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How to Make Chocolate Coconut Banana Pancakes

26th February 2017

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You need to know this. It’s a moral imperative.

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Dallas-Fort Worth & Dayton: World Large City Least Congestion: 2017 Tom Tom Traffic Index

24th February 2017

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Dallas-Fort Worth and Dayton Ohio have the least t traffic congestion among larger cities (urban areas) in the world, according to the 2017 Tom Tom Traffic Index. Dallas-Fort Worth had the shortest average all day delay, at 18 percent of the 43 cities with more than 5 million population. Dallas-Fort Worth also had the least average peak period traffic delay. This is the second year in a row the Dallas Fort Worth has had the best all day traffic congestion. Dayton had the best all day and average peak hour congestion among the 146 cities with between 800,000 and 5,000,000 population and tied with three others for the best in among all cities the least all-day congestion.

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Castle for Sale in New York

22nd February 2017

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Looking for a medieval castle but want to stay in North America? Consider Highlands Castle, situated in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Built in 1984 using 800 tons of stone, this castle comes with gatehouse, towers and secret doors.

Of course, you’d have to pay New York taxes….

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Richard lll Book of Hours Now Online

21st February 2017

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Leicester Cathedral has digitised and published the personal prayer book of King Richard III.  The original manuscript rests in Lambeth Palace Library with restricted access due to its fragile condition so this digital version will enable the public to view the book.

Hopefully this will encourage others to make such works available for digital viewing.

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Trump’s New NSA Once Wrote a Book Lambasting LBJ

20th February 2017

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President Trump’s new choice for National Security Adviser is Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. McMaster is best known for his 1997 book Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam, an examination into the disastrous Vietnam policies of Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara. In the book, McMaster not only attacks President Johnson, he also places blame on military leaders who refused to push back against abject leadership in the White House.

I have that book. I like him already.

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Barack Obama’s Honorary Presidential Center May Cost Three Times As Much As George W. Bush’s

20th February 2017

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Well, it has to contain three times the ego. That costs.

But it will be in Chicago, which means that if necessary they can just steal the money.

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Virginia’s 2017 Governor’s Race Will Make Trump-Clinton Look Dull

20th February 2017

Barton Hinkle has a way with words.

We’ll be able to thank both Republicans and Democrats for that, but at the moment the GOP has the first claim on the public’s gratitude. This is owing in no small measure to Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors and immigrant-basher extraordinaire. Stewart is the kind of guy who responds to Donald Trump’s most outlandish behavior with: “Not bad. Now hold my beer and watch this.”

Across the aisle the Democrats are having a whale of a good time, too. Just as in last year’s presidential election, they expected their heir apparent to the nomination—in this case, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam—to cruise to the coronation by unanimous consent. Then Tom Perriello threw a wrench into the works. Or upset the apple cart, or whatever it is people do these days. (Note to self: Find Hipster, request advice regarding correct idiom.)

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Could you survive a falling elevator?

19th February 2017

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

Of course, if you’ve watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you know all this.

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New Medieval Books: English Food to Japanese Demons

19th February 2017

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A word game, popular in the great households of late medieval England, had at its heart the creation of collective nouns. In the lists of these names, alongside the laughter of hostellers, the glossing of taverners, the promise of tapsters and fighting of beggars, were household references – a carve of pantlers (who looked after the bread), a credence of servers (‘credence’ was the process of tasting of ‘assaying’ foods against poison), a provision of stewards of household – and a hastiness of cooks. The pressures of the medieval kitchen, the precipitate hurry and the irritation of the cooks are all captured in medieval meanings of ‘hastiness’. The word embodied a further dimension, however, through word play: ‘hasta’ was the medieval Latin for a spit, and we see at once the heart of the fire that has aggravated the cooks, the profligate the use of fuel in roasting, a busy-ness and the hard work that was necessary to produce the finest foods for table. This book is about what that food and drink, from the finest to the commonplace, meant to people in the later Middle Ages and how they expressed meaning through it in their daily lives – and many of them would have been engaged in cooking, even if they were not hasty professional cooks. The premiss is that food and drink mattered for a whole host of reasons beyond simply providing the necessities of life.

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Map Showing the Homeland of Every Character in Homer’s Iliad

19th February 2017

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Way cool.

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Miami-Dade Formally Drops ‘Sanctuary City’ Protections for Illegal Immigrants

18th February 2017

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The county commissioners voted 9-3 to uphold an order from Mayor Carlos Gimenez that local authorities cooperate with federal immigration officials, in accordance with the law, and refuse to provide arrested illegal immigrants sanctuary. Gimenez issued the order after President Donald Trump warned he would strip so-called “sanctuary cities” of federal funds.

Another win for Trump … and reason. And I’m sure greed had something to do with it.

One commissioner characterized the vote as “just a financial decision,” saying it has “nothing to do” with immigration. “This is a country that opened arms to everyone, allowed opportunities to everyone,” Rebeca Sosa said before her vote. “I am so sad to see that people are afraid of something that has nothing to do with immigration. This was just a financial decision.”

It was just business. I always liked you.

After the vote, upset residents shouted “shame on you,” and threw pieces of paper and white carnations at the dais before storming out of the chambers, a local outlet reports. “May God have mercy on your soul,” one woman yelled. Others stood and shouted obscenities, according to Fox News.

How tolerant.

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The United Arab Emirates Wants to Build a City on Mars

18th February 2017

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Full of Muslims, of course. What could go wrong?

(Ever try to behead somebody wearing a spacesuit? It’s a challenge.)

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Live Slow, Die Old: Mounting Evidence for Caloric Restriction in Humans

18th February 2017

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Non-humans get to eat all they want to. Lucky them.

You won’t live forever, it will just seem that way.

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Salmonella Can Help Fight Cancer, Scientists Discover

18th February 2017

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Everything bad is good for you.

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Watch This Origami Police Shield Stop A Bullet

18th February 2017

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It’s more of a pavise than a proper shield, but useful nevertheless.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th February 2017

Growler Chill.

Anti-Steam ‘Ove’ Gloves.

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What’s My Congressman’s Number?

16th February 2017

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Find out how much your Congresscritter is spending.

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New Way to Fight Superbugs Found in Noxious Weed

16th February 2017

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The invasive Brazilian peppertree contains a substance that keeps drug-resistant bacteria from producing their deadly toxins.

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Trump Win? NATO Allies About to Increase Defense Spending

14th February 2017

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All we had to do was ask.

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Illegal Refugees Now Streaming Across Quebec-New York Border

14th February 2017

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The Canadian Border Security Agency says Quebec is now the flashpoint for “asylum seekers” or double refugees who first entered the U.S. as refugees and are now fleeing there and trying to sneak into Canada over fears that President Donald Trump will have them deported.

Well, Trudeau said they’re welcome. Not a problem, right?

The “refugees” are deliberately crossing illegally so they can bypass the Safe Third Country Agreement, which is supposed to prevent people seeking asylum from choosing more than one “safe” destination when the flee their country of origin. The U.S. and Canada are both considered safe under this international legislation. But, paradoxically, the act only applies at legal border crossings; so double refugees are crossing illegally in order avoid their official refugee status from being questioned.

Lawbreakers break the law. It’s what they do. Canada is welcome to all the U.S. lawbreakers they can stand.

 

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There’s a Growing Body of Evidence That Butter Is Actually Good for You

14th February 2017

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HAH!

So much for scientific ‘consensus’.

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UK Prof Claims to Have First Practical Blueprint of a Quantum Computer

14th February 2017

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Professor Winfried Hensinger is head of a team that has published an open-access paper in the Science Advances journal. He is quoted as saying: “For many years, people said that it was completely impossible to construct an actual quantum computer. With our work we have not only shown that it can be done but now we are delivering a nuts-and-bolts construction plan to build an actual large-scale machine.”

The design involves multiple trapped ion-based scalable quantum computing modules with an architecture based on long-wavelength radiation quantum gates. Hensinger’s team say modules could be built using silicon microfabrication techniques that are within reach of current technology. A high-threshold surface error correction code can be implemented in the architecture to execute fault-tolerant operations.

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World’s First Commercial Flying Car Is Now on Sale

14th February 2017

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And about time, too.

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Flat Lens Promises Possible Revolution in Optics

13th February 2017

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Shapes on the surface of this lens are smaller than the wavelength of light involved: a thousandth of a millimetre.

The advantage, Prof Capasso said, is that these “metalenses” avoid shortfalls – called aberrations – that are inherent in traditional glass optics.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

11th February 2017

Bacon Grill.

Zojirushi travel mug.  I have one of their bread machines, and it rocks.

Tazer Pulse.

All-In-One Solar Powered Generator Briefcase.

Bi?m butter sprayer.

Electric Racklette Party Grill.

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Pulley-Operated Elevator Lets You Sit to Go Up Stairs

10th February 2017

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Fine. How do you get back down again? And what happens if you’re down and it’s up?

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KFC Launches the ‘Chizza’: Pizza on a Fried Chicken Base

9th February 2017

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Touted as “all chicken, no crust,” the base is made of 100% chicken fillet and then topped with “100% mozzarella cheese” and “sauce made from California tomatoes.”

Further toppings on offer include ham, pineapple and KFC sauce.

Is this a great country, or what?

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LED lights on a fretboard seem like the obvious way to learn guitar

8th February 2017

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

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Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows Developed for the First Time Using CRISPR Technology

8th February 2017

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Let’s all watch the eco-Nazis freak.

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MSG Additive Used in Chinese Food Is Actually Good for You, Scientist Claims

8th February 2017

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Let’s hope this ‘scientist’ isn’t one of the guys massaging the Global Warming data.

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The Israeli Company That Built a Wall Around Gaza Wants to Build Donald Trump’s Wall on the Mexican Border

5th February 2017

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Sounds like a plan.

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Chinese Factory Replaces 90% Of Human Workers With Robots. Production Rises by 250%, Defects Drop by 80%

5th February 2017

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Welcome to the future.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

4th February 2017

Tabletop Moonshine Still.

HUDWAY Glass Head-Up Navigation Display.

CouchCoaster.

Granite Mortar & Pestle.

Justin Case Lightweight Kayak.

Book Holder Floor Stand.

Nostalgia Breakfast Station.

 

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Google Lets You Specify Recipe Searches With Suggested Flavors and Ingredients

3rd February 2017

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We have the technology.

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The Anonymous Pro-Trump ‘Decius’ Now Works Inside the White House

2nd February 2017

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The reporters peppering Spicer with questions were unlikely to know it, but the wallflower watching over the proceedings happened to be the leading conservative intellectual to argue for the election of Donald Trump. His pseudonymous essays during the campaign sparked more discussion—and disputation—among thinkers on the right than just about anyone else’s. Rush Limbaugh spent hours on his radio show promoting what he hailed as the writer’s “shaming” of the Never Trump conservatives. Leading conservative opponents of Trump, like New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, published critical responses to his most widely read essay. The writer even granted a postelection interview to the New Yorker, on the condition that his real identity not be revealed. The magazine described him as among those trying “to build a governing ideology” around Trump.

It is a mark of how far ‘journalism’ has fallen from it’s glory days that you have to go to the second or third paragraph in a story in order to find the topic paragraph — if, indeed, it even has one.

For Decius, the stakes for the 2016 election were civilizational, a choice between a continuation of corrupt republicanism in the service of progressive ideals and a disruption of that arc.

And that pretty much nails it.

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New Organisms Have Been Formed Using the First Ever 6-letter Genetic Code

29th January 2017

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Scientists have engineered the first ever ‘semi-synthetic’ organisms, by breeding E. coli bacteria with an expanded, six-letter genetic code.

While every living thing on Earth is formed according to a DNA code made up of four bases (represented by the letters G, T, C and A), these modified E. coli carry an entirely new type of DNA, with two additional DNA bases, X and Y, nestled in their genetic code.

 The question is, how does that affect the activity of the cells? Do they express new proteins? If so, what do those proteins do?

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This Machine Will Serve You a Free Big Mac

29th January 2017

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And you don’t even have to speak Spanish.

McDonald’s may have come up with a new twist on the fast-food restaurant experience that has nothing to do with what’s on the menu — doing away with interaction between customers and employees.

Thank you, $15-an-hour minimum wage.

The giant chain next Tuesday plans to operate what it calls a “customized digital Big Mac ATM” at its 540 Commonwealth Ave. location in Kenmore Square. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the high-tech vending machine will dispense Big Macs — at no charge.

Of course, you have to be in Taxachusetts to get one.

But that doesn’t mean lunch will be free. To get a Mac Jr. or a Grand Mac — both new sizes — customers will have to enter their Twitter handles on the machine’s touchscreen. Before they can even take a bite out of a burger, the machine will generate a tweet from their personal account that reads: “Check out the new Big Mac.”

If you’re not paying, then you’re the product.

“It’s really just a fun way to be modern and progressive,” said Vince Spadea, a McDonald’s franchisee who is part of a cooperative of owners. “I think we’ll have lines out the door.”

Not to mention the unemployment lines.

The machine, Spadea said, is being used primarily as a marketing tool, not the first step toward employee-less McDonald’s restaurants.

And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

UPDATE: McDonalds answers $15 minimum wage with the Big Mac ATM

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New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess

29th January 2017

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A landmark study published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, has found that there are two prescription drugs that seem to enhance chess-playing ability.

The drugs are methylphenidate, which is most commonly marketed as Ritalin (by Novartis), and modafinil, which is sold as Alertec, Modavigil and Provigil. The study also measured the effects of caffeine and found, not surprisingly, that it also had an ameliorative impact.

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Run for Office

29th January 2017

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Quit whining, start running.

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The Mind-Blowing AI Announcement From Google That You Probably Missed

29th January 2017

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Stop and think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. A neural computing system designed to translate content from one human language into another developed its own internal language to make the task more efficient. Without being instructed to. In a matter of weeks.

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USEFUL STUFF SATUDAY

28th January 2017

Ultimate Adventure Vehicle.

The Beard Bib.

Thermobest Gloves.

Bacon Toaster.

 

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What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

27th January 2017

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Hint: Everybody saves money

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Donald Trump Just Met With the CEOs of Detroit’s Big Three Automakers. Here’s How It Went

24th January 2017

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Trump is in the process of peeling away on of the core Democrat coalition groups. The man is an artist.

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How to Make a Survival Whistle From a Soup Can

24th January 2017

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Yeah, you laugh now, but mark my words….

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Is This Sewing Robot the Future of Fashion?

24th January 2017

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… Sewbo, a process that chemically stiffens fabrics in order to allow automated sewing robots to produce a full garment. Currently, factories rely on humans to guide fabrics through machines and weave them through assembly lines.

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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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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

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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