The Last Picture Show – lovely gallery

Capturing the few drive-in movie theaters that still remain.

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MS-13 gang members behind bars | slide show

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Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy


A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University.

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On Passing the GOP Health Plan

I would propose passing the Republican health care bill without amendment on the condition that all members of the House and the Senate be required to have health insurance as laid out by this plan, and only by this plan, for themselves, their wives or husbands, and their children. This would also apply to the president, the vice president and their families, as well as all members of the cabinet and all federal employees.
—This might jolt our senators and representatives into taking health care seriously

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GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (298th Issue)

Beverly D’Angelo hosts this huge meta blog post. Along with plenty of far out planetary science and heaps of nifty vintage stuff!

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The value of a liberal arts education in the modern world

College is supposed to help young people prepare for the future. But as headlines warn that automation and technology may change—or end—work as we know it, parents, students, and universities are grappling with a new question: How do you educate a new generation for a world we can’t even imagine?

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Vinod Khosla predicts AI will replace human oncologists

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People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes

It was the Tinder of the early 20th century.

Source: People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes – Atlas Obscura

$5 Silver Certificate, 1899. The only US banknote with a Native American Indian Chief

The Super Predators

An abusive police officer is “a master manipulator with a Ph.D.”

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Identified brain circuitry bridges neural and behavioral roles in PTSD

Specific cerebral circuitry bridges chemical changes deep in the brain and the more outward behavioral expressions associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which could lead to more objective biomarkers for the disorder, according to a comprehensive review of rapidly changing data published June 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In this latest, comprehensive review, the authors — from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center (CVC) in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and the University of Michigan/Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health Systems Mental Health Service — have identified four neural-behavioral models associated with PTSD.

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Ancient Egyptian “billboard” could rewrite history of hieroglyphs

The discovery of an ancient Egyptian “billboard” might turn back the clock on when hieroglyphic writing was thought to be introduced to the general population. The inscriptions date back to about 3,250 BCE and show a form of writing that was thought to only be used by the ruling class at that time.

Source: Ancient Egyptian “billboard” could rewrite history of hieroglyphs

Psychiana: Idaho’s Mail Order Religion

The ad Frank B. Robinson placed in Psychology magazine claimed he could teach people how to “literally and actually” speak to God.

Source: Psychiana: Idaho’s Mail Order Religion | Mental Floss

DNA Analysis Suggests Cats Chose to Be Domesticated

According to an extensive DNA analysis of cat genes the domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice; once in the Near East and then in Egypt. The study suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were eventually domesticated.

Source: DNA Analysis Suggests Cats Chose to Be Domesticated | Ancient Origins

Top 10 Secret United States Government Bunkers

The United States of America contains many classified bunkers, particularly in relation to continuity of government (COG). In the event of a terrorist attack, nuclear strike, or other catastrophic occurrence, US government leaders congregate in top secret facilities, all of which are strong enough to withstand severe blasts and provide survival necessities for extended periods of time. These exclusive fortified shelters are some of America’s best-kept secrets and strongest lines of protection. 10 Presidential Emergency Operations Center Photo credit: Eric Draper The Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) is the bunker most often portrayed in popular culture. The infamous photograph of

Source: Top 10 Secret United States Government Bunkers – Listverse

Special report on CBD, details on officer’s mind-set in Philando Castile shooting, marijuana-funded scholarships, Nevada in limbo, the inside story about Jack Herer & much, much more

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“Each Mouthful is a Caress” – Wall’s Ice Cream Ads from the 1950s |

“All Meals are Gay with Wall’s Ice Cream!”

Source: “Each Mouthful is a Caress” – Wall’s Ice Cream Ads from the 1950s |

Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text June 21, 2017 8.55pm EDT

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America sings the postindustrial blues

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 In Country: 22 Rare Candid Snapshots of Everyday Life of U.S Soldiers During the Vietnam War

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Rewriting Life New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

By treating evolution like a thermodynamic process, theorists have solved one the great problems in biology.
—One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate. The long-term benefits of cooperation are clear—look at the extraordinary structures that termites build, for example, or the complex society humans have created.
—But evolution is a random process based on the short-term advantages that emerge in each generation. Of course, individuals can cooperate or act selfishly, and this allows them to accrue benefits or suffer costs, depending on the circumstances. But how this behavior can spread and lead to the long-term emergence of cooperation as the dominant behavior is a conundrum that has stumped evolutionary biologists for decades.

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New fossils shake up history of amphibians with no legs

Source: New fossils shake up history of amphibians with no legs | Science News

A confused immune system could be behind Parkinson’s disease

Source: A confused immune system could be behind Parkinson’s disease – ScienceAlert

Watch the Human Brain Come to Life in This Stunning Piece of Art

Source: Watch the Human Brain Come to Life in This Stunning Piece of Art – Scientific American

How and Why Hazing Evolved

Some researchers have claimed there’s an evolutionary explanation for hazing. If they’re correct, should we accept—or even encourage—the ongoing use of this type of initiation ritual?

Source: How and Why Hazing Evolved – SAPIENS

China’s Mistress-Dispellers

How the economic boom and deep gender inequality have created a new industry.

Source: China’s Mistress-Dispellers | The New Yorker

How climate change affects your health based on the state you live in

This disturbing map reveals how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live inClimate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we’re facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.On a more local level, experts say the US will be unrecognizable in 100 years.But just how is all of this affecting you — your state, your coastline — right now?

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Money can buy happiness, if you spend it right

it may be possible to get a bigger bang for your “happiness” buck—It’s all about how you spend your resources.

Source: Money can buy happiness, if you spend it right – MarketWatch

Theaters of the American Revolution: Northern, Middle, Southern, Western, Naval

Source: Theaters of the American Revolution: Northern, Middle, Southern, Western, Naval – Journal of the American Revolution

The war to create the singularity

A bible of AI futurists. [Gisela Giardino/Creative Commons] One of the great current dramas is the global competition for artificial intelligence: machines that will think for themselves and, one day, many think, be smarter than humans. That forecast inflection point — the time of super-human intelligence — worries a lot of people, since no one knows what machines can or will do once they are smarter than their inventors. A key question is, if super-human intelligence is invented, in which country and w

Source: The war to create the singularity – Axios

The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight

The massive €1 billion project has shifted focus from simulation to informatics

Source: The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight – IEEE Spectrum

Everyone Needs To Create A Tick Kit, And Here’s Why

I want you to create a Tick Kit. Seriously. If you are close to someone who has battled Lyme disease, you get it.

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The Persistent Conscience of Magnum Photojournalists

Since its formation, in 1947, the esteemed photo agency has contributed to the formation of a shared visual consciousness.

Source: The Persistent Conscience of Magnum Photojournalists | The New Yorker

Back Pain Got You Down? Yoga Is A Good Alternative To Physical Therapy

A yoga class designed specifically for lower back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in easing pain, the study says. The class and teacher manuals are available online, for free.

Source: Back Pain Got You Down? Yoga Is A Good Alternative To Physical Therapy : Shots – Health News : NPR

An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns

Source: An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns – BGR

Borax Visitor Center – Boron, California

Everything you always wanted to know about borates is here.

Source: Borax Visitor Center – Boron, California – Atlas Obscura

Senate Healthcare Bill: Read The GOP’s Bill to Repeal the ACA

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Hands of Jean Cocteau, photography by Berenice Abbott, 1927.

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The simple reason the Senate has been keeping its health-care plan a secret

Despite this lack of transparency, there are still a few things we can guess about. Whatever else it does, it seems like a good bet that the Senate GOP’s bill will have the same basic structure as the House GOP’s: a trillion-dollar tax cut for wealthy investors that’s paid for by slashing Medicaid for the poor and Obamacare subsidies for the middle class. Indeed, Cornyn has gone so far as to say that the two could be as much as 70 to 80 percent the same. And that, as Mother Jones’s Kevin Drum points out, is all we really need to know.

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19 kids are shot every day in the United States

Source: 19 kids are shot every day in the United States – The Washington Post

America Is Now a ‘Second Tier’ Country

Some 17 others, including all of Scandinavia, outperform the U.S. by a wide margin when it comes to well-being.

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Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad”

The Arab-German journalist Souad Mekhennet is often initially distrusted by both the jihadists she seeks out and her own colleagues.

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A Former Naturopath Told Us How She Sold a Detox Scam

Source: A Former Naturopath Told Us How She Sold a Detox Scam – Motherboard

Does hookup culture differ on Catholic campuses?

Does hookup culture differ on Catholic campuses? June 19, 2017 6.38am EDT

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What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer

Polynesia is gone – sunk beneath the waves. Pakistan and South India have been abandoned. And Europe is slowly turning into a desert. This is the world, 4°C warmer than it is now. But there is also good news: Western Antarctica is no longer icy and uninhabitable. Smart cities thrive in newly green and pleasant lands. And Northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia produce bountiful harvests to feed the hundreds of millions of climate refugees who now call those regions home.

Source: What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer | Big Think