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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

31st January 2015

ChillTHAT! ice cream bowl.

Sectional garage doors.

Coolbox, the world’s most advanced toolbox.

Microwave bowls with handles.

SlatePro TechDesk SE. The best way to celebrate Apple’s record-breaking quarter.

Paintball bow. I am not making this up.

Three Course Electric Steamer.

Popcorn Monsoon.

 

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Thousands of Early English books Released Online to Public by Bodleian Libraries and Partners

30th January 2015

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More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library.

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Chemists Confirm the Existence of New Type of Bond

30th January 2015

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Donald Fleming, a University of British Columbia chemist involved with the experiment, thought that perhaps as bromine and muonium co-mingled, they formed an intermediate structure held together by a “vibrational” bond—a bond that other chemists had posed as a theoretical possibility earlier that decade. In this scenario, the lightweight muonium atom would move rapidly between two heavy bromine atoms, “like a Ping Pong ball bouncing between two bowling balls,” Fleming says. The oscillating atom would briefly hold the two bromine atoms together and reduce the overall energy, and therefore speed, of the reaction. (With a Fleming working on a bond, you could say the atomic interaction is shaken, not stirred.)

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8-year-old Girl Suggests a Possible Cure for Cancer

30th January 2015

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Camilla Lisanti’s parents are both cancer researchers at Manchester University. Over dinner, her father, Michael, asked her how she would cure the disease, and she suggested using antibiotics, “like when I have a sore throat.”

Michael and his wife, Federica Sotgia, tested her theory at the lab and were surprised to find that several cheap and widely used antibiotics destroyed cancerous cells in samples from breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, and brain tumors. Some of the antibiotics worked by preventing cancer cells from making energy-providing mitochondria— which cancer stem cells are prolific in.

Kudos to her parents for actually following up.

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How Sequencing Foods’ DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases

29th January 2015

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Enter a new project from IBM Research and Mars Incorporated. Today, scientists from the two organizations announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety organization that aims to leverage advances in genomics and analytics to further our understanding of what makes food safe.

The researchers will conduct the largest-ever metagenomics study of our foods, sequencing the DNA and RNA of popular foods in an effort to identify what traits keep food safe and these can be effected by outside microorganisms and other factors. Eventually, the researchers will extend the project “from farm to fork,” examining materials across the length and breadth of the supply chain.

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50 Years of James Bond in Black Tie Inforgraphic

29th January 2015

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Just in case you had a bet going or something.

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When Chocolate Was Medicine

28th January 2015

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Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food. Christine Jones traces the history and literature of its reception.

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When You Wish Upon a Star: Nuclear Fusion and the Promise of a Brighter Tomorrow

28th January 2015

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Everything about the project, known as Iter (formerly known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), is huge. The main fusion reactor will be built on a flattened area of concrete that has been blasted into the hills at Cadarache and stretches to 60 football pitches. Around 2.5m cubic metres of earth and rubble were excavated from what was originally a small valley that undulated by several hundred metres in parts. That concrete baseplate sits on dozens of pillars containing layers of rubber sandwiched between the mortar and cement – not only do these pillars raise the building above the height of the surrounding countryside (the height was calculated to be above the maximum height that water would flow past if the nearby dam broke), they also create a “seismic isolation pit” that will protect the building from earthquakes.

And it’s not happening in America because bureaucrats and eco-Nazis have made it too expensive. Lucky us.

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A Mach 5 Arms Race? Welcome to Hypersonic Weapons 101

25th January 2015

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The term “hypersonic” generally refers to a class of long-range precision strike weapons that travel at Mach 5 or better. This definition generally excludes such munitions as the LRLAP (long-range land attack projectile), fired by the Advanced Gun System, which can only travel sixty miles, as well as traditional cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk, which travel under the speed of sound.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

24th January 2015

Come Back With a Warrant Front Mat.

The Nightlighter.

Ceramic Pot Minder. No, the other kind.

Tactical Self-Defense Flashlight With Spikes. Perfect for the Klingon on your gift list.

Candle-Powered Heater.

Leatherman Bracelet with wrenches and screwdrivers.

Automatic Jar Opener. No more Mr Nice Guy….

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Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock in Cultured Human Cells, Study Finds

23rd January 2015

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A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying.

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People Are Shooting Their Arrows Wrong

23rd January 2015

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Legolas has nothing on this guy.

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Netanyahu to Address Congress on March 3; Obama Won’t Meet Him During D.C. Visit

22nd January 2015

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Lucky Netanyahu. But he still has to be around Boehner; hard to say which prospect is more unpleasant.

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Google Inks Deal With Sprint, T-Mobile to Become Wireless Carrier

22nd January 2015

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I’m in.

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Hershey-Backed 3D Chocolate Printer in the Works

22nd January 2015

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And women everywhere rejoice.

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To BPA or Not to BPA, That Is the Question

22nd January 2015

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In between gasps about the hottest year ever, and palpitations over fracking, environmentalists have been worked up for a long time now about BPA—bisphenol-A, an ingredient in many plastic products.  Environmentalists want it banned, because Rosie O’Donnell or something.  Well, European environmental regulators, who typically ban [six impossible] things before breakfast, have given BPA a clean bill of health.

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Obama’s War on Coal Is Unconstitutional, Says Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe

21st January 2015

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And there you have it.

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BPA Safe: Yet Another Scientifically Unfounded Environmentalist Scare Bites the Dust

21st January 2015

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Funny how that works. Guess the sky isn’t falling after all.

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Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams

21st January 2015

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Researchers have found a key that may unlock the only library of classical antiquity to survive along with its documents, raising at least a possibility of recovering vanished works of ancient Greek and Roman authors such as the lost books of Livy’s history of Rome.

The library is that of a villa in Herculaneum, a town that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that obliterated nearby Pompeii. Though Pompeii was engulfed by lava, a mix of superhot gases and ash swept over Herculaneum, preserving the documents in a grand villa that probably belonged to the family of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, the father-in-law of Julius Caesar.

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Aztec App Brings Historic Mexico Codex Into the Digital Age

21st January 2015

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A 16th century document considered one of the most important primary sources on the Aztecs of pre-Columbian Mexico went digital Thursday with a new app that aims to spur research and discussion.

When this document was created, Elizabeth I of England was 11 years old.

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Stick-On Tattoo Measures Blood Sugar Without Needles

20th January 2015

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Next up: One for blood alcohol?

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15th Century Ruins Discovered Near Dunluce Castle

20th January 2015

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Archaeologists digging just outside of the castle gate have found traces of buildings from the 16th and late 15th centuries. Previously, it had been believed a town was built next to Dunluce Castle from 1608 – it was destroyed during an Irish uprising in 1641.

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Salt Is Not the Killer the Government Says It Is

20th January 2015

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A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine is adding to the evidence the CDC’s sodium advice is basically a superstition, that is to say, a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. In this case, the CDC and lots of physicians are buying into what has turned out to be a false conception of causation.

HAH!

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States Move to Deregulate Homemade Food in 2015

20th January 2015

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As 2015 legislatures swing back into action, several states are considering decreasing regulation of small-scale food producers, making it easier for residents to buy and sell homemade, farm-fresh products. Bills making their way through Connecticut, Virginia, and Wyoming statehouses would release “cottage foods” and products like raw milk from rules currently prohibiting direct kitchen-to-consumer sales.

“Cottage foods” are homemade items, such as baked goods and jams, deemed not especially hazardous from a food-safety perspective. The Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill to legalize cottage food sales. “Under existing rules, specialty food companies must use licensed commercial kitchens, except in cases where food is sold to raise money for charitable causes, such as school bake sales,” notes the Stamford Advocate.

Rollin’ back the Nanny State.

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How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter With a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet

20th January 2015

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You could have done that in Excel, you know….

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Machine Intelligence Cracks Genetic Controls

20th January 2015

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Every recipe has both instructions and ingredients. So does the human genome. An error in the instructions can raise the risk for disease.

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Norfolk Museum Acquires Bronze Age Dirk Used as Doorstop

20th January 2015

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When a farmer turned up a hunk of bent bronze while ploughing a field in East Rudham, Norfolk, 12 years ago, he had no idea he’d found an archaeological treasure. He used the four-pound object as a doorstop for years and was considering throwing it out when a friend suggested he have it checked out by an archaeologist first. In 2013, the object was reviewed by Andrew Rogerson, Senior Historic Environment Officer of Norfolk’s Identification and Recording Service which is in charge of county’s Portable Antiquities Scheme. He identified it as an extremely rare and important ceremonial dirk from the Middle Bronze Age, around 1,500 B.C.

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Study: Sitting For Too Long Can Kill You, Even If You Exercise

20th January 2015

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Nice to learn that not sitting will let you live forever. Oh, wait….

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Treasure Hunters Find Mysterious Shipwreck in Lake Michigan

20th January 2015

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Beneath the cold waves of Lake Michigan rests an aging shipwreck, its wooden planks encrusted with brown-and-gray zebra mussels, that may be the remnants of a 17th-century ship called the Griffin, two Michigan-based treasure hunters say.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

17th January 2015

Bee’s Wrap.

Stayhold.

Inexpensive Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Scanner.

Night Glow Toilet Seat.

FlicFloc Flaker. I am not making this up.

Seated Strider. My kind of exercise machine.

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A Slick Macintosh Design, Inspired by the Very First Mac of All Time

16th January 2015

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This is really cute.

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France Cracks Down on Hate Speech, Sends Carrier to Mideast

15th January 2015

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France has an aircraft carrier? Who knew?

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The Goats Fighting America’s Plant Invasion

14th January 2015

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Each country has its own invasive species and rampant plants with a tendency to grow out of control. In most, the techniques for dealing with them are similar – a mixture of powerful chemicals and diggers. But in the US a new weapon has joined the armoury in recent years – the goat.

Poison ivy, multiflora rose and bittersweet – the goats eat them all with gusto, so Knox now markets their pest-munching services one week at a time from May to November.

A herd of 35 goats can go through half an acre of dense vegetation in about four days, which, says Knox, is the same amount of time it gets them to become bored of eating the same thing.

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3-Year-Old Boy Driven Away in Stolen Car Is Found After Answering Mother’s Phone

14th January 2015

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Authorities say they found a 3-year-old boy who was sitting in a car stolen outside a Utah day care Tuesday after he answered his mother’s cellphone and honked the horn to draw their attention.

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How Big Would a Meteorite Have to Be to Wipe Out All Human Life?

13th January 2015

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Short answer: 60 miles wide, give or take.

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Behold the Tweel, a Tire That Never Goes Flat

13th January 2015

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Unlike pneumatic tires, which cushion rides using a bed of pressurized air, the X Tweel uses a combination of deformable polyurethane spokes, a steel-and-rubber outer rim, and rigid metal hub. The outer rim—called a shear beam—carries most of the load. The spokes and hub distribute the load across different parts of the shear beam as the tire rolls over objects.

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New York City to Formally Start Its Municipal ID Card Program

13th January 2015

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So they can give IDs to illegal immigrants, of course, and — oh, yes — provide yet another  source of municipal graft.

That’s not in your copy of the story, of course….

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Asians: America’s Fastest Growing Minority

12th January 2015

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Asians have emerged as the fastest growing of the three major ethnic and minority populations in the United States. According to Census Bureau data, the number of US native and foreign-born Asian residents rose 56 percent from the 2000 Census to the 2013 American Community Survey (one year release). This is calculated by comparing estimates based on interviews with residents who have classified themselves as a single race and Asian. In the last two censuses, respondents have been asked to designate their race, with the option of selecting more than one (“combinations”). For simplicity, this analysis uses “one race” rather than “combination” data for Asians and African-Americans as well as all data for Hispanics or Latinos. In 2010, 4.8 percent of the nation’s population was “Asian alone” (not in combination with another race or ethnicity).

I regard this as an encouraging trend. To paraphrase John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, there is very little wrong with any large American city that a million ethnic Chinese wouldn’t fix.

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The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone

10th January 2015

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With the smartphone revolution, an increasingly powerful new set of tools—from attachments that can diagnose an ear infection or track heart rhythms to an app that can monitor mental health—can reduce our use of doctors, cut costs, speed up the pace of care and give more power to patients. Digital avatars won’t replace physicians: You will still be seeing doctors, but the relationship will ultimately be radically altered. (I consult for several companies on many of the issues discussed here.)

All of this raises serious issues about hacking and personal privacy that haven’t yet been addressed—and the accuracy of all of these tools needs to be tested. People are also right to worry that the patient-doctor relationship could be eroded, diminishing the human touch in medicine. But the transformation is already under way.

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The Mirrors of the Future Will Point Out All Your Flaws to Sell You Products

10th January 2015

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?Tucked between their 4K televisio?ns and their induction cooktop stove, Panasonic’s booth at the Consumer Electronic Show is also home to a futuristic magic mirror way more terrifying than that disembodied mask f?rom Snow White.

The Japanese heavy-hitter’s smart mirror has digital displays, including a secondary projection of your own reflection. The projection can be virtually altered to display different makeup looks, hairdos, and even facial hair styles.

But here’s where it gets really fun: it can also pinpoint all your flaws, from tiny wrinkles to barely-perceptible pores, and then “recommend” a series of beauty products and treatments in order to improve your look. Because apparently we weren’t picking apart our reflections enough as it is.

It also keeps track of your horrible, hideous flaws, so you can see if all the money you spent is working, or if you ought to spend more money.

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A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air

10th January 2015

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The WarkaWater tower is an unlikely structure to find jutting from the Ethiopian landscape. At 30 feet tall and 13 feet wide, it’s not half as big as its namesake tree (which can loom 75 feet tall), but it’s striking nonetheless. The spindly tower, of latticed bamboo lined with orange polyester mesh, isn’t art—though it does kind of look like it. Rather, the structure is designed to wring water out of the air, providing a sustainable source of H2O for developing countries.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

10th January 2015

Meal Snap. (phone app)

Plastic Storage Caps for Wide Mouth Canning Jars.

Lasers in the Service of Ending Baldness.

SkyBell doorbell.

Cryptex USB drive.

Subzero Warm Breath Balaklava. Perfect for robbing a post-Apocalypse bank.

Poop Emoji Pillow. We all know someone for whom this is the perfect gift.

Lockpick School in a Box.

Compleat FoodBag.

Anti-Paparazzi Clothing Collection.

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Ding, Dong, the Witch Is (About) Dead: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Nanny State) Will Step Down in 2016

8th January 2015

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You didn’t watch it, did you? You totally didn’t. It’s only three minutes! How could you not possibly want to watch Boxer, 74, answer staged questions from her own grandson in what looks like a Marriott timeshare condo somewhere?

 

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Renaissance-Era Italian Warlord Was Poisoned, Mummy Reveals

8th January 2015

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A Renaissance-era warlord who dropped dead in 1329 wasn’t killed by a nasty stomach illness, as had been previously suspected; he was actually poisoned, an autopsy of his corpse reveals.

Scientists say they’ve found traces of digitalis, or foxglove a beautiful but potentially heart-stopping plant in the digestive tract of Cangrande della Scala of Verona.

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A New Antibiotic Kills Pathogens Without Detectable Resistance

7th January 2015

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Antibiotic resistance is spreading faster than the introduction of new compounds into clinical practice, causing a public health crisis. Most antibiotics were produced by screening soil microorganisms, but this limited resource of cultivable bacteria was overmined by the 1960s. Synthetic approaches to produce antibiotics have been unable to replace this platform. Uncultured bacteria make up approximately 99% of all species in external environments, and are an untapped source of new antibiotics. We developed several methods to grow uncultured organisms by cultivation in situ or by using specific growth factors. Here we report a new antibiotic that we term teixobactin, discovered in a screen of uncultured bacteria. Teixobactin inhibits cell wall synthesis by binding to a highly conserved motif of lipid II (precursor of peptidoglycan) and lipid III (precursor of cell wall teichoic acid). We did not obtain any mutants of Staphylococcus aureus or Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to teixobactin. The properties of this compound suggest a path towards developing antibiotics that are likely to avoid development of resistance.

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California’s Foie Gras Ban Struck Down

7th January 2015

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California lawmakers approved the law in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2012 when it took effect. It requires the state to “prohibit a person from force-feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond a normal size” and bans sales of out-of-state foie gras. While vendors faced fines of up to $1,000, residents were still allowed to possess the delicacy and eat it.

Two out-of-state foie gras producers, and a California restaurant that was forced to gut foie gras dishes from its menu, sued the Golden State to get it overturned.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson held that the foie gras ban was preempted by a federal law regulating the distribution and sale of poultry products.

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The Internet of Things Now Has a Gun

7th January 2015

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TrackingPoint is an Austin startup known for precision-guided firearms and has also experimented with Google Glass, letting you shoot from behind cover. The company, which is here at CES Showstoppers, has just announced ShotView, an iOS and Google Play app that lets a hunter stream video from his or her gun to anyone in the world. And the press release is very clear about its place in the tech world:

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We Have Found a Way to Unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP From Old Parchments

6th January 2015

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Top-level boffins say they have discovered a valuable new tool for mapping the genetic history of sheep: namely, the extraction of DNA from old documents, which are generally written on parchment made from the skin of sheep or other animals.

The great thing about this is that legal documents are normally exactly dated and carefully preserved. Unlike bones, for instance, you don’t need to dig them up – they’re already in archives ready organised.

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Polar Ice Caps More Stable Than Predicted, New Observations Show

5th January 2015

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THE North and South Poles are “not melting”, according to a leading global warming expert. In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought. For years, scientists have suggested that both poles are melting at an alarming rate because of warming temperatures – dangerously raising the Earth’s sea levels while threatening the homes of Arctic and Antarctic animals.

But the uncertainty surrounding climate change and the polar ice caps reached a new level this month when research suggested the ice in the Antarctic is actually growing.

And there could even be evidence to suggest the polar bear population is not under threat.

Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, conducted a study in which he sent an underwater robot into the depths of the Antarctic sea to measure the ice.

His results contradicted previous assumptions made by scientists and showed that the ice is actually much thicker than has been predicted over the last 20 years.

Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF), said this latest research adds further proof to the unpredictability of the supposed effects of global warming.

Heh,

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Scientists Have Seen the Future and It Is “Grolar Bears.”

4th January 2015

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The first confirmed cross between a polar bear and a grizzly bear—a white bear with brown patches—was documented in 2006; genetic analysis of a second, found in 2010, revealed that its mother was also a hybrid, suggesting that more instances are happening under scientists’ radar. In 2009, a biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory photographed a probable bowhead/right whale hybrid in the Bering Sea. More hybrids are possible. Kelly and his coauthors have counted 34 opportunities for hybridization across 22 Arctic or near-Arctic species, based on the animals’ genetic compatibility and geographic range. The list includes potential hybrids of ringed and ribbon seals, Atlantic walrus and Pacific walrus, and beluga whales and narwhals.

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