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    Rather grey out there today, so you might as well not bother with it when you haven't finished reading the Internet yet

    • Framed for Murder By His Own DNA - "We leave traces of our genetic material everywhere, even on things we’ve never touched. That got Lukis Anderson charged with a brutal crime he didn’t commit." How did Lukis's DNA come to be under the fingernails of a dead man he'd never met?

    • BBC Sound Effects - Cool new resource from the Beeb: "These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license."

    • The Opportunity selfie: 5000 Sols in the making - Mars rover camera operator Doug Ellison: "In late February, NASA's Opportunity rover captured its first-ever selfie to commemorate 5,000 sols on Mars. It was a yet another incredible achievement for the 14-year-old spacecraft, which was designed to last just 90 sols. This is the story of how that selfie came to be."

    • The Workings of an Ancient Nuclear Reactor - Interesting account of the Oklo deposit in Gabon by Alex P. Meshik: "Two billion years ago parts of an African uranium deposit spontaneously underwent nuclear fission. The details of this remarkable phenomenon are just now becoming clear."

    • A Farewell to The London Studios - "On the shores of the River Thames in London sit scores of world famous buildings, many with incredible histories, and this one in particular on the South Bank is certainly one of them. So I guess looking at the first few images below this just looks like a regular tower block to the average passer-by, but it is in fact the iconic home of ITV’s The London Studios." Cameraman Steve Fuller photographs ITV's famous building shortly before it closes.


    • How My Nobel Dream Bit the Dust - "My team thought we’d proved cosmological inflation. We were wrong." Brian Keating on making one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science - then finding out they were mistaken.

    • In 1881, the eerie end-of-the-world predictions of “Mother Shipton,” who may have been otherwise known as the “Witch of York,” terrified all of England - "In the spring of 1881, families across England deserted their homes, too terrified to sleep in their beds. They slept in fields or prayed in churches and chapels for God to spare their lives in the apocalypse that was foretold: ‘The world to an end shall come; in eighteen hundred and eighty-one.’ The source of the population’s terror was Mother Shipton, also known as Ursula Shipton, a woman whose prophecies had been circulating through England and beyond since the 17th century." Nancy Bilyeau on the legendary seer, who is probably just a legend.

    • Washington State Fusion Center accidentally releases records on remote mind control - "When you send thousands of FOIA requests, you are bound to get some very weird responses from time to time. Recently, we here at MuckRock had one of our most bizarre gets yet - Washington State Fusion Center’s accidental release of records on the effects of remote mind control." Oops

    • Science Question From A Toddler - Great series answering questions about the universe from very young children, such as ”What Would Happen If There Were No Number 6?”, ”Why Am I Right-Handed?”, and ”Who Built The First House? And What Even Is A House?”.

    • Señores en el abismo - Photos of bored men waiting in shops. (If you speak Spanish, or know how to use Google Translate, the captions are rather amusing.)



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    Good links as usual, like the soccer predictions (found after following the toddler science questions).

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...ex_cid=rrpromo

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    I like the one with the young lad: "I have something to tell you, kid, and you will not like it"

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