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Math puzzle

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Who else would give you a math puzzle for Christmas morning? Solve/simplify/reconstitute this mathematical construct into what might be considered a more "elegant" expression.For those who long ago swore that they would never again have anything to do with natural logarithms, the answer is below the fold:Image cropped for space (and source lost):

Patrick Otema's world changes

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YouTube link. This is your "feel good" video for Christmas morning.And here is the sequel: YouTube link. From the filmmaker's comments at Reddit:A lot of people asking how to help. Here is a list of organisations based in Uganda helping the deaf. Show More Summary

Even NASA wastes money

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GULFPORT, Miss. — In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project here in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space. Then, NASA did something odd. Show More Summary

Ballet + Magic

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YouTube link. Via Neatorama.

Celebrating post-polio

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"I believe one of our secrets to thriving with polio is that we, first and foremost, quietly dismissed all those who gawked at us with pity, volunteered to Biblically heal us, needlessly tried to fix us, or gazed at our bent feet rather than into our eyes. Show More Summary

Peru providing its citizens with free solar power

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YouTube link. “This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health."From the Wall Street Journal channel, via Minds.

Impressive anagram

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Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott is an anagram of A novel by a Scottish writer. Credit to Suze, who found this in a cryptic crossword and posted it in a Sooper Seekrit location. Anagrams are not difficult per se, but ones that are logically consistent are uncommon. This one is awesome.

"Buddy" vs. "Bro"

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Posted not for the information per se, but rather to illustrate that linguistic maps can now be generated from analysis of Twitter data. To generate the maps, Grieve first searched for occurrences of these words in the dataset. Once he identified word uses and their locations, he used hot-spot testing, a common technique in spatial analysis. Show More Summary

And now we are seven

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

December 22 birthdays:1858 – Giacomo Puccini1862 – Connie Mack 1901 – Andre Kostelanetz 1912 – Lady Bird Johnson 1937 – Charlotte Lamb 1945 – Diane Sawyer 1949 – Maurice and Robin Gibb 1962 – Ralph Fiennes 2007 – TYWKIWDBI (12,717 posts, 41,803 comments, 16,714,310 pageviews, 1,617 followers.)

Short-eared owl

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This photo (by Henrik Nilsson, taken in Boundary Bay, BC, Canada) is one of the award-winning entries in the nature category of National Geographic's 2014 photo contest.

All the planets would fit between the earth and the moon

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And what a view that would be. At low tide. I pulled my numbers from NASA’s Solar System Fact Sheets, and they’re a little different from the original infographic, but close enough that the comparison is still valid. Planet Average Diameter...Show More Summary

Retrieving munition barrels from Lake Superior

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As reported by Wisconsin Public Radio in January:The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe has been working for more than a decade to remove some of the 1,400-plus munitions barrels from Lake Superior’s bottom. Using grants from the...Show More Summary

"Audacious Adi" dances

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YouTube link. This was Adilyn Malcolm's YouTube debut ; she now has a second video. Some reader more in tune with contemporary music and dance can tell us whether this is dubstep or some variant subgenre.

"Macaroni" explained

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Yankee Doodle went to town Riding on a pony; He stuck a feather in his hat, And called it macaroni. Traditions place [the origin of Yankee Doodle] in a pre-Revolutionary War song originally sung by British military officers to mock the...Show More Summary

How times have changed

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YouTube link. Even within our lifetimes.

Viking presence confirmed in arctic Canada

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A stone artifact (apparently part of a crucible) containing traces of molten metal has been found in arctic Canada.Dr Sutherland and her colleagues from the Geological Survey of Canada-Ottawa and Peter H. Thompson Geological Consulting...Show More Summary

Referring to "the 50's" or "the 60's" is grammatically incorrect

5 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Contractions for numbers follow the same rules as contractions for words. As a apostrophe goes where the letters are dropped in a contracted word (e.g. you are into you're) the same applies to numbers (e.g. 1950s into '50s)... By putting an apostrophe between the numbers and the "s" (e.g. Show More Summary

The UN Convention Against Torture

5 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Several weeks ago The Dish live-blogged the release of the torture report. It makes for difficult reading. An important, earlier, related post provides a detailed rebuttal to those who defend the use of torture (boldface added):It’sShow More Summary

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