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Wood-based Cars Stronger and Lighter Than Steel?

17th August 2017

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A material made from wood pulp is FIVE times stronger than steel but weighs 80 per cent less, according to researchers in Japan.

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Amazon Debuts ‘Instant Pickup’ for Ordering and Picking Up Items in Under Two Minutes

15th August 2017

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In its ongoing push into retail, Amazon today announced the opening of five “Instant Pickup” locations in the United States, allowing Prime subscribers to choose from a selection of “daily essentials” that are made available for pick up in two minutes or less (via Reuters). The essential items include snacks, drinks, electronics, and Amazon’s own devices.

The Instant Pickup process begins with Prime and Prime Student users visiting Amazon’s iOS or Android app to browse through hundreds of essential and daily care items. Users can then place an order, decide on an Instant Pickup location, and then go to the retail store to pick it up from a self-service locker.

On the employee side of things, when users place an order someone at the Instant Pickup store gathers the items in a back room, and then places them within one of the numbered lockers. After customers place their order, they’re given the number to the locker and a barcode to access its contents at the Instant Pickup store.

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How Army Rations Helped Change Food

15th August 2017

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Lately, Salcedo says, there’s another innovation facilitated by the military that has been making its way to the rest of us: cooking food by applying high pressure, instead of heat. Under high pressure, microorganisms burst, and the food is sterilised, a process that today yields preservative-free lunch meats, packaged guacamole that stays green under its wrapper, and fresh-tasting bottled juices (the process is sometimes called cold pasteurisation).

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Apple-Picking Robot

14th August 2017

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Abundant Robotics in California has built an automated apple picker, that uses a vacuum system to suck the fruit straight off of the trees.

So much for jobs ‘Americans won’t do’.

“Harvesting apples isn’t an unskilled job. It’s highly skilled and difficult work,” Todd Fryhover from the Washington Apple Commission told NewsHour. “Robotics will help in harvesting the apples at the optimum time to provide the best possible apple to consumers.

And decrease the need for illegal immigrant workers.

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Global Medieval Sourcebook Launched

12th August 2017

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If you’re into that sort of thing, as I know some of you are.

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Coming soon: “The Death of Stalin”

11th August 2017

Read it. And please, please watch the trailer video.

This is going to be well worth seeing.

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Vast Majority of Women Failing to Pass Marine Corps Combat Standards

11th August 2017

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Well, duh.

This is why, historically, armies didn’t include women (except as camp followers) — they suck at it.

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Meet Bitcoen, the New Jewish Cryptocurrency

8th August 2017

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I am not making this up.

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Merchants’ Marks in Medieval English Books

7th August 2017

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

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Woman Diagnoses Cancerous Mole on Ankle Through Smartphone App

6th August 2017

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Got cancer? There’s an app for that.

Owning Apple stock allowed me to retire four years early. Just sayin’….

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More Than a Billion People Could Get Clean Drinking Water by Using New Graphene-based Sieve

5th August 2017

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And if they all had horses their fertilizer problems would be solved.

Or Bitcoin! Give them each a Bitcoin,  call it Guaranteed Basic Income or something.

You’re welcome.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

5th August 2017

Nine Best Air Fryers. None of them useful as interrogation tools, unfortunately.

Nifty Strawberry Huller.

 

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Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder

4th August 2017

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As usual, Mother Nature scoffs at the Prophets of Doom.

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Woman Invents ‘Boob Hammock’ Towel to Deal With Summer Sweating

4th August 2017

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It was invented by Erin Robertson, from Los Angeles, who said she came up with the idea when she couldn’t stop sweating while getting ready to go on a date.

Is this a great country, or what?

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West Virginia Governor To Switch Teams To Join Trump

3rd August 2017

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West Virginia Democratic Gov. Jim Justice plans to officially switch parties during a local rally with President Donald Trump Thursday evening.

Well. Ain’t that special.

The newly-installed governor is one of the state’s only coal billionaires. He owned 70 active coal mines across 5 states and was also officially endorsed by the United Mine Workers Union during the course of the campaign.

That would explain it.

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Here’s What the First Tesla Solar Roofs Look Like in the Wild

3rd August 2017

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Goes well with a Smugmobile in the driveway.

If I were a firefighter looking at this I’d be very nervous.

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Professor Bret Weinstein Files $3.8 Million Claim Against Evergreen State College

2nd August 2017

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Among the many student-led inquisitions that have swept America’s college campuses recently, this one from Evergreen State Collegestands out as especially egregious and ridiculous. The standard elements of these now-typical incidents were all there: outrage over microaggressions, demands for safe spaces, and some students behaving like cartoonish caricatures of social justice activists.

Now Bret Weinstein, the professor at the center of this episode, is filing a $3.8 million tort claim against the school on behalf his wife and himself, saying in part that The Evergreen State College (TESC) “consistently has failed to set and enforce necessary boundaries in the workplace on campus, selectively has chosen not to enforce its student Code of Conduct, and sent the unmistakable message that the school will tolerate (and even endorse) egregious violations (and even crimes) purportedly to advance racial social goals, diminishing the collegiate experience for all, and fostering a racially hostile and retaliatory work environment for faculty and staff.”

Good to see some pushback against these proto-fascists.

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New Cancer Drug Leaves Scientists Confused After Turning Patients’ Grey Hair Dark Again

29th July 2017

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While conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy are known to make patients’ hair fall out, the new immunotherapy drugs that were being tested in this case work differently and, as such, have different side effects.

One of which the Spanish study suggests could be the restoration of hair pigment, at least in patients with lung cancer.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

29th July 2017

Kitchen Composting Bin.

Rapid Egg Cooker. For those with more interest in gadgets than learning how to cook. You know who you are.

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Highway Trains From LA to San Francisco

26th July 2017

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A company called Cabin is offering overnight bus service with “private sleeping cabins” between San Francisco and Los Angeles for $115. The service currently operates about three times a week but in September will begin operating daily. Buses leave at 11 pm and arrive at 7 am from near the Embarcadero in San Francisco and next to the beach in Santa Monica.

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Pyramids of Life: How to Go to Safari Guide School in Kenya

24th July 2017

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For those of you thinking about a career change because Trump.

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An Interactive Map of Ulysses’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey

23rd July 2017

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This is really slick. I just wish I could find out how to get rid of the Giant Homer Head.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd July 2017

10-in-1 Survival Kit.  For when the seas rise and drown civilization (i.e. coastal cities).

Anti-Leak Waffle Iron.

Foot Massagers. A great foundation for a Bond-villain techno-trap.

RepairClinic.com. For all your obscure part failure needs.

 

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How to Make the Perfect Fried Chicken

20th July 2017

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

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Save on Cappuccinos and Macchiatos by Making Your Own With This Electric Milk Frother, Which Is Nearly Half Off

20th July 2017

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Assuming you are suffering from the no-doubt-Trump-induced trauma of insufficiently frothed milk.

No mention of whether or not it will magically transport you to the Upper West Side. But at least you can pretend.

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The De-Jewification of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

20th July 2017

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She’s Jewish? Who knew?

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Indian Residents Celebrate ‘Trump Village’ After Officials Said They Couldn’t

18th July 2017

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They must not have gotten the memo that Trump is a Notorious Racist.

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This $130,000 Self-Deploying Building Can Unfold in Just Eight Minutes

18th July 2017

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These are quite cunning. I wonder how long it will take the price to come down.

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How to Quickly Make a Bow and Arrow

17th July 2017

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

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Alzheimer’s: Scientists Express Excitement After Discovering Two New Genes Linked to the Disease

17th July 2017

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Unfortunately they couldn’t remember why they were excited. (JUST KIDDING)

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Small Reactors Could Kick-Start the Stalled Nuclear Sector

17th July 2017

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Earlier this year, NuScale Energy took a crucial step forward in its prolonged effort to build 12 scaled-down nuclear reactors on an empty parcel at the Idaho National Laboratory, a sprawling research campus on the outskirts of Idaho Falls (see “Shrinking Nuclear”). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreed to begin the formal process of reviewing the company’s designs for the 600-megawatt plant, which could power a city the size of Boise twice over.

That gives NuScale, based in Portland, Oregon, the inside track on building the country’s first commercial reactors of this type. Known as small modular reactors, or SMRs, they also represent the first substantially new reactor design of any kind to reach this NRC milestone in decades.

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Oil – Where Did It Come From?

15th July 2017

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

15th July 2017

Cheese Knife.

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Scientists Have Inserted a GIF of a Horse Into Living Bacteria

13th July 2017

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Why? Because we can!

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‘Living Drug’ That Fights Cancer by Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

13th July 2017

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The treatment takes cells from a patient’s body, modifies the genes, and then reinfuses those modified cells back into the person who has cancer. If the agency approves, it would mark the first time the FDA has approved anything considered to be a “gene therapy product.”

 

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“Mexico Oil Privatization Pays Off With Billion-Barrel Find”

12th July 2017

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Better pump fast, after all we’re going to be running out of oil soon.

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Survival Monday: FREE Apps You Should Download Now

11th July 2017

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These are an array of apps from First Aid, to communication, navigation, how to find family members, etc. They are free and the links are in the Slideshare. Don’t just download them, but play with them a bit so you know how they work before you need them. Some can be useful every day. For example, the ROAD ID app is one I turn every day when I go out for a bike or run. It sends an automatic notification if I’ve stopped for more than five minutes (you can set it however you like). But if I’m out there on the North Boundary Road of Oak Ridge all by myself and have an accident and can’t phone, the app automatically will notify those I’ve programmed in via text and email that I’ve stopped. This can be a life saver!

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Gadget Calls the Police After Listening to Man ‘Beat and Threaten to Murder’ Girlfriend

11th July 2017

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The device in question was initially believed to be a Google Home, but Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office then said it was an Alexa-enabled gadget.

“In the 911 recording the victim can be heard yelling ‘Alexa, call 911’”, it says.

We have the technology.

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India Has Almost Finished the World’s First Advanced Thorium Nuclear Reactor

11th July 2017

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The Kalpakkam reactor will generate 500 megawatts of electricity by using the element thorium instead of uranium, which is rare in India. The only other commercial fast breeder nuclear reactor in history is located in Russia, but this uses uranium instead of thorium. Fast breeder reactors would revolutionize nuclear power because they’re capable of generating more nuclear fuel then they consume while generating less nuclear waste.

“[F]ast reactors can help extract up to 70 percent more energy than traditional reactors and are safer than traditional reactors while reducing long lived radioactive waste by several fold,” Yukiya Amano, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the Times of India.

 

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th July 2017

Dead On 18-Inch Annihilator.

FiberFix Repair Wrap.

Third Thumb.

Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

 

 

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What If You Could Brush Your Teeth in 10 Seconds Through the Power of Crowdfunding?

5th July 2017

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There are a small set of facts here, but they have profound implications for how we live our lives.

  1. There’s a new Kickstarter project called Amabrush.
  2. It’s shaped like a mouthguard, and it brushes your teeth all at once in 10 seconds.
  3. A removable handle makes the whole setup look like an adult pacifier. It’s what vibrates the “brush” mouthpiece and dispenses the toothpaste.
  4. The handle uses proprietary toothpaste capsules.

Notice what’s missing? That’s right, there’s no app. How am I supposed to set up an IFTTT recipe to tweet @ my mom every time I brush?

Does it do flossing? I have to pacify the dentist.

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This Mobile Structure Builds Itself in Under 10 Minutes

5th July 2017

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I want one.

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Hindu Disciples Put Dead Guru in Freezer, Because He’s Just Meditating

5th July 2017

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I can see the Democrats doing that with Hillary.

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Harvard Law School Creates Endowed Professorship Honoring Justice Antonin Scalia

5th July 2017

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And will promptly fill it with a communist.

Martha Minow, Harvard Law’s outgoing dean, offered praise for Scalia and for the Considine Family Foundation

“Justice Scalia had a singular impact on statutory analysis and legal thought. He also had a great love of learning, so it is especially meaningful that he will be honored with a professorship that will provide enduring support for teaching and scholarship at the Law School and beyond,” Minow said, according to Harvard Law Today.

Liberals will tell any lie in order to get their hands on other people’s money. But you knew that.

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Under Trump, More Central American Migrants Resettling in Mexico

5th July 2017

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The Wall is effective even when it doesn’t exist.

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Russia’s Experimental Floating Nuclear Reactor Catches on Fire

5th July 2017

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Now that’s comedy.

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Everything You Know About Back Pain Is Wrong

5th July 2017

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I must confess that I’ve always thought sit-ups were bullshit and now I have SCIENCE to back me up.

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China’s Revolutionary ‘Straddling Bus’ Dragged Off and Declared A Scam

3rd July 2017

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The innovative elevated bus expected to revolutionize public transportation in China is officially dead.

“The invention of the Transit Elevated Bus is considered a revolution for environmental-friendly public transportation,” TEB Technology wrote on its website, which is no longer active. Authorities in Qinhuangdao have torn down the test track, hauled off the bus, and detained 32 people for illegal fundraising through questionable peer-to-peer transactions, reports the Financial Times.

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How Marriages and Mortgages Influence Election Outcomes

1st July 2017

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One curious aspect of American political geography is that variables that predict partisanship at the individual level often do a poor job of predicting the partisan balance at the state level. African Americans are among the most reliable Democratic voters, but the region with the largest African American population (the Deep South) is reliably Republican; wealthy Americans are, on average, more likely to vote Republican, yet the Northeast, where so much of the nation’s wealth is concentrated, consistently gives its Electoral College votes to Democrats. This pattern makes it difficult to find variables that accurately predict whether a state falls in the Red or Blue camp. One of the few such variables is the median age at first marriage.

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One such variable, which government policy can influence, is home affordability. To my knowledge, the blogger Steve Sailer was the first person to make the connection between home values, marriage rates, and vote choice. However, the existing scholarly literature supported this hypothesis.

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AR Measure Turns Your Phone Into a Virtual Measuring Tape

30th June 2017

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A great idea — if it works, which I’m not convinced it does.

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