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How to manufacture the world’s thinnest super-strong substance in your kitchen, with a blender

From lab to kitchen, ‘wonder’ nanomaterial (via AFP) Graphene has been touted as a wonder material — the world’s thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen. Thus far, graphene has proven elusively hard to manufacture on an…

Bitcoin’s new competition: ‘Coinye West’ crypto-currency ‘dropping’ on January 11

Yes, There’s Kanye West-Themed Crypto-Currency (via slashdot) In the future, every major celebrity will have a crypto-currency named after him or her. Bitcoin, the world’s most popular crypto-currency, is based on an open-source protocol; and because it’s peer-to-peer without a central server or bank, it’…   ["Kanye West" via Saffandi…

Why non-believers need rituals too

The last time I put my own atheism through the spin cycle rather than simply wiping it clean was when I wanted to make a ceremony after the birth of my third child. Would it be a blessing? From who? What does the common notion of a new baby as…

Beach Blanket Boredom

[When we last left TBogg, somewhere on the internet far faraway, he was taking a powder/hanging up his spurs/blowing this podunk town/and taking off for parts unknown, just like Taylor (grim-faced, bronze-chested, packing heat) in Planet Of The Apes, saddling up to see “… what’s out there”. What did TBogg…

Watch live: Senate Majority Reid Harry Reid discusses filibuster changes

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivers remarks at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Watch live, broadcast on July 15 via NBC News: [Harry Reid via Flickr user Center for American Progress Action Fund]…

Original 1976 Apple computer expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction

Want an original 1976 Apple-1 computer? It'll cost you, a lot. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Beginning next Wednesday, June 24 – and ending on July 9 – Christies will hold an online auction titled ”First Bytes: Iconic Technology from the Twentieth Century.” According to Christies, among the Apple products up…

African geology may hold clues to prehistoric man walking upright

Why did our ancestors start walking upright? Ancient terrain may hold clue. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A reconstruction of the skeleton of Australopithecus sediba, center, stands next to a modern human female, left, and a male chimpanzee. (Lee R. Berger/University of the Witwatersrand/AP) Being four-legged…

New studies say immigration reform is too late to fix one long-term U.S. challenge

Immigration reform too late to fix one big problem, studies say (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Mexican worker holds workers petition forms as he lines up outside the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, before his working visa interview in 2007. Two studies say the flow…

Watch live: U.S. postal service announces major changes

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe makes an announcement on Postal Service operational restructuring. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 6. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Postal worker protester outside National Press Club in Washington D.C. (Flickr user Talk Radio News Service)…

Women to assume combat roles in U.S. military

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued an order on Wednesday removing the military’s ban on women in combat roles, according to The Associated Press. Panetta’s order overturns a 1994 rule barring women from combat roles in the military and directs military officials to begin crafting a plan to fully integrate…

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