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Check your sources, boys and girls :D! (or at least make sure your media source of choice does).

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/05/28/410313446/why-a-journalist-scammed-the-media-into-spreading-bad-chocolate-science
A study showing chocolate can boost weight loss turns out to be a big hoax. A science journalist conducted the real – and really bad – research to show how junk science spreads. But did he go too far?
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This is incredibly disturbing.... 
Trade deals like NAFTA can have vast long-term impacts on diet and health. Experts say they're concerned that the U.S. isn't addressing these implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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A cheerful Listicle for your Saturday :). I'm off to row a boat...

http://www.boredpanda.com/modern-word-combinations-urban-dictionary/

My favorite? Destinesia, because I really, really do that all the time.
When languages evolve, it's important that scholars and dictionaries keep up. The internet has spawned a new crop of words for stuff, and while you may not like all of them, some of them are really clever combos that seem like they might actually be useful!
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The destinesia thing is interesting. Recently, I was listening so some podcasts with this year's Nobel Prize winners. The problem is, according to scientists who study this kind of thing, is that we go through a door. No, a real door. The rectangular opening kind of thing.

Anyways, we form a thought and that thought is tied to a location, the one we are in when we form that thought. As soon as we pass through a door to a different location, we unhook from that thought.

It also helps to explain why the memory "trick" of keying things to a "building" and the "rooms" in that building can help us to remember a lot of things that have no physical reference in our real world.

Destinesia: it's real! 😃
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I read an article earlier today that seemed convinced that any astronauts traveling on long Mars missions would need to try very hard find ways to stave off boredom. So:

What do you think are some intellectually stimulating, compact games that can be played with 1 to 6 players? Would Martian explorers play them?
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As previously stated - virtual is the obvious answer. Can we design the astronauts' tablets to chain together to form a larger board? That would give loads of flexibility and allow them to play Kingdom Builder 😀.

I still like the idea of having some physical games in board. Assuming low G: would Velcro Carcassonne or Suburbia work?
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Went to order lunch at Jimmy John's website and found this:

https://www.jimmyjohns.com/datasecurityincident/

None of the stores I go to was affected, but there are four others in WA on this list.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jimmy John's Notifies Customers of Payment Card Security Incident CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (September 24, 2014) – On July 30, 2014, Jimmy John's learned of a possible security incident involving credit and debit card data at some of Jimmy John's stores and franchised locations.
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Sign 'o the times. 😞
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Hubs and I just sold a big ol' pile of games and now we have room on our game shelf again. There's a sale on at our FLGS and we are going out to dinner with another board gaming couple (a.k.a. enablers). Given this information, will we:
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Looks like the majority has it! We were disappointingly reasonable and ended up with just a few games. An expansion for Alhambra was the highlight! 
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I just discovered table flip ascii art.

Life is complete.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

┬──┬◡ノ(° -°ノ) (putting it back)

(╯°Д°)╯︵/(.□ . ) (flipping the person who put it back)
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What do you guys think? Is this a good start to humanizing the police? Is it a way for police to start building trust within their neighborhoods? I know I get excited when I see these little guys popping up everywhere. They are adorable and useful and wonderful and I'm happy Seattle is a city that has some in it.

http://boingboing.net/2015/05/21/a-campaign-to-place-little-fre.html 
How the Little Free Library aims to establish and rebuild the relationship between police and the community
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An in-depth look at how evolution works. It is really, really neat! 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/evolution/?hootPostID=7e3e320568489be2f30bb471fa32611e
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Hey local Seattle ladies in STEM:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-geeky-seattle-2015-april-24-25-tickets-16141513702?ref=ecount

It's a STEM "unConference" at a local rowing club. How could you not :)?
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Does anyone know a good sportweight or DK cotton/elastic yarn blend that's reasonably priced and comes in dark colors? I found a project that uses a brand I can't find anywhere. I know Cascade Fixation would work but the colors I could find are too spring-y for me :). 

I'm super picky....
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I buy my Cascade Fixation from Paradise fibers. They have solids and dark colors too. 
http://www.paradisefibers.com/cascade-fixation-cotton-elastic-yarn.html?
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"The word 'atheist,' meaning 'no God,' is negative and defeatist. It says what you don’t believe and puts you in an eternal position of defense. 'Rationalism' on the other hand states what you DO believe; that, that which can be understood in the light of reason." -- Issac Assimov

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