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17 Aug 05:30

I can never seem to keep succulents around..Full video on instagram: @hombre_mcsteez

I can never seem to keep succulents around..

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16 Aug 11:14

Woody Allen

"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank."
15 Aug 17:48

Mathematicians Solve Age-Old Spaghetti Mystery

by msmash
If you happen to have a box of spaghetti in your pantry, try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? If the answer is three or more, pull out another stick and try again. Can you break the noodle in two? If not, you're in very good company. From a report: The spaghetti challenge has flummoxed even the likes of famed physicist Richard Feynman '39, who once spent a good portion of an evening breaking pasta and looking for a theoretical explanation for why the sticks refused to snap in two. Feynman's kitchen experiment remained unresolved until 2005, when physicists from France pieced together a theory to describe the forces at work when spaghetti -- and any long, thin rod -- is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a "snap-back" effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman's puzzle. But a question remained: Could spaghetti ever be coerced to break in two? The answer, according to a new MIT study, is yes -- with a twist. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report that they have found a way to break spaghetti in two, by both bending and twisting the dry noodles. They carried out experiments with hundreds of spaghetti sticks, bending and twisting them with an apparatus they built specifically for the task. The team found that if a stick is twisted past a certain critical degree, then slowly bent in half, it will, against all odds, break in two. The researchers say the results may have applications beyond culinary curiosities, such as enhancing the understanding of crack formation and how to control fractures in other rod-like materials such as multifiber structures, engineered nanotubes, or even microtubules in cells.

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15 Aug 07:13

Parrot swears at London firefighter trying to rescue it from roof

Macaw parrot Jessie "kept swearing, much to our amusement", the London Fire Brigade says.
14 Aug 11:09

Recipe: 2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes — Recipes from The Kitchn

by Meghan Splawn

You're probably in disbelief at this recipe title, but yes, you can make tasty pancakes with just two ingredients: baked sweet potato and eggs. (And, if you like, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, too). This protein-packed breakfast option is perfect for weekday mornings when you don't want a smoothie or a grain bowl, but still want to work in some vegetables at the beginning of the day.

These pancakes have a crispy, caramelized outside and creamy, sweet interior — and they're perfect for serving with maple syrup or nut butters.


23 Jul 11:02

Study: Eating Beef Jerky Might Be Linked to Manic Episodes in Some People

by Ed Cara

There is no singular cause of mental illness. Any number of things—our genes, environment, and even social mores—play a role in determining whether someone’s mental health will deteriorate to the point of being diagnosable as a disease. But researchers from Johns Hopkins have stumbled onto a possible trigger for manic…


23 Jul 10:54

London's Heathrow Airport Sometimes Hosts 'Ghost Flights' With No One on Them

by Mack Hogan on Jalopnik, shared by Harrison Weber to Gizmodo

Six times per week, an empty plane used to fly from London’s Heathrow Airport to Cardiff, Wales. The next day, the plane would make the return trip without a single passenger. Half As Interesting, the second channel from Planelopnik-approved Wendover Productions, details why ghost flights like this sometimes operate…


09 Jul 14:07

Who should Africa back in the World Cup?

Fourteen of France's footballers are eligible to play for African nations, but what are Africa's other remaining World Cup links?
09 Jul 13:54

Letter from Africa: Complaining about colonialism makes us the victims

Deriding Africa's former colonial rulers will not solve the continent's many problems, writes Nigerian journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.
02 Jul 09:37

Oscar Wilde

"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable."
30 Jun 11:56

What a hoot! Tawny owl takes a bath

The owl was seen bathing in a pool of water in Thixendale in North Yorkshire.
30 Jun 11:38

Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali

by Alexandra E. Petri
Rwandans are embracing dogs as pets in spite of the country’s dark canine history.
29 Jun 14:57

How trees secretly talk to each other

Plants share resources using an underground network called the "Wood Wide Web".
29 Jun 14:51

Grindr? Doodles? What do you do during boring meetings?

How instant feedback software and AI bots could make meetings more interesting and productive.
23 Jun 13:09

AMORPHIS и SOILWORK гостуват в София на 23 януари 2019 г.

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   На 23 януари 2019 г. в зала "Универсиада" в София ще се състои съвместен концерт на AMORPHIS, SOILWORK, JINJER и ...
10 Jun 16:01

Doctors Hail World First as Woman's Advanced Breast Cancer is Eradicated

by msmash
A woman with advanced breast cancer which had spread around her body has been completely cleared of the disease by a groundbreaking therapy that harnessed the power of her immune system to fight the tumours. From a report: It is the first time that a patient with late-stage breast cancer has been successfully treated by a form of immunotherapy that uses the patient's own immune cells to find and destroy cancer cells that have formed in the body. Judy Perkins, an engineer from Florida, was 49 when she was selected for the radical new therapy after several rounds of routine chemotherapy failed to stop a tumour in her right breast from growing and spreading to her liver and other areas. At the time, she was given three years to live. Doctors who cared for the woman at the US National Cancer Institute in Maryland said Perkins's response had been "remarkable": the therapy wiped out cancer cells so effectively that she has now been free of the disease for two years. "My condition deteriorated a lot towards the end, and I had a tumour pressing on a nerve, which meant I spent my time trying not to move at all to avoid pain shooting down my arm. I had given up fighting," Perkins said. "After the treatment dissolved most of my tumours, I was able to go for a 40-mile hike."

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01 Jun 08:40

Sultan of Yogyakarta: A feminist revolution in an ancient kingdom

The tiny Islamic kingdom of Yogyakarta is locked in a bitter battle over whether the sultan's daughter can inherit the throne.
01 Jun 06:05

Frank Herbert

"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand."
29 May 05:31


28 May 11:39

Bulgarians tweeting in Cyrillic confused for Russian bots

The use of the Cyrillic alphabet is one way Twitter tries to identify Russian automated accounts.
28 May 08:32

Oracle Calls Java Serialization 'A Horrible Mistake', Plans to Dump It

by EditorDavid
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Oracle plans to drop from Java its serialization feature that has been a thorn in the side when it comes to security. Also known as Java object serialization, the feature is used for encoding objects into streams of bytes... Removing serialization is a long-term goal and is part of Project Amber, which is focused on productivity-oriented Java language features, says Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle. To replace the current serialization technology, a small serialization framework would be placed in the platform once records, the Java version of data classes, are supported. The framework could support a graph of records, and developers could plug in a serialization engine of their choice, supporting formats such as JSON or XML, enabling serialization of records in a safe way. But Reinhold cannot yet say which release of Java will have the records capability. Serialization was a "horrible mistake" made in 1997, Reinhold says. He estimates that at least a third -- maybe even half -- of Java vulnerabilities have involved serialization. Serialization overall is brittle but holds the appeal of being easy to use in simple use cases, Reinhold says.

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19 May 10:11

Boston Public Library Put Its M.C. Escher Collection Online, So It's Time to Redecorate Your Dorm Room

by Andrew Liszewski

If you’re not already familiar with the works of illustrator Maurits Cornelis Escher (better known as M.C. Escher) through jigsaw puzzles or poster sales at your local college, now’s the time to experience the artist’s reality-bending pieces. The Boston Public Library has digitized and shared its entire collection of…


18 May 12:44

How People Make Only a Jar of Trash a Year

by Stephen Leahy
The growing zero-waste community is radically slashing their waste output, while living more fulfilling lives.
18 May 05:51

Hackers Steal Millions From Mexican Banks In Transfer Heist

by BeauHD
happyfeet2000 shares a report from Reuters: Thieves siphoned hundreds of millions of pesos out of Mexican banks, including No. 2 Banorte, by creating phantom orders that wired funds to bogus accounts and promptly withdrew the money, two sources close to the government's investigation said. Hackers sent hundreds of false orders to move amounts ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of pesos from banks including Banorte, to fake accounts in other banks, the sources said, and accomplices then emptied the accounts in cash withdrawals in dozens of branch offices. The total amount is estimated to be as much as $20 million (~400 million pesos).

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15 May 18:04

Sherry 101: An Introduction to the Hippest Old-Person Drink Around

by Dan Q. Dao

Don't confuse Spain's famous fortified wine with the dusty bottle on your grandma's shelf. Here's a breakdown of sherry styles from Fino and Manzanilla to Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, and beyond. Read More
15 May 17:47

Hold My Beer: How I Became a Certified Cicerone (and How You Can, Too)

by John Carruthers

If you have a passion for beer and want to prove it, becoming a Certified Cicerone might be for you. Our writer describes in detail the cramming (and drinking) he undertook to claim the title. Read More
10 Apr 16:31

Eating, Dining, and Drinking in Edinburgh (part 2)

by David


Continuing our edible (and drinkable) adventures in Edinburgh, I insisted after we hit the farmers’ market that we stop at Mary’s Milk Bar. A gazillion readers recommended it, and Charlotte and my friend Lani, were happy when we herded ourselves into Mary Hillard’s cozy shop.

I love meeting ice cream makers and Mary was one of the nicest I’ve ever met. She started as a chocolatier but ended up churning gelato. Her gelato is made mostly from milk with a little cream, and sugar. The first flavor I tried was simply labeled “Milk.”

Continue Reading Eating, Dining, and Drinking in Edinburgh (part 2)...

08 Apr 05:02

Programmer Unveils OpenGL Bindings for Bash

by EditorDavid
Slashdot reader silverdirk writes: Compiled languages have long provided access to the OpenGL API, and even most scripting languages have had OpenGL bindings for a decade or more. But, one significant language missing from the list is our old friend/nemesis Bash. But worry no longer! Now you can create your dazzling 3D visuals right from the comfort of your command line! "You'll need a system with both Bash and OpenGL support to experience it firsthand," explains software engineer Michael Conrad, who created the first version 13 years ago as "the sixth in a series of 'Abuse of Technology' projects," after "having my technical sensibilities offended that someone had written a real-time video game in Perl. "Back then, my primary language was C++, and I was studying OpenGL for video game purposes. I declared to my friends that the only thing worse would be if it had been 3D and written in Bash. Having said the idea out loud, it kept prodding me, and I eventually decided to give it a try to one-up the 'awfulness'..."

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07 Apr 10:55

Batter Up: Finding a Tempura Spot to Call My Own

by Matthew Amster-Burton

When my old regular tempura spot closed, all I wanted in a new one was really good food, ordered à la carte and served by a friendly chef at a comfortable, well-worn bar. In other words, I was like a newly single person looking for someone a lot like my ex. Great plan, right? Read More
06 Apr 09:23

Hold Up, Maybe Our Brains Actually Can Grow Back Neurons

by Ed Cara

A new study published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell is set to further stoke the debate over whether our brain can actually grow back neurons as we age. The research found that people, even into their golden years, are regenerating their stock of neurons right up until the point of death—seemingly contradicting the…