Saturday, September 30, 2017

The history of a myth. By Gregory D. Smithers @ slate.com


Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood?

The history of a myth. 


Dennis Wolfe 1980

There is no red pill.



You're not in a simulation. Probably not, at least.

http://www.sciencealert.com/quantum-complexity-rules-out-our-universe-as-a-computer-simulation

How to find the information you need to repair things!

A battle is under way in some US states for the “right to repair,” and part of this is access to repair documentation. In Europe, we hope that future eco-design directives will require manufacturers to share documentation for disassembly and repair.

https://www.engineeringforchange.org/dont-toss-it-fix-it-how-to-find-the-information-you-need-to-repair-electronics-and-appliances/

Monday, September 25, 2017

Download | Duke University School of Law





Download | Duke University School of Law

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Physics - Viewpoint: Hydrogen Hides Surprises at High Pressure

Chang-sheng Zha at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and co-workers [3] have carried out high-precision measurements of the melting curve of hydrogen, which traces the melting temperature of solid hydrogen as a function of pressure. Measuring such a curve in a range of pressures extending up to 300 GPa, they found that it is substantially lower and has a different slope than what’s predicted by virtually all existing theoretical models. The findings thus call for a significant revision of our theories describing hydrogen under extreme conditions.

Acknowledgment

This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.

This research is published in Physical Review Letters.

Physics - Viewpoint: Hydrogen Hides Surprises at High Pressure

My Mom Grew Up in a Utopian Colony in Iowa - Atlas Obscura





If Amana sounds familiar it may be because it’s the name of your fridge or microwave. Although the Germanic religious group embraced separatism and outdated fashions in a similar way to the Amish, the Amana Society has always had a comfortable relationship with technology.



Amana is the tech-savvy religious group that gave us the freezer.

A very good short read by ELLIE GORDON-MOERSHEL



My Mom Grew Up in a Utopian Colony in Iowa - Atlas Obscura

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Can an Outsider Ever Truly Become Amish? - Atlas Obscura





The Amish don’t have any spiritual attachment to a geographical location, the way Jews have to Jerusalem or Mormons to Salt Lake City; this spot, along with Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is probably the closest they come to an idea of God’s Country.



This story is a little long but is a great read. -ctoney



Can an Outsider Ever Truly Become Amish? - Atlas Obscura

Searching for the Last Bottles of a Cult-Classic Dr Pepper - Atlas Obscura





Dr Pepper has always been most popular in the American South: in a 2010 report, the company reported proudly that Dr Pepper was available at every single franchise of southern chains Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Chick-fil-A and Whataburger.



Searching for the Last Bottles of a Cult-Classic Dr Pepper - Atlas Obscura