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Mountain Lion in Crawlspace Causes Commotion in Los Angeles Neighborhood

15th April 2015

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I’d heard that L.A. was full of cougars but I hadn’t realized it was this bad.

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Aluminum Battery Charges in 1 Minute

14th April 2015

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Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world — they’ve replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ever-increasing energy needs. But a new type of aluminum-ion battery developed at Stanford University is not only less explode-y than lithium, but also can be built at a fraction of the price and recharges completely in just over a minute. Best of all, “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it,” Stanford chemistry professor Dai Hongjie boasted in a recent release.

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How To Grow Your Own Furniture

12th April 2015

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An ingenious British designer has come up with the ultimate environmentally-friendly way to create stunning household furniture – by letting Mother Nature do all the hard work.

Gavin Munro grows young trees into specially-designed plastic moulds, pruning and guiding the branches into shape before grafting them together to form ultra-tough joints.

Using this method he’s already created several prototype pieces and has a field in Derbyshire where he’s currently tending a crop of 400 tables, chairs and lampshades which he hopes to harvest next year.

British landlords used to do this, in a more primitive fashion, during the 17th and 18th centuries with their oak trees so that the branches would be the right shape for the knee frames used in building warships.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

12th April 2015

Christos Anesti

 

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Barry’s Coilgun Design Site

11th April 2015

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As William Gibson famously said, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.

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Altamura Man Yields Oldest Neanderthal DNA Sample

11th April 2015

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

11th April 2015

Yoda-Inspired Child’s Bath Towel.

Foldable Ultra-Portable Grill.

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Glowing ‘Tumor Paint’ Shows Surgeons Where to Cut

8th April 2015

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Brain surgery is notoriously complicated. Before surgeons go in to remove a tumor, they study the size and location of the tumor. But once they’re in, they have to rely on their fingers and eyes to distinguish tumor cells from healthy brain cells. Now researchers have developed a “paint” that can be injected into a patient’s veins to make tumor cells glow. After a number of successful studies in mice and dogs, the paint is now being tested in humans in California.

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Mechanical Exoskeleton Makes Walking More Efficient

8th April 2015

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

For the first time, researchers can improve the way humans walk without using an external power source, according to a study published in Nature today. A boot-like exoskeleton that fits into a regular running shoe reduces the energetic costs of walking by about 7 percent. In short, it makes walking less tiring without resorting to a battery pack or a motor — something that could really come in handy for people who have trouble walking, or military personnel in remote areas.

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The Future of Disease Diagnosis Is Here

8th April 2015

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And about fargin time, too.

A long term project of a Massachusetts based company is receiving plenty of press as a potential next generation solution for getting to the bottom of health matters.  Nanobiosym™ (NBS) is an innovative technology, engineering and biomedicine company who has introduced  Gene-RADAR®, a tablet sized device that may revolutionize disease diagnosis. Through your genetic fingerprint, via a drop of blood or saliva, Gene-RADAR is able to diagnose various diseases and conditions.

Think of the time and cost saved with traditional tests. Gene-RADAR can give test results for diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, Ebola, E.Coli. Weeks and hundreds of dollars would quickly be saved with such a handy device. Multiply that over the population of a high risk group and you just justified the investment.

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Apple Eaters Visit the Doctor Just as Often as Everyone Else, Study Finds

8th April 2015

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Studying the eating habits of 8,399 Americans, the researchers separated out a group of 753 who ate at least one small apple every day. These apple eaters were generally healthier and better educated than the general populace, but once the effects of such confounding factors were accounted for, there was no statistical difference to be found. Apple eaters were just as likely to visit the doctor or have an overnight hospital stay as everyone else.

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

This analysis, led by University of Michigan assistant professor Matthew Davis, has a number of important limitations. While its subjects are nationally representative for the US, the data is based on their recall of food consumption over a period of 24 hours, which they assert to be representative of their usual diet. That’s then compared against their hospital or doctor visits over the previous month, which are again self-reported, and the metric for “keeping the doctor away” is to have no more than one meeting with a medical professional during that period. That leaves the nuance of why people might need treatment unaddressed.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Jeb Bush Registered to Vote as “Hispanic” in 2009

6th April 2015

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Hey, he’s more Hispanic than Elizabeth Warren is skraeling — at least he can speak the language.

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What Really Happened to Harry Reid?

5th April 2015

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Someone attacked Harry Reid on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day; that much seems clear from photographs and from the nature of his injuries. So far, to my knowledge, no one has investigated to try to find out what really happened. My “investigation” consisted of answering my telephone. Perhaps those reporters who were so eager to dig through Sarah Palin’s dumpster and track down Mitt Romney’s high school classmates will now swing into action, carry out an actual investigation, and either confirm or refute the events described by Mr. Elliott.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

4th April 2015

Fridge Squircle.

Wide Path Camper. Perfect for SCA events.

Jevo Jello Shot Maker. There are people who need one of these, and you know who you are.

Grappling Hook. Hey, one of these babies can save your life.

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A New Source of Energy In Maryland: Chicken Manure

3rd April 2015

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And you thought Joe Biden was totally useless….

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Notes on the Menendez Indictment

2nd April 2015

Scott Johnson of Powerline fills you in.

The facts alleged in the indictment may to a great extent make out what former Wall Street Journal reporter Brooks Jackson denominated “honest graft.” Much of the indictment is devoted to a recitation of activities that must be business as usual in Washington, or close to it.

The activities itemized in the indictment go back as far as 2006. It is certainly fair to wonder why the indictment has been handed up now and to doubt that Senator Menendez’s leading role criticizing the foreign policy of the Obama administration is merely a big coincidence.

No doubt.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD Found After 500 Years

31st March 2015

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The Register tries to be the tabloid of the tech press and sometimes tries a bit too hard. Still, it’s entertaining.

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Ikea’s Flat-Pack Refugee Shelter Is Entering Production

30th March 2015

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You can get anything at Ikea.

I see these as emergency barracks in combat zones.

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Opossum Peptides Are a Promising New Antivenom

30th March 2015

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Though some may consider them a nuisance, opossums are amazingly hardy and opportunistic eaters, feeding on everything from the contents of a garbage can to fruits or snails. They also eat snakes and, thanks to an evolutionary chemical arms race, are immune to basically every kind of snake venom. Now, a team of researchers has isolated the peptide from the opossum that makes the animals resistant to snake bites, hoping to use it as a new, inexpensive antivenom in humans. The researchers presented their work on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver.

Well, you knew they had to be good for something.

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Google to Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

30th March 2015

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Autodoc, here we come.

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Drinking Coffee Decreases the Odds of Getting Liver Cancer, Study Finds

29th March 2015

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No wonder coffee tastes so much like medicine that most people need cream and sugar in order to choke it down — it actually is medicine.

Who knew?

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Car-Size Salamander With Toilet-Seat Head Ruled Ancient Rivers

28th March 2015

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Slow news day.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

28th March 2015

Pre-Threaded Sewing Kits. For people who do their own plumbing and wind up flooding the neighborhood. You know who you are.

LED Dog Vest. Two words: phone number.

Fold-Flat LED Solar Lantern.

McDonald’s French Fry Gloves. Make you a real good target.

See-Through Sun Visor.

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Chuck Norris Fights for the A-10 Warthog

25th March 2015

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And, really, who could do it better?

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Finally: Sunlight in the Office Cubicle

25th March 2015

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“It’s a great challenge,” said Gordon Gill, a Chicago architect. “Everybody wants the daylight; nobody wants the glare, and you only want the heat when it’s cold outside.”

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The Results of a New Stanford University Study Could Surprise Charter School Critics

24th March 2015

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Yeah, by rubbing their noses in a little reality.

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has a new study out finding urban charter schools outperform traditional public schools (TPS) in urban areas.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Scientists Are Making Chocolate Tastier and More Cancer-Fighting

24th March 2015

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And ya gotta love that.

From a cocoa tree to a candy bar, chocolate undergoes a radical transformation. Workers pick pods from the cacao tree, then remove the bitter seeds from inside the pods to be fermented, then dried in the sun. The dried seeds are then roasted and combined with sugar, milk and other ingredients to create the final product.

The delicious stuff loses some of its nutritious components during this process, such as polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties that have been shown to help stave off cancer and heart disease. To preserve more antioxidant activity, the researchers decided to add one extra step to the chocolate production process: storing the pods for a few days after they’re harvested but before removing the seeds to be fermented and dried. This isn’t traditionally done, and they didn’t know what effect this step would have on the nutritional content, so the researchers tested different storage times for 300 pods. They found that the ideal storage time was seven days; when the seeds were then processed as usual after that storage time, they maintained more antioxidants than seeds that were not stored or were stored for more time. The researchers believe that the stored beans were higher in antioxidants because they had the time to absorb more nutrients from their outer husks, but not so much time that they started to break down.

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“Bionic Leaf” Makes Fuel From Sunlight

24th March 2015

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Here’s a new way to make fuel from sunlight: starve a microbe nearly to death, then feed it carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced with the help of voltage from a solar panel. A newly developed bioreactor feeds microbes with hydrogen from water split by special catalysts connected in a circuit with photovoltaics. Such a batterylike system may beat either purely biological or purely technological systems at turning sunlight into fuels and other useful molecules, the researchers now claim.

“We think we can do better than plants,” says Joseph Torella of Boston Consulting Group, who helped lead the work published February 9 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Nano-Architecture

21st March 2015

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To visit the lab of Caltech materials ­scientist Julia Greer is to enter a realm where the ordinary rules of physical stuff don’t seem to apply. Greer designs and builds nanomaterials that behave in ways surprising to those of us who spend our days in a world where strong materials like ceramic and steel tend to be heavy, while lightweight ones are weak. When Greer controls architecture at the nanoscale, the rules change.

If materials like Greer’s could be produced in large quantities, they could replace composites and other materials used in a wide range of applications, because they’d be just as strong at a fraction of the weight. Another possibility is to greatly increase the energy density of batteries—the amount of power they can hold at a given size. To do that, researchers have been trying to develop electrodes that are lighter than the ones used in today’s batteries but can store more energy. However, promising electrode materials such as silicon are prone to cracking under strain. An electrode made by coating a metal nanolattice with silicon could have crack-resistant toughness in its very structure. The key to creating such wondrous materials is an arsenal of specialized machines—some of which Greer has rebuilt to suit her purposes—that make it possible to precisely control structure at the nanoscale over relatively large areas.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st March 2015

Analog Memory Desk,

Blue Freedom Portable Hydropower Plant.

Briefcase Barbecue.

Pick-Pocket-Proof Pants.

eTape16 digital measuring tape.

Nite Ize Gear Tie.

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Ireland Enters Nationwide Recovery

18th March 2015

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Happy St Patrick’s Day.

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Scientists Discover How to Change Human Leukemia Cells Into Harmless Immune Cells

17th March 2015

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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that when a certain aggressive leukemia is causing havoc in the body, the solution may be to force the cancer cells to grow up and behave.

After a chance observation in the lab, the researchers found a method that can cause dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells known as macrophages.

That sounds pretty useful.

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Solar-Powered Membrane Separates Water Into Hydrogen and Oxygen Without Exploding

17th March 2015

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And ya gotta love that.

Author Nate Lewis and his colleagues at Caltech created a thin coating of nickel oxide that can be applied to semi-conductors made of silicon or other materials–a setup that acts like an artificial leaf, using sunlight to power the system. When introduced to water, one side of the ‘leaf’ oxidizes the water, releasing oxygen, while the other side gathers the hydrogen.

A membrane keeps the newly separated hydrogen and oxygen isolated from each other, which helps reduce the risk of explosion. If heat (or electricity) is added to a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen the results can be incredibly explosive, much more so than each gas on its own. Check out the differences in burning oxygen, hydrogen, and a mix of the two in the video below.

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Spain Finds Don Quixote Writer Cervantes’ Tomb in Madrid

17th March 2015

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

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The First Silicene Transistors Promise More Powerful Electronics

17th March 2015

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If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A University of Texas-Austin engineer has made the first transistors from silicene, moving the material closer to its potential to create more powerful devices.

Silicene is made of an atom-thick layer of silicon that, like graphene, can move data much faster than the silicon found in current electronics. While it lacks some of graphene’s other impressive qualities and is still extremely difficult to make, researchers are interested in it because of its relationship to silicon. Modern electronics rely on a highly developed silicon-manufacturing industry. Once silicene production is more reliable, it wouldn’t be as complicated or expensive to switch to silicene as it would be to switch to graphene.

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First Manganese-based Superconductor Discovered

15th March 2015

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And about time, too.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th March 2015

Suit Up With These 3 Pieces of Bulletproof Businesswear.

Hello Kitty Chainsaw.  I am not making this up.

Pop-Up Cardboard Furniture.

Home-Made HDTV Antenna.

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Grizzly Defense: Former Marine’s Invention Could Aid Escape From Bears

14th March 2015

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Just in case you were worried about that. I know I was.

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Ultrasound Restores Memory To Mice With Alzheimer’s

13th March 2015

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Great news … if you’re a mouse. (Really, what do mice have to remember? That steamy fling in Paris?)

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US Students Are Fleeing Law Schools and Pouring Into Engineering

13th March 2015

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A good sign. Wish I’d done that myself.

 

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Breakthrough DNA Editor Borne of Bacteria

10th March 2015

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It was only in 2012 that Doudna, Charpentier and their colleagues offered the first demonstration of CRISPR’s potential. They crafted molecules that could enter a microbe and precisely snip its DNA at a location of the researchers’ choosing. In January 2013, the scientists went one step further: They cut out a particular piece of DNA in human cells and replaced it with another one.

In the same month, separate teams of scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute reported similar success with the gene-editing tool. A scientific stampede commenced, and in just the past two years, researchers have performed hundreds of experiments on CRISPR. Their results hint that the technique may fundamentally change both medicine and agriculture.

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Reading Our Genome Is Tough, But Epigenetics Is Giving Us Valuable Clues

10th March 2015

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Just about every cell in a human body has the same DNA, packaged into the same chromosomes. But cells differentiate, growing into different tissue types with different functions. The epigenome works through molecules like methyl and acetyl groups that wheedle their way into DNA, exposing different genes to the machinery that reads them and makes proteins. That helps control when or whether those proteins get made at all, and it’s also critical to that process of differentiation. “In each cell type, it unravels just the right genes,” says Brad Bernstein, a biologist at Harvard University. “It unravels just the right switches.

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Your Subconscious Is Smarter Than You Might Think

10th March 2015

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A recent experiment by a team from Israel scores points against this position. Ran Hassin and colleagues used a neat visual trick called Continuous Flash Suppression to put information into participants’ minds without them becoming consciously aware of it. It might sound painful, but in reality it’s actually quite simple. The technique takes advantage of the fact that we have two eyes and our brain usually attempts to fuse the two resulting images into a single coherent view of the world. Continuous Flash Suppression uses light-bending glasses to show people different images in each eye. One eye gets a rapid succession of brightly coloured squares which are so distracting that when genuine information is presented to the other eye, the person is not immediately consciously aware of it. In fact, it can take several seconds for something that is in theory perfectly visible to reach awareness (unless you close one eye to cut out the flashing squares, then you can see the ‘suppressed’ image immediately).

Doesn’t surprise me.

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Stopping HIV With an Artificial Protein

10th March 2015

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For 30 years, researchers have struggled to determine which immune responses best foil HIV, information that has guided the design of AIDS vaccines and other prevention approaches. Now, a research team has shown that a lab-made molecule that mimics an antibody from our immune system may have more protective power than anything the body produces, keeping four monkeys free of HIV infection despite injection of large doses of the virus.

Great news if you’re a monkey.

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Graveyard of Giant Lemurs Discovered Underwater in Madagascar

9th March 2015

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Not the sort of thing one is accustomed to seeing in National Geographic.

Soon to be a major motion picture, I have no doubt.

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Arrest Rates: Ferguson v. People’s Republic of Santa Monica, CA

9th March 2015

Steve Sailer runs the numbers.

 

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French Thumb Noses at EU Spanking Ruling

8th March 2015

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The Council of Europe is very unhappy that the French government won’t ban spanking. The BBC reports on a new non-binding ruling by the Council’s European Committee of Social Rights finding that France’s corporal punishment laws were “not sufficiently clear, binding and specific.” The French government was unimpressed.

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Man Finds Secret Message in Frosted Flakes Box

8th March 2015

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The message itself is rather disappointing.

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Little Ellie Born Without Genetic Disease Thanks to Pioneering ‘Designer Baby’ Technique

7th March 2015

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BABY Ellie Cross was born free of a genetic disease which could have claimed her life, thanks to a pioneering technique.

Her mother, Jess Fenwick, had a 50 per cent chance of passing on neurofibromatosis.

The condition causes tumours to grow along nerve endings.

Over time these can become cancerous and threaten the life of sufferers.

To prevent her much-wanted baby inheriting the disease, Jess underwent embryo selection, or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Doctors found an embryo free from the faulty gene, fertilised it with sperm from Jess’s partner Paul Cross, 39, then implanted it in her womb.

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Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala to Run Clinton Foundation as Hillary Prepares Possible 2016 Run

7th March 2015

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The Crust take care of their own.

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