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Mothership ferries drones to the neighborhood, drones deliver to various locations.
Robotics. Watch This Self-Flying Quadcopter Land on a Car Traveling at 50 Kilometers an Hour. Micro air vehicles have notoriously short ranges, which limits the potential of the drone delivery business. But the ability to take off and land from moving vehicles could change that.
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"Australia's Bizarre Outbreak: "What Is Thunderstorm Asthma?" This is the first I heard of this phenomena, explained at Live Science: "...It's thought that these outbreaks occur because, during thunderstorms, pollen grains rapidly absorb water and rupture, leading to the release of hundreds of small particles into the air, ASCIA says. These particles can penetrate deep into people's lungs and trigger asthma attacks, ASCIA says. Some outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma have also been linked with increased levels of fungal spores in the air. It's also thought that gusty winds in thunderstorms help to spread pollen particles and other allergy-inducing substances. A 2008 study that looked at emergency room visits in Atlanta over a 10-year period found that there were 3 percent more visits for asthma on days following thunderstorms. The link between asthma visits and thunderstorms was strongest when the wind gusts during the storm were intermediate to high, the study found..."
Thick fog prevented temperatures from rising as fast as expected yesterday; there's still a good chance of hitting 50F today, in spite of lingering showers. We cool down starting tomorrow with 30s the latter half of the week - maybe a candy coating of slushy snow on lawns. No big storms are brewing, but extended models are hinting at (real) cold about 2 weeks away. That, and what just happened in Australia? Thunderstorm asthma was a new one for m...
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Raytheon's Phaser microwave weapons system can fry swarms of drones at long range
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I've read the first book in the series and begun the second. From the Author's Postscript:

"I’ve always felt that the greatest and most beautiful stories in the history of humanity were not sung by wandering bards or written by playwrights and novelists, but told by science. The stories of science are far more magnificent, grand, involved, profound, thrilling, strange, terrifying, mysterious, and even emotional, compared to the stories told by literature."

http://danwang.co/liu-cixins-three-body/
When I hear Peter Thiel saying that we can imagine the future with the help of science fiction, I feel that Liu Cixin's Three Body Trilogy is what he means.
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It has been semi-interesting to read of the pundits, academics, journalists, yada yada who consider themselves to be thought leaders and in the know, and how they really had no clues about much of anything.

They write now about what they have since begun to realize, which leads me to wonder what is going on now that they have no clues about?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2016/11/22/exclusive-interview-how-jared-kushner-won-trump-the-white-house/#226e22392f50
The secret weapon of the Trump campaign: his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who created a stealth data machine that leveraged social media and ran like a Silicon Valley startup. The inside story of the biggest upset in modern political history.
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Harrumph! +Forbes  hides their page behind an obnoxious pop-up that demands that I whitelist them on my adblock plugin.  I've got news, cupcake, I won't whitelist you until and unless you guarantee you will not use pop-ups, obnoxious or otherwise, and that your ads will be unobtrusive.

There are site owners who do just that and I have whitelisted them. It's not the ads I mind, it's the stupidity of your ad people who think you're engendering good will for yourself and for your ad purchasers by pissing off your visitors.

I apologize, Gary, for hi-jacking the thread.

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"they can serve as nuclei for cloud droplets, ice crystals, and precipitation, thus influencing the hydrological cycle and climate. The sources, abundance, composition, and effects of biological aerosols and the atmospheric microbiome are, however, not yet well characterized and constitute a large gap in the scientific understanding of the interaction and co-evolution of life and climate in the Earth system."

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169809516301995
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Alien life-forms.

"Last month, synthetic biologists at Ginkgo Bioworks raised their glasses—filled with genetically modified beer—to cele­brate the launch of a new automated lab. By applying engineering principles to biology, and with the help of some nifty robotic equipment, Ginkgo has created a factory for churning out exotic life-forms, the likes of which have never before been seen on this planet."

"The home brew they were drinking was an example of the potential applications of synthetic biology, a new field that builds on recent progress in genetic assembly methods. Scientists can now manufacture snippets of synthetic DNA and slip them into organisms, giving those critters strange capabilities. For example, the brewer’s yeast used to make the beer for the launch party had genes from an orange tree added to its own DNA. During the fermentation stage of the brewing process, those genes caused the yeast to produce ­valencene, an organic compound with a citrusy flavor. Speaking scientifically, it was delicious."
Automation allows thousands of possibilities when building weird new organisms
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"While many American consumers seem to have lost touch with the silent American cowboy community, halfway around the globe, Russians are trying to emulate exactly what makes the hard-working American cowboy so great."

"Irina Zhorov for The Pulse recently wrote an article describing the booming growth of the Russian beef industry. Essentially owned by one company, Miratorg, Russia hopes to scale its beef production to become a global competitor. In just a few years, fallowed fields were reclaimed and replanted with grass. The cow herd grew to 400,000. And American cowboys traveled abroad to teach Russians how to “cowboy up,” — American style."
As Russia tries to emulate the U.S. beef production system, is the American cowboy at risk here in the States?
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A remotely controlled writhing robotic arm is being used to cut through thick metal in hostile environments.
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They are a bit confused about diet. The so-called western diet, AKA the SAD (standard American diet), is a relatively recent development that began with the advent of government dietary guidelines that demonized animal fats and so promoted simple sugars and starches as substitutes, as well as vegetable oils.

The beneficial fatty acids produced in the hindgut from complex carbs notably found in greens and some tubers (when raw or cooled after cooking) are a standard part of the pre-guidelines American diet. It's not about a plant based diet which eschews meat and fat, it's about eschewing the sugars and starches that the guidelines advocated.

A primal/paleo/typical meat and 2 veg diet provides precisely the complex diet that the hindgut bacteria need to produce the short chain fatty acids that serve so many beneficial functions.

N.B. this is also why ruminants need grass rather than grain for a healthful diet. They turn the greens into the very same fatty acids (butyrate, acetate, and proprionate) that humans produce.
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So...potato salad rather than mashed potatoes. I can live (possibly longer) with that.
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A useful though partial analysis.
|Peter Boettke| The media elites, the pollsters, statisticians, and commentators (including me) missed that one. What else are 'we' missing? Ever since the Wilsonian period, the progressive agenda has come with trained experts who by design immune from direct democratic...
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"“Zcash is really exciting because it’s the first combination of the blockchain properties with the encryption properties,” says Wilcox. This layer of encryption means that with Zcash, transactions will leave no trace on the blockchain of who spent a coin or in what digital pocket it landed. All that will be visible is that a transaction occurred."
Zcash’s new cryptocurrency promises complete anonymity
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