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An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria—the small worms whose extraordinary power to regrow body parts has made them a research model in human regenerative medicine.
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Just imagine if Einstein hadn't slipped off the toilet, hit his head on the bathroom sink and thus discovered the flux capacitor? History would have remembered him merely as "that failed refrigerator guy!"  
 
Today in History: Einstein Received Patent for Safe Refrigerator
On November 11, 1930 — 84 years ago today — Albert Einstein (and his former student, Leó Szilárd) was granted a patent for a refrigerator design! The original refrigerator design was invented by Swedish engineering students, Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters, in the early 1920s, and developed into a manufacturing process by the AB Artic company, which was bought by Electrolux in 1925. Shortly after being on the market, this original refrigerator reportedly caused the deaths of a Berlin family after a moving-part seal in the refrigerator leaked toxic fumes into their home. Albert Einstein and his former student, Leó Szilárd, were distressed by this tragedy and vowed to improve on the refrigerator design to prevent such accidents in the future. 

In the late 1920s and into the early 1930s, Einstein and Szilárd discussed ways to improve the refrigerator design and filed various patents on their proposals. Einstein had worked in the Swiss patent office in the early 1900s, so he was experienced in the patent process and was able to file all the paperwork necessary to receive valid patents. By the end of their collaboration on an improved refrigerator, Einstein and Szilárd had been granted 45 patents for 3 unique refrigerator models. 

Each of the Einstein-Szilárd models was based on entirely different physical concepts — (1) absorption, (2) diffusion, and (3) electro-magnetism (of course!). All 3 models worked without moving parts, eliminating the failure of the moving-part that caused the family tragedy in the original refrigerator design. The most promising of their patents was bought by Electrolux, and a number of demonstration units were built based on their other patents. Technology evolved to make other designs more efficient, and none of the exact Einstein-Szilárd models ever came to mass market, probably because the Great Depression prohibited refrigerator purchases by average families. Nonetheless, Discover magazine reported in 2008 that, at least, one electrical engineer thinks the Einstein refrigerator could be poised for a comeback because it does not rely on the gases that are linked to global warming.

Sources:
http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4424059/Einstein-patents-a-refrigerator-design--November-11--1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3_Szil%C3%A1rd
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_refrigerator
http://www.nature.com/scientificamerican/journal/v276/n1/pdf/scientificamerican0197-90.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltzar_von_Platen_(inventor)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Munters
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/09/22/einsteins-green-refrigerator-may-be-poised-for-a-comeback/#.VGGjMvTF_XE

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•Google Patent Search: http://www.google.com/patents/US1781541 [left]
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Einstein-formal_portrait-35.jpg [top right]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3_Szil%C3%A1rd#mediaviewer/File:Leo_Szilard.jpg [bottom right]
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My mom just stuck this on my facebook wall. Lulz. 
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Another entry from the archives of How is this Guy Even Still Alive?...
 
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Finally!!!  \o/

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Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers—that is, people who don’t have what we traditionally consider secure jobs. There is currently a lot of debate about how [...]
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On a factory wall somewhere in Chelyaba:
"Number of days since last asteroid impact: -7310000- 640"
 
Earth's greatest "hits": 20 years of asteroid impacts with Earth

A pretty random distribution. Colour and size coded (day, night, gigajoules of energy dissipated).

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4380
A new map from NASA's Near Earth Object Program reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in Earth's atmosphere with random distribution around the globe.
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"Careful with the landing, Johnny. I've got a beverage here."
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Oh come on now! Once you've reached baby #23 the rules just go out the window.
 
Thank God for instructions. 
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Last week our CEO Brian Gallagher had the honor of meeting with Pope Francis to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Scholas Occurrentes.

We are looking forward to working together on this education initiative designed to help children succeed academically through community support and access to opportunities in the arts and sports. http://www.unitedway.org/blog/entry/new-partnership-with-scholas-occurrentes
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