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3D Printing Produces a Perfect Replica of a Sixth-Century Sword

20th February 2015

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Using photographs of the real sword to gauge the dimensions of the hilt, Anderssen modelled the shape into basic polygons before working on carving out the fine details of the intricate design. Then he sent the finished model to i.materialise to be printed in bronze. When the finished print arrived, he cleaned up the details and had the pieces gilded and fitted with wooden inserts for stability before being attached to the blade.

“The whole project has been very interesting both as a learning experience and also to be able to use processes I already knew, but with more complexity,” Anderssen said. “In contrast to the digital work on screens, this is something you can pick up, look at and use. This is something I find very rewarding.”

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Scientists Discover a New Way to Block HIV

20th February 2015

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Scientists, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, say they have discovered a new compound that produces proteins within the cell that look like normal antibodies, but have Y-shaped heads that act as blockers to the virus that causes AIDS.

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New Injectable Hydrogel Delivers Drugs Without Surgery

20th February 2015

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To treat certain types of medical conditions, such as some forms of vision loss or cancer, patients have to receive drugs through periodic injections. These doctor visits can be time-consuming—sometimes happening once per week—and demoralizing, and the drugs affect the whole body instead of the place where they’re most needed, decreasing their efficacy.

To solve these problems, chemical engineers have been developing different types of hydrogels, squishy 3D substances made of water and chains of synthetic molecules that can release medication slowly over time to a specific part of the body. The problem is that the gels need to be inside the body to release the drugs, and most can tear easily so they have to be delicately placed in the body through surgery.

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Rare Earth Metal Balls Found Beneath the Atlantic Ocean

18th February 2015

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Scientists looking for deep sea organisms on a research cruise last month got a surprise when, instead of deep sea life, they pulled up metal balls the size of softballs. The German researchers stumbled inadvertently onto the discovery of the largest deposit of manganese nodules known to exist in the Atlantic ocean.

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“Sit Up Straight” Says Technology

18th February 2015

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Lumo Lift is a small (1.52cm x 1.52cm x .254 cm), magnetic tracker worn on the shoulder or chest. When used in conjunction with an iOS device or Windows PC, Lumo Lift will alert you and track when you slouch, roll your shoulders forward or hunch…all those things our elders scolded us for. Activate a Coaching session, it will gently vibrate when sensing your posture is slacking. Or set up your own Posture Alert and after sitting with poor posture for a time you specify, the device will give a gentle reminder. Otherwise it will simply track your posture through the day. It is not just all about posture too. As with the Lumo Back, its younger sibling will also track your daily steps and calories burned. And of course on the app you can always see summaries of your “performance” and compare to your history. One thing, in addition to posture monitoring, that sets Lumo Lift apart in the market of fitness tracking is their instantaneous suggestions to help you permanently improve your daily steps, calories burned and of course posture.

I have a sticky-note posted on my monitor that says ‘SIT UP STRAIGHT’. For half the price of the Lumo Life, I’ll mail one to you. Free shipping!

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How to Build a Roman Catapult in Your Back Yard

18th February 2015

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You know you want one.

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Largest Trove of Gold Coins in Israel Unearthed From Ancient Harbor

18th February 2015

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A group of divers in Israel has stumbled upon the largest hoard of gold coins ever discovered in the country. The divers reported the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority, and nearly 2,000 coins dating back to the Fatimid period, or the eleventh century, were salvaged by the authority’s Marine Archaeology Unit. The find was unearthed from the seabed of the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park, according to a press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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The Cold Fusion Race Just Heated Up

17th February 2015

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The Lugano Report details how, for the length of a 32-day continuous run, a 900-watt electrical input produced 2,800 watts of heat from the reactor. The 20-cm long E-Cat was run for an extended period to prove that the energy could not be produced by hidden batteries or other sources:

“The total net energy obtained during the 32 days run was about 1.5 MWh. This amount of energy is far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.”

Further, the isotopic composition of the nickel powder had changed:

“The isotope composition in Lithium and Nickel was found to agree with the natural composition before the run, while after the run it was found to have changed substantially. Nuclear reactions are therefore indicated to be present in the run process”.

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Huge Anglo-Saxon Coin Hoard Goes on Display at British Museum

14th February 2015

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The Lenborough Hoard, which consists of over 5200 coins from Anglo-Saxon times, is now on display at the British Museum. This discovery highlights the ongoing importance of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which just released its 2012 Treasure Report.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th February 2015

Steamship Silicone Pot Lid. No, the other kind of pot.

Maple Bacon Candle. Sweet dreams are made of this.

Preventing Eye Strain.

Cocoon Smart Home Infrasonic Detector.

Cancer-Detecting Bra.

Paverlight Solar Brick Lights.

Cold Brew Coffee Makers.

Pneumatic Porch Whistle.

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Driverless Cars Can Be Tested on UK Public Roads as of Now

12th February 2015

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According to the regulatory review, there are no legal barriers to testing autonomous vehicles on the U.K.’s public roads today, as long as a driver is present and taking responsibility, and the vehicle complies with road traffic laws. Those doing the testing don’t need to get any certificates or permits.

You first.

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Artificial Spider Silk Might Be Better, and Easier, Than Milking Spiders

10th February 2015

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But less in the spirit of the Old West. Does tradition count for nothing these days?

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Homeschooling: The New Techie Fad?

10th February 2015

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Oh, noes! They might become disillusioned with the way governmen runs other aspects of life too! The horror!

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Illinois Gov. Rauner Ends the Forced Unionization of Public Employees

10th February 2015

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Geez,  you’d think he was a Republican or something.

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FAT Is the Key to Living Longer: Previous Diet Advice Was WRONG, Say ExpertsI

10th February 2015

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Hey, it was in a newspaper, so it has to be true, right?

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Tool-making May Have Made Language Genes More Useful

10th February 2015

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It’s widely understood that human genetics can influence culture, but increasingly, the idea that culture can also affect genetics is gaining ground. The theory of gene-culture coevolution suggests that “the cultural practices we adopt change the costs and benefits of having certain genes,” explains Catharine Cross, a researcher at the University of St Andrews. “A gene that is advantageous under one cultural practice is not necessarily advantageous under another.”

For example, yam cultivation in West Africa led to deforestation and an increase in standing water, which creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes and malaria. This meant that yam farmers with a particular genetic resistance to malaria were more likely to survive than farmers with susceptibility to malaria. Yam farmers in the region have been found to have a higher incidence of this genetic trait than nearby groups—even speakers of the same language—who farm other crops.

Oops, sorry, I forgot that the Equality Mandate means that genes don’t count because everybody is just the same. Forget I even mentioned it.

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How to Ramen-ize Dried Pasta & Rice

10th February 2015

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In case you lose your job to an illegal immigrant, somebody imported from Asia under an expanded H1-B visa program, or a Fashionable Minority who fits a quota you didn’t know existed.

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The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itself

9th February 2015

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A recent study of the wrists of modern birds finds that a bone lost from dinosaurs for tens of millions of years reappeared when dinosaurs evolved into birds and took flight.

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Medieval Apps

8th February 2015

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As it turns out, tools were sometimes attached to manuscripts, such as a disk, dial or knob, or even a complete scientific instrument. Such ‘add-ons’ were usually mounted onto the page, extending the book’s primary function as an object that one reads, turning it into a piece of hardware.

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An Alloy of Iron and Aluminium Is as Good as Titanium, at a Tenth of the Cost

8th February 2015

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To a chemist, an alloy is a mixture of materials rather than a true chemical compound. But metals do sometimes react to form real compounds, and one class of these, known as B2 intermetallic compounds (which have equal numbers of atoms of two different metals within them), lies at the heart of Dr Kim’s invention. The nickel reacts with some of the aluminium to create B2 crystals a few nanometres across. These crystals form both between and within the steel’s grains when it is annealed (a form of heat treatment).

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Men, Force for Evolution

8th February 2015

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A new look at the human Y chromosome has overturned longstanding ideas about its evolutionary history. Far from being in a state of decay, the Y chromosome is the fastest-changing part of the human genome and is constantly renewing itself.

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35 Governors Declare February 6 as “Ronald Reagan Day”

7th February 2015

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Here are the ones that aren’t:

Alaska- Bill Walker (I)
California- Jerry Brown (D)
Connecticut- Dan Malloy (D)
Hawaii- David Ige (D)
Kentucky- Steve Beshear (D)
Minnesota- Mark Dayton (D)
Missouri- Jay Nixon (D)
Montana- Steve Bullock (D)
New York- Andrew Cuomo (D)
Oregon- John Kitzhaber (D)
Pennsylvania- Tom Wolf (D)
Rhode Island- Gina Raimondo (D)
Utah- Gary Herbert (R)
Virginia- Terry McAuliffe (D)
Washington- Jay Inslee (D)

Utah is the real surprise.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

7th February 2015

How to Build a Cannon That Shoots Wiffle Balls at 50MPH.

Key Chain Pry Tool.

Luna smart bed cover.

MiniDrain clip on urinal. I am not making this up.

Ceramic escape knife. One of these babies could save your life.

Shadow portable panic button.

Comfort U Body Support Pillow.

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Did You Know Soviet Cosmonauts Carried a Bear-Killing Shotgun into Space?

6th February 2015

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Loaded for bear? Check.

The gun that was carried during the Soviet era was not just any gun. Long-time space journalist Jim Oberg called it “a deluxe all-in-one weapon with three barrels and a folding stock that doubles as a shovel and contains a swing-out machete.”

Oh, I want one….

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Army Decides Fort Hood Victims Will Receive Purple Heart

6th February 2015

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And long overdue.

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How Bread, Beer, and Soy Sauce Changed the Human Microbiome

6th February 2015

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Digesting yeast is no mean feat. Yeast surround themselves with a difficult-to-digest structure called a cell wall. Yet common gut bacteria called Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron are able to munch their way through a complex carbohydrate, called alpha-mannan, that appears in the cell walls of bread and brewer’s yeast, researchers have found. A team of biologists and chemists from research centers in Europe and the U.S. ran the study by growing different gut bacteria species in a lab and feeding them only yeast-made mannan. Those bacteria that didn’t die must have been surviving on the mannan, the team concluded. Further tests revealed the complex chemical processes the bacteria used to break down alpha-mannan, a molecule that few other micoorganisms are able to digest.

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One-Atom-Thin ‘Silicene’ Silicon Transistors Invented

6th February 2015

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The first transistors made of silicene, the world’s thinnest silicon material, have been developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. The new material may allow for building dramatically faster, smaller, energy-efficient computer chips.

Made of a one-atom-thick layer of silicon atoms, silicene has outstanding electrical properties but has until now proved difficult to produce and work with.

Deji Akinwande, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team, including lead researcher Li Tao, solved one of the major challenges surrounding silicene by demonstrating that it can be made into transistors.

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Harvard Cracks DNA Storage, Crams 700 Terabytes of Data Into a Single Gram

5th February 2015

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A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times.

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Game Changer Silicene, Fabricated for First Time

4th February 2015

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Be the first on your block to use it in the title of a hit song.

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America 2015: Proposed Illinois Law Would Ban TERRORIST PROFESSORS

4th February 2015

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Bill Ayers, call one of your politicians.

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Do Viruses Make Us Smarter?

3rd February 2015

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A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain.

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3 Friends Happen Upon Shipwreck in Oregon Dunes

3rd February 2015

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I suspect it’s the remains of the Oregon Obamacare web site.

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Blood Work: Scientists Uncover Surprising New Tools to Rejuvenate the Brain

1st February 2015

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The thinking went – not so very long ago – that little by little, with the bumps of age and lifestyle, this initial stash of neurons died, taking our brain function along with them. Yet, strange as it may sound, canaries, video games, and young blood are finally putting that punishing prospect to rest. Studies involving bird song, gaming, and the rejuvenating factors of young blood have shown not only that neurons can be generated throughout adulthood, but also that the maddening aspects of aging, such as memory loss and slower processing speed, can be partially reversed.

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Using Stem Cells to Grow New Hair

1st February 2015

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Somebody alert Shatner and Connery.

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How Apple Pie Became ‘American’

1st February 2015

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According to Budweiser, a “true patriot” drinks beer from flag-embossed cans. WWE wrestling would have us believe that the spirit of the United States lies in roided-out biceps, scantily-clad women, and cut-off t-shirts. But above all else — ice cream, baseball, and hot dogs included — we take great pride in being “as American as apple pie.”

But there’s just one little problem with all this: apple pie really isn’t all that “American.”

I must confess that I’ve never been very fond of apple pie; mince is my favorite, with blueberry in second place, followed closely by pumpkin and cherry.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

31st January 2015

ChillTHAT! ice cream bowl.

Sectional garage doors.

Coolbox, the world’s most advanced toolbox.

Microwave bowls with handles.

SlatePro TechDesk SE. The best way to celebrate Apple’s record-breaking quarter.

Paintball bow. I am not making this up.

Three Course Electric Steamer.

Popcorn Monsoon.

 

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Thousands of Early English books Released Online to Public by Bodleian Libraries and Partners

30th January 2015

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More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library.

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Chemists Confirm the Existence of New Type of Bond

30th January 2015

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Donald Fleming, a University of British Columbia chemist involved with the experiment, thought that perhaps as bromine and muonium co-mingled, they formed an intermediate structure held together by a “vibrational” bond—a bond that other chemists had posed as a theoretical possibility earlier that decade. In this scenario, the lightweight muonium atom would move rapidly between two heavy bromine atoms, “like a Ping Pong ball bouncing between two bowling balls,” Fleming says. The oscillating atom would briefly hold the two bromine atoms together and reduce the overall energy, and therefore speed, of the reaction. (With a Fleming working on a bond, you could say the atomic interaction is shaken, not stirred.)

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8-year-old Girl Suggests a Possible Cure for Cancer

30th January 2015

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Camilla Lisanti’s parents are both cancer researchers at Manchester University. Over dinner, her father, Michael, asked her how she would cure the disease, and she suggested using antibiotics, “like when I have a sore throat.”

Michael and his wife, Federica Sotgia, tested her theory at the lab and were surprised to find that several cheap and widely used antibiotics destroyed cancerous cells in samples from breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, and brain tumors. Some of the antibiotics worked by preventing cancer cells from making energy-providing mitochondria— which cancer stem cells are prolific in.

Kudos to her parents for actually following up.

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How Sequencing Foods’ DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases

29th January 2015

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Enter a new project from IBM Research and Mars Incorporated. Today, scientists from the two organizations announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety organization that aims to leverage advances in genomics and analytics to further our understanding of what makes food safe.

The researchers will conduct the largest-ever metagenomics study of our foods, sequencing the DNA and RNA of popular foods in an effort to identify what traits keep food safe and these can be effected by outside microorganisms and other factors. Eventually, the researchers will extend the project “from farm to fork,” examining materials across the length and breadth of the supply chain.

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50 Years of James Bond in Black Tie Inforgraphic

29th January 2015

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Just in case you had a bet going or something.

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When Chocolate Was Medicine

28th January 2015

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Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food. Christine Jones traces the history and literature of its reception.

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When You Wish Upon a Star: Nuclear Fusion and the Promise of a Brighter Tomorrow

28th January 2015

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Everything about the project, known as Iter (formerly known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), is huge. The main fusion reactor will be built on a flattened area of concrete that has been blasted into the hills at Cadarache and stretches to 60 football pitches. Around 2.5m cubic metres of earth and rubble were excavated from what was originally a small valley that undulated by several hundred metres in parts. That concrete baseplate sits on dozens of pillars containing layers of rubber sandwiched between the mortar and cement – not only do these pillars raise the building above the height of the surrounding countryside (the height was calculated to be above the maximum height that water would flow past if the nearby dam broke), they also create a “seismic isolation pit” that will protect the building from earthquakes.

And it’s not happening in America because bureaucrats and eco-Nazis have made it too expensive. Lucky us.

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A Mach 5 Arms Race? Welcome to Hypersonic Weapons 101

25th January 2015

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The term “hypersonic” generally refers to a class of long-range precision strike weapons that travel at Mach 5 or better. This definition generally excludes such munitions as the LRLAP (long-range land attack projectile), fired by the Advanced Gun System, which can only travel sixty miles, as well as traditional cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk, which travel under the speed of sound.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

24th January 2015

Come Back With a Warrant Front Mat.

The Nightlighter.

Ceramic Pot Minder. No, the other kind.

Tactical Self-Defense Flashlight With Spikes. Perfect for the Klingon on your gift list.

Candle-Powered Heater.

Leatherman Bracelet with wrenches and screwdrivers.

Automatic Jar Opener. No more Mr Nice Guy….

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Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock in Cultured Human Cells, Study Finds

23rd January 2015

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A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying.

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People Are Shooting Their Arrows Wrong

23rd January 2015

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Legolas has nothing on this guy.

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Netanyahu to Address Congress on March 3; Obama Won’t Meet Him During D.C. Visit

22nd January 2015

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Lucky Netanyahu. But he still has to be around Boehner; hard to say which prospect is more unpleasant.

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Google Inks Deal With Sprint, T-Mobile to Become Wireless Carrier

22nd January 2015

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I’m in.

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Hershey-Backed 3D Chocolate Printer in the Works

22nd January 2015

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And women everywhere rejoice.

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