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The US Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins, the NFL team that's found itself the target of increasing backlash over using a racist slur as...
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The Redskins should change their mascot to a potato.  No argument there.
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How was this never thought of before?
 
Forebruary is the ingenious wall calendar you'll never have to replace http://bit.ly/13BFO70
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Wow, that's... surprising!
 
Today I learned: a typical person eating 2500 calories a day runs on the same amount of energy per second as a 120-watt light bulb. 

"In other words, that's all I need to dream, wake, dress, shower, work, walk to a restaurant, order a salad, ask myself how much energy am I using, and then look it up, think about it, and write this essay. I can power all trillion cells (of me) for a day at the same rate that it takes to light one 120-watt light bulb."
http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blogland/2013/jun/10/watts-lunch-or-why-humans-are-light-bulbs/

Wow, that makes me feel so efficient! Or perhaps I should say... wow, 120-watt light bulbs are so inefficient!  They burn all that energy and can't even cook dinner, read books, or post on Google+. 

Here's the calculation:

1 kilocalorie (dietary calorie) = 4,184 joules
2500 kilocalories x 4,184 joules per kilocalorie = about 1.5 million joules a day

1 watt = 1 joule per second
1.5 million joules per day / 86,400 seconds in a day = about 120 watts per day

But since I'm small and I'm a couch potato, I'm more like a 60- to a 90-watt light bulb. When I exercise more, I'm probably closer to a 100-watt bulb. So you could say I'm not the brightest bulb in the box. ;) But this puts a positive spin on that phrase!

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Hah!  Good point
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OMG a glacier that bleeds? Blood Falls is a natural time capsule that contains a unqiue ecosystem. http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/05/15/blood_falls_a_bleeding_glacier_is_a_natural_time_capsule_containing_a_unique.html
Atlas Obscura on Slate is a new travel blog. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura This five-story, blood-red "waterfall" pours ever so slowly out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valley. Geologists first discovered the frozen waterfall in 1911, and believed the red...
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What a difference a "small" thing can make...
 
The first paragraph is brilliant.  Read it, then check out the author.
For some people -- more than you think -- the ability to fine-tune hormones and neurochemicals is the key to a successful adult life.
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Phil Plait, SMBC, and Jess Fink? Hell yes!

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Mind-blowingly gorgeous. The amount of work that must have gone into making this... There are no words. So beautiful.
 
❂ In Saturn's Rings ❂

So I was in the middle of writing a post about my recent adventures, and I feel the need to shelf that until tomorrow. Why, do you ask? Because an amazing videographer took actual data from the Cassini Imager to create a full-length IMAX movie. 

Yes. That's right. Going beyond the need for computer generated models and Visual FX, this film-maker has spent nearly 10 years compiling images from the Cassini Orbiter, which is currently around Saturn. 

It's slated for release in 2014, and you bet your rocket boosters I'll be there, mouth wide open as I take a journey to the outer solar system! Give the trailer a look. Get excited. This. Is Amazing.

#InSaturnsRings   #IMAX   #Cassini   #Saturn   #Titan   #Astronomy   #Space  
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More insect eating!  But this time humans don't have to be the ones eating them.  Directly, anyway.
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Wowzers!  This reminds of something my first-year Biology prof used to say: "If you can imagine it, no matter how crazy it may seem, it exists somewhere out there."
 
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A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR).
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Changing my gender to male on Google+ improved my What's Hot experience

Earlier today, +Kimberly Chapman told me about a little experiment she'd done. She'd opened a tab on her browser and directed it to plus.google.com/explore, a stream that enables you to see the hottest content on Google+. In another tab, Chapman changed her gender on her Google+ profile from female to male, and then loaded the Explore page into another tab.

The difference was astonishing. "As a girl, I get stupid warm-fuzzy meaningless shit," Chapman writes on a post (http://goo.gl/ZDBxT). "As a guy, I get nerdy stuff. This is not okay. I get that [What's Hot] algorithms are based on what people click, like, share, comment on, etc. Fine. But I challenge anyone to give me one good reason why there should be such a drastic difference in less than ten seconds by simply changing my gender, other than institutionalized sexism about what girls and guys apparently like."

I tried the experiment myself just a moment ago. Below are ten posts that graced my screen, organized into pairs. I have paired them based on their placement on my stream and no other factors. The example image shown below, for instance, shows a post with a quote and one with a bar graph -- the quote was the fifth post on my Explore stream when I was female and the bar graph was the fifth post on my Explore stream when I was male.

Note that I have not changed anything other than my profile. And despite my extensive interaction with the social network, when I'm female, gadgets might as well not exist. When I was male, I saw two posts referencing #io13 , but there was no mention of the event when I was female. In fact, the closest thing to tech news I got as a female was an article about how to become an influencer on Pinterest. Needless to say, this article didn't show up when I was male.

Neither did the nausea-inducing feel-good quotes on pictures. 

+Yonatan Zunger, Chief Architect of Google+, has responded to the issue, saying: "What's Hot is based both on properties inherent to the post -- how people have reacted to it when they saw it, +1's, reshares, and so on -- and on properties of the viewer, especially profile info. Gender is one of those signals, as are quite a few other things. From what I can tell, gender is having a relatively large effect on the result set, because our models (based on people's actual responses to seeing these things) seem to show a pretty sharp gender difference in response."

He agrees the model isn't sufficiently sensitive, adding that a team is currently working on content recommendations that better reflect individual user preferences. He assures users that "there was no human editing to say that women like X and men like Y."
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" "We are proud of our record, so there is nothing to hide," said Deepak Obhrai, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs. "Canada has nothing to hide." "

Right.

Looking forward to any way that this visit may help.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/05/09/mb-united-nations-aboriginal-canada.html
Canada's record on how it treats aboriginal people will be under global scrutiny within the next year by three human-rights groups, including two from the United Nations.
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