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Polar Bears Seen Killing and Eating Dolphins That Have Been Forced North by Global Warming

11th June 2015

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Watching Greenpeace heads explode all over the world….

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In the Netherlands, a Giant Wind Turbine for People to Live on

11th June 2015

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Instead of tilting at windmills, how about living in one? The Dutch Windwheel is a giant proposed wind turbine for the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which will feature apartments and hotel rooms along the outside of the structure.

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Quest to Mine Seawater for Lithium Advances

8th June 2015

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Researchers at Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency have come up with a new method of processing seawater to extract lithium—an element that plays a key role in advanced batteries for electric vehicles and one that, if current predictions for the EV market prove accurate, could be in short supply before the end of the decade.

More importantly, and why the Japanese are the lead dogs on this one, is that Communist China has a chokehold on materials like lithium and nobody in that neck of the woods wants to be dependent on China for their tech business.

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Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

7th June 2015

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Liquids are great at absorbing bullets’ energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but it’s impractical advice for anyone else unless they want to carry six-foot-thick tanks of water around themselves at all times. Fortunately, researchers have found liquids that work even better than water at stopping bullets. The latest, developed by Poland’s Military Institute of Armament Technology in Warsaw, is a new non-Newtonian Shear Thickening Fluid, and it might replace Kevlar in body armor of the future.

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Vanishing Friction

7th June 2015

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Friction is all around us, working against the motion of tires on pavement, the scrawl of a pen across paper, and even the flow of proteins through the bloodstream. Whenever two surfaces come in contact, there is friction, except in very special cases where friction essentially vanishes — a phenomenon, known as “superlubricity,” in which surfaces simply slide over each other without resistance.

Now physicists at MIT have developed an experimental technique to simulate friction at the nanoscale. Using their technique, the researchers are able to directly observe individual atoms at the interface of two surfaces and manipulate their arrangement, tuning the amount of friction between the surfaces. By changing the spacing of atoms on one surface, they observed a point at which friction disappears.

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Planarian Regeneration Model Discovered by Artificial Intelligence

7th June 2015

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An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria—the small worms whose extraordinary power to regrow body parts has made them a research model in human regenerative medicine. – See more at: http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/planarian-regeneration-model-discovered-artificial-intelligence#sthash.vx4oaN4F.dpuf

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Researchers Reveal Medieval Drawings Erased Centuries Ago

7th June 2015

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Dating from 1250, The Black Book of Carmarthen at the National Library of Wales is the earliest surviving medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh, and contains some of the earliest references to King Arthur and Merlin.

Despite its importance and decades of scholarly research, the work of a PhD student from the University of Cambridge has revealed tantalising new glimpses of verse, and some images, from the 750-year-old book.

Myriah Williams and her supervisor Professor Paul Russell from Cambridge’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, believe that a 16th century owner of the book, probably a man named Jaspar Gryffyth of Ruthin, summarily erased centuries’ worth of additional verse, doodles and marginalia which had been added to the manuscript as it changed hands throughout the years.

However, using a combination of ultraviolet light and photo editing software, the 16th century owner’s penchant for erasure has been partly reversed to reveal snatches of poetry which are previously unrecorded in the canon of Welsh verse. Currently, the texts are very fragmentary and in need of much more analysis, although they seem to be the continuation of a poem on the preceding page with a new poem added at the foot of the page.

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De Valette’s Battle-sword

7th June 2015

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This Hospitaller sword is shrouded in mystery, but it is well known and it is, in any case, still in Malta. Information about its origins is very scarce and it merits attention  because of its strong tradition in local collective memory. It is the presumed personal  battle-sword of de Valette donated to the chapel of Our Lady of Damascus in Birgu (Vittoriosa) at the end of the siege of 1565.

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Colosseum Killing Machine Reconstructed After More Than 1,500 Years

7th June 2015

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For the first time, experts recreate one of the 28 timber machines that hoisted wild animals into the Colosseum, where they were pitted against gladiators and each other

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Super Samurai: Robot Beats Japanese Master Swordsman

6th June 2015

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

6th June 2015

Pantelligent.

Giant Wooden Dog House.

Three-Person Water Balloon Launcher.

Buzzwords-as-a-Service.

‘Room in a Box’ Cardboard Furniture Set.

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Climate Change Brings Needed Rain to Africa

5th June 2015

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And if it puts New York and Boston and Miami and LA under water, that’s just a bonus.

Mark this down: Everybody who wants to stop ‘climate change’ is now officially raaaaacist.

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A Bay Area Startup Spins Lab-Grown Silk

4th June 2015

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Scientists, at least those who aren’t arachnophobes, have tried to mass-produce spider silk for decades with little success. Spiders are territorial and cannibalistic—try to farm them, and they end up eating each other. But scientists have long believed that if spiders would only cooperate, fabric made from their silk would be well-suited for use in military and medical equipment, like wound sutures or artificial tendons, as well as in high-performance athletic clothing and other garments.

Bolt Threads has ditched the live spiders but held on to this goal. The company has developed a synthetic alternative to spider silk by engineering proteins identical to the natural threads stretched across the nooks in your basement. It’s raised $40?million from Silicon Valley venture capital firms Foundation Capital, Formation 8, and Founders Fund to commercialize its technology and turn those proteins into fabric. “Over the past few decades, as clothing companies squeezed on price, they’ve taken the innovation out of apparel,” says Dan Widmaier, a graduate of the UCSF Ph.D. program in chemical biology and Bolt’s chief executive officer.

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Scientists Develop Test That Can Detect Every Known Human Virus in Single Drop of Blood

4th June 2015

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A simple test has been developed that can detect every known human virus in a single drop of blood. It can confirm present and past viral infections, even if they occurred many years ago, scientists said.

The test is based on the rapid and simultaneous detection of the hundreds of different antibodies that the human immune system makes when the body is invaded by viruses ranging from influenza and herpes to HIV and Ebola.

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App to Test Eyesight ‘as Accurate’ as Traditional Sight Charts, Study Suggests

3rd June 2015

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The Portable Eye Examination Kit, or Peek, has been designed and developed the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Strathclyde and the NHS Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research.

Research published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology showed that the results from the app tests were as reliable as those from standard paper-based charts and illuminated vision boxes in an eye clinic.

The eye tests are designed not to be dependent on familiarity with symbols or letters used in the English language, and instead feature a “tumbling E” on the screen, showing the letter E in different orientations.

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The Lincoln Memorial Could Have Been a Pyramid.

3rd June 2015

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Orphan Black and The Doom of Men

3rd June 2015

Jeff Somers, one of my Recommended Writers (see column over there on the right) gives us some good news.

Orphan Black is a nifty little Sci-Fi show shown on BBC America about a young woman, a snarky grifter-type from the foster system, who sees a woman who could be her twin jump to her death one night. Stealing the woman’s purse, and eventually impersonating her, she discovers that she’s one of many clones — identical physical replicas raised by a variety of parents all over the world.

There are, as you might imagine, conspiracies.

The main takeaway everyone has about Orphan Black is that one actress, Tatiana Maslany, plays all of the clones. For the most part that means she plays five distinct characters on a regular basis, and she’s played several other clones to boot. Even more impressive, she often depicts the clones impersonating each other, which is kind of mind-bending, if you think about it, because she finds little tics and ways of making it clear that this one distinct character is impersonating another distinct character. The acting she does on this show is nothing short of amazing.

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Tank Crushes Learner Driver’s Car in Germany, Causing Almost £9,000 Worth of Damage

2nd June 2015

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Suggestion: Don’t get in the way of a tank. Especially don’t get in the way of a British tank.

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Doctors Hail ‘Spectacular’ Step Towards Cancer Cure

1st June 2015

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A British trial brought “spectacular” results, with tumours shrinking or disappearing completely in half of inoperable skin cancer patients.

The findings came as a series of studies showed that the drugs, which use the body’s defences to combat the disease, were effective against some of the most deadly tumours, including those of the lung, bowel, liver and head.

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Cancer Breakthrough: UK Team Says ‘Sleeping Cells’ Hold Key to Why Disease Recurs

31st May 2015

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Genetic evidence suggests cancer cells can go to sleep – avoiding the effects of treatment – only to “wake up” decades later.

The ground-breaking British study could lead to new ways of rooting out dormant cancerous cells and eradicating their return.

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Hand-Written Notes Better for Long-term Comprehension

31st May 2015

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But you knew that.

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Barnard College for Women May Accept Transgender Students

31st May 2015

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I’ve seen women from Barnard; I doubt that anyone will notice.

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The Changing Geography of Racial Opportunity

30th May 2015

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We found, for all three major minority groups,   that the best places were neither the most liberal in their attitudes nor had the most generous welfare programs. Instead they were located primarily in regions that have experienced broad-based economic growth, have low housing costs, and limited regulation. In other words, no matter how much people like Bill de Blasio talk about the commitment to racial and class justice, the realities on the ground turn out to be quite different than he might imagine.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th May 2015

Reusable Cups & Saucers from Old Coffee Grounds.

Portable Air Pump.

Pizza Hut Australia To Launch Meat Pie Stuffed Crust Pie

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Why Tesla’s Batteries Won’t Work for Rooftop Solar

28th May 2015

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I assumed that the rooftop PV system would generate just enough power to fill annual domestic demand and that the surplus power generated in summer would be stored for re-use in the winter in Tesla batteries. The result was an across-the board generation cost of around $35/kWh. Clearly the Tesla battery storage option isn’t economically viable, or at least not under the scenario I chose.

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US Air Force Confirms Boeing’s Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

28th May 2015

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Known as the ” CHAMP,” or Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, the American military project is an attempt to develop a device with all the power of a nuclear weapon but without the death and destruction to people and infrastructure that such a weapon causes. Theoretically, the new missile system would pinpoint buildings and knock out their electrical grids, plunging the target into darkness and general disconnectedness.

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Mutant Bacteria Will Test You for Disease and Color Your Pee Accordingly

27th May 2015

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In the first study, researchers manipulated E. coli’s genes to make the bacteria reliably detect high glucose levels in urine–an indicator of diabetes. Once the glucose levels reach a certain threshold, the bacteria turn red. When the researchers tested these “bactosensors” in samples from 13 patients, the bacteria indicated problematically high glucose levels just as reliably as conventional urine dipsticks. The researchers hope that this same sort of bacterial genetic manipulation could help detect other diseases.

Progress! You can’t stop it.

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Irish and Scots May Have Been First to Settle Iceland, Researcher Finds

26th May 2015

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Hah.

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Researchers First too Create a Single-Molecule Diode

25th May 2015

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Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. Venkataraman’s group is the first to develop a single-molecule diode that may have real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices. Their paper, “Single-Molecule Diodes with High On-Off Ratios through Environmental Control,” is published May 25 in Nature Nanotechnology.

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Plants Could Pave The Way For Greener Roads

25th May 2015

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Asphalt contains bitumen, a product of the oil-refining process. But some scientists and engineers believe that they could get the same results by using lignin, a compound found in all kinds of plants. Lignin is strong: it binds together material in trees. It is also plentiful, and currently discarded as a waste product in the process of making paper.

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See-Through Solar Is Tomorrow’s Threat to Oil

24th May 2015

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Solar energy is the future. The problem is, it’s been the future for a long time. And while progress has been made, using the sun as a primary source of power hasn’t really broken through.

One possible breakthrough, however, is becoming clearer—literally. The engineers at Ubiquitous Energy are developing solar panels that are completely transparent and as thin as a laminate. They can do this by creating see-through solar cells that absorb only the invisible parts of the solar spectrum—ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

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What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers

24th May 2015

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Don’t ever say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

23rd May 2015

Portable Folding Kayak. Well, you never know when you might need one….

TGX Tactical Flask.

Electric Boot Dryer.

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Ford F-150 Getting Trailer Backup Assist Feature That Takes Your Hands Off the Wheel

23rd May 2015

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After putting a checkerboard sticker on the trailer tongue for the rearview camera to use as a reference, and entering a few measurements to help it determine the size of the trailer and where it’s axles and pivot point are, you simply activate the system, turn the knob in the direction you want the trailer to go, then operate the gas and brake pedals while it manages the steering.

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New Greaseless Bearings Spin With 10 Times Less Friction

22nd May 2015

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New ball bearings developed by Coo Space solve that problem in an ingenious new way. Instead of forcing balls apart with a cage or retainer, Coo Space puts small divots in the track the balls roll over. These divots subtly speed up and slow down the balls just so, and the end result is balls that will never clash, even with no cage. That means 10 times less friction than traditional bearings and no need to ever lube them up. Win win!

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This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

20th May 2015

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Henk Jonkers, a microbiologist at Delft University of Technology, is working on a concrete with built-in bacteria that can fill in cracks as they form.

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Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard

17th May 2015

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It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world, named the Mars for the Roman god of war, but it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564, consigning 800 to 900 Swedish and German sailors and a fortune in gold and silver coins to the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Now, a few years after the ship’s discovery, researchers have concluded that the one-of-a-kind ship is also the best preserved ship of its kind, representing the first generation of Europe’s big, three-masted warships.

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Microwaves Turn Wood Waste to High-Value Carbon

17th May 2015

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“I think microwaves have been a largely overlooked idea,” says Tim Langley of CarbonScape. “It’s a technology that we almost all have in our homes, but as a commercial heat source for anything other than perhaps drying food we haven’t really looked at it.”

Blenheim-based company CarbonScape is using microwaves to turn wood waste from forestry into high-value carbon products in what it says is a world first.

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How Your Hometown Affects Your Chances of Marriage

17th May 2015

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Growing up in some places — especially liberal ones — makes people less likely to marry, new data shows.

Well, that’s encouraging.

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Pill of Super-Protective ‘Heavy’ Fat May Be Key to Eternal Youth

17th May 2015

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Or maybe not. New Scientist is a Voice of the Crust, so I’d want conformation from another source.

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Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

17th May 2015

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We age, in part, because the adult stem cells in our tissues are surrounded by chemicals that prevent them from replacing damaged cells. One of these chemicals is TGF-beta1, known to depress stem cell activity. A new study shows that a drug that blocks TGF-beta1, which is now being tested for its anticancer properties, makes brain and muscle tissue more youthful. This is a step toward a drug cocktail that could rejuvenate aging tissue.

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Tiny Diamonds Wrapped in Graphene Get Rid of Friction

17th May 2015

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A phenomenon called superlubricity occurs when two perfectly flat surfaces with incompatible crystal structures slide past each other. It’s only been observed in extremely small samples, however, as larger surfaces have imperfections that tend to get stuck as they slide around.

Now, researchers have managed to create superlubricity in a large sample. They do so by getting graphene to wrap around nanoscopic diamonds, creating something akin to tiny ball bearings.

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The Genome Engineering Revolution

16th May 2015

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The CRISPR-cas9 system makes gene editing in many organisms and cells — like our own egg, sperm or embryo — more efficient, accessible and simple than ever before. These groundbreaking capabilities have spawned discussions surrounding the ethics and applications of the new system, and have garnered significant attention around the world to ensure ethically correct usage.

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California’s Catalina Island Will Sink Into Sea; May Cause LA Tsunami

16th May 2015

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Here’s hoping. There is very little wrong with California that a rise in sea level of about 20 feet wouldn’t cure, although I’m hoping for 40.

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Wind Power Without the Mills

11th May 2015

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When wind hits a structure and flows over its surfaces the flow changes and generates a cyclical pattern of vortices at the tail end of the flow. This is known as the vortex shedding effect which creates something known as vorticity and that is what Vortex Bladeless uses to generate energy.

What the engineers at Vortex Bladeless are doing is embracing this effect instead of avoiding the aerodynamic instabilities to capitalize on the oscillation and therefore capture the energy. The mast is designed to oscillate in the wind (which is very different from Blowing in the Wind). As you can see in the picture above, this is not your usual wind turbine. It consists of a fixed mast, a power generator that has no moving parts which come into contact with each other and a semi-rigid fiberglass cylinder. The power generator is a system of magnetic coupling devices which means there are no gears needing lubrication and an overall system needing less maintenance.

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Researchers Reverse Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics

9th May 2015

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Biologist Miriam Barlow of the University of California, Merced, and mathematician Kristina Crona of American University of Washington, DC have found a way to return bacteria to a pre-resistant state to help doctors deal with the growing problem of resistant bacteria. In research published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, they show how to verify treatment options for a family of 15 antibiotics used to fight common infections, including penicillin.

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Russia’s Great New Tank Breaks

9th May 2015

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Hey, these thing happen. Just ask the Pentagon.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

9th May 2015

Solar Grill.

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Harvard Engineering Students Devise Ultimate BBQ Smoker

8th May 2015

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But it costs $40,000 a year (less if you’re black or female). It also helps if you’re from a well-connected Democrat family.

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Malaria Vaccine Found 67 Percent Effective in Human Trial

8th May 2015

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A malaria vaccine was 67 percent protective against infection in an early-stage trial involving adults in Kenya, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine today. The results are encouraging, as many malaria vaccines that work well in the lab have failed to show the same efficacy in the field. But low malaria infection rates in the region at the time of the study are putting a damper on the results.

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