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November 07, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (7 Nov 2014)

Heh. This is from three weeks ago. Feds: Don't expect winter to be polar vortex redux. Coming next week? A polar vortex. And they wonder why there is so much doubt about AGW/climate change forecasts.


Nanny State

Hope NYC's mayor does not get wind of this. Why pregnant women eating cheese or sushi could face a fine or criminal record in Britain. It all depends on how folks will interpret a ruling from judges in a case that involved a pregnant woman drinking during pregnancy and the belief that it had caused "growth retardation" in the child. Abortion didn't seem to make the cut for things that may harm a fetus. Funny that.

3D Printed Guns

Hmmm. The bullet that could make 3-D printed guns more reliable.

For now, the limiting factor to Crumling's rounds may be the difficulty of producing them. So far he's machined the ammunition, which he's named the .314 Atlas based on its .314-inch caliber and the 1920s Atlas lathe he uses to make it, shell by shell. The process takes a painstaking 60 minutes per round. But the raw materials cost only 27 cents each, he says. And once the shells are produced they can be fired, then repacked with new bullets, gunpowder and primer to be shot again.

Every Meeting Ever

Time Facts

9 facts about time.

Time ticks faster on Mt. Everest than it does in Death Valley
"Speed at which time passes depends on the strength of gravity. Einstein himself discovered this dependence as part of his theory of relativity, and it is a very real effect."

Science

Physics students say getting saved by The Flash might injure you more. Whatever. We are talking about comic book superheroes.

After calculating the distance travelled, the the mass of both the hero and the Crown Victoria taxi he's running towards, and the pressure imparted by both collisions with the pedestrian, the students determined that it actually would have been better if Barry hadn't gotten involved at all.

Related: Real world implications of bad movie science.
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Sea Level Rise

Maybe sea level rise isn't so bad. Just don't let them move inland.

Selfies

The 10 most dangerous selfies ever taken.

Dog Video

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