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The pill that replaces going to the gym

OH, joy. They’re developing a pill in Florida to replace the gym:

The more encouraging of the new studies, which appears this week in Nature Medicine, expands on a major study published last year in Nature. In that

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Posted: 19th, July 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Girl-hating gamer boys: Quit thinking with the Smaller of Your Two Heads

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ACCORDING to 1980s pop culture stereotypes, anyone who likes computers is compensating for being a socially clueless nerd who cannot get laid.  Kudos to pop culture for evolving beyond that, but why the hell are today’s gamer boys trying … READ ON

Posted: 13th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Money, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Don’t use the Internet if you want to keep secrets – Russian spies revert to paper economy

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I ASSUME that we all actually know this by now, that you cannot keep things secret on the internet? At least, we should all have learnt it from the revelations by Edward Snowden I think, no? That the only truly … READ ON

Posted: 12th, July 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In photos: Buttercup the backwards walking duck gets a 3D-printed prosthetic leg

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BUTTERCUP the duck only had one leg facing the right way. The left leg faced backwards.  Buttercup was going nowhere fast. But science could help.

At the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary, Buttercup’s leg was was amputated. The medics built him … READ ON

Posted: 11th, July 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to perfome a fecal microbiota transplant (that’s poo donation to you)

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WOULD you give a friend or loved one some of your bone marrows. What about a kidney? An eye? what about, erm, donating your poo? Marie Myung-Ok Lee did. In the New York Times, Lee, tells us how her … READ ON

Posted: 11th, July 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple conspired to keep e-book prices artifically high as libraries die

BOOKS are not just objects to buy and trade. The BBC reports on a ruling that Apple “conspired with publishers to fix the price of electronic books”.

And those are the electronic books that thanks to convoluted copyright rules … READ ON

Posted: 10th, July 2013 | In: Books, Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Oliver Sacks: old age is a time of freedom and exploration

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A FRIEND in her mid-40s recently opined that she would like to live no longer than 74 years. After that, she said life is too miserable to endure.

Oliver Sacks says she’s mad:

Last night I dreamed about mercury —

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Posted: 9th, July 2013 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Professor Green calls female journalist a ‘fat whore’ for invading his privacy – works for Chinese mobile phone company accused of spying

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WHEN The People’s Katie Hind wrote about Professor Green, the singer was upset.

He tweeted:

She practically

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Technology | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robert Samuelson’s Internet repeal

Robert Samuelson TO quote the philosopher Mick Jagger, “What a drag it is getting old.” Or watching others do the same; the voyage from virility to senility hurts to behold.

Consider the Washington Post, long considered a VIP (Very Important … READ ON

Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Do we have to start saving our own pee to produce phosphorus for farming?

SOME scientists are working on the idea that we do you know. Fortunately, they’ve really not grasped an important part about the world that we live in:

American families may soon be using waterless toilets and recycling their urine,

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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google’s Tameside Hospital web search page censors an image of the Grim Reaper

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A SEARCH for Manchester’s Tameside General Hospital on Google delivers a picture of The Grim Reaper lurking outside the building.

The image was created for the website Tameside Citizen, a blog about the area which has focused on the … READ ON

Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How the Lara Croft video game made me gay – the proof in photos

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WHAT if Lara Croft has been a man? What if the creators of the 1996 video game Tomb Raider had made Lara Croft a man?

What would it have changed?

In 2008, the judge at Maidstone Crown Court looked at … READ ON

Posted: 27th, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Incredible image of a baby born but still inside the amniotic sac

SOME images are just incredible. Thanks to a Greek doctor and his camera, we get to see this memorable image taken dyring a caesarian section. Oddly, the amniotic sac remained intact as the birth progressed. The baby is no longer … READ ON

Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Amazing moment as toddler hears for the first time

SHALL we all have a lovely moment? How about a really great video of a young boy called Grayson Clamp, and the exact moment he heard his father’s voice for the first time?

Grayson Clamp is three years old and … READ ON

Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pigeon nests in jet engine at the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport

FACE of the day:  At the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, a pigeon carries a small branch to make its nest inside the rear of a Boeing 747.

How d’you like your eggs? Scrambled?… READ ON

Posted: 22nd, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The iPotty will teach your child to poop digitally

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SIGNS that the economy is rebounding:  the CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad:

Potty training can be a challenge for even the most patient parents and one of the biggest hurdles is gaining the child’s interest and

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Competition from Sony forces Microsoft U-Turns on the Xbox One ‘authorisation’ rip off

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MICROSOFT has just done a complete u-turn on the terms and conditions under which their new Xbox One will operate. They had been proposing that used games would require “authorisation” to move from one box to another. Obviously, … READ ON

Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Toddlers are more stupid than chickens – birds outperform kids in numeracy and logic

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YOU’VE cooed and coochied at your darling little baby, posting endless identical photographs of them on Facebook and heard your friends tell you barefaced lies about how beautiful it is, and that it has it’s ‘daddy’s eyes’… but here’s some … READ ON

Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Professor of snot: biochemist researchers benefits of eating bogies

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“SNOT has a sugary taste and that may be a signal to the he body to consume it and derive information for the immune system, ” says Scott Napper, professor of biochemistry at the University of University of Saskatchewan in … READ ON

Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edward Snowden: the best views on the spook who grassed up Obama

Pro-democractic legislator Claudia Mo holds a copy of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" next to a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama and Edward Snowden during a news conference in Hong Kong Friday, June 14, 2013. Two lawmakers in Hong Kong said on Friday that they had written to U.S. President Obama to try to persuade him not to bring charges against the former US intelligence contractor Snowden. Snowden revealed last weekend he was the source of a major leak of top-secret information on NSA surveillance, saying he was uncovering wrongdoing. He spoke to reporters from an undisclosed location in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

DOCUMENTS leaked by US techy spook Edward Snowden show us that the US government is able to access details of smartphone and internet activity under a scheme called Prism. The allegation is that the US intelligence agencies have an open READ ON

Posted: 14th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Technology | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Supreme Court rules that US companies cannot own the patents on human genes

SO. Can you patent human genes? The US Supreme Court – yep, it actually got that far before someone saw sanity – said you cannot:

The case involved Myriad Genetics Inc., which holds patents related to two genes, known as

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Posted: 13th, June 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The second greatest eBay advert ever: The Mercedes E320 Cd with boot big enough for 2 small or 1 big person

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FOR sale: Mercedes E320 Cdi.

It’s not pristine. AS the eBay advert goes:

If you are looking for an immaculate, well maintained example of a Mercedes e320 CDI… you have come to the wrong place.

If however, you are low

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Posted: 12th, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Apple website fails to work on Macbooks (laughs)

THE Apple website  – motto: “This is what matters… We don’t believe in coincidence or dumb luck”– fails to work on Macbooks. Something to do with a QuickTime permission issue.

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Given the pomposity of its mission statement (see below), … READ ON

Posted: 11th, June 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0