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Hyundai’s Augmented Reality App Helps Idiot-Proof Car Maintenance

6th January 2016

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To make life easier for its owners, Hyundai has built an augmented reality app called the Virtual Guide. It allows owners to use their phones to get more familiar with their cars and learn how to perform basic maintenance. I saw a demo of the app from Hyundai at CES and it works as advertised.

You can use the app to get an augmented reality view of the engine compartment or interior of the car, with floating digital dots illustrating different points of interest like the windshield washer bottle or the location of the air filter. Tap one of the dots and you can get an illustrated, step-by-step walkthrough of the related maintenance item or, if you’re inside the vehicle you can get a tutorial in how to use different functions of the car like pairing a phone with Bluetooth.

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Gun Sales Soar as Americans Mass-Buy Firearms After Obama Calls For Buying Restrictions

5th January 2016

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I suspect that Obama owns stock in Remington and Smith & Wesson.

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Entrepreneurs Have Invented the World’s Most Annoying Alarm Clock

5th January 2016

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A team of Hong Kong- and Vancouver-based entrepreneurs have invented an alarm clock that won’t shut up until you get out of bed and stand on it for three seconds.

I do not need such a device but I have a long list of people who would profit from one.

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Surgery Performed With Google Cardboard Saved a Baby’s Life

4th January 2016

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A 4-month-old girl is alive today thanks to a dramatic seven-hour surgery performed with Google Cardboard — those inexpensive handheld viewers that allow you to see 3D images on your iPhone.

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CRISPR Gene Editing Successfully Stops Muscular Dystrophy In Living Mice

4th January 2016

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Closer … closer….

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French Geologist Alain Gachet Says New Water Divining Technique Could Alleviate drought All Over the World

4th January 2016

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On the other hand, he could be all wet.

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Injectable Foam Repairs Bones

4th January 2016

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French researchers have developed a self-setting injectable macroporous foam for repairing bone and assisting its growth. It could help regenerate bone faster than other materials while offering a quick and minimally invasive way for surgeons to perform bone repair procedures, and possibly treat osteoporosis.

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McDonald’s in Australia Imposes Customer Dress Code Saying ‘No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service’

4th January 2016

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I’m surprised they can get away with this in these degenerate modern times.

Still … sometimes the old ways are best.

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1595 Club: History Geeks Are Breathing New Life Into an Italian Style of Combat That Inspired Shakespeare

3rd January 2016

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Welcome to the 1595 Club. As its name suggests, the club teaches a martial-arts system dating back to the 16th century. Inspired by the Italian-born master-fencer Vincentio Saviolo, the combination of fencing, self-defence and keep-fit can be adapted to swords, sword and dagger, cane and unarmed combat.

But no white scarves.

“I see [the 1595] as an art, not a sport,” the quietly spoken Chatfield tells me. “The old Italian word for swordsman is giocatore – a player, not of a game, but of a musical instrument. You learn to use your body like an instrument. The sword is like a paintbrush.”

Our knowledge of this technique is found in what amounts to an advertising brochure, Vincentio Saviolo: His Practise, in Two Bookes, written in 1595 by John Florio. Florio may well have known Shakespeare via Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, the playwright’s patron and possible lover. This may explain why phrases from Florio’s text can be found in As You Like It and, more strikingly, Romeo and Juliet. The duel between Mercutio and Tybalt is narrated through Saviolo’s instructions: “…with one hand beats/ Cold death aside, and with the other sends/It back to Tybalt, whose dexterity/Retorts it…”

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Top 50 Colleges With the Hardest-Working Students

2nd January 2016

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Yale is 5, Princeton is 6, Harvard is 25. (Saw that coming.)

On the other hand: I will never believe that students at Brown work harder than cadets at West Point. So you can take the rest with a grain of salt.

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Medieval Hangover Cures

1st January 2016

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Just in case you need one. Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Special Operations: Another Commando Olympics

1st January 2016

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By the end of 2015 the U.S. and Britain revealed that they are sending more commandos (SAS, Special Forces, SEALs) to Iraq and Syria, all in response to the November 13 ISIL attack in Paris. Previously it was known that Jordan and Iran also had commandos operating in the area. Recently Russia has sent some of its spetsnaz commandos to Syria and several other nations (mostly NATO) are also making contributions. All this is shaping up to look like Afghanistan in the decade after 2001. So many nations spent commandos to Afghanistan in that time that this soon be called “the Commando Olympics”. This was not because so many nations had contingents there but because so many of them were working together for the first time. The different commando organizations weren’t competing with each other and were performing similar missions. But each national contingent used slightly different methods and equipment. Naturally, everyone compared notes and made changes based on combat experience. That was the draw for commandoes; getting and using “combat experience.” Training is great, but there’s nothing like operating against an armed and hostile foe. This is big thing, as the participating commandoes are becoming a lot more effective. But you can’t get a photograph of this increased capability, and the commandoes aren’t talking to the press. So it’s all a big story about commandos in Afghanistan and Syria is something you’ll never hear much about, except in history books, many years from now.

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The 7 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think

31st December 2015

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Eating well is hard, especially if you live a busy lifestyle and are often on the go. You pick up dinner from a shop while on your way home, and spot a ‘healthy’ label and so think you’re doing good.

But this might not always be the case. They say never judge a book by its cover and perhaps the same principal should be applied to food.

Women and minorities hardest hit.

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At Last, Some Campus Sanity: ROTC Gains

31st December 2015

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In a year marred by campus strife, at least one bright spot emerged in American higher education: the comeback of the Reserve Officer Training Corps, known as ROTC, at leading universities.

This year, Columbia University commissioned its first Marine officer, Patrick Poorbaugh, since 1970. Yale graduated two Naval ROTC officers— Sam Cohen and Andrew Heymann—for the first time since Richard Nixon was in the White House. Yale, with 41 midshipmen, boasts the largest NROTC unit in the Ivy League. Harvard senior Charlotte Falletta was recognized as one of the top 10 Army cadets in the nation.

Even Brown University, the last Ivy League school to move beyond the Vietnam-era politics that yanked ROTC programs from campus, is changing. In 2012 Brown established a center for students interested in military careers, and this year the school signed deals allowing students to participate in Naval and Air Force ROTC programs off campus.

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Flooding: Bikers Protect Yorkshire Homes From Looting

30th December 2015

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How very American.

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Hotel Made Out of Old Sewer Pipes Runs on a ‘Pay As You Wish’ System

29th December 2015

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Looks like you got yer basic hobbit hole goin’ heah….

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The Chemistry of Grilling

29th December 2015

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Maillard reaction … ummmm….

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Science Fiction Stories With Good Astronomy & Physics: A Topical Index

28th December 2015

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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Giant Marine Reptiles Swam Like Penguins

28th December 2015

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Ah, but which distro of Linux did they prefer? Inquiring minds want to know….

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Donald Trump Claims Bill Clinton Has a ‘Penchant for Sexism’

28th December 2015

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The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

28th December 2015

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Hey, it’s in the New York Times so it must be true, right?

Some of the anti-glutenists argue that we haven’t eaten wheat for long enough to adapt to it as a species. Agriculture began just 12,000 years ago, not enough time for our bodies, which evolved over millions of years, primarily in Africa, to adjust. According to this theory, we’re intrinsically hunter-gatherers, not bread-eaters. If exposed to gluten, some of us will develop celiac disease or gluten intolerance, or we’ll simply feel lousy.

Most of these assertions, however, are contradicted by significant evidence, and distract us from our actual problem: an immune system that has become overly sensitive.

Milk-producing animals were first domesticated about the same time as wheat in the Middle East. As the custom of dairying spread, so did lactase persistence. What surprises scientists today, though, is just how recently, and how completely, that trait has spread in some populations. Few Scandinavian hunter-gatherers living 5,400 years ago had lactase persistence genes, for example. Today, most Scandinavians do.

Here’s the lesson: Adaptation to a new food stuff can occur quickly — in a few millenniums in this case. So if it happened with milk, why not with wheat?

“If eating wheat was so bad for us, it’s hard to imagine that populations that ate it would have tolerated it for 10,000 years,” Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies lactase persistence, told me.

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Watch a Computer Made Out of Dominoes Do Basic Math

26th December 2015

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Hormone That Controls Sugar Cravings Found, Scientists Reveal

26th December 2015

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A hormone that could control sugar cravings has been identified in the liver, scientists claim.

Research conducted on monkeys and mice has shown the hormone, FGF21, tells the brain to avoid seeking sweet foods.

FG21 is produced in response to high carbohydrate levels and enters the bloodstream to signal to the brain to suppress sugar cravings, says the research published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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Growing a Medieval Parchment by Sewing Bits to It

26th December 2015

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Breakthrough Technologies 2015

26th December 2015

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Each year MIT Technology Review selects 10 emerging technologies that we believe will remake the world. Here’s how this year’s picks got closer to reality over the past 10 months.

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Which Animal Has the Longest Claws of All Time?

26th December 2015

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Cretaceous-era dinosaurs sported some terrifying weapons—but it’s still tough to beat the giant armadillo.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

26th December 2015

Leatherman Crunch.

Pocketo Cable Organizer.

Drop Stop. Don’t you just hate it when things fall between the seat and console in your car?

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The Sikhs Who Saved Parmesan

25th December 2015

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On the flat plains of the Po Valley is the small town of Novellara, in the province of Reggio Emilia. It’s not far from the city of Parma – and from Parma and Reggio Emilia comes the name of one of the world’s most famous cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano… in English, Parmesan. Under EU rules, it has to be made exclusively from milk produced and transformed into cheese in this area of northern Italy.

The large number of Sikhs who have settled here were not attracted by the territory’s famous product but rather by the territory itself, explains Novellara’s mayor, Elena Carletti: “They say, ‘We live here and we feel like we’re still in Punjab because it’s flat, there are no mountains, it’s hot, it’s humid, and the kind of agriculture is more or less the same.'” According to the mayor, Sikhs feel comfortable in their Italian home from home.

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Photography Without a Lens? Future of Images May Lie in Data

25th December 2015

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The optics of the camera obscura ha­ve faithfully served photographers for ages. The recipe has been simple: a lens, aperture, dark box and something to record the light.

But the camera as we know it is changing. A revolution in digital imaging research could surpass the camera obscura in almost every technical way: resolution, size and energy efficiency. It’s called computational photography, and it stems from the idea that if you can capture visual data instead of a true image, then the picture can be reconstructed with software.

With cameras capturing light differently, a lens isn’t necessarily needed anymore. Instead, visual data can be gathered by playing tricks with light, like forcing it through a microscopic grating or diffracting it through a glass sphere. Years ago, this technology was just in the lab. But now it has made its way into consumer smartphones.

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America Discovered by Romans?

24th December 2015

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Academics from the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (AAPS) say a Roman sword was discovered in a shipwreck off Oak Island on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada.

The research reveals that a Roman legionnaire’s whistle, Gold Carthage coins, part of a Roman shield and a Roman head sculpture have also been found on the island.

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More Scientific Evidence That Polar Bears Are Doing Just Fine – a 30% Increase in Population With Some of Them “as fat as pigs.”

23rd December 2015

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Just in case you were sweating that whole Global Warming thing.

Looks like George Carlin was right.

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The Cold Fusion Horizon

23rd December 2015

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While it is fair to say that the jury is still out, there has been a lot of good news for my hopes of a free dinner in the past couple of years. There were two reports (in 2013 and 2014) on tests of Rossi’s device by teams of Swedish and Italian physicists whose scientific credentials are not in doubt, and who had access to one of his devices for extended periods (a month for the second test). Both reports claimed levels of excess heat far beyond anything explicable in chemical terms, in the testers’ view. (The second report also claimed isotopic shifts in the composition of the fuel.) Since then, there have been several reports of duplications by experimenters in Russia and China, guided by details in the 2014 report.

More recently, Rossi was granted a US patent for one of his devices, previously refused on the grounds that insufficient evidence had been provided that the technique worked as claimed. There are credible reports that a 1MW version of his device, producing many times the energy that it consumes, has been on trial in an industrial plant in North Carolina for months, with good results so far. And Rossi’s US backer and licensee, Tom Darden – who has a long track record of investment in pollution-reducing industries – has been increasingly willing to speak out in support of the LENR technology field. (Another investor, the UK-based Woodford Funds, reports that it conducted ‘a rigorous due-diligence process that has taken two and half years’.)

Finally, very recently, there’s a paper by two senior Swedish physicists, Rickard Lundin and Hans Lidgren, proposing a mechanism for Rossi’s results, inspired in part by the second of two test reports mentioned above. Lundin and Lidgren say that the ‘experimental results by Rossi and co-workers and their E-Cat reactor provide the best experimental verification’ of the process they propose.

This could really shake things up.

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Claim: Melting Sea Ice Increases Arctic Precipitation, Complicates Climate Predictions

23rd December 2015

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The melting of sea ice will significantly increase Arctic precipitation, creating a climate feedback comparable to doubling global carbon dioxide, a Dartmouth College-led study finds.

“The increases of precipitation and changes in the energy balance may create significant uncertainty in climate predictions,” says lead author Ben Kopec, a PhD candidate in Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Sciences.

The findings appear in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A PDF is available on request.

In other words, ‘climate models’ that predict disaster aren’t as good as the enviro-Nazis claim they are.

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Review of The Force Awakens

22nd December 2015

Lion of the Blogosphere has the best review I’ve seen of it so far.

Having perused the spoilers in this review, I feel no actual need to see the movie, thus saving immense amount of time and money.

Although I’m sure I’ll by the Extended Edition Director’s Cut We Mean It This Time when it comes out.

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Intelligence Genes Discovered by Scientists

22nd December 2015

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Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.

Researchers have believed for some time that intellect is inherited with studies suggesting that up to 75 per cent of IQ is genetic, and the rest down to environmental factors such as schooling and friendship groups.

But until now, nobody has been able to pin-point exactly which genes are responsible for better memory, attention, processing speed or reasoning skills.

Okay. So if intelligence is inherited, then — follow closely here — some groups of related people are genetically more intelligent than other groups of related people.

We call large groups of related people ‘races’ … unless, of course, you’re a ‘progressive’ and can’t bear to commit the ThoughtCrime of NOTICING.

So it might actually be true, what NUMEROUS PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES have shown: That the average intelligence of black people is lower than the average intelligence of white people, and that the average intelligence of white people is lower than the average intelligence of yellow people.

How about that.

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Nukemap: The Man Behind the Google Maps Mash-Up Which Shows What a Nuclear Bomb Can Do

20th December 2015

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I’d typed “Oxford” into the text box, picked my ground zero (Lloyds Bank – don’t ask me why) and my choice of 30 virtual nuclear weapons, clicked on the big red DETONATE button and then watched as a dark stain spread across the Google map towards my favourite pub and my home only 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. While the pub is hit by a wave of thermal radiation that causes third-degree burns, my house just survives, as do – rather surprisingly – the leafy Victorian suburbs of Summertown, and industrial Cowley, home of the Mini. The casualty figures spin round like a roulette wheel before stopping at 15,430 fatalities and 24,000 injured, out of a population of about 160,000.

This is the hit Google Maps mash-up that calculates the effects of the detonation of a nuclear bomb on a town or city of your choice. It was designed by nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein, Assistant Professor for Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and author of the nuclear secrecy blog Restricted Data, to help to fill in the information gap about nuclear weapons that he believes opened up after the end of the Cold War. Since it was launched in 2012, more than two million people have visited the site – 250,000 of those solely on the anniversary of the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Now, around 25,000 people a day are seeing a radioactive version of the future.

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Myth of Pristine Amazon Rainforest Busted as Old Cities Reappear

20th December 2015

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The first Europeans to penetrate the Amazon rainforests reported cities, roads and fertile fields along the banks of its major rivers. “There was one town that stretched for 15 miles without any space from house to house, which was a marvellous thing to behold,” wrote Gaspar de Carvajal, chronicler of explorer and conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1542. “The land is as fertile and as normal in appearance as our Spain.”

Such tales were long dismissed as fantasies, not least because teeming cities were never seen or talked about again. But it now seems the chroniclers were right all along. It is our modern vision of a pristine rainforest wilderness that turns out to be the dream.

What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity, according to a review of the evidence by Charles Clement of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, and his colleagues.

After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas. But, thanks to a combination of deforestation and remote sensing, what’s left of their civilisation is now re-emerging.

They reveal an anthropogenically modified Amazonia before the European conquest. “Few if any pristine landscapes remained in 1492,” says Clement. “Many present Amazon forests, while seemingly natural, are domesticated.”

And once again the romantic fantasies of the enviro-Nazis are show to be ignorant lies.

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French Power Station Turning Cheese Into Electricity for 1,500 Inhabitants in Albertville

20th December 2015

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The town of Albertville, in Savoie, is well known for its production of Beaufort, a firm cow’s milk cheese, and one of France’s flagship food features.

Since October, the skimmed whey left over from the Beaufort production in Albertville is being transformed into a biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, which generates electricity and warm water.

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Aluminum Battery From Stanford Offers Safe Alternative to Conventional Batteries

19th December 2015

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“We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames,” said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

19th December 2015

PumpTube.

Jackfish Survival credit card holder.

Mossy Oak Camo Rings and Accessories. I am not making this up.

Car Battery Tester.

Lightsaber Tableware. I am not making this up.

Netflix Socks.

Earthquake-Proof Bed. More here.

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May I Suggest These New Years’ Resolutions

18th December 2015

Freeberg has some good ideas. Read The Whole Thing.

1. FRONT LOAD the effort. If the current block of time you’re using, as in right now, this very moment, is not allocated toward a defined purpose already, find something on your unfinished-tasks list that will fit into it. The time has to be burned somehow. If you have stuff that has to get done, burn the time on getting the stuff done. Simple, right? Procrastination is cute and all, but when it leads to consequences that impact others, that means you have taken it too far.

10. Begin with the end in mind. What exactly is it you’re trying to do? Are you laboring toward a goal — see #5 — or are you just frittering away time doing whatever you like to do?

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Solicitor General Says SCOTUS Shouldn’t Hear Challenge to Marijuana Legalization

18th December 2015

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Oklahoma and Nebraska argue that Colorado’s licensing and regulation of marijuana businesses violates the Controlled Substances Act and therefore the Supremacy Clause. They brought their complaint directly to the Supreme Court because they think Colorado has created an interstate conflict by allowing the production and distribution of marijuana that may end up in Oklahoma or Nebraska. Federal law gives the Supreme Court “original and exclusive jurisdiction of all controversies between two or more States.”

Verilli rejects Oklahoma and Nebraska’s contention that the smuggling of Colorado cannabis creates an interstate controversy. “Where the plaintiff State does not allege that the defendant State has ‘confirmed or authorized’ the injury-inflicting action, there does not exist a ‘controversy’ between the States appropriate for initial resolution under this Court’s exclusive original jurisdiction,” he writes. “Nebraska and Oklahoma essentially contend that Colorado’s authorization of licensed intrastate marijuana production and distribution increases the likelihood that third parties will commit criminal offenses in Nebraska and Oklahoma by bringing marijuana purchased from licensed entities in Colorado into those states. But they do not allege that Colorado has directed or authorized any individual to transport marijuana into their territories in violation of their laws. Nor would any such allegation be plausible.”

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Communist Party Banned in Ukraine by Kiev Court

17th December 2015

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A Kiev court upheld an appeal from the country’s Justice Ministry, which charged the party with a host of offences including “incitement of ethnic hatred” and “encroachment on human rights and freedoms”.

Ukraine adopted controversial “decommunisation” laws in May, which outlawed the display of Soviet symbols and prohibited the use of the word “communist”.

However, the Communist Party of Ukraine refused to change its name, logo or charter to comply with the legislation. The Party has spoken out against Ukraine’s new authorities, which came to power after a coup in February 2014.

The biter bit.

The greatest difference between National Socialism and Communism (International Socialism) is that Germany was required to ‘de-Nazify’ itself after they lost the war, but Russia and the other Communist states were never required to ‘de-Commiefy’ themselves. So Putin’s background as a KGB officer has never been a problem for him the way being an SS officer would have been for someone running for office in Germany.

John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International told the Guardian: “The decision may be seen as dealing with the damaging vestiges of the Soviet past. In fact, it does exactly the opposite by following the same style of draconian measures used to stifle dissent.

Let’s ask him what his position is on affirmative action for the descendants of Negro slaves. I suspect that he would be unable to appreciate the analogy.

“Expressing your opinion without fear of prosecution, particularly if that opinion is contrary to the views held by those in position of power, was one of the principles behind the EuroMaidan protests.

Don’t tell that to the Black Lives Matter crowd.

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Tests on Skull Fragment Cast Doubt on Adolf Hitler Suicide Story

17th December 2015

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Some historians expressed doubt that the Führer had shot himself, speculating that accounts of Hitler’s death had been embellished to present his suicide in a suitably heroic light. But a fragment of skull, complete with bullet hole, which was taken from the bunker by the Russians and displayed in Moscow in 2000, appeared to settle the argument.

Until now. In the wake of new revelations, the histories of Hitler’s death may need to be rewritten – and left open-ended. American researchers claim to have demonstrated that the skull fragment, secretly preserved for decades by Soviet intelligence, belonged to a woman under 40, whose identity is unknown. DNA analyses performed on the bone, now held by the Russian State Archive in Moscow, have been processed at the genetics lab of the University of Connecticut. The results, broadcast in the US by a History Channel documentary, Hitler’s Escape, astonished scientists.

Funny thing, you never see Trump and Hitler together. Could it be….?

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Dogs Have Been Man’s Best Friend for 33,000 Years, Study Finds

15th December 2015

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And look where it’s gotten them.

Led by Guo-Dong Wang, a molecular biologist at China’s Kunming Institute of Zoology, the scientists from China, Canada, Finland, Singapore, Sweden and the US, studied the DNA of 46 dogs from South-east Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, along with 12 grey wolves.

They found indigenous Chinese dogs revealed closer genetic links to their wolf ancestors while retaining the greatest genetic variety, a strong indicator that domestic canines began somewhere in east Asia around 33,000 years ago.

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The Gotta-Have-It-All Kitchen Gift Guide

15th December 2015

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This annual feature from Megan McArdle is always worth reading.

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Snake Robot Slithers Through Pipes, Laser-Welds From Within

15th December 2015

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Soon to appear in a major motion picture, I have no doubt.

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Personal Discovery on Dyslexia May Aid Many

15th December 2015

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Astrophysicist Matthew Schneps was waiting at a bus stop, scanning a scientific paper he had downloaded onto his smartphone, when it dawned on him: he was reading with ease.

That realization surprised Schneps, who has dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading difficult. He had always felt comfortable in the lab, not the library.

“Prior to that [moment], I hadn’t really been able to get through papers like that,” said Schneps, who directs a laboratory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “I would rely on what people would tell me about what was in them.”

His bus stop epiphany led Schneps to wonder whether hand-held gadgets might be an effective reading platform for people with dyslexia. Now, eight years later, his research, which has shifted from studying stars, is beginning to show there may be some benefits. The timing couldn’t be better.

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Guerrilla Grafters Quietly Grow Fruit on City Trees Using RFID Tags, Arduinos

15th December 2015

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The ornamental cherry, plum and pear trees lining the streets of San Francisco produce beautiful flowers. The blossoms span a spectrum of bright white, soft pink and violet-red. Their leaves change with the seasons and theirs branches provide shade over sidewalks. But the trees aren’t there to bear fruit that you’d enjoy eating.

An urban agriculture project has spent the last five years trying to change that. A group known as the Guerrilla Grafters are grafting branches from fruit-bearing trees onto city-owned ornamental ones.

One in four people in San Francisco face the the threat of hunger or poor nutrition, according to the SF-Marin Food Bank. The scofflaw project is intended to let anyone who’s hungry pick free fruit in the public domain.

And a lot more. For members of the Guerrilla Grafters, the project is also about promoting public spaces, ecological diversity, and getting the public engaged with the environment.

And, not coincidentally, sticking one in the eye of the local government in a non-destructive way.

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How Japan’s Obsession With Toilets Produced Some of the World’s Best Bathrooms

15th December 2015

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Yeah, but it’s still an obsession with toilets.

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