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Blue-eyed Humans Have a Single, Common Ancestor

28th May 2017

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Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Ethylene Production Via Sunlight Opens Door to Future

28th May 2017

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“We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and C02 and then produce ethylene or ethylene derivatives,” said Yu, a research scientist in the Photobiology Group at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “That’s pretty far from where we are now, but that’s the goal. If things work out, 10 years from now we should see some farms making petrochemical replacements.”

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Scientists Predict 0.3C of Dangerous Warming if President Trump Pulls Out of Paris

28th May 2017

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Scientists are worried that in 100 years, the effect on global temperature might almost be measurable, if the USA pulls out of the Paris Agreement.

Time to panic.

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A Fascinating Graphic Novel About the Origins of Dungeons & Dragons

27th May 2017

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If you’re interested in that sort of thing.

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Storing Drinking-water in Copper pots Kills Contaminating Diarrhoeagenic Bacteria

27th May 2017

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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Hottest Chilli Pepper in the World Accidentally Created by Welsh Farmer

26th May 2017

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I’ve always had my suspicions about the Welsh.

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Callista Gingrich Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Holy See

26th May 2017

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Hey, that’s one way to get Newt out of Washington.

Seems rather extreme, though.

Maybe he doesn’t consider the Vatican all that important. Can’t imagine where he got that idea.

Oh, wait, maybe I can.

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New Zealand Space Launch Is First From a Private Site

25th May 2017

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An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility.

Rocket Lab’s 17m-long (56ft) Electron lifted off from the Mahia Peninsula, in the North Island, the firm said.

The test flight was the first launch from New Zealand and is a major first step in an emerging market: launching cheap disposable rockets to carry small satellites and other payloads.

The company plans to start frequent commercial launches later this year.

Space — it’s not just for governments any more.

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Trump Proposes Opening ANWR to Drilling, Selling Strategic Oil Reserves

23rd May 2017

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The ‘strategic oil reserve’ was just an oil price-support program in a Clever Plastic Disguise. It needs to go.

We have plenty of oil, without any need to depend on foreigners, if the fargin government would just let people extract it.

Sell the streets and drop the bomb
Was our cry….

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Scientists Find 7.2-million-year-old Pre-human Remains in the Balkans

23rd May 2017

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The common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand years earlier than hitherto assumed, according to an international research team headed by Professor Madelaine Böhme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tübingen and Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The researchers investigated two fossils of Graecopithecus freybergi with state-of-the-art methods and came to the conclusion that they belong to pre-humans. Their findings, published today in two papers in the journal PLOS ONE, further indicate that the split of the human lineage occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean and not – as customarily assumed – in Africa.

Present-day chimpanzees are humans’ nearest living relatives. Where the last chimp-human common ancestor lived is a central and highly debated issue in palaeoanthropology. Researchers have assumed up to now that the lineages diverged five to seven million years ago and that the first pre-humans developed in Africa. According to the 1994 theory of French palaeoanthropologist Yves Coppens, climate change in Eastern Africa could have played a crucial role. The two studies of the research team from Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Canada, France and Australia now outline a new scenario for the beginning of human history.

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US Army’s Newest Anti-IED Weapon Is a Giant Microwave

22nd May 2017

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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., is testing a MaxPower microwave system that sends out an electromagnetic pulse a billion times stronger than the average household microwave. The system houses vast amounts of magnetrons, high-powered vacuum tubes that generate microwaves, releasing enough energy to mess with an IED’s trigger system and make it explode before a convoy is in danger.

I bet it would do an entire cow at one shop. Barbecue!

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Home Batteries Aren’t Economical—Yet

22nd May 2017

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Around the world, more homeowners are experimenting with residential batteries, which grab energy when it is generated and store it for later use. The excess power can be tapped if the grid goes down—in a storm, say—or during high-demand periods when electricity is more expensive.

Thanks to a big push by solar vendors and battery providers such as Tesla Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., and Sunverge Energy Inc., homeowners in the U.S. now have a choice of off-the-shelf home batteries, or they can get them through pilot programs hosted by local utilities and companies that install solar systems. The batteries are getting increased attention as solar power becomes more affordable and common in the U.S.

 Tesla has a convenient process that will estimate the costs for you. Right now getting their solar power tiles and home power unit isn’t really affordable for most people — high up-front costs and a payback period that exceeds what Tesla thinks of as the useful life — but if we know anything about technology we know that prices will drop. Stay tuned.

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A Way to Make Water Potable Using Carbon Dioxide

21st May 2017

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Dr Stone’s alternative is to abandon the idea of filtration altogether. Instead, he plans to apply a phenomenon called diffusiophoresis to the problem. When CO2 and water meet at the liquid’s surface they react to make carbonic acid. This is a solution of hydrogen ions, which are positively charged, and bicarbonate ions, which are negative. The newborn ions then diffuse away from the surface and into the main body of the water. That creates a gradient of ionic concentration perpendicular to the surface. Dr Stone’s insight was that, because the gravity-resistant particles which need to be removed almost always have either positive or negative static-electric charges on their surfaces, their interaction with an ion gradient of this sort, which is itself composed of charged particles, could be used to move them around.

Fresh clean water, here we come.

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Humans May Have Accidentally Created a Radiation Shield Around Earth

21st May 2017

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NASA spends a lot of time researching the Earth and its surrounding space environment. One particular feature of interest are the Van Allen belts, so much so that NASA built special probes to study them! They’ve now discovered a protective bubble they believe has been generated by human transmissions in the VLF range.

VLF transmissions cover the 3-30 kHz range, and thus bandwidth is highly limited. VLF hardware is primarily used to communicate with submarines, often to remind them that, yes, everything is still fine and there’s no need to launch the nukes yet.  It’s also used for navigation and broadcasting time signals.

It seems that this human transmission has created a barrier of sorts in the atmosphere that protects it against radiation from space. Interestingly, the outward edge of this “VLF Bubble” seems to correspond very closely with the innermost edge of the Van Allen belts caused by Earth’s magnetic field. What’s more, the inner limit of the Van Allan belts now appears to be much farther away from the Earth’s surface than it was in the 1960s, which suggests that man-made VLF transmissions could be responsible for pushing the boundary outwards.

Cue hysteria from the Global Warming crowd.

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20th May 2017

Stikk Gel Pads.

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Goodyear turns the wheel into a sphere

18th May 2017

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The Eagle 360s are equipped with an internal structure that magnetically levitates an electric vehicle above them, which eliminates the need for a mechanically-connected drivetrain or suspension and allows it move in any direction.

Developed with autonomous cars in mind, embedded sensors constantly monitor the condition of the tires and the road surface and send this information to both the vehicle and others around it. The tires are also made from an absorbent rubber that naturally stiffens in dry conditions and softens up in the wet to optimize grip.

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Aging Skin May Become a Thing of the Past as Scientists Hail Breakthrough in Fight Against Wrinkles

14th May 2017

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And about fargin time, too.

The breakthrough came after Newcastle University researchers found an enzyme that normally helps keep skin smooth stops working as people get older, The Daily Telegraph reported.

“Our research means that we now have a specific biomarker, or a target, for developing and screening anti-ageing treatments and cosmetic creams that may counter this decline in bio-energy.

“There is now a possibility of finding anti-ageing treatments which can be tailored to differently aged and differently pigmented skin, and with the additional possibility to address the ageing process elsewhere in our bodies.”

Speed the day.

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Californians Are Revolting

14th May 2017

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Californians are pushing back against the Democratic lawmakers who passed the largest gas tax in the state’s history last month.

Citizens have signed signatures for a recall effort against Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman for his vote in favor of for the Road Repair and Accountability Act, and another lawmaker is moving forward on an initiative to repeal the unpopular gas tax.

The law, passed April 6, imposes a 12 cents a gallon hike on citizens and raises the tax on diesel fuel by 20 cents a gallon. It also implements an additional charge to annual vehicle license fees ranging from $25 to $175 depending on the car’s value.

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Finally, an App for Transcribing Medieval Manuscripts

14th May 2017

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Of which, of course, we were all deeply in need.

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How to Build a Medieval Crossbow

12th May 2017

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

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NY Times: Steel Industry Is on the Rebound Under Trump

12th May 2017

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“If you could design a perfect administration from the perspective of the steel industry, this would be it,” Thomas Gibson, president of the American Iron and Steel Institute, told the NY Times. President Trump campaigned on the promise to bring back American jobs to industries that have been decimated by foreign competition, like steel.

Cue analogies to good times for steel under Hitler’s Germany. Even if they have to make it up.

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15 Sharks Spotted by OC Sheriff’s Helicopter Near Beachgoers

12th May 2017

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A video shot from an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter gives an overhead view of great white sharks hanging around near shore in Capistrano Beach as officers warn paddleboarders and swimmers near the surfline.

“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stockbridge said in the video shot at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, above the Dana Point beach. “They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surfline.”

Easy for them to say.

Perhaps the sharks heard about all the furor about White Privilege in California and decided to come and get some.

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Mini Therapy Horses: The Latest Way to De-stress Airport Travellers

12th May 2017

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I am not making this up.

If you need a mini-therpy horse in order to fly, you really need to stay home.

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The Golden Haggadah Now Online

12th May 2017

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The Golden Haggadah, created in Catalonia around the year 1320, is among several hundred items that have recently been digitised by the British Library as part of the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project.

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2017’s Top Crossbows

11th May 2017

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You know you want one.

The Ravin R15 is really awesome.

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Graphene’s Sleeping Superconductivity Awakens

10th May 2017

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Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor – meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance.

The finding, reported in Nature Communications, further enhances the potential of graphene, which is already widely seen as a material that could revolutionise industries such as healthcare and electronics. Graphene is a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms and combines several remarkable properties; for example, it is very strong, but also light and flexible, and highly conductive.

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The Psychology of Restaurant Design Revealed

9th May 2017

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Tom Strother, co-founder and creative director of interior design firm Fabled Studio, has helped top restaurants including Margot, which serves upmarket Italian food, Indian street food establishment Jamavar and Parisian-style wine bar nook Noble Rot style their insides.

The Independent picked his brains to find out more about designers piece together a restaurant’s interiors.

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Cheese Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Attack or Strokes, Find Researchers

9th May 2017

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Good news for foodies. You know who you are.

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Supreme Court Rejects Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Says States Cannot Keep Money From The Innocent

5th May 2017

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With so many constitutional rights under siege, it’s welcome news when one of them is defended. Reaffirming the presumption of innocence, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado law last month that forced criminal defendants to prove their innocence when the defendants’ convictions were already overturned. As the court explained, “Absent those convictions, Colorado would have no legal right to exact and retain petitioners’ funds.” Not only is this decision a win for due process, the court’s ruling in Nelson v. Colorado could have major ramifications for government shakedown schemes nationwide.

This is a huge step forward in the fight against Civil Asset Forfeiture.

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Texas Concealed Carry Holder Thwarts Potential Mass Shooting

5th May 2017

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I predict that he is not a Democrat — but in Texas you never know.

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POLL: Was Obama Right to Dump His White Girlfriend for Political Reasons?

5th May 2017

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I guess that was one of the Dreams from his father that he didn’t buy into.

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Icebergs to Be Towed From Antarctica to United Arab Emirates for Drinking Water

3rd May 2017

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I guess Californians are too stupid to think of that.

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New Medieval Books: From Battles to Beds

1st May 2017

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If you’re interested in that sort of thing — which I am.

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3-D Printing Offers New Approach to Making Buildings

29th April 2017

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The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.

There has been a lot of ink spilled recently about how, rather than waste time going to college, enterprising young people ought to get a good-paying job in the construction trades.

Well, if that’s the road they’re going to take, they’d better be quick about it.

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29th April 2017

QuerkyWriter.

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You Want Better Beer? Good. Here’s a Better Barley Genome

26th April 2017

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We have the technology.

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Humans in California 130,000 Years Ago?

26th April 2017

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In an announcement sure to spark a firestorm of controversy, researchers say they’ve found signs of ancient humans in California between 120,000 and 140,000 years ago—more than a hundred thousand years before humans were thought to exist anywhere in the Americas.

If the researchers are right, the so-called Cerutti mastodon site could force a rewrite of the story of humankind.

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Doctor Celebrates ‘Major Milestone’ of World’s First Malaria Vaccine

25th April 2017

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Still won’t make up for the millions who died because of Rachel Carson.

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The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing

25th April 2017

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And about time, too.

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Caterpillar Found to Eat Shopping Bags, Suggesting Diodegradable Solution to Plastic Pollution

24th April 2017

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Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up landfill sites in the form of plastic shopping bags.

The wax worm, the larvae of the common insect Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth, is a scourge of beehives across Europe. In the wild, the worms live as parasites in bee colonies. Wax moths lay their eggs inside hives where the worms hatch and grow on beeswax – hence the name.

As always when the eco-fruits panic about something, Nature can cope. Trust Nature.

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Experts Excited by Brain ‘Wonder-Drug’

23rd April 2017

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In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world.

But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage.

Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people.

“It’s really exciting,” said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester.

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Imitating People’s Speech Patterns Precisely Could Bring Trouble

23rd April 2017

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More troubling, any voice—including that of a stranger—can be cloned if decent recordings are available on YouTube or elsewhere. Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, led by Nitesh Saxena, were able to use Festvox to clone voices based on only five minutes of speech retrieved online. When tested against voice-biometrics software like that used by many banks to block unauthorised access to accounts, more than 80% of the fake voices tricked the computer. Alan Black, one of Festvox’s developers, reckons systems that rely on voice-ID software are now “deeply, fundamentally insecure”.

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Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Medieval Dragons

23rd April 2017

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What’s more medieval than a dragon? From Smaug to Drogon to Dungeons & Dragons, the look, menace, and sheer presence of dragons is one of the most iconic legacies of the western Middle Ages. Not without reason: the easy go-to embodiment for Satan was so popular among medieval people that by the thirteenth century, dragons were nevertheless pressed into service in religious art to represent Jesus. Why were dragons so popular—and what was a dragon in the Middle Ages, anyway? Here are a few things you might not know about medieval dragons.

The meat didn’t keep well prior to refrigeration.

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‘Tooth Repair Drug’ May Replace Fillings

23rd April 2017

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The team at King’s College London showed that a chemical could encourage cells in the dental pulp to heal small holes in mice teeth.

A biodegradable sponge was soaked in the drug and then put inside the cavity.

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Common Cold Vaccine Patent Registered by Scientist Who Discovered Body ‘Fights Disease in Wrong Way’

23rd April 2017

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The common cold is considered difficult to treat and protect against because it has so many different strains.

But Professor Valenta told The Independent the body’s immune system tends to attack the centre of the virus, which isn’t the most effective way to fight the disease.

Instead, his vaccine focuses on the virus’s shell, which facilitates infection by attaching itself to mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, nasal passages and stomach.

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Startup’s ‘Farm From a Box’ Kit Grows Enough Food for 150 People

22nd April 2017

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We’ve seen many a clever shipping container building, but rarely one that so effectively combines transportability with community impact. But here comes Farm From a Box, essentially a shipping container starter kit that holds everything you need (minus the two-acre land itself) to operate a small farm with enough produce to feed up to 150 people.

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

Think of it as Blue Apron for Tom & Barbara Good.

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Nuclear Scientist Says Advanced Reactors Will Be Great for Planet

22nd April 2017

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If the eco-Nazis will let them be used; after all, for them it’s not sufficient that the planet be saved, it’s also necessary that humanity suffer.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd April 2017

Novel Ultra-Low-Energy Consumption Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer.

Darth Vader Mask BBQ and Fire Pit.

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Bridgestone Launching ‘Airless’ Bicycle Tires in 2019

22nd April 2017

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The non-pneumatic features a ring of flexible composite spokes — connected to a smaller, solid inner hub — that both hold its shape and provide cushioning on par with an air-filled tube. A conventionally-shaped tread is mounted to the outside.

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Number of Illegals Entering Canada in March Triples From January

20th April 2017

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Y’all keep on steppin’, heah?

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