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Mattel announces "David Bowie" Barbie doll / Boing Boing

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Mattel has announced a Barbie doll "David Bowie." At Amazon the price is 50 USD. From the New York Times: It's a remarkably androgynous look for a puppet that embodies the stereotypes of the female appearance in earlier iterations. In recent years, however, male celebrity portrayals have not …

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Rare image of US Air Force's secretive space plane in orbit / Boing Boing

Astrophotographer Ralf Vandebergh captured an image of the US Air Force's X-37B space plane in orbit. The reusable, uncrewed space vehicle, designated OTV-5, is on a secret testing mission since its launch in September 2017. From Vandebergh's post at Spaceweather.com: I've been hunting for the OTV-5 since months and saw it visually in May. When I tried to return to …

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A treadmill that triggers you … for science / Boing Boing

As part of research into how to make better leg prostheses, Vanderbilt University engineers put people on a treadmill and stumbled upon them. Over and over. By better understanding people's tripping reflexes, they hope to improve the computer-controlled response to prosthetic tripping reflexes. But to learn how people catch themselves, they first had to stumble. For this purpose, a stumbling …

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Astonishing X-ray image of the whole sky / Boing Boing

NASA released this incredible image of the sky that depicts 22 months of X-ray data captured from the International Space Station using the neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER). From NASA: "Even with minimal processing, this image reveals the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant of about 90 light-years across and thought to be 5,000 to 8,000 years old," said Keith …

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Drug accessories 1,000 years old still contain traces of coke and DMT / Boing Boing

In a Bolivian rock shelter, which was probably used for religious rituals 1,000 years ago, archaeologists found a collection of drug paraphernalia that still contains traces of psychoactive plants. A bag of three fox snouts probably contained a supply of leaves and seeds. From New Scientist: (The articles) include a 28-centimeter long leather bag, a pair of wooden snuff tablets, …

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Stop & Shop strike convinces 75% of loyal customers to do business elsewhere / Boing Boing

Stop & Shop, a northeastern grocery chain, has boosted its profits at the expense of its workers, increased their healthcare costs, lowered corporate pension contributions, and reduced holiday and Sunday overtime pay; The United Food & Commercial Workers, who organize Stop & Shop employees, called for a strike almost two weeks ago. Since then, 31,000 workers from 240 stores in …

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A sculptural, hand-made lamp inspired by black holes / Boing Boing

Sculptor Art Donovan (previously) writes about "Event Horizon," his newest lamp inspired by black holes. Two weeks ago, I had finished this design called, "Event Horizon" to find that the subject of Black Holes and that incredible, historic image was all over the news last week. My own "E.V." what inspired by both my NASA experience and the 2014 Christopher …

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Absolutely spectacular very first air-to-air images of supersonic jets / Boing Boing shockwaves

For a decade, NASA scientists have worked on air-to-air photo technology to collect data for the next-generation supersonic aircraft project. They have just published these absolutely amazing "first air-to-air images of supersonic shockwave interaction in flight". "We never dreamed it would be so clear and beautiful," says NASA scientist J. T. Heineck. From NASA: The images show a pair of …

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