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  1.  (10152.1)
    One of my greatest aims is to make Whitechapel a nexus for Desirable Information.

    For years we’ve enjoyed the “Around The Net” thread – and we’ll continue to do so. The slight change I’m implementing is to streamline its content. Memes, virals, that which makes you laugh, that which makes your bowels weep; anything found or scavenged online which has no informative value: that stuff will continue to go in “Around The Net.” I’ll be updating that once every four weeks too.

    This…? This is for everything else.

    News Stories. Mad Science. Horrific Nature. Metaphysical madness.

    Here is where we gorge ourselves on the creamy clostrum of Information. Here is where we nuzzle at the red-raw teat of the Up-To-Date Dataweb. Bring me the light of your Weird Wisdom and your New News.

    (Anything of particular interest, go ahead and create new threads in this category, to delve deeper.)
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    ..So this should be OK to go in here?

    F1 fan receives bionic hand from Mercedes team

    A teenage Formula One fan has been fitted with a souped-up artificial hand after he offered to sell advertising space to Mercedes - on his prosthetic limb
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    Hand
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    Indeed yes.

    MORE.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
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    io9.com has some very interesting articles.

    Bullet-proof skin made from a mixture of spider-goat milk and human skin cells.

    The spider-goats, I believe, have been covered several times in the past (or are at least old news to me).

    Another article from io9.com, letting me get my robot geek on:
    Meet the Swarmanoid, an autonomous collective of species of robots who come to steal your books.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
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    England riots: Broken society is top priority - Cameron.

    David Cameron has said tackling the "broken society" is back at the top of his agenda following last week's riots.

    Finally! Someone's going to fix broken Britain! I love you David Cameron! Have my gay Tory babies you magnificent twat!
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
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    So, apparently, with the broken economy the feds thought it would be a good idea to buy two giant fucking buses to protect the president and other future candidates for bus tours. These wonderful vehicles only cost me 1.1 million and, if you watch the video at around 30 seconds appears to have cloaking technology. I hope we are saying money from constant Air Force One trips, even though he had to fly to get to the bus stop. I love America.

    Check this Article for more information and the Video for the awesome invisibility cloak.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
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    It's nice to see that when our country is going down the crapper, the President is truly concerned with what matters in life.

    Pie.
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    Hey, those buses are a tiny, 2.2 million dollar counterweight to the economy-dampening austerity fever... be happy. High-tech security toys are the shovel-ready projects left.

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    Already posted over in the Exotic Virology Thread, but probably big news:

    MIT sez: Hey you know those virus things that make you die and stuff? Maybe we fixed that.


    In lab tests using animal and human cells, the new therapy was effective against 15 viruses, including the common cold, H1N1 influenza, dengue fever, a polio virus, a stomach virus and several types of hemorrhagic fever. "In theory, it should work against all viruses," said Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory...

    To fight infection, human cells have proteins that attach to dsRNA and trigger a cascade of reactions that stop viruses from copying themselves. Rider had the idea to combine one of these proteins with yet another protein that induces cells to commit suicide, a process known as apoptosis.

    The end result is a drug called DRACO (for double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizers). When one end of DRACO binds to dsRNA, it signals the other end of DRACO to initiate apoptosis, killing cells before the virus has a chance to replicate.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
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    Regarding the buses: Nice to see they didn't skimp on the chrome hubcaps.
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    If Rick Perry is the eventual nominee, who will clean up all the human remains from the super-bus when he is done being elected Deliverer-of-Country-to-God-in-Chief? Rick Perry has to be present for the cremation of two executed jaywalkers per day, he uses the mist to keep his eyes exfoliated. Rick Perry has beautiful eyes that see God.

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    random from-news image for today:

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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2011
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    Old news perhaps...but a nice info-graphic thang:
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    @BrianMowrey - from whence comes this Sarlaccian treasure?

    Also, @keyofsilence and others - I have taken to confounding others and amusing myself by answering every question I'm posed, including traffic directions and what-sort-of-milk-i-want-in-my-coffee, with the phrase "I blame Broken Britain", or "it's all due to Sick Society", or "the fault lies with the parents." You'd be amazed at how many weird conversational connections are formed in the white-hot fission of a batshit non sequitur. And nobody ever realises you're joking.
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    @Captain Si

    caption was in the mouseover, if I drop other strange news pictures I'll put it visible-ly

    "Probolinggo, Indonesia - Non-Hindu villagers wait on the edge of the crater to catch offerings cast down by Hindus during Kasodo ceremony at Mt Bromo, August 15, by Fully Handoko"
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
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    Apologies if scooped, saw this last night: Turning HIV into a weapon against cancer.
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    @BrianMowrey - gah, that's my morningstupid showing. As you were.

    In other news:

    Tech-Git catches Thief using the raw power of SCIENCE.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
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    @Si

    I've seen a number of articles like that where owners have tracked down the people who've stolen their devices. Really kind of awesome.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
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    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2011
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    Woah....

    Facebook riot calls earn men four-year jail terms amid sentencing outcry

    Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, of Latchford, Warrington, used his Facebook account in the early hours of 9 August to design a web page entitled The Warrington Riots. The court was told it caused a wave of panic in the town. When he woke up the following morning with a hangover, he removed the page and apologised, saying it had been a joke. His message was distributed to 400 Facebook contacts, but no rioting broke out as a result.
    Sentencing Blackshaw to four years in a young offenders institution, Judge Elgan Edwards QC said he had committed an "evil act". He said: "This happened at a time when collective insanity gripped the nation. Your conduct was quite disgraceful and the title of the message you posted on Facebook chills the blood.