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There’s a Growing Body of Evidence That Butter Is Actually Good for You

14th February 2017

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HAH!

So much for scientific ‘consensus’.

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UK Prof Claims to Have First Practical Blueprint of a Quantum Computer

14th February 2017

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Professor Winfried Hensinger is head of a team that has published an open-access paper in the Science Advances journal. He is quoted as saying: “For many years, people said that it was completely impossible to construct an actual quantum computer. With our work we have not only shown that it can be done but now we are delivering a nuts-and-bolts construction plan to build an actual large-scale machine.”

The design involves multiple trapped ion-based scalable quantum computing modules with an architecture based on long-wavelength radiation quantum gates. Hensinger’s team say modules could be built using silicon microfabrication techniques that are within reach of current technology. A high-threshold surface error correction code can be implemented in the architecture to execute fault-tolerant operations.

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World’s First Commercial Flying Car Is Now on Sale

14th February 2017

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And about time, too.

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Flat Lens Promises Possible Revolution in Optics

13th February 2017

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Shapes on the surface of this lens are smaller than the wavelength of light involved: a thousandth of a millimetre.

The advantage, Prof Capasso said, is that these “metalenses” avoid shortfalls – called aberrations – that are inherent in traditional glass optics.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

11th February 2017

Bacon Grill.

Zojirushi travel mug.  I have one of their bread machines, and it rocks.

Tazer Pulse.

All-In-One Solar Powered Generator Briefcase.

Bi?m butter sprayer.

Electric Racklette Party Grill.

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Pulley-Operated Elevator Lets You Sit to Go Up Stairs

10th February 2017

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Fine. How do you get back down again? And what happens if you’re down and it’s up?

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KFC Launches the ‘Chizza’: Pizza on a Fried Chicken Base

9th February 2017

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Touted as “all chicken, no crust,” the base is made of 100% chicken fillet and then topped with “100% mozzarella cheese” and “sauce made from California tomatoes.”

Further toppings on offer include ham, pineapple and KFC sauce.

Is this a great country, or what?

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LED lights on a fretboard seem like the obvious way to learn guitar

8th February 2017

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

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Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows Developed for the First Time Using CRISPR Technology

8th February 2017

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Let’s all watch the eco-Nazis freak.

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MSG Additive Used in Chinese Food Is Actually Good for You, Scientist Claims

8th February 2017

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Let’s hope this ‘scientist’ isn’t one of the guys massaging the Global Warming data.

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The Israeli Company That Built a Wall Around Gaza Wants to Build Donald Trump’s Wall on the Mexican Border

5th February 2017

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Sounds like a plan.

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Chinese Factory Replaces 90% Of Human Workers With Robots. Production Rises by 250%, Defects Drop by 80%

5th February 2017

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Welcome to the future.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

4th February 2017

Tabletop Moonshine Still.

HUDWAY Glass Head-Up Navigation Display.

CouchCoaster.

Granite Mortar & Pestle.

Justin Case Lightweight Kayak.

Book Holder Floor Stand.

Nostalgia Breakfast Station.

 

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Google Lets You Specify Recipe Searches With Suggested Flavors and Ingredients

3rd February 2017

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We have the technology.

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The Anonymous Pro-Trump ‘Decius’ Now Works Inside the White House

2nd February 2017

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The reporters peppering Spicer with questions were unlikely to know it, but the wallflower watching over the proceedings happened to be the leading conservative intellectual to argue for the election of Donald Trump. His pseudonymous essays during the campaign sparked more discussion—and disputation—among thinkers on the right than just about anyone else’s. Rush Limbaugh spent hours on his radio show promoting what he hailed as the writer’s “shaming” of the Never Trump conservatives. Leading conservative opponents of Trump, like New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, published critical responses to his most widely read essay. The writer even granted a postelection interview to the New Yorker, on the condition that his real identity not be revealed. The magazine described him as among those trying “to build a governing ideology” around Trump.

It is a mark of how far ‘journalism’ has fallen from it’s glory days that you have to go to the second or third paragraph in a story in order to find the topic paragraph — if, indeed, it even has one.

For Decius, the stakes for the 2016 election were civilizational, a choice between a continuation of corrupt republicanism in the service of progressive ideals and a disruption of that arc.

And that pretty much nails it.

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New Organisms Have Been Formed Using the First Ever 6-letter Genetic Code

29th January 2017

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Scientists have engineered the first ever ‘semi-synthetic’ organisms, by breeding E. coli bacteria with an expanded, six-letter genetic code.

While every living thing on Earth is formed according to a DNA code made up of four bases (represented by the letters G, T, C and A), these modified E. coli carry an entirely new type of DNA, with two additional DNA bases, X and Y, nestled in their genetic code.

 The question is, how does that affect the activity of the cells? Do they express new proteins? If so, what do those proteins do?

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This Machine Will Serve You a Free Big Mac

29th January 2017

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And you don’t even have to speak Spanish.

McDonald’s may have come up with a new twist on the fast-food restaurant experience that has nothing to do with what’s on the menu — doing away with interaction between customers and employees.

Thank you, $15-an-hour minimum wage.

The giant chain next Tuesday plans to operate what it calls a “customized digital Big Mac ATM” at its 540 Commonwealth Ave. location in Kenmore Square. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the high-tech vending machine will dispense Big Macs — at no charge.

Of course, you have to be in Taxachusetts to get one.

But that doesn’t mean lunch will be free. To get a Mac Jr. or a Grand Mac — both new sizes — customers will have to enter their Twitter handles on the machine’s touchscreen. Before they can even take a bite out of a burger, the machine will generate a tweet from their personal account that reads: “Check out the new Big Mac.”

If you’re not paying, then you’re the product.

“It’s really just a fun way to be modern and progressive,” said Vince Spadea, a McDonald’s franchisee who is part of a cooperative of owners. “I think we’ll have lines out the door.”

Not to mention the unemployment lines.

The machine, Spadea said, is being used primarily as a marketing tool, not the first step toward employee-less McDonald’s restaurants.

And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

UPDATE: McDonalds answers $15 minimum wage with the Big Mac ATM

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New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess

29th January 2017

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A landmark study published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, has found that there are two prescription drugs that seem to enhance chess-playing ability.

The drugs are methylphenidate, which is most commonly marketed as Ritalin (by Novartis), and modafinil, which is sold as Alertec, Modavigil and Provigil. The study also measured the effects of caffeine and found, not surprisingly, that it also had an ameliorative impact.

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Run for Office

29th January 2017

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Quit whining, start running.

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The Mind-Blowing AI Announcement From Google That You Probably Missed

29th January 2017

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Stop and think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. A neural computing system designed to translate content from one human language into another developed its own internal language to make the task more efficient. Without being instructed to. In a matter of weeks.

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USEFUL STUFF SATUDAY

28th January 2017

Ultimate Adventure Vehicle.

The Beard Bib.

Thermobest Gloves.

Bacon Toaster.

 

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What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

27th January 2017

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Hint: Everybody saves money

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Donald Trump Just Met With the CEOs of Detroit’s Big Three Automakers. Here’s How It Went

24th January 2017

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Trump is in the process of peeling away on of the core Democrat coalition groups. The man is an artist.

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How to Make a Survival Whistle From a Soup Can

24th January 2017

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Yeah, you laugh now, but mark my words….

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Is This Sewing Robot the Future of Fashion?

24th January 2017

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… Sewbo, a process that chemically stiffens fabrics in order to allow automated sewing robots to produce a full garment. Currently, factories rely on humans to guide fabrics through machines and weave them through assembly lines.

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Five Architectural Easter Eggs Hiding on Gothic Cathedrals

21st January 2017

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The excellent thing about architectural easter eggs, be they tongue-in-cheek, carved out of spite, or simply placed as a fun treat awaiting an observant eye, is that they endure in the landscape around us, becoming a sneaky and often confusing part of history. Here are five hidden carvings that dot historic structures with a bit of human nature.

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

Here’s a similar feature from Trumbull College at Yale:

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Scientists Develop Molecule That Reverses Antibiotic Resistance

21st January 2017

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Researchers have developed a molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance in multiple strains of bacteria at once.

Infections which were previously easily treatable have grown immune to antibiotics – but scientists have now created a molecule that attacks an enzyme which makes bacteria resistant.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st January 2017

Zera Kitchen Food Composter. This is really clever.

Pop-Up Hot Dog and Bun Toaster. This is less so, but still clever.

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MIT Introduces Breakthrough Material 10 Times Stronger Than Steel

19th January 2017

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Exciting stuff.

Fortunately there’s no government bureaucracy to be navigated at great time and expense before it will be lawful to use it. (Your tax dollars at work….)

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2016’s Record Warmth Brought Record Crop Yields, Fewer Storms

19th January 2017

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How about that Global Warming, eh? Rising sea levels nipping at your toes yet?

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Massive Alligator Caught on Video Is Not a Hoax

18th January 2017

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Well, that’s a relief.

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Building Your Own Custom AK

17th January 2017

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

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

14th January 2017

Orbit Lawn Watering Soaker Irrigator.

Magnasonic Cleaner.

LED Candles with Timer and Remote. Add a mini-microwave and I’m in.

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Why Do We Have an Appendix? Scientists Have Discovered Its Purpose and It’s Really Important

13th January 2017

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I guess that’s why they keep taking ’em out — they want it for themselves.

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A Comprehensive List of Everyone Donald Trump Has Appointed to His Cabinet So Far

13th January 2017

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as president in seven days. Here’s who the president-elect has named to his cabinet so far.

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Bourbon Industry Mourns the Death of Legendary Distiller Parker Beam

13th January 2017

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The Beam family is an unmatched dynasty in the Kentucky bourbon industry. It’s said that you can’t make a decent bourbon without a member of the Beam family behind the still.

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MIT’s 3D Graphene Is Ten Times Stronger Than Steel

11th January 2017

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Starting from a highly-accurate computer model, the researchers 3D printed diatomic cubes to represent the material’s sponge-like structure and then subjected them to compression tests. The shape here is incredibly important; the cube itself looks like a magenta sponge. Its porous nature means that there’s more surface area, and more surface area means higher strengths at lower weights.

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Rhinos Use Poop Piles Like a Social Network

11th January 2017

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Chemical clues in white rhino feces provide information about age, sex, general health, and reproductive status to other rhinos that visit the communal latrine, also called a midden, a new study found.

Much like Democrats with social media.

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Damaged Teeth Can Be Regrown Naturally Using an Alzheimer’s Drug, Scientists Discover

9th January 2017

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Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) found that a drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease was able to stimulate the tooth to create new dentine capable of filling in large cavities.

Teeth can already cope with small areas of damage using the same process, but when the holes become too large a dentist must insert artificial cements or the tooth will be lost.

We may actually see treatments based on this discovery after companies fight their way through ten years and ten billion dollars of government regulations. (It will be available earlier, of course, in countries like Mexico, where government employees are more interested in collecting bribes than impeding progress.)

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Cyprus Reunification: Greek and Turkish Leaders of Divided Island Enter Final Stages of Peace Talks

9th January 2017

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And about time, too.

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RIP Nat Hentoff

8th January 2017

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Hentoff was less likely to be called a liberal later in life. That’s partly because his brand of free-speech absolutism was growing less common on the left, and it’s partly because of his heterodoxy on abortion. (Hentoff was pro-life, arguing against abortion on the same grounds that he argued against capital punishment and war. Or, at least, against some wars—he eventually rended his seamless garment to support interventions in Rwanda and Iraq.) But you couldn’t really cast him as a man of the right either: Besides his intense distrust for the police agencies that conservatives tend to revere, he was a longtime democratic socialist who held onto a lot of his leftist economic ideas in old age. It’s not even quite right to call him an ACLU liberal, because he kept butting heads with the ACLU. (The nation’s most prominent civil libertarian organization wasn’t always civil libertarian enough for him.) Best to think of him as his own man, with at least a couple of views to offend pretty much anyone.

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Japan’s New Business Language – English

7th January 2017

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Five years ago, I stood before several thousand mostly native Japanese speakers and addressed them in English. From now on, I told them, Rakuten – Japan’s largest online marketplace, of which I am the chief executive officer – would conduct all of its business, from official meetings to internal e-mail, in English. I still remember the shocked expressions on the listeners’ faces.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

7th January 2017

The Telesteps Ladder.

Roof Snow De-Icing Cables. It’s that time of year.

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How to Make a Sextant From Random Junk

5th January 2017

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

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Canadian Skeet

5th January 2017

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Hint: It involved hockey sticks.

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Ancient Chinese Sword Unearthed After 2,300 Years by Archaeologists Is Still Shiny

5th January 2017

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The Roots of Fencing From the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries in the French Language Area

5th January 2017

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Good fences makes good neighbors. I’m sure I heard that somewhere.

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Floridians and Mastodons Once Coexisted

31st December 2016

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About 30 miles from Tallahassee, at an archaeological site known as Page-Ladson, archaeologists dove down about 30 feet deep into a sinkhole at the bottom of the Aucilla River in Florida. And it paid off. There they found bones and tools that showed the area may have been where early occupiers of what came to be known as America hunted mastodon about 14,550 years ago. That’s right, a Florida man once roamed the land with Mastodon.

The site is a rare pre-Clovis site, which means they were a people that pre-date the Clovis people (a prehistoric Native American culture). In the sinkhole, the archaeologists found a slaughtered mastodon–including one which those first Floridian colonizers may have killed, as well as a stone knife fragment.

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IBM Creates a Molecule That Could Destroy All Viruses

31st December 2016

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For their study, the researchers ignored the viruses’ RNA and DNA, which could be key areas to target, but because they change from virus to virus and also mutate, it’s very difficult to target them successfully.

Instead, the researchers focused on glycoproteins, which sit on the outside of all viruses and attach to cells in the body, allowing the viruses to do their dirty work by infecting cells and making us sick. Using that knowledge, the researchers created a macromolecule, which is basically one giant molecule made of smaller subunits. This macromolecule has key factors that are crucial in fighting viruses. First, it’s able to attract viruses towards itself using electrostatic charges. Once the virus is close, the macromolecule attaches to the virus and makes the virus unable to attach to healthy cells. Then it neutralizes the virus’ acidity levels, which makes it less able to replicate.

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The Coming Exodus of Career Civil Servants

28th December 2016

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Best. News. Ever.

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