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January 18, 2010

Quark stars and strange matter

Dan Vergano's December 7, 2009 USA Today story about quark stars — for now only theoretical and believed to be composed of strange matter, a solid mass of quarks — introduced me to a whole new class of possible astronomical objects.

Remember that once upon a time black holes were only theoretical constructs — until it became increasingly clear that they were at the center of most galaxies, including our own (top).

Vergano noted "... a 'strange matter hypothesis,' suggesting that normal matter will decay into strange matter if it comes into contact with [it]."

He continued, "... in theory, like 'Ice-9' in Kurt Vonnegurt's novel "Cat's Cradle," strange matter could eat up the universe."

January 18, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pac-Man Cookie Bun

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Filled with cream custard and crushed almond-flavored cookies.

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¥120 ($1.31) at Circle K stores everywhere in Japan.

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Maybe here in 2011 — if we're lucky.

[via Bem Legaus!, technabob, ITmedia, inside-games and Kotaku]

January 18, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Pigeon: Impossible' — by Lucas Martell

"Five years in the making.

[via mappeal]

January 18, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Self-Parking Carpet Slippers

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[via xiankankan]

January 18, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bobby Charles — who wrote 'Walking to New Orleans' and 'See You Later Alligator' — died last Thursday

He was 71.

Keith Spera, in a superb January 15, 2010 New Orleans Times-Picayune obituary, wrote that Charles was "an enigma whose songs were more famous than he was."

January 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Super Mario Sweater Vest

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Knit one for yourself.

Download the pattern here.

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Free, the way we like it.

[via Wonderland]

January 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

On the edge

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The remarkable photo above led a November 23, 2009 Wall Street Journal story by Sara Murray and Betsy McKay about what appears to be a recent increase in the U.S. suicide rate.

The picture's caption: "A 1987 Dodge van stuck on a rock overhang near Grand Junction, Colorado, after the driver sent the vehicle off the cliff in an apparent suicide attempt in January. The driver survived."

January 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mojito Shoe — by Julian Hakes

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[via The Xerxy Web and thetrendygirl]

January 18, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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