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American Military Will Test Toyota Trucks For War

23rd July 2016

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SOCOM is ordering Toyota and Ford SUVs and trucks, with options to improve their armor and add-on other features that turn the civilian vehicles into covert military machines. Known collectively as “technicals,” civilian vehicles converted for war use are so common there’s even a Twitter account documenting them under the name “Toyota Wars.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

23rd July 2016

George Forman five-portion family grill.

Clear padlock for lock pick practice.

Sutcase attachment for your butt.

 

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First CRISPR Trial in Humans Will Attempt to Battle Lung Cancer

22nd July 2016

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The first human trial of cells that have been tweaked by the genome-editing technique CRISPR will begin in China in August, Nature reports. The group will take white blood cells, which are part of the immune system, from people with a type of lung cancer and edit them using the CRISPR technology so they hunt cancer. Then, the lab-altered cells will be infused back into the patients.

The approach is similar to another trial in the U.S., which will test edited immune cells in several kinds of cancer. Trials with modified white blood cells, called T cells, have been run before. But scientists haven’t used the CRISPR technique to make the edits, relying instead on a virus to insert the sequences into the cells’ DNA. CRISPR, which is essentially a genetic copy-and-paste tool — makes modifying the cells at certain spots easier. That means the scientists can make the cells grow and multiply more rapidly, in addition to inserting instructions to kill cancer on sight.

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Making Cars of the Future Stronger, Using Less Energy

21st July 2016

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Engineers at The Ohio State University have developed a new welding technique that consumes 80 percent less energy than a common welding technique, yet creates bonds that are 50 percent stronger.

The new technique could have a huge impact on the auto industry, which is poised to offer new cars which combine traditional heavy steel parts with lighter, alternative metals to reduce vehicle weight.

Forget the auto industry — think submarines.

 

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Global Warming Expedition Stopped in Its Tracks by Arctic Sea Ice

20th July 2016

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The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey that will see them go from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by their website, was to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.”

There has been one small hiccup thus-far though: they are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage the team said didn’t exist in summer months, according to Real Climate Science.

Oops.

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Bacon-Wielding 86-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Mugger in Iceland

20th July 2016

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Never underestimate the POWER of PORK.

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Wurst Robot Ever

19th July 2016

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In Berlin, a robot has been given tongs and access to a hot grill, and taught to cook sausage.

Just like any of us in the summer months, it locates empty spaces on the grill and places bratwursts as needed, eyes them and turns them to ensure even crisping of the skin, and plates them when they’re done, with a waggle of its moustachioed tablet face.

The machine, created by nonprofit research center FZI, cooked and served 200 sausages at an event this month.

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Pennsylvania Mom Accused of Stuffing Kids, Ages 3 and 5, in Corvette Trunk

19th July 2016

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Tell the truth, who hasn’t wanted to do that?

(She looks pretty cheerful for someone who’s being arrested. Perhaps she’s uplifted by the prospect that CPS will take the kids off her hands and out of her hair.)

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Innovative Container Ship Features Hemispherical Bow

17th July 2016

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Wind-tunnel tests have shown that the futuristic “SSS bow,” or Semi-Spherical Shaped bow configuration, reduces wind resistance by up to 50%. The operation in the North Atlantic route revealed that the new bow can reduce fuel consumption by 807 tons a year and energy by 11%, cutting CO2 emissions by 2,500 tons.

The feature can be applied to car carriers, container vessels, general cargo ships and passenger vessels. It is particularly effective for taller vessels, which are more affected by strong winds.

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Chicken Study Reveals Evolution Can Happen Much Faster Than Thought

17th July 2016

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A new study of chickens overturns the popular assumption that evolution is only visible over long time scales. By studying individual chickens that were part of a long-term pedigree, the scientists led by Professor Greger Larson at Oxford University’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology, found two mutations that had occurred in the mitochondrial genomes of the birds in only 50 years. For a long time scientists have believed that the rate of change in the mitochondrial genome was never faster than about 2% per million years. The identification of these mutations shows that the rate of evolution in this pedigree is in fact 15 times faster. In addition, by determining the genetic sequences along the pedigree, the team also discovered a single instance of mitochondrial DNA being passed down from a father. This is a surprising discovery, showing that so-called ‘paternal leakage’ is not as rare as previously believed.

Remember that next time you read a news article that mentions mitochondrial-DNA mutation dating or asserts that ‘mitochondria only come from the mother’.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

16th July 2016

Pepper Spray Gun.

Vegetable Spiralizer.

Collapsible Electric Kettle.

Portable Grill with chainmail ‘fire hammock’.

Clip-on fan for your armpit.

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Memorial Built ‘on the Very Spot Where King Harold Died’ Is in the Wrong Place, New Study Reveals

15th July 2016

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Don’t you hate it when that happens?

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Ancient Wild Ox Genome Reveals Complex Cow Ancestry

15th July 2016

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I’ll bet you haven’t spent a lot of time wondering about the complexity of cow ancestry, have you?

I’m not sayin’ it’s important. But I’m not sayin’ it ain’t, either.

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French President Hollande Has a $11,000-a-Month Barber

15th July 2016

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Sometimes it is good to be the Socialist President.

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Already 240 Published Papers In 2016 Alone Show the “97% Climate Consensus” Is A Fantasy

13th July 2016

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Kenneth Richard has compiled a list of 770 papers published since January 1,  2014 that contradict the IPCC consensus statement, see here.

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you vilified.

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Russia’s Next Military Game Changer: Microwave Weapons?

13th July 2016

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Hopefully the American military is working on this as well.

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‘Spocking’ Money Legal But ‘Inappropriate,’ Bank of Canada Says

11th July 2016

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Canadian “Star Trek” fans have been paying tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy through “Spocking,” or drawing in the character’s sharp eyebrows, bowl-shaped hair and pointy ears on look-a-like former Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier, who’s featured on the $5 bill.

I am not making this up. But I can’t really blame them.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

9th July 2016

Readyman Hostage Escape Survival Credit Card.

Bagel Smart Tape Measure.

Umbrella Hat. They look goofy but in the rain they prove their worth.

AutoMicroFarm.

Himalayan Salt Therapy Dome. Hey, it might work….

The Clever Cutter.

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Homeschooling: How to Get Started in 7 Steps

8th July 2016

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The school system works for many, but not all. What do you do when you’ve made the decision to homeschool, but don’t know how to get started? We’ve got it summarized to seven steps for you.

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Modular Plane Concept Treats Passenger Cabin Like A Shipping Container

7th July 2016

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Imagine what happens if the connectors fail.

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3D-Printed Chinese Villa Is Virtually Indestructible

6th July 2016

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Beijing architecture firm HuaShang Tengda has reached a new milestone in the rise of 3D-printed buildings. The firm printed an entire 4,300-square-foot home in just 45 days, and the villa’s thick concrete walls are sturdy enough to sustain a magnitude eight earthquake.

Roughly 20 tons of concrete went into building the home, making walls up to eight feet thick. Seismic testing then demonstrated the strength of this construction, showing that the villa would hold up well to all but the most extreme earthquake conditions.

Great news for your local drug kingpin.

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Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue

6th July 2016

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Archaeologists excavating a Roman-era synagogue at the site of Huqoq, Israel, have uncovered two new panels of a mosaic floor with instantly identifiable subjects—Noah’s ark, and the parting of the Red Sea during the Israelite exodus from Egypt.

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U.S. Oil Reserves Bigger Than Saudi Arabia’s

5th July 2016

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DreamstimeThe Rystad Energy consultancy has just released its new calculations of global oil reserves and estimates that the U.S. may harbor as much 264 billion barrels of oil compared to Saudi Arabia’s 212 billion barrels. Overall, world oil reserves exceed 2 trillion barrels. At current production rates, this is enough oil to supply the world for 70 years.

Feel free to look up ‘Peak Oil’ if you’re in the mood for some idle amusement.

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Pasta Does Not Make You Gain Weight, According to (Italian) Scientists

5th July 2016

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Two studies, examining the diets of over 23,000 adults, found pasta consumption was associated with a lower prevalence of obesity and a healthy body mass index (BMI).

The research, published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, concluded pasta consumption was associated with the healthy Mediterranean diet.

A Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables, fruit, fish, olive oil and whole grains, has been associated with better overall health, a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes and protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

Well. There it is.

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Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices

4th July 2016

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The retailer built a reputation and hit $100 billion in annual revenue by offering deals. The first thing a potential customer saw was a bargain: how much an item was reduced from its list price.

Now, in many cases, Amazon has dropped any mention of a list price. There is just one price. Take it or leave it.

The new approach comes as discounts both online and offline have become the subject of dozens of consumer lawsuits for being much less than they seem. It is also occurring while Amazon is in the middle of an ambitious multiyear shift from a store selling one product at a time to a full-fledged ecosystem. Amazon wants to be so deeply embedded in a customer’s life that buying happens as naturally as breathing, and nearly as often.

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Everyone Secretly Hates Going Out, Study Says

3rd July 2016

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Hah! Vindicated!

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Brown Bear Gut Microbes May Hold The Secret To Being Hefty But Healthy

3rd July 2016

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

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The End of Root Canals?

2nd July 2016

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What if damaged teeth could heal themselves? That’s the inspiration behind a new project from Harvard and the University of Nottingham to create stem cell stimulating fillings.

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Lab-Grown Leather Gets a Boost

2nd July 2016

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Maybe now the Animals Rights fascists will STFU.

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Latina Student Campaigns for Trump on the South Texas Border

2nd July 2016

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24-year-old Miriam Cepeda is part of an unlikely group: young, Latina women who support Donald Trump for president.

Cepeda doesn’t just support Trump privately — she actually campaigns for him at the University of Texas in Rio Grande Valley and in the community, not far from where Trump has vowed to build his wall along the South Texas border.

Although she is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, Cepeda told CNN she strongly agrees with Trump’s immigration and border security policies.

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This Robot-Powered Burger Joint Could Put Fast Food Workers Out of a Job

2nd July 2016

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In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It’s fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger without any help from humans. The internet flipped out.

Years of relative silence ensued, but in January, Hoodline’s Brittany Hopkins learned that the San Francisco-based startup had applied for a building permit to convert a ground-floor retail space in the SoMa neighborhood into a restaurant.

Bad news for ‘undocumented’ workers.

According to the job posting, Momentum Machines is looking for a self-motivated, conscientious applicant to take on the role of “restaurant generalist” at the restaurant.

It describes the ideal candidate as “autonomous,” which seems about right since future robotic coworkers will also be quite autonomous.

Note: One candidate. One.

In 2012, Momentum Machines created a prototype machine that allowed every part of a burger to be customized, from cook time, condiments, and thickness of patties, depending on the day’s menu.

And it doesn’t even have to speak (or understand) Spanish.

The prototype could replace two to three full-time line cooks, saving a fast-food restaurant up to $90,000 a year in training, salaries, and overhead costs, tech blog Xconomy reported after catching a live demo.

Thank you, minimum-wage increase. These robots wouldn’t have been economically viable without you.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

2nd July 2016

Marshmallow crossbow.

Whopper ‘air freshener’.

Golchi modular bottle.

Magnetic shoe laces. I am not making this up.

The beard hat.

Omnidirectional wheels.

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Tesla Driver Killed in Crash With Autopilot Active, NHTSA Investigating

30th June 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Real Viking Ship Completes North Atlantic Crossing

30th June 2016

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The world’s largest viking ship has arrived in North America after crossing the North Atlantic Ocean on a journey from its homeport in Haugesund, Norway.

The Viking ship, named Draken Harald Hårfagre, set sail from Norway with its approximately 32 crew members in late April and made stops in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Canada, before making its way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Toronto for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016 festival this weekend.

Future stops for the Viking ship include Chicago, Green Bay and Duluth, before heading through the New York canals to U.S. east coast with stops in New York City and finally Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut in October.

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Woman Wins Court of Appeal Battle to Use Dead Daughter’s Frozen Eggs to Give Birth to Own Grandchild

30th June 2016

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We have the technology.

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Amazon Has Swallowed Downtown Seattle

29th June 2016

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Walk down Seventh Avenue in downtown Seattle and you can’t miss them: three gigantic spheres resembling melted-together Milk Duds rising in the shadow of Amazon’s new 500-foot-tall office tower. The architectural oddity has already become a tourist attraction and social media phenomenon. Passersby snap photographs and watch construction crews attach glass panes to the steel frames. Images stream through Instagram and Twitter.

When they open in 2018, the 100-foot-tall orbs—Amazon calls them Biospheres—will host more than 300 plant species from around the world, creating what the company sees as the workplace of the future. Amazonians will be able to break from their daily labors to walk amid the greenery along suspension bridges and climb into meeting spaces resembling bird nests perched in mature trees, where the company expects them to brainstorm—and perhaps even invent the next billion-dollar opportunity.

Amazon’s new headquarters was designed to project a forward-thinking company eager to help employees be more productive, creative and happy by providing a connection to nature. But the most trend-setting and appealing feature of the new complex is most likely its location: plopped between glass and steel high-rises on a busy street in downtown Seattle where food trucks are abundant, apartments are within walking distance and Happy Hour greets employees at quitting time.

I think they just got tired of the rain.

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We Can Now Tell a Person’s Age Range From Crime Scene Blood

29th June 2016

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Chemists at the University at Albany, SUNY, have described a new method for quickly but accurately determining a person’s age range based only on a blood sample. The test could one day be used to help narrow down suspects in a crime scene investigation as easily as getting results from a glucose or pregnancy test.

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3D Printers Can Now Print Concrete

28th June 2016

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TU Eindhoven, a university specializing in technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands, has been using an apparatus that can create concrete objects of up to 11 meters (36 feet) long, five meters (16 feet) wide, and four meters (13 feet) high using 3D printing methods.

Manufactured by Rohaco, a Dutch company that provides industrial logistical solutions, the printer, which is the first of its size and kind in the Netherlands, resembles an overhead hoist crane with a swivel head that is attached by a hose to a concrete mixer and pump. In traditional construction practices, concrete is poured into an existing mold. This 3D printer will push out concrete in a more free-form, customizable way, allowing for smaller and more detailed construction, as well as the use of different mixes of concrete in a single piece.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th June 2016

CaraBoat – A Trailerable Houseboat.

Sweepovac.

PizzaDome.

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Clinton IT Aide Answered Zero Questions in Deposition

23rd June 2016

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A former IT expert who was previously responsible for Hillary Clinton’s private email server answered virtually no questions during a roughly 90-minute deposition as part of an open records lawsuit this week.

Aside from stating his name and saying three times that he understood procedural rules of the sworn-oath interview, Bryan Pagliano declined to say a single word other than to plead his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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First Picture of China’s Secretive New Submarine, the Type 093B

23rd June 2016

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The Type 093B “Shang” nuclear attack submarine is quiet, fast and the first Chinese combat submarine to be able to fire vertically launched cruise missiles. The United States Defense Department believes that three Type 093B SSNs were launched in 2015, and may enter service later this year. The original two Type 093 SSNs, launched nearly 15 years ago, were plagued by noisy reactors and propulsion systems, especially at high speeds, which limited their combat utility by making them highly detectable to enemy anti-submarine efforts. The Type 093B, in contrast, uses advances in Chinese metallurgy and reactor design to make a more quiet submarine. Experts place its stealthiness between that of the USN Los Angeles Flight I and Flight III SSNs.

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Lamborghini Is Forging Ahead With Forged Carbon Fiber; We Visit Their U.S.-Based Lab

23rd June 2016

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Thirty-five years ago, McLaren revolutionized both motorsports and the car world at large. Drawing on lessons learned from aerospace, McLaren introduced the first Formula 1 racer with a carbon-fiber-composite (CFC) tub in place of a bonded and riveted sheet-aluminum structure. The success of that venture in turn enabled the aptly named McLaren F1 sports car, which had a molded CFC monocoque serving as its passenger cabin and structural core.

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First Brexit, Now ‘Frexit’?

22nd June 2016

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In an interview on Tuesday, Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right National Front, reiterated her pledge to hold a referendum on France’s membership in the European Union within six months of winning the country’s presidency, should she succeed in doing so in next year’s presidential election. Echoing the rhetoric of Nigel Farage, the star of the Brexit referendum, she hit all the classic anti-EU points — it’s “totalitarian,” prevents member countries’ from controlling immigration levels, and causes the high unemployment and low growth that has beset the French economy.

Not a likely prospect, in my view. The classical European Right has never really swung all that much weight in France.

Le Pen’s call for a referendum doesn’t come out of left field:  Euroscepticism is even stronger in France than it is in Britain — and, in fact, anywhere in Europe except Greece. That’s the gist of a recent Pew poll that found that 61 percent of French people view the EU unfavorably. In most of core Europe — Britain, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands — that figure hovers in the upper forties. The Eurosceptic politics that have enjoyed so much success in Britain might face brighter prospects in France; France, and not Britain, might be the ticking time bomb at the heart of the European project. Britain is expendable — if it goes, the EU could continue on, maybe better off than it was before. But the EU is, at its heart, a relationship between France and Germany; “Frexit” would be an existential crisis.

France is, with Germany, the core of the ‘New Europe’, and doesn’t have the we’re-not-really-European cultural streak that Britain does. If France left, of course, the European Union would pretty much disintegrate. But a united Europe (under French domination, of course) has been a cornerstone of French public policy since the end of World War II, and I don’t see that weakening very much. But these are interesting times.

 

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Brown Bears Use ‘Human Shield’ to Protect Their Cubs

22nd June 2016

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It’s in National Geographic so it must be true.

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How to Remove an Arrow Properly

21st June 2016

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Arrow-heads were secured to the shaft using gut, which would begin to loosen when it got wet – such as from your blood soaking into it. This meant that yanking on the shaft was likely to rip the head free and leave it in the body. Once detached from the shaft, locating and removing the head was much harder and caused more trauma to the wounded.

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

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Deployable Mobile Tire Spikes Could Stop You in Your Tracks

21st June 2016

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Car chases of the future may be a lot shorter if MobileSpike gets its way. The startup firm is developing a deployable tire spike system that will allow police to get up close to a perpetrator’s car and quickly flatten its tires.

MobileSpike won’t require officers to plan ahead by throwing spikes out on the street in the hopes that the bad guy doesn’t change his or her path. The system is integrated into a push bar on the front bumper of a police car. At the press of a button, the hydraulic system shoots out an arm that extends several feet outside the vehicle. Mounted to the end of the arm is a spike strip ready to shred the tires of a perpetrator’s car.

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The True Story of Medical Books Bound in Human Skin

20th June 2016

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It’s more interesting than Yet Another Thing About Trump.

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Man Builds 100mpg Engine Using 200-Year-Old Technology

19th June 2016

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Prediction: It will go precisely nowhere.

Josh “Mac” MacDowell of San Antonio Texas had a brilliant idea. He took a Stirling engine, a type of engine developed 200 years ago, and added some 21st-century technology to it. The result is a hybrid electric car so efficient that you never have to stop to recharge, reports Houston’s KHOU11.

The centerpiece of MacDowell’s innovation is the Stirling engine, which was created in 1816. The closed-cycle air engine uses the expansion of hot air and the compression of cold air to generate the power needed to drive an engine. Unlike steam engines which utilize a similar principal, the Stirling engine has an internal regenerative heat exchanger that keeps the hot and cold air at the correct temperature. This recycling feature boosts the engine’s efficiency to a whopping 50 percent. For comparison, a standard internal combustion engine operates only at 14 percent efficiency.

More (with video) here.

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West Point Cadets Are Shooting Down Drones With Cyber Rifles

19th June 2016

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I’m glad somebody is.

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Medieval Cooking Tips

19th June 2016

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One of the largest and most interesting medieval cookbooks is the The Book of Dishes, written in 10th-century Baghdad by Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq. His work covers a wide number of topics, from good table manners to the health benefits of all types of foods and drinks. There are over 600 recipes in this text, ranging from honey beer to ribs. Here are ten medieval cooking tips from al-Warraq.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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