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January 26, 2020

The sounds of New York City, c. 1920

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Above, Times Square near 42nd Street in New York City in the 1920s.


Emily Thompson is a history professor at Princeton University who's been mapping the sounds of New York City in the late 1920s and early '30s.

Her website is called "The Roaring Twenties."

Fair warning: there goes the day.

[via NPR]

January 26, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: not a painting by Gerhard Richter.

January 26, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: ClinicalTrials.gov

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Sometimes the only way to get leading-edge treatment is to join a clinical trial.

This is a good first step.

"ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world."

January 26, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lonely Shoes in the North Sea


Photograph number 3 (above) of the 5 in the 2006 series of artist/author/director/photographer Jannie Regnerus is entitled, "Washed ashore left shoes."

Alongside the photo on the artist's website is the following:

      According to a scientific study (Volkskrant 1997) shoes lost at the North Sea are determined to follow a lonely course.

Leftside shoes wash up on the Dutch coast while rightside shoes drift toward the Scottish coastline.

I searched the Dutch beaches to find proof.

Photo number 4 (below)


of the 5 is captioned, "Washed ashore left shoe II."

Photo number 5 (below)


is labeled, "Washed ashore left shoe III."

January 26, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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From collectSPACE:

The International Space Station is about to launch into the LEGO universe.

The orbiting laboratory, which for almost 20 years has hosted a continuous human presence in Earth orbit, is being released by LEGO as a toy model.

The 864-piece set shrinks the football-field-long space station to the size of desktop display, while still preserving details such as its rotating solar arrays and robotic arm.

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"Build and display this spectacular LEGO Ideas International Space Station (ISS). Packed with authentic ISS details, including a posable Canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight adjustable 'solar panels,' this set is a wonderful gift idea for space enthusiasts, adult LEGO fans, or any experienced builder," wrote LEGO.

The kit measures over 7 inches high, 12 inches long, and 19 inches wide when assembled

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Available beginning February 1 from LEGO Stores and the LEGO website, the ISS will cost $69.99.

Not convinced?


the video.

January 26, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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