popular science-y stuff to send to wee folk and parents of wee folk
2 days ago
The U.S.-Israel Relationship Arrives at a Moment of Reckoning
"But where it won't be all right is for Israel itself, because as nice as it is to have strategic alignments, none of that solves Israel's existential problem: What is it going to do about the 2.6 million Palestinians it has responsibility for now? And if it doesn't find a way to resolve that issue, that existential dilemma, if Israel continues to control 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank, it's going to have to decide sooner rather than later whether it's a democracy or a Jewish state, but it won't be able to be both."
israel  palestine  gaza  politics  talks  war  america 
3 days ago
Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria? - Microsoft Research
"Finally, this approach suggests an answer to the question in the title. Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives. By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favor."
security  technology  fraud  crime 
5 days ago
“O, Excellent Air Bag”: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide | The Public Domain Review
"After an eternity he was brought back to earth by the sensation of Dr. Kinglake removing the breathing-tube from his mouth; the outside world seeped back into his ‘semi-delirious trance’ and, as the energy returned to his limbs, he began to pace around the room. Yet a part of him was still present in the dimension of mind that had swallowed him whole, and he struggled for the words to capture it. He ‘stalked majestically’ towards Kinglake ‘with the most intense and prophetic manner’, and attempted to shape the insight that had possessed him. ‘Nothing exists but thoughts!’, he blurted. ‘The world is composed of impressions, ideas, pleasures and pains!’"
drugs  chemistry  medicine  history 
5 days ago
Juliet Marine's Ghost Boat Will Be Hard Sell to U.S. Navy - Businessweek
"Four propellers positioned at the front of the tubes are powered by the two 2,000-horsepower engines. They pull the craft and, with the help of air funneling down through the struts, create a gas bubble around each tube—an effect known as supercavitation that can reduce drag by a factor of 900. In short, Ghost makes a bubble and flies through it. "
navy  ships  technology 
6 days ago
BBC News - Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US
shoehorning 'em into the AUMF. a threat, maybe/probably. biggest threat, no sir.
ISIS  war  america 
8 days ago
Life in space? Sea plankton discovered attached to ISS outer hull — RT News
"The former cosmonaut, who spent nearly a year in orbit back in the 1980s, said that outer surface of ISS is “heavily contaminated” by the waste products from engines of the arriving spacecraft, atmospheric discharges from the station during spacewalks by the crew and other factors."

space  ISS 
10 days ago
BBC News - Google removes 12 BBC News links in 'right to be forgotten'
the bbc, doing it right. links to all the articles to be forgotten, hopefully to be indexed soon. heh.
10 days ago
Michele Roberts, N.B.A. Union’s New Leader, Confronts Gender Barriers - NYTimes.com
"She did not flinch. “My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”"
11 days ago
How Egypt Prolonged the Gaza War
"In the first phase of Egyptian diplomacy during this recent Gaza war, Egyptian mediators played their hand transparently -- and ruthlessly. They attempted to corner Hamas by publicly announcing a cease-fire proposal on July 15 that had only been coordinated with Israel; when Hamas balked, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly announced that the rejection provided "international legitimacy" for an expanded Israeli operation. Thus what was touted as a proposal to end the conflict actually enabled a ground incursion, which resulted in a more thorough elimination of Hamas tunnels and rockets than Israeli missiles alone would have been able to accomplish."
israel  palestine  gaza  egypt  coup  assholes 
11 days ago
Let’s talk about margins — The Message — Medium
"It says: We may not have had the money to print on better paper, but man, we give a shit. Giving a shit does not require capital, simply attention and humility and diligence. Giving a shit is the best feeling you can imbue craft with."
design  books 
12 days ago
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