Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Fuck you. Vaccinate your kid(s). It is not a matter of personal choice or responsibility, it's a fucking public health issue.
For more: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/29/america_ground_zero_for_a_real_contagion/
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The idea behind the Electromagnetic Railgun is to fire a bullet at hypersonic speeds using dozens of megajoules of electricity. The Navy wants it to guard the surface ships of the 2020s, unsubtly boasting to adversaries that messing with the ships will lead to bullets shooting across hundreds of miles of ocean in mere minutes. The Office of Naval Research says it will give sailors “a dramatically increased multimission capability,” like fire support for land strikes over long, long distances beyond the reach of enemy defenses, and defense against “cruise and ballistic missiles” that target ships. No wonder the railgun’s official motto is “Velocitas Eradico” — “Speed Kills.”
Lab tests have pleased the Navy, if not Congress. In December 2010, the Office of Naval Research fired a shot with 33 megajoules of energy, a world record, sending a 23-pound bullet 5500 feet in a single second.
Damn. The future.
Also, why the fuck do they need railguns? (Besides the inherent science fictiony awesomeness)
And these have got to be stupid expensive.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Figging is the practice of inserting a piece of ginger root into the anus, vagina or male urethra. Originally applied to horses in a practice known as gingering, it now most commonly refers to a practice in BDSM.
If the person being figged tightens the muscles of the anus, the sensation becomes more intense. For this reason it is rumored to have been done to wives in the Victorian age to prevent them from clenching during a spanking.
All for getting filthy in bed, but sweet jesus!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
For years scientists have been able to change the emotional tone of a memory by administering certain drugs just before asking people to recall the event in detail. New research suggests that they’ll be able to target and erase specific memories altogether. Here’s how.
1/ Pick a memory.
It has to be something deeply implanted in the brain, a long-term memory that has undergone a process called consolidation—a restructuring of neural connections.
2/ Recall requires neural connections by protein synthesis.
To remember something, your brain synthesizes new proteins to stabilize circuits of neural connections. To date, researchers have identified one such protein, called PKMzeta. Before trying to erase the targeted memory, researchers would ensure that it was ensconced by having the patient write down an account of the event or retell it aloud several times.
3/ Nuke the memory.
To delete the memory, researchers would administer a drug that blocks PKMzeta and then ask the patient to recall the event again. Because the protein required to reconsolidate the memory will be absent, the memory will cease to exist. Neuroscientists think they’ll be able to target the specific memory by using drugs that bind selectively to receptors found only in the correct area of the brain.
4/ Everything else is fine.
If the drug is selective enough and the memory precise enough, everything else in the brain should be unaffected and remain as correct—or incorrect—as ever.
Well that all sounds fine doesn't it.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
If you can't read it, apparently google thinks that a product called "dave leather chair" is in fact a DVD called "Ass Titans 3".
What a world.