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Day of December 15th 2014

  • Typhoon Hagupit (also known as Typhoon Nina) was a major tropical storm which hit the Philippines in 2008 and claimed more than 60 lives.
  • Tagalog is the native tongue of the Filipino people. It is spoken by a majority of the population in the Philippines as a second language. It shares the status of official state language with English.
  • Vitiligo is a disorder of the skin which causes a patchy disappearance of dark/brown pigmentation, leaving spots of pale white skin which is otherwise healthy. The extent and intensity of vitiligo is unpredictable.
  • This video is too cool.
  • The Senate finally voted in Vivek Murthy as the new Surgeon General of the United States. The position of Surgeon General has not been vacant for the last 17 months; many Republicans opposed the appointment of Vivek Murthy partly because of his ambitions to further regulate gun control, and (possibly because) he was Obama’s nominee for the position.

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LED Day – 153

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Day of December 9th 2014

  • There is a thriving community of people who consider themselves biohackersBiohackers experiment with their bodies and technology, sometimes going as far as performing surgeries to embed technology under the skin. Doctors are prohibited from performing surgeries which don’t have a clear medical purpose, so some biohackers resort to risky DIY surgical procedures to achieve the desired cyborg status. However, many members of this community are satisfied with advanced wearable technology.
  • Scientists estimate that humans began to wear clothes some 170,000 years ago. This conclusion is supported by the timing of the ice age, the evolution of clothing lice, and evidence of fabric based clothing.
  • Semiotics: The study of signs, symbols, language, interpretation and cultural significance. (e.g: the significance of a blue ribbon vs. a ribbon of any other color)
  • The CIA contracted two psychologists to perform interrogations of detained subjects, making them rather rich. The psychologists signed a contract which was to pay upwards of $180 million. The deal was terminated early, but both shrinks pocketed some $81 million (tax-free).
  • Amazon has met several hurdles while trying to get approval for drone testing in the United States. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in particular has repeatedly rejected Amazon’s requests to commence testing. In a somewhat scathing letter from Amazon’s VP to the FAA, the company threatened to take its drone operations overseas if the United States did not take its desires and plans seriously.

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LED Day – 152

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Day of December 7th 2014

  • Graphene is a sheet of pure carbon which is only one atom thick. (That’s as close as we can get to ideal 2D) When stacked, graphene sheets are remarkably lightweight, and exceptionally strong. (100x stronger than steel)
  • Scientists have discovered a way to convert methane gas exhaust fumes (a greenhouse gas) into powder graphene. Graphene is otherwise regarded expensive and arduous to produce.
  • Dr. Andrew Wakefield performed  a set of problematic and lacking studies which concluded that vaccinations were linked to autism. Several more rigorous studies in the future disproved this connection, but the science journal Lancet (which has since rescinded its support of the original publication by Dr. Wakefield) published the study in 1998, prompting millions of people worldwide to mistrust vaccines.
  • Refined gasoline evaporates quite quickly when exposed to open air. There is no definite rate of evaporation; the time gasoline needs to evaporate depends on atmospheric circumstance and combination of additives in the gasoline.
  • Steve Jobs never actually knew how to code or program. He was simply inventive and good at creating designs that were appealing to the user and easy to market.

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LED Day – 151

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Day of December 4th 2014

  • Laburnum is a small European tree with hanging yellow flowers which produce poisonous seeds; the trees are quite popular and are planted typically for decorative purposes.
  • Dogmas are sets of principles which are presented as absolutely true and unquestionable. A dogmatist would be a follower or preacher of a particular dogma.
  • A Bento Box is a essentially a packed Japanese lunchbox order. Bento Boxes are typically comprised of rice, fish/meat and vegetables.
  • WordPress seasonally adds a falling snow effect to blogs hosted on their servers. The x-axis (horizontal) position of the mouse determines the angle of snowfall on the screen. This effect does not appear on mobile versions of the affected sites.
  • The New York City Council will vote on whether the long standing SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test) will continue to be the determining factor of enrollment to 6 out of 10 of the city’s highly coveted specialized high schools. Stuyvesant High School, The Bronx High School of Science, & Brooklyn Technical High School (widely regarded as the top 3 options in terms of budget and standard) are protected by federal law and will not be subject to any admission policy changes.

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  • I stopped at Laburnum Street today and asked Google Now what Laburnum was.
  • I came across this word in a reading and realized I didn’t really ever know what it meant.
  • A friend told me what Bento Boxes were, and I looked them up.
  • I noticed the falling snow a few days prior, and wondered if it could be switched off. (It can be switched off)
  • I’ve been following the petition on change.org.

    https://www.change.org/p/keep-the-shsat

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LED Day – 150

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Day of November 29th 2014

  • Playstation Vue is a planned live TV service by Sony for the PS3 and PS4 home consoles. It intends to challenge cable and will run its broadcasts via internet.
  • The primary difference between turtles and tortoises are their feet and preferred habitat. Turtles typically have webbed feet/toes and live in the water; tortoises live on land and have rounded stumpy feet.
  • Tortoises, turtles and terrapins are all reptiles and are classified as cheloniansChelonia is the Greek word for tortoise.
  • Sharks can go through/use some thirty thousand or more teeth in their lifetimes.
  • The Coca-Cola company attempted to relaunch their product as New Coke in 1985. However, the produced was critically received and deemed a marketing failure. Coke was later reintroduced in 1992 as Coca-Cola Classic.

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LED Day – 149

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Day of November 23rd 2014

  • Balut is a common “streetfood” in the Philippines and neighboring Southeast Asian countries. The embryo of a duck is boiled alive and then eaten in its shell.
  • Dianetics is a set of practices and ideologies which attempt to define the relationship between body and mind. Dianetics was founded by Scientologist Ron Hubbard as a term and as a philosophy; the theory has not (yet) been credited by any peer reviewed journal due to lack of empirical evidence, and is regarded widely as pseudoscience.
  • When a can of Coca-Cola (80z standard) is submerged in a tank of water, it sinks to the bottom. When a can of Diet Coca-Cola (8oz standard) is submerged in a tank of water, it floats. The Diet Coke floats because it lacks the 39 grams of high fructose corn syrup (sugar) which give density to its non diet counterpart. (Video in source)
  • Durian is a large spiky fruit with a very powerful and distinct foul odor; it is somewhat similar in appearance to jackfruit.
  • Jonah Peretti (co-founder of Huffington Post) is founder and CEO of social news media outlet BuzzFeed.

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  • I learned about balut while discussing exotic foods with a friend. Sometimes the ducks have actually grown feathers by the time they’re eaten.
  • A friend’s anecdote about Scientology and Dianetics encouraged me to Google the term.
  • A student of mine told me about this, and I decided to check it out.
  • A friend of mine confused durian for jackfruit; image of durian here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian#mediaviewer/File:Durian.jpg

  • Out of curiosity I browsed through BuzzFeed‘s website and found this information on their job listings page.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs

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LED Day – 148

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Day of November 19th 2014

  • Growing trees for human purposes (fuel, heat, construction, paper, etc) is called silviculture.
  • Piezoelectricity is electricity produced by mechanical pressure. Certain materials, including wood, generate energy when stressed. (Properly squeezing a branch can produce electricity.)
  • Google’s BOLD Internship is offered in New York City, Ann Arbor & San Francisco.
  • Cointreau is an orange flavored liquor produced in France.
  • Tardigrades are known as nature’s soldiers. The species has persevered for some 530 million years; they are about half a millimeter in length when fully grown and are capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, high levels of radiation, immense pressure (water and air), dehydration for nearly a decade, environmental toxins, and even zero gravity.

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