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11 for '11
12:00 am
Fri April 29, 2011

11 for '11: Michael Klare and Extreme Energy

This month’s installment of our 11 for '11 series of big picture conversations on the issues of our times. Today, it’s energy, specifially oil. Oil is trading at 112-dollars a barrel, up from 86-dollars a year ago. Michael Klare says the era of easy oil is behind us. He’s made news for his concept of “extreme energy” – the pursuit of fossil fuels in increasingly difficult environments using expensive and sometimes dangerous methods.

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11 for '11
12:00 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Word of Mouth for April 27, 2011

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Today we have this month's 11 for '11 segment, focusing on how the increasingly dangerous pursuit of oil affects the market price. Plus, alcoholism in Russia, and a journalist shares stories from inside the Balkan Underground, a crafty, cynical, and fearless network that has heisted hundreds of millions of dollars worth of jewels in 26 countries.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri April 22, 2011

We Have Found the Batcave, or Somebody's Hidden Garage, in San Francisco

This Haight-Ashbury house is either perfectly equipped to fight crime or dealing with limited parking space in a novel way - the ground floor is actually a four car garage in disguise! [Gizmodo]

As always, we invite you to dance with the devil by the pale moonlight, or at least to share an awesome link in the comments.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Lip-Reading Headset Could Restore Voices Using Magnets

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British researchers say they have a new way for people who've lost their voice boxes to surgery or illness to regain speech - a headset that detects mouth shapes and turns them into speech.

Here's how it works: the system goes on a person's head, and little magnets placed in the mouth and on the tongue do a sort of motion-capture as the person mouths a word The system then translates the mouthed words into speech.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Smartphones Now Smart Enough to Detect Malaria

Smartphones: they're GPS, still camera, telephone, web browser and viral video sharer all in one Maybe now we should add lifesaver to that list.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Here's What's Awesome

Over time the Obama Administration has been building out government webspace for transparency projects – making the vast amount of public government data not only available, but usable for people who want to make graphs or maps or other mashups.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Nice Jump, Lonnie

Doing a base jump out of a wheelchair? Yeah, that qualifies as extreme. And awesome.

There's more "extreme chairing" at, you guessed it, ExtremeChairing.org. [SayOMG]

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Ah, Trebek! We Meet Again, and Again, and Again

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You can take any category you want for any amount you want thanks to J! Archive, which catalogues every single answer-and-question pairing from every Trebek-era episode of Jeopardy. I took a look at the board for July 25, 2008, an episode I missed because I was launching this blog.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Daylight Come and I Want to Make Plastic From Bananas

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When I see a banana, I think "breakfast" or "snack" or "potassium" or even "don't slip on its peel".

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Food-Bot Scours the College Web For Free Pizza

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Actually, if you want free food you should have a baby - people have given us all sorts of delicious things. But if that approach is a little drastic, maybe Food-Bot would be more useful. This site, designed by a once-hungry college student looking to eat on a modest budget, scours campus event calendars for mentions of free edibles. You can even have the site send you e-mails when new events are posted

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Sat March 26, 2011

Here's What's Really Awesome

Owen Graham Carlson, born at 1:58 pm! Mother and baby are doing great. 

Since your internet sherpa will have his hands full with this little pumpkin, we're holding off on new awesomeness for a few weeks. See you soon!

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Rebecca Black's not the only Awesomeness out there...

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It's Frieeday every day! Thirteen year old Rebecca Black becomes the internet’s new punching bag!

 There are remixes everywhere, from Bob Dylan to death metal.

 Physorg: ‘Worst song ever’ tops 30 million YouTube views

Mashable: How Rebecca Black Became a YouTube Sensation

 

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11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue March 22, 2011

11 for '11: Tyler Cowen

A new book by George Mason University Economics Chair Tyler Cowen has inspired spirited debate among beltway and economics circles. Published only as an e-book, The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better argues that America's economic growth plateaued in the 1970s. Median wages have stagnated since, he says, because we have eaten all the low hanging fruit that enabled innovation to flourish and average income to grow across the board.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Science, Again!

Maybe it's scientists that have more fun. The blog Out of Context Science suggests that, anyway; they post one short phrase that, without any explanation, just sounds more interesting than what the rest of us are doing. [via Miss Cellania]

As always, we hope you'll share an awesome link or two in the comments. No context required.

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