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It could soon be a reality: A team of Swiss researchers is putting the finishing touches on a truly amazing little gadget. It’s a tiny, 14-millimeter-long mini-spaceship of a device that’s embedded just under your skin and held in place with an adhesive patch. The “tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory,” as the researchers describe it, then detects the data about the presence of up to five proteins and organic acids. Using Bluetooth, i...
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Really interesting.
Matt Soniak explains: You can thank sodium laureth sulfate, also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) for ruining your drink, depending on which toothpaste you use. Both of these chemicals are surfactants “wetting agents that lower the surface tension of a liquid” that are added to toothpastes to create foam and make the paste easier to spread around your mouth (they’re also important ingredients in detergen...
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There are a zillion definitions of simplicity. Here is Christoph Niemann's, which he applied in building his new iOS app, Petting Zoo. Simplicity is not about making something without ornament, but rather about making something very complex, then slicing elements away, until you reveal the very essence. (via @djacobs) Tags: Christoph Niemann design iPad apps
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When describing simplicity and how it relates to other adjectives -- , crude, elegant, sophisticated, complicated -- I've used an automobile engine crankshaft as the subject.  A crankshaft is simple.  It's a singular item, a heavy chunk of metal, that spins on an axis and translates angular momentum to linear momentum and back again.  Its integration with the rest of the engine is basic.  Looking at it, it's not very impressive.  But it is also very sophisticated, having very tight material and machining tolerances, and strict balance, strength, and harmonic requirements.  
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I'm glad that Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has reconsidered his view on gay marriage upon realization that his son is gay, but I also find this particular window into moderation—memorably dubbed Miss America conservatism by Mark Schmitt—to be the most annoying form. Remember when Sarah Palin was running for vice president on a platform of tax cuts and reduced spending? But there was one form of domestic social spending she liked to champion? Spending...
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