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If you ever wanted to know why junk food is the way it is, read this article. It is rather long, but it is a fascinating story of the late 20th century history of the processed food industry.

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Tau Ceti in This Century!

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Light up headphone: ok
Video of light up headphones: unexpectedly funny

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This is an argument I've heard before, but still a compelling article.

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+Greg Sandstrom and I went biking to find a space shuttle.
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Space Shuttle in LA (32 photos)
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Apparently NASA geologists really know what they are doing, they look at a picture and: "From the size of gravels it carried, we can interpret the water was moving about 3 feet per second, with a depth somewhere between ankle and hip deep."

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The science of decision fatigue is very interesting for its implications both about poverty as well as how I live my daily life.  This isn't exactly new, but  it came to my attention as a result of some comments by a certain Willard Romney.  I think I may try to make some changes to my own habits as a result of this article.  And to save you the fatigue of deciding whether or not to continue reading, I've linked to the full version of the article :).

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?pagewanted=all
http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/fruit-salad-chocolate-cake-cognitive-control-and-poverty

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Rethink Robotics has announced Baxter, a robot designed for manufacturing that costs only $22,000.  Two full size arms, plus sensors and software at that price point is very exciting.  I think we will soon see more robots in more places we did not expect.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/rethink-robotics-announces-baxter-robot-helper-we-go-handson-in-boston
http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/industrial-robots/rethink-robotics-baxter-robot-factory-worker
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/science/a-robot-with-a-delicate-touch.html

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NYT covers new research that shows that the 80% of the human genome that we previously thought was 'junk' DNA (since it doesn't encode proteins) is actually extremely important, and forms a complex network of genetic switches that govern how genes are expressed.

IANAGeneticist, but that sounds to me like one of the major functions of DNA is to encode algorithms, and as a computer scientist, that makes me excited.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/06/science/far-from-junk-dna-dark-matter-proves-crucial-to-health.html
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