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Five Architectural Easter Eggs Hiding on Gothic Cathedrals

21st January 2017

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The excellent thing about architectural easter eggs, be they tongue-in-cheek, carved out of spite, or simply placed as a fun treat awaiting an observant eye, is that they endure in the landscape around us, becoming a sneaky and often confusing part of history. Here are five hidden carvings that dot historic structures with a bit of human nature.

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

Here’s a similar feature from Trumbull College at Yale:

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Scientists Develop Molecule That Reverses Antibiotic Resistance

21st January 2017

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Researchers have developed a molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance in multiple strains of bacteria at once.

Infections which were previously easily treatable have grown immune to antibiotics – but scientists have now created a molecule that attacks an enzyme which makes bacteria resistant.

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21st January 2017

Zera Kitchen Food Composter. This is really clever.

Pop-Up Hot Dog and Bun Toaster. This is less so, but still clever.

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MIT Introduces Breakthrough Material 10 Times Stronger Than Steel

19th January 2017

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Exciting stuff.

Fortunately there’s no government bureaucracy to be navigated at great time and expense before it will be lawful to use it. (Your tax dollars at work….)

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2016’s Record Warmth Brought Record Crop Yields, Fewer Storms

19th January 2017

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How about that Global Warming, eh? Rising sea levels nipping at your toes yet?

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Massive Alligator Caught on Video Is Not a Hoax

18th January 2017

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Well, that’s a relief.

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Building Your Own Custom AK

17th January 2017

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th January 2017

Orbit Lawn Watering Soaker Irrigator.

Magnasonic Cleaner.

LED Candles with Timer and Remote. Add a mini-microwave and I’m in.

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Why Do We Have an Appendix? Scientists Have Discovered Its Purpose and It’s Really Important

13th January 2017

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I guess that’s why they keep taking ’em out — they want it for themselves.

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A Comprehensive List of Everyone Donald Trump Has Appointed to His Cabinet So Far

13th January 2017

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as president in seven days. Here’s who the president-elect has named to his cabinet so far.

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Bourbon Industry Mourns the Death of Legendary Distiller Parker Beam

13th January 2017

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The Beam family is an unmatched dynasty in the Kentucky bourbon industry. It’s said that you can’t make a decent bourbon without a member of the Beam family behind the still.

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MIT’s 3D Graphene Is Ten Times Stronger Than Steel

11th January 2017

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Starting from a highly-accurate computer model, the researchers 3D printed diatomic cubes to represent the material’s sponge-like structure and then subjected them to compression tests. The shape here is incredibly important; the cube itself looks like a magenta sponge. Its porous nature means that there’s more surface area, and more surface area means higher strengths at lower weights.

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Rhinos Use Poop Piles Like a Social Network

11th January 2017

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Chemical clues in white rhino feces provide information about age, sex, general health, and reproductive status to other rhinos that visit the communal latrine, also called a midden, a new study found.

Much like Democrats with social media.

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Damaged Teeth Can Be Regrown Naturally Using an Alzheimer’s Drug, Scientists Discover

9th January 2017

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Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) found that a drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease was able to stimulate the tooth to create new dentine capable of filling in large cavities.

Teeth can already cope with small areas of damage using the same process, but when the holes become too large a dentist must insert artificial cements or the tooth will be lost.

We may actually see treatments based on this discovery after companies fight their way through ten years and ten billion dollars of government regulations. (It will be available earlier, of course, in countries like Mexico, where government employees are more interested in collecting bribes than impeding progress.)

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Cyprus Reunification: Greek and Turkish Leaders of Divided Island Enter Final Stages of Peace Talks

9th January 2017

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And about time, too.

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RIP Nat Hentoff

8th January 2017

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Hentoff was less likely to be called a liberal later in life. That’s partly because his brand of free-speech absolutism was growing less common on the left, and it’s partly because of his heterodoxy on abortion. (Hentoff was pro-life, arguing against abortion on the same grounds that he argued against capital punishment and war. Or, at least, against some wars—he eventually rended his seamless garment to support interventions in Rwanda and Iraq.) But you couldn’t really cast him as a man of the right either: Besides his intense distrust for the police agencies that conservatives tend to revere, he was a longtime democratic socialist who held onto a lot of his leftist economic ideas in old age. It’s not even quite right to call him an ACLU liberal, because he kept butting heads with the ACLU. (The nation’s most prominent civil libertarian organization wasn’t always civil libertarian enough for him.) Best to think of him as his own man, with at least a couple of views to offend pretty much anyone.

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Japan’s New Business Language – English

7th January 2017

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Five years ago, I stood before several thousand mostly native Japanese speakers and addressed them in English. From now on, I told them, Rakuten – Japan’s largest online marketplace, of which I am the chief executive officer – would conduct all of its business, from official meetings to internal e-mail, in English. I still remember the shocked expressions on the listeners’ faces.

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7th January 2017

The Telesteps Ladder.

Roof Snow De-Icing Cables. It’s that time of year.

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How to Make a Sextant From Random Junk

5th January 2017

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

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Canadian Skeet

5th January 2017

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Hint: It involved hockey sticks.

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Ancient Chinese Sword Unearthed After 2,300 Years by Archaeologists Is Still Shiny

5th January 2017

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The Roots of Fencing From the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries in the French Language Area

5th January 2017

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Good fences makes good neighbors. I’m sure I heard that somewhere.

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Floridians and Mastodons Once Coexisted

31st December 2016

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About 30 miles from Tallahassee, at an archaeological site known as Page-Ladson, archaeologists dove down about 30 feet deep into a sinkhole at the bottom of the Aucilla River in Florida. And it paid off. There they found bones and tools that showed the area may have been where early occupiers of what came to be known as America hunted mastodon about 14,550 years ago. That’s right, a Florida man once roamed the land with Mastodon.

The site is a rare pre-Clovis site, which means they were a people that pre-date the Clovis people (a prehistoric Native American culture). In the sinkhole, the archaeologists found a slaughtered mastodon–including one which those first Floridian colonizers may have killed, as well as a stone knife fragment.

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IBM Creates a Molecule That Could Destroy All Viruses

31st December 2016

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For their study, the researchers ignored the viruses’ RNA and DNA, which could be key areas to target, but because they change from virus to virus and also mutate, it’s very difficult to target them successfully.

Instead, the researchers focused on glycoproteins, which sit on the outside of all viruses and attach to cells in the body, allowing the viruses to do their dirty work by infecting cells and making us sick. Using that knowledge, the researchers created a macromolecule, which is basically one giant molecule made of smaller subunits. This macromolecule has key factors that are crucial in fighting viruses. First, it’s able to attract viruses towards itself using electrostatic charges. Once the virus is close, the macromolecule attaches to the virus and makes the virus unable to attach to healthy cells. Then it neutralizes the virus’ acidity levels, which makes it less able to replicate.

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The Coming Exodus of Career Civil Servants

28th December 2016

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Best. News. Ever.

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At GE Microfactory, Old-School Manufacturing Takes a 180-degree Turn

26th December 2016

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The idea is to involve students, engineers and anyone from the community who has ideas and wants to work on the next generation of smart appliances.

“Our view is that speed of innovation is really a competitive advantage now, not secrecy,” said Kevin Nolan, vice president of technology at Louisville-based GE Appliances.

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk

24th December 2016

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Everything bad is good for you.

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24th December 2016

Millenium Falcon multi-tool. I am not making this up.

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New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

23rd December 2016

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In a scientific triumph that will change the way the world fights a terrifying killer, an experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic has been shown to provide 100 percent protection against the lethal disease.

The vaccine has not yet been approved by any regulatory authority, but it is considered so effective that an emergency stockpile of 300,000 doses has already been created for use should an outbreak flare up again.

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What’s Inside the Secret Recipe for Scotch Magic Tape

22nd December 2016

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Inquiring minds want to know. Nosy Parkers really want to.

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Megan McArdle’s Annual Christmas Gift Guide

22nd December 2016

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In previous years, I’ve organized this by price, but after the political earthquakes this year, everything has been shaken up, including the gift guide. This year the organizing principle is “What sort of cook are you shopping for?” There are many, many different sorts of cooks, and our rule is “To each according to their ability, to each according to their needs …” (Unless otherwise stated, products are available at Amazon.com.)

Well worth the read. Chick knows her stuff.

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How Science Will Make Cows Obsolete

22nd December 2016

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Vegetarians will still be a pain in the ass, however.

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Human Cells Eat Nanowires

21st December 2016

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

No word on whether they’re gluten-free.

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King Arthur’s Legendary Camelot Castle Location ‘Discovered’ by Retired Professor

21st December 2016

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The location of the castle has been the subject of thousands of years of rumour and speculation. Even the existence of the famous King is heavily disputed.

Now, though, Professor Peter Field, an expert in literature on the mythical Arthur, has claimed the location of Camelot was a small Roman fort at Slack, to the west of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

 

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Hillary Clinton, President of California

21st December 2016

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As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Hillary won the national popular vote by 2.86 million votes (48.2% to 46.1%), due entirely to a 4.27 million vote margin of victory in California, which she carried by more than a 30-point margin (61.7% to 31.6%). Her margin in California was a million votes wider than Obama’s in 2008, the previous record for the largest margin in a single state. In fact, only five times in U.S. history has a candidate won a state by 2 million or more votes: after Hillary and Obama ‘08 (3.26 million), we have Obama ‘12 in California (3.01 million), LBJ in New York in 1964 (2.67 million) and Obama in New York in 2008 (2.05 million). Excluding 1912, when Teddy Roosevelt won California and took almost all the state’s Republican voters from President Taft, Trump’s 31.7% of the vote was the lowest by any Republican in California since 1856, and the lowest by any major-party candidate there since 1920.

Outside California, Trump outdistanced Hillary by 1.41 million votes, 47.8% to 46.6%. As I have noted before, Hillary’s support was so geographically narrow that she won a popular vote majority in only 13 states (plus DC), the fewest of any major-party candidate since Bob Dole, barely half as many as Obama four years ago. Bill Clinton in 1992 is the only candidate since World War II to win the election without winning a majority in at least 15 states. Trump, who won a majority of the vote in 23 states and won 7 of the 10 largest states, nonetheless had his support spread out much more broadly: his largest total margins of victory were in Texas (807,000 votes) and Tennessee (652,000 votes). By contrast, Hillary also won New York by 1.73 million, Illinois by 944,000, Massachusetts by 904,000, and Maryland by 734,000.

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Scientists Reveal Jewish History’s Forgotten Turkish Roots

20th December 2016

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Tell the truth: You didn’t even know that there were Turkish Roots in Jewish history.

New research suggests that the majority of the world’s modern Jewish population is descended mainly from people from ancient Turkey, rather than predominantly from elsewhere in the Middle East.

That’s going to come as a shock.

The new research suggests that most of the Jewish population of northern and eastern Europe – normally known as Ashkenazic Jews – are the descendants of Greeks, Iranians and others who colonized what is now northern Turkey more than 2000 years ago and were then converted to Judaism, probably in the first few centuries AD by Jews from Persia. At that stage, the Persian Empire was home to the world’s largest Jewish communities.

Diversity? Check.

Dr Elhaik, an Israeli-born geneticist who gained his doctorate in molecular evolution from the University of Houston, believes that three still-surviving Turkish villages – Iskenaz, Eskenaz and Ashanaz – on the western part of an ancient Silk Road route were part of the original Ashkenazic homeland. He believes that the word Ashkenaz originally comes from Ashguza – the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian name for the Iron Age Eurasian steppeland people, the Scythians.

I’m sure Conan fits in there somewhere. Perhaps his name was originally Cohen.

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Stringbike

20th December 2016

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Refugees in Northern Syria and Iraq Suffer as Region Sees First Snowfall in 25 Years

19th December 2016

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Guess the Russians hacked the weather, too.

How about that Global Warming, eh? Women and minorities hardest hit, of course.

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After 30 Years of Construction, Fusion Reactor Ready to Be Tested

19th December 2016

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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’s (ITER) Tore Supra tokamak in France will start its first set of experiments this coming spring. It will heat gas to several million degrees Celsius and contain the plasma from the resulting reaction. Construction of the tokamak began in the 1980s.

Let’s hope it works.

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Maine Elector Plans Defection From Hillary To Bernie

19th December 2016

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A Democratic elector in Maine who is required by law to cast his Electoral College vote for Hillary Clinton on Monday says he will choose Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders instead.

David Bright announced on his Facebook page that he is picking Sanders in order to instill hope in young voters, especially those who supported the democratic socialist in the Democratic primaries.

Now there is a principled stand.

Of course, it also demonstrates the congenital Democrat propensity to obey only the laws they like. You can imagine the meltdown if Republicans acted that way.

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Graphene-Fed Silkworms Produce a Super-Strong Silk That Conducts Electricity

19th December 2016

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Making Salt Water Drinkable Just Got 99 Percent Easier

17th December 2016

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Access to steady supplies of clean water is getting more and more difficult in the developing world, especially as demand skyrockets. In response, many countries have turned to the sea for potable fluids but existing reverse osmosis plants rely on complicated processes that are expensive and energy-intensive to operate. Good thing, engineers at Lockheed Martin have just announced a newly-developed salt filter that could reduce desalinization energy costs by 99 percent.

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17th December 2016

Tactical Christmas Stockings.

Official KFC Candle. Presumably smells like chicken.

 

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Physicists Discover Flaws in Superconductor Theory

16th December 2016

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Tomorrow is coming, if the statists don’t ruin it for everybody.

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Republican National Committee Security Foiled Russian Hackers

16th December 2016

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Those that can, do; those that can’t, whine.

Which would you rather have in charge of your government?

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Lighting Designers on the Best LED Lightbulbs You Can Buy

15th December 2016

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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Spend the Holidays With the Noisy Ghosts in a Marvel Superhero’s Empty Apartment

15th December 2016

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Perfect for a Hillary supporter who Just Can’t Let It Go.

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‘Worse Than a Nuke’: Hottest Warzone in Iraq Might Get a Bibilical Bath

13th December 2016

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Iraq’s Mosul dam is showing signs of collapse, threatening to engulf the entire city and displace millions of people.

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Portland Falls to Number 2

13th December 2016

The Antiplanner reports.

Portland housing prices have been rising faster than in any other major city in the nation, but the latest data show that the city has fallen to number 2 in that measure. Seattle housing prices rose by an annualized 11.0 percent in September, while Portland prices rose by “just” 10.9 percent. No other major city saw prices rise as fast as 10 percent.

I thought perhaps they had lost their title as The Whitest City in America, but apparently that one is still safe.

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Test Predicts Which Children Will Grow Up to Be Drain on Society – When They Are Just Three Years old

12th December 2016

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Should be about right for Obama, then.

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