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ALMOST FRIENDS-ONLY

Posted on 2025.10.31 at 15:54
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First proof of quantum computer advantage

Posted on 2018.10.18 at 21:18
Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-18 21:18:00.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181018141107.htm

Quantum computers promise to revolutionize the future of computing. Scientists have now demonstrated for the first time that quantum computers do indeed offer advantages over conventional computers. They developed a quantum circuit that can solve a problem that is unsolvable using any equivalent classical circuit.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-18 21:16:00.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181018151103.htm

Diversifying working lands -- including farmland, rangeland and forests -- may be key to preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change, says a new review article. These changes could extend the habitat of critters like bats, but also much larger creatures like bears, elk and other wildlife, outside the boundaries of protected areas, while creating more sustainable, and potentially more productive, working lands.

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Mae West, "Sex", 1927

Posted by cuddyclothes on 2018.10.17 at 22:31
Originally posted by cuddyclothes in vintage_ads. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 22:31:00.

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"Jane Mast" was the not very clever pen name by Mae West. The play was raided, the performers hauled in, and Mae got invaluable publicity.

1927_March_3_Mae-in-court_NYC

Mae West in court, 1927

Eagle rays - Myliobatidae

Posted on 2018.10.17 at 19:17
Current Location: Queensland - Australia
Originally posted by sirterrywatts. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 19:17:00.

Seen flying beneath the surface of the water are the majestic eagle rays.

These rays are different from others in the sea. Commonly called a stingray incorrectly, these don't have a sting on the end of there tail. The ray itself is not that large, but the long and elegant tail can be up to 6ft long. Though scientist are still studying the benefits of having such a long tail.

Today I was lucky to see such a creature gliding effortlessly around a reef. With the calm seas providing excellent viewing conditions revealing the landscape of the reef.



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Halloween Movie Challenge 2018 (Parts 15-18)

Posted by shaved_ape on 2018.10.17 at 19:15
Humeur actuelle: awakeawake
Musique actuelle: Pantera = The Badge
Originally posted by shaved_ape in moviebuffs. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 19:15:00.

31 New-to-me movies watched and reviewed in October. (This entry: My own personal SHARK WEEK!).

15. RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK:
I'm glad to say this movie does not take itself seriously at any moment which is probably a good thing as in every single scene the acting, script, storyline and special effects all compete to be the shittist thing in the film and it's often a dead heat. There is nothing about this film that would not be improved if it was told with sock-puppet theatre instead. The strained pun in the title hints at a movie reference but fails to deliver even a tenuous link to Indiana Jones or almost any other movie. So terrible that it's good? Maybe. If I ever watch it a second time I will see if it stands up.

16. PLANET OF THE SHARKS:
I was really hoping for the Shark version of Planet of the Apes with this film but was disappointed to find a budget version of Waterworld but with swarms of deadly sharks and one big uber shark. On reflection Waterworld probably would have been improved with the addition of a bunch of sharks, or the removal of Kevin Costner, or both - especially if the sharks ate him. 'Better than Waterworld' (or at least less annoying) is hardly a ringing endorsement but as stupid shark movies go this one almost had production values.

17. ICE SHARKS:
These pesky sharks get everywhere, even the polar regions now global warming is doing it's thing now. Also they can sometimes come up on land and chase you or leap through the air (why should dolphins have all the fun?) or sometimes even fly. That's what this week has taught me. As if they weren't scary enough. There is no pun in this title but it does a reasonable job of being both the title and the whole concept of the film.

18. 3 HEADED SHARK ATTACK:
A former teacher of mine used to deploy a favoured put-down when the situation arose, "How can you be so stupid with only one head?" It turns out having more than one head can make you even more stupid - at least if you are a shark movie. This one had the good grace to have Danny Trejo in a small role, the only time in any of these four movies that I saw an actor I recognised - and actually liked. For the rest of the movie is again pretty much summed up in the title.

Winter ticks killing moose at alarming rate

Researchers have found that the swell of infestations of winter ticks -- which attach themselves to moose during the fall and feed throughout the winter -- is the primary cause of an unprecedented 70 percent death rate of calves over a three-year period.

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 13:59:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/17/why-is-saudi-arabia-under-fire-over-jamal-khashoggi-but-not-yemen

The alleged killing of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen

The alleged killing of the royal court insider turned journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rightly triggered a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia, but it would appear it has not jeopardised any of the multibillion-dollar arms deals between the US, Britain and the House of Saud.

Many journalists working on the story, business people pulling out of Saudi conferences and politicians preparing diplomatic responses knew Khashoggi personally. He was a fixture of the thinktank circuit and a habitué of elite London and Washington parties. His former colleagues feel genuine empathy for Khashoggi over his apparently grisly end, because it requires little imagination for them to put themselves in his shoes.

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Societies can remain distinct despite migration

Posted on 2018.10.17 at 13:53
Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 13:53:00.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181017094935.htm

Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows.

How to get rid of an unwanted housemate

Posted on 2018.10.17 at 13:46
Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 13:46:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2018/oct/17/how-to-get-rid-of-an-unwanted-housemate

The Ecuadorians are fed up with their longtime lodger, Julian Assange. But many of us have had a nightmare flatmate. Here’s how to get them to leave

So it seems the people at the Ecuadorian embassy in London have had it with Julian Assange loitering around their pad, after it was revealed he has been told to take better care of his cat and clean his bathroom. In a gloriously petty move, they have even limited his wi-fi usage. Genius.

We have all been there, right? Any of us who have survived the second year of uni knows the horror of the wrong roommate. I mean, you could just ask them to leave, but it is way more fun, in my experience, to make life so unbearable that they are convinced they are going of their own volition. So here is a handy, five-step plan to removing an unwanted housemate.

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George Chapman

Posted on 2018.10.17 at 13:31
Originally posted by rwemmersonquote. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-17 13:31:00.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/brainyquote/QUOTEBR/~3/-O0BSjQEHNs/george_chapman

"They're only truly great who are truly good."

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Communities are the Tops

Posted on 2018.10.17 at 12:41
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I am happy to see that one of my communities has passed the 300-place mark. And so I am posting my top communities for you to check out. If you're not at the table, you are on the menu. Also, these five communities kinda give a general profile of who I am. If you join all five, you can also be me, and win a portable swing-set for your dog, cat, rat, in-law, or secret illegal immigrant.

w_a_r_m_i_n_g at 298 place in the rating of communities
crisis_911 at 484 place in the rating of communities
wiki_truth at 610 place in the rating of communities
o_c_c_u_p_y at 1086 place in the rating of communities
indie_lifestyle at 1087 place in the rating of communities

Originally posted by new_scientist. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-16 22:15:00.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2182725-male-birds-can-be-good-singers-or-good-looking-but-not-both/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=news&campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news

https://www.newscientist.com/?post_type=article&p=2182725

The prettier the bird, the worse it sings. A study of over 500 species has revealed that birds evolve to attract mates in one of two ways, and don’t combine them

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is doing

Posted on 2018.10.16 at 20:59
There is no fall

Without trees

Please.

Originally posted by theonionfeed. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-16 20:04:00.

https://politics.theonion.com/mike-pompeo-impressed-by-realism-of-saudis-halloween-d-1829793721

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Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-16 19:52:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/16/spain-to-beat-japan-2040-world-life-expectancy-league-table

Mediterranean lifestyle takes effect in Spain but US continues to drop down table

People in Spain are predicted to have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040 – beating Japan into second place – and much of the reason is to do with the way they eat, according to the authors of the most comprehensive study of the global burden of disease.

In the years to come, the biggest threats to our health and longevity will be obesity, high blood pressure and blood sugar, tobacco use and drinking alcohol, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, US, which has produced the forecasts.

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Modifiable dementia risk factor in older adults identified

Stiffness of the aorta -- more so than blood pressure or subclinical brain disease -- is a key risk factor for dementia. Since aortic stiffness can be reduced by medication and healthy lifestyle changes, these results suggest that people can still lower their dementia risk well into old age.

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The science of sustainability

Posted on 2018.10.16 at 19:04
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The science of sustainability

Can humans drive economic growth, meet rising demand for food, energy and water, and make significant environmental progress? The short answer is 'yes,' but it comes with several big 'ifs.' New research shows that we can put the world on a path to sustainability if we make significant changes within the next 10 years.

'There is hope here': Fukushima turns to tourism after nuclear meltdown

The region may forever be associated with catastrophe, but some residents want the world to know that life goes on

Even now, almost eight years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster’s physical legacy is impossible to avoid.

The shells of gutted homes stand in barren rice paddies that lay in the path of waves that killed more than 18,000 people across three prefectures in north-east Japan – including 1,600 in Fukushima – on the afternoon of 11 March 2011.

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Let's protect the oceans like national parks

Posted on 2018.10.16 at 15:36
Ted Talk: Let's protect the oceans like national parks | David Lang

You don't have to be a scientist to help protect the world's oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang -- in fact, ordinary citizens have pulled together to save the planet's natural treasures many times in history. Lang asks us to take a lesson from the story of the US National Parks Service, offering a three-point plan for conserving underwater wonders.


Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-16 14:02:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/16/women-win-half-of-ethiopias-cabinet-roles-in-reshuffle

Prime minister Abiy Ahmed creates new peace ministry in the latest in a string of changes

Ethiopia’s prime minister has appointed women to half the posts in his cabinet and created a new ministry of peace in a sweeping reshuffle that will reinforce the momentum of his radical reform programme in the vast, strategically significant African country.

Abiy Ahmed has turned the region’s politics on its head with a string of reforms since being appointed in April, earning comparisons to Nelson Mandela, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Developing Teens Need Sleep to Thwart Alzheimer’s Risk – Study
Researchers warn sleep directly impacts risk for disease

Teenagers with erratic sleep patterns may have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s than their well-rested peers, new tests on mice suggest.

Children up to 18 years old are advised to get a solid eight hours of sleep a night, but the hormonal spikes of puberty – and taste for rebellion – make that tough.

However, a new study by neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania found teens who cut down on sleep, or wake up during the night, are more likely to develop dangerous build-ups in their brain that pave the way to dementia.

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Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-16 13:16:00.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45874265

Reports of religious hate offences in England and Wales rose by 40% last year, police figures show.

Early changes to synapse gene regulation may cause Alzheimer's disease

New research has revealed a role for splicing proteins in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease. Increased phosphorylation of the SRRM2 protein, seen in AD mouse models and human patients, was found to block its transport to the nucleus. This reduced levels of the PQBP1 protein, causing abnormal changes to the splicing of synapse genes and cognitive decline. These phenotypes were reversed by restoring PQBP1 function, suggesting a possible future treatment for AD.

Originally posted by natlgeographic. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-16 12:48:00.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/cecil-african-lion-anniversary-death-trophy-hunting-zimbabwe/

Cecil’s killing sparked what’s been called the biggest global response to a wildlife story ever.



https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181012092949.htm

Originally posted by madman101 in w_a_r_m_i_n_g. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-15 16:17:00.

Tracking the movement of the tropics 800 years into the past

For the first time, scientists have traced the north-south shifts of the northern-most edge of the tropics back 800 years. The movement of the tropical boundary affects the locations of Northern Hemisphere deserts including the Sonoran, Mohave and Saharan. The Earth's climate system affects the movement of the tropics, which have been expanding since the 1970s. The research team found that in the past, periods of tropical expansion coincided with severe droughts.

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Cowboys and Indians: 2018

Posted on 2018.10.15 at 15:18
Elizabeth Warren hits back at Trump's ‘Pocahontas’ jibe by releasing DNA test

DNA tests prove Elizabeth Warren has LESS "Native American" ancestry than the average white American

We never grew up.

Potential benefits of wildlife-livestock coexistence in East Africa

A study of 3,588 square kilometers of privately owned land in central Kenya offers evidence that humans and their livestock can, in the right circumstances, share territory with zebras, giraffes, elephants and other wild mammals -- to the benefit of all.

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Onions Over Antarctica

Posted on 2018.10.15 at 14:56

2005:

The film March Of The Penguins documents Antarctica’s disturbing descent into fascism.

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181015113522.htm

A new study indicates the possibility to monitor the progression of Alzheimer's disease by monitoring glutathione (GSH)

In a breakthrough human study, anti-oxidant, glutathione (GSH), which protects the brain from stress, has been found to be significantly depleted in Alzheimer's patients compared to normal subjects. As GSH is a very important anti-oxidant that protects the brain from free radicals, the findings give us another measure to use when diagnosing potential for the advancement of Alzheimer's disease or recognizing those that are in the throes of Alzheimer's advancement.

-  Note: Glutathione is one of the body's major antioxidants, and is found to be deficient in pateints with cardiac problems.  It is also marketted as an important health supplement.


Mean People

Posted on 2018.10.15 at 13:53
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-15 13:53:00.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/collections/201810/mean-people

How to handle them

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Four steps to a younger, smarter brain

Posted on 2018.10.15 at 13:48
Four steps to a younger, smarter brain

Evidence suggests memory decline can be slowed and even reversed by adopting a few healthy lifestyle habits

Brain health is key to successful ageing, and it involves several mental functions including memory, reasoning and planning. Memory defines who we are – without memory we have no past, cannot plan for the future and are unable to enjoy the present. Our reasoning and planning skills help us create and maintain healthy lifestyle habits that protect our bodies and minds.

People are living much longer than ever before. Those born in 1900 would have been lucky to reach their 50th birthday. Today, life expectancy in many countries exceeds 80, but unfortunately age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes can diminish quality of life.

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Japanese garden in autumn

Posted by glazova58 on 2018.10.14 at 21:27
Originally posted by glazova58 in naturesbeauty. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-10-14 21:27:00.

The day becomes more solemn and serene
When noon is past -- there is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!
(Percy Bysshe Shelley)



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