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Bionic spinach can detect explosives

Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector.


By embedding tiny tubes in the plants' leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics, which are found in landmines and buried munitions.

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Real-time information can then be wirelessly relayed to a handheld device.

The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) work is published in the journal Nature Materials.

The scientists implanted nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (tiny cylinders of carbon) into the leaves of the spinach plant. It takes about 10 minutes for the spinach to take up the water into the leaves.

To read the signal, the researchers shine a laser onto the leaf, prompting the embedded nanotubes to emit near-infrared fluorescent light.

This can be detected with a small infrared camera connected to a small, cheap Raspberry Pi computer. The signal can also be detected with a smartphone by removing the infrared filter most have.
Bask in the glow

Co-author Prof Michael Strano, from MIT in Cambridge, US, said the work was an important proof of principle.

"Our paper outlines how one could engineer plants like this to detect virtually anything," he told the BBC News website.

Prof Strano's lab has previously developed carbon nanotubes that can be used as sensors to detect hydrogen peroxide, TNT, and the nerve gas sarin.

When the target molecule binds to a polymer material wrapped around the nanotube, it changes the way it glows.

"The plants could be use for defence applications, but also to monitor public spaces for terrorism related activities, since we show both water and airborne detection," said Prof Strano.

"Such plants could be used to monitor groundwater seepage from buried munitions or waste that contains nitro-aromatics."

Using the set-up described in the paper, the researchers can pick up a signal from about 1m away from the plant, and they are now working on increasing that distance.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37823909

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Useful police tool around here: snow.
http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/?news/26010 ... +mand.aspx

This hemp grower was busted because his roof was the only one that didn't have any snow on it.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:52 pm 
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Useful police tool around here: snow.
http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/?news/26010 ... +mand.aspx

This hemp grower was busted because his roof was the only one that didn't have any snow on it.


In NZ, "they" use infrared aerial photography to check on heat loss through poor household insulation and as a byproduct they uncover a number of hydroponic dope growing operations every year.....

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A young Akron man arrested last December on charges that he sexually assaulted his elderly neighbor has pleaded guilty to the charges he faced in Summit County Court. 19-year-old Billy Patterson of Windsor Street, who was 18 at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of rape, felonious assault and aggravated burglary in connection with an incident that happened September 24 last year. Patterson broke into the 71-year-old woman's home and beat her with his fists, then choked her until she passed out. She was treated for a number of minor injuries. Immediately following the guilty plea, Patterson was handed a 15-year prison term and labeled a Tier-III sex offender.

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A man has created a 'feminine lipstick' as an alternative to pads tampons and cups

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Last updated 09:06, February 25 2017

Ladies, listen up - it's the period product we've all been waiting for. And the best part? It was designed by a man.

Introducing "Feminine Lipstick" by Mensez, a glue designed to stop your menstrual flow. (Yep. I'll give you a moment to process that before we look at the finer details.)

"Have you ever woken up with your lips stuck together?" reads a post on Mensez's Facebook page. "It didn't hurt and it was kind of fun. All you had to do was wet your lips from the inside with saliva and they became unstuck."

This, friends, is the principle behind Mensez, "a revolutionary, safer solution for women to control their periods, without the need for tampons, pads, vag cups or period panties".

According to the website, "Mensez is a proprietary combination of amino acids and natural oils in a lipstick applicator. When applied to the labia minora, it creates a temporary seal to retain menstrual fluids inside until urination.

"The urine instantly releases the seal and everything washes away into the toilet."

Describing the now patented product as "safe and secure for the user", the website notes that Mensez is based on the theory of "makeup or oil on a mirror that doesn't wash off with water alone, but with a window cleaner with ammonium it washes away easily. Urine has ammonium in it naturally and it releases the seal."

And no, sadly, it's not #fakenews.

The man behind the lipstick, Daniel Dopps, a Kansas chiropractor, told Forbes that he has high aspirations for his product. "It will be hopefully sold to someone like Procter & Gamble or Kimberly Clark," he said.

According to Dopps, the product needs to be "thoroughly tested and improved", but he stands by its original concept.

"It makes more sense than putting the plug up there," he said, adding, "we're using the vagina like a bladder just like tampons do."

Unsurprisingly, Dopps' idea hasn't been met with the overwhelming gratitude and excitment he might have been expecting. For a start, many have questioned whether or not Dopps actually understands the difference between a urethra and a vagina.

Furthermore, what about the risk of infection?

In a since deleted Facebook post, Dopps reportedly took aim at those critical of his gender. (We should add here too that he's since explained the brand is pronounced 'menses' not 'men-says', which was also the subject of scorn).

In response to one commenter, Dopps wrote, "[Y]ou as a woman should have come up with a better solution than diapers and plugs, but you didn't. Reason being women are focused on and distracted by your period 25% of the time, making them far less productive than they could be. Women tend to be far more creative than men, but their periods that [sic] stifle them and play with their heads."

That's right. Periods stifle our creativity, ladies.

Jokes aside - and there truly are many - what do the experts think? New York gynaecologist Alyssa Dweck, who wrote The Complete A To Z For Your V: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your
Vagina, told Hello Giggles that she had never "seen anything like it".

"Sealing the labia shut certainly is going to keep the period blood inside," she explained, "but I would hope people urinate frequently enough that the blood doesn't back up or create some sort of a pressure."

Dweck did note, however, that for women with heavier flows using the lipstick would probably result in quite a few accidents.
And not only that, for women who aren't - ahem - clean shaven down there, it would probably be "very uncomfortable".

Discomfort isn't her primary concern, however.

"Blood is a really good bacterial medium," Dweck says. "So if blood is just in there for hours on end I would be concerned about the increased risk of infection."

Yeah... we might give this one a miss.

- essentialkids.com.au

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well- ... s-and-cups

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Not everyone laughs at the same things. Some people can only laugh at things that they have been told are "funny", while maintaining political correctness. Topics that aren't historically "funny" or politically correct won't be laughed at. These people try to control what they laugh at, which is repression. I'd rather find the humor even in non-pc ways that remove humor from any topic.

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The great Japan potato chip crisis: panic buying, $16 bags

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/9 ... ng-16-bags

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The great Japan potato chip crisis: panic buying, $16 bags

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/9 ... ng-16-bags
oh man I better stock up on my cheeto dust.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.mariecla ... fragrance/

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The great Japan potato chip crisis: panic buying, $16 bags

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/9 ... ng-16-bags
oh man I better stock up on my cheeto dust.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.mariecla ... fragrance/


I, love the dust, the dust is great

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believe me, it's great, really great

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Police: Suspect in deadly stabbing wore “claw gloves" and clown makeup
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DENVER -- Police say a man who wore clown makeup and used "claw gloves" in an attack that left one man dead in Colorado has been detained, CBS Denver reports.

Officers responded to Capitol Hill just before 1 a.m. Tuesday to check on reports of a stabbing. Upon their arrival, authorities located a man -- described as a well-known transient in the neighborhood -- suffering from apparent stab wounds.

Paramedics rushed the man to a hospital where he later died. The victim's identity is being withheld pending family notification.

The suspect, 36-year-old Christian Gulzow, fled from the scene on a scooter. Gulzow was later located nearby, covered in blood. He is being held for investigation of first-degree murder.

Witnesses say Gulzow was wearing gloves that had blades, about 2-to-3 inches long, at the base of each finger. He was also wearing white clown makeup during the attack.

A preliminary investigation revealed a fight broke out at the gas station. The brawl then moved down the street.

Detectives recovered a bloody knife in the bushes.

Officers say they hope a nearby surveillance cameras will help provide the department with clues as to what led to the deadly stabbing.

Police are investigating the stabbing as a homicide. The incident remains under investigation.

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Mystery solved: How flamingos can sleep while standing on one leg

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It's all go here in my province for the past week. On May 19th, about 400 kilos of liquid chocolate streamed onto the street after a kettle of the brown gold fell off a truck:
http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/?news/26508 ... +valt.aspx

And two days later, in nearby Valkenswaard, a tube at the local beer brewery sprang a leak, causing a genuine beer fountain:
http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/?news/26514 ... bier!.aspx

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Mystery behind France's 'ghost motorcycle' solved

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There's a strange court case in The Netherlands now -

There's an old folks home in Groningen that recently closed its kitchen and outsourced the food preparation to a caterer. All the inhabitants are now forced to eat that food. A group of 21 inhabitants are not appreciative of the caterer's work and decided to order from another supplier, and then stop paying for the other caterer. Now they're being sued because of that.

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Overheated British schoolboys rebel against shorts ban by wearing skirts

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Painter Salvador Dali's body to be exhumed for paternity test
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...but, if it is that hot, why are some kids seen in sweaters, in the link above? :wink:

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A man in Gouda has just been convicted to 8 years and psychiatric imprisonment for the murder of a roommate. The manslaughter was incited over an argument about the washing-up.

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