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Glassy protein solution may cause eyesight deterioration

Long-sightedness caused by age could be due to proteins in the lens of the eye that are converted from a fluid solution to a solid, glassy state, researchers have found. Around the age of 40-50, many people find their sight deteriorates and they need to use reading glasses. Show More Summary

Glassy protein solution may cause eyesight deterioration

Long-sightedness caused by age could be due to proteins in the lens of the eye that are converted from a fluid solution to a solid, glassy state. This has been shown in a study by researchers from institutions including Lund University. Around the age of 40-50, many people find their sight deteriorates and they need to use reading glasses. Show More Summary

10 Monday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • States’ Finances Are Now on Solid Ground: With a few prominent exceptions, states are healthier than they’ve been in years. Good news for municipal-bond investors. (Barron’s) • The Mistakes We Make—and Why We Make Them (WSJ) • What to do with PIMCO Total Return in your 401(k) (The Oregonian) • The Smart Way...Read More

Scientists do glass a solid -- with new theory on how it transitions from a liquid

How does glass transition from a liquid to its familiar solid state? How does this common material transport heat and sound? And what microscopic changes occur when a glass gains rigidity as it cools? A team of researchers at NYU's Center for Soft Matter Research offers a theoretical explanation for these processes in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. read more

Hacklet 23 – The Groove Tube

The transistor may rule the electronics world today, but before solid state moved in, vacuum state was king. Tubes, or valves if you’re from Europe, were the only way to fly. Every good hacker knew their triodes from their tetrodes and their pentodes. Show More Summary

Sandisk Ultra II SSD: Australian Review

Switching your desktop or laptop PC’s old and tired mechanical spinning-disk hard drive may seem daunting, but changing to a solid state drive can simultaneously increase your PC’s speed by a massive amount and reduce power consumption significantly. Show More Summary

Windows 10 Disk Cleanup includes file compression option

It is quite easy to fill up hard drives or partitions with data. This is true for Solid State Drives which are blazing fast but don't come close to the storage that platter-based hard drives offer but also for traditional hard drives. Show More Summary

ISIS Could Establish Own Currency Using Pure Gold and Silver Coins; Could Depreciate Value of the Dollar

Reports have emerged indicating that the Islamic State is planning to soon circulate its own form of currency in areas under its control, and plans to issue pure solid gold and silver gold dinar coins that it hopes will help devalue Western currencies.

How You Can Supercool Water At Home

Supercooled water is super fun the first time you see it. Still in liquid state, it’s actually well below zero — so, when you touch it with a spoon, say, it turns solid right before your eyes. The best bit? You can make it at home. More »      

Republican Tide Crashes in California

In 2014, "the year of the Republican," California was only the state in the nation that lost solidly Republican seats to Democrats. As the election results rolled in, the perfect, red Republican wave came to a crashing end on California's sandy beaches. Show More Summary

SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives Reviewed

When we took at look at SanDisk's Extreme II series of solid state drives in June of last year, we began our article by noting, "odds are, if you’ve bought anything that uses flash memory in the last 20 years or so, you already own a small piece of SanDisk technology. The company has been a leader in flash memory storage since the late...

For Democrats to Win Future Mid-Terms: Five Priorities

In the last two Presidential elections, Democrats won solid victories. In the last two mid-terms, Democrats lost. To some it appears that there are two separate electorates in the United States - one for the General election that closely...Show More Summary

Let My City Go!

The election story in Oregon is about the Democratic gains in the state legislature, which ensure a solid majority and eliminates the Betsy Johnson “I’m against everything” roadblock to progressive legislation. Already, I’m intrigued...Show More Summary

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (Blu-ray)

3 weeks agoFilm / DVDs : DVD Verdict

Reviewed by Michael Nazarewycz Quote: "A solid addition to any true-crime collection."

NBC produce brilliant promo ahead of Liverpool v Chelsea, set to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ [Video]

NBC is the North American channel with broadcasting rights for the Premier League stateside, and they’ve gained a solid reputation and following for their reliable delivery and punditry. Despite the far from ideal time in some states for Satuday’s high noon kick off between Liverpool and Chelsea, they’ll be expecting a big pull of the […]

“A Win for Science over Emotion”: Bear Hunters Victorious on Maine Ballot

Yesterday, voters in Maine solidly defeated a ballot referendum that would have virtually eliminated the state’s ability to manage the bear population. The referendum, known as Maine Question 1, would have banned hunting with bait, hounds, and trapp...

Other People's Boots

The Islamic State's own propaganda provides solid arguments against the current American Middle East strategy.

Sid Miller Plants Solid Win to Become Texas Ag Commissioner

AUSTIN, Texas -- Former Texas State Representative Sid Miller will become the next Texas Agriculture Commissioner after a solid victory over his Democrat opponent Jim Hogan. Miller won a decisive victory by garnering nearly 60 percent of the vote. Show More Summary

Greg Abbott Defeats Wendy Davis to Win Texas Governor Race

Republican Greg Abbott was elected governor of Texas on Tuesday, easily beating Democrat Wendy Davis, who struggled to gain traction in the solidly conservative state.

Kansas: Greg Orman Doesn’t Have Time to Read Pro-Life Bill He Promised He’d Read

Kansas Senate candidate is an abortion advocate who has done his best to run away from the issue of abortion in this solidly pro-life Midwestern state. First, Orman literally ran away from a voter who want him to explain his pro-abortion position. Now, he’s reneging on a pledge to read pro-life legislation he may have […]

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