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January 17th, 2008

Let the End Times Roll. Radar Online looks at ten different scenarios for the end of the world as we know it.
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A specially designed polymer embedded with nanotubes could be the first synthetic skin with real sensitivity. This may lead to prosthetic limbs that deliver sensation and feedback.
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How to rescue a wet cellphone. There's no independent validation on whether this really works, but it's the only advice for the situation I've seen.
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5 fascinating "˜alternative' school premises. Neccesity is the mother of invention for some of these, others are innovative modern design, but all are pretty cool ideas for schoolhouses.
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The Library of Congress has uploaded 3,000 public domain photos to Flickr. This could keep you busy for days. It will keep me busy!
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A video of Another Ordinary Day. Except it's all backwards.
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The fastest way to peel an egg. See if you can do this and let us know how it turns out.

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A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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