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Kim Wison blues jam with Kid Ramos.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band, “It’s So Heavy,” Austin City Limits, 2013.

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Sorry guys! New study says you may want to rethink your beard - Salon.com

Researchers believe this is an example of “negative frequency-dependent sexual selection.” Or as Brooks explained, “It appears that beards gain an advantage when rare, but when they are in fashion and common, they are declared trendy and that attractiveness is over.”

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Innovative State by Aneesh Chopra Excerpt: Asthma and GPS | New Republic

In 1983, a Korean commercial airline, en route from Anchorage, Alaska, to Seoul, mistakenly entered the Soviet Union’s airspace. A Soviet fighter jet shot it down, killing 269 people. To minimize future navigational errors, President Ronald Reagan allowed civilian access to GPS. But that access came with a catch—to protect national security, he imposed a filter that blunted the accuracy, as compared to what was available to the military.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (MSA) by MissouriStateArchives on Flickr.Busch II, sometime in the 1960s. Comments

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Reading the Beatles - James Parker - The Atlantic

It’s been 50 years since the switch was flipped on American Beatlemania—perhaps the purest Beatlemania there ever was, certainly the most virulent—and torrents of analysis commemorate the occasion. Recently we have seen the publication of All the Songs, by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin; The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962–1970, by Kevin Howlett; and Tune In, the first volume, 900-plus pages long, of Mark Lewisohn’s projected biographical trilogy. But with no disrespect to these authors or their labors, if it’s a radical reexperiencing of the Beatles that you’re after, a refreshing of your Beatle-chemicals, there’s only one book you need.

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One of my dreams was…to shoot the night sky when I went on holiday to New Zealand this February… At the end of my trip I had luck [and got] a clear sky after the sunset, although the whole day was very cloudy. I decided to drive to the famous little church in Tekapo and took some shots of the night sky before the moon rose.

(Photo and caption by Sebastian Warneke / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

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One of my dreams was…to shoot the night sky when I went on holiday to New Zealand this February… At the end of my trip I had luck [and got] a clear sky after the sunset, although the whole day was very cloudy. I decided to drive to the famous little church in Tekapo and took some shots of the night sky before the moon rose.

(Photo and caption by Sebastian Warneke / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

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dailywireless.org » Quantenna: 8X8 MIMO WiFi

Quantenna Communications, a high-performance Wi-Fi chipmaker, today announced that it is developing an 8×8 MIMO architecture with adaptive beamforming that promises significantly higher throughput. Using 8 receive antennas and 8 transmit antennas, Quantenna says up to 10 Gigabits/second are possible using their Wi-Fi chipset and 160 MHz channels.

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The app men of Odessa Not every software success story begins in Silicon Valley
Photography by Alex de Mora

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The app men of Odessa
Not every software success story begins in Silicon Valley

Photography by Alex de Mora

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7 Ways To Build Your Courage Against Impossible Odds | Fast Company | Business Innovation

Fear has a place in our emotional life, and it shows up daily. Everything causes it: finding new work, dealing with financial uncertainty, creating something new, contemplating failure. By necessity, our minds are designed to let fear in—without it, we’d never survive.

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