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Thursday December 6, 2018. 11:31 PM
Researchers at Flinders University knocked out a gene known as RCAN1 in mice, hypothesizing that this would increase 'non-shivering thermogenesis,' which 'expends calories as heat rather than storing them as fat' -- the mice were fed a high-calorie diet and did not gain...
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The British press treat their Royal Family like a soap opera, complete with catfighting sisters-in-law, feuding brothers separating their lives, and an impatient heir to the throne, so it’s hard to fault the American tabloids for running with the soap opera theme – and...
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National Geographic’s Almanac 2019 is a fun, illustrative guide to the natural world and breakthrough sciences and, with 400 pages of stunning, evocative images, celebrates some of the most amazing places, events, and facts about Earth’s history. Opening to a random page ...
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I'm very sad to hear that Pete Shelley, leader of The Buzzcocks, died of a heart attack today. He was 63. From The Guardian: The band formed part of the UK’s punk scene and have been closely associated with it ever since. Speaking later about his views on music, Shelley...
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As his title indicates, Harvard astronomy department chairman Avi Loeb is an extremely credentialed astronomer. So when he asserted that an object currently passing through our solar system might just be the product of an alien intelligence - eyebrows went up. He made this...
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The BACU Association -- the folks behind the incredible brutalist Socialist Modernism Tumblr -- have announced a limited run, 800-copy book collecting photos and details on 242 Socialist Modernist 'objects' in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The book is in Romanian...
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Liartown, USA is Sean Tejaratchi's (previously) incredible, longrunning visual surreal satire site, and it is the latest casualty of parent company Verizon's decision to purge the site of all NSFW content effective Dec 17. Tejaratchi writes, 'I expect many posts will no...
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Nicole says: 'Today's all-new episode of Vox Media's 'Consider It,' kicks off with Stephen Miller's uncle, David Glosser, who says that if his dead grandfather were to hear about his nephew's immigration policies 'he'd be spinning in his grave.''
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Boing Boing pal Laura Hudson is helming a new project at The Verge called 'Better Worlds,' an anthology of ten science fiction stories written by diverse authors; half of them have been adapted as animations and the other half have been turned into audiobooks; all are...
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Don't let this kitten's cute and fluffy appearance fool you. Every time the wildlife official from the Center for Biological Diversity tries to cut the cage open to set the young bobcat free, he lunges, tries to bite the rescuer's hand off, and makes demonic sounds...
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Jamie Dimon is CEO of Jpmorgan Chase, the massive bank that settled a $13 billion mortgage fraud case with the DoJ in 2013 by committing more mortgage frauds to raise the cash; he has since taken the bank into some of the dirtiest business on Earth, from the loans that keep...
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According to Wells Fargo, a 'computer glitch' caused the improper denial of 870 loan modification requests, which led to 545 foreclosures in which Wells Fargo customers lost their homes; the bank is now offering those former homeowners -- some of whom saw the breakup of...
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Since 1959, patients undergoing eye exams have stared at eye-charts whose limited set of characters was created by Louise Sloan; now, the typographer Fábio Duarte Martins has completed the font and released it for free: Optician Sans. (via Kottke)
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And I didn't even know Keith Richards was missing. The New York Times reports on the discovery of a mudlarker's body in the Thames mud, complete with thigh-high leather boots. Britons fishing or scavenging in the River Thames in central London are a rare sight these days....
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Every year, NYU's nonprofit, critical activist group AI Now releases a report on the state of AI, with ten recommendations for making machine learning systems equitable, transparent and fail-safe (2016, 2017); this year's report just published, written by a fantastic panel,...
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I bought a second Contigo Autoseal Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle (24 ounces) because it's on sale today (plus there's a 5% off coupon) and I really like the one we have. Note that this will arrive after Christmas if you order it now.
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First, take this quiz to see how good you are at distinguishing between real faces and fake ones made with generative adversarial networks (GANs). Then, read this article that teaches you how to spot the fakes. In a few years AI will be able to generate images that don't...
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Mack (9) and John (13) have lived in Korea for about 4 years. They speak Korean fluently and with good accents, and now appear on television frequently. (In the video, a restaurant server who spoke with the boys said she was 'shocked' by how well they spoke the language.)...
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Stephen Colbert points out some of the comical Trump moments at Bush's funeral, from destroying the casual chatty mood between the Obamas and Clintons to the zoning out when everyone else is reading the Apostles' Creed. He also reminds us of Trump's great journey to meet...
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My daughter was actually convinced to take a bath, upon learning her new Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof. I think we have a photo of every member of our extended family, from grandparents to cousins, looking angrily at the camera as they are disrupted from reading upon...
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