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+Alex Wellerstein is a historical scholar of nuclear weapon history, and posts a fairly regular blog about things he's thinking about or has recently come across.  I recommend it highly.

He recently posted a set of posts (and wrote a New Yorker article) about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and this particular post is a recap of those.  One of the particularly interesting nuances that he talks about here is the ways in which the two bombings differed, not so much in bomb technology (though they did) but in the decisions and process around how they happened.
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Some tools just are not the right thing for some jobs....
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I imagine if you use the flat of the blade you might have some better luck...
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This tale is a quite entertaining bit of engineering hackery.
As I write this post, New Horizons is nearing the end of a weeklong optical navigation campaign. The last optical navigation images in the weeklong series will be taken tomorrow, but it will likely take two weeks or more for all the data to get to Earth. Two weeks! Why does it take so long?
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This is a good compendium of links about the shooting at the Emanual AME church, including some links for places to donate.  But, more than that, the comment section is well worth reading for a nuanced discussion of racism, the Civil War, and how the Civil War has been treated in public discourse, along with suggestions for more reading.

It's well worth reading for the information it contains, and it's also well worth reading just as an existence proof that we can, in fact, have comment forums on reasonably popular websites that can have this sort of conversation about extremely emotional topics.  "Never read the comments" is not always true.  But, for today, read it for the discussions about institutionalized racism, and why we have many Jefferson Davis High Schools in the South and what that means.
The Toast presents a selection of delightful information in the form of a link roundup.
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For +Suzanne Moses.
We follow Atwood through a wet forest in Norway as she hands over the manuscript for a book that won’t be read for 100 years. Plus: David Mitchell is named as the project’s next writer
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I'm surprised Margaret Atwood believes the world will be intact in 100 years. I like her books, though.
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I'd like to commend this Kickstarter to your attention.  The theme of the anthology is "stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that ... cross genre boundaries, that aren’t afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques."  Past editions of this anthology have had stories by Marie Brennan, Tanith Lee, Cat Valente, Ann Leckie, Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, and many others.  I really enjoyed the 4th edition that came out a couple of years ago, and would highly recommend it.

Also worth noting: Part of the goal of this Kickstarter is paying proper professional rates to the authors, which they've done in past editions as well.

It's currently about $1200 shy of its goal, with 22 hours left.  Based on the last few days, it's has a good chance of making it, but it will be tight, so please help!
Mike Allen is raising funds for CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5: more stories of beauty and strangeness on Kickstarter! A new volume in our celebrated anthology series devoted to offbeat cross-genre fiction.
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Thanks for sharing. I haven't read the others, but this looks interesting. I went ahead and gave them some money.
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+Alec Austin has a new story, "Fire Rises", in BCS.  Alec is one of my friends where I also have the pleasantness of liking everything he's written that I've read, but this one in particular is very nice indeed.  It just works beautifully, in how all the structure fits together, as well as having all the usual plot and people and world-concept things I like in stories.  You should go read it!
Not for the first time, Li considered killing Nasrin. The young woman was too trusting; too confident in the persuasive power of her logic. But everything Li had seen of Nasrin told her she wasn't a threat. At best, she was someone else's catspaw. But whose?
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This is a repeat of a large survey from 2009 that, as I understand it, significantly affected the discourse about issues affecting transgendered people by providing real numbers for suicide attempt rates, harassment rates, and so forth.
 
If you're in the US and trans, please sign up to take this survey. If you know trans people in the US, please share this link with them.

http://www.ustranssurvey.org/

This would be the second time this organization ran a comprehensive survey on the issues trans people face, which means that from this data we could hallucinate a trendline! But, they're still short their sample size goal. Please sign up to take it if you're eligible, or share it with people you know who are. Data collection about a population is necessary to identify and prioritize what problems they face, so that improvements can be made which are relevant and so that we can see if programs that attempt to improve things have helped at all. Trans populations are sorely under-researched. Please take the survey if you're able.
The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the new name of the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people.
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PSA: If you use a web browser, do this.[1] There are really scary security issues going on right now.[2]

1) If don't use Chrome but you can, switch now. From a security perspective, it is really hard to beat right now, and security is a big enough problem that this should dominate most users' concerns.

2) Update Chrome. Keep updating it as quickly as updates become available for the next week or so. Usually, the update cycle is fast enough. It isn't right now. If you can't use Chrome, same advice about the Adobe Flash plugin: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

3) Right now, go and follow these instructions so that plugins don't run automatically: http://www.howtogeek.com/188059/how-to-enable-click-to-play-plugins-in-every-web-browser/ When you actually need the plugin, you can still run it, but these plugins continue to be a widespread source of insecurity and instability in browsers.

No matter what, do not update Flash (or any other software) based on instructions in an email that purports to be from the vendor of that software. Delete such emails, and type in the name of the software yourself to find it and update it. These emails are often if not always scams and attacks of their own.

Thanks, and stay safe. See below for context.
-Chandler

[1]: Several folks have talked about this, but I think the instructions are never quite right, so I wrote my own. Props to +Matt Beaumont-Gay and others who gave the ideas.

[2]: There have been lots of articles about the current excitement. Here are a few:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/12/adobe_flash_zero_day_cve_2015_5122/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/08/adobe_flash_hacking_team_update/
http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/how-a-russian-hacker-made-45000-selling-a-zero-day-flash-exploit-to-hacking-team/
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chrome does too.
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Carvell Wallace writes a letter to his late mother about yesterday's white supremacist massacre in Charleston.
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Quoting from the article: "Other than those fibs, the study was 100 percent authentic. My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. We ran an actual clinical trial, with subjects randomly assigned to different diet regimes. And the statistically significant benefits of chocolate that we reported are based on the actual data. It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science."
 
It's shockingly easy to get worldwide attention with a totally bogus study. Simple recipe: measure 20 variables in a small sample group, and it's likely that one of them will "win the lottery" and seem statistically significant. Nice job demonstrating this.
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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Interesting discussion of Boston's road history in comment #15 on this post.  It's not all cow paths; a lot of it is old shorelines.
You can't get there from here. By Andy Woodruff on 22 December 2009. Apparently in Maine they have a saying, “you can't get there from here” (spoken in a Maine accent), said when giving directions as an observation of the impossibility of traveling a direct route between certain places.
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