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Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County

23 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

This past weekend I took a trip to the small town of Portola in Plumas county for a Northern California...

Robots Podcast #167: Engaging girls in robotics

23 hours agoHobbies / Robotics :

In episode #167 AJung Moon brings together three interviews relating to promoting the involvement of girls and women in robotics, and STEM generally. In the first interview, Hannah and Rachel Tipperman, a pair of seventeen year oldsShow More Summary

Daniel Defense Celebrates Suppressors for Hunting in Georgia

Georgians have something to celebrate this year as their Governor, Nathan Deal, signed House Bill 60 (HB60) into law which legalized the use of suppressors for hunting in certain circumstances. Daniel Defense invited Gov. Deal to their...Show More Summary

Ellen DeGeneres ISO Gardener by Susan Harris

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Garden Rant

Anyone following Nick the Gardener on the Ellen Show knows that she helped him  land a part in a sequel to the Magic Mike movie. So now she’s looking for a new gardener – click here to apply.  Must be “hot, strong, and have that extra somethin’ somethin’.” I’m not a regular Ellen-watcher but have heard she […]

Desktop Machine Carves Metal and Wood Like Butter

How many desktop 3D printers have we seen on Kickstarter in recent years? Too many to count. But 3D printing is only half of the digital manufacturing promise. Where 3D printing is additive—CNC machines, guided by digital designs, subtract material. Give a CNC machine a digital file, and it’ll painstakingly […]

Chasing cuckoos

23 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

While I sometimes complain about the lack of variety of birds in New Zealand, there are at least some birds...

SPICE Cup round 6 pairings (5 pm on 10/23/2014) Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

Marlin 1895 GSBL

Marlin has been making lever-action rifles since 1881, and in their early years the Model 1895 was a standout. Although the original M1895 was, indeed, created in the year of its name, the modern M1895 is actually based on the receiver...Show More Summary

Trashing Out with Kudzu and ‘Sherman’s Ghost’ by Allen Bush

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Garden Rant

Kudzu is the poster child for invasive plants. The vine that gobbled up more than seven million acres in the south became the unintended consequence of the USDA’s plan to stop erosion. When African-Americans, in 1910, began their migration from the rural south to northern cities, the vine would eventually go wild. Marco Polo wrote […]

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

Big-data boondoggles and brain-inspired chips are just two of the things we’re really getting wrong

Next-Gen Diagnostics, Nanotechnology, and Bioengineering Begin Taking the Fight to Cancer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer claimed 8.2 million lives worldwide in 2012. Perhaps no other disease highlights the need for improved diagnostic and treatment options better than cancer—which is why it’s good news there continue to be promising developments in the lab. Here are a few early […]

How smart are parrots?

23 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch...

SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California

Dear Chess Parents,We have officially opened registration for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation's National Open Championship for Girls and Boys. We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 in San Mateo,...Show More Summary

Steyr Arms Now Shipping AUG A3 M1

Steyr Arms announced they are now shipping the M1 version of the company’s AUG A3 rifle. The M1 can be configured from the factory with a number of rail and optics options. A green stock is also optional. Specifications: 5.56 NATO 30-rd...Show More Summary

Amsonia, Aster and Capital Columns at the National Arboretum by Susan Harris

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Garden Rant

I’ve been waiting eagerly for these plants to reach their peak of fall color and yesterday they dee-livered!  After posting this on Facebook I learned that the designer is well-known plantswoman Angela Treadwell-Palmer.  Great example of the kind of native-plant design being promoted by Thomas Rainer, who just turned in his book on the subject […]

Autumn amble at New York Botanical Garden

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

After touring Wave Hill on October 11, my daughter and I took the train to the New York Botanical Garden. Although both NYBG and Wave Hill are located in the Bronx, mass transit between the two ate up some time, and we had tickets to a Broadway show that evening. Show More Summary

Real Robots to Help Fight Ebola

Robots aren't ready to help fight ebola right now, but within a few months, they might be

When the Internet Sleeps

The internet is a little bit like an organism—a really huge organism, made up of over four billion IP addresses networked across the globe. How does the internet behave day to day? What are its natural cycles? USC Viterbi School of Engineering project leader and computer science assistant professor, John […]

I like to hoard assorted cardboard II

Last week, I impusively bought a box of 2014 Topps Stadium Club - I should have waited until this week, when a row of the base cards were in a 3,200 count box, waiting to be poached at my LCS. 1982 Topps Dave Bergman #498 1982 ToppsShow More Summary

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