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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st June 2014

Vessyl. More here.

Gerber Artifact.

Tool Trolley. (Yes, it really is $1781.)

Jim Beam Pancake Syrup. (If you can’t afford the Tool Trolley.)

Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block.

Nose Up Bridge Straightening Beauty Clip.

CaffeinAll.

Laptop Beverage Holder.

Shell Stools.

Anti-Cheating Ring.

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This Nuclear Power Plant Fits on a Semi and Can’t Melt Down

20th June 2014

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NuScale plants would be built around 45-megawatt reactors assembled in factories, shipped to existing power plants on trucks and brought online as needed. While a traditional 1,000-megawatt reactor can easily cost $5 billion and take ten years to build, factory-assembled SMRs have the potential to slash costs and halve the time required to add new nuclear generation to the grid.

The eco-Nazis will still fight it tooth and nail.

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Arizona Candidate Who Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez Removed From Ballot

19th June 2014

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The grandson of labor icon Cesar Chavez trumpeted a judge’s ruling that invalidated the ballot of an Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez to attract Latino voters.

Alejandro Chavez said he was glad Scott Fistler had been “prevented from representing and defrauding” the people of the 7th Congressional District. Fistler was removed from the ballot Tuesday because of invalid nomination signatures.

Shucks — I was looking forward to seeing how that would play out.

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Move Over, Silicon, There’s a New Circuit in Town

18th June 2014

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When it comes to electronics, silicon will now have to share the spotlight. In a paper recently published in Nature Communications, researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering describe how they have overcome a major issue in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors. This hybrid could take the place of silicon as the traditional transistor material used in electronic chips, since carbon nanotubes are more transparent, flexible, and can be processed at a lower cost.

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Gene ‘Switch’ Reverses Cancer in Common Childhood Leukaemia Model

18th June 2014

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Melbourne researchers have shown a type of leukaemia can be successfully ‘reversed’ by coaxing the cancer cells back into normal development.

The discovery was made using a model of B-progenitor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (B-ALL), the most common cancer affecting children.

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A ‘Bionic Pancreas’ Might Transform How Diabetes Is Managed

17th June 2014

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Scientists have successfully tested a “bionic pancreas” on 20 adults and 32 teenagers with Type 1 diabetes for five days, reports the Associated Press. The pancreas is a wearable device that continuously monitors a patient’s blood sugar levels and administers insulin automatically, when needed. And, unlike other wearables currently in the works, this one was able to correct low blood sugar levels, as well as high.

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Saudi Arabia Rejects Foreign Interference in Iraq

17th June 2014

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And we see how effective that has been. (I didn’t know it was up to them.)

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The Fuel Cell for Home

15th June 2014

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They are as compact as classical gas heaters that only produce heat. Moreover, they can comfortably be mounted on the wall and easily be maintained. With an output of one kilowatt, they cover the average current consumption for a four-person household. The Federal Ministry of Transport and digital infrastructure BMVI is promoting Callux. Currently, in the European demonstration project ene.field (www.enefield.eu), about 150 further units are being installed in several European countries. In addition, Vaillant started the production of a small-scale series in early 2014. Parallel to the practical test, the two partners are already working on new models. „Now, it’s all about decreasing production costs and increasing the lifetime of the equipment,“ says Jahn.

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Future Electric Car Batteries May Not Be What We Expect

15th June 2014

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The new aluminum air battery would recharge by filling it up with water.

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Bussard’s Polywell Fusion Passes a Major Test

15th June 2014

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The paper simply reports experimental results validating the concept that plasma confinement is enhanced in a magnetic cusp configuration. Basically, the work and experiments take Dr. Bussard’s ideas to a new level with an experiment set that proves the theory to a higher energy level. It is welcome news, years in the making.

The paper simply reports experimental results validating the concept that plasma confinement is enhanced in a magnetic cusp configuration. Basically, the work and experiments take Dr. Bussard’s ideas to a new level with an experiment set that proves the theory to a higher energy level. It is welcome news, years in the making. – See more at: http://newenergyandfuel.com/http:/newenergyandfuel/com/2014/06/10/bussards-polywell-fusion-passes-a-major-test/#sthash.0Ojjiz4m.dpuf

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th June 2014

Dusk Activated Half Acre Mosquito Trap

SmartJars.

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Stronger-Than-Steel Fibre Spun From Wood

13th June 2014

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Researchers at KTH have developed a way to make biodegradable cellulose fibres that are stronger than steel or aluminium when weight is taken into account.

The technique draws on the cellulose fibres that make up a tree. Each single fibre is composed of as many as 40 million smaller fibres, or “fibrils”. While these fibrils have been separated from each other before, the KTH researchers and their collaborators in Germany succeeded in doing what no one else has. Fredrik Lundell, one of the researchers, says the team bound these fibrils together into filaments as strong as the original fibre in the tree. The filaments offer a wide range of uses, from manufacturing to clothing.

“We have taken out fibrils from natural cellulose fibres,” Lundell says. “Then we have assembled fibrils again into very strong filament. It is about 10 to 20 microns thick, much like a strand of hair.”

The research offers potential for creating natural clothing textiles based on wood instead of cotton, or even replacing fiberglass in cars, trucks and boats.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Are Flying the Confederate Flag

12th June 2014

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The self-proclaimed leaders of the so-called people’s republic of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine are taking some tips from the U.S., but in a way that most people will not find palatable: They adopted a modified version of the Confederate Flag. It holds no meaning in Eastern Europe, so to whom are these Russian-backed fighters trying to appeal?

Perhaps they’re trying to qualify for the Southern Poverty Law Center to designate them as a hate group.

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How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name

11th June 2014

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And you can sometimes make a good guess at her race, as well.

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The Power of Fat

11th June 2014

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Analysing fat obtained through liposuction, the team of researchers and plastic surgeons had discovered an abundance of adult stem cells! It was an extraordinary find: it was in part the scarcity of adult stem cells, after all, that had stymied organ regeneration efforts in the past.

Stem cells can be tapped as engines of regeneration  because they have not yet committed to a specific cell fate. They are so pliable that they can be converted into a variety of prized cell types, such as neurons or beating heart cells, if exposed to the proper chemical and environmental cues in the lab. That makes them ideally suited to repair or regenerate diseased organs and tissues. For example, if the heart is damaged and scarred by a severe heart attack, stem cells could be used to replace the scar tissue with beating heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes).

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Grocery Deliveries in Sharing Economy

11th June 2014

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When you buy groceries from Instacart, the company summons a green-shirted “personal shopper” through the firm’s smartphone app. The shopper receives your list, scurries through a grocery store to pick up your items and then heads across town in his own car to deliver your stuff.

Despite its low-cost business model, Instacart isn’t cheap. The service charges a delivery fee of $3.99 for most orders, and it also makes money by marking up store prices. The amounts vary depending on the item, but I noticed Instacart’s prices coming in at about 20 percent more than I could find at my local store.

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California Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

10th June 2014

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A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprive students of their right to an education under the state Constitution. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states.

“Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students,” Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court wrote in the ruling. “The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience.”

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Earth Was Hit by Giant Object as Big as Mars 4.5B Years Ago

10th June 2014

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resh evidence has been uncovered for the theory that our moon was created by a collision between Earth and a planet-sized object some 4.5 billion years ago. German scientists studied moon rocks gathered by astronauts nearly a half-century ago in the Apollo 11, 12 and 16 missions.

They say the results show Earth was hit by a huge object called ‘Theia’ which led to the moon’s formation. They analysed various kinds of oxygen atoms and found the moon rocks have a different makeup than Earth rocks do.

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Are Butter, Cheese, and Meat That Bad?

8th June 2014

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Hint: No. (Of course, This Is CNN, so I’d check another source if I were you.)

For the past four decades, we’ve been told to stay away from red meat, dairy and cheese — foods high in saturated fats — because saturated fat is bad for the heart.

But investigative reporter Nina Teicholz says that isn’t the case.

“When the dietary recommendations came out in 1961 saying that saturated fat causes heart disease, that was based on total cholesterol,” Teicholz said. “But our understanding of heart disease has evolved enormously.”

She said the science condemning saturated fats just isn’t there. In her new book, “The Big Fat Surprise,” Teicholz writes that the low-fat, fruit- and vegetable-filled diet that you thought was healthy doesn’t have all the benefits it claims.

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Lovecraftian Bestiary

7th June 2014

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

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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

7th June 2014

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In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.

In both mice and a Phase 1 human clinical trial, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles then “flipped a regenerative switch,” changing the signaling pathways for hematopoietic stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems, the research showed.

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Obesity Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss Almost Impossible

7th June 2014

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As incredible as it sounds, that’s what the evidence is showing. For psychologist Traci Mann, who has spent 20 years running an eating lab at the University of Minnesota, the evidence is clear. “It couldn’t be easier to see,” she says. “Long-term weight loss happens to only the smallest minority of people.”

We all think we know someone in that rare group. They become the legends — the friend of a friend, the brother-in-law, the neighbour — the ones who really did it.

But if we check back after five or 10 years, there’s a good chance they will have put the weight back on. Only about five per cent of people who try to lose weight ultimately succeed, according to the research. Those people are the outliers, but we cling to their stories as proof that losing weight is possible.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

7th June 2014

Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station.

BT1-11 Foldable Lonely Tent.

KLAX.

Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie. I am not making this up.

Smart Garden Tools.

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Growing Bricks

6th June 2014

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bioMASON is a unique biotechnology start-up manufacturing company with a natural process that will revolutionize the building and construction industry. bioMASON employs natural microorganisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based masonry building materials.

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Diamond Jubilee State Coach

4th June 2014

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Pretty cool.

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Why Everything You Heard About Fat Is Wrong

1st June 2014

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In the past decade a growing number of studies have questioned the anti-fat orthodoxy. Ms Teicholz’s book follows the work of Gary Taubes, a science journalist who has cast doubts on the link between saturated fat and health for well over a decade—and been much disparaged for his pains. There is increasing evidence that a bigger culprit is most likely insulin, a hormone; insulin levels rise when one eats carbohydrates. Yet even now, with more attention devoted to the dangers posed by sugar, saturated fat remains maligned. “It seems now that what sustains it,” argues Ms Teicholz, “is not so much science as generations of bias and habit.”

Think about that, then, next time some Occupy Wall Street slacker gets in your face about Global Warming.

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Diary of a Cartoonist: Dilbert Creator Scott Adams

31st May 2014

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Today I drew a comic of a dinosaur that is sort of a mascot for CalendarTree. When people ask what I do for the startup, I’m going to mention the dinosaur sketch because everything else I do involves pushing paper around and cursing the government for making my life unnecessarily complicated. I always promised myself I wouldn’t become a grumpy old white guy who hates the government, but as time passes, that lifestyle choice just makes sense.

Yup, couldn’t agree more.

This year I gave up on using to-do lists because there were so many things to do that it was no longer practical to keep the list updated. Now I use a simpler system that depends on my frustrated colleagues asking me if I saw an email about something I was supposed to do. I reply that it’s next on my list. Then I do it next. I’m officially a bad person now. The transformation was alarmingly seamless.

Know how that works, too.

Today my lawyer sent me some documents that have no functional use, and yet the government requires that I get them signed. Sometimes I think this country needs two governments. The second government’s only job would be to actively prevent the first government from needlessly annoying the citizens. The system would be twice as expensive in the beginning, but I think we’d come out ahead in the long run.

And that is the most sensible thing you’re going to read today, I guarantee it.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

31st May 2014

Travel Alarm Clock with Dual LED Flashlight.

eCool Geothermal Beer Cooler.

Pepper-Spray-Plus-Camera.

This Glass Toaster Costs $1,000—But It Can Cook Steak.

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SCIENCE Explains Why You LOVE the Smell of BACON

30th May 2014

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Not that anyone really needs a reason.

The video explains that bacon’s smell is the result of a process known as the Maillard Reaction, in which sugars break down and combine with amino acids to form any of 150 different organic compounds.

Among those compounds, researchers say, is a collection of aldehydes, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen-containing pyridines and pyrazines which humans (and most other carnivorous or omnivorous species) find so enticing. That collection of compounds is unique to bacon and is not produced when other types of pork are fried.

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Lasers Can Help Damaged Teeth Grow Back, Researchers Say

28th May 2014

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When you damage a tooth, your dentist usually uses a filling or a crown to patch it up. But eventually, researchers say that your dentist might just point a laser at it, encouraging the tooth to regrow on its own. While it’s no surprise that light causes reactions in the human body, some researchers have been trying to determine whether specific wavelengths of light might be able to trigger specific healing properties when focused on a certain area of the body. In this case, the researchers pointed an infrared laser at a hole drilled into a rat’s tooth and found that it encouraged dentin — the material that makes up a tooth’s core — to grow back more than it otherwise would have.

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Sir Christopher Lee Releases Heavy Metal Album Inspired by ‘Don Quixote’

28th May 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Solar Roadways

26th May 2014

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I suspect that it’s just another scam to get taxpayer subsidies into well-connected pockets, but you never know.

I want to see how they solve the problem of ghetto kids who pry them up and sell them to make drug money.

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How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons in Just One Year

24th May 2014

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‘The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.’

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

24th May 2014

Active Wedding Rings.

Original Stitch custom shirt generator.

Tie Fighter Rings.

Wallet Ninja.

Light switch decals.

Kangaroo light.

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Awesomely Gross Medical Illustrations From the 19th Century

23rd May 2014

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Presented here pro bono publico because it’s been that kind of a day.

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Scots Team Builds SONIC SCREWDRIVER to Repair Damaged Derves

19th May 2014

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BBC references aside, the instrument’s proper name is a Heptagon Acoustic Tweezer, and it has been developed to maneuver cells into patterns so that they can be used to repair damage to the human body.

The device uses the interference pattern produced at the intersection of two waves of sound to manipulate the tiny cells within a culture of phosphate-buffered saline. The sound system managed to align 25–50,000 cells in experiments.

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Opossums: Survival Machines

19th May 2014

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

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Harvard Researchers Develop Bioplastic Made From Shrimp Shells

19th May 2014

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In their search for sustainable materials that can be mass produced, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering turned to an unexpected source: shrimp.

The team developed a bioplastic from chitosan, a form of chitin, which the second most abundant organic material on Earth. The majority of available chitin in the world comes from discarded shrimp shells. Wyss Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Javier Fernández, Ph.D., spoke to FoxNews.com about his lab’s work.

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The Strange, Secret History of Isaac Newton’s Papers

18th May 2014

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When Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, he left behind no will and an enormous stack of papers. His surviving correspondences, notes, and manuscripts contain an estimated 10 million words, enough to fill up roughly 150 novel-length books. There are pages upon pages of scientific and mathematical brilliance. But there are also pages that reveal another side of Newton, a side his descendants tried to keep hidden from the public.

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Boffins Debunk Red Wine Miracle Antioxidant Myth

17th May 2014

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Saddening news from US researchers who have demonstrated that quaffing red wine doesn’t confer some of the alleged benefits attributed to the tipple, specifically the ability of the antioxidant resveratrol to “reduce deaths, cardiovascular disease or cancer”.

Resveratrol is found in red plonk, dark chocolate and some berries, and as this report from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine puts it, caused a bit of a stir when studies showed “anti-inflammatory effects in lower organisms and increased lifespan in mice fed a high-calorie diet rich in the compound”.

However, the John Hopkins team soberly asserts: “These foods may still be good for you, but resveratrol is not the reason.”

Can Global Warming be far behind?

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‘Metal-Eating’ Plant Capable of Absorbing 18,000 PPM of Nickel

17th May 2014

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Researchers determined that a plant like Rinorea niccolifera can be used when removing metallic materials from a polluted ecosystem.

Once the plant absorbs a significant amount of metal, they can also be harvested for their commercially valuable contents, according to the release.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

17th May 2014

Jag Grill BBQ Table.

iStick.

Cover Blubber.

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Homeowner Uses AR-15 to Shoot Home Invader Armed with Handgun

14th May 2014

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The homeowner, who then pulled his AR-15 from under the bed, said, “I peeked around the corner, saw a tall, slender black gentleman standing over me with a pistol.” The intruder fired a 9mm round at Haith and missed. Haith returned fire with the AR-15, striking the intruder in “the stomach and shoulder.”

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400 Years of Beautiful, Historical, and Powerful Globes

13th May 2014

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To look at an ancient globe is to look at the Earth as it was seen by the people of another time. It reflects their understanding of the continents and seas, and it captures political divisions that have long since shifted. Even the typography and colors of a globe are indicative of the time and place of its origin, says Sylvia Sumira, a London-based conservator of ancient globes.

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This Giant 3D Printer Built 10 Houses in Just 1 Day

11th May 2014

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Using a mixture of construction waste (a mixture of sand, concrete and glass fiber) and concrete for printing material, a single-story, one-room house can be printed for less than $5,000.

Using a 6.6-meter-tall, 32-meter-long industrial printer a Chinese company is using 3D-printing technology to build cheap housing for modernizing housing conditions in Chinese villages.

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Mind-controlled Prosthetic Arm From Segway Inventor Gets FDA Approval

11th May 2014

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Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department’s advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a mind-controlled prosthetic limb called the DEKA Arm. A number of other scientists and engineers around the world are working on similar devices, but this is the first such prosthetic to get FDA approval. The prosthetic device comes from a company founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and it is roughly the size and weight of an adult arm.

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To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

11th May 2014

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A new study—conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer—finds that people remember lectures better when they’ve taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones.

What’s more, knowing how and why typed notes can be bad doesn’t seem to improve their quality. Even if you warn laptop-notetakers ahead of time, it doesn’t make a difference. For some tasks, it seems, handwriting’s just better.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Online Tests Are the Latest Gateway to Landing a New Job

11th May 2014

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At T-Mobile and legions of other companies, Web-based tests have become a key gateway to landing a job, a potent screening tool that can effectively bump a résumé to the top or bottom of a manager’s pile.

Providers say the tests hold the promise of leveling the playing field for job applicants by removing the chance of bias that comes with a traditional résumé screening. The tests can’t distinguish, for example, if a candidate didn’t attend a top-tier college, is currently unemployed or is a woman or minority.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

10th May 2014

Golden Goose device.

Hugelkultur.

Bookshelf chair.

Hubless spokeless bike.

SaddleBaby.

Drinkable book purifies water.

Mellow foolproof sous-vide machine.

Distance bug vacuum.

Magic Tank.

Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener.

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The Hidden Psychology Of Ordering Food Online

8th May 2014

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If you’ve ever stopped for gas in the mid-Atlantic, it might have been at a Sheetz–a major convenience store brand with 450 locations. Rural gas stations aren’t usually the petri dish of prescient technology concepts, but back in 1993, the chain began experimenting with touchscreens to order deli sandwiches. More than 20 years on, Sheetz says the touchscreens (called “order points”) haven’t just become a part of their brand–they actually encourage people to try new foods–and order more of them.

CEO Joe Sheetz told me the touchscreens had some intended effects, too: They reduced the number of times customers claimed sandwiches were made incorrectly, increased turnaround time for the kitchen, and helped upsell items by steering customers towards ordering more toppings.

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