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2/14/18

African Matabele ants are the only non-human creatures ever discovered ...

that give medical aid to their fallen comrades


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2/11/18

Nanorobots seek out and destroy tumors ...

without side effects


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2/9/18

Promising cancer vaccine in rats. That means ...

we're next (6:56)


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2/7/18

Giant viruses share a set of genes called "core histones" with eukaryotes, indicating ...

a common ancestor

It's bad enough that we are related to jellyfish ... but viruses?
I don't know how much more of this "humbling" I can take.


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2/6/18

Who are those brave insects who pollinate the dangerous "Venus Fly Trap?"



Here's what happens when you come to visit ... but don't pollinate




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2/5/18

Interesting study on mice indicates that not getting enough light ...

affects cognitive ability


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12/21/17

Life expectancy in the U.S. drops for the second year in a row.
That hasn't happened since 1963.
2017 is on track to be the third year in a row ...

That hasn't happened since WW1 (Spanish Flu)


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12/12/17

This is the record of arctic sea ice in the last 1,500 years



Good thing Trump got us out of the Paris scam, huh?


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12/1/17

Anti-vaxxers can strike anywhere, even in the most advanced nations ...

like Japan

That story sounded like it came straight out of the U.S., didn't it?

It proves that idiocy knows no racial, gender, or national boundaries.

Battle Stations!


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1/11/17

Our molecular machines (6:20)




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11/19/17

Reduce alcohol consumption or face an increased ...

cancer risk


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1/8/16

What type of cell makes up most of the human body?

It all depends on how you measure them: by number or by mass

The average human body contains between 40-74% bacterial cells with an average of around 57%.
That means that some people do have more bacterial cells than human cells, while many do not.

I am absolutely ... almost certain ... that I fall within that second group.


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11/3/17

Here is an example showing why you should always be skeptical;
even of things that seem obvious and don't raise red flags ...

Simpson's Paradox (4:39)


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11/3/17

Unwanted thoughts. We've all had them (I think).

Scientists learn more about the cause

If you aren't blessed with a healthy prefrontal cortex and hippocampus
you still have one last line of defense ... will power.


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11/1/17

Marijuana farming hurts the environment

As if all the personal drawbacks weren't enough
now we can add societal drawbacks to the habit.


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10/26/17

Scientists hunt down and find the volcano responsible ...

for the largest eruption in recorded history (54:02)


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10/22/17

Seismologists study the architecture of buildings
from The Forbidden City in Beijing
built in the early 15th  century
to learn why they seem impervious to earthquakes




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10/11/17

Why reaching Absolute Zero is impossible (10:40)




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XSCIENCE

2/16/18

Here is a fact that you will NEVER hear on Fox News ...

No school shootings in UK since 1996 gun ban


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2/16/18

Big Pharma grabbing all the cash it can and ...

running like hell

Has the Republican-controlled government made any attempt to stop the pillaging?

Well, if they tried, they would find out how quickly they could be replaced.


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2/11/18

Ocean rise predictions doubled

We are being herded to the cliff ... at an ever-accelerating speed.


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2/11/18

Republicans tried to sell America on the lie
that if we gave our money to the big corporations (tax breaks)
it would trickle-down and jobs would spring up everwhere.

Show of hands ... how many of you bought into that one?

You should be ashamed

It has never trickled down:
at no time in history, nor in any place on Earth.
And if by some magic some did trickle down,
the Plutocrats would find a way to get it back.


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2/6/18

Trump said he would shrink the trade deficit with China.
So, after a year in office, how's he doing?

The deficit just hit a record high

Nothing new to see here folks ... move along.


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2/7/18

The Koch Brothers have demonstrated that they own Trump's ass.
They made that clear when they blocked Trump's attempt to destroy Obamacare.
So now their little lap dog (Trump) is dancing to their tune ...

Trump attacks solar power while retaining subsidies for Big Oil


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2/16/18

Check out the Republican's latest victims ...



Every single governmental action that conservatives have taken
has benefitted the wealthy and big business at the expense of everyone else.
If you think you can name one bill that has benefitted the masses
at the expense of the wealthy and big business ...

feel free to exercise your freedom of speech


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XPOLITICS / RELIGION

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1/29/07

The two videos below provide a perfect analogy to the human condition.
In the first video, 30 hornets kill 30,000 bees in only 3 hours.
It reminded me of bad karate movies
where villains attack the hero ... one at a time.
In the second video, hornets encounter a different species of bee.
This species has evolved a defense against the much larger hornets.
They work together to encase the intruder,
and using their vibrating wings ... they cook it to death.

See the analogy?

For 10,000 years humans have been preyed upon by predators (Plutocrats)
who get them to die by the millions in wars so that Plutocrats can enrich themselves.
The Plutocrats control the resources and wealth, and therefore, dictate living conditions.
Humans are like the bees in this first video ... sitting ducks (4:19)



But someday, hopefully before it is too late,
we will discover how to work together (Socialism)
and rid ourselves of the predators who have been making this world ...
a living hell (3:42)




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1991

Here is a method I developed for computing square roots
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I guess God is still mad at me
for all the mean things I said about Him in my book,
so He snuck a vulnerability into my method
(it affects about 10% of the numbers)

Fortunately for me, I discovered this vulnerability
and constructed the following tables
to help me correct for those numbers when they appear.

Square Root Variation Tables


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