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Buckshot vs. Birdshot For Home Defense

14th April 2017

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

I should think it would depend on whether you wanted to defend yourself against bucks or birds.

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Get 3D-printed Sandals Molded for Your Feet Using Just Your Phone

14th April 2017

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You first.

Coming soon: ‘Send us a picture of you holding a ruler and we’ll send you a complete wardrobe.’

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New Solar-Powered Device Can Create Water Out of Thin Air, Even in Deserts

14th April 2017

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Notice how nobody ever tries creating stuff out of thick air. Wonder why that is.

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Books on Monasticism

12th April 2017

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Archaeologist Explains Innovation of ‘Fluting’ Ancient Stone Weaponry

11th April 2017

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In their most recent article published online in the Journal of Archaeological Science, Eren and his co-authors from Southern Methodist University (Brett A. Story, David J. Meltzer and Kaitlyn A. Thomas), University of Tulsa (Briggs Buchanan), Rogers State University (Brian N. Andrews), Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri (Michael J. O’Brien) explain the flint knapping technique of “fluting” the Clovis points, which could be considered the first truly American invention. This singular technological attribute, the flake removal or “flute,” is absent from the stone-tool repertoire of Pleistocene Northeast Asia, where the Clovis ancestors came from.

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

“It was risky and couldn’t have been easy to learn how to do this effectively,” Eren explained. “Archaeological evidence suggests that up to one out of five points break when you try to chip this fluted base, and it takes at least 30 minutes to produce a finished specimen. So, though it was a time-consuming process and risky technique, successfully fluted Clovis points would have been extremely reliable, especially while traveling great distances into unknown regions on a new continent. They needed points that would hold up and be used over and over again.”

I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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Shetland Islands Could Go Independent if Scotland Leaves UK, Former Chancellor Claims

9th April 2017

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And why not? The world is full of piss-ant little island ‘nations’, what’s one more?

In fact, let’s go one further and give it back to Norway. That’ll fix both of them.

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Tanks a Bullion! Man Finds Gold Bars Buried in Military Vehicle

9th April 2017

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A tank fanatic got a new model in a £30,000 [$37,000] trade-in — and found more than £2million of gold bullion hidden in the fuel tank.

Nick Mead, 55, discovered the five gold bars in the Russian T54/69 while restoring it to add to his collection of 150 military vehicles.

He added: “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police.”

Nick runs Tanks-a-Lot, giving petrolheads the chance to drive any of his tanks on his farm in Helmdon, Northants.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

8th April 2017

Stair-Climbing Wheelchair.

Wazer desktop waterjet cutter.

Ravin R9 Crossbow. Review here.

Kevlar Cut-Resistant Sleeves. I got yer knife fight, right here.

 

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Old Books Actually Smell Like Chocolate and Coffee

7th April 2017

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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The Complete Guide to Jewish Food, and What on Earth That Means

7th April 2017

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It means good eatin’, I can tell you.

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Is This the World’s First Christian Country?

7th April 2017

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Armenia is a small country in south-west Asia with a population of only 3 million people. But it has a sizable place in spiritual history: most historians believe that in 301 AD, it became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity.

Today, around 95% of Armenians are Christian, and the country’s pious history can be traced back through some of its ancient sites and monuments. (Credit: Rodolfo Contreras)

Yeah, the ones that weren’t exterminated by the Turks in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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This Graphene Filter Could Make It Cheaper to Drink Seawater

7th April 2017

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

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Crowdfunding Campaign for a Crusader Castle

4th April 2017

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An international team of researchers are seeking 7500 euros to finance excavations sand specialized research at the Castle of Belvoir, located in northern Israel. The fortress was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the second half of the twelfth-century.

Anna Josephsson, one of the members involved in the project, explained that they launched the campaign “to extend and accelerate the work on the site (excavations, lapidary, architectural study and valorisation toward public ). We particularly want to progress in the 3D documentation and the planned full-scale reconstruction of the chapel (in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Department and the National Parks authorities.)”

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These 10 Companies Control Everything You Buy

4th April 2017

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Well, not really — just food and drink. Still….

Got some money to invest? These are the ones to buy.

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Found: Fresh Clues to Mystery of King Solomon’s Mines

3rd April 2017

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Keep an eye out for Richard Chamberlain.

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Student Rights Group Begins Litigating ‘Free Speech Zones’

3rd April 2017

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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, helped Los Angeles Pierce College student Kevin Shaw file a lawsuit after he was told he could hand out U.S. Constitutions only in a tiny sector of campus. FIRE calculated the size of the free speech zone at Pierce College to be equivalent to an iPhone on a tennis court.

Last November, Shaw tried to pass out Spanish-language versions of the Constitution in an attempt to recruit new members for Young Americans for Liberty, a right-leaning student organization. As he was doing so, an administrator told him he could not hand out literature outside of the campus free speech zone—and that if he wanted to do it there, he would have to fill out a permit. He was also told he would be kicked off campus if he did not comply.

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Navy chemists developed and patented transparent armor

2nd April 2017

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And they didn’t even need to talk with a Scottish accent to do it.

“Heating the material above the softening point, around 100 degrees Celsius, melts the small crystallites, enabling the fracture surfaces to meld together and reform via diffusion,” said Dr. Mike Roland, senior scientist, NRL Soft Matter Physics. “This can be accomplished with a hot plate, akin to an iron, that molds the newly forming surface into a smooth, flat sheet with negligible effect on integrity.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

1st April 2017

Ook Pro Picture Hangers

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Children Have a Stable Home Environment and Perform Better at School if Their Biological Father Lives With Them (But the Same Benefits Do Not Apply When a Stepfather Moves In)

29th March 2017

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Amazing how much impact a ‘social construct’ can have.

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Farmers Are Manipulating Microbiomes to Help Crops Grow

27th March 2017

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Cue freak-out by the eco-Nazis.

Thousands of types of bacteria may live on plants; only dozens or maybe hundreds live inside. But the very fact that bacteria live inside plants is surprising. “It catches almost everybody off guard,” says Indigo CEO David Perry. And these bacteria that plants allow inside their roots, leaves, and stems can be beneficial, allowing them to, for example, capture nutrients from the air. Plants even pass along their endophytes via seeds, packaging their beneficial bacteria up into a convenient packet for their offspring. Because fewer bacteria live inside the plant than outside, endophytes also face less competition, meaning they’re more likely to be effective as a product for farmers.

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Scientific Breakthrough: Malaria Could Be a Thing of the Past

27th March 2017

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Scientists working at Queensland’s Griffith University have developed what they claim is the world’s first long term effective Malaria vaccine. If this new, cheap vaccine lives up to its promise, it will save millions of poor people who cannot afford Malaria drugs.

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New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon

27th March 2017

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Atsushi Shimizu is the inventor of the world’s first typhoon turbine—an extremely durable, eggbeater-shaped device that can not only withstand the awesome forces generated by a typhoon, it can convert all that power into useable energy. Shimizu’s calculations show that a sufficiently large array of his turbines could capture enough energy from a single typhoon to power Japan for 50 years.

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th March 2017

Chop2Pot Foldable Cutting Board.

Ollie collapsible chair.

Foldable Step Stool.

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Physicist Invents First Ever Drip-Free Wine Bottle

24th March 2017

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

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Company Introduces ‘Snowflake Test’ to Weed Out ‘Whiny, Entitled’ Millenial Candidates

23rd March 2017

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And about time, too.

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Former Boston Drummer Collapses and Dies Onstage During Show

23rd March 2017

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It’s the way he would have wanted to go.

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Want to Examine Your Semen? There’s a Device for That

23rd March 2017

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

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Rescue Dog Saves Life of Three-Year-Old Girl Found in a Ditch

23rd March 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Large Hadron Collider Turns Up Five New Particles

21st March 2017

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Boffins poring over data from the Large Hadron Collider’s “Beauty” experiment are blinking in surprise, having turned up five new particles in one hit.

The “hiding in plain sight” articles in data from the “LHCb” are all excited states of the baryon Omega-c-zero, ?c0, and the CERN boffins saw the five new particles from its decay states (?c(3000)0, ?c(3050)0, ?c(3066)0, ?c(3090)0 and ?c(3119)0, with bracketed numbers showing mass measured in mega-electron-volts).

Ever since ?c0 was first observed in 1994, scientists have predicted states like the five now spotted by CERN, but they needed LHCb’s sensitivity to watch their brief life.

No word on when they’ll be available at the local WalMart.

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Science Is Making Killer (Tasting) Tomatoes Again

21st March 2017

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For example, most supermarket tomatoes have a genetic mutation that partially delays the production of ripening hormones, thereby adding one to two weeks of shelf life. An unintended consequence of the mutation, however, is that flavor and sugar production are also diminished. Meanwhile, when breeders selected for fruit with a uniform red color, they did not realize that the splotchy green patches on wild and heirloom varieties that they got rid of contain chloroplasts essential for sweetness and flavor production, Giovannoni says.

The new study builds on these discoveries by taking a genome-wide look at the chemistry and genetics of hundreds of tomato varieties and connecting the fruit’s chemistry with people’s preferences. The researchers also discovered that when breeders selected for larger fruits, the added girth came at the expense of sweetness: The enzymes required for sugar production got redirected toward bulking up.

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3-D Printing With Cellulose

20th March 2017

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For centuries, cellulose has formed the basis of the world’s most abundantly printed-on material: paper. Now, thanks to new research at MIT, it may also become an abundant material to print with — potentially providing a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently used in 3-D printing materials.

“Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world,” says MIT postdoc Sebastian Pattinson, lead author of a paper describing the new system in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. The paper is co-authored by associate professor of mechanical engineering A. John Hart, the Mitsui Career Development Professor in Contemporary Technology.

Cellulose, Pattinson explains, is “the most important component in giving wood its mechanical properties. And because it’s so inexpensive, it’s biorenewable, biodegradable, and also very chemically versatile, it’s used in a lot of products. Cellulose and its derivatives are used in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, as food additives, building materials, clothing — all sorts of different areas. And a lot of these kinds of products would benefit from the kind of customization that additive manufacturing [3-D printing] enables.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th March 2017

Wooden gears.

Skinners instead of socks.

Portable pizza oven. With cheese on her fingers and sauce on her toes, she shall have pizza wherever she goes.

 

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Indecisive People Rejoice: There’s an iPhone Case That’s Also an Android Phone

16th March 2017

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Ideal for beta males who are afraid to commit.

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Nike Hijab Enrages Right-Wing Joggers: ‘I Will Never Buy Another Nike Product Again’

15th March 2017

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There’s no pleasing some people.

(‘Right-wing joggers’ is a concept like ‘left-wing gun nuts’ — I need to see it before I believe it.)

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‘Five-second rule’ for Food Dropped on the Floor Approved by Germ Scientists

14th March 2017

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Well. There it is.

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A Sommelier Explains Why You Should Buy the Cheapest Bottle on the Wine List

11th March 2017

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Or you could just stick with sweet tea.

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Washing Machine With ‘Curry Mode’ Launched in India

11th March 2017

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Curry stains are notoriously hard to remove. The combination of oil and colourful spices can be enough to ruin any garment.

To solve this long-standing problem Panasonic has introduced a new washing machine for the Indian market which has a special “curry mode” especially designed to tackle the unique challenge posed by the dish.

The Japanese company introduced the curry button after a number of complaints from customers who couldn’t fully remove the food from their clothes using existing machines.

And about time, too.

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Purple America Has All But Disappeared

11th March 2017

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More than 61 percent of voters cast ballots in counties that gave either Clinton or Trump at least 60 percent of the major-party vote last November. That’s up from 50 percent of voters who lived in such counties in 2012 and 39 percent in 1992 — an accelerating trend that confirms that America’s political fabric, geographically, is tearing apart.

Of the nation’s 3,113 counties (or county equivalents), just 303 were decided by single-digit margins — less than 10 percent. In contrast, 1,096 counties fit that description in 1992, even though that election featured a wider national spread.1 During the same period, the number of extreme landslide counties — those decided by margins exceeding 50 percentage points — exploded from 93 to 1,196, or over a third of the nation’s counties.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

11th March 2017

Pocket Microscope.

Instant Pot.

 

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Thought for the Day

6th March 2017

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What’s in Your Fridge?

5th March 2017

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A site that uses the contents of your refrigerator to compose a menu for your meal.

It’s not quite a flying car, but still damned impressive.

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Teenager’s Sickle Cell Reversed With World-First Therapy

5th March 2017

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A French teenager’s sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA.

The world-first procedure at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris offers hope to millions of people with the blood disorder.

Scientists altered the genetic instructions in his bone marrow so it made healthy red blood cells.

So far, the therapy has worked for 15 months and the child is no longer on any medication.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

4th March 2017

Premium Gear Kit car emergency preparedness equipment.

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Tooth-inspired Tech Could Make for Tougher Planes

3rd March 2017

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When it comes to the structural and electronic components of aircraft, they have to be able to stand up to constant mechanical stress and vibrations without cracking, yet they can’t just be soft like rubber. And actually, the same thing applies to the outside of our teeth. Given that fact, a University of Michigan team led by Prof. Nicholas Kotov has created synthetic tooth enamel, which may someday be coming to an airplane near you.

Or maybe not. But still.

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Scientists Say They’re Finally Getting Close to Fusion Power

1st March 2017

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That would be nice. Maybe then the enviro-Nazis would STFU.

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FDA, EPA Approve 3 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes

1st March 2017

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Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials have announced.

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Why Some Cars Have Gas Tank Fillers on the Left or the Right

1st March 2017

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

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How to Eat Like a Viking

1st March 2017

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

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How to Make Chocolate Coconut Banana Pancakes

26th February 2017

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You need to know this. It’s a moral imperative.

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Dallas-Fort Worth & Dayton: World Large City Least Congestion: 2017 Tom Tom Traffic Index

24th February 2017

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Dallas-Fort Worth and Dayton Ohio have the least t traffic congestion among larger cities (urban areas) in the world, according to the 2017 Tom Tom Traffic Index. Dallas-Fort Worth had the shortest average all day delay, at 18 percent of the 43 cities with more than 5 million population. Dallas-Fort Worth also had the least average peak period traffic delay. This is the second year in a row the Dallas Fort Worth has had the best all day traffic congestion. Dayton had the best all day and average peak hour congestion among the 146 cities with between 800,000 and 5,000,000 population and tied with three others for the best in among all cities the least all-day congestion.

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