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PostPosted: Thu 09 Mar , 2017 3:22 pm 
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It's not just you. Apparently some (but not all) dinosaurs actually did have feathers.

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And the list of ones who didn't at least have quill shafts of some sort gets shorter all the time.


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"Polly wanna triceratops!"

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People have always joked about T-Rex having "chicken wing" arms, and it may turn out that's pretty much the literal truth.


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I think I know the answer for 2 and 3 (in fact, I'm sure about the answer for 3). Not sure about the others.

Anyone else?

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Did any of you try the quiz above?

If so, here are the answers:


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I had the first one almost right. I thought the one about running was along the lines of what he ended up saying. I guessed wrong on the bike and didn't give enough thought to the train.

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That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis

Scientists carry cool science stuff through airport security with hilarious and educational results.

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Ondine Cleaver from UT Southwestern Medical Center once tried carrying tupperware containers full of frogs from New York to Austin. At security, she realized that she couldn’t possibly subject the animals to harmful doses of X-rays, so she explained the contents of her bag to a TSA agent. “She totally freaked out, but had to peek in the container,” says Cleaver. “We opened it just a slit, and there were 12-14 eyes staring at her. She screamed. She did this 3 times. A few other agents came by to see, and none could deal with the container being opened more than a bit. But they had to make sure there was nothing nefarious inside, so we went through cycles of opening the container, screaming, closing it laughing, and again.” They eventually let her through.

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That was funny and interesting! :LMAO:

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jul , 2017 5:54 pm 
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Wisconsin company offers microchip implants to employees

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A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine.

About 50 employees at Three Square Market have agreed to the optional implant of the chips, which are the approximate size and shape of a grain of rice, said Tony Danna, vice president of international sales at the River Falls-based company.


I can't help wondering how much coercion was involved. I'm curious, would any of you agree to this? I wouldn't.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool science stuff
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Not even if the snacks from the vending machine were free. ;)

Does this remind anyone else of the Doctor Who episode with the alternative universe, where everyone went around with ear appliances that fed them news and ultimately controlled them? The one where everyone stops simultaneously in the street, and they all laugh at the same time at the joke of the day, before going on their way.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool science stuff
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Honestly, I think we're all headed that direction. iPhones may not be actually surgically implanted, but for 90% of the population, they might as well be. They're our phones, our photo albums, our libraries, our TVs, and yeah, our wallets. We use them to buy and to pay for products. We use them to locate our destination, and when needed, to locate our friends and family. We microchip our pets. How long before we do the same to our kids? It might sound horrific now, but a subcutaneous device that lets me know where my kids are and if they're healthy sounds damn good to me. I give it a generation or less before all this is ubiquitous. Our kids don't have the same aversion to tech and paranoia about privacy that we do. Just look at the Snapchat friends feature. Its only a matter of time.

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I wouldn't be surprised if you're right. And I find that very depressing. Past the age of about 10-12, I would have been horrified to have anyone monitoring my movements and activities at all times, even a parent. Becoming independent has always been an important part of growing up.
And if we give up our autonomy and privacy, how long until it goes from there to what's in the best interests of your employer or government?

Sometimes I'm very glad that I'm no longer young.

Though I do see some promise in the summer camps where children are not allowed to bring cell phones. Many of them seem to find that they like being unconnected to electronics for a bit, and enjoy the novelty of having face-to-face conversations all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool science stuff
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The implant is just an RFID. Tons of companies already require everyone to wear or carry RFID badges all the time anyway to get in and out of doors, etc.; this is really no different.

Somewhat more hackable, I suppose, since you can't take the badge off when you leave work.


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Somewhat more hackable, I suppose, since you can't take the badge off when you leave work.


And therein lies the huge difference.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool science stuff
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And email was just a novelty at first. Now, a significant number of people in the U.S. never really get a chance to escape from work, but are expected to answer their bosses' emails at all times, even at home.

Things start small, but they can become the norm and expected behavior unless society sets limits.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool science stuff
PostPosted: Fri 28 Jul , 2017 10:18 am 
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But that's the point isn't it. You can't stop technology, but you can legislate for its use.

http://fortune.com/2017/01/01/french-ri ... nnect-law/

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