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jeudi 21 janvier 2021, 00:08
[This is from the latest issue of my newsletter, The Magnet. If you like it, please subscribe! — Mark] In the 1970s, my father was an electrical engineer at IBM in Boulder, Colorado. One evening in 1974, he came home from work with a programmable pocket calculator called the...
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mercredi 20 janvier 2021, 22:13
Even penguins have their moments. In this video, two groups of rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands meet up with each other to shoot the breeze, but when they say their goodbyes, one penguin gets confused and waddles off with the wrong group. — Read the rest
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Sometimes, you run across an item that's so functional and necessary that you've gotta have it. Other times, you find something that's so wonderfully geeky that you've gotta have it. The sweet spot is when you can find something that scratches both of those distinct itches....
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Who tf are you? from youseeingthisshit The chickens who mistook a red faucet handle for their broodmate. — Read the rest
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Lately, I've been making drinks with lion's mane mushroom powder, cinnamon, espresso, and oat milk. The battery-powered frother we had wasn't strong enough to mix the powder into the oat milk. I did a bit of research and bought this USB rechargeable handheld mixer/frother. —...
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A well-preserved fossil of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus found in China has paleontologists waxing poetic about its well-preserved cloaca.   The dinosaur's derrière is so well preserved, researchers could see the remnants of two small bulges by its 'back door,' which might...
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Here's Patti Smith and her band performing 'People Have the Power' to celebrate the inauguration of a new president and vice president. View this post on Instagram A post shared by This is Patti Smith (@thisispattismith) Image: Screengrab
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A few years ago, the scientific news broke of a group of long-tailed macaque monkeys in Bali, Indonesia who would steal stuff from people and hold it ransom for food. You want your hat back? Gimme an apple. Researchers kept studying the monkeys, and discovered something even ...
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Tom Hank's character in Cast Away maintained his sanity by painting a face on a volleyball, naming it Wilson, and having deep (one-sided) conversations with it. Number Five from The Umbrella Academy befriended a partial mannequin he named Dolores, which kept him company...
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In addition to all the other turmoil of the year, 2020 also saw an increase in homicides, a number which has otherwise been steadily decreasing for years (although the change is not limited to 'Democrat-run cities'). There are a lot of theories for why this may have been the ...
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To study circadian rhythms, scientists recruited a 27-year-old Italian interior designer to live in a small shelter built in a cave below Carlsbad, New Mexico for several months. Soon, her sense of time and her body functions all changed dramatically. This interesting...
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Just before the US presidential election, elementary school teacher Just Scream!, a hotline you call and, well, just scream. From ABC7NY: There's no one on the other end and numbers aren't saved.'I wanted to find a prompt that people would respond to and screaming seemed to...
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In a study at Northwestern University, volunteers who were asked to wear white lab coats did better on tests than those who weren't. Similarly, according to this Forbes article about the psychology of masks and costumes, people 'jump higher or hit the golf ball further using ...
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Neuroscientists at Boston University saw long-term positive results from stimulating the brains of people who exhibit OCD-like behavior. From Scientific American: The researchers carried out a similar set of experiments on another set of volunteers: 64 people who did not...
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SpaceX purchased two deepwater oil rigs as floating launchpads for its Starship rockets. The rigs were previously owned by bankrupt offshore rig operator Valaris. SpaceX paid $3.5 million each for the massive drilling platforms located in the Port of Brownsville, Texas near...
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When I was a mechanical engineer in 1990, I faced a stubborn problem with the design of a disk drive baseplate (an aluminum base that the disk motor and actuator motor were mounted on). When the prototype drive spun up, the baseplate vibrated so much that the read/write...
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No one knows what bears are 'truly' called. And as such, no one knows what 'Arctic' really means either. As the Slovak Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh explains, 'bear' is actually just a placeholder name, to protect the speaker from saying something much,...
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Joe Biden is the President of the United States of America, and Kamala Harris is Vice-President.
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In recent years, psychological researchers have studied the use of the dissociative psychedelic/anaesthetic ketamine as a treatment for severe depression in people. Gizmodo asks clinicians to report their experiences administering the drug. From Gizmodo: Adam KaplinClinical...
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Thanks to a TikTok video, I now know that artificial vanilla flavoring has historically been derived in part by castoreum, a chemical that comes from the anal glands of beavers. @sloowmoee @shaylanmarieee TRIED TO MORDOR ME ♬ original sound – Sloowmoee Upon further...
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