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Did Google Just Corner the Internet of Things?

It’s that time of year again – can you feel it? That special time of year when some 150,000 people descend upon the Las Vegas Convention center to revel in the technophiliac orgy that is the Consumers Electronics Show, salivating over the promises of tomorrow that have been delivered today, dutifully performing the requisite rites…

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Turns out a Comet Might Not Have Killed the Mammoths

 Syrian Soil Suggests Prehistoric People Just Burned Down Their Houses A Lot   10,000 BC sucked – and I’m not just talking about the Emmerich flick. Had you been around 12,000 years ago, you would’ve found yourself right in the middle of the Younger Dryas stadial, which is geologist speak for ‘a pretty terrible time…

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The World’s Most Complex Crystal Has No Repeating Patterns: Beauty and Utility in Icosahedral Quasicrystals

A team of chemical engineers headed by Michael Engel at the University of Michigan recently published a study in Nature Materials unveiling the most complicated crystalline structure ever simulated by computers. The structure, which is known as an icosahedral quasicrystal (IQC), is ‘quasicrystalline’ due to its ability to retain order, but not periodicity, or order…

Victims of the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots in India

Slow Down, Gandhi: On the Paradox of Nonviolence, the Myth of Progress, and Impossibility of Peace

“Abandon all Hope, ye who enter here.” -Canto III, Dante’s Inferno   If the 20th century taught humanity anything, it taught them the limitless nature of human depravity: this was the century which witnessed Hitler, Stalin, Pol-pot, Mussolini, and a whole host of other nefarious historical personages responsible for the murder of millions of people…

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See Max Stirner. See Max Stirner Roll in His Grave: On Ferguson, OWS, and America’s Crisis of Responsibility

“Implicit in the act of protest is the belief that a change will be forthcoming once the masters are aware of the protester’s “grievance” (the very word connotes begging, supplications to the gods).” -Etheridge Knight                 Despite appearances, it is difficult to say that the acquittal of law enforcement officer Darren Wilson this past Monday came as…