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Doxxing as a tool of modern warfare. Truly, we are living in the future.
Ukraine says these photographs show that the men who have taken over government buildings in eastern Ukraine are Russian combatants.
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"...Another study argued that eliminating coal pollution in northern China would raise average life expectancy there by nearly five years. (By contrast, wiping out all cancer would increase US life expectancy by just three years.)" Wow.
Most of the rest of the article is about the numerics showing that coal is here to stay.
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Whale oil is here to stay.
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This is indeed awesome and hilarious.
 
This is awesome and hilarious.
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The gait at 5:04 is almost skipping... at least that's what I thought.
Interesting that there really doesn't seem to be any true running.

Now if you tried to bounce off your tail... :^O
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In this rather amazing comment we learn how to maintain fortresses suffering from overpopulation by cats or dwarves. (The actual article is crap, touching barely a thousandth of the glory of Dwarf Fortress.)
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I found it refreshing that they focused on other parts of the game than just the fortress management for once. I wonder how many people are even aware there's more to the game than that. 
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Some journals have better article titles than others.
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Forgot to "read more" on above comments.
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Another great kottke find. (2.5min) It seems a stretch to call a ~1mm^2 magnet a "robot", when all its motive power comes from the magnetic circuit board it's traveling on, but if they can pick up and transfer building materials (and execute precision maneuvers at 19Hz!) I guess it's a good name?
Reminiscent of an Amazon warehouse, scaled down 1000x. A Day in the Life of a Kiva Robot
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TIL about a historical event known as the Auspicious Incident. (The actual incident isn't as interesting as the name.) What other great names should I be throwing around, like the Defenestration of Prague and the incomparable Diet of Worms?
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I liked most the first bit of this: have one group of kids practice throwing balls into a bucket 3 feet way, another into buckets 2 and 4 feet away. After a few weeks, who's better at the 3 foot test? The second group.
Contrary to what the bestselling author would tell you, obsessive practice isn't the key to success. Here's why
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The headlines (and, it appears, the blurbs at the top) are usually outside the authors' control. In this case, the article is an excerpt from a book, except the headline which was written by the folks at Salon.
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Much greatness to choose from here.
 
"Zoologists of Reddit, what animal do you think most people don't know exists?"

So begins a thread full of some of the weirdest-looking creatures on the planet. Prepare to get lost on the Internet for a while.

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/23cmo9/zoologists_of_reddit_what_animal_do_you_think/

(The creature below is something called a Saiga Antelope, which lives in a few small areas of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mos Eisley Spaceport.)

h/t +Bridget Spitznagel.
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Okapi is my favorite. They have some at the Miami Zoo.
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Brilliant twist on the holiday: pack an emergency bag of your most necessary belongings, just for practice and to get your thinking. Then compare bags with family and guests. (By the always excellent +dahlia lithwick .)
My husband is a worrier. He worries about natural disasters and climate change and political meltdown and fiscal collapse, and he’s had a box of emergency supplies under the basement stairs since after 9/11. (A few years ago we discovered that he had stashed chocolate liqueur in the emergency preparedness...
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Juggler, math professor, father of two (in that chronological order)
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World record for passing balls between two people, 1990-1995 (12 balls for 68 catches; with David Morton and +Greg Warrington); plenary speaker at the Largest. Math conference. EVAR.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Math, 1995 - 1996
  • Princeton University
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  • University of California, Santa Cruz
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  • California Institute of Technology
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