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The Beck's Edison Bottle – Shine Limited

The Beck's Edison Bottle – Shine Limited | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
We are an agency designed for the modern era, meaning that we are fast moving, technology literate and results focused. Our goal is very simple - to make our clients' brands a more valuable part of peoples' lives.
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Visualizing the Infinite Beauty Of Pi And Other Numbers | The Creators Project

Visualizing the Infinite Beauty Of Pi And Other Numbers | The Creators Project | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Thinking about the hugeness of mathematical numbers like pi can give you a headache, but visualising them can be a thing of beauty.
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German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs! | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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"As a result of the village’s success, Wildpoldsried has received numerous national and international awards for its conservation and renewable energy initiatives known as Klimaschutz (climate protection). The council even hosts tours for other village councils on how to start their own Klimaschutz program. The Mayor has even been doing global tours ever since the Fukushima disaster."

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White man's skull has Australians scratching heads

White man's skull has Australians scratching heads | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The centuries-old skull of a white man found in Australia is raising questions about whether Captain James Cook really was the first European to land on the country's east coast.
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Student's flashlight works by body heat, not batteries

Student's flashlight works by body heat, not batteries | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Ann Makosinski from Victoria, British Columbia, has an LED flashlight powered by body heat. This inventor has a flashlight that glows when she holds it. The story gets more interesting, though.
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"She is 15 years old and her flashlight has got her into the finalist ranks for the Google Science Fair. Her work is a result of a general interest in alternative energy. She said that she is "really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Enter the Hollow Flashlight, which works according to the thermoelectric effect—creating electric voltage out of temperature difference."

She is 15 years old and her flashlight has got her into the finalist ranks for the Google Science Fair. Her work is a result of a general interest in alternative energy. She said that she is "really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Enter the Hollow Flashlight, which works according to the thermoelectric effect—creating electric voltage out of temperature difference.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-student-flashlight-body-batteries.html#jCp
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Best of street photography | Art Photo Feature

Best of street photography | Art Photo Feature | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Get Featured (Photograph(s) of the day from yesterday http://t.co/dcyBbJXwI7)

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Scientists discover tiny solar panels that create themselves

Scientists discover tiny solar panels that create themselves | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
File this one under "holy crap," but scientists at MIT have discovered molecules that spontaneously assemble themselves into a pattern that can turn light into electricity — essentially a self-creating solar panel.
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How typeface influences the way we read and think

How typeface influences the way we read and think | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
And why everyone hates Comic Sans MS
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This Is Not a Drought

This Is Not a Drought | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino — The interim legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee met in Santa Fe and heard updates on New Mexico’s water situation so sobering that the usual back-slapping and ...
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Three Campground Squirrels Test Positive for Plague

Three Campground Squirrels Test Positive for Plague | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Three squirrels from two local campgrounds have tested positive for plague, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health said Wednesday.
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Will GM Alfalfa Mean the End of Organic Milk? - Chews Wise

That's what many fear about genetically engineered alfalfa. Organic farmers grow alfalfa as a forage crop for livestock, but genetically engineered crops can pollinate organic crops, making them non-organic.
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GMO Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard

GMO Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
By Rady Ananda Food Freedom Early Sunday morning, French police stood helpless as sixty people, locked inside an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted all the plants.  In Spai...
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Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Kickstarter Success - Manifesting Entheon

Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Kickstarter Success - Manifesting Entheon | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

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Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller is Researching Ways that Bad Memories Can be Made Less Fearsome | MIT Technology Review

Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller is Researching Ways that Bad Memories Can be Made Less Fearsome | MIT Technology Review | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A scientist who has anguished over terrors in her family’s history explores how people might erase the trauma from memories.
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"It changes how we think about the permanence of memory and identity, and it suggests radical nonpharmacological approaches to treating pathologies like post-traumatic stress disorder, other fear-based anxiety disorders, and even addictive behaviors."

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Futurity.org – Graphene’s jagged edge can easily slice cells

Futurity.org – Graphene’s jagged edge can easily slice cells | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Research news from leading universities
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"These latest findings come from an ongoing collaboration between biologists, engineers, and material scientists at Brown aimed at understanding the toxic potential of a wide variety of nanomaterials. Their work on graphene started with some seemingly contradictory findings."

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Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness

Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness.
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Revolutionary instrument delivers a sharper universe to astronomers

Revolutionary instrument delivers a sharper universe to astronomers | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A unique new instrument at Gemini South in Chile takes the removal of atmospheric distortions (using adaptive optics technology) to a new level.
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"Unlike previous AO systems, GeMS uses a technique called "multi-conjugate adaptive optics," which not only captures more of the sky in a single shot (between 10- to 20-times more area of sky imaged in each "picture") but also forms razor-sharp images uniformly across the entire field, from top-to-bottom and edge-to-edge. This makes Gemini's 8-meter mirror 10- to 20-times more efficient, giving astronomers the option to either expose deeper, or explore the universe more effectively with a wider range of filters, which will allow them to pick out subtle yet important structural details never seen before."

Unlike previous AO systems, GeMS uses a technique called "multi-conjugate adaptive optics," which not only captures more of the sky in a single shot (between 10- to 20-times more area of sky imaged in each "picture") but also forms razor-sharp images uniformly across the entire field, from top-to-bottom and edge-to-edge. This makes Gemini's 8-meter mirror 10- to 20-times more efficient, giving astronomers the option to either expose deeper, or explore the universe more effectively with a wider range of filters, which will allow them to pick out subtle yet important structural details never seen before.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-revolutionary-instrument-sharper-universe-astronomers.html#jCp
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A chimp-pig hybrid origin for humans?

A chimp-pig hybrid origin for humans? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —These days, getting a Ph.D. is probably the last thing you want to do if you are out to revolutionize the world. If, however, what you propose is an idea, rather than a technology, it can still be a valuable asset to have.
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McCarthy also points out that fertility can be increased through successive backcrossing with one of the parents, a common technique used by breeders. In the case of chimp - pig hybridization, the "direction of the cross" would likely have been a male boar or pig (Sus scrofa) with a female chimp (Pan troglodytes), and the offspring would have been nurtured by a chimp mother among chimpanzees (shades of Tarzan!). The physical evidence for this is convincing, as you can discover for yourself with a trip over to macroevolution.net.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-chimp-pig-hybrid-humans.html#jCpDr. Eugene McCarthy is a Ph.D. geneticist who has made a career out of studying hybridization in animals. He now curates a biological information website called Macroevolution.net where he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that human origins can be best explained by hybridization between pigs and chimpanzees. Extraordinary theories require extraordinary evidence and McCarthy does not disappoint. Rather than relying on genetic sequence comparisons, he instead offers extensive anatomical comparisons, each of which may be individually assailable, but startling when taken together. Why weren't these conclusions arrived at much sooner? McCarthy suggests it is because of an over-dependence on genetic data among biologists. He argues that humans are probably the result of multiple generations of backcrossing to chimpanzees, which in nucleotide sequence data comparisons would effectively mask any contribution from pig.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-chimp-pig-hybrid-humans.html#jCpDr. Eugene McCarthy is a Ph.D. geneticist who has made a career out of studying hybridization in animals. He now curates a biological information website called Macroevolution.net where he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that human origins can be best explained by hybridization between pigs and chimpanzees. Extraordinary theories require extraordinary evidence and McCarthy does not disappoint. Rather than relying on genetic sequence comparisons, he instead offers extensive anatomical comparisons, each of which may be individually assailable, but startling when taken together. Why weren't these conclusions arrived at much sooner? McCarthy suggests it is because of an over-dependence on genetic data among biologists. He argues that humans are probably the result of multiple generations of backcrossing to chimpanzees, which in nucleotide sequence data comparisons would effectively mask any contribution from pig.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-chimp-pig-hybrid-humans.html#jCpDr. Eugene McCarthy is a Ph.D. geneticist who has made a career out of studying hybridization in animals. He now curates a biological information website called Macroevolution.net where he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that human origins can be best explained by hybridization between pigs and chimpanzees. Extraordinary theories require extraordinary evidence and McCarthy does not disappoint. Rather than relying on genetic sequence comparisons, he instead offers extensive anatomical comparisons, each of which may be individually assailable, but startling when taken together. Why weren't these conclusions arrived at much sooner? McCarthy suggests it is because of an over-dependence on genetic data among biologists. He argues that humans are probably the result of multiple generations of backcrossing to chimpanzees, which in nucleotide sequence data comparisons would effectively mask any contribution from pig.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-chimp-pig-hybrid-humans.html#jCp
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French outrage over 'filthy' cheese

French outrage over 'filthy' cheese | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Indignation is growing among cheese-lovers in France and the US after Washington branded a type of French cheese as unfit for human consumption.

Via No Such Thing As The News
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"According to the US food and drug administration, the cheese "appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food".

"This is absurd," a mimolette producers' spokesman said. "Changing the production process would change the flavour. No one has ever got ill from eating our cheese."

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Rene Thompson's curator insight, July 8, 2013 9:09 PM

OK, mimolette has been made the same way since the early 1700's and now suddenly the US is having a hissy?  No announcements of illnesses in either country - pardon teh pun but where's the beef?

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Dangerously High Pesticide Levels In Celestial Seasonings Teas

Dangerously High Pesticide Levels In Celestial Seasonings Teas | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A scathing new investigation on one of the most well-known tea companies in the U.S. finds 91 percent of its products overflowing with obscene and illegal levels of pesticides.
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A report by rankabrand.org gives an A to Twinings teas, their highest rating for sustainability. Incidentally, Celestial Seasonings got an E, the lowest sustainability ranking.

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Why the Best Thing About a Bra is Taking it Off

Why the Best Thing About a Bra is Taking it Off | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Copyright: Piotr Marcinski

To Bra or Not to Bra?

A woman's breasts are naturally designed to move, bounce, and jiggle as she moves.
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"Bra wearing has becoming such a commonplace part of the Western women's lifestyle, so much that many women feel obligated to wear them for work and any time they are out in public, some women even wear them 24 hours a day.

The bra industry does not want you to think that your bra could be harmful to your health, but increasing information leads that very conclusion."

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Power (potentia): notes on the thought of Spinoza

Power (potentia): notes on the thought of Spinoza | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
In this article I will focus exclusively on Spinoza’s theory of power (potentia) which forms a key element of his theories of natural right and imperium. For the legal theoretical importance of pot...
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Toxic Mars: Astronauts Must Deal with Perchlorate on the Red Planet

Toxic Mars: Astronauts Must Deal with Perchlorate on the Red Planet | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Future explorers on Mars will have to deal with high concentrations of the toxic chemical perchlorate.
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Finding calcium perchlorate "was one of our most unexpected results," said Peter Smith, the Phoenix principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  "Perchlorate is not a common word in the English language; all of us had to go and look it up," Smith said during Spacefest V, a conference held May 24-27 in Tucson, Ariz. "Perchlorate has become an important component of the soil … and half a percent is a fair amount," he said.

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♨ Food ⊕ World ☼ Order ♕: Japan cancels tender to purchase U.S. GMO wheat

♨ Food ⊕ World ☼ Order ♕: Japan cancels tender to purchase U.S. GMO wheat | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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The Age of Insight: How the Cross-Pollination of Art and Science in Early 20th-Century Vienna Shaped Modern Culture

The Age of Insight: How the Cross-Pollination of Art and Science in Early 20th-Century Vienna Shaped Modern Culture | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
What Freud has to do with Klimt and the neuroscience of a Beethoven symphony.

Something unusual defined Vienna between 1890 and 1918, som
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