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Pie in the Sky? Researchers Say They Found a CO2 to Fuel Catalyst

13th June 2017

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In a classic tale of science taking twists and turns before coming to a conclusion, two teams of researchers–one a group of theorists and the other, experimentalists–have worked together to solve a chemical puzzle that may one day lead to cleaner air and renewable fuel. The scientists’ ultimate goal is to convert harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere into beneficial liquid fuel. Currently, it is possible to make fuels out of CO2–plants do it all the time–but researchers are still trying to crack the problem of artificially producing the fuels at large enough scales to be useful.

In a new study published the week of June 12 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers report the mechanics behind an early key step in artificially activating CO2 so that it can rearrange itself to become the liquid fuel ethanol. Theorists at Caltech used quantum mechanics to predict what was happening at atomic scales, while experimentalists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) used X-ray studies to analyze the steps of the chemical reaction.

We have the technology … maybe.

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Fractal Planting Patterns Yield Optimal Harvests, Without Central Control

10th June 2017

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Bali’s famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while others plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare for man-made systems and lead to optimal harvests without global planning.

We have the technology.

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When Steven Van Zandt Convinced AZAPO to Take Paul Simon Off a Hit List and What Paul Simon Really Thought of Nelson Mandela

9th June 2017

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I am not making this up (although they might be).

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Coal as ‘Clean’ as Natural Gas?

9th June 2017

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A Japanese company claims to have developed a new coal-burning technology that boosts coal’s energy efficiency by 30 percent while reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 40 percent. Unlike conventional plants, which burn coal at around 700 degrees Celsius, the Osaka Coolgen plant roasts coal at more than 1,300 degrees Celsius while simultaneously blowing oxygen over it to convert the solid fuel into a gas. The plant also uses exhaust heat to generate power, and it extracts hydrogen from the gas to use in fuel cells to create electricity.

Using conventional technologies, burning enough bituminous coal to produce 1 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) emits 205 pounds of carbon dioxide. If the new technology reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, that would cut emissions to roughly 123 pounds. Getting the same energy yield from natural gas emits 117 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Once again, technology comes through to demonstrate that the drastic cuts promoted by the ec0-Nazis are not the only way forward.

In general, history has consistently shown that negative externalities (such as pollution) are only a transitory phase until technology catches up — for which the externality-creating activities are a necessary step.

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Biersafe Underground Beer Cooler

9th June 2017

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Those who need one know who they are.

Also works for very short ICBMs.

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Apple Just Took Steps To Stop One Of The Most Annoying Things On The Internet

5th June 2017

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Apple announced Monday that it would be adding a new feature to its Safari browser that will block any video content that opens and starts automatically.

Go, Apple.

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World’s First Non-Surgical, Immediate, Root Analogue, Ceramic, Dental Implant Solutions.

3rd June 2017

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BioImplant™ is the world’s first – and only – custom milled, fully ceramic, truly anatomic, root analogue, immediate dental implant which can be placed without surgery. BioImplant™ is not a simple copy of the root, but provides an individual surface based on the “Principle of Differentiated Osseointegration”(patented), with the roughest surface (patented) in the industry, delivering enhanced osseointegration.

Do not go through life with deficient osseointegration. Just don’t.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

3rd June 2017

Plastic Center Finder.

Multi-Functional Dog Shower. If you need it, you need it bad.

Prefab Dome Home.

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Scientists Map the Genome of Ancient Egyptian Kings, and They Weren’t From Africa

30th May 2017

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The first ever genetic analysis of mummies found that ancient Egyptian kings were more closely related to West Asians than Africans, according to a study published Tuesday by scientists at the Max Planck Institute.

This is going to upset the Black Lives Matter crowd.

The research found that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to Neolithic Levantine, Anatolian and European populations. The mummies tested did not share strong genetic links to Africa often found in modern Egyptians.

Modern Egyptians are a mixed bag brought in by Muslim slave traders over the centuries. This ought to come as no surprise to anyone. They call themselves ‘Arabs’, not ‘Egyptians’; the native Egyptians are the Copts (and Christian).

It’s further evidence that ancient Egyptians were genetically different than modern day residents. Scientists largely agree that ancient Egyptians were indigenous to the Nile area, but a vocal minority of “Afrocentric” scholars claim that the area’s ancient population was entirely African.

Those scholars claim ancient Egyptians were similar to Sub-Saharan African cultures, arguing that famous Egyptian rulers, including Tutankhamun and Cleopatra, were more African than Caucasian.

Who are you going to believe, Black Lives Matter or your lyin’ DNA?

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The First Cookbook

30th May 2017

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From the Good Old Days when men were men and women could cook.

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Crack in CRISPR Facade After Unanticipated in Vivo Mutations Arise

30th May 2017

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Uh-oh.

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Intel’s Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized PC, Will Ship in August

30th May 2017

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Is this a great country, or what?

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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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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

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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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

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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