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A before-and-after US trip post, involving flexible filament.
I'm just about out of the purple Innofill plastic. For purposes of printing things for our kitchen, I'm looking for a matching red color. Turns out there's a color scale I hadn't heard of until recently, namely RAL, and some ...
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A new study has shown for the first time that RNA - the older molecular cousin of DNA - splits apart when it tries to incorporate change, while DNA can contort itself and change its shape to compensate for any chemical damage.
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For once, you actually want to read the comments. Unless laughing too much can hurt you.
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Thing they are a-printin'!
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Go vote! We're helping.
 
https://search.googleblog.com/2016/08/your-vote-counts.html
"As the U.S. prepares to head to the polls, we’re making it easier than ever for everyone to participate in the political process. Last month, we made it simpler for people to register to vote. Now, we’re taking this a step further and introducing a brand new, state-by-state guide for people looking for information on how to vote in November. We’re also sharing some search trends to track the engagement and interest of American voters around the party conventions." See article for more details.
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Obligatory phone case, shifted battery dispenser, and ringing overhang test. My printer is a regular workhorse now! (Jinx!)

+Damon Kohler You can start reading again now:)
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An actual overview of the various businesses Trump has been involved in. Though I can't tell if it's complete, what's there is pretty awful.
Trump's business career is a long, long list of bankruptcies, defaults and deceptions.
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Finally some hope for fixing the base problems in the Middle East. And possibly elsewhere.
 
For decades, desalination was seen as a pipe dream: so costly in terms of energy that it could never be useful. Reverse-osmosis was hailed as a possible change, but the problem of "biofouling" -- basically, bacterial growth in the filters requiring constant chemical cleaning -- made it impractical. But a few years ago, this problem started to get cracked, and now Israel is doing something previously unthinkable: running a net surplus of water.

To give you some context for this: In 1948, Israel was more than half parched, nearly-uninhabitable desert. The steady northward spread of the desert had been greatly accelerated by Ottoman deforestation, and the whole ecosystem verged on collapse. David Ben Gurion, the first president, made it his crusade to make the country green: "There will be bears in the Negev (desert)!," he would famously say. This meant everything from aggressive water conservation across the country, to research in water technologies, to a steady program of reclaiming the desert, with schoolchildren routinely going out in large groups to plant trees.

Today, I can barely recognize the country of my childhood; as you go south of Jerusalem, miles and miles which I remember as barren deserts are now lush forests and farms.

But this was almost lost in the past decade, as powerful droughts -- the same droughts which triggered the Arab Spring -- have ravaged the Middle East. The Kinneret (also known as the Sea of Galilee) saw its water level drop terrifyingly, year after year, close to the threshold where osmotic pressure would fill it with salt and destroy it as a freshwater lake. The Dead Sea was shrinking into a giant mud puddle, and we talked about it meeting the same fate as the Aral Sea, now just a memory.

The rise of modern desalination has changed this calculus completely. Because it doesn't rely on boiling or similar processes, it's energy-cheap. It's maintainable, and while it requires capital outlays in the way that building any large plant does, it doesn't require astronomical or unusual ones. This makes it a technology ready for use across the world.

There is one further potential benefit to this: Peace. Water is a crucial resource in the Middle East (and elsewhere!), far more scarce than oil. It's needed not just for humans, but most of all for crop irrigation, as droughts destroying farmland have been one of the biggest problems facing the region. The potential for desalination to change this creates a tremendous opportunity for cooperation -- and there are nascent signs that this is, indeed, happening.

At an even higher level, relieving the political pressures created by lack of water, and thus lack of working farms, could have far more profound effects on the region as a whole. Even before the recent droughts, things like the steady desertification of Egypt's once-lush Nile Valley (a long-term consequence of the Aswan Dam and the stopping of the regular flooding of the Nile) were pushing people by the million into overcrowded cities unable to support them. Having farming work again doesn't just mean food, it also means work, and it means a systematic reduction in desperation.

Desalination looks to be one of the most important technologies of the 21st century: it's hard to overstate how much it could reshape our world.

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One of the driest countries on earth now makes more freshwater than it needs
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+Mickey Blake​ and I are both safe away from Munich.
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Programmer. Swordfighter. Photographer. Reprapper. Enjoyer of fine marzipan.
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Google programmer by day, Viking warrior by weekend. When I put on my chain mail, all feels right in the world.
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The Battle of Fort Frost
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Combining their experience and efforts, scientists from several leading organizations have discovered a very unusual type of electronic orde

Watch the world's largest solar power plant being built
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The Topaz Solar Farm (shown) has gone online in California's Carrizo Plain. The $2.5bn project spans 9.5 square miles and has nine million p

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Old twists on new tunes, every Thursday.

Masters of Love
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Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.

Toonhole | Sleeping Beauty
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Oh boy, do I know that feeling (^__^). Good one! Reply. Doomroar says: December 11, 2013 at 3:36 am. Looks like he is not that good at kissi

How To Conduct Your Own Google Ventures Design Sprint
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It was just meant to be a quick experiment. I started using a Nexus 4. I was going to go right back to my iPhone after a week. I was designi

Crashing the Teacup
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Wired the Arduino back up after last time's oscilloscope adventures. Testing first with G1 [XYZE]nn commands, only X works. With homebrew fi

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Good selection, handy for quick shopping, but frequently with lines at checkout.
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As good as can be expected in such a touristy place.
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Had lunch here, it was really delicious, even my food connoisseur friend was raving about the Pfanzerl and Grießschmaltz. The service was excellent, better than most German restaurants (but that's a low bar).
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It has a handy selection of quality goods at less outrageous prices than other similar places.
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The heart of Munich, with history and shopping all around. Plus it's easy to get to everywhere from here.
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Always helpful and friendly. I came in to get some different size rivets, and instead of just making a sale, they diagnosed what I was doing wrong and helped me work better.
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