Misc. news stories

88-year-old Saskatoon man makes thousands of socks for shelters
15th January 2017 | cbc.ca | Misc., Tech

It started as a dare.

Bob Rutherford’s friend didn’t believe the Saskatoon man could make a cheap knitting machine that worked really, really fast.

That’s when Rutherford got to work.

The center of North America is a town called Center, and it’s totally a coincidence. Really
10th January 2017 | popsci.com | Misc.

Two towns in North Dakota claim to sit at the geographical center of North America. They’re both wrong. And if it wasn’t for one drunken evening, we’d never even have known.

Alt: Bull’s-Eye: Geographer Pinpoints Center of North America

Finland launches universal basic income pilot of 560 Euros a month
5th January 2017 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc., Tech

Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, in a radical pilot project aimed at reducing poverty and joblessness, while also cutting national spending and bureaucracy.

Two thousand people will receive 560 euros (£480) every month for two years, without having to report whether they are seeking employment or how they are spending the money.

Related: Countries should put a universal basic income in place before robots take our jobs
Related: UK bosses make more in two and a half days than workers earn all year

This Could Explain the Second State of Liquid Water
1st January 2017 futurism.com | Misc.

The second state of liquid water could be a result of its unusual molecular structure, which takes the shape of an arrow with an oxygen tip flanked by two hydrogen atoms.

Whatever the reason for liquid water’s second state, its discovery shows that even something as ubiquitous as water is not without its mystery.

Related: Dr. Gerald H. Pollack | The Fourth Phase of Water

With A Leap Second, 2016 Promises To Linger Just A Little Bit Longer
31st December 2016 | npr.org | Misc.

Here’s a timely reminder for all you would-be revelers out there: Be careful with your countdowns this New Year’s Eve. There will be a little extra time to bask in the glow of a retreating 2016 — or curse its name, as the case may be.

Whatever your inclination may be, one thing is certain: Before the year is out, the world’s foremost authority on time will be adding one more second to the clock.

Hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca gains foothold in US
30th December 2016 | yahoo.com | Humans, Misc.

Dominique was hooked on cocaine and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day until she stumbled onto ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction that she says has changed her life.

The French-American woman, who lives in Los Angeles and did not want her real name used, is among thousands of people across the United States who are increasingly turning to the powerful psychedelic brew from the Amazon to overcome addiction, depression or psychological trauma.

Related: Stunning New Photos of Isolated Tribe Yield Surprises

EU says UK surveillance laws are illegal and not ‘justified within a democratic society’
24th December 2016 | theverge.com | Misc., Tech

The European Union has ruled that the “general and and indiscriminate” collection of computer data by governments is only permitted when used to fight serious crime. The decision, handed down today by the European Court of Justice, directly challenges the UK’s recently passed surveillance legislation

Alt: European court deals blow to controversial UK surveillance law

Now a Schedule 1 drug: CBD hemp oil
24th December 2016 | foxnews.com | Misc.

A cannabidiol hemp oil that Leafly says is used by “hundreds of thousands of patients” in the US for a variety of medical purposes, including to help relieve seizures, has been designated a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA

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