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701 No. 701 [Edit]
We have a thread for interesting lectures, how about one where we share interesting articles?

There are tons of threads in /ot/ that are started to discuss a single article but overall, I don't think we need to have so many. Especially since sometimes it feels like OP just wanted to share an article rather than actually discuss it.

As for the topic... Anything goes, really.
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>> No. 702 [Edit]

>Extensive research by Satoshi Kanazawa and colleagues at the London School of Economics and Political Science have uncovered significant differences in sleep-timing preferences among people, depending on their IQ scores.

It's really old but I read it fairly recently.
>> No. 704 [Edit]

>Somalia is in the news again. Rival gangs are shooting each other, and why? The reason is always the same: the prospect that the weak-to-invisible transitional government in Mogadishu will become a real government with actual power.

The media invariably describe this prospect as a "hope." But it's a strange hope that is accompanied by violence and dread throughout the country. Somalia has done very well for itself in the 15 years since its government was eliminated. The future of peace and prosperity there depends in part on keeping one from forming.
>> No. 706 [Edit]
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This is the directory of open access journals.
Click browse and look at all the fields they cover.

The picture is from
>> No. 715 [Edit]
This site is fun
>> No. 818 [Edit]

The time is coming. I'd sell part of my skin to go up in space. Why did I have to be born poor.;_;
>> No. 875 [Edit]

I'd like to see an arcade game that uses this.
>> No. 884 [Edit]
Bookmark this shit in case anyone ever gives you crap about 2D waifu love-
>> No. 885 [Edit]
Not in the least bit surprising at all.
>> No. 895 [Edit]
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I don't know what article this is from, but it's cool and I'm CoPa-ing directly from 4chan:
>"Microbivore" is the name given to a speculative future micromachine containing numerous nanomachine systems, which function together as an artificial phagocyte (white blood cell.) A fleet of microbivores could be injected into a person and act as a supplement or even a complete replacement for their immune system. The microbivore concept was invented by Robert A. Freitas Jr., who has outlined their design in great detail. At present (2010) we lack the "atom-by-atom" molecular manufacturing technology required to construct such a device. Some futurists expect the dream of molecular nanotechnology (first concieved by Dr. Eric Drexler) to become a reality sometime next decade, (2020-2030) enabling a massive leap forward in our construction capabilities.

> Numerous pathologies exist that are caused by the presence of foreign organisms in the bloodstream. Infection by foreign blood-borne organisms is especially dangerous in individuals with compromised immune systems (such as those suffering from AIDS.) Current methods to control such organisms are largely ineffectual, or merely temporarily arrest their growth rather than wiping them out entirely. Most physicians would welcome the addition of syntheitc nanorobots capable of selectively annihilating such organisms.
>> No. 896 [Edit]
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>The microbivore design calls for a 3.4 micron (millionths of a meter) long, by 2 micron wide oblate spheroid shaped device, consisting of 610 billion structural atoms, and filled with roughly 150 billion gas/water molecules. The entire nanobot has a gross geometric volume of just over 12.1 cubic microns (including two normally empty internal materials processing bays totalling 4 cubic microns of displaced volume.) Its size ensures unobstructed passage through even the narrowest of human capillaries, which are approximately 4 microns in diameter. A single microbivore will consume 100-200 picowatts of continuous power while in operation, and will digest and eliminate pathogenic microbes at a maximum throughput of 2 cubic microns per 30 second cycle - enough room to internalize virtually any species of bacteria in a single gulp. The design includes 10-fold renundancy on most mechanisms, excepting the largest structural elements, to ensure high reliability.

> As with natural phagocytes, microbivores would devour, digest, and discharge any viruses, bacteria or fungi unlucky enough to be detected. The microbivore would use species-specific reversible binding sites to firmly attach itself to the microbe, which would then be directed to the ingestion port by telescoping robotic grapples in a similar fashion to the way a squid uses its tentacles to catch and hold its prey while consuming it.
>> No. 897 [Edit]
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And done, was afraid it would 404:

>From the ingestion chamber, the targetted microbe would be blended by mechanical blades in a morcellation chamber, then passed to a digestion chamber where the processed remains of the invader would be chemically analyzed before being further broken down by a specifically selected sequence of 40 engineered enzymes, into biologically neutral effluent (mononucleotides, amino acids, free fatty acids, simple sugars and glycerol.) which would be released harmlessly back into the bloodstream through an exhaust port on the back of the device, where it could be used by the body's molecular machinery (cells) for its nutritional content.

> Getting microbivores into the body would be a matter of simply introducing them intravenously. Preliminary estimates suggest microbivores would be around 80 times more efficient, and about 1,000 times faster acting than our natural white blood cells.

> Once their mission is complete they could be programmed to exit the bloodstream via the intestines, if desired. Clinical use of microbivores, and the many other species of nanobots thus far imagined, could revolutionize the field of medicine. Mass fabrication and theraputic use of such devices (thanks to molecular nanotech) over the coming decades will lead to cures for many diseases, barring any unforseen insurmountable technical challenges, for many people alive today.
>> No. 899 [Edit]

A rather interesting piece. Some of you may be aware of "Depressive Realism". That is, the fact that Depressed people see the world more realistically than non-Depressed people. Going one step further, this article talks about how at certain times of crisis a depressed leader is the best kind of leader. For instance, Churchill saw the Nazi threat for what it was and was angry about the appeasement policy going on. Because of his depression, he did not try to see the best in Hitler, but rather how he really was. When it comes to leaders who who do not lead nations, it talks about how men like Martin Luther King Jr. were motivated to lead because of their depression. It turns out depressed people display great empathy, which in turn was a motivating for MLK to lead his non-violence movement. His realistic view of things also helped him choose that over any other method of trying to bring change to his country.
>> No. 900 [Edit]

>The man behind the deadly twin attacks in Norway wants a Japanese psychiatrist to carry out his psychological evaluation
>He believes that a Japanese person will understand him better than someone from Europe
>Thomas Hegghammer, a Norwegian expert on terrorism and Islamic extremism, said recently that Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto detailing his "crusade" against a "Muslim invasion" of Europe, showed he was fascinated by the Japanese and Korean cultures.

>In his eyes, multiculturalism was a plague that was spreading quickly across the West, and he believed that action had to be taken in order to stem its growth.

>In the pursuit of such a goal, however, he had to look for a society on which he could model his ideal world on first. This is the part that sickens me. He turned his eyes to Japan.

>According to Japan Today, Breivik was an admirer of Japan and South Korea’s perceived monocultures. Breivik believed that both “represent many of the European classical conservative principles of the 1950s” because they are “scientifically advanced, economically progressive” societies “which will not accept multiculturalism or Cultural Marxist principles.”

>He went on to comment about the low levels of crime in both countries, noting that “you can travel freely everywhere without the constant fear of getting raped, ravaged, robbed or killed.” Ironic, isn’t it?

Post edited on 2nd Aug 2011, 12:32pm
>> No. 902 [Edit]
This is interesting, but I don't understand how a depressed person--who is too lethargic to even kill themselves--will get the will to lead a mass movement, or a country, or whatever.
>Astronomers have found molecular oxygen in space... [while] Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the cosmos, ... [i]ts molecular form, ... had never definitively been seen in space.
>> No. 912 [Edit]
Another article about the same thing:

The key word here is "Crisis". For example, Chamberlain was a normal and sane man who was logically voted to power in times of peace. Churchill was described in the 20's and 30's as having very poor judgements. Then, when crisis arose and the sane Chamberlain floundered, it was up to the depressive Churchill to rise to the occasion. That is how he got into the position of power- because of Crisis.
>> No. 914 [Edit]
I'm by no means a supporter of Breivik, but that article is bad and the author has no idea what he's talking about. At first he says Breivik is completely wrong, yet then he completely agrees with what the man actually wrote:
>Accept immigrants that are willing to assimilate. Take in individuals who can impact Japan in a positive manner.
>Opening up the floodgates to immigrants who have no intention of ever assimilating will pose more problems for Japan than benefits gained through their entry. One look at some European countries is all it takes to prove this point.
This kind of mass-immigration is what he regarded as a catastrophe in his "manifesto," and Japan really did never "open the floodgates," as evidenced by their very low percentage of immigrant population, about 10 to 20 times lower than in many European countries. Limited, selective immigration of highly skilled individuals and cultural/economic exchange between Europe, India, America and East Asia are things Breivik actually considers useful policies Europe should adopt.

Related to that, in case someone wonders (I know I did) why an ultra-right-winger would idolize a moderate mainstream politician like Winston Churchill, this article might be interesting:
>> No. 915 [Edit]

>#7,2 and Jules.

Oh the horror. I felt revolted. I never actually thought I would feel the uncanny valley.
>> No. 916 [Edit]
>The home secretary said people who had no social contact with ethnic minorities were "apt to take a liberal view".
Anti-racism in a nutshell.

Also, here's something for anyone who doesn't know much about hardware (like me).
>> No. 917 [Edit]
I had almost forgotten how much the average ignorant westerner irrationally hates robots.
"robots are all evil, they will kill us all! if you like robots, you must hate human kind!"

Post edited on 5th Aug 2011, 10:33am
>> No. 918 [Edit]
If America collapses, this might save you in a pinch:
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>> No. 921 [Edit]
Everytime I go to cracked I swear I end up reading everything and opening all links, for a comedy site they sure do good fact checking.
Ya, I've never understood this "uncanny valley," when I first heard about the concept I was like "that doesn't make sense, why would someone feel that!?" I think it is more a thing that religous/conservative folk feel.
>> No. 922 [Edit]
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>Look at you hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?

A Japanese guy I talked to about this told me his theory is that East Asians are less fearful of robots/technology in part because only the West went through the roughest part of industrialization, which left a lasting mark on our culture and collective world view. People already had the technology and expertise to keep working conditions somewhat humane by the time industrialization hit Japan or even Korea and China.

for another board I frequent, I've translated some two dozen posts from a thread about the Norway shooting on one of 2ch's news boards, since I thought some of them were rather interesting or amusing. I don't want to derail/clutter the thread for no reason, but I can post them here if someone actually cares.
>> No. 923 [Edit]
I don't know about that theory.
What exactly is this "roughest part?"
I'm trying to think what it could be, but the worst I can think of is how butthurt weavers lost their jobs, because they were replaced by weaving machines, so they burned the machines down. And that certainly has nothing to do with workers conditions, unless you consider not having a job as a condition...

I offer an alternative theory: Asian people are immune to the uncanny valley because they themselves are robots, they work as much as they can, they never rest, they never have breaks, the society runs on a social protocol, when they make a mistake their programming terminates (suicide).
>> No. 924 [Edit]

Ironically I only find those uncanny because I find real people uncanny.
>> No. 925 [Edit]
I think it's just that, being nothing more then butt hurt about losing jobs to them, but also crap about them not having souls and other such nonsense.
which is why we end up with stuff like the matrix with machines enslaving mankind or films like terminator in which they try to kill all humans.
Who knows, might even be a inferiority complex.
>> No. 926 [Edit]
>What exactly is this "roughest part?"
The time when the machinery used in manufacturing was still a lot more dangerous and polluting/poisonous.
Think about it, the Asian "Tiger Economies" like Korea never really had to deal with being around steam engines all the time, for example. They immediately received all the new, relatively safe and clean technologies the West had been developing over the last couple of centuries.

>Asian people are immune to the uncanny valley
It was a scientist from Japan who came up with that word though (不気味の谷 in Jap). Maybe they just enjoy getting freaked out? Would explain all the bizarre Japanese pornography.
>> No. 930 [Edit]
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Genetic Algorithms-John Holland 1992
>> No. 931 [Edit]
I care about what random 2ch'ners have to say.
>> No. 933 [Edit]

Thread Title: 【Norway Terror】 The motive was "to defend against the Muslim invaders"

[news article in the OP explaining what Breivik stated about his motives etc.]

2 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:11:01.99 ID:tOHQ13Lu0
ha ha oh wow, it's like fucking reverse Al-Qaida

3 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:11:02.42 ID:RSiOr2vi0
AMEN (´・ω・`)

4 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:11:28.09 ID:+L4KZEmH0
I'm sure a lot of white Europeans can sympathize with his motives.

I can't help but think that the European political leaders are insane, what with letting all those Muslim immigrants in.
It's like they're trying to obliterate Europe.

And that even though once it falls into the hands of Islam, there will be no way back for Europe.

14 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:17:04.94 ID:xEToi8PX0
Hmm, I'm thinking this might catch on among extremist right-wing groups all over Europe.
Gives me some enormously serious chills.

46 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:27:29.91 ID:hCmPnWtf0
I hope it catches on in Japan too.

47 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:27:32.01 ID:xqF85fwT0
Seeing how there are plenty of Europeans who resent multiculturalism, I'd say that's pretty much a given.
If you accept immigrants, you have to force them to assimilate into your culture, there is no other way.
A sovereign democracy simply cannot be based on multiculturalism.
(A dictatorship with very centralized power however can)

5 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:12:28.22 ID:5P3vLBZF0
Yet he killed his own countrymen?

7 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:14:08.83 ID:4jKlE6bZ0
Ever heard of "Peace at all cost mentality?"

9 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:14:33.61 ID:cEgnCaEb0
This guy is innocent.
It's their prime minister who is the evil one here.

16 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:18:20.92 ID:0MR0/DlP0
Ah haha haa, maybe I'm gonna kill some Korean pachinko parlor owners to protect my city from the Korean gambling den invasion olololol

20 :にょろ~ん♂( 忍法帖【Lv=40,xxxPT】 ):2011/07/26(火) 00:19:46.85 ID:TN92oqd/0
looks like the Crusaders are back

22 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:20:23.62 ID:nnL7Q9w+O
I wonder what Europeans who reject Muslim immigrants think about Israeli settlements

30 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:21:59.77 ID:YycNycqt0
I don't think anyone except America supports Israel

23 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:20:39.12 ID:pgyE5efA0
Maybe he just wanted to do something along the lines of playing an FPS

24 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:20:44.31 ID:EeNgiFG/0
This was brought about by multiculturalism.

The tragedy of Holland
An example of the failures of multiculturalism: Classroom chaos in Germany
Sweden crumbles: Already in a state of low-intensity civil war
Greek university occupied by illegal immigrants
A city that will be without Belgians before long: Belgium's capital Brussels

36 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:23:49.91 ID:NrKfCvbc0
heh, just think about the policemen who have to read that huge piece of junk he wrote.
poor bastards

37 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:24:00.59 ID:gTl6m4Yi0
Looks like he's quite the cosplay enthusiast.

44 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:27:05.18 ID:IpykH5So0
Why not let him speak freely?
Let's hear it from his own mouth why he killed those almost 100 people.

This is suppression of free speech, just what kind of surveillance state is that

45 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:27:25.23 ID:5Sn0XRCm0
>"to defend against Islamic invasion"
Uhm, isn't it rather Christianity that tends to invade, like, the world?

48 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:28:34.50 ID:VE6jGdB90
Welcome to modern-day Sweden!
Sweden will be an Islamic country by 2049
heated discussion: Swede vs. Immigrants
And thus the public order is destroyed and the state dies - Brussels, Belgium
A country ruined by immigrants: Germany

51 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:29:39.37 ID:mHVATKaB0
Anyone think a Japanese guy is gonna do something like this soon?
Maybe targeting the HQ of our Democratic Party, or some anti-Japanese media outlet.

53 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:30:11.95 ID:IpykH5So0
Say, did the Japanese government ever explain to us why they're accepting large numbers of Chongs [Gooks/Koreans] and Chinks?
Why aren't they explaining themselves?
I swear something like that might just occur here too.

I just wonder which government party will be targeted then.

55 :名無しさん@12周年:2011/07/26(火) 00:30:57.54 ID:LtcQTlby0
If the government changes its policies like this guy says, it would mean caving in to terrorism.
If they don't change anything, it won't be long before someone continues what he started.
Things are pretty messed up either way.
>> No. 934 [Edit]

Haha, I laughed when I read this. What's the original Japanese word for this? I always like learning slang words.
>> No. 936 [Edit]
It's written as チョン in Japanese.
チャンコロ (chyankolo) is the word I translated as Chink. I thought "Chinks and Chongs" had a nice ring to it.
>> No. 938 [Edit]
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>> No. 939 [Edit]

omg, thanks
>> No. 944 [Edit]

Actually here's a better one minus Ford Driver commentary.

Kissing our waifus may be as little as 5 years away.

Post edited on 10th Aug 2011, 6:18pm
>> No. 945 [Edit]
Also, android-o-phone!!!
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>> No. 958 [Edit]
Seems to hold true in my case. I'm as hairy as my father, but I don't have a handsome face like he does.
>> No. 987 [Edit]
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You will never rid a space yacht and bath with you waifu in a floating globe of water then make love for hours in a velvety tunnel.;_;
>> No. 988 [Edit]
why is there a 45 minute long documentary on sex in space
>> No. 989 [Edit]
Waaaait a minute.

Is that architect guy... does he have figs on his desk?
>> No. 990 [Edit]
>> No. 996 [Edit]

>In America, for instance, pretty much everybody is in debt. The great social evil in antiquity, the thing that Sharia law and medieval canon law were trying to ensure never happened again, was the scenario in which a family gets so deep in debt that they are forced to sell themselves, or sell their children, into slavery. What do you have here today? You have a population all of whom are in debt, and who are essentially renting themselves to employers to do jobs that they almost certainly wouldn’t want to do otherwise, to be able to pay those debts. If Aristotle were magically transported to the U.S. he would conclude that most of the American population is enslaved, because for him the distinction between selling yourself and renting yourself is at best a legalism. This, again, is why I say that our definitions of freedom are bizarre – we’ve managed to take a situation which most people in the ancient world would have recognised as a form of slavery and turned it into the definition of freedom (your ability to contract debts, your ability to sell your labour on the market, and so on). In the process we have created the very thing that all that old legislation and all of those old political practices were designed to avoid.

Happy labor day!
>> No. 1039 [Edit]

An interesting lecture.
>> No. 1042 [Edit]
that explains alot.
>> No. 1043 [Edit]
That's very interesting. I'm actually surprised that feet apparently rank so highly across cultures.

"Japanese erotic art has just dominated the internet" -- Ogi Ogas, sexuality researcher

And he even talks about zettai ryouiki!
>> No. 1044 [Edit]
Aw yeah, scientific evidence that liking traps or futanari is not gay. Take that, Tohno.
>> No. 1045 [Edit]
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It really irked me when he said that fan fiction didn't exist before the internet.
>> No. 1046 [Edit]
I think he said that it exploded in popularity with the invention of the internet, not that it never existed.
>> No. 1050 [Edit]
>Men look for a healthy body
Looks like him and his theory are in for a bumpy ride when he discovers guro.
>> No. 1055 [Edit]
No rule without an exception, eh?

Not implying I'm either yay or nay on that topic..
>> No. 1056 [Edit]
Here's a small compilation of videos about the power structure of America:

Interview about the above topic and current events with Noam Chomsky on Icelandic TV:

1988 interview with Ron Paul, predicting the current economic crisis. Interesting bit around 28:00 where he talks about how the President can suspend the constitution and set up concentration camps, due to legislation that was passed specifically in anticipation of the crisis:
>> No. 1057 [Edit]

This article is out of date and wrong obviously,but the company is setting a more realistic goal of 2014.
>> No. 1058 [Edit]
All right, I have a whole slew of webpages to dump;why you ask?

The robot waifu singularity is at hand.
I went to this page from an article on cracked:

Intrigued by these "honeydolls" I went to Google.

I found i he future femsexbot company that will rule over all others,the Microsoft of their trade.Gaze at the future gentlemen:
main site:
voiced moaning with pressure sensitivity:

Our time is nigh gentlemen.
>> No. 1059 [Edit]
I see a lot of stuff about making waifus possible, but someone still has to program in their personality/voice/memories/appearance.
I highly doubt anyone can just say or type their waifu's name then blame, get a virtual reality interactive version of them.

And in this case, someone to build them, and still program them

Post edited on 5th Oct 2011, 10:28pm
>> No. 1060 [Edit]
that's a sexdoll, not a waifu
>> No. 1073 [Edit]
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Interesting short introduction to the history of the US Dollar. Explains pretty well why paper money is a scam:
>> No. 1084 [Edit]

What it looks like to actually go into a black hole.
WARNING:May cause Elder God-type insanity when thought about for too long.
>> No. 1104 [Edit]

Brohnos have probably heard of most of these,but the decotora one was new to me and actually pretty cool.

An interesting interpretation of Japan's creation myth with lots of citations.

It's just like every cyberpunk fantasy made real.
>> No. 1140 [Edit]

This talks about the child porn industry from the perspective of one who was actually a part of it. A really interesting and enlightening read.
>> No. 1182 [Edit]
For those who enjoy interior design,3 avant-garde bathtubs:

Very nice,but could it hold more than one person?

A two in one shower/bath pod

Probably the most intriguing of all, a hammock made of NASA developed ultra-light materials that can serve as a bathtub.My only questions are how does the water drain and how does it stay warm?
>> No. 1192 [Edit]

That whole blog is very insightful.
>> No. 1195 [Edit]
ditto great magazine, I stumbled upon some articles on wind turbines and wind mills a while back, all of it great stuff(I would do well to visit the site more often). Very well written and indepth too. And cited sources. And Pictures.

speaking of cited sources, I found this as a cite they use (different article).
>> No. 1234 [Edit]

A truly no fail lie detector test.
>> No. 1235 [Edit]
looks totally credible, especially the part about ufos
>> No. 1415 [Edit]

A general article on technology and social withdrawal in Japan. Should be interesting for visitors of /mai/ as well...
>> No. 1416 [Edit]
interesting article, it got me reading about this:
>> No. 1428 [Edit]
"How to prove anything mathematically"
Note: this article is written as a joke.
>> No. 1453 [Edit]

I'm not sure if this thesis is some complex look at philosophical themes that escape my simple mind or a shit comic full of DEEP bullshit. Thinking the latter, though. Yes, this really was someone's high school thesis.
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Electricity misconceptions spread by K-6 textbooks
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1/4 of Japanese Men Between 30 to 34 Still Virgins
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Breakthrough in seaweed biofuel reported
>WASHINGTON — Energy experts believe that seaweed holds enormous potential as a biofuel alternative to coal and oil, and US-based scientists say they have unlocked the secret of turning its sugar into energy.

>A newly engineered microbe can do the work by metabolizing all of the major sugars in brown seaweed, potentially making it a cost-competitive alternative to petroleum fuel, said the report in the US journal Science.

>The team at the Berkeley, California-based Bio Architecture Lab engineered a form of E. coli bacteria that can digest the seaweed's sugars into ethanol, it said.

>Unlike other microbes before, researchers found it can attack the primary sugar constituent in seaweed, known as alginate.

>Less than three percent of the world's coastal waters can produce enough seaweed to replace some 60 billion gallons of fossil fuel, according to background information in the article.
>> No. 1475 [Edit]
Oh dear, the oil companies won't be happy about this
>> No. 1477 [Edit]
I bet they're already at work putting a stop to development of it.
>> No. 1478 [Edit]
You read the last quoted lines, right? It may be ecological and perhaps even economical - for a time. Its sustainability might not cut it, unless I'm overlooking something.
>> No. 1485 [Edit]
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>When Physics, Economics, and Reality Collide: The Challenge of Cheap Orbital Access

One of my favourite articles. Those who have an interest in spaceflight should read it, for it's full of hard, important truth and insight that is far too often unknown to (Or ignored by) happy-go-lucky space fanboys.
>> No. 1486 [Edit]
Where did you get that image, and is there more of it?
>> No. 1488 [Edit]
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Only other image he made with that style.
>> No. 1489 [Edit]
This is really intresting for me as a electrical engineer. Of course most stuff I already knew but good to have all them in same place. Thanks
>> No. 1517 [Edit]

This is a really interesting article about octopus intelligence, but some of it is kind of... well, here's an excerpt:

>The moment the lid was off, we reached for each other. She had already oozed from the far corner of her lair, where she had been hiding, to the top of the tank to investigate her visitor. Her eight arms boiled up, twisting, slippery, to meet mine. I plunged both my arms elbow deep into the fifty-seven-degree water. Athena’s melon-sized head bobbed to the surface. Her left eye (octopuses have one dominant eye like humans have a dominant hand) swiveled in its socket to meet mine. “She’s looking at you,” Dowd said.

>As we gazed into each other’s eyes, Athena encircled my arms with hers, latching on with first dozens, then hundreds of her sensitive, dexterous suckers. Each arm has more than two hundred of them. The famous naturalist and explorer William Beebe found the touch of the octopus repulsive. “I have always a struggle before I can make my hands do their duty and seize a tentacle,” he confessed. But to me, Athena’s suckers felt like an alien’s kiss—at once a probe and a caress. Although an octopus can taste with all of its skin, in the suckers both taste and touch are exquisitely developed. Athena was tasting me and feeling me at once, knowing my skin, and possibly the blood and bone beneath, in a way I could never fathom.
>> No. 1518 [Edit]
Here are some articles I enjoyed.
>> No. 1519 [Edit]
Ehhh. I want to like Cracked, but it's too goddamn normal sometimes. You know?
>> No. 1520 [Edit]
I agree, but I still like to read it from time to time.
>> No. 1521 [Edit]
at first I thought that URL said "onion magazine".

I liked this:,27166/
>> No. 1522 [Edit]
>> No. 1523 [Edit]
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What can I say? they're right: it's insane to fall in love with actual people, breed and pretend to live as a happy family; it's a fucking trap that leads to misery and they, as a highly technocratic society, had just realized about that en masse...

Such a shame, though, that illumination came before ongoing eugenic programs are readily available, thus rendering them at the menace of extinction. I mean: any other country could dissapear alright (my own? I'd blow it away if I could); but they... well... you know; they make the things that keep me/us going on.
>> No. 1524 [Edit]
>What can I say? they're right: it's insane to fall in love with actual people

I believe we live in an age where social contact is too readily available, devaluing relationships with other people. In older days your family would play a very large role in all your daily interactions with other humans. Larger cities and then the internet has replaced that, although I hold a personal belief that those who seclude themselves and maintain lower levels of interaction may feel connections with others at a stronger level, or at least appreciate them more than ford drivers who have a very large circle of friends and acquaintances.
>> No. 1525 [Edit]
I like the part where the women talks about how, guys she talks to about the future have bleak outlooks, where as women are more positive.
g.. I wonder why....
>> No. 1526 [Edit]

This man set out to build a robot companion, and documented his efforts. His results were moderate at best, but the site makes an interesting read anyways.

Post edited on 31st Jan 2012, 3:01pm
>> No. 1529 [Edit]
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>I believe we live in an age where social contact is too readily available, devaluing relationships with other people.
I likely agree. Though I don't know if the problem is really that exclusive of the modern/posmodern times.
>> No. 1531 [Edit]
At many levels, I see this entire path as a triumph of honest men's genius to be lauded (well, safe from the $6,000 current price, but that will still change as many other things).
>> No. 1532 [Edit]
I really want to high five that engineer, buy lunch for him, something. I hope these feelings traveled across spacetime and reached him.
>> No. 1533 [Edit]
>> No. 1534 [Edit]
whelp, it's a proven fact now.
police are required to be idiots.
>> No. 1541 [Edit]
>''I was eliminated on the basis of my intellectual makeup,'' he said. ''It's the same as discrimination on the basis of gender or religion or race.''

But it's not, is it? You wouldn't hire an atheist to work at a bible camp, nor would you hire a buffoon to teach at a university. If the job needs dumb people, the job needs dumb people. Race and to a lesser degree gender discrimination is entirely different.
>> No. 1542 [Edit]
I find it distressing that people like these are the ones upholding the law and guarding us while we sleep, while the job of being a policeman is hard enough even if you're mature and have a lot of life experience.

Same with soldiers. People with the mental maturity of children fighitng in wars is why shit like atrocities happen.
>> No. 1543 [Edit]
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be better to have intelligent people on the force, rather than morons? What's the problem in having intelligent cops?
>> No. 1544 [Edit]
I agree, I was just saying I don't think it's a punishable case of discrimination to sort applicants based on perceived intelligence.
>> No. 1546 [Edit]
One person told me once "Cops need to be a bit idiots because otherwise they would start question the system.".
>> No. 1548 [Edit]
After reading around for an explanation for why they are doing this it seems their reasoning was that not enough black officers were passing the exam with acceptable scores so they had to lower their standards and institute a ceiling to avoid being accused of racial discrimination
>> No. 1549 [Edit]
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Not exactly an article, but a link to MIT Media Lab's ongoing project of trying to make computers understand human emotion. And if they succeed at that, does that mean computers will eventually be able to feel emotion?
>> No. 1550 [Edit]
Great, now even my computer will grow to hate me
>> No. 1552 [Edit]
If it starts to get like that, just sweetly and lovingly pump your floppy in and out of it.
>> No. 1553 [Edit]
I'd rather give it a hard disc'ing and show it it's place. Stockholm love, so good.
>> No. 1554 [Edit]
I'm gonna make my xbox watch
>> No. 1555 [Edit]
All digital devices should be on the same network. If so, does that make them independent of each other, or one entity in itself?
If it does not make them "one" then what would that make software packages in a computer? Accessories to the system, or part of them?
>> No. 1580 [Edit]
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which the unskilled suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes [...] suggesting that ignorance of standards of performance is behind a great deal of incompetence.
Actual competence may weaken self-confidence. [...] people with true ability tended to underestimate their relative competence.
it is clear from Dunning's and others' work that many Americans, at least sometimes and under some conditions, have a tendency to inflate their worth. [...] East Asians tend to underestimate their abilities, with an aim toward improving the self and getting along with others.
Dunning and Kruger were awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology for their report
>> No. 1654 [Edit]

Are you ready for a thirteen hour documentary of the world that we humans live in?
>> No. 1667 [Edit]
Anyone up for a cup of paranoia?
>> No. 1679 [Edit]

>> No. 1680 [Edit]
I'm in that thread right now...
>> No. 1681 [Edit]
>Part of the blame for the lowered birth rate has been laid on the nerdy trifecta of anime, manga and gaming

Except those things are pretty niche in Japan, just like everywhere (not like there are literally huge amounts of people taking pillows to restaurants). It's easier to blame wacky stereotypes than actually put any thought into anything I guess. It couldn't possibly be because the world is in the shitter right now, so maybe people are a little wary of putting more people (that they can't afford) in it at the moment. No no no they must be like Amurica and spit out children no matter what the health or financial risks are!
>> No. 1682 [Edit]
Not to mention that as the population shrinks, the job market won't be as rough and housing prices won't be so high, meaning people will feel better about having children. With how crowded Japan is it would be a bad thing if the population WASN'T shrinking. But no, it must be all dem wacky cartoons and crazy video games.
>> No. 1684 [Edit]
>With how crowded Japan is
yeah seems like everyone always forgets this.
It's the reason why most homes over there are within arms reach of each other, one bedroom apartments are commonplace and they even going as far as to have people live in small coffin sized tubes.
It's not as bad as china, but everything is still cramped and packed over there.

But yeah... don't blame how revolting society has become, no, blame the escapism from that shit society!
Makes perfect sense right?
>> No. 1686 [Edit]
from that thread
>So what this piece is saying is... every single man should book a flight to Japan to bag some fine young thing (considering none of the apparently have boy friends).

>I have the solution to all of Japans problems. The only thing they need to do is ship me to Tokio and I promise I will inseminate as many cute and sexy young japanese women as humanly possible.

>No need to thank me.

And I suppose there's nothing wrong with people like this?
>> No. 1687 [Edit]
No, I like people who have a good sarcastic sense of humor.
>> No. 1688 [Edit]
I think you're giving the people who made those comments to much credit.
>> No. 1689 [Edit]
I think the problem with japan is that its just too expensive to have kids. the cost of living and the average work week hours are such that most people don't have the time or money to be raising kids.
so I see it more as an economic issue.
>> No. 1690 [Edit]
that's exactly it, but "japan birthrate lowers because people smart enough to not have kids" isn't as interesting to normals as "WACKY PORN CARTOONS KILL JAPS, HAVE SEX WITH THEM"
>> No. 1691 [Edit]

and then there's the space issue, one of the main reasons why living in japan (especially a big city) is so damn expensive.
>> No. 1693 [Edit]
You can read many articles of Edsger Dijkstra at . My personal favorite is , titled "Science fiction and science reality in computing".

Post edited on 25th Feb 2012, 12:30pm
>> No. 1707 [Edit]
FBI is after Thad for joking about and discussing child porn/lolicon on FB. I'm laughing so much, poor dumb bastard.
>> No. 1708 [Edit]
Excuse me if I'm out of touch, but who is this guy? The most I can find on Google is a million social networking sites, with his interests as 'anime'. Is he a blogger or fansubber or something?
>> No. 1709 [Edit]
hes a moron attention whore
>> No. 1710 [Edit]
Blogger, attention whore, lots of other derogatory nouns. He has a video on tumblr of him having sex with a dakimakura of his "waifu" complete with background music. I wish I was making that up.
>> No. 1718 [Edit]
I found a pretty detailed slideset about cleanroom software engineering. The address is:
>> No. 1727 [Edit]
I was on the fence about sharing this in light of a recent incident, but decided to for the sake of sharing information.
>> No. 1730 [Edit]

Think our Japanese cartoons about high school girls will earn us punishment?
>> No. 1731 [Edit]
Only if Fuckanimation got their hands on the particular high school girls in question.
>> No. 1732 [Edit]
pretty sure it only applies to typical normal garbage like hollywood films and such
>> No. 1733 [Edit]
from what I understand it's more about having an actual punishment system/database in place rather than spying on people. They ALREADY spy on people, I hear stories all the time about people getting notices from their ISPs because they found out they downloaded a movie or something.

But again, if all you ever torrent is anime and such then you don't really have anything to worry about. The RIAA and MPAA don't give a fuck about any of that.

Post edited on 16th Mar 2012, 5:07pm
>> No. 1734 [Edit]
your ISP isnt spying on you, they dont give a shit. the movie studios are watching the IP addresses on torrents and contacting your ISP based on that, your ISP has to respond with a letter.
>> No. 1739 [Edit]
By the end of the arcticle I was more interested in that Cohn guy than in the prospects of having portable artificial hearts.
>> No. 1816 [Edit]
The rest of the world is starting to catch up with the way we think.
>> No. 1912 [Edit]

It's kind of cool that you can buy actual royal heirlooms
>> No. 2135 [Edit]
>> No. 2136 [Edit]
Oh cool, that guy in the picture is reading Jump. I wonder if he's reading Beelzebub.
>> No. 2138 [Edit]
Mind uploading.
>> No. 2229 [Edit]
I hope not I will experience this.
>> No. 2255 [Edit]
Not really an article but one of the best essays about pedophilia I have read.
>> No. 2266 [Edit]
Apple is the future..
>> No. 2268 [Edit]
I live in Eastern Europe, and maintain websites for $2/hr. I feel fortunate to be employed at all.
>> No. 2374 [Edit]

Talks about a few examples of how language affects the way the think.
>> No. 2398 [Edit]
>> No. 2412 [Edit]

But that's backwards, it's BECAUSE different peoples think in different ways that their language reflects those differences.
>> No. 2461 [Edit]
>> No. 2464 [Edit]
This guy's religion sounds like fun, too bad I'd be way too introverted for it:
>> No. 2543 [Edit]
What Makes the Names of Middle-earth So Fitting? Elements of Style in the Namecraft of J. R. R. Tolkien - Robinson, Christopher L

Makes me want to be a Tolkien dork again and properly learn the languages.
>> No. 2580 [Edit]
Musicality in the Bayeux Tapestry:
Very poor english, but quite fascinating.
>> No. 2581 [Edit]
Two on research of the evolution of monogamy in mammals/primates.
>> No. 2631 [Edit]
"The modern phenomenon of nonsense jobs"
It's funny because in school they treated that kind of stuff as mostly characteristic of the public sectors of developping countries, now it's part of the global private sector www
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