Is it atomic? Yes Sir, it's very atomic.

Nuclear Glow Soap Assortment

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Colorado Removes "420" Mile Marker

Lowering the Bar:

If all they did was change the sign, of course, then it would no longer be accurate. So I assume they have moved it 52.8 feet to the west, but the report doesn't say. Of course I tried to check this using Google Street View, but that imagery is obviously out of date.

So, if you are on your way out there to steal the new one, and I am not suggesting you go out there on I-70 about a mile east of Stratton, just past the fuel tanks on the right, to do that, I'd appreciate it if you would check on the location for me.

(The issue of locational accuracy was my first thought as well.)

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Emilio Garcia:

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JPL's RoboSimian

It knows how to open doors, you guys.

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"The funny thing about retirement: Nobody was ever actually supposed to retire."

In 2014, Young People Will Be One Year Closer to Never Being Able to Retire

The funny thing about retirement: Nobody was ever actually supposed to retire. Let's take the United States as an example. While the Social Security Administration will tell you that the 1935 decision to set the retirement age at 65 was based on the pension systems already in place at that time -- half of which had 65 as their retirement age, and half of which used 70 -- it fails to mention that Americans' life expectancy was a paltry 61.7 years at that time. It's almost as if the pension industry asked cold-blooded actuaries to design highly promising, Ponzi-scheme-like retirement programs that would only benefit a fraction of the people paying into them. Almost.

But then, wham!, bam!, penicillin became widely available, and by 1950, life expectancy had jumped to 68.2 years -- comfortably beyond the retirement cutoff. In 1952, Jonas Salk introduced a polio vaccine, the 60s saw vaccines for measles and mumps, and in 1967 the first heart transplant was performed. Americans began living healthier and longer lives. Increasingly spry older people were no longer reminiscent of the sad old horse that (spoiler alert!) gets shipped off to a glue factory at the end of Animal Farm.

Stupid penicillin.

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I've got one that can SEE

Food Project Proposes Matrix-Style Vertical Chicken Farms

Philosopher Paul Thompson from Purdue University has suggested "The Blind Chicken Solution." He argues that chickens blinded by "accident" have been developed into a strain of laboratory chickens that don't mind being crowded together as much as normal chickens do. As a result, he argues, we should consider using blind chickens in food production as a solution to the problem of overcrowding in the poultry industry. He argues that it would be more humane to have blind chickens than ones that can see.

But Ford goes a step further and proposes a "Headless Chicken Solution." This would involve removing the cerebral cortex of the chicken to inhibit its sensory perceptions so that it could be produced in more densely packed conditions without the associated distress. The brain stem for the chicken would be kept intact so that the homeostatic functions continue to operate, allowing it to grow.

Ford proposes this solution for two reasons: To meet the rising demand for meat, particularly poultry, and to improve the welfare of the chickens by desensitizing them to the unpleasant reality of their existence.

A challenge for Ford's system would be the lack of muscular stimulation. However, Ford proposes using electric shocks similar to that used in other lab meat experiments.

The likeness to The Matrix has not gone unnoticed by Ford. "The similarities are patent, although in The Matrix the dominant species were kind enough to provide the subspecies with a alternate reality, which was far better than the their 'real' post-apocalyptic world," he told us. "This was a lovely gesture by 'The Machines,' but the chickens in this system will not be privy to such a luxurious appendage to an already elaborate system, especially in this age of austerity."

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