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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2012
    Woman controls robot arm with her mind. I love living in the future.
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    More reasons why Wil Wheaton is awesome.

    'One of the things that drives me crazy is the belief in Hollywood that bittorrent exists solely for stealing things. Efforts to explain that this is not necessarily true are often met with hands clamped tightly over ears, accompanied by "I CAN'T HEAR YOU LA LA LA."'
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    One can only imagine the conversation that would have had to take place to convince the Soviet Union of the U.S.’s peaceful intent with the launch of that missile:

    United States: “Hey Soviet Union, don’t worry about that intercontinental missile we just fired that has a nuclear warhead attached. I swear, it’s aimed at the moon.”
    Soviet Union: “Why would you shoot a nuclear missile at the moon?”
    United States: “…”
    Soviet Union: “???”
    United States: “You know… BOOM… but in space.”

    The United States Once Planned On Nuking the Moon
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    Why would you NOT fire a nuclear missile at the moon ?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    What's the moon ever done to you? Huh?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    What's the moon ever done FOR me ?
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    Gotta nuke somethin'.
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    "Stop struggling, moon. This will only hurt for a second. Its your own fault, really. "
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    @Wood - made the tide go in and out. Surfing dude!
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    ^Of course:
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2012
    Never a miscommunication.
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    Can't be real. Please don't let it be real.
    Man who fathered 30 kids says he needs a break on child support
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2012
    Really surprised this hasn't appeared yet.
    Roasted gold-leaved foetus collection was for black magic.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2012
    @ lampcommander : Let's hear it for abstinence-only sex ed !
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2012 edited
    Dinosaur skeletons currently auctioned in New York have most likely been looted from Mongolia

    Dr. Mark Norell, the dinosaur curator at the American Museum of Natural History :
    It is with great concern that I see Mongolian dinosaur materials listed in the upcoming (May 20) Heritage Auctions Natural History catalogue. For the last 22 years I have excavated specimens Mongolia in conjunction with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. I have been an author on over 75 scientific papers describing these important specimens. Unfortunately, in my years in the desert I have witnessed ever increasing illegal looting of dinosaur sites, including some of my own excavations. These extremely important fossils are now appearing on the international market. In the current catalogue Lot 49317 (a skull of Saichania) and Lot 49315 (a mounted Tarbosaurus skeleton) clearly were excavated in Mongolia as this is the only locality in the world where these dinosaurs are known. The copy listed in the catalogue, while not mentioning Mongolia specifically (the locality is listed as Central Asia) repeatedly makes reference to the Gobi Desert and to the fact that other specimens of dinosaurs were collected in Mongolia. As someone who is intimately familiar with these faunas, these specimens were undoubtedly looted from Mongolia. There is no legal mechanism (nor has there been for over 50 years) to remove vertebrate fossil material from Mongolia. These specimens are the patrimony of the Mongolian people and should be in a museum in Mongolia. As a professional paleontologist, am appalled that these illegally collected specimens (with no associated documents regarding provenance) are being are being sold at auction.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2012
    Provided without context : Wizard of Christchurch plans cathedral protest

    The Anglican Church has confirmed it won't halt the process of bringing the building down to two or three metres, despite weeks of protest and public backlash.

    The Wizard has labelled Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews as "seriously cracked" and in a dangerous state, with no evidence she can be made safe.

    At today's rally he's promising to deconstruct her, in favour of a cardboard figurine.
    • CommentAuthorFrank
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012
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    Robin Gibb has died

    Your mother's probably gone into mourning.
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    Wanda Díaz-Merced listens. “When I get the data, I convert it to sounds. I can listen for harmonics, melodies, relative high- and low-frequency ranges,” she says. With NASA’s Swift satellite, for example, Díaz-Merced “was able to hear [previously overlooked] very low frequencies from gamma-ray bursts. I had been listening to the time series and said to the physicists in charge, ‘Let’s listen to the power spectra.’ If I hear descending tones, it could tell me that the spectral index [a measure of the dependence of radiative flux density on frequency] is changing—if it gets more negative, the plasma is getting more turbulent.”

    Shhhh. Listen to the data