Horsey

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"I'm afraid this may hurt your head a little."

DannyDutch:

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Graphene Hair Dye

Graphene Hair Dye:

  • Graphene hair dyes can be applied by spraying, brushing, and then drying.
  • Graphene hair dyes do not contain organic solvents or toxic molecular ingredients.
  • Durability of graphene dyes has reached the performance of permanent hair dyes.
  • Graphene dyes render hair enhanced antistatic and thermal dissipation properties.
I think someone made them put in this part to show how "green" they are. Probably a requirement of one of their grants:
The waste from graphene-coated hair can be recycled and repurposed for the creation of functional materials for other electronic or energy storage devices.

Graphene seems to be the nuclear fusion of materials science: it's always just ten years away from a total revolution of everything, this time for sure. It'll be easier to believe this is real when the kevlar-shitting spiders show up in products, or when nanotech makes dental cavities a thing of the past, this time for sure, or when I can charge my phone with a stinger tap.

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Crucified Stormtrooper Removed from Church After Complaints

"Stormtrooper Crucifixion" by Ryan Callanan was removed from a crucifixion-themed charity auction in a central London church.

Parishioners complained to the rector, Reverend Jonathan Evans, about the subject matter of the sculpture, which intended to be the centerpiece of [the third annual] "Stations of the Cross" charity art auction [...]

Rev. Evans expressed disappointment in the removal of the statue, appearing to take a philosophical view on the work. "For me, 'Stormtrooper Crucifixion' raises similar questions to those which C.S. Lewis raised in his science fiction trilogy -- that, were other races to exist on other planets, would Christ be incarnated among those races in order to die for their salvation?"

The artist seemed not to reflect as directly on Christ as an inspiration for the work: "This is a crucified Stormtrooper and has nothing to do with religion," said Callanan. "It [was] not a method of capital punishment reserved for the Son of God.The piece being taken down is a sign of the times. The offended few out-voice the supportive / pleased many," he said. "I think churchgoers should be more vocal about the abuse that many children worldwide have had to go through, rather than a piece of science fiction cult art."

In case you were wondering what kind of art is considered appropriate at a crucifixion-themed art show in a church, here are some that were not removed:


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US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns

Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party's candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.

"Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol," he told the Guardian, "but due to the licensing requirements in the state we're going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is. "Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses." [...]

Regarding the pump-action shotguns, Ellison said he and his team would aim to "pre-qualify" homeless people who wanted shotguns and were deemed suitable candidates to own them.

The homeless people would not be forced to carry pump-action shotguns, Ellison said. [...]

Ellison said he did not think the plan was dangerous.

"Well, are you worried about the police being armed with military weapons?" he asked. "I am. The world we live in is a scary world, where the police who used to dress in short-sleeved shirts and carry a revolver now have long rifles with scopes and bulletproof vests and armoured vehicles.

"And quite frankly that scares me much more than a homeless person trying to defend themselves with a shotgun."

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Legoland is a harsh place.

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Cursed Image of the Week -42408

Telugu character can brick iMessage, crash Twitter:

If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. Likewise, if the character is pasted into the Safari or Chrome address bar on Mac, the browsers crash. This behavior extends to virtually any system text field on iOS and macOS, resulting in many third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger being affected as well.

Even worse, some users have found that if the character is displayed in an iOS notification, it can cause an entire iPhone or iPad to respring, and in worst-case scenarios, restoring in DFU mode is the only possible solution.

Technical analysis.

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SF to rebuild underground cable car pulley system

San Francisco's iconic cable cars are hoisted uphill by 35-year-old wheels called "sheaves," which pull massive steel cables at 9.5 miles per hour.

Now, those 25 underground sheaves will be rebuilt from the ground up as part of an already-planned replacement of the motorized gearboxes that rotate those pulleys.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority board, comprised of the Board of Supervisors, approved on Tuesday $280,999 to repair the sheaves. The large wheels were last rebuilt between 1982 and 1984, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. [...]

The cable cars' first power sources were steam engines powered by "enormous amounts of coal each day," according to the Cable Car Museum website. San Francisco replaced that steam system with electric motors in the decade following the 1906 earthquake and fire, according to the museum, which is still used today.

If you have not visited the Cable Car Museum in person, you are missing out on something amazing.

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Forget flying cars

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Paperclip Optimizers exploit glitches in The Matrix

The Surprising Creativity of Digital Evolution:

The physics simulator first used a simple Euler method for numerical integration, which worked well for typical motion. However, with faster motion integration errors could accumulate, and some creatures learned to exploit that bug by quickly twitching small body parts. The result was the equivalent of obtaining "free energy," which propelled the opportunists at unrealistic speeds through the water.

Similarly, when evolving jumping abilities, the creatures found a bug in the code for collision detection and response. If the creatures hit themselves by contacting corners of two of their body parts together in a certain way, an error was triggered that popped them airborne like super-strong grasshoppers.

Tic-tac-toe Memory Bomb:

The project was a five-in-a-row Tic Tac Toe competition played on an infinitely large board. [...] Evolution discovered that making [a move very, very far away] right away lead to a lot of wins. The reason turned out to be that the other players dynamically expanded the board representation to include the location of the far-away move -- and crashed because they ran out of memory, forfeiting the match!

Creative Program Repair:

After several generations of evolution, suddenly and strangely, many perfectly fit solutions appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Upon manual inspection, these highly fit programs still were clearly broken. It turned out that one of the individuals had deleted all of the target files when it was run! With these files missing, because of how the test function was written, it awarded perfect fitness scores to the rogue candidate and to all of its peers.

Impossibly Compact Solutions:

The circuit had evolved to work only in the specific temperature conditions in the lab, and exploited manufacturing peculiarities of the particular FPGA chip used for evolution. Furthermore, when attempting to analyze the solution, Thompson disabled all circuit elements that were not part of the main powered circuit, assuming that disconnected elements would have no effect on behavior. However, he discovered that performance degraded after such pruning! Evolution had learned to leverage some type of subtle electromagnetic coupling, something a human designer would not have considered (or perhaps even have known how to leverage).

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