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December 08, 2013
Newly analyzed post-cranial fossils has revealed that Paranthropus boisei was more strongly built than previously thought. Any time you find post-cranial remains of a hominid it's big news, because they are so incredibly rare.
December 06, 2013
Out of the Dark
Coming to a TV near you: Dolby labs is set to unveil a new screen technology that promises vastly higher contrast on LCD displays. I think. They may have come out with a new TV instead, or maybe it's only intended for professional editors. But, hey, TOYZ!
December 05, 2013
Fun with Texts
On the rare times I get a wrong text I just ignore it. These people? Not so much.
Insert Chianti Joke Here
Another year, another German cannibal finding someone willing to climb up on his dinner table. I'm not sure if this is a German thing, or if it's just Germany that's going after these people.
December 04, 2013
Using brand-new techniques scientists have managed to recover DNA from a hominid fossil 400,000 years old. The results are, as expected, surprising and will likely force a complete re-think of human evolution. Or not. Hey, they have to keep that grant money flowing in somehow!
Oink Oink Boom
It's all fun and games until the pig farm explodes. I get that people want bacon quickly, but there are limits.
December 03, 2013
Stalin to US Navy: All your captured subs are belong to us!
US Navy to Stalin: U no can haz!
Stalin to US Navy: Ur treety, let me show u it!
US Navy to Stalin: Captured subs? What captured subs?
That's pretty much how it went down in 1946, and now someone has found one of the subs in question. These aren't war memorials, but I'll bet their sunk too deep to be considered for salvage or preservation.
December 02, 2013
You have 30 seconds to comply
In the "not-sure-if-serious" category we have this plan to deliver gifts by drone. By far the biggest hurdle will be regulatory. Several groups have been trying to get permission for drones to fly in US airspace, not the least of which being the US military, but the FAA so far has insisted on a case-by-case approval system that is very slow and expensive. Not to mention the hobbyists who would probably order a bag of pencils and then wait in the front yard with a net gun.
December 01, 2013
A gadget? To make a Vermeer? It's more likely than you think. I still find it suspicious that, if this technique really was in broad use as the article seems to imply, nobody documented it. It's possible it may be a "making the pyramids" problem--so many people knew how it was done nobody bothered to write it down. It does make for an interested idea. Definitely a documentary to keep an eye out for.
November 29, 2013
Comet Go Boom
Remember the comet that was going to put on a spectacular show this winter? Yeah, about that. I blame Obama.
November 26, 2013
Straighten All The Things!
I'll admit a few of these made me itch a little, but it's nothing like what some of my friends will go through. Enjoy!
Scientists have announced the discovery of a supernova remnant being illuminated by a (pinky to mouth)mach 1000(/ptm) shock wave. Not explained: Whether or not the speed of sound in a plasma or whatever the hell that is in that cloud is the same as here on Earth. Because you know the report wouldn't just pull a ridiculous measurement to make a fancy headline. Never happens.
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