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27 Jun

The theories range from visits from artistic-minded extraterrestrials to old-fashioned pranks carried out by locals just to get the rumor mill going again about possible visits from artistic-minded extraterrestrials.

While supporters of those two general theories abound, is there a more scientific, reliable explanation for why crop circles appear -- especially when they're in elaborate patterns that don't seem like they could be the work of random weather events?

LiveScience reports that the mystery of crop circles dates back over the centuries to as early as 1678, the date of a woodcut that depicts what seem to be oat stalks arranged in a circle. But there's some doubt about that, as some believe that the artwork merely depicts a superstition from those times known as the "mowing devil," which refers to a farmer who didn't want to pay a fee to have his field mowed and supposedly would rather pay the devil himself to do the job.

25 Jun

Out of the thousands of diner-style restaurants once open in New York City, roughly about 215 remain up and running, according to metropolitan public records.

The eateries, which often sport neon signs, decorative tile walls, and counters with bar stools for those who don't mind chowing down elbow-to-elbow with strangers, are slowly but surely disappearing -- a situation that's prompted a local photographer to build a visual record of the diners before they're gone forever.

“I see it as both a living archive as well as a historic one,” Riley Arthur recently told the Guardian newspaper of London. “I’m rushing to document as many as possible.”

In fact, in the year-and-a-half that Arthur has been working on the project, eight diners that she has photographed have shuttered. Three of those were among just five stand-alone diners known to exist within the city's five boroughs.

23 Jun

3D printing has become an important part of medical services, with 24 percent of medical companies surveyed using the technology. Another 12 percent plan to use it in the future, noting the technology’s promise for saving and improving lives.

According to Ernst & Young, almost all hearing aids on the market today are produced through 3D printing, and dental crowns, prosthetic limbs, and disposable surgical instruments are also being regularly printed. But the future of 3D printing in the medical industry is even more promising, starting with pills that epileptics could more easily swallow and someday soon, the technology could be used to produce artificial organs.

21 Jun

You’ve likely heard that cannabis is the safest of all recreational drugs—safer, in fact, than even alcohol. However, there’s one drug that beats cannabis for safety, according to the 2017 Global Drug Survey. Hallucinogenic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin or psychedelic mushrooms, were found to be the safest of all substances based on the number of people needing emergency medical treatment after taking it.

Perhaps the biggest revelation of the study, though, is the ranking of alcohol as a dangerous drug. The substance ranked only above synthetic cannabis and methamphetamine in danger levels. Behind magic mushrooms and cannabis as the least dangerous were LSD, cocaine, amphetamines, and MDMA/ecstasy.

19 Jun

The device, which attaches to a smartphone, will let plumbers, drywallers, electricians, and just about anyone else with an interest see what's behind a wall surface before beginning repair or reconstruction work.

Since it first entered the market about a year ago, the Walabot has been available only for users of Android devices (some Samsung devices are excluded). The company says that an iOS version is coming soon, and offers a signup page where iPhone users can enter their email address to be apprised of updates on the app's availability.

The Walabot DIY pack, as the device is known, currently retails for $199. It can detect metal and plastic pipes, electrical wires, studs, termite nests, and even moving rodents. It can be used on surfaces made of drywall and cement, plus some others, including tables, though not with surfaces made of metal, such as walls and barricades. (Thankfully, it's no good for a jail break.)

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