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V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

The Daily Word in Psi-Q, Swarm AI and Real-Life Frankenstein

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Some crafty blogger has taken an ancient (1983) computer code from a book called Test Your Psi-Q and converted it to javascript. Now you can test your own Psi-Q (or not, since the post also explains why this method doesn't actually work).

Eat your heart out, George Jetson. Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" had its first propulsion system test last week. The goal of a 700 mile-per-hour transportation system is closer than ever.

Get your pitchforks and torches ready. The first (living) human head transplant is slated to go down next year in China.

For the first time in two decades, Sandia Labs' managing contract is up for bid. Maybe the new boss can do something about that toxic soup they still have brewing.

There are only three northern white rhinos left in the entire world, but scientists are going to use stem cell technology and surrogate parenting to try and save them from the brink of extinction. The only problem: activists say it doesn't fix the issue that endangered them in the first place, and it might encourage laziness in the conservation efforts of the future. I'll give you two guesses as to which side the northern white rhino is taking.

A tech company has developed an AI that correctly predicted the winner of the Kentucky Derby by using "swarm AI."

V.23 No.48 | 11/27/2014

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La Jicarita

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Nuclear meltdown capital of the world

Weekly Alibi’s latest collaboration with environmental politics journal La Jicarita examines a source of serious discontent, the radioactive contents of the Sandia Mixed Waste Landfill.
V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012

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The Daily Word in secretive Saints, mobs of moths and dead dolphins

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Big Brother is watching you; Spy planes are revealed to be launched from 63 drone sites in 20 U.S. states.

A report says Mickey Loomis—the General Manager of the New Orleans Saints— bugged opposing coaches’ boxes for three years.

California voters will be able to vote in November to get rid of the death penalty.

North Korea’s preparations to test a nuclear weapon are almost complete.

The Feds say Social Security is going to be completely dried up by 2033.

Nukes? Spies? All of these must be signs of the Mothpocalypse.

One of those signs, however, will not be a boom—followed by a plume of smoke—at Sandia National Laboratories.

Gotye thinks “Glee” botched his song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” I always thought “Somebody That I Used to Know” botched The Police.

Hundreds of dead dolphins have washed up on the shores of Peru, and no one really knows why.

Urban Outfitters under heavy fire (again) for this $100 “Star of David” t-shirt.

A creepy vintage magazine for watching girls, with articles on “stalking” and “capturing.”

15 great reasons why I didn’t care to make the trek to Coachella this year.

V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010

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The Daily Word 10.27.10: Grave-digging bears, doomed vertebrates, Albuquerque explodes, all cops quit

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Sandia Labs is testing explosives today; expect black smoke and loud booms any minute now.

Mora County sheriff’s deputy found passed out in his patrol car.

In other law enforcement news, every cop in town quits after gunmen shower a Mexican police headquarters with bullets.

Democrats are actually outspending Replicans this time around.

You cannot cook Jamie Oliver's “30-Minute Meals” in 30 minutes.

Rand Paul supporter dudes beat up a MoveOn volunteer lady.

One-fifth of vertebrates may be doomed.

Arctic bears are eating corpses from Russian graveyards .

The world’s first organic milk rap.

Vaya con Dios, former Argentine president Kirchner.

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The Daily Word 01.17.10: Starbucks Albuquerque Migration, Jemez Pueblo Solar Power Plant, Sandia National Labs 'SunCatchers'

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Starbucks announced that it will close a Seattle call center later this year and move the operations to the Duke City. The Seattle call center employs 78 Starbucks employees and 52 contract workers.

Albuquerque's Taqueria Mexico gets some love in Friday's New York Times.

Jemez (“We don't have any revenue... except for a little convenience store") Pueblo plans to build the nation's first large-scale solar power plant on tribal lands, with the potential to bring in millions of dollars."

Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque unveiled four new SunCatchers: solar-thermal hydrogen dishes that convert heat into electical energy and sport a least one, amazing reflected-clouds-in-deep-blue-sky product shot.