The latest Storybundle
is The Warp Speed Ahead Adventure SF Bundle, curated by Kevin J. Anderson.
A huge bundle of 14 DRM-free science fiction e-books.
I'm particularly interested in The Refugee by C.A. Hartman and Blue Sky Tomorrows by L.J. Hachmeister. They look awesome!
Each book in multiple formats for all your devices.
An Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) observed at the Pandan River, Singapore, on 21 Aug 2019. I believe it was 'leaf bathing' as it was rubbing it's body and wings on the leaf at the time.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31228060 ]
Here's a post about this behaviour [ https://besgroup.org/2007/03/05/leaf-bathing/ ]
Nice. A new batch of eggs was also recently collected and moved to the hatchery.
"SINGAPORE: About 150 baby turtles were hatched last year at Singapore's first and only hatchery for these marine creatures, the National Parks Board (NParks) said on Wednesday (Aug 21), nearly a year since its official launch in September 2018."
Interesting finding. "[I]n all 344 cities [in China], solar photovoltaic systems were capable of generating and selling electricity at lower prices than the grid without subsidies, and in 22 percent of those cities, they could also produce electricity at lower prices than coal."
The latest Humble E-Book Bundle is The Python Programming Bundle by No Starch Press
Get $363 worth of DRM-free e-books like Python Playground, Mission Python, and Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python.
Each available in multiple formats for all devices.
Lots of fascinating photos of giant clams in this article about the re-establishment of giant clams in the Philippines.
NGC 5866 is an edge on lenticular galaxy in Draco. It may be M102 but there is uncertainty that M102 may be a duplicate observation of M101. However most modern Messier lists give M102 as this galaxy, NGC 5866. (Image from last night 8min L, 4.5min ea. R,G, and B, 20cm 'scope). #astrophoto
Article by a toxicologist about the safety of chemicals, both synthetic and natural. Takeaway point is that it is all down to risk management: no chemical (natural or otherwise) is truly safe: it's all a matter of how safe you want it to be.
Cool. A volunteer for St. Helena’s hospice in the U.K. was looking through a pile of donated books and found a first edition of "The Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien.
It was put up on eBay and sold for £2,250.00 and donated to the charity. 😃
A BBC article on a book of human anatomy with a dark past: the illustrations in the book came from bodies cut up and dissected by Nazis.
Yet, the illustrations are so accurate that some surgeons need the details shown in the book to perform their surgical procedures properly.
Interesting article at Physics World about the physics (and optics) of seeing things that move very fast. Most books would just say the object contracts in the direction of movement, but as the article shows, such objects would actually look the same size, but rotated.
A NYTimes obituary on Dr. Liane B. Russell, who discovered the effects radiation could have on developing fetuses (hence the medical recommendation about having X-rays taken for pregnant women) and that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male.
Lately I've been using this awesome #Firefox addon named Temporary Containers.
You can set it on automatic and every time you open a link or a new tab it creates a fresh container for you, then destroys it when your done. This way the fact that every damn site wants to put a cookie on your system doesn't matter anymore.
With sites I want to keep login cookies for, like Mastodon, I just create dedicated containers and have the site always load in them.
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