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Woman’s Blindness Apparently Reversed by Stem Cell Treatment

21st May 2016

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No one can explain exactly how Belton came to see again, not even the doctor who treated her as part of an unconventional stem cell study shortly before she regained limited vision.

Despite their promise, stem cell treatments often garner skepticism from experts who are still studying their safety and effectiveness. While stem cells can be grown into any type of cell in the body, scientists generally believe proving the cells can repair or cure anything is a ways off. The only U.S. government approved stem cell treatment involves blood clotting disorders, but that hasn’t stopped those who can afford the treatments from seeking them.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st May 2016

Disco Ball Helmet.

Smart Bottle Opener. Texts your friends when you open a beer.

Used Book Perfume.

KittySplit app divides expenses among participants automatically.

Slipit sliding compound.

Scrubba portable laundry system.

These stick-on lenses turn your smartphone into a digital microscope.

Portable Microwave for adventures.

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Epic Solar Power Fail Gets Even More Epic-er

21st May 2016

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Last we checked in on the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power facility out in the California desert, it was in danger of being shut down because it was failing to produce the promised amount of electricity, despite all that free desert sunshine. (Before that we reported on how it was merely incinerating birds by the hundreds.)

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No More Flat Tires: Gecko Cellular Rubber Punctureless Tires

20th May 2016

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Solid and cellular tyres are one of those bicycle design ideas that potentially hold huge practical advantages; no punctures and none of the extra time and delay that entails and the need to carry round a spare tube, tools and pump with you.

Now Gecko Rubber from the UK has produced their own version of punctureless tyres, made from a cellular rubber compound (based on traditional thermoset rubber compounds similar to those being used in conventional pneumatic tyres). They claim to have a softer ride than Tannus and to be ‘70% less damaging to the environment than a leading puncture resistant alternative.’

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Genes That Decide How People’s Noses Look Discovered by Scientists

20th May 2016

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The four genes that determine exactly how your schnozzle formed have been revealed by scientists.

The researchers looked at the faces and DNA of more than 6,000 people, finding out what determined their breadth, pointiness and other characteristics.

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Better Living Through Chemistry: The Settled Science

18th May 2016

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Yesterday the National Academy of Sciences released a 407-page report on genetically engineered crops that debunks most of the frothier claims of the anti-GMO crusaders. From the summary:

While recognizing the inherent dif?culty of detecting subtle or long-term effects in health or the environment, the study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between currently commercialized genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it ?nd conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops.

Even worse from the greenie point of view is the finding that GMOs have produced positive economic outcomes for their users. Better living through chemistry, and higher profits too! Talk about feeling the bern burn!

Take that, deniers!

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In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time

18th May 2016

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Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. And sometimes it’s downright disastrous. But thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.

The device is called The Pilot system and Waverly Labs is the company behind this brilliantly simple yet potentially groundbreaking idea. When it hits the shelves in September, the system will allow the wearer to understand one of several foreign languages through real-time in-ear translation. A handy app will allow you to toggle through the languages you want, and the selection includes French, Spanish, Italian, and English. It’ll retail for $129, and you can pre-order one here. Or you can just keep talking to people really loudly and slowly in English. Good luck with that.

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Samsung’s First Mirror Displays Are Now Being Used in a Hair Salon

18th May 2016

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Samsung has been experimenting with mirror and transparent displays for years, but mostly in concept form. While we saw a pair of impressive 55-inch mirrored and transparent OLED displays last year, Samsung is revealing the first commercial installation of its mirror display today. A hair salon in Seoul, Korea is using four of Samsung’s 55-inch mirror displays to make haircuts a little more entertaining.

The mirror displays will show different styles, colors, and information on the latest cuts for customers to pick and choose from. When the displays aren’t providing information, they’ll look like regular mirrors for the salon. Samsung is planning to sell its mirror displays to businesses specializing in fashion, furniture, interior design, and retail in the third quarter of this year.

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IBM’s Phase-Change Memory Is Faster Than Flash and More Reliable Than RAM

17th May 2016

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IBM today announced a more efficient way to use phase-change memory, a breakthrough that could help transition electronic devices from standard RAM and flash to a much faster and more reliable type of storage. Phase-change memory, or PCM, is a type of non-volatile optical storage that works by manipulating the behavior of chalcogenide glass, which is how data is stored on rewriteable Blue-ray discs. A electrical current is applied to change PCM cells from an amorphous to crystalline structure, allowing you to store 0s and 1s in either state while the application of low voltage can read the data back.

The issue in the past has been PCM’s limited capacity and high cost; you can typically only store one 1 bit per cell. That makes it less useful for main memory applications like laptop or mobile phone storage. Yet IBM researchers discovered how to store 3 bits per cell by tinkering with how the crystals react to high temperatures, which are required to tap into multiple states for PCM cells. The jump is significant “because at this density, the cost of PCM will be significantly less than DRAM and closer to flash,” Haris Pozidis, IBM’s manager of non-volatile memory research, wrote in a statement.

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Type 1 Diabetes ‘Could Be Caused by Germs’

17th May 2016

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Researchers from Cardiff University’s Institute of Infection & Immunity discovered that certain germs trigger killer T-cells, a form of white blood cell that can cause diabetes.

The killer T-cells destroy insulin-producing ‘beta cells’, leading to an insulin deficiency.

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Corn Yields Boosted 50 Percent by Biotechnologists

17th May 2016

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Cue screams of outrage about ‘frankenfoods’ by enviro-nazis, who would rather poor people around the world starve so long as it’s done ‘organically’.

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Experts Stunned to Discover Early Shakespearian Theatre Was Rectangular

17th May 2016

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‘Experts’ are always being ‘stunned’ about something.

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The End of Food Is Here, Finally

16th May 2016

Update on Soylent.

If you’ve heard about Soylent at all, it’s likely as a saccharine, mealy, unappetizing glop that a bunch of journalists tried and failed to live off of exclusively, just like Soylent’s inventor, Rob Rhinehart.

Marketed to coders and people launching startups, the entire Soylent phenomenon came across as a cult designed to deprive the rest of the world of some of the most basic pleasures of all—good food and the fellowship that comes with it.

But with an infusion of $20 million in January 2015 from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Soylent the company pivoted from being a vehicle for its inventor’s quasi-apocalyptic notions about the future of humanity—Mr. Rhinehart recently declared that “grocery shopping is a multisensory living nightmare,” while lamenting that his apartment came with a kitchen—to a brand targeting people who just need something healthy and cheap to tide them over until their next proper meal.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Cement

16th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

Dr. José Carlos Rubio, a scientist at Mexico’s University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, has created a new type of cement that glows in the dark, opening a whole new world of possibility for illuminating streets and buildings.

When fully charged by exposure to light, Rubio’s cement can glow for up to 12 hours, and should retain this ability for about a century.

Hmm. I’m thinking sidewalks and freeways.

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49 Percent of Millennials Say They May Flee USA If Trump Wins

16th May 2016

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Wouldn’t that be a blessing? (Can Canada absorb that many whining slackers?)

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How the Brain Keeps Time

15th May 2016

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Keeping track of time is critical for many tasks, such as playing the piano, swinging a tennis racket, or holding a conversation.

Neuroscientists at MIT and Columbia University have now figured out how neurons in one part of the brain measure time intervals and accurately reproduce them.

The researchers found the lateral intraparietal cortex (LIP), which plays a role in sensorimotor function, represents elapsed time, as animals measure and then reproduce a time interval. They also demonstrated how the firing patterns of population of neurons in the LIP could coordinate sensory and motor aspects of timing.

 

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Your Breath Changes When You’re Watching a Scary Movie

15th May 2016

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The composition of theatergoers’ breath fluctuates along with movie scenes, according to a study published this week in Nature’s Scientific Reports. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Johannes Gutenberg University found that they could reliably map the chemical patterns of a movie as it progressed through heart-racing scenes and calm ones. During Hunger Games, for instance, carbon dioxide and isoprene levels increased whenever Katniss was fighting for her life. The researchers think isoprene levels correspond with suspense.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

Cue whine about difficulty getting funding, preferably from taxpayers.

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US Rancher Shot and Killed First Wolverine to Visit State in 150 Years

15th May 2016

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Maybe this time they’ll take the hint.

A North Dakota rancher shot and killed the first wolverine spotted in the state in more than 150 years, sparking the ire of animal advocates who found the killing unnecessary and rather cruel.

“Killed this here critter out tormenting the cows yesterday,” Jared Hatter wrote on his Facebook profile shortly after the late-April shooting of the rare animal.

Animal advocates make a hobby of sticking their noses into other people’s business. Of course, they had no sympathy for the cows being tormented. White privilege, or something.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th May 2016

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.

Food Huggers.

Planter that doubles as earthquake helmet. Hey, you never know.

Exploding bike locks. When you’re really serious.

Fire alarm that texts you when your house is on fire. We have the technology.

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Lessons in Wendy’s New Push for Self-Service Kiosks

13th May 2016

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Wendy’s is joining the restaurant push toward automation in some customer service. The chain announced this week that it will be making self-service kiosks available to all its (primarily franchise-owned) 6,000 stores later this year. It will be up to individual franchises to decide whether to use them.

Drastic increases to minimum wages are notably a factor. Investors Business Daily points out the chain separately has more than 200 restaurants in California and New York. Stores actually owned by Wendy’s instead of franchises have seen wage inflation of between five to six percent so far. Obviously when the $15 minimum wage takes off in those two states, there will be much more.

Sure, you’ll get that higher minimum wage — if you actually have a job, which you just lost to a robot. Too bad.

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Made to Measure

12th May 2016

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A robotic sewing machine could throw garment workers in low-cost countries out of a job.

Donald Trump will be pleased.

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Middle Ages Reenactor Spears Drone Out Of The Sky

12th May 2016

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With a single spear throw, a spearman killed the future. He was at a mock battle, part of Rusborg 2016, a festival about the early Middle Ages in Russia. An observer filmed the battle from above with a quadcopter. One of the participants, perhaps out of sport, perhaps out of a sense for authenticity, decided to knock it out of the sky. With a step and a toss, he did.

We have the technology.

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Site Helps Those Fleeing Trump Find Canadian Soulmate

12th May 2016

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Looking for true love? Thinking of fleeing to Canada if Donald Trump wins the general election in November? Now you can take care of both in one fell swoop thanks to a site that promises to “make dating great again,” Global News reports.

Maple Match “makes it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency,” per the site—a mission that CEO Joe Goldman says is just part of the Great White North’s neighborly duties.

Well, ain’t that special.

I’m not sure we ought to encourage such people to breed, however.

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New Scans of King Tut’s TombSshow NO Hidden Chambers

12th May 2016

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‘If we had a void, we should have a strong reflection,’ Dean Goodman, a geophysicist at GPR-Slice software told National Geographic News, which published a feature on the research.

‘But it just doesn’t exist.’

Perhaps they ought to put some Climate Scientists on the job; then we would get a Consensus and go home.

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Goose Finds Cop and Leads Him to Her Trapped Baby

11th May 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

Next step: Goose concealed carry. Hey, this is America.

 

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Gene Editing Makes Cows Without Horns

11th May 2016

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What do cows need horns for, anyway?

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Jamba Juice Headquarters Moves to Texas

11th May 2016

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Jamba Juice Inc. this week said it plans to move its headquarters from Emeryville, Calif., to Frisco, Tex., becoming the latest California-based restaurant chain to move out of the state.

The juice chain said it plans to move its headquarters for operations, business development, sales and marketing, finance, supply chain, technology, human resources and other corporate functions to Texas. It will then close the Emeryville office after a six-month transition.

David Pace, the chain’s chief executive officer, said the company is making the move to better position itself to support franchisees. But the company also cited operating costs as a reason for the move.

Of course. Who wants to stay in California, and put up with all that hassle?

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Hindu Nationalists Perform Prayer Ritual to Aid Donald Trump’s Election Campaign

11th May 2016

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These Hindus consider Donald Trump the “saviour of humanity”, and have invoked the help of the Hindu pantheon to ensure his election as president of the United States.

So at least he’s got that going for him.

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Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Signatures on Chip-Card Transactions

11th May 2016

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Wal-Mart is suing Visa for allegedly forcing the retailer to let customers use signatures when paying with their chip-based debit cards.

The retail giant filed a lawsuit in New York court, saying that Visa wouldn’t allow Wal-Mart to just use the “chip-and-PIN” protocol and that it was required to allow customers to sign when using a chip debit card. Wal-Mart is seeking a jury trial, according to the complaint, first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Foolish me — I thought that was the whole point behind the ‘chip-and-PIN’ business. But apparently not.

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Was This French Prisoner the Real Man in the Iron Mask?

11th May 2016

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A history professor may have unearthed the truth behind a 350-year-old mystery: the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask.

The Man in the Iron Mask became the subject of myth-making following his death in prison in 1703. Throughout his over 30-year imprisonment, the 17th-century French prisoner had concealed his identity with a mask, leading many to speculate on the details of his life.

In his new book, The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask: A Historical Detective Story, Paul Sonnino from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) writes that Eustache Dauger, a French prisoner, was the real man behind the mask.

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Injectable Gel Generates New Blood Vessels

10th May 2016

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An injectable regenerative gel causes new vessels to grow and restore blood flow in the limbs of diabetic mice with severe vascular disease, and the inventors of the experimental therapy say it could be ready for clinical testing in just a few years.

Peripheral vascular disease is an expensive and often devastating medical condition that affects millions of people and has no long-term treatment options. It is especially prevalent among diabetics, and up to 25 percent of diabetic patients with peripheral vascular disease require amputation. In a recent demonstration using diabetic mice, researchers led by Aaron Baker, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, showed that their regenerative gel restored 85 percent of normal blood flow to limbs with diseased blood vessels.

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Military Times Survey: Troops Prefer Trump to Clinton by a Huge Margin

10th May 2016

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Well, duh. They know perfectly well that she can’t be trusted not to throw them under the bus, as she did in Benghazi.

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Crafting Artificial Arteries

8th May 2016

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The method uses solutions of peptide and protein molecules that, upon touching each other, self-assemble to form a dynamic tissue at the point at which they meet. As the material assembles itself it can be easily guided to grow into complex shapes.

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The World’s First Fully Robotic Farm Opens In 2017

7th May 2016

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Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the lettuce cheaper and better for the environment.

I’m still waiting to see how they’re going to replace the free stuff, like sunlight and dirt and rain.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

7th May 2016

Creative Kitchen Gadgets site. I have the banana slicer; it works very well, if that’s what you want to do. GBHOME12 coupon code.

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Meet the Desk-Sized Turbine That Can Power a Small Town

6th May 2016

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Engineers from GE Global Research unveiled a turbine that could provide power for 10,000 homes. But what’s truly remarkable about this turbine is its potential to solve the world’s energy challenges.

Typically, turbines weigh tons and use steam to run—this one is no bigger than the size of your desk, weighs around 68 kg (150 pounds), and runs on carbon dioxide. “This compact machine will allow us to do amazing things,” said Doug Hofer, lead engineer on the project, in Albany, New York. He continues, “the world is seeking cleaner and more efficient ways to generate power. The concepts we are exploring with this machine are helping us address both.”

The current design of the turbine will allow up to 10,000 kilowatts of energy to be produced; however, researchers are looking into scaling up the technology so that it can generate up to 500 megawatts, which could be enough to power a city.

Well, we’ll see.

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Scientists Invent Silk Food Wrap That’s Biodegradable and Could Replace Plastic Cling Film

6th May 2016

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As my wife likes to say, I am duberous.

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Pigment From Fossils Reveals Color of Extinct Mammals for the First Time, Researchers Say

4th May 2016

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Scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Bristol have revealed how pigment can be detected in mammal fossils, a discovery that may end the guesswork in determining the colors of extinct species.

The researchers discovered the reddish brown color of two extinct species of bat from fossils dating back about 50 million years, marking the first time the colors of extinct mammals have been described through fossil analysis.

The techniques can be used to determine color from well-preserved animal fossils that are up to 300 million years old, researchers said.

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Mimicking the Ingenuity of Nature With Artificial Photosynthesis to Create Fuels

3rd May 2016

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Wating for the eco-Nazis to raise the cry of ‘Frankenfuel!’

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List of Prices of Medieval Items

3rd May 2016

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

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Captain Cook’s Ship Endeavour ‘Found’ in Newport Harbor

3rd May 2016

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Marine archaeologists say they have likely found HMS Endeavour, which Capt. Cook sailed on when he discovered Australia, at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) says that Endeavour, which was renamed Lord Sandwich, is one of 13 ships scuttled in Newport Harbor in 1778. Lord Sandwich had been used to transport troops during the American Revolution and was scuttled in the days leading up to the Battle of Rhode Island.

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Surprise: Hurricanes Create Carbon Sequestration – Exceed Carbon Emissions by American Vehicles Each Year

2nd May 2016

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Previous research from Duke environmental engineer Ana Barros demonstrated that the regular landfall of tropical cyclones is vital to the region’s water supply and can help mitigate droughts.

Now, a new study from Barros reveals that the increase in forest photosynthesis and growth made possible by tropical cyclones in the southeastern United States captures hundreds of times more carbon than is released by all vehicles in the U.S. in a given year.

Cue conniptions by the Usual Suspects. (‘Who are you going to believe, me or your lyin’ science?’)

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U.S. Army Is Getting Ready for Great Power War (Think Russia or China)

2nd May 2016

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The Army is developing its weapons, technologies and platforms with a greater emphasis on being ready for great-power, mechanized force-on-force war in order maintain cross-the-board readiness and deter near-peer adversaries from unwanted aggression.

While the service aims to be prepared for any conceivable contingency, to include counterinsurgency, counterterrorism and hybrid-type conflicts, the Army has been shifting its focus from 15-years of counterinsurgency war and pivoting its weapons development toward major-power war.

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Construction Workers in Spain Unearth 1,300 Pound Trove of Ancient Roman Coins

2nd May 2016

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Some 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries have been unearthed by construction workers digging ditches in Spain.

The find, in 19 amphoras — storage containers — is unique not only because of the volume of coins but because the coins appear to have never been in circulation, making them almost pristine by comparison with other discoveries.

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Plant That Grows ‘Fries’ and ‘Ketchup’ Going on Sale

2nd May 2016

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Scientists from the Netherlands took six years to develop a plant that can grow both potatoes and tomatoes. A bonus: It’s natural!

Thompson and Morgan, the firm that commissioned the study, says it hasn’t done any genetic modification to the plant.

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

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Urban Foraging

1st May 2016

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If Hillary is elected in the fall, we’ll all need to study up.

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Scientists Developing Tire Rubber That Can Fix Itself

1st May 2016

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Vulcanized rubber is durable and elastic, but it if gets a torn, breaking its chemical bonds, it can’t be repaired with anything other than a patch, which reduces its strength. Tire companies have tried to overcome this drawback by developing tires with built-in foam or gel sealing systems, but they only fill in the holes and don’t reconstitute the rubber itself.

However, in a report published in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials and Interfaces journal, a team of German chemists describe how they were able to treat a commonly used tire rubber with a carbon and nitrogen additive that resulted in giving it superior mechanical properties — including tensile strength and ductility – to vulcanized rubber without using any vulcanization, while along with the ability to heal itself.

The study found that the material can repair itself at room temperature, and after eight days it will withstand over 750 pounds per square inch of pressure, far more than required by an automotive tire. Heating the material to 212 degrees F shortly after a tear accelerated the process, but was not necessary to make it work.

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New Location for the Battle of Crécy discovered

1st May 2016

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For over 250 years it has been believed that the Battle of Crécy, one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, was fought just north of the French town of Crécy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy. Now, a new book that contains the most intensive examination of sources about the battle to date, offers convincing evidence that the fourteenth-century battle instead took place 5.5 km to the south.

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Functioning ‘Mechanical Gears’ Seen in Nature for the First Time

30th April 2016

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a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe – has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing ‘teeth’ that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal’s legs when it launches into a jump.

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Medieval Fort Building 101

30th April 2016

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

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