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State media says China's Xi appears in public

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping appeared in public on Saturday for the first time in about two weeks, state news agency Xinhua reported, following rumors about his health or the (State media says China's Xi appears in public...
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Interesting facts about Edward Snowden show he was eccentric and a genius among geniuses

Interesting facts about Edward Snowden show he was eccentric and a genius among geniuses | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Forbes magazine did an investigation piece on Edward Snowden in late 2013. During their investigation, which included interviews with several of Snowden’s fellow coworkers, they discovered a few interesting facts that show Snowden was not only a bit eccentric, but indeed a “genius among geniuses”. http://geekslop.com/2014/interesting-facts-about-edward-snowden-eccentric-genius
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Indiana Jones cosplay

The Indiana Jones saga began in 1981 with the release of the film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. A prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, followed in 1984 and the sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. Soon thereafter, Marvel Comics picked up the franchise and began publication of The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones in 1983 and Dark Horse Comics jumped in on the action in 1991 when it earned comic book right to the character. Check out the smoking hot Indiana Jones cosplay pictorial below. http://geekslop.com/2014/indiana-jones-cosplay
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No, no "Eugene" did NOT pass the Turing test

No, no "Eugene" did NOT pass the Turing test | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
I hate to steal anyone’s thunder but I’m afraid Eugene did not pass the “Turing test”, the test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Media outlets are reporting that “Eugene”, an AI created by a team based in Russia, has passed a Turing test organized by the University of Reading, by duping one in three judges. What they are not mentioning however, is that Eugene cheated… http://geekslop.com/2014/eugene-goostman-artificial-intelligence-did-not-pass-turing-test
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It all depends on your perspective - part 2

It all depends on your perspective – part 2 http://geekslop.com/2014/depends-perspective-part-2
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It all depends on your perspective - part 1

It all depends on your perspective - part 1 | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
It all depends on your perspective – part 1 http://geekslop.com/2014/depends-perspective-part-1
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Whale surfaces for food nearly swallowing a diver who is filming annual sardine run (video)

Whale surfaces for food nearly swallowing a diver who is filming annual sardine run (video) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
This video was shot off the coast of South Africa during the annual sardine run. The diver/photographer saw the whale coming up for the bait ball and figured he was a goner http://geekslop.com/2014/whale-nearly-swallows-diver-during-annual-sardine-run
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Wow - Hyperrealism art by Sheryl Luxemburg looks too real to be true

Wow - Hyperrealism art by Sheryl Luxemburg looks too real to be true | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Notice anything “off” about the picture above, like maybe it’s not a photograph but rather a hyper-realistic painting by Ottawa, Ontario artist Sheryl Luxemburg. Although her paintings look almost too real to be true, her technique is “classical” in nature. http://geekslop.com/2014/hyperrealism-hyper-realistic-art-sheryl-luxemburg
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How to avoid toxic or poisonous (non edible) fish

How to avoid toxic or poisonous (non edible) fish | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
There are no simple rules to tell edible fish from those with poisonous flesh and it’s a simple fact – toxic fish contain various types of poisonous substances or toxins in their flesh and are dangerous to eat. In general however, they have the following common characteristics. http://wildernessarena.com/dangers/animals/poisonous-animals/toxic-or-poisonous-fish
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How to build a Trebuchet (Catapult)

How to build a Trebuchet (Catapult) | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
A Trebuchet (pronounced treb-oo-shay)  is a medieval siege engine that transfers gravitational energy into kinetic energy – similar to a playground see-saw.  In ancient times, it was used to launch (throw) projectiles including boulders, dead horses, and diseased bodies into or over castle walls ... http://wildernessarena.com/supplies/weapons/how-to-build-a-trebuchet-catapult-offense-defense
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Important survival tools - everything you need to know about rope and cord

Important survival tools - everything you need to know about rope and cord | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Terminology To be able to construct shelters, traps and snares, weapons and tools, and other devices; you should have a basic knowledge of ropes and knots and some of the terminology used with them. The terms are as follows: Bight. A simple bend of rope in which the rope does not cross... http://wildernessarena.com/skills/knots-and-rope/rope-and-cord
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Dandelion - the easy-to-identify (and find) edible plant

Dandelion - the easy-to-identify (and find) edible plant | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Many are surprised to find that the Dandelion plant is edible. The Dandelion grows from unbranched taproots and produces more than 10 stems. The stems, which are sparsely covered with short hairs, are slightly purplish and produce flowerheads that are typically taller than the foliage. Dandelion leaves have a jagged edge, grow close to the ground, and are seldom more than 20 centimeters (8 inches) long. The flowers are bright yellow. http://wildernessarena.com/food-water-shelter/food-food-water-shelter/food-procurement/edible-wild-plants/dandelion
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Construction Lashings and Structures

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Lashings are used to firmly hold together two or more spars (poles, masts, scaffolding, legs, trestles, etc.) There are numerous survival construction projects that require lashings for construction. http://wildernessarena.com/skills/knots-and-rope/construction-lashings
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The importance of personal hygiene in a survival situation

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One of the leading causes of death in long-term survival situations is infections and disease. Both leading causes are directly related to personal hygiene. Cleanliness is extremely important to your survival. http://wildernessarena.com/skills/general-health-and-first-aid/personal-hygiene
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Ten cool street art murals that provide a unique take on their surroundings

Check out ten cool street art murals to create a new interesting, and unique, take on their surroundings. http://geekslop.com/2014/ten-cool-street-art-murals-provide-unique-take-surroundings-2
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AlienQueen cosplay as Emma Frost

AlienQueen is a cosplayer based in the UK who has been cosplaying, modelling and dressmaking since 2010. She makes nearly all of her costumes from scratch. As AlienQueen tells us: “I’m always being inspired by games, comics and films, a lot of the cosplays I choose are different and unusual, I like to stand out from the crowd – I love a challenging designs to make.” http://geekslop.com/2014/alienqueen-cosplay-sexy-emma-frost
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Winds of change - Britain toughens up hacking laws - life sentences for some cybercrimes

Winds of change - Britain toughens up hacking laws - life sentences for some cybercrimes | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The UK government has said it wants to hand out life sentences to anyone found guilty of a cyberattack that results in loss of life, serious illness, serious injury, or serious damage to national security (or a “significant risk thereof”. The plan, which frighteningly, is broadly written, is proposed as an update to Britain’s Computer Misuse Act 1990 and would also hand out harsher sentences to any hacker carrying out industrial (commercial) espionage. Even minor hacking crimes can result in sentences up to 14 years. http://geekslop.com/2014/winds-change-britain-toughens-hacking-laws-life-sentences-cybercrimes
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Amazing cosplay - Nidalee Leopard Skin from League of Legends

Calssara looks amazing as Nidalee “Leopard Skin” from League of Legends in a cosplay photoshoot shot by Midgard Photography. Check out more of Calssara’s Cosplay on her Facebook page. http://geekslop.com/2014/hot-calssara-cosplay-sexy-nidalee-leopard-skin-league-legends
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Making homemade deodorant in a survival situation

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We’ve frequently mentioned on Wilderness Arena, two important aspects of survival that many may find surprising – cleanliness and state of mind. And nothing can make a person feel more primeval and disadvantaged as the stench and stink of body odor. Here’s how to make homemade deodorant using basic materials that you will most likely have on hand anyway. http://wildernessarena.com/skills/general-health-and-first-aid/make-homemade-deodorant-recipe
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Joslyn Paige - former homeless man entertains public as a Human Transformer

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His name is Joslyn Paige, aka the “Human Transformer” and he deserves the Nobel Prize for fun. Watch this talented 28-year-old performer from New Orleans morph out of the shape of a vehicle (looks like a yellow Cadillac Escalade) into a real-life Transformer while the crowd (especially the kids) whoop and holler their approval. http://geekslop.com/2014/joslyn-paige-human-transformer-street-performer
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How to build a belowground shelter to provide protection from the elements

How to build a belowground shelter to provide protection from the elements | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
A belowground (underground) shelter provides many advantages over an above-ground shelter. A belowground shelter can not only insulate you from the cold, it can reduce the midday heat as much as 16 to 22 degrees C (30 to 40 degrees F). A belowground shelter can also protect against enemy attacks, nuclear radiation, solar radiation, and extreme weather events. They are also soundproof and relatively fireproof. However, building a belowground shelter requires more time and effort than for other types of shelters. http://wildernessarena.com/food-water-shelter/shelter-natural-shelter/belowground-shelter
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Google AdSense employee launches accusations claiming Google purposely rips off website publishers

Google AdSense employee launches accusations claiming Google purposely rips off website publishers | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
As all website operators know, Google can be a bit iron-handed (and vague) when it comes to AdSense ad policies. Website’s must follow strict guidelines on content, placement of ads, and adhere to agreements prohibiting them from running certain competing ads on their sites. And if something goes wrong or Google perceives the website owner has broken the rules, AdSense accounts are shut down – permanently. There is no resolution for the “kiss of death” either. Yesterday a self-proclaimed disgruntled AdSense employee released a bombshell, claiming that Google purposely rips off its AdSense clients through program policies designed to shutdown accounts with opportune timing (for Google). Google swiftly denied the claims. http://geekslop.com/2014/google-adsense-employee-launches-accusations-claiming-google-purposely-rips-website-publishers
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Billie Piper (Rose from Doctor Who) pictorial

Bille Piper is a British singer and actor. We know her as Rose Tyler, the companion of The Doctor in Doctor Who, but she first gained notoriety at the age of fifteen when she released her debut music single “Because We Want To” which shot to the number one position on the UK charts. In 2007, Broadcast magazine listed Billie Piper at no. 6 in its “Hot 100″ list of influential on-screen performers. http://geekslop.com/2014/billie-piper-rose-dr-who-sexy-pictorial
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Insanity on the streets of Ethiopia - video shows bizarre traffic in Addis Ababa

Insanity on the streets of Ethiopia - video shows bizarre traffic in Addis Ababa | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
For a foreigner to drive in Ethiopia, you need to get a temporary Ethiopian license, get your own license authenticated by your country’s embassy in Ethiopia, complete a certificate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and provide two photos. As it turns out, this is not to ensure some crazy foreigner doesn’t kill innocent Ethiopian drivers but rather – to protect the foreign driver from the insanity that occurs on Ethiopian roadways! http://geekslop.com/2014/ethiopia-traffic-bizarre-crazy-video
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Reddit's r/technology downgraded after bizarre censorship practices discovered

Reddit's r/technology downgraded after bizarre censorship practices discovered | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
The popular geek subreddit r/technology has been caught censoring posts in what forum moderators are calling “a disaster” for the board. Reddit today removed the “default subreddit” status from r/technology meaning it has lost its “preferred” standing, a status only afforded to two dozen Reddit communities. The move was made after Reddit admins found r/technology was secretly deleting posts if they contained certain words. What types of words? Here’s the known list – and it’s suspected that there are many, many more. http://geekslop.com/2014/reddits-rtechnology-downgraded-bizarre-censorship-practices-discovered
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Cleaning, cooking, and storing (preserving) wild game

Cleaning, cooking, and storing (preserving) wild game | Brian's Science and Technology | Scoop.it
You must know how to prepare fish and game for cooking, storage, and preservation in a survival situation. Improper cleaning or storage can result in inedible, and wasted, fish or game. http://wildernessarena.com/food-water-shelter/food-food-water-shelter/food-procurement/animal-food/cleaning-cooking-and-storing-wild-game
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