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This could be extremely disruptive. If it could've smaller than a battery there are so many implications for its use beyond charging your cell phone.

Think about lighting anywhere reachable by wifi. No more electrical wiring in your house for light bulb sockets. Just attach a fixture or put a lamp base where you want it and use wifi powered and controlled LED lights.

It could free up so many small things to be designed to not need plugging in or bulky batteries: wall clocks, wireless mice and trackpads, remote controls, sonic toothbrushes, toys, and many other modern conveniences.

If small and light enough, this could also make wearable tech actually feasible: earrings and other jewelry that doubles as speakers and microphones, clothing with lighting or other dynamic decoration, and possibly even contacts that give you AR displays.

It could be used in series to power sections of e-paper for signs, display boards and wall paper. There would be no more need for a stand alone TV or monitor.

If used for powering individual components, this could feasibly affect robotics as well: what if each gear were independently powered and so there was no need for tethered power or heavy battery packs to enable large robots to move?

This is very exciting tech! I hope it is not vaporware, but even if this particular implementation is, it seems like the most likely future for small power needs.

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I want to take this course!

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This was in my stream on a post not at all related to gaming, but it cracked me up since my main class is BRD. Thought I might not be the only one to chuckle.

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Had lunch at Matt's at the Market today with my mom. It had a great view of the classic sign and people bustling.
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What?? I haven't gotten over Colbert yet! Now this...

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I think Bill recognizes the problem, but not the appropriate solution. We (collectively, but especially our representative government) need to start planning for this upcoming crisis soon. The wealth gap is already too big. What happens when suddenly the "working poor" no longer even have jobs to attempt to live off of? This reality is coming fast....

The 1% also needs to realize that it is in their best interests to be compassionate to those less fortunate and start financially supporting them (by paying more taxes to prevent the collapse of society). They may disparage us all as leeches, but if they don't assist, they will be creating a problem for themselves in securing their assets. They are effectively becoming the French monarchy right before the Revolution. 

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This was a good read. I was prepared to disagree, but the distinctions made between shame, guilt and humiliation won me over. Shame is definitely a tool we need to wield to fix this social problem.

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This had the best political counter-argument I have heard yet:

[[Remember before the midterm elections when Obama was blamed for Ebola — which did not infect people within our borders — and Republicans demanded he ‘close the borders’? Then they won the midterm elections and forgot all about the Ebola patients which have not been infected in this country.

And now there’s an outbreak of measles and they’re opposing vaccinations. The majority of people who have measles have not been vaccinated.

It’s highly contagious. See: Disney.]]

Vaccinate your kids!

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#QuestionsForMen: would you feel comfortable having a group of only women deciding about what kind of healthcare you could receive to maintain your reproductive organs and general health as a man?

[[California Republican Darrell Issa chaired the panel, and because Republicans hold a majority in the House, he was able to choreograph the entire proceedings. He thoughtfully assembled a diverse group of men who don't necessarily have any real, fact-based reason to oppose birth control except for the fact that it made them feel icky. Invited to testify were five men. And no women. The whole thing was, to put it as succinctly as possible, depressing as f*ck.]]
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