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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd July 2017

10-in-1 Survival Kit.  For when the seas rise and drown civilization (i.e. coastal cities).

Anti-Leak Waffle Iron.

Foot Massagers. A great foundation for a Bond-villain techno-trap.

RepairClinic.com. For all your obscure part failure needs.

 

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How to Make the Perfect Fried Chicken

20th July 2017

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

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Save on Cappuccinos and Macchiatos by Making Your Own With This Electric Milk Frother, Which Is Nearly Half Off

20th July 2017

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Assuming you are suffering from the no-doubt-Trump-induced trauma of insufficiently frothed milk.

No mention of whether or not it will magically transport you to the Upper West Side. But at least you can pretend.

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The De-Jewification of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

20th July 2017

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She’s Jewish? Who knew?

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Indian Residents Celebrate ‘Trump Village’ After Officials Said They Couldn’t

18th July 2017

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They must not have gotten the memo that Trump is a Notorious Racist.

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This $130,000 Self-Deploying Building Can Unfold in Just Eight Minutes

18th July 2017

Read it. And watch the video.

These are quite cunning. I wonder how long it will take the price to come down.

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How to Quickly Make a Bow and Arrow

17th July 2017

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

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Alzheimer’s: Scientists Express Excitement After Discovering Two New Genes Linked to the Disease

17th July 2017

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Unfortunately they couldn’t remember why they were excited. (JUST KIDDING)

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Small Reactors Could Kick-Start the Stalled Nuclear Sector

17th July 2017

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Earlier this year, NuScale Energy took a crucial step forward in its prolonged effort to build 12 scaled-down nuclear reactors on an empty parcel at the Idaho National Laboratory, a sprawling research campus on the outskirts of Idaho Falls (see “Shrinking Nuclear”). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreed to begin the formal process of reviewing the company’s designs for the 600-megawatt plant, which could power a city the size of Boise twice over.

That gives NuScale, based in Portland, Oregon, the inside track on building the country’s first commercial reactors of this type. Known as small modular reactors, or SMRs, they also represent the first substantially new reactor design of any kind to reach this NRC milestone in decades.

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Oil – Where Did It Come From?

15th July 2017

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

15th July 2017

Cheese Knife.

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Scientists Have Inserted a GIF of a Horse Into Living Bacteria

13th July 2017

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Why? Because we can!

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‘Living Drug’ That Fights Cancer by Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

13th July 2017

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The treatment takes cells from a patient’s body, modifies the genes, and then reinfuses those modified cells back into the person who has cancer. If the agency approves, it would mark the first time the FDA has approved anything considered to be a “gene therapy product.”

 

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“Mexico Oil Privatization Pays Off With Billion-Barrel Find”

12th July 2017

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Better pump fast, after all we’re going to be running out of oil soon.

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Survival Monday: FREE Apps You Should Download Now

11th July 2017

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These are an array of apps from First Aid, to communication, navigation, how to find family members, etc. They are free and the links are in the Slideshare. Don’t just download them, but play with them a bit so you know how they work before you need them. Some can be useful every day. For example, the ROAD ID app is one I turn every day when I go out for a bike or run. It sends an automatic notification if I’ve stopped for more than five minutes (you can set it however you like). But if I’m out there on the North Boundary Road of Oak Ridge all by myself and have an accident and can’t phone, the app automatically will notify those I’ve programmed in via text and email that I’ve stopped. This can be a life saver!

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Gadget Calls the Police After Listening to Man ‘Beat and Threaten to Murder’ Girlfriend

11th July 2017

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The device in question was initially believed to be a Google Home, but Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office then said it was an Alexa-enabled gadget.

“In the 911 recording the victim can be heard yelling ‘Alexa, call 911’”, it says.

We have the technology.

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India Has Almost Finished the World’s First Advanced Thorium Nuclear Reactor

11th July 2017

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The Kalpakkam reactor will generate 500 megawatts of electricity by using the element thorium instead of uranium, which is rare in India. The only other commercial fast breeder nuclear reactor in history is located in Russia, but this uses uranium instead of thorium. Fast breeder reactors would revolutionize nuclear power because they’re capable of generating more nuclear fuel then they consume while generating less nuclear waste.

“[F]ast reactors can help extract up to 70 percent more energy than traditional reactors and are safer than traditional reactors while reducing long lived radioactive waste by several fold,” Yukiya Amano, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the Times of India.

 

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th July 2017

Dead On 18-Inch Annihilator.

FiberFix Repair Wrap.

Third Thumb.

Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

 

 

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What If You Could Brush Your Teeth in 10 Seconds Through the Power of Crowdfunding?

5th July 2017

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There are a small set of facts here, but they have profound implications for how we live our lives.

  1. There’s a new Kickstarter project called Amabrush.
  2. It’s shaped like a mouthguard, and it brushes your teeth all at once in 10 seconds.
  3. A removable handle makes the whole setup look like an adult pacifier. It’s what vibrates the “brush” mouthpiece and dispenses the toothpaste.
  4. The handle uses proprietary toothpaste capsules.

Notice what’s missing? That’s right, there’s no app. How am I supposed to set up an IFTTT recipe to tweet @ my mom every time I brush?

Does it do flossing? I have to pacify the dentist.

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This Mobile Structure Builds Itself in Under 10 Minutes

5th July 2017

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I want one.

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Hindu Disciples Put Dead Guru in Freezer, Because He’s Just Meditating

5th July 2017

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I can see the Democrats doing that with Hillary.

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Harvard Law School Creates Endowed Professorship Honoring Justice Antonin Scalia

5th July 2017

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And will promptly fill it with a communist.

Martha Minow, Harvard Law’s outgoing dean, offered praise for Scalia and for the Considine Family Foundation

“Justice Scalia had a singular impact on statutory analysis and legal thought. He also had a great love of learning, so it is especially meaningful that he will be honored with a professorship that will provide enduring support for teaching and scholarship at the Law School and beyond,” Minow said, according to Harvard Law Today.

Liberals will tell any lie in order to get their hands on other people’s money. But you knew that.

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Under Trump, More Central American Migrants Resettling in Mexico

5th July 2017

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The Wall is effective even when it doesn’t exist.

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Russia’s Experimental Floating Nuclear Reactor Catches on Fire

5th July 2017

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Now that’s comedy.

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Everything You Know About Back Pain Is Wrong

5th July 2017

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I must confess that I’ve always thought sit-ups were bullshit and now I have SCIENCE to back me up.

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China’s Revolutionary ‘Straddling Bus’ Dragged Off and Declared A Scam

3rd July 2017

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The innovative elevated bus expected to revolutionize public transportation in China is officially dead.

“The invention of the Transit Elevated Bus is considered a revolution for environmental-friendly public transportation,” TEB Technology wrote on its website, which is no longer active. Authorities in Qinhuangdao have torn down the test track, hauled off the bus, and detained 32 people for illegal fundraising through questionable peer-to-peer transactions, reports the Financial Times.

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How Marriages and Mortgages Influence Election Outcomes

1st July 2017

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One curious aspect of American political geography is that variables that predict partisanship at the individual level often do a poor job of predicting the partisan balance at the state level. African Americans are among the most reliable Democratic voters, but the region with the largest African American population (the Deep South) is reliably Republican; wealthy Americans are, on average, more likely to vote Republican, yet the Northeast, where so much of the nation’s wealth is concentrated, consistently gives its Electoral College votes to Democrats. This pattern makes it difficult to find variables that accurately predict whether a state falls in the Red or Blue camp. One of the few such variables is the median age at first marriage.

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One such variable, which government policy can influence, is home affordability. To my knowledge, the blogger Steve Sailer was the first person to make the connection between home values, marriage rates, and vote choice. However, the existing scholarly literature supported this hypothesis.

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AR Measure Turns Your Phone Into a Virtual Measuring Tape

30th June 2017

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A great idea — if it works, which I’m not convinced it does.

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A New Microscope Uses Light to “Cut” Through Tissue Samples and Find Cancer

28th June 2017

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The ultimate goal of a lumpectomy is to remove all the cancerous tissue from a person’s breast while saving as much of the healthy tissue as possible. But that’s even harder than it sounds. Without the ability to look at tissue under a microscope, it’s currently impossible to tell whether the area surrounding a tumor contains cancerous cells or not. Surgeons deal with this by taking samples from around the removed tumor, waiting for a pathologist to look at them, and performing additional surgeries if they turn out to be cancerous. This is not only time consuming and expensive, but also extremely stressful for the patient.

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The Palaeogenetics of Cat Dispersal in the Ancient World

25th June 2017

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

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Florida Man to be Fined $1.25 Per Robocall… All 96 Million of Them

24th June 2017

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America’s comms regulator, the FCC, will fine a Florida Man $120m for flooding the country with nearly 100 million robocalls in three months.

The watchdog said that Adrian Abramovich of Miami ran a scheme that made more than a million calls a day – each with its caller ID information altered – with the aim of selling travel packages and condo timeshares.

The calls, 96 million of them in total, were presented on caller ID as coming from travel companies like TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hilton, and Marriott. When answered, they played a recorded message and, if the user prompted for more information, they were connected to an overseas call center, where the operator would try to sell a vacation package.

The spoofed numbers are a violation of the FCC’s Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, opening the door to the massive nine-figure penalty. Abramovich was also cited for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and federal wire fraud laws.

Waterboarded. I want him waterboarded as well. Once for each call.

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The Medieval History of Stonehenge

23rd June 2017

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

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This Smart Bedding Makes Itself and Lets You Control the Climate on Each Side

21st June 2017

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We have the technology.

I don’t know of anybody outside of the military who makes a bed. Maybe maids in a hotel.

 

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Lenovo Shows Off an Absurd Laptop Concept With a Flexible Screen

21st June 2017

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This is actually pretty clever.

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8 New Skills You Can Learn by Watching YouTube

20th June 2017

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If you like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you will like.

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Fattened, Genetically Engineered Algae Might Be the Next Great Oil Source

20th June 2017

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I find that vaguely disturbing.

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‘Solar Paint’ Breakthrough Can Provide Endless Energy Source

19th June 2017

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The scientists developed a new compound that sucks water vapor from the air—much like those humidity-absorbing packets of silica gel you find in shoeboxes. But unlike silica, the new material (synthetic molybdenum-sulphide) also acts as a semiconductor and water-splitting catalyst, meaning that it takes water molecules and separates them into oxygen and hydrogen, a clean fuel source.

The compound is made more effective when mixed with titanium oxide, a white pigment often found in house paint, which makes it easily applicable to a wide range of buildings.

Cool.

The technology is likely still a few years away from commercialization, since the harvested hydrogen gas would still need to be collected somehow and stored until put to use.

Details, mere details. Cue government subsidies….

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Van Plows Through Pedestrians in London

18th June 2017

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A number of casualties have been reported after a van plowed through a group of pedestrians in London Sunday.

One person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians in Seven Sister Road in north London. The incident took place outside a mosque, according to Mail Online.

 

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Michelin Reinvents the ‘Tweel’ With 3D-printed Vision Concept

18th June 2017

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Michelin has developed a new way to change a tire.

Its Vision concept is an airless ‘tweel’ made from 3D-printed bio-sourced materials that allow for new and different treads to be applied as they wear down or the seasons change.

Designed to mimic the structure of coral, it is stiff at the center and gets gradually softer as it approaches the outside edge.

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Microsoft’s New Modern Keyboard Has a Hidden Fingerprint Reader

17th June 2017

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Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new “Modern Keyboard” with an integrated fingerprint reader. The Modern Keyboard is the successor to the Surface Keyboard, and looks identical. The only changes are a new fingerprint reader and the ability to use a cable for a wired connection instead of wireless.

Microsoft has integrated the fingerprint reader into the second Windows key on the right-hand side of the keyboard, and it can be used to log into Windows 10 or websites using Windows Hello. The new Modern Keyboard will work with Windows 10, MacOS, and the latest versions of Android.

Yet another thing to hack.

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A Startup Making Paper Out of Stone, Not Trees

17th June 2017

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Nobuyoshi Yamasaki’s venture TBM Co. makes paper from limestone, a rock it proclaims is “almost inexhaustible.” He says it’s the answer to concerns over deforestation and water shortages, with world demand for paper set to double by 2030.

I can see it now: Save The Rocks!

TBM’s paper is so durable and moisture-resistant it can be written on underwater, and has just signed a deal to make menus for more than 400 sushi restaurants run by Sushiro Global Holdings Ltd. across Japan.

Yet another reason not to eat sushi.

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New Stick-on Soles Protect Users From Cuts and Grazes While on the Beach or in the Sea

16th June 2017

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The soles are “waterproof, cut-proof and slip-proof”, according to the manufacturers Nakefit. Costing £26 for ten pairs, the flip-flop alternatives look to save the scorching feet of holidaymakers world over.

Wearers can also be sure of attracting attention in the eye-catching elastic soles available in bright pink, blue and black.

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Game of Thrones: Someone Made a Compilation of All 150,966 Deaths

16th June 2017

Watch it, if you dare….

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Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods

16th June 2017

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Jeff Bezos: “Alexa, buy me something from Whole Foods.”

Alexa: “Sure, Jeff. Buying Whole Foods now.”

Jeff Bezos: “WHA- ahh go ahead.”

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It’s Been 4,253 Days Since The Last Major Hurricane Landed In The US

16th June 2017

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It’s been nearly 12 years, or 4,253 days, since the last major hurricane made landfall in the U.S., which is the longest such period on record.

On a global level, accumulated cyclone energy is at its lowest level on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach.

How about that Global Warming, hey?

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UN Won’t Play Any Role in Iraqi Kurds’ Independence Vote

15th June 2017

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Good. They’d just screw it up.

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Police Seize Nearly $1 Million In Meth-Infused Lollipops Shaped Like Yoda

15th June 2017

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I always wondered how he got that way.

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GOP Lawmakers Want to Carry Guns After Shooting

15th June 2017

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Saw that coming.

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Scientists Make Plastic From Sugar and Carbon Dioxide

14th June 2017

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Polycarbonates from sugars offer a more sustainable alternative to traditional polycarbonate from BPA, however the process uses a highly toxic chemical called phosgene. Now scientists at Bath have developed a much safer, even more sustainable alternative which adds carbon dioxide to the sugar at low pressures and at room temperature.

Get rid of that ugly fat and save the planet at the same time. What’s not to like?

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Meet the 89-Year-Old Reinventing the Train in His Backyard

14th June 2017

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ON A CLEAR, sunny day at a vineyard in the northern California town of Ukiah, a most unusual train chugs through a field of barely budding syrah grapes. Well, it doesn’t chug so much as whoosh because this train—actually, a one-sixth scale train—doesn’t rely upon a diesel engine or electricity to get around. It uses vacuum power and heavy duty magnets.

The 89-year-old man who built it believes it could change how the world moves.

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