livescience reports it could be time to start mining our poop, instead of treating it purely as waste and fertilizer:
Kathleen Smith, a USGS geologist, thinks people could make more of these biosolids; they're full of tiny particles of metals that find their way into waste through beauty products, detergents and even odor-resistant clothing.
They detected some sizable concentrations of platinum, silver and gold when they looked at their samples under a scanning electron microscope, they reported.
"The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit," Smith said. In other words, if that level of gold were observed in rock, it would be considered a potential mining prospect.
Sure, it's gross to think about, but why shouldn't we reclaim everything we can from our own "waste" products?
In the desert of Arizona north of Tucson, a 40 story tall gerbil holding a giant wooden scepter has been spotted. It's walking towards Phoenix and is estimated to arrive by tomorrow afternoon. The giant anomaly was first spotted when seismologists went to investigate repetitive events, which turned out to be the footsteps of the giant beast. It stands erect and walks on two legs, and audio recordings and eye-witness accounts report that it is murmuring in an unknown language. The army has been deployed to set up a barricade near Phoenix.
Researchers surveyed 481 heterosexual females, all sexually active but not in serious relationships. The results, published in The Journal of Sexual Archives, threw up the usual, predictable reasons for faking - but also a surprising one.
The most common reason was ‘altruistic deceit’ - to protect the man’s feelings.
Second, fear and insecurity. Wanting the sex to be a positive experience, rather than a negative one.
Fourth, was faking it to end the sex session. No surprises there (though it’s usually further up the list!)
The most interesting reason came third on the list.
‘Elevated arousal’ - faking orgasm to make yourself feel more turned on.
Communication is the key to good sex - and faking orgasm (for reasons that aren’t so helpful) isn’t necessary if admitting to not having one isn’t a problem!
Wired brings us this novel new use for a favorite feminine hygiene product.
Tampons were placed in 16 surface water sewers, using the handy attached string to secure them to bamboo poles. After 3 days the tampons were retrieved and tested under UV light. And indeed, they did successfully detect grey water contamination, and determination of a positive and negative result was pretty clear. The total cost of sampling? An estimated 20 pence/tampon (30 cents in US Dollars), including the cost of the black light.
Could this finally be what helps men the world over to be able to buy this product in stores without embarrassment?
I thought it might be interesting to document the violent reaction of these common household substances in a video with varying speeds. I really hope you enjoy this captivating experiment.
An article in the Daily Mail explains to us the life of the active senior.
With their silver hair and kind smiles, Christine Smith, Sheila Henderson and June Senior look like three normal grandmothers, enjoying a quiet drink and a chat. But their innocent looks bely a wilder reality and when the trio, who are aged between 61 and 64, travel abroad on one of their regular grannies’ trips, all thoughts of a quiet life are left behind. Instead of enjoying quiet days out with their grandchildren, fancy dress, colourful cocktails and Spanish party spots are the order of the day for the three Barnsley pensioners.
The subject of a new channel 5 documentary, these ladies may turn you off going to the bars forever. The pictures make it all worthwhile.
Many Brits near Cannock Chase have been claiming to see a Slenderman type figure.
"It appeared to rise out of the trees and hover over the path around 100m in front of me. It was very dark, but I could see it clearly because of the lights coming from Rugeley. It was also a pretty clear night. If I were to compare it to anything, I would say it looked like a stereotypical Victorian gentleman - long, black overcoat with a homburg hat. I know this was no flying human because it had blood red eyes that shone in the night sky. It also had a mouth full of teeth that seemed to look like razors. Whatever it was, it stopped hovering and descended back into the trees. Needless to say, I did not investigate any further."
A paranormal investigator, Lee Brickley, is convinced they are real reports, "He says he is convinced that they're not lying, and that these may well be real-life reports of the mythical Slender Man."
The author, however, posits that these reports more closely align with Shadow People than Slenderman. Shadow People, are of course, closely related to Night Terrors or sleep paralysis, which resides in a spot close to my heart, as I am frequently awoken at night by my significant other waking up screaming, seeing these Shadow People in our room.
An article from livescience lets us know, "If you're trying to stabilize nuclear waste, don't use organic kitty litter."
Always use regular cat litter!
Investigators confirmed that a 55-gallon metal drum of nuclear waste burst open after it was packed with the wrong kind of cat litter.... Kitty litter isn't just used to absorb urine; it's long been used for industrial purposes, too. Traditional cat litter is usually made from inorganic silicates that can stabilize nitrate salts found in nuclear waste.... When the drum in question was packed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, it was filled with organic kitty litter called Swheat Scoop, which, as the name suggests, is primarily made with wheat.
I guess one should always test substances before using them to contain radioactivity:
DOE officials concluded the contents of the drum were "chemically incompatible" and that gases built up over time, causing the lid to burst open after it was stored at WIPP.
According to their own web page, Boring, Oregon is "An Exciting Place to Live & Work"
Another fun place to visit might be Hell, Michigan. Their website recommends going to Hell, and even suggests that you "GET MARRIED IN HELL!!". Next stop should appropriately be Satan's Kingdom, VT. Because, Yolo
Moving right along, you'll likely want to experience Intercourse. TripAdvisor has the lowdown on "Best of Intercourse" if you seek more information on the best way to enjoy Intercourse, for example, a stay at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn & Suites seems like an enticing offer. Thankfully, it appears they have a good clean-up crew as one TripAdvisor reviewer explains:
"My wife and I really enjoyed our stay and found the room and the facilities to be very clean and new smelling."
Navigating around Pennsylvania is tricky though, and at only 7.7 miles away, you may mistakenly end up in Blue Ball territory.
If you are on a budget, and would love to visit Poland, Paris, Naples, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Peru, and China, you might start in Lynchville, Maine in the USA.
Freewheelin' Franklin writes in with a story about the dire weed shortage currently gripping New Zealand. He reminds us yet again that "Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope."
Danielle Street's article over at Vice describes the life-threatening shortage in gruesome detail:
New Zealand is suffering its worst weed drought in recent history, and so far pot-starved kiwis have no one to point the finger at.
She goes on to say that
...it's the most severe shortage they had seen in 15 years, and that it was a "nightmare for consumers," who were struggling to buy weed at any price.
One brave weed smoker was willing to go on record to talk about the current buzz-killing nightmare that is New Zealand.
Do any Soylentils have some weed they can spare for their brothers in New Zealand? If so, post your name, address and a contact telephone number in the comments section. Someone will be in touch shortly.
The makers of the Myo Gesture Control Armband (Thalmic Labs) have just released the specs for the Bluetooth protocol it uses. While there are already official SDKs for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, this means that now anyone can roll their own support for other platforms like Linux or Arduino without needing to use an official platform as a bridge. Anything you can write code for that that can act as a Bluetooth GATT client would now be possible, really. If you aren't familiar with the Myo armband, it's a Bluetooth Low Energy device with 8 EMG pods and an IMU that you wear on your arm. It can read your muscle activity to detect gestures you make with you hands, which you can then use to do things like fly drones, play games, or control music.
As you can see, the staff are already making changes for this annual tradition, with paulej72 and mrcoolbp being responsible for the site being in green today. I was planning my own fun feature to add to the site, but was unable to finish it fully in time. (For the curious, here is an experimental version of it.) Unfortunately, we are not yet ready to deploy the next site update.
So, I decided that perhaps today would be a good day to sit down and have a social event. Since we're going with a "retro" theme today, I thought "What would be more appropriate than to sit back, take questions from the community, and play NetHack?"! I'll be playing on nethack.alt.org (NAO) which allows you to watch games in progress over telnet. I will also be streaming live on Twitch, fielding questions from chat, and answering them live. For those averse to new media, you can simply connect to NAO via telnet, and choose to watch my game. I'll note, for completeness' sake, I'm not a complete newbie at nethack — I have, in fact, managed to ascend once with the amulet. Perhaps if luck is with us, I might manage it again on camera.
I hope to play as a 24-hour event, from 0:00 to 23:59 EST, though that might change depending on how I'm feeling. I plan to setup a Skype session so members of the staff can join in and perhaps field a question or two. If anyone wants to live update for me (watch the stream and keep notes on what I've done) or something similar, drop me a Private Message on either the SoylentNews IRC channel or on Freenode (I'll be in #nethack while I'm streaming).
If you ever wanted an opportunity to yell at me to my face, well, here's your chance. Tomorrow the site theme will be back to normal, though for those who prefer it, the vt100 theme will remain available to logged-in users should they choose to use it.
Note: If someone wants another way to host the audio and wants to setup a server for us, just let us know and we'll try to hook up the audio. Ping NCommander in IRC if possible, or just mention it in the twitch chat, or via telnet.
So that as many as possible may participate, please provide only your answers in the comments. Moderation may be useful.
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Note: Spoilers to the puzzles in the comments below.