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July 7, 2019

PublicDomainFlix.com — Sunday afternoon at the movies

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Res ipsa loquitur.

In case you don't grok Latin: free, the way we like it.

Fair warning....

July 7, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Experts: Hacking an orange

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From the Guardian:

1) Slice off both ends of the  orange

2) Set it on one flat end

3) Cut it vertically from top to bottom into the center

4) Unroll it into a flat array of ready-parted segments

July 7, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

U.S. states ranked for psychopathy


The full title of the paper, which you can read in its entirety here:

Psychopathy by U.S. state: A translation of regional measures of the Big Five personality traits to regional measures of psychopathy

State rankings above.

July 7, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Io on fire — Volcanic activity 2013-2018

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From the Astronomical Journal:

Io's Volcanic Activity from Time-Domain Adaptive Optics Observations: 2013-2018

We present measurements of the near-infrared brightness of Io's hot spots derived from 2 to 5 μm imaging with adaptive optics on the Keck and Gemini N telescopes. The data were obtained on 271 nights between 2013 August and the end of 2018, and include nearly 1000 detections of over 75 unique hot spots. The 100 observations obtained between 2013 and 2015 have been previously published in de Kleer & de Pater the observations since the start of 2016 are presented here for the first time, and the analysis is updated to include the full five-year data set. These data provide insight into the global properties of Io's volcanism. Several new hot spots and bright eruptions have been detected, and the preference for bright eruptions to occur on Io's trailing hemisphere noted in the 2013–2015 data is strengthened by the larger data set and remains unexplained. The program overlapped in time with Sprint-A/EXCEED and Juno observations of the Jovian system, and correlations with transient phenomena seen in other components of the system have the potential to inform our understanding of the impact of Io's volcanism on Jupiter and its neutral/plasma environment.

The New York Times deconstructs the published paper above here.

July 7, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The brightest flashlight you can buy

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Does 9,000 lumens work for you?

'Cause it does for me.

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Note, in the Lumens Brightness Scale below,


that this flashlight is THREE times brighter than a super-bright high-intensity-discharge car headlamp, which when you look at one completely blinds you for the next 30 seconds or so.

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Way better than a gun when it comes to self-defense: 

1) It's legal everywhere

2) As noted above, it will temporarily blind anyone who looks at it

3) It's a lot safer for the user than a gun

4) Cheaper than a gun, much less a quality gun

5) No training required

6) You can take it on planes and through security checkpoints

7) Rechargeable, so you don't have to worry about replacing batteries

8) Few moving parts to break or require service ever

9) 6.1" long x 2.3" head diameter x 2.0" body diameter

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You know what?

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Creating this post, I may have convinced myself to get one.

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July 7, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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