I'm less than five days away from the start of my retirement, and I feel I've been pretty lucky for most of my life, except for the times I made bad decisions. Let's hope I'm not actually playing a bit part in a bad action movie!
[quote]Retirony is a way to make the audience feel sorry for a character's death without having to actually give him more than ten minutes of screen time. Anybody in a dangerous job who's only a few days away from retirement or flying one last mission before going home to marry their childhood sweetheart is absolutely doomed to death by Retirony, whether that takes the form of a cold-blooded criminal, an ace German fighter pilot or a great big robotic monster.[/quote]
I don't know why I have this idea of mid-19th century American silversmithing being clunky. This is some really nice stuff, some quite modern looking.
Via Miss Celania.
Like the title says - a demonstration of how to use Powerpoint to make 2D fractal images.
[quote] I’ve been in the hospital since tuesday. A couple different infections and kidney issues. Thankfully, my congresswoman called the VA ... [/quote]
Jo Cameron gave birth to a child without needing pain killers, it "felt like a tickle". She has unintentionally injured herself due to not being able to feel the pain.
Scientists are also intrigued by Ms. Cameron’s extraordinarily low anxiety level. ... She cannot recall ever having felt depressed or scared.
In retrospect, she sees how her genetic disposition may have aided her at work. After years as a primary-school teacher, she retrained to work with people with severe mental disabilities. Erratic, aggressive behavior never riled her, she said.
But though having this mutation may sound like a dream, there are downsides. One is that she is quite forgetful; prone to losing her keys and her train of thought midsentence. The other is that she’s never felt the “adrenaline rush” that other people talk about, she said.
[quote] (E)ach sufficiently dense, compact object in space generates an invisible sphere around it which determines how the laws of physics behave with growing distance. This sphere is a theoretical concept to help us understand the difference between small and big scales, rather than an actual physical membrane.
According to our theory, within this bubble the laws of ordinary Newtonian gravity that we see in our solar system hold for objects interacting with the massive body at the centre. Outside the bubble, the theory suggests that the gravitational pull by the central object can be significantly enhanced – even though there is not more mass present.
The bubble size would be proportional to the mass of the central object.
To our big surprise, our theory allowed us to explain the stellar velocities in galaxies a lot better than with Einstein’s general relativity, which allows for dark matter to exist. So there may actually be less mysterious dark matter out there than we think – and maybe even none at all. [/quote]
Quote: We may finally have found the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer’s disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease. ... the good news is that a drug that blocks the main toxins of P. gingivalis is entering major clinical trials this year, and research ... shows it might stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s.
Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.
Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.
Quote: We developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region based on typical expenses. The tool helps individuals, communities, and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet minimum standards of living.
Quote: Glass sculptor Wesley Fleming creates life-size and anatomically correct sculptures of a variety of bizarre and well-known insects. The colorful creatures are small enough to balance gently on the tip of his finger, like a neon orange spider barely larger than his nail.
A battery has been design that runs on maltodextrin, a sugar.
The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to generate a continuous wave, which advances along their entire length. With this so-called undulating fin movement, the BionicFinWave also maneuvres through a pipe system (and at) the same time the autonomous underwater robot is able to communicate with the outside world wirelessly and transmit data
And really neat to watch too!
A researcher realizes that cancer cells share material via nanotubes. This might help cancer cells spread immunity to chemotherapy.
A report of one instance of a stolen identity being used to sell digital books of spam-style text for $555 a copy. The fake author gets 60% of the selling price. Even at that rate, the criminal managed to "earn" nearly $24,000 .
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