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Tests Confirm That Germany’s Massive Nuclear Fusion Machine Really Works

6th December 2016

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A team of researchers from the US and Germany have now confirmed that the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) stellerator is producing the super-strong, twisty, 3D magnetic fields that its design predicted, with “unprecedented accuracy”. The researchers found an error rate less than one in 100,000.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Holiday Music

5th December 2016

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Even Social Justice Warriors get it right sometimes.

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Brings the Wacky Joy of Fighting Action Figures to Life

4th December 2016

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

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How to Make Your Own Greek Armor

3rd December 2016

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This is from The New Yorker so who knows how practical it might be, but I’m sure it will look authentic.

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Bacteria Have ‘Biological Wheels’ That We Can Finally See in 3D

3rd December 2016

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Among bacteria’s many attributes, perhaps one of its most overlooked yet important ones is its ability to propel itself via flagellum, a unique appendage hanging off its end. This mechanism is a perfect example of a naturally occurring, biological wheel.

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Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

3rd December 2016

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On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly accessible website, bioRxiv, before submitting it to a scholarly journal to review for “official’’ publication.

Disintermediation is our friend.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

3rd December 2016

Self-Watering Planter.

Kitchen in a Box.

Baseball Brush Cleaner. For those of you with dirty balls (you know who you are).

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Beaver Found Browsing Christmas Decorations After Wandering in to Dollar Store

1st December 2016

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Probably just needed some of those little plastic clips you use to keep bags closed after you’ve opened them. We’ve all been there.

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Judge Rules Sperm Donor Doesn’t Have to Pay Child Support to Lesbian Couple

30th November 2016

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Go ahead, laugh, but that was a real possibility.

The Topeka man donated his sperm to Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer in response to a Craigslist ad, for the price of $50 per semen donation. Schreiner had his baby girl in December, 2009, but later split up with her partner. Now she’s trying to force the William Marotta to supplement the assistance she’s getting from the state to raise the girl.

Progressive Rule Nr 1: Somebody else has to pay for my stuff.

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How Flushing Your Toilet Could Help Create Biofuel

30th November 2016

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

Me, I just want to go to the toilet.

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World’s Largest Bus Can Transport 300 Passengers

29th November 2016

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

I note that it will handle an entire company of infantry.

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‘Diamond-age’ of Power Generation as Nuclear Batteries Developed

29th November 2016

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Just waiting for the eco-Nazis to call for them to be banned….

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How Feeding Cows Chocolate Creates Superior Wagyu Beef

29th November 2016

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Good advice, if you have a cow.

Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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How to Speak Middle English

28th November 2016

Read it. And practice assiduously.

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

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How-to Terror Manuals Still Being Sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

28th November 2016

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I still have my first edition of The Anarchist Cookbook, which is probably worth a pretty penny by now.

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This Man Will Teach You How to Cook

27th November 2016

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One of the best TV chefs ever just retired, and you probably never watched him.

Not that Jacques Pépin—classically trained French chef, intimate of the late Julia Child, and former New York Times food columnist—is obscure, exactly. He served as the personal chef to three French presidents, including Charles de Gaulle, and worked at the renowned New York City restaurant Le Pavillon in the 1950s and ’60s. His encyclopedic 1976 guide to French cooking, La Technique, is legendary among professional chefs. But because his many cooking shows were tucked away on public television, he never became a household name on the level of Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray. (Pépin, who turned 80 last year, has said that his 13th PBS series, Heart & Soul, which concluded in March, will be his last.) That’s a shame, because his shows are an antidote to much of what ails modern food TV and, by extension, American cooking culture.

La Technique is shelved right next to Escoffier’s Le Guide Culiniere.

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30 Medieval Texts Translated in 2016

27th November 2016

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If you’re into that sort of thing, which I happen to be.

The new annotated translation of Justinian’s Code is going to be a useful reference. I am also looking forward to reading The History of William Marshal, The Complete Literary Works of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and Harima Fudoki.

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How to Make the Best Bacon Ever

26th November 2016

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The road to Heaven runs through the belly of a pig.

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All of Bach Online

26th November 2016

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

26th November 2016

Bag Butler.

Swan Ladle. Go ahead, play with your food.

Spotlight Rechargeable LED Vehicle Light.

Cool Touch Microwaveable Mug Set.

STK Multitool.

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Mexican Cement Manufacturer Wants to Help Build Trump’s Wall

25th November 2016

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President-elect Donald Trump promised Americans that he would “build a great wall” and make Mexico pay for this proposed border barricade between the two countries. On Wednesday, a Mexican cement manufacturer says he wants to help Trump build it.

The CEO of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) wants to bid on any contract to build thebarrier to illegal immigration.

Enrique Escalante told Reuters, “We can’t be choosy. We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.”

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How to Make Perfect Bolognese

24th November 2016

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To write on spag bol is to wade into a mire of controversy thicker and darker than any ragu that ever came out of nonna’s kitchen. People feel very strongly indeed about what is, basically, a meat sauce of no more particular merit than, say, a shepherd’s pie, or a chilli, to the extent that, earlier this year, a group of Italian chefs organised a worldwide day of action to promote the “authentic” recipe, as laid down by the Academia Italiana della Cucina back in 1982.

The event was billed as a protest against the “improbable concoctions” served under the name around the globe, with a spokesman decrying the “remarkable variety of ingredients” that defiled his beloved bolognese – including cream. That’s cream, as used by the well-respected Italian cookery teacher and writer Ursula Ferrigno, and the rather less Italian, but pretty reliable Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Hey, it’s Thanksgiving — we’re talkin’ food here.

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California Inmates on the Run After Escaping Jail by Rappelling Down Wall Using Bedding

24th November 2016

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Rear Window Stickers Are Meant to Creep Out High Beam Abusers

24th November 2016

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I like it. It has texture, and scope.

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How to Deep-Fry a Turkey Without Killing Yourself

23rd November 2016

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

The video of the frozen turkey hitting the hot oil is worth the price of admission. Just sayin’.

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Trump Selects DeVos as Education Secretary

23rd November 2016

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President-elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he plans to nominate school-choice activist, philanthropist and Republican mega-donor Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department.

Boy, what a sexist that Donald Trump is.

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Justin Bieber Punches Fan Who Tried to Rouch Him in Barcelona

23rd November 2016

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Much the best thing I’ve ever heard about Justin Bieber. Perhaps he’s finally hit puberty.

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Donald Trump Appoints First Woman to Cabinet as Ambassador to the UN

23rd November 2016

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That Donald Trump, he’s such a sexist.

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“The Needle in the Haystack”: Pat Frank’s Devastating Expose of Climate Model Error

23rd November 2016

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This video dates back to July, so it might not be news for some viewers. But the video elucidates in clear and simple terms why climate model error is actually far worse than those pretty spreads provided by the IPCC. I thoroughly recommend watching the video to anyone keen to understand why climate models are so bad at prediction.

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How Cheese Puffs Were Accidentally Created in an Animal Feed Factory

22nd November 2016

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Just when you thought it was safe to go into the snack aisle….

And don’t get me started on Snickerdoodles.

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New Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom on College Degrees

21st November 2016

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According to a new study released by the Department of Education, students who pursue an occupational credential (an education that is career-centered) are more likely to be employed than those who get an academic credential. This suggests that recent efforts to encourage more individuals to pursue college (President Barack Obama said that all Americans should have at least some postsecondary education) may be misguided. The data also suggest that the administration’s antagonism toward more career-focused educational tracks—often provided by for-profit trade schools and community colleges—is misplaced.

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White Police Officers Don’t Unfairly Target Black Suspects, Study Says

21st November 2016

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Contrary to what you might hear in the DemLegHump Media.

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19th November 2016

Knork.

Hillary Hammers.

Date rape nail polish. I am not making this up.

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Secret Chamber Inside Famous Mayan Temple El Castilo Discovered

17th November 2016

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Researchers say the recently discovered smallest pyramid, which is 10m tall, was built at some point between 550 and 800 AD, as the Mayan civilisation reached its peak.

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DNA-Editing Breakthrough Could Fix ‘Broken Genes’ in the Brain, Delay Ageing and Cure Incurable Diseases

16th November 2016

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No flying car, though.

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Peak Oil Indefinitely Postponed

16th November 2016

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The U.S. Geological Survey has made its largest discovery of recoverable crude ever under parts of West Texas, the federal agency announced Tuesday.

A recent assessment found the “Wolfcamp shale” geologic formation in the Midland area holds an estimated 20 billion barrels of accessible oil along with 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. That’s three times higher than the amount of recoverable crude the agency found in the Bakken-Three Forks region in the upper midwest in 2013, making it “the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date,” according to a statement.

That’s going to irritate a lot of environmentalists.

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Jackie Chan finally given Oscar after more than 200 films and a lot of broken bones

14th November 2016

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And about damned time, too.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

12th November 2016

Fidgetopia. You know who you are.

The Amazing Bamboo Chopstick.

Bernz-O-Matic Micro Flame Butane Torch Kit. Yeah, I know, but I just want one.

Ice Pop Maker. Just in time for winter.

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China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ Achieves Fusion Breakthrough

11th November 2016

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 Chinese scientists have successfully obtained high-confinement plasma for a record length of time, which experts believe will promote the development of international thermonuclear fusion research.

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What to Expect in President Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

10th November 2016

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Dear Santa….

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Stephen King ‘Shuts Down’ His Twitter Account After Donald Trump Is Elected President

10th November 2016

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The benefits of Trump’s election are already starting to flow.

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Thousands of Americans Take to Streets to Protest Against New President-elect

9th November 2016

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For those of us who grew up in the 60s, this is pretty lame.

Notice that the protests were in American cities.

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Canadian Immigration Website Crashes as Trump Piles Up State Victories

9th November 2016

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A lot of celebrities had pledged to move to Canada if Donald Trump won the presidential election. One indicator might show many of them, and their fans, are seriously considering doing just that. The immigration page for the Canadian government crashed Tuesday night as Trump racked up big victories in states that were expected to be very close.

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Scottish Witchcraft Book Published Online

8th November 2016

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Getting ready for a Hillary Presidency?

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SpaceX Finally Knows What Caused its Falcon 9 Rocket to Explode

8th November 2016

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No, it wasn’t exposing Elon Musk press releases to daylight.

Yesterday Musk explained to CNBC why it took so long to get to the bottom of the explosion: “It was a really surprising problem. It’s never been encountered before in the history of rocketry.”

The problem has to do with some super-cold oxygen reacting with the carbon fiber composites within the fuel tank.

Musk didn’t elaborate on how the solid oxygen formed or what happened after that, but the leading theory is that the solid oxygen may have ignited one of three carbon composite helium containers inside the oxygen tank, triggering the explosion that annihilated SpaceX’s launch pad.

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Cher Is Threatening To Leave The Planet If Donald Trump Wins

6th November 2016

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Better and better.

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Wattle Grove Home Invasion: Homeowner Shoots Intruder in Buttock With Bow and Arrow

6th November 2016

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Gotta love Australians.

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Sailor’s Selfie Gives Away Major Russian Ship’s Position

6th November 2016

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A Russian sailor’s online selfie may have just given away the position of one of the world’s most powerful battlecruisers, according to journalist Hans de Vreij’s analysis.

They are a quaint but primitive people, not accustomed to the implications of technology.

American sailors, of course, have it drummed into their heads not to do this kind of thing.

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Graphene Gives You Infrared Vision in a Contact Lens

5th November 2016

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

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New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

5th November 2016

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Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid.

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