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    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
    10:42 am
    Parasitic Castration
    A friend was reading a book series where the vampires use a similar mechanism to Sacculina. Disturbing and fascinating.

    Parasitic castration is the strategy, by a parasite, of blocking reproduction by its host, completely or in part. For example, Hemioniscus balani, a parasitic castrator of hermaphroditic barnacles, feeds on ovarian fluid, so that its host loses female reproductive ability but still can function as a male.


    The male Sacculina looks for a female Sacculina adult on the underside of a crab. He then implants himself into her body and starts fertilizing her eggs. The crab (male or female) then cares for the eggs as if they were its own, having been rendered infertile by the parasite.

    When a female Sacculina is implanted in a male crab it will interfere with the crab's hormonal balance. This sterilizes it and changes the bodily layout of the crab to resemble that of a female crab by widening and flattening its abdomen, among other things. The female Sacculina then forces the crab's body to release hormones, causing it to act like a female crab, even to the point of performing female mating dances.
    There are even Hypercastrators, a hyperparasite that castrates the parasite it parasitizes

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    Sunday, September 21st, 2014
    11:40 am

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    Friday, August 29th, 2014
    10:08 pm

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    Sunday, August 24th, 2014
    12:28 pm

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    Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
    4:21 pm
    Age Old Question Actually Answered?
    Which Came First - The Chicken or the Egg?

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    Friday, August 22nd, 2014
    6:06 pm

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    Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
    4:27 pm
    Corporate Manslaughter
    Corporate manslaughter in English law
    Corporate manslaughter is a criminal offence in English law, being an act of homicide committed by a company or organisation. In general, in English criminal law, a juristic person is in the same position as a natural person, and may be convicted for committing many offences. The Court of Appeal confirmed in one of the cases following the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster that a company can, in principle, commit manslaughter, although all defendants in that case were acquitted.[1]

    Lyme Bay canoeing tragedy
    The subsequent trial resulted in the prosecution of the parent company and the centre manager. The owner of the activity centre and the centre itself were convicted of corporate manslaughter over the deaths. This was the first conviction for this offence in the UK. The owner was jailed for three years [...]

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    Monday, August 18th, 2014
    9:53 pm
    Hot damn, ASMR makes you feel like a rat repeatedly pushing the pleasure button. I... can't... stop!

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    9:13 pm
    Coal Seam Fire
    A coal seam fire or mine fire is the underground smouldering of a coal deposit, often in a coal mine. Such fires have economic, social and ecological impacts. They are often started by lightning, grass, or forest fires, and are particularly insidious because they continue to smoulder underground after surface fires have been extinguished, sometimes for many years, before flaring up and restarting forest and brush fires nearby. They propagate in a creeping fashion along mine shafts and cracks in geologic structures.
    [...]
    Whether started by humans or by natural causes, coal seam fires continue to burn for decades or even centuries until either the fuel source is exhausted, a permanent groundwater table is encountered, the depth of the burn becomes greater than the ground’s capacity to subside and vent, or humans intervene. Because they burn underground, coal seam fires are extremely difficult and costly to extinguish, and are unlikely to be suppressed by rainfall.
    [...]
    Across the world, thousands of underground coal fires are burning at any given moment. The problem is most acute in industrializing, coal-rich nations such as China. Global coal fire emissions are estimated to cause 40 tons of mercury to enter the atmosphere annually, and to represent three percent of the world's annual CO2 emissions.
    [...]
    It is estimated that Australia's Burning Mountain, the oldest known coal fire, has burned for 6,000 years.

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    Saturday, August 16th, 2014
    3:17 pm
    Enter the Void (2009)
    Just saw this for the first time last night, completely sober. Had absolutely no idea what to expect, as a friend gave it to me among a few other movies. Though from the starting credits i started to have an idea about what was coming. Also, seeing the name Gaspar Noe rung a bell. I couldn't remember exactly what i'd seen of his, but i thought it might be Irreversible. Turns out it was.

    And wow, what a fucking trip! Though, eventually i started to wonder when it would end, so that my head would stop spinning and i could start to digest it.

    Definitely a must-see for fans of the non-mainstream.

    Oh, i even had a super jump-scare too. Nice.

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    Friday, August 15th, 2014
    6:19 pm
    Unique Tattoo Artists
    Forgive the internet's usual hyperbolic title, there are some incredible ones in here: The 13 Coolest Tattoo Artists In The World.

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    9:54 am
    Sick Tattoos
    3D Tattoo:


    UV Tattoo:

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    Sunday, August 10th, 2014
    10:37 am
    Hands-free ejaculation
    Although uncommon, some men can achieve hands-free ejaculations, which is an ejaculation without any manual stimulation. Such men usually do it by tensing and flexing their abdominal and buttocks muscles along with vigorous fantasising. Some men do it by relaxing the area around the penis, which may result in harder erections especially when hyperaroused.

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    Saturday, August 9th, 2014
    10:20 am
    Why Is Family > Strangers?
    One thing i've never understood. Why are we supposed to care more about family than a random human you don't know? For example, your brother gets deathly ill, your coworker gets deathly ill, and a stranger in Timbuktu gets deathly ill. Why should one matter more than the other? All 3 are human, all 3 are deathly ill, we should feel bad for each equally.

    Or maybe i'm just not human. :P

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    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
    1:43 pm
    Reality Lag
    I.e. the "jet" lag you feel after tripping.

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    Monday, July 28th, 2014
    7:12 pm
    Mustachianism - "Financial Freedom Through Badassity"
    Although an eentsy bit corny, this is a saavy, interesting and entertaining early retirement website: Mr. Money Mustache. He's not selling anything, nor does he have ulterior motives (aside from trying to create a better world, though there are scant mentions of even that).

    The short version: live frugally, save a large percentage of your net income for X years, then live off the interest/investments. The rule of thumb: accumulate 25 times your yearly spending.

    Here's a chart:
    Savings Rate (%) --- Working Years Until Retirement
    5 66
    10 51
    15 43
    20 37
    25 32
    30 28
    35 25
    40 22
    45 19
    50 17
    55 14.5
    60 12.5
    65 10.5
    70 8.5
    75 7
    80 5.5
    85 4
    90 under 3
    95 under 2

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    Sunday, July 27th, 2014
    4:01 pm
    You know you've been working in restaurant kitchen for a while when you start saying "behind you" when walking behind random people in tight areas.

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    3:19 pm
    3D Printing Living Beings
    I'm a bit out of the loop, didn't know how advanced 3D printing has become. 3D printing (uncooked) food... what?!

    The following quote got my wheels turning: "Some scientists are more ambitious: They intend to eventually print out entire limbs, including muscle and tissue, and eventually a full dinosaur model, at any scale necessary."

    Why stop at inanimate models? 3D print them a brain, heart, and all the rest. Could we foreseeably 3D print anything we could imagine? Simple things like a dinosaur with a human brain? A Giger alien with a hyena brain? A human?

    Pretty crazy to think about, and admittedly a long ways away, but it seems feasible...

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    Saturday, July 26th, 2014
    11:53 am
    AsapSCIENCE
    Only recently discovered their excellent youtube channel. Went through the whole list, watched interesting sounding ones, and here are my top 5:

    #1 Can Plants Think?
    #2 Could We Record Our Dreams?

    #3 The Scientific Power of Music
    #4 Why Do People Obsess Over Sports?
    #5 Can We Genetically Improve Intelligence?

    The top 2 in particular blew my mind.

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    Friday, July 25th, 2014
    10:55 pm

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