Jul 25, 2015

China officially ends ban on video game consoles

posted by Christy Wilding

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China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news earlier today.

via The Verge

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Jul 25, 2015

This Kentucky distillery blasts music to flavor its brandy

posted by Christy Wilding

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Joe Heron, the owner of the Copper and Kings distillery, calls it the "sonic aging process." All day and every day, music blasts out of speakers in the distillery's aging room. Sometimes it's David Bowie. At other times, it's Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, or Lenny Kravitz.

It is never Katy Perry, though. Heron is firm about that.

Cooper and King's aging process takes two years. During that time, the barrels are carefully rotated and exposed to different forms of music in order to infuse the brandy with a medley of flavors

via Neatorama

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Jul 24, 2015

Just one all-nighter can alter your genes,possibly for years to come

posted by Christy Wilding

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There’s a new reason to go to bed on time: late nights, in addition to a multitude of health effects, may lead to obesity and diabetes.

Countless studies have shown the negative effects of sleep loss and sleep deprivation, but a new one from a Swedish team suggests that even one night of missed snoozing can have long-lasting effects on your genes.

via Popular Science

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Jul 24, 2015

Scientists have developed an eye drop that can dissolve cataracts

posted by Laura Domela

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Researchers in the US have developed a new drug that can be delivered directly into the eye via an eye dropper to shrink down and dissolve cataracts - the leading cause of blindness in humans. 

While the effects have yet to be tested on humans, the team from the University of California, San Diego hopes to replicate the findings in clinical trials and offer an alternative to the only treatment that’s currently available to cataract patients - painful and often prohibitively expensive surgery.
via Science Alert

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Jul 24, 2015

Kepler telescope introduces Earth to a very distant cousin

posted by Laura Domela

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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.

A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation Cygnus, is 385 days, meaning its orbit is just a bit farther away from its star than the Earth is from the sun. That places it squarely within what planetary scientists call the habitable zone, or "Goldilocks" zone — not too cold and not too hot.
via NPR

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Jul 23, 2015

How to transform your garage into the ultimate DIY workshop

posted by Laura Domela

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A garage is a natural place to store tools and equipment, but that doesn’t mean it’s the ideal place to build your next project. Here’s how to transform your garage into a safe and productive DIY workspace you can be proud of.
via Lifehacker

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Jul 23, 2015

All Star Wars movies are becoming Little Golden Books

posted by Laura Domela

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The first six Star Wars movies are all being adapted into 24-page Little Golden Books so you can read Star Wars to your children before bed and give them SPACE DREAMS. They'll cost around $5 apiece ($3.74 on Amazon) and will be released July 28th.
via Geekologie

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