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George Beckingham
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Excellent article on a pioneer in the field of human internal microbiology.
The Man Who Drank Cholera and Launched the Yogurt Craze
Ilya Metchnikoff laid the foundation for modern probiotics.
What do Jamie Lee Curtis, gut bacteria, and a long forgotten Russian scientist have in common? Why, yogurt, of course. But wait, the…
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Where's Walter?

The whole cast is here, even the infamous ATM!
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WHERE.IS.HEISENBERG? Find HIM, but ya know, tread lightly

(larger) Buenos Aires, Argentina-based graphic designer Max Dalton (previously) has created Where Is Walt?, an illustrated mashup of AMC's hit television series Breaking Bad and the classic Where's...
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Quote: "Some sites are going to be in for a big surprise when they find a drastic change in the amount of people visiting them from mobile devices," said Itai Sadan, CEO of website-building service Duda.

No kidding. On the plus side, the number of visitors who back out immediately because they can't read the microscopic site will plummet.
Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

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Simple but very important article. One study doesn't prove anything. In fact, no number of studies proves anything beyond a doubt. The closest we get to scientific 'proof' is a general consensus of a large number of studies. The more (high quality) studies agree on a particular conclusion, the closer that conclusion likely reflects reality.
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Tell PepsiCo to improve its palm oil policy

I eat a big bowl of oatmeal every morning. As Wilford Brimley used to say, "It's the right thing to do or you'll get diabeetus!"... or something like that. All companies should have a solid palm oil plan to keep their supplies coming in without allowing their suppliers to rape old-growth tropical forests. PepsiCo has a plan, but it needs improvement. Keep the pressure on. It's the right thing to do!
If people only knew the truth about Quaker and PepsiCo’s patchy palm oil commitment.

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Marriage is between two men or two women. Period. At least in Ireland.
Concern that marriage between heterosexual couple may have been found unconstitutional
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This whole thing was epic.
Actually, Tesla wants to help companies like Wal-Mart level their energy demand. It's an important distinction, and it's even more important than providing power.

Companies like Wal-Mart consume tons of power during the day, and much less at night, a pattern common enough that many utilities have demand pricing, with lower rates at off-peak hours. Large-scale storage would enable a company to store excess power at night, then use it during the day, reducing their overall energy cost and helping reduce peak stress on the utility.

Over the long term, as more companies implement large-scale storage, the grid will be leveled to the point where utilities will no longer offer demand pricing. But by then, there will be so much storage in the grid that the fluctuation problems with transient clean energy sources will not be an issue.
Tesla Wants to Power Wal-Mart
As reported by Bloomberg Business: Tesla Motors Inc. is signing up big customers like Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage -- a new market that’s poised to boost sales and profit at ...
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Calling all Albertans

Whoever you're voting for, make sure you vote. If you're a first-time voter, or if you know any first-time voters, share VoteKit with them. It contains information on how to vote in the upcoming Alberta election, including information in eight languages.

Election day is May 5, and your employer must give you enough time for to vote. See the Elections Alberta website for information on finding your polling place and registering. If you've moved, you will have to register, although you can still enumerate yourself at the polls. Full details:

There have been some movements toward strategic voting recently. If you wish to participate in such an initiative, that's your choice, but don't let anyone decide how you vote. When you stand in the voting booth on May 5, you're the only one who can decide how to mark the ballot.
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Looking for info on the upcoming Alberta election? 

Disclaimer: I lean left of center, so I'm expressing my opinion below. If your opinion is different, let's keep it civil.

The Wikipedia page on the subject gives a good summary of the basic numbers leading up to this election.

It's interesting how high the popularity of the NDP has climbed. If you're leaning left of center, don't let the Wild Roses scare you into voting Conservative to keep the crazies out. If you're leaning right of center, take some time to follow the money to see where fiscal conservatism actually resides.

Claiming a one-or-the-other relationship between economic success and well-funded social programs is a false choice. You can't have long-term prosperity without healthy, well-educated people. Figure out which candidate strikes the best balance for you.
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Pretty soon the ring road will be highways 37, 21, 19/625, and 60/44.

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This is not an April fools post.

Madison's words:
The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed. … No State shall violate the equal rights of conscience, or the freedom of the press, or the trial by jury in criminal cases.

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A word from the Founding Father...
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If you've never read Pratchett's work, this list is a faint scratch on the surface of his many insights into humanity.
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If you've never tried alligator, this is the place to do it. I was pleasantly surprised to visit a Louisiana-themed restaurant where the food wasn't brain-searingly spicy. The flavor of the gator came through perfectly. My wife and I decided to have an appetizer-only meal, and ended up trying six appies. In addition to the gator, the pecan-crusted brie and seafood boudin were great. The crab cake and battered shrimp were okay, but nothing special. The portion sizes for the appetizers are obviously intended for one person to enjoy before a meal, rather than for sharing. Overall, the food could use a little more spice, but they have a selection of hot sauces at the table to take care of that. I look forward to going back and trying some of their entrees.
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Great shop, knowledgeable staff. I went in with a cheap clunker that was no longer adequate for my needs, and the salesperson helped me pick out a perfect bike without trying to up-sell me to something more expensive. The bike was well-adjusted and ran great right out of the shop, and they cheerfully took my old clunker to fix up and donate. And you can't go wrong with free service for the first year after buying a bike! The only reason there's a star missing is because they don't book appointments for service, and their queue for service can be several days long. However, when I explained to the owner that I didn't have access to a car, he arranged a drop-in time for me to get my initial service.
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