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A fascinating video about why aluminium cans are the way they are.

Honestly, it's fascinating.

(Via http://kottke.org)
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The Guardian is not only giving climate change unprecedented priority in its news coverage, it's giving us something to do about it.

SIgn the petition to ask major charities to divest from fossil fuels:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2015/mar/16/keep-it-in-the-ground-guardian-climate-change-campaign
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This is the best explanation of the Higg's boson I have ever seen.

Anyone with an interest in science should be able to understand it.
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With our comfy seats at the front of the train, it's easy to forget that we've brought hell to the cattle trucks at the back.
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From Mao's death to 2010, per capita real income in China went up twenty fold. The masses are still poor by our standards, but enormously better off than they were before China opened up to the world and shifted to a more nearly market system.

The picture shows lots of people living somewhere. It doesn't show that they are worse off as a result of interacting with us. And they are not.
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It was hardly original but he put it well.
 
Republicans are getting ready to beat the drums of war. Fight back!

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

#NoMoreGOPWar   #ns  
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Winter is coming… bring a sweater
 
Winter is coming?! Spring is the perfect time for a "Game of Chairs."
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Luckily, US elections are already owned by corporations so voter fraud would make very little difference anyway.

“You could have broken into one of these with a very small amount of technical assistance,” Epstein said. “I could teach you how to do it over the phone. It might require an administrator password, but that’s okay, the password is ‘admin’.”
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Scientists solving world problems.
Toshiba and Panasonic are finding ways to mimic photosynthesis in the hopes of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by turning the gas into energy.
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I have been so pissed off with Japanese music lately — but this… this is good.

Good speakers/headphones essential.

(And I offer up my apologies to the goddess of Rock for 1) thinking they weren't playing their own instruments for the first few seconds and, 2) just yesterday not being able to think of any decent metal bands with female lead singers)
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It's okay because money magically comes from nowhere to reward the mega-rich for being better than us.
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Working is for poor people.  When you inherit a fortune, you only have to manage investments.
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"To preserve that worldview, I had to believe that people had morally earned their “just” desserts, and I had to ignore those whining liberals who tried to point out that the world didn’t actually work that way.  I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into “creat[ing] our own reality,” into fostering distrust of liberals, experts, scientists, and academics, and why they won’t let a campaign “be dictated by fact-checkers” (as a Romney pollster put it).  It explains why study after study shows — examples here, here, and here – that avid consumers of Republican-oriented media are more poorly informed than people who use other news sources or don’t bother to follow the news at all."

I'm afraid almost all libertarians fall into that category, especially the frequently-found-in-Silicon-Valley libertarian programmer.
I grew up in a rich, Republican household, but after Katrina and Iraq, I realized my priorities were out of order
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An old article but a good one.
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  • University of Birmingham
    PhD in Chemistry
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    BSc(Hons) in Chemistry with Computer-Aided Chemistry
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Interests: Information/network theory, non-linear chemistry,  aikido.
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