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How the Promise of Immunotherapy Is Transforming Oncology

1st January 2015

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Cancer immunotherapy comes in several forms. The drugs sparking the most interest are called checkpoint inhibitors. They work by releasing the natural brakes on the immune system, enabling its foot soldiers, called T cells, to attack tumors.

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Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins

1st January 2015

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This isn’t a case of a protein going rogue. It seems to be part of the recycling process that occurs when there’s a mistake in a protein being built. When an error is introduced, the ribosomes stall and call in a group of quality control proteins, including Rqc2. In observing this process, the researchers saw how Rqc2 links up with the transfer RNA and tells it to insert a random sequence of two amino acids into the chain (out of 20 total amino acids).

The researchers believe that Rqc2’s seemingly aberrant behavior might be an integral part of keeping your body free of faulty proteins. It’s possible that it is flagging the protein for destruction, or that the string of amino acids could be a test to see if the ribosome is working properly. People with disorders like Alzheimers and Huntingtons diseases have defective quality control processes for their proteins. Understanding the exact conditions where Rqc2 is triggered, and where it fails to trigger, are the next step in this research, and could be important for developing new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Africa Builds ‘Great Green Wall’ of Trees to Improve Farmlands

31st December 2014

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To mitigate this and other environmental issues affecting Africa such as land degradation, the effects of climate change, and a loss of biodiversity, Senegal is leading a 20-nation initiative known as the Great Green Wall. Most notably, this initiative involves erecting a wall of trees across the southern edge of the Sahara desert, which will be 14 km wide and 7,600 km long. When completed, it will be the largest horticultural feature in history. The initiative will also focus on establishing sustainable farming and livestock cultivation, and improving food security.

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Biochemists Are Turning Genetically Modified Yeast Into Perfume and Opioids

31st December 2014

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Yeast. Is there nothing it can’t do? Scoop it up from nature and it makes alcohol. Fiddle with the genes and you can coax it to produce gasoline. Useful, but such synbio projects tend not to be cost-effective. Now, though, biochemists are genetically modifying yeast and algae to produce stuff with good enough profit margins that you could find it in the grocery store (or on the street corner).

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New Solar Power Material Converts 90 Percent of Captured Light Into Heat

31st December 2014

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

27th December 2014

Darn Tough Socks.

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Rome’s Lost Aqueduct

26th December 2014

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Whether responding to genuine necessity or not, a new aqueduct itself was a statement of a city’s power, grandeur, and influence in an age when such things mattered greatly. Its creation also glorified its sponsor. Trajan—provoked, in part, by the unfinished projects of his grandiose predecessor, Domitian—seized the opportunity to build his own monumental legacy in the capital: the Aqua Traiana (“Aqueduct of Trajan” in Latin). The aqueduct further burnished the emperor’s image by bringing a huge volume of water to two of his other massive projects—the Baths of Trajan, overlooking the Colosseum, and the Naumachia of Trajan, a vast open basin in the Vatican plain surrounded by spectator seating for staged naval battles.

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Inside the New Stealth Arsenal

25th December 2014

Popular Science shows us a glimpse of the future.

As military strategists look ahead, the days of asymmetric warfare and the uncontested airspace that comes with it seem to be drawing to a close. “There are no active area defenses run by insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq or, for that matter, Syria,” says defense analyst Phil Finnegan, of the Fairfax, Virginia–based Teal Group. “But the next generation of UAVs will have to confront potential threats like China. They’ll need to be much more capable—faster, with greater autonomy in case communication links are disrupted, and stealthier so they are more difficult for an adversary to detect.”

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The Innovative Chemistry of Tinsel

25th December 2014

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It’s more interesting than you might think.

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Tibetans’ Surprising Inheritance

24th December 2014

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Tibetans live in a region that averages more than 4,000 meters above sea level. (Not for nothing is it called the roof of the world.) How did they come to be able to cope with their extreme environs? Some researchers in China and the United States think they might know, and their findings were published Wednesday in Nature. By sequencing DNA from a group of Tibetans and comparing the code to other gene databases, the researchers have discovered that Tibetans are inheritors of an ancient trait that helps regulate the oxygenation in their blood. But surprisingly, this trait did not arise in Homo sapiens. Rather, it came from another group of humans, the Denisovans—mysterious, little-known hominid cousins that died out some 40,000 years ago.

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Maine Entrepreneur Builds Sleek Ship, But Will Military Buy It?

24th December 2014

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He thinks the Navy needs a fast patrol boat to protect larger and more costly warships when they’re most vulnerable, like when they’re passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the southern end of the Persian Gulf. The Ghost’s smooth ride makes it an ideal platform for weapon systems — and for transporting Navy SEALs, Sancoff said.

Supercavitation has been used to produce high-speed torpedoes but Sancoff said he’s adapted it for the first time to propel a surface warship. Under his design, dual propellers were moved to the front instead of the rear and underwater ailerons control the vessel, which banks like an airplane when it’s turning.

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Fed Land Swap Gives Go-Ahead to Arizona’s 1.6B-Ton Copper Mega-Mine

23rd December 2014

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In Arizona’s Copper Triangle, 1.6 billion tons of copper ore has been trapped beneath 7,000 feet of rock for billions of years and under a pile of paperwork for a few more, but a development last week has finally put the motherlode of precious metal within reach.

Geologists estimate Resolution Mine could supply the country with 25 percent of its copper needs for the next 40 years, for everything from home and building construction, car manufacturing, power connectivity and wind turbines to medical supplies, appliances and money. Resolution Mining Company, a joint project of two of the world’s biggest mining firms, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, has already spent $1.2 billion to dig a 28-foot-in-diameter shaft some 1.3 miles down, but until just days ago, environmental concerns and the complaints of Native Americans left it uncertain whether the mine would become an engine of Arizona’s economy, or remain merely an impressive hole in the ground.

The eco-Nazis and Usual Suspects, of course, voted for hole-in-the-ground.

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Scientists Find Evidence of Viking Presence in Arctic Canada

22nd December 2014

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A small stone artifact recovered from a Paleo-Eskimo site on Baffin Island is important evidence of a Viking presence in Arctic Canada around 1000 CE, says a team of scientists led by Dr Patricia Sutherland of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

 

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The Secret Ingredient Behind Rome’s Lasting Monuments

22nd December 2014

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In 30 B.C., the Roman architect Vitruvius wrote down an ancient recipe for mortar that, as it happens, could make modern buildings more durable and environmentally friendly.

The crucial ingredient, volcanic sand, has long been credited with the longevity of Rome’s ancient monuments, including the Pantheon, Hadrian’s Temple, Trajan’s Market, and the Baths of Diocletian.

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Today Is Groundbreaking Day for Nicaragua’s Canal With China

22nd December 2014

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So far, it has brought as much fear as hope. Since Chinese-speaking surveyors, backed by Nicaraguan soldiers and police, began assessing land and houses along the canal’s proposed 278km (172-mile) route a few months ago (see map), peasants fearful of their land being expropriated have taken to the streets 16 times. On December 10th several thousand, shouting “We don’t want the Chinese”, protested in Managua, the capital, despite police efforts to keep them in their villages, activists say. Boatmen in Punta Gorda on the Caribbean coast have refused to ferry heavy machinery to be used to begin construction, fearing their livelihoods will be harmed.

And the Occupy Whatever people say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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Sign With Misspellings Leads to Demotion of New Jersey School Principal

22nd December 2014

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A large sign outside a New Jersey elementary school that misspelled “December” appears to have cost the principal her $108,000 a year job.

The Bergen Record says the sign outside School 20 in Paterson also notified people of the date for “progress reepor” and contained a backward numeral 1.

And rightly so, I think.

None of the news stories appear to include a picture of her, so I think it’s safe to suppose that she’s black.

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Watch a Kangaroo in Australia Punch a Drone Out of the Sky

21st December 2014

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Gotta love Australians.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

20th December 2014

Survival Grenade.

Hot Sauce Flavored Beer. You know who you are.

Sous-Chef Prep Station.

Pico Folding Armchair.

Shoes with a hidden whiskey compartment.

Adhesive measuring tape. Words cannot express how useful this stuff is.

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator.

Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan.

 

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Woz Moves to Oz

19th December 2014

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“Woz” has lived in Australia on and off for a few years now and recently picked up a gig as an adjunct professor at Sydney’s University of Technology. According to The Australian Financial Review he’s now taken the plunge and moved down under to become, if you will, The Woz-ard of Oz.

Don’t blame him.

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Printing Cancer Killing Viruses

19th December 2014

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Cell biologist Andrew Hessel of Autodesk is designing viruses in software to attack a specific individual’s cancer and then using DNA Printers to create the viruses as a drug.

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Hipster Business Models: A New Book by Priceonomics

18th December 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

16th December 2014

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Better and better.

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Martin Freeman Returns to The Office as The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins

15th December 2014

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When asked what he has he been up to in the hilarious clip, Bilbo replies: “I went on a quest I saved middle earth and became a bit of a hero.

“I did the noble thing and turned down loads of treasure….and so yeah the brave Bilbo Baggins now works in a paper company, selling over the phone and I drive a Jetta.”

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Could a New Injectable Gel Save Lives on the Battlefield?

14th December 2014

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Blood, as the vital and life-sustaining passageway through the body, has a strong incentive to flow as easily as possible — in all cases except that of injury. With a cut or larger bleeding injury, platelets rush to the opening, part of the body’s desperate action to cut off what had moments ago flowed so freely. That switch takes time, and as good as platelets are, in trauma situations or on the battlefield, they might not work fast enough unaided. Now, a team of scientists at Texas A&M, Harvard, and MIT just developed an injectable gel that uses synthetic nanoplatelets to staunch the bleeding.

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Blog News

13th December 2014

My Macintosh is sick, so blogging will be light until it gets fixed.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

13th December 2014

Science-Fiction Door Decals. You, too, can live behind an airlock door.

Stun Gun iPhone Case. Now you’re talkin’.

Neck Massager with Wireless Remote Control.

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A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases

11th December 2014

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The first commercial power plant to use carbon capture and sequestration shows the potential of a crucial technology.

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Drug Flags Malaria-Infected Cells for Destruction

9th December 2014

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At the end of November, a team reported some good results from testing a chemical called (+)-SJ733 in cells grown in lab and in lab animals, such as rats, mice, and dogs. What makes the study interesting is that the scientists tested one possible way malaria might evolve against (+)-SJ733. They found resistance will likely arise slowly. The team included researchers from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, as well as biologists from universities and research institutes all over the world.

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New Study Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee From a White Mug

9th December 2014

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

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Ken Weatherwax, Pugsley From ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at Age 59

9th December 2014

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What a great name for an actor.

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This Disk in Your Pants Tells You to Sit Up and Breathe Into Your Belly

7th December 2014

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Both good things. At last, a useful piece of ‘wearable’ tech.

 

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Francesinha

6th December 2014

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Legend has it that in the 1960s, one Daniel da Silva returned to his native Portugal following a stint in France and Belgium, with a vision of adapting the classic grilled ham and cheese croque-monsieur for local palates.

The result was the Francesinha (“Frenchie”), an example of what happens when you take a simple sarnie, crank it up to 11 with the addition of meaty overdrive and then douse it in alcohol-heavy sauce.

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Yale, Organovo Team Up to 3D Print Organs for Transplants

6th December 2014

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They’re not a reality quite yet, but laboratories are already busy 3D printing living tissue. Industry leader Organovo and Yale’s schools of medicine and engineering announced a partnership this week that will focus specifically on research into printing transplantable tissue, and we may see some working applications very soon.

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Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, and They’re Changing Lives

6th December 2014

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When you think of bionic exoskeleton suits, images of futuristic high-tech super soldiers often come to mind. Think Tom Cruise in this summer’s sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow, or Ripley taking on the queen xenomorph in Aliens. While militaries across the world are certainly interested in designing weaponized exo-suits for their armies of the future, powered exoskeletons are actually finding a much more benevolent niche right now: patient rehabilitation.

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Trains Could Use Lasers to Blast Leaves Off Track

6th December 2014

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Leaves … cows … demonstrators … it’s all good.

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Power Savings of Smart Meters Prove Slow to Materialize

6th December 2014

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Gee, I wonder why.

The end is in sight for the meter reader, who each month faithfully tramps through the flower beds or into the basement, flashlight and clipboard in hand, to record electricity use.

They are being phased out because tens of millions of new meters talk directly to the electric company. The meters can record use by the hour, changing the price as the market changes and telling the customer — or maybe even the appliances themselves — the best time to buy energy.

But this is not happening. Although the goal is to shift consumption to off-peak hours when cheaper, cleaner electricity is available, experts say it is still many years away, despite billions in federal subsidies that have helped finance the switch to the so-called smart grid.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Austin Cop’s Sure Shot Stopped Crazed Gunman

6th December 2014

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Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away.

Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital, where he’d fired more than 100 rounds from his AK-47 and .22-caliber rifles at buildings. The shot, from Johnson’s Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol, hit McQuilliams square in the chest and made the 15-year-veteran the toast of gun enthusiasts around the country.

“At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster, a retired Special Forces operator, long-range shooting expert and author of “The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers.”

 

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

6th December 2014

25 Amazing Life Hacks You Won’t Believe You Didn’t Know.

Edible Greeting Cards. I am not making this up.

Shoulder Bag With Pop-Up Tablet Holder. For those who are insecure with their geek status.

New Pills Make Farts Smell Like Chocolate.

Pressure Oven.

Bubble-Wrap Suit.

‘You Suck at Parking’ Business Cards.

Ring Weeder.

Liquid Plastic Welder.

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DNA Test That Distinguishes Identical Twins May Be Used in Court for First Time

5th December 2014

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One of the two men involved pleaded guilty to the attacks in 2012. The other remained at large. Police had a suspect, but they couldn’t pin the crime on him due to a twist of genetic fate: He had an identical twin brother, and DNA from the condom matched both siblings. But now, a decade after the assaults, scientists have developed a genetic test that can distinguish between identical twins, and it may be used in court for the first time in this case.

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Veteran Homeschoolers Share Tips and How-To’s as More Students Exit Schools Due to Common Core

5th December 2014

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Parents are discovering that having government employees responsible for educating their kids is not a recipe for success.

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Fort Hood Victims Set to Receive Purple Hearts, Combat Status

5th December 2014

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Congress is set to make victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings eligible for Purple Hearts and combat injury benefits after the Obama administration has denied them the status for the past five years.

About fargin time, too.

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Electric Implants Kill Off Infections, Then Dissolve

3rd December 2014

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Someday, in the not-too-distant future, bacterial infections could be treated by implanting electronics into your body. A team from Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana developed a tiny implant that can be inserted into an area of infection (or potential infection) and activated remotely, delivering either heat or drugs to infected tissues, and then dissolving harmlessly.

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New Breast Cancer Vaccine Proves Safe in Early Clinical Trial

2nd December 2014

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Researchers developed the vaccine to target mammaglobin-A, a protein found almost exclusively in breast tissue, according to the news release. The vaccine works to prime a type of white blood cell in the body’s adaptive immune system, and seek out and destroy the cells with mammaglobin-A.

“Being able to target mammaglobin is exciting because it is expressed broadly in up to 80 percent of breast cancers, but not at meaningful levels in other tissues,” William E. Gillanders, senior study author and breast cancer surgeon said in the release. “In theory, this means we could treat a large number of breast cancer patients with potentially fewer side effects.”

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Backers of Alaska Gold Mine Win Court Battle With EPA

2nd December 2014

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Pebble Partnership, the Canadian company behind the project, which would take place near Anchorage, claims the regulatory agency has conspired illegally with opponents of the mine to devise scientific and environmental justifications for blocking it. Salmon fishermen in Washington state and Alaska, Native American groups and environmental organizations have opposed the massive project for several years, and had appeared to have gotten it scuttled prior to Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Russel Holland, in Anchorage.

“Instrumental to this scheme was EPA’s clandestine use of the de facto advisory committees – made up of individuals and groups who have been vehemently opposed to any mining of the Pebble deposit – to help the agency plan and then implement unprecedented steps designed to guarantee that no mining of the Pebble deposit would ever take place,” the company’s lawsuit claims.

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Inside the Dynomak: A Fusion Technology Cheaper Than Coal

30th November 2014

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The dynomak is a variation of the most popular type of research fusion machine, the tokamak. Essentially, a tokamak is a doughnut-shaped machine that generates helical magnetic fields by combining toroidal fields (which go around the doughnut’s equator) with poloidal fields (which wrap around the outside of the doughnut). These fields have to be strong enough to keep plasma stable and contained indefinitely at the tens to hundreds of millions of degrees Celsius necessary to induce fusion.

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Thyssenkrupp Develops the World’s First Rope-Free Elevator System

29th November 2014

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Presented today, MULTI is ThyssenKrupp’s latest offering in its extensive repertoire of elevator technologies, representing a landmark revolution in the elevator industry and a new and efficient transport solution for mid and high-rise buildings. Now, the long-pursued dream of operating multiple cabins in the same elevator shaft is made possible by applying the linear motor technology of the magnetic levitation train Transrapid to the elevator industry. MULTI will transform how people move inside buildings, just as the recently introduced ThyssenKrupp’s ACCEL, which also applies the same linear motor technology, is set to transform mobility between short distances in cities and airports.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

29th November 2014

Magazine stool.

Bacon-making kit.

Keyboard-shaped-waffle maker.

Self-defense keychain.

Melting Nazi-Face Candle. For the man who has everything but puberty.

12-in-1 Scissors.

LED Keychain Light. I have one of these and wouldn’t be without it.

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How to Keep Your Giraffe Warm

27th November 2014

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

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Transylvania’s Castle Owners Sink Their Teeth Into Business

27th November 2014

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In the end it wasn’t vampires that the castle owners of Transylvania had to worry about, it was Communists.

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GPS Study Tracks Grizzlies as They Follow Hunters

26th November 2014

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The study is aimed at bolstering the theory that grizzlies, which can be as stealthy as they are ferocious, stalk hunters from as close as the length of a football field in order to steal their prey. Already, data has shown at least one grizzly following oblivious elk hunters almost from the moment they left the parking lot, according to the Billings Gazette. Scientists believe the bear may have been following the humans in hopes of getting to a fallen elk before they did.

Heh.

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