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Jacques Knight: A Promenade With The Gilets Jaunes In Paris Along with flashbang stun grenades, the tear-gas grenades were the MVP of crowd control. Securely positioned in lateral streets, riot police equipped with grenade launchers would lob instant pain into the crowd every now and then. A direct hit from a stun grenade recently cost…
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EGO People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study: According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and meditation. But…
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BLOCKCHAIN There’s a new religion based on blockchain: …there’s now a religion built on the Ethereum blockchain. Its founder, Matt Liston, is the former CEO of Augur, a blockchain-supported prediction platform. Liston’s departure from Augur was contentious, and just last week he filed a lawsuit for $152 million against his former employer. Liston unveiled his…
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CRYPTO Matthew Pirkowski on the concept of “Distributed Valerism“: Distributed Valerism shifts economic focus away from concerns regarding the centralized management of ownership and toward the long-tail dynamics of value representation, storage, and transaction within a behavioral landscape adapted to the novel physical and game theoretic constraints of an information economy. Where possible, I seek…
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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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ANIMALS A secret penguin supercolony in Antarctica  PYGOSCELIS ADELIAE IS COMMONLY KNOWN as the Adélie penguin, after the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville, the man who first documented them in 1840. Though they are not especially uncommon, scientists have been concerned that their Antarctic population has been on a steady decline for the…
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