30 Aug 05:00

Comic for 2016.08.30

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
29 Aug 07:26

Low Band Gap Benzimidazole COF Supported Ni3N as Highly Active OER Catalyst

by Shyamapada Nandi, Santosh Kumar Singh, Dinesh Mullangi, Rajith Illathvalappil, Leena George, Chathakudath P. Vinod, Sreekumar Kurungot, Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan

Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have structures and morphologies closely resembling graphenes, whose modular construction permits atomic-level manipulations. This, combined with their porous structure, makes them excellent catalyst supports. Here, the high electrocatalytic activity of a composite, formed by supporting Ni3N nanoparticles on a benzimidazole COF, for oxygen evolution reaction is shown. The composite oxidizes alkaline water with a near-record low overpotential of 230 mV @ 10 mA cm−2 (η 10). This high activity is attributed to the ability of the COF to confine the Ni3N nanoparticles to size regimes otherwise difficult to obtain and to its low band gap character (1.49 eV) arising from the synergy between the conducting Ni3N nanoparticles and the π-conjugated COF. The COF itself, as a metal-free self-standing framework, has an oxygen evolution reaction activity with η 10 of 400 mV. The periodic structure of the COF makes it serve as a matrix to disperse the catalytically active Ni3N nanoparticles favoring their high accessibility and thereby good charge-transport within the composite. This is evident from the amount of O2 evolved (230 mmol h−1 g−1), which, to the best of our knowledge, is the highest reported. The work reveals the emergence of COF as supports for electrocatalysts.

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A low band gap benzimidazole based covalent organic framework supported by hexagonal Ni3N nanoparticles showing near-record low overpotential for OER at high current densities.

29 Aug 03:30

How Security Experts Are Protecting Their Own Data

by EditorDavid
Today the San Jose Mercury News asked several prominent security experts which security products they were actually using for their own data. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The EFF's chief technologist revealed that he doesn't run an anti-virus program, partly because he's using Linux, and partly because he feels anti-virus software creates a false sense of security. ("I don't like to get complacent and rely on it in any way...") He does regularly encrypt his e-mail, "but he doesn't recommend that average users scramble their email, because he thinks the encryption software is just too difficult to use." The newspaper also interviewed security expert Eugene Spafford, who rarely updates the operating system on one of his computers -- because it's not connected to the internet -- and sometimes even accesses his files with a virtual machine, which he then deletes when he's done. His home router is equipped with a firewall device, and "he's developed some tools in his research center that he uses to try to detect security problems," according to the article. "There are some additional things I do," Spafford added, telling the reporter that "I'm not going to give details of all of them, because that doesn't help me." Bruce Schneier had a similar answer. When the reporter asked how he protected his data, Schneier wouldn't tell them, adding "I'm kind of a target..."

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29 Aug 15:06

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Parenting Regions

by tech@thehiveworks.com


Hovertext:
Once we bring in quantum mechanics, all actions are potentially judgeable.

New comic!
Today's News:

GEEKS OF THE BAY AREA!

Submissions for BAHFest West 2016 are open until September 9. This year is an experimental "open theme" show. Getting quality submissions is always the hardest part of the show. So, if you think you've got a neat idea but are worried about sending it in, please do!

(PS: We are also taking early submissions for the forthcoming shows in Boston and London in 2017)

29 Aug 16:54

Autocorrect Tragedy

by Reza

autocorrect-tragedy

29 Aug 15:06

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Parenting Regions

by tech@thehiveworks.com


Hovertext:
Once we bring in quantum mechanics, all actions are potentially judgeable.

New comic!
Today's News:

GEEKS OF THE BAY AREA!

Submissions for BAHFest West 2016 are open until September 9. This year is an experimental "open theme" show. Getting quality submissions is always the hardest part of the show. So, if you think you've got a neat idea but are worried about sending it in, please do!

(PS: We are also taking early submissions for the forthcoming shows in Boston and London in 2017)

28 Aug 05:03

Comic for August 28, 2016

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29 Aug 08:36

Comic: That Hogwarts

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: That Hogwarts
28 Aug 21:41

#938 – a very productive dream

by meredith

#938 – a very productive dream

29 Aug 04:31

Animal Handler

Big Boss is bad enough about taking in wayward soldiers. I picture him as the kind of dude who would, in another life, have fifteen dogs and an injured possum he nursed back to health.
29 Aug 12:14

Well-Defined Cobalt(I) Dihydrogen Catalyst: Experimental Evidence for a Co(I)/Co(III) Redox Process in Olefin Hydrogenation

by Kenan Tokmic, Charles R. Markus, Lingyang Zhu and Alison R. Fout

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07066
29 Aug 16:37

Stephen Colbert Landed the Ultimate Mic Drop Moment During Martin Shkreli Beef on Twitter

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It all started when The Late Show dropped a tweet in reference to one of Stephen Colbert's opening jokes on Friday.

If you haven't been following, pharma-bro Martin Shkreli is in the news again for endorsing the price spike of an EpiPen made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals that went from less than $100 to $608.61.

Martin Shkreli took notice to The Late Show tweet and responded to the joke. Soon after, Stephen Colbert (from his personal Twitter) responded to Shkreli in very Colbert-like fashion.

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29 Aug 11:30

Why You Should Sleep Naked

by Alan Henry

We’ve mentioned before that sleeping in the nude has all sorts of benefits , including deeper, better sleep and helping you stay cool while you rest, but this video from DNews wraps up all of those benefits nicely, and adds some more we haven’t discussed.

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28 Aug 18:34

If wishes were horses…

by thebloggess
People always say, “If wishes were horses then dreamers would ride” but tons of people wish for horses and if you wished for horses when wishes were also causing unintentional by-product wish horses you’d have twice as many horses as you … Continue reading →
28 Aug 14:00

What the Numbers at the End of Runways Actually Mean

by Alan Henry

The numbers at the end of a runway aren’t just there to help pilots see where they’re supposed to land. They actually mean something important: the runway’s degree from magnetic north. This video from Atlas Obscura explains.

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29 Aug 14:00

Five Last-Minute Tips Improve the Fit of a Baggy Shirt

by Heather Yamada-Hosley

If you have a shirt you like, but isn’t a perfect fit, there are a few ways to make it look and fit a little better before you can get it tailored or adjusted. Here are five (well, four and a gag) that work well in every situation.

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29 Aug 05:06

Comic for August 29, 2016

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28 Aug 16:25

Sunday assorted links

by Tyler Cowen

1. The culture that is Bethesda, Maryland.

2. Chile’s pension scheme under fire.

3. Child abuse in China: a neglected issue.  The statute of limitations should be longer than two years.  That’s two from The Economist, the current issue is their best of the year to my mind.  Of course you should subscribe.

4. The Mayan-language Ixcanul is perhaps the best movie of the year so far, trailer here, the full movie is here but without subtitles, so brush up on your Mayan or see it on the big screen.

5. This piece illustrates Cowen’s Second Law, yes I know that is a refereed journal and the paper is based on real data but still it is best forgotten or better yet never viewed in the first place.  They needed eleven (!) authors for that one, three of them women it would seem, and four on the team chanted that correlation is not causation.  I wonder how the IRB discussion went.  Less sexually charged is the game of “Diving chess.

6. “Most of the world’s mathematicians fall into just 24 scientific ‘families’, one of which dates back to the fifteenth century. The insight comes from an analysis of the Mathematics Genealogy Project (MGP), which aims to connect all mathematicians, living and dead, into family trees on the basis of teacher–pupil lineages, in particular who an individual’s doctoral adviser was.”  Link here.

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29 Aug 07:00

Comic: 2016-08-29

New Comic: 2016-08-29
29 Aug 19:35

Manipulation of Domain Purity and Orientational Ordering in High Performance All-Polymer Solar Cells

by Long Ye, Xuechen Jiao, Wenchao Zhao, Shaoqing Zhang, Huifeng Yao, Sunsun Li, Harald Ade and Jianhui Hou

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Chemistry of Materials
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02222
29 Aug 06:36

Ctrl+Alt+Del: Predator and Prey

by tim@cad-comic.com (Tim Buckley)
29 Aug 05:21

Girls With Slingshots - GWS Chaser #385

by tech@thehiveworks.com
New comic!
Today's News:

I'm sure most of you already know this bit of trivia because it's in every interview I've ever done, but Hazel's words were straight from the horse's mouth and I'm the horse. Or, I guess, I was the horse when I was 6.

I remember telling my mom this, verbatim, in kindergarten or first grade when I realized all the shit that was going to be expected of me when I got older and became A Woman. I think I've lived up to my 30-year plan pretty well thus far. Making comics for a living is about the closest you can get to riding a horse to work.

Hey, announcement!! I know, I so rarely make announcements down here anymore. I so rarely have something to announce!

SPX (and other shows I won't be at)

First of all, I'd like to bring your attention to the nigh-vacant 2016 schedule on the right. I'm skipping SPX this year, partially because my friends get together for a yearly reunion and this year they happened to pick SPX weekend, but also because I don't have anything new to sell, and I'd feel like a jerk taking up space with old merch when there are so many amazing artists on the waitlist who would better utilize that space.

So, my apologies if you were hoping to see me at SPX! But you should still definitely go; it's such an amazing show and the entry fee is extremely reasonable!

TopatoCon was canceled entirely this year, which means that the only other convention I'll be at this year is the small (but fun!) one-day show in Baltimore that I love, Bmore Into Comics, on December 10th.

The Patreon Monthly Special

I'm shifting gears with Patreon starting this Thursday. Every weekday from September through CHRISTMAS (it ends perfectly on Christmas!), I'll be sharing all 84 of the original The New Adventures of Bat Boy comic that I did for the Weekly World News a decade ago. I'm excited to share this with you guys!! And to re-live it myself; I can't remember the last time I re-read the entire run. 

Unless plans change between now and then, it'll be available for all patrons pledging $5 or more. So if you're already a $5+ patron, you'll be getting Bat Boy strips starting this week! If you're not already a patron and you wanna be, I'll share the link on Thursday so you can start then and get the full run of Bat Boy. :)

29 Aug 18:33

How to Properly Wrap All Your Cables so They Don't Turn Into a Tangled Mess

by Andrew Liszewski on Gizmodo, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

Did you know there’s a special way to wrap your cables that not only keeps them neat and tidy, but also makes them perfectly unfurl without tangling when you’re ready to use them? It’s the de facto way to store cables in the video, film, and music industries, and it can also help lengthen the life of all your cords.

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28 Aug 17:00

He's Going For Distance, He's Going For Speed

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29 Aug 13:16

Ridiculously expensive disposable razors are a betrayal of Gillette's original socialist principles

by Rob Beschizza

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Everyone knows that shaving razors are a ripoff, with vastly overpriced blade systems being all one can easily find in stores. Malcolm Harris writes that the practice is not only sleazy, but a direct betrayal of the industry's founder, King Camp Gillette.

Gillette was a starry-­eyed utopian socialist. In 1894, he published “The Human Drift,” a book that, among other things, envisioned most of the population of North America living in a huge metropolis powered by Niagara Falls. ... His blade was a model socialist innovation: Gillette replaced toilsome sharpening labor with the smallest, most easily produced part imaginable. The very existence of the Gillette Fusion is an insult to his memory.

You don't have to even pay a dollar for a shave. Get a Merkur Safety Razor for twenty bucks (though first learn about the options) and 100 blades for $10 and you're sorted for at least a year. Once you've found a blade you like, you can order a box of 1000 and remain the best-shaven motorcycle bandit a full decade into the post-Trump apocalypse.