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"I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission into the Fall 2015 freshman class at Duke."
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Beekeepers in Turkey will now be able to get insured against bear attacks on their hives.
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Drones + extended exposure + fireworks = beautiful photographs by Calder Wilson

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Les Etats-Unis et la Russie vont construire ensemble la prochaine Station spatiale internationale.
La prochaine étape pour les deux agences est une mission commune vers Mars, selon le chef Charles Bolden.
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In a landmark decision, Russian space agency Roscosmos and its US counterpart NASA have agreed to build a new space station after the current International Space Station (ISS) expires. The operation of…
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To hell with Mars, we have unfinished business on the Moon.
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How to Boil Water

❉ In breaking news, scientists have figured out how to boil water - at least 3 times more efficiently and producing twice as much steam. Before you shake your fist at "wasteful research spending", this isn't really about your whistling tea kettle! 

❉ Phase change heat transfer processes (boiling, condensation) are a big part of everyday technology from water purification and HVAC units, power plants and cooling electronics.   When water boils, a thin layer of steam can coat the heated surface, insulating it and drastically cutting down on the efficient transfer of heat to liquid. This can lead to surface burnout and a destructive condition known as critical heat flux. What is needed is a surface that discourages the vapor from sticking and wicks in water to quickly re-wet the heated surface. To create a superhydrophilic wicking surface, Drexel University scientist Matthew McCarthy turned to biotemplating with....viruses! 

❉ The tobacco mosaic virus causes mottling of tobacco leaves, as its name implies, but is harmless to humans. It was the first virus ever to be discovered (in the late 1880's) and is constructed simply of repeating units of a coat protein, wrapped around a single, helical strand of genetic material (RNA). A few tobacco plants can produce billions of virus particles, so it's cheap to make. Dr. McCarthy tweaked the coat protein so it sticks to any engineered surface- from silicon to steel. After dunking the surface in a viral broth, nickel and palladium are added to grow a metallic grass

❉ The viral tendrils work like a wicking surface, drawing down water to replace what's boiled away.  It's the same idea behind thermal fabrics designed for athletes which draws moisture away from the body. They say a watched pot never boils. I'd volunteer to test a virally coated tea kettle, how about you? 

Waterproofin' with Hydrophobin: This old post shows how a fungal spore protein can do the opposite, creating a superhydrophobic surface that repels water but allows gases to exchange. 
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News Story and Short Video: http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2015/March/TMV-heat-transfer/

Ref: M.M. Rahman, E. Ölçeroğlu, and M. McCarthy, "The Role of Wickability on the Critical Heat Flux of Structured Superhydrophilic Surfaces", Langmuir 2014, 30 (37), pp 11225–11234.

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Due to the diligence of breeders we're now able to enjoy many different styles. I prefer angel hair.
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Also, that is quite possibly the coolest NFL helmet ever.

"The NFL equally shares its nearly $5 billion of national television revenue among all its teams. It also shares a substantial portion of its ticket and merchandise revenue, but not revenue from suites, sponsorships, or naming rights. All of this means that the link between a team's record and the revenue it brings in is quite weak."
Because revenues are spread evenly across franchises, owners don't gain much financially when their teams win.
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And the answer is - relegation.
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I want to believe. I'm usually wary of "getting the band back together". The results are rarely as good as people remember enjoying the thing originally. That it is for 6 episodes gives me a little bit of hope. A nice discrete, tight chunk of story sounds like the best way to bring it back. Fingers crossed. 
 
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The truth is out there right here: The X-Files is indeed returning to Fox, with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their respective roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Fo...
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Yeah it was pretty standalone, more like a spinoff almost-horror movie starring Mulder and Scully. Like Elseworlds X-Files almost? Anyway, I dug it.
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"""
Nothing we did was technically difficult by any standard we are used to. There were simple problems with simple solutions. The solution to the lack of monitoring was to install monitoring. The solution to nobody being in charge was to make everybody come to the same room where we could coordinate. And so on. It was not a hard engineering problem, and any of you could have done it, and it was also more important and meaningful than anything I could have accomplished in a lifetime working at my old job.
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Clean Up Google Music [De-Instant Mix/Radio]
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De-Radio Station Google Music
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