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What a beautiful family photo.
 
Chang'e 5 T1 rounds the lunar farside, returns lovely photo of Earth and the Moon together

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The Chang'e 5 test vehicle's short mission is more than half over. It has rounded the far side of the Moon and is on its way back to Earth for a planned October 31 test of lunar sample return technology. It's not a science mission -- it's an engineering mission -- but it has managed to return an absolutely iconic photo of its distant home, seen across the very unfamiliar far side of the Moon.
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Your school/church has too much money when it can drop 10,000 Easter eggs from a helicopter at a free event.
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You wouldn't feel that way if you were a helicopter pilot paid to drop 10,000 Easter eggs. (Said the son of a helicopter pilot...)
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This. Is. Awesome. I wish I had been able to contribute.
 
I came across this ingenious invention some time ago and it got me thinking. What if we were to take this technology, increase it's size, and use it to power our homes. If we could hoist a 2 ton weight into the air through a series of pullies, or levers for example, and the weight would fall slowly to the ground throughout the day, we could charge a set of batteries to use to power our homes.... OMG I'm a genious... :D

Any thoughts, ideas...opinions?
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Nothing special about this at all, technology wise.  It's just a generator powered by human grunt power to lift the weight.

As for the original poster, it's a complete waste.  It's not free energy and it doesn't run off gravity.  It runs off the power you consumed to LIFT the weight.  So, if you wanted this for your home, you'd not save ANY energy because you'd still have to power the lift to get that 2 ton weight up.  And you'd actually WASTE energy in the process because every time you convert from electric to mechanical or back, you lose some energy.  So, his idea is lift it (consuming electricity to lift it), losing energy while converting to the mechanical lift, then convert it again from mechanical to electric as the weight falls, losing even more energy.

Now, as for the cost savings for the villagers, that's important.
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I'm probably more excited to receive Bo and Yana to teach my kids how to program them than they will likely be to learn it.
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Aww.  New toys are rough!
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If you have cats, this is a very interesting perspective on your feline's perspective.
 
These images show just how differently cats and humans see the world

"Cats and humans have very different perspectives on the world, both literally and figuratively. Indeed, as these visualizations beautifully illustrate, cats use their highly specialized eyes to see the world in a way that's far removed from what we experience."

Learn more about Nickolay Lamm's work at io9: http://goo.gl/OZMz8e
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I am highly intrigued by the Tessel. I've liked the idea of the Raspberry Pi but never wanted to invest the time. This looks like you can get off and running quickly.
 
You can hack your entire life with these free tools:

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It appears I'm over a year overdue for an oil change and still only 4k miles over. I'm turning into a grandma.
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What on earth are my kids reading before bed?
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life lessons.
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Ummm, change your password to something simple right now. My current G+ password would take 275 days to crack but if I change it to "correcthorsebatterystaple" I would buy myself an additional quintillion years...or 1 day because I just told you my new password.

Check how long it would take to crack your password here: https://howsecureismypassword.net/ and/or here: https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm
 
News flash: Our passwords suck, but it's not our fault.

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Facebook is an amazingly good place to find out who your racist friends/acquaintances are.
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I could only ever dream of being this cool of a dad.
 
This dad is awesome...  man this is so funny!

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