ideological standing.

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Gennifer Flowers ‘Will Attend’ Trump v Clinton Debate

25th September 2016

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Pass the popcorn.

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Hamburger and Hotdog Unite to Create the Hamdog

24th September 2016

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Gotta love Australians.

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Update Needed: the Liam Neeson Kill Map

24th September 2016

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He will find you.

Then he will kill you.

And then someone will map it.

That’s the theory behind this Liam Neeson Kill Map, which charts the 115 lives snuffed out, across 16 movies, by the Irish actor.

 

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First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper Body

24th September 2016

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There’s good news out there if you look for it.

I usually don’t, since finding the bad news is typically less work.

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Out of Africa

24th September 2016

Steve Sailer looks at the latest research.

According to the Estonian data, Papuans, like the Eurasian mainstream, is mostly out-of-Africa and a little bit Neanderthal, but the Papuans are also a little bit Denisovan and something else they are labeling xOoA, which they are guessing came out of Africa well before the mainstream did.

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There’s Something About Hillary’s Eyes

24th September 2016

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Yesterday Tom Lifson took note of Hillary’s wandering eyes. Several physicians have written us to observe that they are consistent with a left abducens nerve (CN6) palsy, residual from her cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Now Dr. John Coppedge elaborates on this thesis in a post at The Hill that he calls “Clinton’s eyes — a window into her health issues.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

24th September 2016

The Can Cannon.

Wazer Desktop Waterjet Cutter.

Shiatsu Heated Foot Compression Massager.

TruthFinder. Requires payment.

Zubits Fasteners.

Ice Cream Freeze Cooling Bowl.

The Spadle.

AimWell Targets System.

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Another Hiatus

22nd September 2016

More eye surgery. Back presently.

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Scientists Can Now Grow Jet Fuel on A Tree

19th September 2016

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Australian scientists discovered how to grow jet fuel on an eucalyptus tree Monday.

Gotta love Australians.

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Hiatus

15th September 2016

Eye surgery.  Back presently.

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The Frayed Reputation of Egyptian Cotton

14th September 2016

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People assume that Egyptian cotton is better because Egypt was an exotic place where cotton with long fibers was raised, beginning not in ancient times but in the early 19th century. Such cotton is known as long staple or extra-long staple, depending on the fiber length. It accounts for only about 2.5 percent of global cotton consumption. Longer fibers make for stronger, smoother thread, and “Egyptian cotton” sounds special, like Moroccan leather or French perfume. But it’s the long fibers, not some unique attribute of Egyptian soil or climate, that makes the cotton better.

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Europe Rediscovers the Military Draft

14th September 2016

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In 2010 the Swedish parliament, having decided it no longer needed the large armed forces that had for centuries defended the country, suspended the mandatory draft. The following year, so did Germany. Other European countries including France, Italy, Latvia and Lithuania likewise scrapped or suspended conscription as they concluded that large-scale defense was no longer necessary. But now the draft is making a comeback in Europe.

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World’s Oldest Snowshoe Found on a Glacier in Italy’s Dolomites

13th September 2016

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Carbon-dating has shown that the rudimentary snow shoe, made of birch wood and twine, was made in the late Neolithic age, between 3,800 and 3,700 BC.

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‘Bionic Olympics’ Bring Cyborg Technology to Competition

13th September 2016

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Not many athletes compete in mind-controlled computer games. Next month, however, more than fifty teams from around the world will meet near Zurich, Switzerland, to demonstrate their skills in manipulating computer characters, going up and down stairs in powered wheelchairs, and racing to pick up objects with their bionic hands. The events, which start on October 8, are part of the world’s first-ever Cybathlon, and will bring together the world’s best scientists and disabled prosthetic users.

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Welcome to the Rare Metal Age

13th September 2016

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Today, a new high-tech rush is underway. This one is spurred by the grim reality of climate change and the ascendance of clean energy. But the technologies that promise to slow the rise in temperature will be sculpted not from ones and zeros. They will be forged from a handful of rare minerals sprinkled across some of the most remote places on Earth.

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Feds May Have Made a Huge Breakthrough in Cold Fusion

11th September 2016

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A federal agency may have just discovered cold fusion, according to unconfirmed reports.

A report from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) claimed government researchers had confirmed the existence of a cold fusion nuclear reaction. The report was allegedly authored by scientists from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and the University of New Mexico.

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The Extent of Indigenous-Norse Contact and Trade Prior to Columbus

10th September 2016

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Vikings! Those suckers really got around.

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Could These Unconventional Reactors Restart the Nuclear Age?

10th September 2016

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“A molten-salt reactor [MSR] uses a liquid mixture of salts, some of which are salts of uranium and thorium, as the medium in which nuclear fission reactions take place,” Kirk Sorensen, president and chief technologist of the reactor company Flibe Energy, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Not with the eco-Nazis on the loose.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

10th September 2016

Gun-Shaped Bottle Opener.

Seasoning Stix.

Emergency Auto Survival Kit.

CargoRAXX.

CLUE, Games of Thrones edition.

The Fidget Cube. Or you could just bounce your leg up and down, which is what I do.

Laser Training System for Home Use. Gun control is hitting what you aim at.

Throttle Opener.

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Hi! I’m Jocelyn! I’m Passionat About Cloud Storage!

9th September 2016

Joe Bob Briggs brings the buzz.

Hi, I’m Jocelyn, and I’m passionate about cloud storage!

As founder and CEO of MeCloud, I’m excited to be bringing a consumer-facing enterprise team to application design while using my 35 years as a Certified Life Transformation Coach to establish a soul connection between digital technology and the divinity dwelling inside your hidden Truth Spirit.

What we do at MeCloud is take a large variety of codebases and use them to drill down into all cognitive and fiscal aspects of your current life, employing Oprah’s SuperSoul litmus test to turbocharge your results strategy. Cost of the initial two-day workshop, taught by leading low-carb branding influencer Vicki Wolverton, is $199, and we also provide a 20 percent discount on Wisdom Keeper journals that will last a lifetime, or at least until they’re uploaded to your personal asteroid address on MeCloud!

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Scientists Say They’ve Found a Sixth Taste

9th September 2016

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Up until now, the five tastes humans were known to be able to sense were sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. According to New Scientist, it might be time to add “starchy” to that list.

Researcher Juyun Lim notes that “every culture has a major source of complex carbohydrate,” be it rice or pasta or potatoes, and it “doesn’t make sense” that humans wouldn’t be able to taste those.

But because enzymes in our mouths break carbohydrates down to simple sugars, scientists always assumed we were just tasting sweet. Lim disputes that in a study published in Chemical Sense.

She found that people could pick out a solution containing carbohydrate chains—it tasted “like eating flour”—even when given a compound that blocked their tongues’ sweet receptors.

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Protein Compass Might Explain How Animals Detect Magnetic Fields

8th September 2016

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How do birds migrate thousands of miles, and how does a burrowing mole rat know which way is up? The answer lies in the animals’ ability to detect magnetic fields–an idea that was long controversial but is now well established. But so far the mechanism that gives animals (and possibly humans) this capability isn’t well understood. Some researchers have suspected that certain types of chemicals might be involved, but they weren’t sure which ones or how to find them.

Now, a team of Chinese researchers has discovered a protein complex—a “chemical compass,” as the scientists call it—that lines up with magnetic fields, according to a study published today in Nature Materials. The complex might hold the key to animals’ magnetic-sensing power.

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Fasting for Three Days Can Regenerate Entire Immune System, Study Finds

8th September 2016

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

Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

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The OX: A Flat-Pack Truck That Could Change the World

8th September 2016

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Unveiled today, the ‘ultimate MPV’ aims to reach the 80% of the world’s population who don’t benefit from motor vehicles.

“I had the idea while in the bath,” said the 82-year-old inventor, Sir Torquil Norman, speaking to Sun Motors. “This could be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, or it could change the world.”

The Ox is a multi-purpose truck that can carry 13 people, 1,900kg of cargo and even double up as an ambulance. The aim is noble, to change the lives of millions of people in developing countries.

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Man Races Through Traffic on an Ostrich

7th September 2016

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I’m not sure this isn’t just photoshopped, but it’s still clever.

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France Builds Wall to Stop Refugees, and the UK Is Paying for It

7th September 2016

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This ought to have been done years ago.

Truckers have been subject to hijacking attempts from migrants who want to get smuggled into the United Kingdom. People use rocks, shopping carts and tree logs to stop cars and trucks so they can jump on board.

Nothing that an automatic weapon couldn’t fix. Oh, wait, Europeans aren’t allowed to do that.

“When you put walls up anywhere in the world, people find ways to go round them,”François Guennoc of Auberge des Migrants, a French aid group working in Calais, told The Guardian. “It’s a waste of money. It could make it more dangerous for people, it will push up tariffs for people smugglers and people will end up taking more risks.”

That’s why you shoot them instead. (duh) Then they get the message.

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Revolutionary drug ‘melts away cancer’

7th September 2016

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A new drug that ‘melts away cancer’ has been given fast-track approval in the United States.

Developed in Melbourne, Australia, Venetoclax was developed to specifically target chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

The drug showed a positive result in 80 per cent of clinical trials, with one in five patients finishing the programme completely cancer-free.

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MIT Team Invents Efficient Shockwave-Based Process for Desalination of Water.

6th September 2016

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Now a team at MIT has come up with an innovative approach that, unlike most traditional desalination systems, does not separate ions or water molecules with filters, which can become clogged, or boiling, which consumes great amounts of energy.

Instead, the system uses an electrically driven shockwave within a stream of flowing water, which pushes salty water to one side of the flow and fresh water to the other, allowing easy separation of the two streams.

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The Original E.P.C.O.T. Project

5th September 2016

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This project was conceived between 1962 and 1966 (Walt Disney’s death) and even if it did survived a couple of years it was stopped in the mid 70’s and never developped. Some elements did survive in the Walt Disney World resort as we know it today, like the World Showcase concept, but so much more was planned. Unfortunately, the project has lost its main energy: Walt.

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Say Hello to the Apple That Never Browns

4th September 2016

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This apple had been carefully grown somewhere in Washington state, the result of millions of dollars and two decades of labor. Break apart its unremarkable surface to reveal its flesh, wait long enough, and you’ll see what’s different: It remains pure white. It doesn’t start to brown right after you take a bite and leave it on the kitchen counter. In fact, it doesn’t start to brown until it molds or rots. It doesn’t bruise, either. Through a feat of genetic engineering, Carter’s apples hold on indefinitely to the pearly-white insides that inspired their name — the Arctic.

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Before the Computer, There Was Something Almost as Complex: The Chinese Typewriter

3rd September 2016

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For more than a century, Chinese typewriters have been objects of curiosity, confusion and even a fair bit of ridicule — after all, how do you type a language that has no alphabet?

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Does Chinese Civilization Come From Ancient Egypt?

3rd September 2016

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On a cool Sunday evening in March, a geochemist named Sun Weidong gave a public lecture to an audience of laymen, students, and professors at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, the capital city of the landlocked province of Anhui in eastern China. But the professor didn’t just talk about geochemistry. He also cited several ancient Chinese classics, at one point quoting historian Sima Qian’s description of the topography of the Xia empire — traditionally regarded as China’s founding dynasty, dating from 2070 to 1600 B.C. “Northwards the stream is divided and becomes the nine rivers,” wrote Sima Qian in his first century historiography, the Records of the Grand Historian. “Reunited, it forms the opposing river and flows into the sea.”

In other words, “the stream” in question wasn’t China’s famed Yellow River, which flows from west to east. “There is only one major river in the world which flows northwards. Which one is it?” the professor asked. “The Nile,” someone replied. Sun then showed a map of the famed Egyptian river and its delta — with nine of its distributaries flowing into the Mediterranean. This author, a researcher at the same institute, watched as audience members broke into smiles and murmurs, intrigued that these ancient Chinese texts seemed to better agree with the geography of Egypt than that of China.

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New Plastic Fabric Keeps Its Cool Better Than Cotton

3rd September 2016

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In a paper published today in Science, researchers announced the invention of a new fabric called nanoporous polyethylene (or nanoPE for short).

They ended up creating a three layer fabric that consisted of two layers of their treated polyethylene, with some cotton mesh in between to add structure. When they compared how the nanoPE did against a piece of cotton of the same thickness in a lab, they found that the nanoPE only upped the temperature by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, while the cotton raised the temperature of their artificial skin by over six degrees Fahrenheit.

Yeah, but is it flammable? The problem with most modern artificial fabrics is that if they catch fire poof! you’re a human torch without benefit of comic.

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How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 14th Century’s Answer to Tumblr

3rd September 2016

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One day in Venice, sometime near the end of the 14th century, a busy merchant found himself with a few spare moments. Maybe it was a slow day at the docks, or he arrived home too early for dinner. Whatever the reason, he did what people of his era tended to do when they had some time—he took out his notebook and his set of pens, and he put together a page-sized patchwork of his afternoon.

Over 600 years later, you can still open that notebook and see that day. Written in spidery loops are daydreamy calculations regarding how large a particular tree is, and how long it might take to get to Rome. There’s a sketch of a pair of colorful ships, and another of two tradesmen in green hats, examining a meal of bread and fish. Keep flipping through, and a whole life emerges. Scribbles and sketches fill each page. Personal anecdotes and hard-won lessons nestle alongside gathered material, including prayers, copied quotations and lists of spices.

I have a ‘commonplace book’ on this very blog.

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Autonomous Tractor Concept Takes The Farmers Out Of Farming

3rd September 2016

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Tractors revolutionized farming. We’ve written about tractors in Popular Science for a century, and like the use of domesticated animals before them, tractors greatly increased the amount of land a farmer could use, and because tractors ran on fuels and not grains, using tractors instead of horses and mules freed up former animal feed land for other crops. The revolution first took off in the 1920s, and it continues to this day. Only this time, instead of a human driving the tractor across the land, autonomous tractors drive themselves.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

3rd September 2016

BBQ Toolbox.

One-Man Mosquito Tent.

Anti-Mosquito Socks.

Hands-Free Level.

Stirling Engine Viking Longships. If they’d had them, they’d have used them.

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Ship Operators Explore Autonomous Sailing

2nd September 2016

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Ship designers, their operators and regulators are gearing up for a future in which cargo vessels sail the oceans with minimal or even no crew. Advances in automation and ample bandwidth even far offshore could herald the biggest change in shipping since diesel engines replaced steam.

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The Sharp Plasmacluster Ion Generator Will Help You to Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh

2nd September 2016

Check it out.

Cleaning it occasionally works, too. (Whoa – cleaning in a bathroom? That’s crazy talk….)

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NASA Astounded The Physics-Defying ‘Warp Drive’ Works

1st September 2016

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A NASA scientist confirmed online Tuesday that the highly controversial and allegedly physics-defying EmDrive “warp drive” has passed peer-review.

Researchers will publish the study in the journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which is one of the world’s largest technical societies dedicated to aerospace innovations. The EmDrive is extremely contentious since it allegedly uses exotic physics to violate Newton’s Third Law and the law of conservation of momentum.

Let’s actually build an engine that moves something before we start celebrating.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Breakthrough as New Drug Clears Toxic Proteins From Brains of Patients

31st August 2016

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An antibody that can almost completely clear the visible signs of Alzheimer’s disease from the brain has been discovered in a breakthrough that left one scientist “trying not to get too excited”.

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