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Friday, 19 April 2019

Follow-up: I found two identical packs of Skittles, among 468 packs with a total of 27,740 Skittles

quote [ So, on 12 January of this year, I started buying boxes of packs of Skittles. This past week, ?only? 82 days, 13 boxes, 468 packs, and 27,740 individual Skittles later, I found the following identical 2.17-ounce packs ]

Candy statistics!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Original]
[by Paracetamol@5:24pmGMT] [11 comments]

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs

quote [ The cells regained a startling amount of function, but the brains didn't have activity linked with consciousness. Ethicists see challenges to assumptions about the irreversible nature of brain death. ]

Who's got a pig's head?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [12 comments]

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Intel quits 5G modem business hours after Apple settles with Qualcomm

quote [ Intel says it is canceling a line of smartphone 5G chips that had been slated for 2020 launches. The announcement comes on the same day Apple announced a wide-ranging settlement with Qualcomm over patent issues.

Qualcomm has long been a dominant player in the wireless chip business for smartphones. Apple worries about becoming too dependent on a single supplier. So in recent years, Apple has encouraged Intel to expand its wireless chip offerings and offered Intel a significant share of its business for 4G chips in the iPhone. ]

Apple pretty much had to swallow their pride and basically admit that they had been stealing patent information and licenses for the past few years. Intel's response - Awww-fuckit.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Insightful]
[by knumbknutz@1:50pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

We Are Not Alone

quote [ Biologists reporting in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology have documented for the first time the swimming and diving behavior in apes. ]

Remember to wear your face shield at all times! This is not a drill. Chimps will eat your face.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Original]
[by snowfox@7:12amGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 12 April 2019

Some Rivers Are So Drug-Polluted, Their Eels Get High on Cocaine

quote [ societies have long grappled with ways to cope with the use of illicit drugs, less understood are the downstream effects these drugs might have on other species after they enter the aquatic environment through wastewater. ]

crack spider gonna get his money
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 WTF]
[by ooo[......7@1:50amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 11 April 2019

?Three-person? baby boy born in Greece

quote [ The baby was conceived using an experimental form of IVF that has been criticised by some experts. The experimental form of IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father, and another egg from a donor woman.

It was developed to help families affected by deadly mitochondrial diseases which are passed down from mother to baby. ]

Interesting stuff. Controversial of course...
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@4:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


quote [ Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting its hot, shadowy edges where light bends around itself in a cosmic fun-house effect.

"We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole. Here it is," said Sheperd Doeleman of Harvard University. ]

[SFW] [science & technology] [+9 Hot Pr0n]
[by Ankylosaur@2:40pmGMT] [9 comments]

Friday, 5 April 2019

Why Physicists Tried to Put a Ferret in a Particle Accelerator

quote [ They had to get the slivers out. But how? ]

Covers biology ?and? technology. Pretty rad, eh?

Or ? is this animal cruelty?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5]
[by Paracetamol@8:05pmGMT] [9 comments]

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

There's Now A New Explanation For That Creepy Space Thing Scientists Thought Could Be Aliens

quote [ It looks like Earthlings will not be taking any alien visitors to their leaders any time soon. According to astronomers at Yale University and the California Institute of Technology, the mysterious ?Oumuamua interstellar space object might be a comet after all, according to YaleNews, and not an alien spacecraft like Harvard astrophysicists theorized. ]

Sort of followup to RIX post back in November. Also - there is a pretty interesting paper from Cornell U that proposes that Oumuamua might be a fragment left over from the destruction of a planet by an FRB event
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@3:59pmGMT] [8 comments]

Saturday, 23 March 2019

This Woman Can Smell Parkinson's. It Might Help Lead To Earlier Treatment

quote [ A retiree with super-smelling skills has helped researchers identify compounds unique to Parkinson's suffers -- and it could lead to an earlier diagnosis. ]

smells fishy? also "greasy sebum"

[SFW] [science & technology] [+3]
[by lilmookieesquire@11:40pmGMT] [5 comments]

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