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Apparently tomatoes have inactive genes for producing capsaicin, so scientists are trying to use CRISPR to activate the genes & create a spicy tomato, figuring it'll be easier to grow than peppers.

atlasobscura.com/articles/spic

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A way to detect when the user is running Curl piped to Bash over Curl'ing to a file.

idontplaydarts.com/2016/04/det

So you can MITM this stuff trivially now.

This is the way all of the tutorials aimed toward new raspberry pi users suggest install code. :(

Argh. Not sure if it's an update to Chrome or an update to Ghostery, but middle-click to open a link in a new tab is now hitting Chrome's pop-up blocker instead of actually opening.

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"The Ethics of Performance" by Tim Kadlec timkadlec.com/remembers/2019-0

Interesting perspective. I'd never really thought of performance that way.

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"Archaeologists recently unearthed the skeleton of a woman they say was probably a skilled artist who helped produce the richly illustrated religious texts of medieval Europe."

#Archaeology #History #Science #Research #Physics #Chemistry

arstechnica.com/science/2019/0

Dreamed that Lily Potter had survived Godric's Hollow, completely obliviated. Unable to find any clues to her previous life, she built a new one as a muggle. Harry found her in his late teens, and they tried to reconnect, but the curse had left her unable to form long-term memories of anything magic, including Harry. Knowing she had new holes in her memory terrified her. Her muggle husband wanted to help, and started trying to develop technology to enhance memory charms.

Neither Flickr's new 1000-photo limit on free accounts nor Tumblr's ban on adult content affect my accounts on either service. But Flickr's move has given me confidence in them, while Tumblr's move seems like they've just pulled the self-destruct lever.

My blog post on why: hyperborea.org/journal/2019/01

(TL;DR: Flickr's customers are the paying users, and they're owned by a photo company. Tumblr's customers are the advertisers, and they're owned by a telecom giant.)

Interesting read: There's a break in the rock layers in many places worldwide, ending 700 million years ago. One hypothesis: an ice age with enough glacial activity to scour the crust worldwide. As it turns out, they've found signs of a massive surge in rocks being recycled through volcanoes around that time...

latimes.com/science/sciencenow

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#LineageOS is an alternative form of the Android operating system, which works like a normal Android but has the Google-based apps removed.

It can be installed on Android smartphones to replace the Google version of Android.

It's *very* complicated to install, but if you're a tech expert, or you know an expert who can help you, you can download it from the official website:

lineageos.org

The download links include installation instructions.

#AlternativesAtoZ #Android #DeleteGoogle

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Flowers in and out of their depth (of field).

#Photography #flowers

Taken with the old Sears TLS.

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The internet used to be a city: it had its weird bohemian districts, its flea markets, its high-rises and back alleys. Now it's just a shopping mall, and I miss my old city so much

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Mt. Wilson after the rainstorm. #LosAngeles #Photography #Mountains #SanGabriels #skyline
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#LibriVox is a free audiobook site, where volunteers upload self-made audio recordings of public domain books:

The official site is at librivox.org but we would recommend the official mirror at Archive.org:

archive.org/details/librivoxau

The audio quality is variable, but it is entirely free and you can use the reviews on Archive.org as a guide to quality.

#AlternativesAtoZ #Audiobooks #Books #TalkingBooks #Literature #Fiction #PublicDomain #PD

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Scientists have finally figured out why some impact craters have rays (from Bad Astronomer)

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