5,300 Years Ago, Ötzi the Iceman Died. Now We Know His Last Meal.

https://on.natgeo.com/2LvkQ74

Ötzi the Iceman’s stomach wasn’t where it was supposed to be. The misplaced organ eluded researchers for some 20 years. But in 2009, while looking at new radiographic scans, they finally found it—inexplicably pushed up under his ribs, where the lower lungs usually sit. What’s more, it was completely full.…”

 

 

 

 

 

See full story on National Geographic’s website..

Recyclable Space Rockets

https://bit.ly/31mraFp

“Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is following in the footsteps of rocket behemoth SpaceX with plans to make its rockets reusable. But Rocket Lab won’t be landing its vehicles in the same fashion as SpaceX’s Falcon 9. Instead, the company plans to catch its rockets in mid-air with a helicopter after they’ve fallen back to Earth.”

“…The grand goal here is if we can capture the vehicle in wonderful condition, in theory, we should be able to put it back on the pad, charge the batteries up, and go again,” Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s CEO, said during today’s announcement.”

 

 

 

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The Apple Credit Card Has Arrived

https://engt.co/33fb95Z

“Apple’s much-hyped credit card has arrived — if you applied to be notified when the Apple Card first became available, you’ll be among the first to get access. But don’t worry if you didn’t, as it’ll be released to the wider public later this month. Apple has also released a bunch of helpful video tutorials, outlining everything you need to know about the way the card works.

With its latest product, Apple wants your money. But it also wants to be your personal finance coach. The company is pitching the Apple Card as a way to “help customers lead a healthier financial life,” mostly through an intuitive app interface, a lack of fees and a unique new payment structure.

First up, how to apply for the card in the first place. Five simple steps and you’re off.”

 

 

 

 

See all the info about the card and video tutorials about how to apply for and use the card..

U.S. Health Officials Urge People to Stop Vaping After a Sudden and Mysterious Rise in Lung Disease

https://bit.ly/2GJLvfW

“More people hospitalized with serious lung problems linked to vaping have been found, Officials have not confirmed the cause of these injuries, but they’re explicitly warning residents to not vape, and the CDC has now joined the investigation. The cases date back to late June. All of the patients have been diagnosed with severe lung damage, and with symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss. The severity of illness has ranged, with some needing medical assistance to breathe, and while patients have generally improved, it’s still not clear whether they will experience any long term effects…”

 

 

 

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The 9 Biggest Ships In the World

http://maritime-connector.com/worlds-largest-ships/

Inspired by the ongoing threat to UK oil tankers at the moment I decided to find out just how big a ship the Iranians could possibly hijack, which brought me to this page. The winner was always going to be a ULCC (Ultra Large Crude Carrier) also known as an oil tanker :p

The biggest is the Jahre Viking, formerly known as the Knock Nevis, pictured below:

Tonnage: 260,941 GT (214,793 NT)
Length: 458.45 m (1,504 ft)
Beam: 68.8 m (226 ft)
Draught: 24.611 m (81 ft)
Capacity: 564,763 DWT
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also found this old clip of Jeremy Clarkson giving everybody a tour of this very same ship..

See all 9 ships..

Trump Apparently Knows What Bitcoin Is, And He Doesn’t Like It

https://bit.ly/2JtwCA1

“President Donald Trump took some time out of his evening to tweet about cryptocurrencies today, announcing to the world that he is “not a fan” of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies because their “value is highly volatile and based on thin air.”

In a series of tweets, Trump expanded on his thoughts on crypto, saying Facebook’s newly announced Libra virtual currency “will have little standing or dependability,” and that the company should seek a banking charter and be regulated like any other traditional financial institution. Incidentally, that puts Trump on the side of House Democrats, a group of which last week officially asked Facebook to put its Libra plans on hold so it can be properly investigated for risks to the global financial system..”

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Photo credit to NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

8 Seemingly Innocent Things We Need To Stop Saying To Women

https://bit.ly/2Y0vHPN

“If a woman has ever become annoyed by some seemingly innocuous thing you’ve said, there’s probably a reason for it, and that reason isn’t “Women are crazy.” A string of words that felt pretty good leaving your mouth can still be objectively terrible, because of all of the context and implications that were fiercely ignored in the process. So maybe pump the brakes before saying something like …”

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NB/ image from a different source

New Hedgehog Warning Sign To Be Deployed on UK Roads

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48660420

“New signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog are to appear on UK roads to warn motorists of potential hazards caused by the spiny creatures and other small wildlife. They will be placed in areas with large numbers of animals such as hedgehogs, otters, squirrels and badgers. Current signs focus on smaller species such as toads, or deer and livestock.”

“Recent estimates put the hedgehog population in England, Wales and Scotland at about one million, compared with 30 million in the 1950s.”

 

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You’ve Been Training AI For Free

https://bit.ly/2X8e9AW

“Human workers are training algorithms behind the scenes. “For years, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) has been a kind of open secret in the tech world, a place where fledgling algorithms can hire human labor on the cheap. If you need a hundred people to trace the boundaries of an object or fill out a survey, it’s the single best place to make it happen.”

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Don’t Even Reply – (E-mails From An Asshole)

http://www.dontevenreply.com/

As described from the site’s author, “This is a collection of e-mails I have sent to people who post classified ads. My goal is to mess with them, confuse them, and/or piss them off.”
And looking at all the transcripts it looks like he succeeds in truly pissing people off for no apparent reason. Funny as long as you aren’t one of his victims I’d say..

 

 

D-Day: 10 Things ~You Might Not Know About The Normandy Invasion

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48215675

As seen on the BBC today, had to put this one up as it is interesting as it ever gets on good ol’ beeb site I thought anyways..


from article:

“5. Rommel’s shoes

In fact, the forecast was so bad that the German commander in Normandy, Erwin Rommel, felt so sure there wouldn’t be an invasion he went home to give his wife a pair of shoes for her 50th birthday.

He was in Germany when the news came of the invasion.”

“6. Sleeping Hitler

When the D-Day forces landed, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was asleep.

None of his generals dared order reinforcements without his permission, and no-one dared wake him.

Crucial hours were lost in the battle to hold Normandy.

When Hitler did finally wake up, at around 10am, he was excited at news of the invasion – he thought Germany would easily defeat the Allies.”

“9. Smashed toilets

The vibration of HMS Belfast’s guns firing during D-Day was so powerful it actually cracked the crew’s toilets.”

 

 

 

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Inside Britain’s Top Secret Research Laboratory

Well as you can see I’ve been on the BBC website today :), thought this one may be of interest as well to some people at least..

“Welcome to Britain’s top secret laboratory where defences against chemical weapons, ballistics, explosives and cyber-security are researched.

The BBC was given access inside Porton Down to see what the highly secretive facility was like and, for the first time ever, entered a cleansed version of a level four laboratory. This level is where the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory team analyse some of the world’s deadliest viruses – Ebola and Marburg.

Frank Gardner, the BBC’s security correspondent, went to meet one of the scientists working there.”

Alligator Breaks Into House During The Night!

“An elderly Florida woman heard a loud noise in the middle of the night, and the intruder was an 11ft (3.3m) alligator wandering her kitchen.”

We had a cobra come into the house once while in Bangkok but I wouldn’t want to wake up to one of these crawling across the bedroom floor \0/ 😐

Tokyo Hotel Serves £700 Burger To Welcome New Emperor

https://bit.ly/2V6g0Sh

“A hotel in Japan is taking excitement for the country’s incoming Emperor to a sizzling new level after it added a three kilogram, gold-dusted burger to the menu. The Oak Door steakhouse at the Grand Hyatt Toyko will mark the ascension of Crown Prince Naruhito with the towering 25cm wide, 15cm tall ‘Golden Giant Burger’.”

The ‘Golden Giant Burger’ is 25cm wide and 15cm tall It features prime wagyu maize-fed beef, foie gras and truffles

 

New Alternative To Trump’s Wall?

https://bit.ly/2ux16ZG

“‘What should the U.S. do about The Wall?” is a question that’s destined to divide many Americans. But there’s one proposal for the U.S.-Mexico border that, at least in theory, seems agreeable to everyone.

  • The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
  • The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
  • It’s undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.”

 

 

 

 

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Living in a Van off YouTube Videos

https://bit.ly/2SRKAxW

Guy and Ann Junkins, it turns out, would’ve been better off if Guy had just gotten fired. When Comcast announced in March 2016 it was shuttering the Dover, New Hampshire, plant where he’d worked doing logistics and inventory since 2010, Guy—who was in his fifties at the time—expected to find his name on the chopping block. His friends and coworkers got sacked, netting small severance packages for their termination. So it seemed like a surprising stroke of good fortune when he found out he was one of only a handful of employees given the option to transfer to a different facility further down the road. He signed on…”

 

 

 

 

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The Difference Between One Million and One Billion

https://bit.ly/2DShVUL

“While living and evolving in a so-called state-of-nature, our Palaeolithic ancestors had no need (i.e. no environmental pressures) to develop such a capacity. Back then, and prior to the advent of a formal numbering system, early humans only really needed to get a basic sense of small batches of quantities, like the number of people in the clan, or how many animals might occupy a certain area.”

“That’s good news for people like Bezos and Gates, because chances are if you knew how much money they actually have (well, how high their net worth actually is), you probably wouldn’t be too pleased.”

Kilogram Redefined. The Metric System Overhaul Is Complete

https://bit.ly/2A3Bd6i

Scientists met in Versailles on 16 Nov and the vote re-defined the metric system for the first time since 1983. The new system completely upends the historical methods for setting standards using physical objects. Previous systems have used things like the notches on a metal rod to set a distance standard. Up until the vote, the kilogram had been based on a platinum-iridium cylinder stored under lock and key in France.

 

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“Perhaps the biggest change was in the definition of the kilogram, which was the last remaining unit to be based on a physical artifact: the International Prototype Kilogram, also known as Le Grand K, locked in a vault in a Paris suburb. While scientists will still monitor and study Le Grand K, it no longer has its former scientific significance. Now, it’s just a cylinder with a lot of history. Starting in May, the kilogram will be defined in terms of Planck’s constant, a number that relates a radio wave’s energy to its frequency.”

 

 

 

this is the new authoratative gadget for measuring the standard kilo..