Wednesday, 25. May 2016

Towel Day


Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour.

towelday.org

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Saturday, 21. May 2016

Startup To Create Man-Made Meteor Shower For 2020 Olympics


For some countries, a massive pyrotechnic display would do, but not Japan. Japanese startup company Star-ALE wants to create a man-made meteor shower for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The artificial meteor shower called Sky Canvas light show will allow viewers to enjoy it from an area of more than 120 miles.
And for that to happen, the pyrotechnics will not be set up on the ground. Star-ALE is taking it to space.

techtimes.com

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That wasn't a Mayan lost city, just another example of the culture of hype


I t was a good story while it lasted: A 15-year-old boy discovered a lost city by theorizing that a modern star map would correlate with ancient Mayan settlements. It seemed to fit the common understanding of the Maya as peaceful stargazers, centuries ahead of their time in astronomical observation and deeply mystical. It only makes sense they’d plan their cities to align with constellations.
The teenage scientist, William Gadoury, of Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Quebec, overlaid constellations and known Maya cities. When he found a gap where it seemed a settlement ought to have been, he consulted satellite imagery and found shapes the looked man-made. Suddenly, the lost city story went viral.

latimes.com

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Friday, 20. May 2016

Die neuen Schockbilder auf Zigarettenschachteln


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Harald Lesch über den Unsinn des Cannabis-Verbots


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Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California


Opposition to the marijuana legalization initiative, slated to go before voters in November, has been organized by John Lovell, a longtime Sacramento lobbyist for police chiefs and prison guard supervisors. Lovell’s Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies, a committee he created to defeat the pot initiative, raised $60,000 during the first three months of the year, according to a disclosure filed earlier this month.

theintercept.com

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Wednesday, 18. May 2016

A Bluetooth-connected tampon. Hoo boy


The vagina, or nature's pocket as Broad City calls it, can do all sorts of mystical things. It's a life canal. Babies come out of it! Before babies traverse that path, there's a recurring visitor: the period. The monthly blood bath is about as natural as it gets, and let's be real, it's a pain to have. Constantly changing tampons, fearing toxic shock syndrome, and keeping track of when it last showed up isn't great. There's also the added paranoia that blood will leak and create a potentially embarrassing public situation. Well fear no more, ladies, because a Chinese company has heard your concerns and thinks it can help. Turn your vagina into a connected device by wearing a Bluetooth tampon. Why didn't you think of that?

theverge.com

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Employers Struggle To Find Workers Who Can Pass A Drug Test


Jackie Calmes writes in the NYT that all over the country, employers say they see a disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: the struggle to find workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test. The hurdle partly stems from the growing ubiquity of drug testing, at corporations with big human resources departments, in industries like trucking where testing is mandated by federal law for safety reasons, and increasingly at smaller companies. But data suggests employers' difficulties also reflect an increase in the use of drugs, especially marijuana -- employers' main gripe -- and also heroin and other opioid drugs much in the news. Data on the scope of the problem is sketchy because figures on job applicants who test positive for drugs miss the many people who simply skip tests they cannot pass. But Quest Diagnostics, which has compiled employer-testing data since 1988, documented a 10% increase in one year in the percentage of American workers who tested positive for illicit drugs -- up to 4.7 percent in 2014 from 4.3 percent in 2013.

slashdot.org

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