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How small can the naked eye see?

Your naked eye can see objects of any size, if they emit or scatter enough light to trigger its detector cells. Light visible from the star Deneb covers a minuscule fraction of your visual field (its ‘angular diameter’ is 0.0024 … Continue reading

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Trilobite Beetle

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Where did those electrons go? Decades-old mystery solved

The concept of “valence” – the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging electrons – is one of the cornerstones of modern chemistry and solid-state physics. Valence controls crucial properties of molecules and materials, including … Continue reading

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This little robot pill can replace painful injections

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Hello, world: this is WikiTribune

As a big fan of Wikipedia I was very interested to hear that Jimmy Wales was starting a news service. I have, for a very long time, searched for unbiased material for Deskarati in my areas of interest. I have … Continue reading

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Lift and Wings

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Andy Serkis Describes Motion Capture

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Could Neanderthals speak?

Forty years ago, the consensus was that they could not. Neanderthals didn’t make cave paintings, or flint arrowheads, and their larynx wasn’t positioned low enough to allow them to make the full range of human vocal sounds. But more recent … Continue reading

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Escherian Staircase Illusion

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Christening Amazon’s latest wind farm

Fun day christening Amazon’s latest wind farm. #RenewableEnergy pic.twitter.com/cTxeXdsFop — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 19, 2017

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Orchid mantis nymphs

If you don’t think insects can be cute, you haven’t seen baby orchid mantises…I mean, look how adorable! pic.twitter.com/x4Ntkwk8sZ — IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) October 19, 2017

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Tesla’s Secret Second Floor

A very interesting article by Greg Reichow at Wired While working at Tesla, I always enjoyed talking to people after they finished a factory tour. As much as they raved about the amazing automation, gigantic presses, and hundreds of robots, … Continue reading

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AlphaGo Movie

AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Cambridge, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can … Continue reading

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Lewis Hamilton was ‘weird’ as a team-mate, says Jenson Button

Great article on the BBC website today for those of us F1 fans. – Jim Deskarati Jenson Button says he found fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton “a bit weird” when they were team-mates at McLaren. In his new autobiography, Life at … Continue reading

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Aluminium Cans Recycling Process

 

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Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were overused in 2016, with the intention of highlighting ways that the medical system could be made more effective and more … Continue reading

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk updates Mars plans

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Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Discover how Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style. ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’ opens on 2 October.

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Blue Planet II : The Prequel

This world-exclusive introduction to the show is narrated by series presenter Sir David Attenborough and set to an exclusive track developed by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead. The prequel features an array of some of the most awe-inspiring shots and highlights … Continue reading

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The Headington Shark

The Headington Shark (proper name Untitled 1986) is a rooftop sculpture located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford, England, depicting a large shark embedded head-first in the roof of a house. The shark first appeared on 9 August 1986. … Continue reading

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