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    One of my greatest aims is to make Whitechapel a nexus for Desirable Information.

    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.)
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
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    The live stream of the Hugo awards was cut off by a spam detecting robot, because they played some Doctor Who clips.

    Oops.
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    " Cheap to produce, the virus is exquisitely precise, with only mild, flu-like side-effects in humans. Photographs in research reports show tumours in test mice melting away.

    'It is amazing,' Prof Essand gleams in wonder. 'It's better than anything else. Tumour cell lines that are resistant to every other drug, it kills them in these animals.' "

    A virus that kills cancer: the cure that's waiting in the cold

    Sitting in a refrigerator in a Swedish laboratory is what promises to be a cheap and effective cancer treatment. So why are the trials to bring it to market not going ahead?
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
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    @ Vornaskotti: Are Kickstarters allowed for medical research?
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    @The Mighty Foamhead: That was my first thought too, but they mention in the article that the $1M would only get you to phase 2 trials, and because they've published enough to be unpatentable, they couldn't then get bought up by someone who was willing to fund phase 3. Not to mention that it could easily just not do anything in humans.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012 edited
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    Holy Krap:

    Thousands of dead nutria pile up on Mississippi beaches after Isaac

    Dead, swollen rodent corpses
    "Estimates are there will be over 20,000 carcasses," Robbie Wilbur, spokesman for the state's department of environmental quality, told NBC News.

    "It's a terrible smell," David Garcia, mayor of Waveland in Hancock county, told WLOX-TV. "As this heat continues, they're just going to blow up and pop, making it even more of a health hazard."

    I want a video of a swollen nutria corpse blowing open.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012 edited
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    Don't have that but I do have a story about an exploding whale in Taiwan.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2012
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    Mitt Romney accidentally confronts gay Vietnam war veteran :

    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012 edited
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    New hope for fat bastards like me.

    The treament involves injecting a capsule into the abdomen containing brown fat (the good type of fat cells that burn glucose to raise the body's temperature) and white fat cells engineered to lack an enzyme required for the development of visceral fat. (Fat aound the abdomen is really, really bad for you and the amount of visceral fat a person has is a much better indicator of health levels that total amounts of fat.)

    The brown fat and the modfiied white fat cells apparently convert the visceral fat cells into other less harmful forms of fat. The result is an average reduction of 20% in visceral fat and an initial drop of about 10% in weight although some of that coems back later.

    Tests on large animals start soon and assuming they go well this will probably be being tested in humans within a few years.
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    RIP Terry Nutkins, dead at 66 from Leukemia.

    I don't know much about natural history, but what I do know, I know because of Terry and his ilk. He was a good guy.
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    This isnt to lessen the tragedy but the shooting case in France has just brought home to me how much the news is framed in fictional narrative forms. The whole shape of the reveal and the cast of characters feels like it has been shaped by a script writer.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2012
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    There have been news helicopters circling the research park where I work because the company the father worked at (as a contractor) is on it, and the police asked us to close the entrance so press cars couldn't get in. Therefore, helicopters.

    No idea what they thought they could learn by taking footage of a building, but that's the rolling news for you.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2012
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    So apprently Foxconn don't have enough staff to get all those iPhone5 things out in time.

    Solution? Suspend teaching at local universities, and bus the students in for a mandatory internship.
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    Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams photographed as she does repairs on the International Space Station.

    If only Bob Heinlein were alive to see that.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2012 edited
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    California man pleads guilty to ripping out friend's heart and removing his tongue.

    The officers found Powell's body on the couch of the Requa home. His chest was cut open, and his heart, tongue and the skin of his face were gone, court records said. His heart was found charred in a wood-burning stove.

    An autopsy determined the organs had been removed while Powell was still alive, the documents said.
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    I've experienced religious hallucinations on shrooms, but never had the urge to harm anybody.
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    Doesn't say who was God and who was the Devil, so we don't know who won...
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    It also doesn't say which God and which devil.