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Friday, 22 March 2019

The Rivalry Between Two Doctors to Implant the First Artificial Heart

quote [ Featuring titans of Texas medicine, the race was on to develop the cutting-edge technology ]

This was something about an artificial heart
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:05amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Disney Officially Owns 21st Century Fox

quote [ The $71 billion deal strengthens Disney's portfolio and gives it even more leverage to compete against other streaming powerhouses. ]

At the end of the article:
"Note: Both Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox have funded NPR."

Show me the money!
[SFW] [business]
[by JWWargo@7:12pmGMT] [8 comments]

#GravelGang : Mike Gravel's Viral 2020 Campaign Is the Brainchild of a New York Teen

quote [ Late last night, 88-year-old former senator Mike Gravel started posting tweets. Or, an account under his name did. The tweets, for the most part, were about Gravel running for president, something he has not done since 2008 (he hasn’t been a senator since 1981). They were clear that any candidacy would exist solely for the purposes of pushing the other Democratic candidates to the left on their handling of foreign policy and the military-industrial complex. ]

88-Year-Old Mike Gravel Is the Latest Teen Sensation

Mike Gravel Twitter

I love this. :D

Somewhat related: Citations Needed: Laundering Imperial Violence Through Anodyne Foreign Policy-Speak (Part I)
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Good]
[by steele@6:46pmGMT] [0 comments]

Greetings, from the Desert of Ghost Ships

quote [ Only 30 years ago, this was home to our planet’s 4th largest inland water mass; an ancient sea so vast, even Alexander the Great wrote of his struggles to cross it; where fishing commerce boomed and holidaymakers once flocked to its seaside spa town. Now, for the first time in 600 years, the Aral Sea is (almost) bone dry, and the fleet of giant, rusted ships left in its wake have become some of the only proof of the past. ]

Hallucinating visions drives my desert ship
[SFW] [travel] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [3 comments]

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Karadzic war crimes sentence raised to life

quote [ Judge Vagn Joensen said the original sentence was too lenient, given the "sheer scale and systematic cruelty" of his crimes. ]

This looks appropriate – thumb is an earlier article before the verdict.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+2 Good]
[by Paracetamol@8:35pmGMT] [0 comments]

Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News

quote [ We reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit. ]

We reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Interesting]
[by lilmookieesquire@7:09amGMT] [4 comments]

Illustrations from A 1000-Year-Old Guide to the Medicinal Use of Plants

quote [ The British Library has digitized the oldest Old English herbal ]

With the plants that nourish and heal
[SFW] [art] [+1 Classy Pr0n]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A Russian "troll slayer" went undercover at a troll factory

quote [ ...and found that hundreds of Russians were working as paid trolls in rotating shifts. The operation was run by a local restauranteur who was placed under US sanctions for attempting to interfere with US elections. ]

Business Insider sucks, but they know a growth industry when they see one. Seems pretty clear this is only going to get worse until someone starts taking drastic measures (I'd like to be able to blacklist anything from Russia or China, for a start, but one of my favorite bands is from Rostov-on-Don, so...).
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
[by hellboy@6:29pmGMT] [3 comments]

Final Fantasy VII HD graphics mod makes backgrounds less blurry with machine learning

quote [ A new mod makes the PC version of Final Fantasy VII look better by using machine learning to improve the resolution of backgrounds.

“Using state of the art AI neural networks, this up-scaling tries to emulate the detail the original renders would have had,” the mod’s website notes. “This helps the new visuals to come as close to a higher resolution re-rendering of the original as possible with current technology.” ]

Similar work being done by Nvidia and other companies. Zelda Twilight Princess received the same treatment:
https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/18/machine-learning-is-rescuing-old-game-textures-in-zelda-and-final-fantasy/

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Interesting]
[by damnit@4:02pmGMT] [0 comments]

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