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 2021-01-20 20:10 

Boing Boing

I found a great rechargeable whisk to mix coffee drinks...

Lately, I've been making drinks with lion's mane mushroom powder , cinnamon, espresso, and oat milk. The battery-powered frother we had wasn't strong enough to mix the powder into the oat milk. I did a bit of research and bought this USB recha...

 2021-01-20 20:05 

Fark

New Jersey's new COVID vaccine info phone line directs people to website [Facepalm]...

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 2021-01-20 20:00 

Boing Boing

First preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says...

A well-preserved fossil of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus found in China has paleontologists waxing poetic about its well-preserved cloaca. The dinosaur's derrire is so well preserved, researchers could see the remnants of two small bulges by its "ba...

 2021-01-20 19:43 

reddit

States call for more Covid-19 vaccine doses as US death toll moves past 400,000...
 2021-01-20 19:39 

Boing Boing

"The people have the power to redeem the work of fools"...

Here's Patti Smith and her band performing "People Have the Power" to celebrate the inauguration of a new president and vice president. View this post on Instagram A post shared by This is Patti Smith (@thisispattismith) Image: Screengrab...

 2021-01-20 19:35 

Fark

Parents fighting to adopt twin infants. Difficulty: Their OWN biological twin infants [Interesting]...

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 2021-01-20 19:16 

reddit

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine's farewell message: space exploration 'should never be political'...
 2021-01-20 19:12 

Fark

Oh no, the President is Tweeting again [Cool]...

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 2021-01-20 19:10 

Slashdot

Ajit Pai is Officially Out of the FCC...

Ajit Pai, the man who killed net neutrality, enacted a series of industry-friendly deregulatory moves for big telecom, and drank from a gigantic mug, is no longer around to terrorize the internet. The FCC confirmed to Motherboard that Pai is officially go...

 2021-01-20 19:00 

Boing Boing

Long-tailed macaques of Bali have learned to steal high-value goods from tourists...

A few years ago, the scientific news broke of a group of long-tailed macaque monkeys in Bali, Indonesia who would steal stuff from people and hold it ransom for food. You want your hat back? Gimme an apple. Researchers kept studying the monkeys, and disco...

 2021-01-20 18:35 

Fark

Survey finds that three out of four NYC subway riders say that the MTA cleaning for COVID makes them feel safer. Fourth rider was taking a deuce on the 1 [Interesting]...

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 2021-01-20 18:35 

Slashdot

Boeing Curbed Rocket Test Over Hydraulics Issue, NASA Says...

Boeing's test of the largest rocket in U.S. history ended earlier than expected on Jan. 16 because a hydraulic-system setting exceeded a preset limit, dealing another setback to the company's space ambitions. From a report: The first firing of all...

 2021-01-20 18:34 

reddit

Saga requires all cruise passengers to have coronavirus vaccine...
 2021-01-20 18:21 

reddit

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions...
 2021-01-20 18:20 

Fark

Oh nothing, just a horde of trillions of locusts emerging this spring [Creepy]...

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 2021-01-20 18:15 

Boing Boing

How to avoid loneliness by creating an imaginary friend...

Tom Hank's character in Cast Away maintained his sanity by painting a face on a volleyball, naming it Wilson, and having deep (one-sided) conversations with it. Number Five from The Umbrella Academy befriended a partial mannequin he named Dolores, whi...

 2021-01-20 18:01 

reddit

China sanctions Pompeo and other Trump administration officials...
 2021-01-20 18:00 

Slashdot

Intel Outsources Core i3 To TSMC's 5nm Process...

TSMC is to start making Intel's Core i3 on its 5nm process in 2H21 says TrendForce. From a report: Market analyst Trendforce reports that foundry TSMC is to start making Intel's Core i3 process later in the year on a 5nm process. This follows Inte...

 2021-01-20 18:00 

Boing Boing

Stefania Follini was isolated in a cave for 131 days for science...

To study circadian rhythms, scientists recruited a 27-year-old Italian interior designer to live in a small shelter built in a cave below Carlsbad, New Mexico for several months. Soon, her sense of time and her body functions all changed dramatically. Thi...

 2021-01-20 18:00 

Boing Boing

How crime rates during COVID compare to the Spanish Flu...

In addition to all the other turmoil of the year, 2020 also saw an increase in homicides , a number which has otherwise been steadily decreasing for years (although the change is not limited to "Democrat-run cities"). There are a lot of theories f...

 2021-01-20 17:57 

Boing Boing

Last call to dial this phone number and just scream...

Just before the US presidential election, elementary school teacher Just Scream! , a hotline you call and, well, just scream. From ABC7NY : There's no one on the other end and numbers aren't saved. "I wanted to find a prompt that people would ...

 2021-01-20 17:53 

Boing Boing

AI can predict people's political beliefs by what they buy...

In a study at Northwestern University, volunteers who were asked to wear white lab coats did better on tests than those who weren't. Similarly, according to this Forbes article about the psychology of masks and costumes, people "jump higher or hit...

 2021-01-20 17:50 

Fark

The Merriam-Webster word of the day for January 20 is 'gulosity' as in: "While I follow my grandmother's recipes exactly, my goulash isn't nearly as delicious as hers was, and lack...

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 2021-01-20 17:39 

Boing Boing

Non-invasive electrical brain stimulation reduced OCD behaviors...

Neuroscientists at Boston University saw long-term positive results from stimulating the brains of people who exhibit OCD-like behavior. From Scientific American : The researchers carried out a similar set of experiments on another set of volunteers: 64 p...

 2021-01-20 17:37 

reddit

Florida man accused of trying to steal horses, riding them home, deputies say. Man wanted to set them free, according to deputies....
 2021-01-20 17:24 

Boing Boing

SpaceX bought two massive offshore oil rigs as floating launchpads for Starship rockets...

SpaceX purchased two deepwater oil rigs as floating launchpads for its Starship rockets. The rigs were previously owned by bankrupt offshore rig operator Valaris. SpaceX paid $3.5 million each for the massive drilling platforms located in the Port of Brow...

 2021-01-20 17:17 

Boing Boing

These ten software innovations transformed scientific research...

When I was a mechanical engineer in 1990, I faced a stubborn problem with the design of a disk drive baseplate (an aluminum base that the disk motor and actuator motor were mounted on). When the prototype drive spun up, the baseplate vibrated so much that...

 2021-01-20 17:07 

Boing Boing

How the etymology of "Arctic" complicates the cryptic etymology of "bear"...

No one knows what bears are "truly" called. And as such, no one knows what "Arctic" really means either. As the Slovak Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh explains, "bear" is actually just a placeholder name, to protect...

 2021-01-20 17:05 

Fark

It's OK, Terminator: Dark Fate prepared us for this news (possible nsfw content on page) [Interesting]...

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 2021-01-20 17:00 

Boing Boing

Biden and Harris sworn-in...

Joe Biden is the President of the United States of America, and Kamala Harris is Vice-President....

 2021-01-20 16:54 

Slashdot

Biden Sworn In as 46th President...

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office at a moment of profound economic, health and political crises with a promise to seek unity after a tumultuous four years that tore at the fabric...

 2021-01-20 16:54 

reddit

Joe Biden officially sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice-President...
 2021-01-20 16:51 

Boing Boing

Doctors describe what it's like giving ketamine to patients: apparently Enya helps...

In recent years, psychological researchers have studied the use of the dissociative psychedelic/anaesthetic ketamine as a treatment for severe depression in people. Gizmodo asks clinicians to report their experiences administering the drug. From Gizmodo :...

 2021-01-20 16:50 

Fark

Tulsa PD spokesman: Notwithstanding any predictions to the contrary, there's been plenty of work for cops to do since the trade in marijuana became legal in Oklahoma [Ironic]...

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 2021-01-20 16:45 

Boing Boing

Beaver anal secretions are sometimes used to flavor vanilla, treat anxiety...

Thanks to a TikTok video , I now know that artificial vanilla flavoring has historically been derived in part by castoreum , a chemical that comes from the anal glands of beavers. @sloowmoee @shaylanmarieee TRIED TO MORDOR ME original sound Sloowmoee Upon...

 2021-01-20 16:39 

Boing Boing

Dog that survived fire inspires other burn victims...

Taka was trapped on a burning porch in a house fire, and after recovering from his injuries, he has been an inspiration to others, thanks to his owner Crystal Lesley: Seeing what an inspiration Taka had become, Lesley enrolled the 9-year-old dog in a trai...

 2021-01-20 16:35 

Boing Boing

Brief history of The Oregon Trail videogame...

The Oregon Trail is a classic and compelling educational computer game about pioneer life. The iconic adventure game was first developed in 1971 by a student teacher of 8th grade who used a time-shared minicomputer to develop the game with two friends. &m...

 2021-01-20 16:35 

Fark

Not to alarm anyone, but San Francisco could run out of Covid vaccine by Thursday [Interesting]...

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 2021-01-20 16:32 

Boing Boing

Maker builds the man cave of his 12-year-old dreams...

Phil Stiller wanted a place of his own that reflected his passions, so he built a sci-fi mancave theater from scratch over the course of a year. Yes this room is TOTALLY my inner 12 year old and I make no apologies. — Read the rest...

 2021-01-20 16:24 

reddit

Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy...
 2021-01-20 16:24 

Fark

Pickle finally mowing in peace [Amusing]...

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 2021-01-20 16:20 

Fark

Perhaps you would have long-lasting immunity after contracting COVID after all [Interesting]...

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 2021-01-20 16:20 

reddit

U.S. Supreme Court receives bomb threat, not evacuated...
 2021-01-20 16:15 

Boing Boing

"Asterisk of shame" Chrome extension identifies the congressfolk who voted to overturn the election...

Here's the "Asterisk of Shame" , a Chrome extension which "adds a red asterisk following the names of the 147 Senators and Representatives who voted to overturn the 2020 election results." As the creator writes: This extension searches...

 2021-01-20 16:13 

Boing Boing

This is the first vegan restaurant in France to receive a Michelin Star...

The Michelin Guide has awarded the Ars, France restaurant ONA with a prestigious Michelin Star. ONA is an acronym for Origine Non Animale, and it is the first vegan restaurant in France to receive a Star. From CNN : Opened by self-taught chef and former a...

 2021-01-20 16:11 

Boing Boing

And today's theme song is......

Need we say more?...

 2021-01-20 16:05 

Boing Boing

In 1944, an English pointer gave heart to an Allied prison camp in Sumatra...

In 1944, British captives of the Japanese in Sumatra drew morale from an unlikely source: a purebred English pointer who cheered the men, challenged the guards, and served as a model of patient fortitude. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet ...

 2021-01-20 16:01 

Boing Boing

The entire STAR WARS saga, edited down to just memes...

The original Star Wars was famously imagined as modern mythology—taking these established tropes of other genres and applying them to a space opera. In a way, the idea of "tropes" is similar to the original definition of a meme as defined by...

 2021-01-20 16:01 

Slashdot

Valve and Five PC Games Publishers Fined $9.4M for Illegal Geo-Blocking...

A four-year antitrust investigation into PC games geo-blocking in the European Union by distribution platform Valve and five games publishers has led to fines totalling $9.4 million after the Commission confirmed today that the bloc's rules had been b...

 2021-01-20 15:55 

Boing Boing

Trump has reportedly fiddled with idea to start new political party...

Just because Donald Trump has been kicked out of the White House doesn't mean he's going away. In fact, in the past week he's reportedly been talking about staying in politics—by starting a new political party. And he already has a name ...

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