March 31, 2018

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Chances of spotting a neutrinoless double-beta decay in Ge-76 are rare—no more than 1 for every 100,000 two-neutrino double-beta decays.

-- Vincente Guiseppe

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Condom Snorting Challenge: Why You Should Not Inhale Condoms

March 29, 2018

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Heart Penalty? Hockey Fans' Cardiac Risk Rises When Home Team Wins

March 28, 2018

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Tabby's star dims again

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Newfound 'organ' could be the biggest in your body

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Caroline Sunshine: 5 Things About Disney Star, 22, Who Joined The Trump Administration

March 25, 2018

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A Brexit campaigner has told Channel 4 News that Vote Leave cheated in the 2016 referendum by over-spending. But the prime minister's political secretary says the allegations are "factually incorrect and misleading", and outs the accuser as gay.

-- Incredibly sharp (or possibly 3rd grade mimicking) writing on

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This is an email from my pal entropydave.  We've worked together at two different companies on two different continents.  

We've each wandered away for the pursuits where we met...I've retired...He's gone back to living in Scotland and has become a philosophy professor.

I'm saving it here for future reference... his writing is exceptional.


So this article...

...makes passing reference to the definition of the Irish border.  How would ANY of this madness make a difference?

Man, I'll tell you what, if you're on this side of the pond, all this Brexit business makes ZERO sense.



It doesn't make a lot of sense here.  I can summarize though:

For venal political reasons, the political class permitted a referendum on an ill-defined question, confident that the country would vote—as in most referenda—for the conservative, no-change option.  For reasons of incompetence and arrogance, the no-change remain campaign ran a grossly ineffective campaign.  The pro-Brexit campaign ran a populist campaign using willful misinformation to stoke xenophobia, nationalism and parochial greed, never imagining they would win, but imagining the political gain from having tried.  The press failed.  Conventional wisdom held that Brexit would be an act of political self-mutilation that would cost the country dearly, never the mind the symbolism of dissolving the bonds that had grown in traumatic soil left by the Second World War.  The electorate, ignorant, ill-educated and similarly venal were deaf to conventional wisdom and desirous of the confections dreamed up by the pro-Brexit camp.  They voted to leave.

So now we have a pig, being a plausibly democratic mandate for a collective act of self-mutilation in the name of nationalism and xenophobia.  Onto this pig it is hoped may be applied much lipstick.  

It is not the definition of the Irish border that is in question but whether the border will be without border controls or not.  The porousness of the border is an axiom of the agreements that have brought peace to Northern Ireland.  If there is a border between Ireland (in the EU) and Northern Ireland (not in the EU), then the fear is for peace on the island of Ireland.  If there is no border there, then there will be a de facto border between the EU and the British mainland, meaning that there will be an ersatz international border within the sovereign territory of the UK.  That is to say, Britain will not have control of its own territorial borders.  So what we need in Ireland is a contradiction, viz. a border that is not a border.  That said, given that the majority of the population of that island believe that the father, the son and the holy spirit are all one and the same, there is hope yet that a contradiction might be built—you know, with technology.

March 22, 2018

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch counts 1.8 trillion pieces of trash, mostly plastic


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In the world, water-borne diseases kill more children under the age of five than malaria, measles and HIV combined.

-- ABP news

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The researchers split the plastic they collected into four size categories: microplastic (0.05 to 0.5 centimeters), mesoplastic (0.5 to 5 cm), macroplastic (5 to 50 cm) and megaplastic (bigger than 50 cm).

-- Amina Khan

March 21, 2018

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In 2014, [Facebook] disclosed that it had tried to manipulate users' emotions as part of an internal psychology experiment.

March 19, 2018

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With supermarkets gone, you'll need to acquire foodstuffs the way your ancient ancestors did: By catching and killing it yourself. You'll need to know how to gut and scale fish, and how to humanely slaughter then butcher an animal. Not for the squeamish, but neither is starving to death.

--Jakie Summers

March 18, 2018

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You don't have to take your passport photo at the drugstore.
The picture must be square, unaltered and on a white background, but you're allowed to take it at home! The rules do not stipulate that you stand in line for hours at Walgreens.

--Suzy Strutner

March 16, 2018

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Ohio student suspended for staying in class during National Walkout Day

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Turtle who was fed puppy in Idaho classroom euthanized

March 12, 2018

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March 11, 2018

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This new type of ice is about 1.5 times as dense as the ice we're familiar with, which is called Ice I.

--Fan Taylor

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Massive discovery deep under the Earth shocks scientists

March 10, 2018

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Putin says Jews, Ukrainians, Tatars could be behind U.S. election meddling

-- USA today

March 08, 2018

Ice in bottle


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The possibilities for my life and my progress that I can now dimly conjure are not so vivid that they haunt me, but they do give me a feeling that is a cross between vertigo and disappointment about what will never be.

-- Entropy Dave

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We live in a dark age when the most nearly eloquent new structures are boutique condos—popping up mushroom-like in Brooklyn—which at least express kinds of niceness that money can buy.

--Peter Schjeldahl

March 07, 2018

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[Brad] Kim says he forgets that not everyone has been desensitized by spelunking down into the muck every day for 10 years, but argues that meme culture isn't malevolent so much as it is amoral; it's a mirror held up to the culture of the internet, which "increasingly does not care about the truth, and cares only about the narrative, the myth."

-- Kaitlyn Tiffany

March 06, 2018

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It's hard to know exactly when, but the [Chinese space] station will imminently fall from the sky.

-- Popular Mechanics

March 04, 2018

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Elon Musk put a Tesla in space, but is that a good thing?

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Charged Black Holes Can Erase Your Past And Give You Infinite Number Of Possible Futures

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He thought it was a blister. It was a deadly bacteria consuming his foot.

(In a blatant attempt to be "more like" the New York Post.  Congratulations, you made it.  Be sure to collect your finishers' medal at the door on your way out.)

March 03, 2018

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At one point, [Rose] McGowan could handle Poe, but not her own shoelaces.


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Something huge is happening in Alaska right now

March 02, 2018

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1.5M 'rare penguins' discovered in Antarctica

March 01, 2018

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Selfies make your nose look 30% bigger, study says

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Globalization does not support the global population.

--the dear hunter 
(not sic)