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→LINKS↵ A Selection of Optograms from the Private Collection of Willia A. Abbotts These retinal images—retrieved by a complex optochemical process that fixes the photosensitive pigment (rhodopsin) found in the rods of the retina—capture the last image seen before death. Most of these optograms are believed to have been extracted at St. Albans County morgue…
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MUSIC Music as a repellant — Bach at the Burger King: Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.” Public administrators seldom…
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LINKS BIOMIMICRY Underwater GPS Inspired by Shrimp Eyes: A few years ago, U.S. and Australian researchers developed a special camera inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp that can see the polarization patterns of light waves, which resemble those in a rope being waved up and down. That means the bio-inspired camera can detect how…
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CENSORSHIP PayPal blocks sale of World Socialist Web Site pamphlet: With the arrest of Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont this week and the cutting off of Internet access and visitation rights for whistleblower Julian Assange by the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK, moves towards the criminalization and banning of political opposition are accelerating. Now, not content…
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CALIFORNIA Bay Area Residents Who Live in Vans Not to Travel, but to Contend with Housing Costs: The threat of a “knock on the door” looms constantly for those who live in their vehicles, and it can inspire paranoia. A recent discussion in a Facebook group devoted to local RV lifers quickly became split between…
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What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/19/18

NATURE The sounds of skating on black ice:   PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY  Jordan Greenhall on the Jordan Peterson notion of “clean up your room” as personal sovereignty: Sort yourself out. First. When it comes to relating to the world, remember, the world starts with you. Before you can begin to extend yourself into the complex dance…
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