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uair01

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We postulated that body temperature has decreased over time.
In the US, the normal, oral temperature of adults is, on average, lower than the canonical 37°C established in the 19th century. we determined that mean body temperature in men and women, after adjusting for age, height, weight and, in some models date and time of day, has decreased monotonically by 0.03°C per birth decade.

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/01/is-u-s-average-body-temperature-decreasing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+marginalrevolution/feed+(Marginal+Revolution)

See:

We're Getting Cooler: Historical Decline In "Normal" Human Body Temperature
https://forums.forteana.org/index.p...cline-in-normal-human-body-temperature.66805/
 
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Lights From Marijuana Farm Create ‘Purple Haze’ In The Sky

SNOWFLAKE, Ariz. (CBS Local) — Lights from a medical marijuana farm filled the sky over Snowflake, Arizona, with a bright purple glow on a recent foggy morning.

Cara Smith was on her way to work at Copperstate Farms, the largest medical marijuana wholesaler in the state, on Friday morning when she noticed the strange phenomenon. She took a picture of the scene about 6:30 a.m.



https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2020/01/15/lights-from-marijuana-farm-create-purple-sky/

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Owner of chicken mauled to death by a dog is awarded large payout because the bird was a trained actor and had appeared in a German TV movie

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-awarded-large-payout-bird-trained-actor.html

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She claimed to have ploughed hundreds of euros into 10 hours of training for the chicken only to watch her investment vanish when the animal was killed in a farm in Weeze, Germany, later that year.
 

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Why are Chinese fishermen finding so many 'submarine spies'?

At first it seems like a quirky, what-are-the-chances-of-that headline: "China rewards fishers who netted foreign spy devices."

But behind that headline in Chinese state media, there is a different - and more intriguing - story.

Firstly, this wasn't two or three fishermen receiving awards. It was 11 - one woman, the rest men - who found seven devices in total.
Secondly, this wasn't the first time fishermen from Jiangsu had found "spy drones". In 2018, some 18 were rewarded for finding nine devices. There was also a ceremony a year earlier.
And thirdly, the rewards were huge - up to 500,000 yuan ($72,000; £55,000) - around 17 times the average disposable income in China.

So where do the "submarine spies" come from? What do they do? Why are they valuable?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51130644
 

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The morning coffee hadn't kicked in when I read:

A New Facility Is Set to Produce Oxygen From Moon Dust at an Unprecedented Scale

... at which my still semi-conscious mind demanded, "An unprecedented scale? Of what? .... Hoaxing? Cost? ..."

The juxtaposition of "new facility is set to produce" and "oxygen from moon dust" refers to two different things at two different times: (a) an imminent experimental run here on earth using simulated lunar dust and (b) a very handy capability if and when we try living where moon dust abounds.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-facility-has-opened-to-make-breathable-air-out-of-moon-dust
 

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Here's another mind-bender at face value ...

Nothingness Has Friction, And The Fastest Spinning Object Ever Made Could Measure It

The opening sentence didn't do much to explain WTF this was about ...

Scientists have created the fastest spinning object ever made, taking them a big step closer to being able to measure the mysterious quantum forces at play inside 'nothingness'.
And yes - sardonic allusion to a certain Shakespeare title immediately sprang to mind ...

FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/nothin...stest-spinning-object-ever-made-to-measure-it
 

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This'd be comical if the topic weren't so serious...

A group of 'furries' stopped a domestic violence assault and helped police make the arrest
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(CNN)Several members attending a furry convention in California on Friday helped restrain a man who was assaulting his girlfriend until police arrested him, according to officials.
Six people witnessed the assault at the annual Further Confusion, or FurCon, in San Jose. Furries are enthusiasts who celebrate characters and stories involving anthropomorphic animals, or fictitious characters that have human traits.
They said the man was assaulting a woman in a car, the San Jose Police Department said in a police report.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/21/us/furries-furcon-stop-domestic-violent-assault-trnd/index.html
 

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Now they are married and living in a quaint two bedroom in Newcastle upon Tyne.
On a morbid note, I used to sometimes have to help prepare the bodies of patients who'd been certified dead on a hospital ward .. there's a whole way of taking rings off a dead person's finger, they (the fingers) sometimes looked a bit like the carrot in that picture. It wasn't fun.
 

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... what does prehistoric mean in this context?
It's cited in the formal / strict sense of the term - "dating from a period prior to relevant written records." In other words, it means "dating from a time before anyone documented it" - a timeframe which may vary depending on the geographical / cultural context at issue.
 

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The Bizarre Fight Over a Wealthy Biochemist’s Frozen Head Keeps Getting Weirder

https://www.thedailybeast.com/heirs...n-over-dads-frozen-head-keeps-getting-weirder
I think the head's original owner may have had better hopes of success with cloning. If his 90 year old body was not suitable for cryonics at time the body was received by the cryo company what would make the head a more suitable subject? My guess is that it would take up less storage room and boost the company's profit margin.
 

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That's what I was wondering. I'm happy with that definition, it's precise - I wondered if they were being sloppy and using it as "a very long time ago" which was giving me problems with the preservation.
 
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