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Do you, like Abu Zebaydah, want your very own H-bomb? You're in luck, thanks to these handy directions from Caltech! Read the whole thing, it's fantastic.

_First pour a few gallons of concentrated hydrofluoric acid into your uranium oxide, converting it to uranium tetrafluoride. (Safety note: Concentrated hydrofluoric acid is so corrosive that it will eat its way through glass, so store it only in plastic. Used 1-gallon plastic milk containers will do.) Now you have to convert your uranium tetrafluoride to uranium hexafluoride, the gaseous form of uranium, which is
convenient for separating out the isotope U-235 from U-238._

To get the hexafluoride form, bubble fluorine gas into your container of uranium tetrafluoride. Fluorine is available in pressurized tanks from chemical-supply firms. Be careful how you use it though because fluorine is several times more deadly than chlorine, the classic World War I poison gas. Chemists recommend that you carry out this step under a stove hood (the kind used to remove unpleasant cooking odors).

First transform the gas into a liquid by subjecting it to pressure. You can use a bicycle pump for this. Then make a simple home centrifuge. Fill a standard-size bucket one-quarter full of liquid uranium hexafluoride. Attach a six-foot rope to the bucket handle. Now swing the rope (and attached bucket) around your head as fast as possible. Keep this up for about 45 minutes.

Hat tip to +Last Week Tonight with John Oliver​.
How to Build an H-Bomb Making and owning an H-bomb is the kind of challenge real Americans seek. Who wants to be a passive victim of nuclear war when, with a little effort, you can be an active participant? Bomb shelters are for losers. Who wants to huddle together underground eating canned Spam ...
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Great idea. Now I must try it out. Should be good for anything where you want a little extra infusion time, and don't want foreign bits in your drink.
 
I just so happen to have a French press handy, so fancy schmancy cocktails are within reach :)
The new 14th Street restaurant thinks cocktails are best when they're split with a group of friends.
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Someone Made A Knife That Toasts Bread While You Cut It ... "Yup! Just like in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie! YouTuber – and probably one who always knows where his towel is – Colin Furze created this one of a kind bread-toasting knife after taking the suggestion from a fan. Oh, what a time to be alive.
2005’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was met with mixed reviews but it still chock full of fun moments from the book of the same name. Douglas Adams, author of the book series, also co-wrote the script so despite some changes of the source material and outright additions that never appeared in the books, the movie still has that distinct Adams feel.

The movie chose to use Trillian’s (Zooey Deschanel) demonstration of all things futuristic and literally space-age to Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) by showing off a very lightsaber-like (sound effects included) butter knife that toasted your bread as it cuts. ...

Onto the real world though! Furze up and made the damn thing! While not as sleek or laser sword-ish as it’s seen in the movie the knife does a pretty great job at replicating the results! With a build that seems borderline dangerous, using a microwave’s transformer connected to a serrated blade that serves as the heating element.
The results are fairly suprising as it does produce – albeit a bit uneven – decent looking toast. Furze then displays the alternate uses of the tool for toasting a single slice of toast and then simultaneously melting and spreading butter on it. ..."

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Well, it turns out Buckfast is more like Four Loko than sacramental wine. Claims of the drink’s caffeine content differ, but some researchers verify that a 750 ml bottle is drop for drop more caffeinated than a RedBull. Combine that with a fairly high abv of 15%, and tons of sugar, you have a wine primed for a raucous time.

In fact, in Scotland, Buckfast is associated with crime and “ned” culture –  ned is basically Scottish vernacular for lout, or hooligan. Neds love Buckfast, known lovingly as Buckie, but Buckie apparently does not love neds. In January 2010, a BBC investigation claimed that Buckfast had been mentioned in 5,638 crime reports in Strathclyde from 2006-2009. That averages out to about 3 crimes a day

(Via +Assia Alexandrova​)
Buckfast Tonic Wine is made by Benedictine monks, but their customer base is made up of Scottish hooligans.
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Look ma, I got a shell on that box! Yeah, ignore the "js" in the path there... ;)

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That is one bitchin' cove.
Assia Alexandrova originally shared to Balkan Lore:
 
Bolata Cove in Northern Bulgaria
It is right by Cape Kaliakra. Legend has it that 40 maidens chose to jump to their death from the Cape, rather than be captured by the Ottoman Turks.

Also,  in the area of Bolata, a Maltese cross was found, proving there were trade relations between the Second Bulgarian Empire and the Republic of Venice and Genoa.
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Mmmm... Tasty.
Keyboardio is raising funds for The Model 01: an heirloom-grade keyboard for serious typists on Kickstarter! With a hardwood body, mechanical switches & custom-sculpted keycaps, it's a dream to type on. It comes with source code & a screwdriver
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Ok, the ErgoDox is pretty sweet too.
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"While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike."
While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for both German and international students. An increasing number of US students are taking advantage.
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Several friends that just finished their master, with $90,000 debt. Someone in congress hates our ability to compete on the world stage. 
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This is fantastic.
 
"[The] study was 100 percent authentic. My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. We ran an actual clinical trial, with subjects randomly assigned to different diet regimes. And the statistically significant benefits of chocolate that we reported are based on the actual data. It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science. The results are meaningless, and the health claims that the media blasted out to millions of people around the world are utterly unfounded.

Here’s how we did it."


“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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In other news, Anonymous, LulzSec and Lizard Squad are collaborating on an enterprise security platform focused on ensuring maximum stability and uptime in the vulnerable corporate and government market verticals.  
Huawei has released a new solution designed to protect against Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and denial-of-service (DdoS) attacks.
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I've always heard that you never know how little sun there is out East until you move out West and have to go back to visit.

I call bullshit. I can't wait to get back East, where I can guarantee that at sometime in the next two weeks I will wake up to blinding sunlight. Which is not a thing that has happened for the past two weeks.
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Sunny blue skies in Massachusetts today!
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