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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

23rd October 2014

Catherine Shu shows some serious claw.

Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face.

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Microwave Magnetrons Being Replaced by Solid State

22nd October 2014

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The product of interest is Freescale’s new MHT1003N, a 250 watt LDMOS transistor for 2.45 GHz that provides a power-added efficiency (PAE) of 58%.  Another device targeting RF heating applications is the MHT1002N for 915 MHz that can deliver 350 watts at 63% PAE.  Using the MHT1003N, manufacturers can use from one to eight of these 250 W units to build a microwave oven with the desired power level.  And the magnetron’s 4 kV power supply goes away in place of a supply of 28 to 50 volts.  Furthermore, the crude on-off control of the magnetron can be replaced with full variable power control.  Using multiple antennas, one per amplifier, provides better coverage of the cooking chamber.  This allows food to be cooked more precisely while the unit operates more efficiently.  And the product lifetime is significantly greater.

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Maglev Train Seen Making Washington-to-Baltimore Trip at 311 MPH

22nd October 2014

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I can see why somebody would want to go from Baltimore to Washington, but can’t imagine why anyone in Washington would want to go to Baltimore.

If it stops at Dulles, of course, that’s another story.

I suspect it’s just another hint to Joe Biden….

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Sandia Labs Reveals New Sniper Sight

22nd October 2014

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The adaptive zoom lens works, not by changing the distance between two lenses as in a traditional scope, but by changing the curvature of a given lens. This is similar to how human eyeballs switch focus. In humans, muscles in the eye pull the lens to flatten it for far-away vision, and contract to thicken the lens for objects up close.

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New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

22nd October 2014

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The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic fibers in a thin protective layer of hydrophobic molecules. These chemicals cause common stains like oil and juice to slide right off clothes (at least, that’s how it seems in their promotional videos). The company says clothes would remain breathable.

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Injection of Brain Nerve Cells Into Spine Help Paralyzed Man Walk Again

21st October 2014

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Just waiting for the FDA to ban it unless they run five more years of tests.

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How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide

21st October 2014

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

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Maps of Modern Cities Drawn in the Style of J.R.R. Tolkien

21st October 2014

Just because.

 

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The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards

20th October 2014

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You want Merlot with that?

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Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

20th October 2014

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Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre.

It is the first long-distance optical tractor beam and moved particles one fifth of a millimetre in diameter a distance of up to 20 centimetres, around 100 times further than previous experiments.

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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

20th October 2014

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In the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics — together with colleagues at Harvard University and the Vienna University of Technology — describe the experimental realization of an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon, allowing light to govern the transmission of light. As such, it’s the optical analog of a transistor, the fundamental component of a computing circuit.

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Finally, Somebody Gets Fired for Something

19th October 2014

Steve Sailer is on the case.

Dr. John Deasy, Ph.D., has been shoved out as boss of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, temporarily denting his ambition to become Secretary of Education under Obama or Hillary.

Deasy ranks with Arne Duncan as the classic White Male Empty Suit of the Education Reform Era. Until this setback, Deasy had overcome his stale pale maleness to forge a fabulous career of job hopping by aggressively mouthing all the cliches about Closing the Gap beloved by philanthropic billionaires currently dabbling in education, such as Bill Gates and Eli Broad.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th October 2014

Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener.

Handy Paint Pail.

Air Umbrella.

Cat Ear Headphones. It helps to be Japanese, female, and have magenta hair.

Portable Cardboard Standing Desk. This is really slick.

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Take a Tour of the Gigantic, Secretive Market Where France’s Top Chefs Buy Their Food

17th October 2014

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Until 1969, France’s wholesale market was in Les Halles, a much smaller space in the center of Paris. It was centrally located but incredibly unhygienic?—?perhaps Émile Zola was thinking about guts when he called it “the belly of Paris.” But then, the market set up just outside the city in an area known as Rungis, near Orly airport. Now, its 573 acres are home to more than 11,000 workers, supporting more than 1,000 businesses from doctors to insurance salesmen to travel agents.

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Lab-Made Blood Cells Hunt Cancer, Leading to Remissions

16th October 2014

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The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s especially exciting because those patients had failed all conventional treatments.

This looks very promising.

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Pencil Makers Go Back to Drawing Board

16th October 2014

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Pen and pencil makers are going back to school, learning to sell writing implements in the age of smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Good luck with that.

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Amazon U.K. Taps Newspaper Distributor For Same-Day Deliveries

16th October 2014

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More innovation from Amazon. No wonder ‘progressives’ hate it.

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Lockheed Martin Announces Its Skunk Works Wants to Build a Fusion Reactor

15th October 2014

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Most existing fusion devices slam together atoms using a tokamak, a magnetic device that contains the superheated plasma required for fusion to occur. Invented in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, it’s what most nuclear fusion devices use. The problem is, the energy required to sustain the reaction is almost as much as what’s created by the reaction.

Lockheed says they’ve figured out how to solve that problem, using their CFR, a jet-engine-sized device. They’ve changed the process for holding the plasma in a way they say has 10 times the output of a tokamak.They also say there’s no risk of a meltdown, and that radioactive waste will be considerably lessened.

More here.

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Navy’s Exoskeleton Could Make Workers 20 Times More Productive

15th October 2014

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For the past couple of years, Miller has been leading a team of engineers and designers to create one of the first industrial-use exoskeletons. Called the FORTIS, the exoskeleton is able to support tools of up to 36 pounds and transfer that load from a worker’s hands and arms to the ground. The goal is to lighten workers’ loads, ultimately making them more productive and skilled at their jobs.

The U.S. Navy recently bought two of the exoskeletons and plans to test them over the next six months to see how they might be used in an industrial situation.

Mobile Infantry, here we come.

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Medical Research Org CIDRAP: Ebola Transmittable by Air

15th October 2014

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The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath.

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Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama

15th October 2014

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… Energy East, an improbable pipeline that its backers say has a high probability of being built. It will cost C$12 billion ($10.7 billion) and could be up and running by 2018. Its 4,600-kilometer (2,858-mile) path, taking advantage of a vast length of existing and underused natural gas pipeline, would wend through six provinces and four time zones. It would be Keystone on steroids, more than twice as long and carrying a third more crude.

Its end point, a refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, operated by a reclusive Canadian billionaire family, would give Canada’s oil-sands crude supertanker access to the same Louisiana and Texas refineries Keystone was meant to supply.

As well, Vladimir Putin’s provocations in Ukraine are spurring interest in that oil from Europe and, strange as it seems, Saint John provides among the fastest shipping times to India of any oil port in North America. Indian companies, having already sampled this crude, are interested in more. That means oil-sands production for the first time would trade in more than dribs and drabs on the international markets. With the U.S. virtually its only buyer, the captive Canadians are subject to price discounts of as much as $43 a barrel that cost Canada $20 billion a year.

And if you’re a fed-up Canadian, like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there’s a bonus: Obama can’t do a single thing about it.

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Historical Library of European Martial Arts Books

14th October 2014

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Wiktenauer is an ongoing collaboration among researchers and practitioners from across the Western martial arts community, seeking to collect all of the primary and secondary source literature that makes up the text of historical European martial arts research and to organize and present it in a scholarly but accessible format. The Wiktenauer project started in 2009, later receiving sponsorship from the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance, and is named for Johannes Liechtenauer, grand master of the oldest known longsword fencing style; his tradition was also the best-documented of the early Modern era, the subject of many dozens of manuscripts and books over a period of more than three centuries.

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Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items

14th October 2014

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

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You Can Only Buy This New Pepsi in One Place

12th October 2014

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

Pepsi is embracing stevia-leaf extract with a new soda called True, but you won’t find it at your local grocery store. Curious beverage fans will have to buy it on Amazon.

Speaking as an Amazon shareholder, I welcome our new artificially-sweetened masters….

Seriously, I hope that this product is different from all the other reduced-sugar products I’ve tried over the years. Pepsi is one of my few culinary indulgences, and in order to keep from looking like a beach ball I have to restrict the amount I drink in a day quite rigidly. It doesn’t help that most ‘diet’ alternatives taste like something that they ought to be paying you to drink, not the other way ’round.

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Famed Antikythera Wreck Yields More Treasures

12th October 2014

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Treasures found on an ancient Mediterranean shipwreck suggest that the massive vessel met a stormy, violent death, and scattered remains over a much larger area than previously thought.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

11th October 2014

SlideBelts.

Kernel-Filtering Popcorn Bowl.

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools.

DUXTOP Portable Induction Cooktop.

Magnetic Shoe Closures.

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‘Air’ Plastic and Mushroom Cushions – Dell Packages the Future

10th October 2014

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The process has been certified as carbon negative by Trucost and NSF Sustainability, and actually costs less to produce than oil-based plastics, says Mr Campbell.

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Captive Orcas Speak Dolphin

9th October 2014

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Two years ago, scientists showed that dolphins imitate the sounds of whales. Now, it seems, whales have returned the favor. Researchers analyzed the vocal repertoires of 10 captive orcas (Orcinus orca), three of which lived with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the rest with their own kind. Of the 1551 vocalizations these seven latter orcas made, more than 95% were the typical pulsed calls of killer whales. In contrast, the three orcas that had only dolphins as pals busily whistled and emitted dolphinlike click trains and terminal buzzes,

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UW Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

8th October 2014

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Perhaps the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy is that the economics haven’t penciled out. Fusion power designs aren’t cheap enough to outperform systems that use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.

University of Washington engineers hope to change that. They have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output.

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The Secret of These New Veggie Burgers: Plant Blood

8th October 2014

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Patrick Brown, a 60-year-old Stanford University professor turned first-time entrepreneur, says he has found the secret to replicating the taste of red meat: plant “blood.”

On a recent afternoon in his company’s expansive laboratory, Mr. Brown poured a deep-red liquid into a plastic cup. The thin concoction looks like blood, has the same distinct metallic taste, and is derived from the molecule found in hemoglobin that makes blood red and steak taste like steak.

But this bioengineered blood comes from plants and is the crown jewel of Mr. Brown’s three-year-old company, Impossible Foods, which has so far created a hamburger that looks, feels, tastes and cooks almost like the real thing.

Ewwww.

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Finally, a Heat-To-Electricity Device Powerful Enough for The Old-School Energy Giants

8th October 2014

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Startup Alphabet Energy is billing its new product, announced on Tuesday, as the world’s first industrial scale thermoelectric generator, which means it is powerful enough to be used at remote oil, gas and mining sites. Called the “E1,” the device uses the latest in material science and nanotechnology to capture waste heat from the exhaust stack of a diesel generator, and the material inside converts that heat into usable electricity.

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10 Things the College Admissions Office Won’t Tell You

6th October 2014

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Some of these are obvious. Some of them are painful.

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Shrink-Wrapping Spacesuits

5th October 2014

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The concept of a skin-tight form-fitting spacesuit has long been common in science fiction; now people are actually building them.

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How Archerfish Use Physics to Hunt With Their Spit

4th October 2014

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In which they are not unlike journalists and politicians.

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First Womb-Transplant Baby Born

4th October 2014

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Anti-discrimination legislation and preferences for government programs are no doubt under preparation.

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10 of the Most Unusual Vintage Microcars

4th October 2014

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A high-school friend had an Isetta, which we used once to participate in a road rally. We got lost halfway through but it was fun.

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Why Coconuts Could Be the Hydrogen Storage Material of the Future

4th October 2014

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

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FCC Fines Marriott for Jamming Customers’ WiFi Hotspots to Push Them Onto Hotel’s $1,000 per Device WiFi

4th October 2014

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Hotel WiFi sucks. If you do any traveling, you’re aware of this. Though, from what I’ve seen, the higher end the hotel, the worse the WiFi is and the more insane its prices are. Cheap discount hotels often offer free WiFi, and it’s generally pretty reliable. High end hotels? I’ve seen prices of $30 per day or higher, and it’s dreadfully low bandwidth. These days, when traveling, I often pick hotels based on reviews of the WiFi quality, because nothing can be more frustrating than a crappy internet connection when it’s needed. But, even worse than the WiFi in your room, if you’re using the WiFi for a business meeting or event — the hotels love to price gouge. And, it appears that’s exactly what the Marriott-operated Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville did. Except, the company went one step further. Thanks to things like tethering on phones and MiFi devices that allow you to set up your own WiFi hotspot using wireless broadband, Marriott realized that some smart business folks were getting around its (absolutely insane) $1,000 per device WiFi charges, and just using MiFi’s. So, Marriott then broke FCC regulations and started jamming the devices to force business folks to pay its extortionate fees.

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Google X Is Developing Screens That Can Connect Like Legos to Form a Big Seamless Image

4th October 2014

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Google’s secretive advanced-projects lab is developing a display composed of smaller screens that plug together like Legos to create a seamless image, according to three people familiar with the project.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

4th October 2014

Egg-on-a-Stick Cooker.

Yonanas fruit gelato maker.

Paparazzi-Thwarting Reflective Visor. And about time, too.

BeachSafe.

Wallet Ninja. I’m a sucker for these cute little gizmos.

King Jim Wearable Futon.

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Dinosaur Graveyard Found in Mexico Yields Biggest Number of Specimens Ever

4th October 2014

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Archaeologists from Germany and Mexico have unearthed what they believe is the largest dinosaur cemetery in the world in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

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A Comprehensive Outline of the Security Behind Apple Pay

2nd October 2014

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

 

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Your Nose Knows Death Is Imminent

2nd October 2014

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According to new research, the sense of smell is the canary in the coalmine of human health. A study published today in the open access journal PLOS ONE, shows that losing one’s sense of smell strongly predicts death within five years, suggesting that the nose knows when death is imminent, and that smell may serve as a bellwether for the overall state of the body, or as a marker for exposure to environmental toxins.

So don’t say that we didn’t warn you.

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These Scientists Want to Bring You Civet-Poop Coffee Without the Civets

2nd October 2014

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Civet coffee is among the most expensive coffees in the world—a cup can cost $80. Coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of this cat-sized creature native to southeast Asia make a remarkably smooth brew, producers and aficionados say. But the cost isn’t just financial. Although civet coffee, also known by its Indonesian name, kopi luwak, originated with beans collected from the feces of wild animals, increased demand has encouraged producers to keep the animals in cages and force them to subsist on a nutritionally deficient diet of coffee beans.

A noble endeavor.

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The Mythology of Dog Years

2nd October 2014

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While the “seven-year rule” is nothing more than mythology, dog owners (and media outlets) continue to use it for its simplicity — it’s convenient, after all, to have a “one size fits all” method of understanding our pets’ equivalent stages of life. In reality, contextualizing a dog’s age is a bit more complex.

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

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It’s Hard to be Saints in the City

29th September 2014

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A new documentary shows how Benedictine monks make men out of Newark’s boys.

The monks are serious about building men. The boys don’t just participate in the community; they eventually help run the school, despite their self-doubts. Seniors supervise freshmen; a student leader, not a priest, runs every morning’s convocation; students take attendance and even follow up with absentees.

As they’ve been doing for a thousand years.

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A Promising Step Toward Round-the-Clock Solar Power

28th September 2014

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If solar power is to become a primary source of electricity around the world, we’ll need cheap ways to store energy from the sun when it isn’t shining. A paper published in the journal Science this week reports a major step toward such a system. Researchers have developed a device that cheaply and efficiently converts the energy in sunlight into hydrogen, which can be used as a fuel and is easily stored.

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California Blue Whales, Once Nearly Extinct, Are Back at Historic Levels

28th September 2014

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So shut up about the fargin whales already.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

27th September 2014

Smartphone microscope.

Submarine yacht.

Chocolate skulls. I am not making this up.

Potato chip coasters.

ThermalStrike luggage.

Pixel Waffle Maker.

Gravity Maze.

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Archaeologists Dig Up First Viking Fortress Found in More Than 6 Decades

23rd September 2014

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“It was clear that there was a fortress missing,” says researcher Søren Sindbæk.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?

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