Tesla, snails and a baby raffle

Shooting Fish In a Barrel Department: why bother to fact-check an interview with Sean Hannity? Just to show how full of crap he is, maybe?

GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications, quoth The Guardian. The limeys aren’t the only ones having fun with it: the design of the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) was specifically modified for tapping undersea cables. It’s really an open secret.

Developer: Human Race Depends on World’s Largest Doomsday RV Park in Kansas.

New Hampshire lawmaker resigns after claiming government behind Boston bombing. Baby steps….

The infamous Paris Baby Raffle of 1912

10 Things you Probably didn’t know about Ernest Hemingway (like he was a KGB Spy)

Perhaps the most enduring sound effect in history, the famous “Wilhelm scream” you’ve all heard but might not have known it.

The citrus mealybug looks like a walking dandruff flake, or perhaps a woodlouse that’s been rolled in flour. It’s also the insect version of a Russian nesting doll. If you look inside its cells, you’ll find a bacterium called Tremblaya princeps. And if you look inside Tremblaya, you’ll find yet another bacterium called Moranella endobia. The two bacteria aren’t just passing hitchhikers. They’re symbionts— constant fixtures of the mealybug’s cells, and necessary for its survival.

Some people just love humiliating their dogs.

Gotta love that solstice festival atmosphere: Woman dressed as vagina stops street fight between penis and man in Glastonbury. Jolly old England!

It’s so nice to see an active duty officer questioning the sacred cows of his service branch. Capt. Henry J. Hendrix, USN (Ph.D.) has written an excellent examination of traditional air-craft carrier for the modern Navy, “At What Cost a Carrier”:

“To achieve the same return on investment as the Tomahawk, Hornets would have needed to fly nearly four times the number of sorties and drop 100,000 air-to-ground weapons”.

A successful “drop test” has been conducted on Europe’s experimental re-entry vehicle, the IXV.

Could wormhole entanglement solve a black hole paradox?

Sounds like both Singapore and Indonesia are getting on each other’s nerves as the fire-fighting cloud-seeding experiment draws nigh.

Looking for a designer enzyme for alternative energy.

Tesla’s new 90 second battery swap scheme sure sounds like the recently shuttered Better Place. Did they license the technology from them, I wonder?

Tracing Stone Age trade routes via snail.

ROSPHERE: A spherical robot for exploration missions. Funny how much it resembles an all-weather surveillance platform I designed twenty years ago.

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