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Graeme McRae
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I love math, technology, philosophy, popular music, jokes, podcasts, running, and snowboarding.
I love math, technology, philosophy, popular music, jokes, podcasts, running, and snowboarding.

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Is Don On The Phone?
A rant, by Casey Kasem, in honor of his birthday, April 27, 1932
We're up to our long-distance dedication. And this one is about kids, and pets, and a situation that we can all understand, whether we have kids or pets or neither. It's from a man in Cincinnati, Ohio, and here's what he writes: Dear Casey, this may seem to be a strange dedication request, but I'm quite sincere, and it'll mean a lot if you play it. Recently, there was a death in our family. He was a little dog named Snuggles, but he was most certainly a part of--let's--gonna start again. From comin' outta the record. Play the record, okay? Please? [long pause] See, when you come out of those up-tempo goddamn numbers, man, it’s impossible to make those transitions, and then you gotta go into somebody dying. You know, they do this to me all the time. I don’t know what the hell they do it for, but God damn it if we can’t come out of a slow record. I don’t understand it. Is Don on the phone? Okay. I want a goddamn concerted effort to come out of a record that isn't a fucking up-tempo record every time I do a goddamn death dedication! Now make it—and I also wanna know what happened to the pictures I was supposed to see this week! This is the God—last Goddamn time. I want somebody to use his fucking brain to not come out of a goddamn record that is—that’s up-tempo and I gotta talk about a fucking dog dying!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDYK2H0ldbo
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In a typical lithium-ion battery, the anode is made of carbon, allowing the lithium ions to diffuse into the anode without creating "dendrites", which could cause a short circuit. With this new process, the anode can be made of lithium metal, which would eliminate the dead weight of the carbon in current lithium-ion batteries, increasing their energy density.

https://techxplore.com/news/2018-03-temperature-lithium-dendrites.html

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I love this! It's hard not to have a sense of awe when you see that just about all the elements for life were created by dying low mas stars and exploding stars. As Neil deGrasse Tyson said, we are stardust. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/484586-the-atoms-of-our-bodies-are-traceable-to-stars-that
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The Rapture index is a "Dow Jones Industrial Average" of end time activity, which you can view as prophetic speedometer. The higher the number, the faster we're moving towards the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture. The current value of the Rapture Index: 181

http://www.raptureready.com/rapture-ready-index/
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I saw a couple articles on Phys.org that look a little sketchy...

One is about a "Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch"
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-breakthrough-device.html

And the other is about some ice cream that doesn't melt.
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-japanese-scientists-ice-cream-doesnt.html

I wonder if anyone can tell me if these articles have any merit?
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Thanks, +Sue T. and +John R. Ellis, for drawing my attention to this delightful periodic table of haikus.
I think we used to put periodic tables in here.

"A review of the Periodic Table composed of 119 science haiku, one for each element, plus a closing haiku for element 119 (not yet synthesized). The haiku encompass astronomy, biology, chemistry, history, physics, and a bit of whimsical flair. Click or hover over an element on the Periodic Table to read the haiku. Share these poems and add your own on Twitter with hashtag #ChemHaiku."
The elements, in haiku
The elements, in haiku
vis.sciencemag.org
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Thanks, +John R. Ellis, for this new periodic table.
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Cheap batteries are about to flood the world and potentially revolutionize how we use power. The U.S., led by Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc, will push out more than 35 gigawatt-hours of batteries per year by 2021, according to a Bloomberg report. But it’s China where the real glut is happening; China has plans to build factories capable of putting out more than 120 gigawatt-hours annually, combined, by the same year. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-28/china-is-about-to-bury-elon-musk-in-batteries
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