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"Those who write anguished letters to newspaper editors will never like this kind of thing."
GERMANS joke about their bad English. In Berlin, you can buy fridge magnets with German expressions over-literally translated into English, like “It is me...
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I still haven't come to terms with the fact that Patrick Macnee's life is a better story than the excellent character he played in The Avengers:

"""The rest of his childhood was no less confused. His father was a racehorse trainer, a diminutive man known as “Shrimp” Macnee whose dapper wardrobe his son later recreated for Steed. He had a taste for gin and enlivened his dinner parties by levelling a shotgun at those guests he suspected of pacifist tendencies.

Macnee’s mother took refuge in a circle of friends that included Tallulah Bankhead and the madam Mrs Meyrick, before absconding with a wealthy lesbian, Evelyn. Young Patrick was brought up by the pair and was instructed to call Evelyn “Uncle”. He managed to resist their efforts to dress him as a girl, wearing a kilt as a compromise. His father fled to India, from where he was later expelled for urinating off a balcony on to the heads of the Raj’s elite, gathered below for a race-meeting.

Evelyn financed Macnee’s education, at Summer Fields — where he first acted, playing opposite Christopher Lee — and then Eton. His corruption began when he was introduced to whisky by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff, who had escaped into the garden with a bottle when brought in to consecrate Evelyn’s private chapel. Macnee was then expelled from Eton for running a pornography and bookmaking empire."""
Actor who brought Etonian nonchalance and jaunty eccentricity to the part of Steed in The Avengers
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Pembient, based in San Francisco uses keratin — a type of fibrous protein — and rhino DNA to produce a dried powder which is then 3D printed to synthetic rhino horns that is genetically and spectrographically similar to original rhino horns.The company plans to release a beer brewed with the synthetic horn later this year in the Chinese market.
 
A creative solution, though it's difficult to game out the long-term consequences.
A San Francisco biotech startup has managed to 3D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. It plans to flood Chinese market with these cheap horns to curb poaching.
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A way to improve SF density without increasing height limits.
“Retrofit one block of San Francisco sidewalks into Euro-style narrow streets = space for 45,000 sq ft of new housing”
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I just keep thinking about self-driving cars...  Can you imagine what getting rid of parking space would do to cities?
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A demonstration that when deprived of oxygen, people remain completely calm but quickly and without realization, lose the ability to reason.
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In 1950 New York became the first megacity, that is, a city with more than 10 million people in its greater metro area. Today there are 34 megacities, and Beijing is about to become the first supercity, with 100 million people in its greater metro area.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megacity
The new megalopolis, Jing-Jin-Ji, is to cover ground the size of Kansas and have a population about six times larger than the New York metropolitan area.
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So the population of the NY megacity is the same as the population of Australia. 
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A visualization of the space used in cities by cars. I eagerly await the day they are driven by computers and we can get rid of parking.

(From https://twitter.com/annabikes/status/532583894252806144)
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I agree that cars have eaten our cities, but where I live the cars parked on both sides of the road reduce the volume and speed of traffic using the street. This gives me a quieter life. 
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Elevating balloon animals. (Not with Helium.)
Don't show these to your kids unless you want them to be completely underwhelmed by every balloon animal they see for the rest of their lives. Japanese balloon twister Masayoshi Matsumoto makes some of the most intricate balloon sculptures I've ever encountered. From prickly iguanas to g
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+Lerato Majikfaerie​, sorry, must have missed the link. And very awesome! 
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Surprising to me, but excellent news: Batteries are getting cheaper.

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v5/n4/full/nclimate2564.html
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I have recently been feeling surprisingly confident about my understanding of IEEE-754 (ignoring denormalized numbers). Luckily there are new things in other standards for me to not know:

"A complex number with at least one infinite part is considered to be an infinity, even if the other part is a NaN."

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/golang-nuts/DHYoItBRLaA/mGFOBB4OwIwJ
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An animation showing the assembly sequence of the International Space Station. Many launches over many years.
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