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Jennifer Ouellette
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Physics of knitting shows why your sweater is so nice and comfy. The spacing of stitches in knitted fabrics lets friction cascade through the material, which allows it to stretch without the yarn getting any longer. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2172432-physics-of-knitting-shows-why-your-sweater-is-so-nice-and-comfy/
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Twenty Years of Network Science: "The idea that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else by just six degrees of separation was explained by the ‘small-world’ network model 20 years ago. What seemed to be a niche finding turned out to have huge consequences." https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05444-y
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The soldier who woke up from a drunken night out with a foot-long piece of bamboo inside his urethra - and the anaesthetic-free operation to remove it: http://www.thomas-morris.uk/a-practical-joke/
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Books Where the Dog Dies, Rewritten So the Dog Doesn't Die. "Finally, it's safe to read 'Where the Red Fern Grows." https://electricliterature.com/books-where-the-dog-dies-rewritten-so-the-dog-doesnt-die-b73f497d9f47
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Why Our Brains See the World as "Us" Versus "Them": Is there something in our neural circuits that leads us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who may differ? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-our-brains-see-the-world-as-us-versus-them/
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"Culinary innovators, particularly in Appalachia, relied on Clostridium perfringens to make what came to be known as “salt-rising bread.” The microbes create hydrogen, which leavens dough the same way carbon dioxide from yeast does. These bacteria are everywhere. They’re the same ones that can cause diarrhea and gangrene. One scientist in the 1920s even baked salt-rising bread using bacteria from an infected wound. But the strains in salt-rising bread rarely cause food poisoning. Besides, baking the loaf kills most of the bacteria off." https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/salt-rising-bread
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What Happens When a Ghost Town Turns Into a Lab: Gothic, Colorado "is now home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where dozens of scientists are coming to grips with the consequences of climate change (among other things)." https://gizmodo.com/what-happens-when-a-ghost-town-turns-into-a-lab-1827047416
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Finally, A Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve: Computer scientists have been searching for years for a type of problem that a quantum computer can solve but that any possible future classical computer cannot. Now they’ve found one. https://www.quantamagazine.org/finally-a-problem-that-only-quantum-computers-will-ever-be-able-to-solve-20180621/
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"Under the right (or, perhaps more accurately, wrong) circumstances, the clatter of ceramics like porcelain can be dangerously loud, as engineer Phil Metzger discovered when repairing his toilet." http://fyfluiddynamics.com/post/175109280534
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An illustrated guide to Los Angeles architecture: "Googie. Mission Revival. Midcentury modern. Eastlake Victorian. Chateauesque. Streamline Moderne. Art Deco. Spanish. Spanish-Moorish. Spanish Colonial Revival. Monterey Colonial Revival. Churrigueresque. Beaux-Arts. Hollywood Regency." https://la.curbed.com/2018/6/21/17412090/los-angeles-architecture-modern-spanish
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