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April 2011

  1. Human Sings Duet With Bird

    Almost Totally Excellent

    See, it's not just Disney Princesses. (via Reddit.)

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  2. Things We Saw Today PSA: Mother’s Day is Next Weekend

    Things We Saw Today

    Grammar sticklers start young, at Animateher.

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  3. Archie‘s Minseries on First Gay Character Hints at DADT?

    Fact From the Vapor of Nuance

    If you'd asked me a couple years ago whether I thought I'd ever be writing about a gay character headlining in Archie comics, I probably would have said "Yeah, well, eventually. Maybe in another decade or so," but a four-part miniseries featuring the "origin story" of Kevin Keller is set to begin release in June, and according to Comic Book Resources the miniseries is basically a test run to see if Kevin's popularity (his debut issue prompted the very first reprint of a sold out issue in Archie history) can support a full on-going series. But, as Robot 6 points out, the more interesting news of the story may be what Archie comics are hinting at with the second issue of Kevin Keller.

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  4. Jell-O as You’ve Never Seen it Before [Video]

    You've probably been around Jell-O at some point in your life, and observed how they jiggle and jostle in an amusing (though not always appetizing) way. You probably haven't seen Jell-O like this, wiggling around in slow motion filmed at 6,200 frames per second. It's rather astonishing to see the familiar cube of gelatinous deliciousness seem to splash outward like falling fluid, only to rebound and reform in midair. A veritable flubber ballet. (via Gizmodo)

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  5. Geekolinks: 4/30

    8 Creepy Video Game Urban Legends (That Happen to Be True) (Cracked) The Fight Against Dark Silicon (/.) Severe storms over U.S. seen from space (Discover) Space Adventures plans tourism missions around the Moon (for just $150 million!) (io9) Portal turret plushie is interactive, adorably awesome (Geek.com) Inception Folder (BuzzFeed) Google faces $50 million lawsuit over Android location tracking (Ars Technica) (title pic: an impossible landscape created by Microsoft's photo stitching software, via Reddit)

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  6. This Just In: Jello Is Weird

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    I just remembered that I know a D&D player who is terrified of jello. Like, they can't watch it jiggle, it's too scary. I should make him fight a gelatinous cube sometime. (via Gizmodo.)

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  7. Fighting Cancer With Specially Trained Cells

    Researchers looking to treat cancer patients without subjecting them to the ravages of chemotherapy have published some promising results in the journal of Science Translational Medicine on "adoptive T-cell therapy." Using this technique, researchers removed cells from nine melanoma patients immune system that fight disease, called T-cells. They then "trained" the cells, by exposing them to genetically engineered cells that carried tumor antigens, which signaled the T-cells to attack. The new, smarter, more experienced cancer-fighting cells were then multiplied and re-introduced to the patient's body. After two weeks, the cancer in four of the nine patients had stabilized, neither growing nor shrinking. In one patient, the cancer had disappeared entirely and was still cancer-free after two years. Five of the nine patients also responded much better to cancer drug treatments later on. Though this is only an early study, and will require many more experiments before it can be considered for widespread use, it does bode well for researchers. Especially, since previous T-cell training experiments failed when the cells died off when put back in the body. With any luck, future research will be just as promising as this study. (via Discover, image via Wikipedia)

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  8. X-Ray Origami

    Artist Takayuki Hori takes the art of origami to another level of poignancy in her work Oritsunagumono, which uses skeletal views of endangered animals printed on transparent plastic, and folded into animal shapes. The work is beautiful, but undeniably grim. In addition to the skeletons of the animals, Hori has added images of the manmade objects these species often ingest. Keep reading after the break to see more images of Hori's work.

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  9. Take This However You Like: Pixar Says It Won’t Make Marvel Movies

    and let it be known

    On the face of it it makes perfect sense: Pixar is a vital part of the Disney machine right now, and one of its founding members, John Lasseter, is the chief creative officer of the whole animation shebang. Now that Disney is the film studio and mother company of all not-previously attached Marvel Comic projects, why wouldn't Pixar tackle one or more of Marvel's characters? But according to John Lasseter himself, it won't be happening.

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  10. Study: Bubbles Behave Like Sand

    Sand, or other granulated material, seems to pour and flow just like a liquid. There are even some animals that have adapted to these properties, and can "swim" through the sands of deserts. However, it doesn't always work that way. From the New Scientist:

    [...] if the grains are packed so that they fill 64 per cent or more of the chute, they jam up and behave like a solid. The grains are thought to start moving with their neighbours, forming temporary "necklaces" that resist flow, although it is unclear why the transition occurs at this point.
    This lead Rémi Lespiat, a researcher with the University of Paris-East to wonder if bubbles behaved in a similar fashion. To test the behavior of bubbles, he shot nitrogen gas through a water tank creating bubbles. He then watched their progress through a tube, observing their movements. When the number of bubbles was low, they flowed quite normally, but as soon as they occupied 64% of the tube, the flow jammed to a halt. Though it's very preliminary research, it is quite surprising to see such startlingly similar results. In fact, it may be suggestive of a hard and fast rule for flowing bodies, and could prove useful for designing systems were a continuous flow of objects is important. (via New Scientist, image via Brian Smith)

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