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Last year I noted that I was pleasantly surprised by Adventures in Middle-earth—Cubicle 7’s adaptation of the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons rules to the world of Middle-earth. Simplifying greatly, C7 sliced-out a lot of inappropriate ‘D&D-isms’ (e.g., the magic... [...]...

Whatever Security Update

Aug20
John Scalzi
A small piece of security information for you: Whatever (was well as the whole Scalzi.com) site, now operates using https, for extra added security. Mind you, as this site does very little in the way of transactions or anything security-critical, this may not be a big deal to anyone. On the other hand, Google sent […]...
Heya Greyhawkers! I didn't go to GenCon and after seeing news on ENWorld, I'm really regretting seeing the GenCon50 Museum. I had no idea it was going to have this many old school artifacts on display. I already saw alot of the art on display at Garyco... [...]...
My very first issue of DRAGON magazine was #74, an out-of-nowhere gift from my brother while we were on summer vacation. That issue is still magical to me; between Ed Greenwood’s seven magic swords utterly transforming the way I played D&D, ... [...]...
RosterIlseRose the Trash Elf Burglar (Kiel Chenier) Pokey the Giant Porcupine (pet) Bufo the Wizard (Makali'i F) Magic Meryl (Nick Kuntz) Arthur the Dungeon Terrier (pet) Ilse Raagenkampf, LotFP specialist (Perttu Vedenoja) Chuckles the Crypt Cockerel (pet) After consulting Perttu Vedenoja's... [...]...
Ok we are full in, on our WORST RPG gaming, and testing. In the past games, we had players fight skeletons, goblins and orcs. We even had a slug fest verses some ogres. The game gets interesting as players make choices in combat, and start teaming up as resources get low and players start dropping,... [...]...
The first pdf depicting the diverse cults of the Celmae-setting (also known as Shattered Skies), clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look! The believer’s of the Ashen... [...]...
Millions plan to witness Monday’s coast-to-coast total solar eclipse that will move through a 70-mile-wide "Path of Totality" spanning over the United States across fourteen states from Oregon clear through to South Carolina. CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to discuss what he calls a once in a […]...
One of the most requested classes so far for BX Advanced is the Barbarian. It's not found in either Labyrinth Lord or its Advanced Edition Companion -- probably because the original class from Unearth Arcana was a bit over-powered and hard to play in a normal party with spell-casters. I've tried to... [...]...
00Well hello there! Thanks for coming back for the third Saturday installment of #RPGaDay2017. This seems to be D&D week for me.  Now we’re here for a different subject. Let me introduce the question: August 19: Which RPG features the be... [...]...
The two Voyager probes changed how we view science and the Universe....
During the total solar eclipse, skywatchers can see the corona: the hellish, mysterious outer atmosphere that NASA plans to probe in 2018....
Here are guidelines for watching the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, including when it is safe to remove your eclipse glasses....
The total phase of the solar eclipse of Aug. 21 will last a maximum of 2 minutes and 40 seconds for observers on the ground. Here's how long it will last at various points along the totality path — and why total solar eclipses are so brief....
Millions of Americans are expected to travel to see the total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017. The event could create one of the worst traffic days in the nation’s history....
Don’t miss the 2017 total solar eclipse because you’re stuck in traffic outside the path of totality or blanketed by a canopy of clouds....
The total solar eclipse of 2017 could cost U.S. companies nearly $700 million in lost productivity on Monday (Aug. 21) when workers pause to watch the moon block the sun....
On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Oregon to South Carolina. Here's what you need to know about this rare celestial show....
For many people, adding anything to a single malt whisky is close to sacrilege, but it's generally acknowledged that adding a drop or two of water to lesser blends enhances the flavor. The question is, why? At Sweden's Linnaeus University, researchers Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman have come up with an answer from the chemistry of the dram... Continue Reading Why whisky tastes better with a wee drop of water Category: Science Tags: Chemistry Whisky Related Articles: Using sunlight to pull clean water from dry air Material that thickens when stretched may lead to better body armor Material with new record melting point predicted Did Harvard really create the "holy grail" of solid metallic hydrogen? Scientists use new catalysis meth... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/XxXqDj6KBEo/...
NASA's next-generation orbital tracking and communications network has been completed, with the sixth and final Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) blasted into orbit on Friday. The Boeing-built TDRS-M lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. It is reported to be in good health and will enter service next year after a four-month checkout... Continue Reading NASA completes space communications network Category: Space Tags: Boeing NASA Satellite Related Articles: World's first all-electric propulsion satellite goes on line Boeing readies for first-ever conjoined satellite launch Boeing announces Phantom Phoenix family of small satellites DARPA's ALASA space launch system would tur... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/HLCUbXYUie4/...
Mussels end up confused when they try to stick to a polymer/lubricant mix....
Total eclipse of the heart, meet a total eclipse of the sun: Bonnie Tyler's iconic hit from the 80s is about to be in the right place at the right cosmic time....
The eastern painted turtles must now live among enormous, noisy machinery – and studying them is offering clues to how animals survive alongside heavy industry...
When Nikola Motors started advertising outrageous specs for its Zero all-electric side-by-side, we figured there was no way those specs would survive the journey to market. A 520-hp figure may sound plenty normal for sports car, but it's pretty out there for a side-by-side. However, not only have the Zero's off-the-charts specs survived as Nikola prepares for production, some have actually grown. The spec sheet now includes well more than triple the horsepower of the current power leader, more battery power than a Tesla Model S 100D and a price tag equivalent to a Model 3... Continue Reading 555-hp Nikola electric side-by-side tears through dirt for up to 200 miles a charge Category: Outdoors Tags: Electric Vehicles nikola motors Off-road utv Related Articles: Nikola Zero electric side-by-side edges closer to reality with 520 hp prototype ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/dWDxDa0n7Pc/...
A robot is only as good as its sensors, so researchers at Stanford University and UC San Diego have developed a new "4D" camera that greatly enhances robotic vision. Billed as the first-ever single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera, the new system uses a spherical lens and advanced algorithms to capture information across a 138-degree field of view to allow robots to not only navigate, but also better understand their environment... Continue Reading Single-lens, light field 4D camera to give robots and autonomous cars better vision Category: Science Tags: Robotics Stanford University UC San Diego Related Articles: Jackrabbot plays nice with pedestrians Are creepy-crawly clothing robots the future of fashion? Stanford tracker gives a whale-back view of feeding time ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/No0qDpPzxrw/...
Malware on your smartphone – or other smart device – could someday be used to track your body position or identify your movements within a room. That's the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Washington, who created a program that turns such devices into active sonar systems. .. Continue Reading Hacked smartphones could use sound to track your movements Category: Science Tags: Smartphones Sonar University of Washington Related Articles: Got this kind of face? You're more likely to be left-handed Battery-free phone harvests ambient energy to make calls Discovery of 2D magnet could lead to super slim electronics Video reveals young chimps are hands-on learners Can cyborg locusts be used as tiny, bioro... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/k39QpA8UJdM/...
A very fine collection of new books and ARCs arrived to the Scalzi Compound in the last week, and here’s what they are! See anything you’d like on your own shelves? Tell us all in the comments....
For some time now, the eating of walnuts has been associated with feelings of fullness. Recently, a study conducted by scientists at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) uncovered what's actually going on in the brain to make this happen. The findings could lead to future treatments for obesity... Continue Reading Could eating walnuts help you lose weight? Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Diet Obesity Weight Loss Related Articles: Screening existing drugs to uncover new weapons against antibiotic-resistant bacteria Protein manipulates neurons to bring on the munchies The Hunger Pains: Mice genetically engineered to not feel them Brain-to-brain communication used to se... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/S-bhBYzpPwQ/...
People who choose alternative cancer medicines tend to be wealthier and have higher levels of education, but are more than twice as likely to die in five years...
Scotch aficionados know that adding a little water to their dram can bring out the flavours – now we have glimpsed more of the chemistry behind it...
For decades, women have been encouraged to give birth naturally – that means avoiding all medicines and interventions. Now the Royal College of Midwives is changing its position...
We've already seen a couple of "smart" soccer balls with integrated sensors that track parameters such as the ball's spin and trajectory. Well, the DribbleUp takes a different approach to smart training. It doesn't feature any onboard electronics, but instead has markings that allow it to be tracked by a free iOS/Android app... Continue Reading Smart soccer ball keeps its brains in your phone Category: Sports Tags: Balls Kickstarter Soccer Training aid Related Articles: Can a smart soccer ball keep kids playing? Zero G Soccer teaches players to use their heads ... and feet Weird-looking Corpus soccer balls help hone skills Brazilian soccer gets a touch of high-tech with TacticalPad ShotTracker k... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/IRW4Q3EI-ZU/...
Anyone visiting the Netherlands will immediately notice how crazy the locals are for two-wheeled transport. Bikes are everywhere, which can make finding somewhere to park up a bit of a problem. Cyclists in Utrecht started using a three-storey parking garage under the train station last week, ahead of the official opening on August 21. It already boasts thousands of spaces, but when complete, it will be the world's largest parking facility for bikes... Continue Reading World's biggest underground bike parking center opens in Utrecht Category: Bicycles Tags: Cycling Parking Transport Related Articles: V-Charge system lets electric cars act as their own valets European cities influence travel behavior through parking reforms Citroen's multi-talented C4 Picasso ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/J48xUpFK2vo/...
Ahead of the rare solar event, eye doctors describe the dangers of risky viewing....
It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality, says Olive Heffernan...
Campaigning vegans will change nothing if they embrace bad science and conspiracy theories when making the health case for their diet, says Anthony Warner...
The stage is set for the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979. Here’s our guide to the best way to enjoy the spectacle...
A team from the University of Antwerp is developing a robotic sign language interpreter. The first version of the robot hand, named Project Aslan, is mostly 3D-printed and can translate text into fingerspelling gestures, but the team's ultimate goal is to build a two-armed robot with an expressive face, to convey the full complexity of sign language. .. Continue Reading 3D-printable robot arm is a sign language interpreter Category: Robotics Tags: 3D Printing Deaf Gestures Hand Hearing Impaired Robots Translator Related Articles: Students develop portable sign-language translator Smart glove translates sign language gestures into text Lingmo language translator earpiece powered by IBM Watson ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/28Soh9WcIMI/...
Do you find yourself doing absolutely any task other than the one at the top of your to-do list? There might now be a way to treat procrastination...
Chimpanzees of all ages will comfort upset companions, but adult chimps do it less – perhaps because they are more selective about who they help...
In experiments on mice, researchers at Duke University have found that combining two different techniques for fighting cancer is more effective than either treatment is on its own. In one case, the mouse's immune system not only destroyed the tumor, but stayed strong enough to ward off a later injection of cancer cells, raising hopes that the strategy could one day lead to a viable cancer vaccine... Continue Reading Double-barreled attack shows potential in quest for cancer vaccine Category: Medical Tags: Cancer Drugs Duke University Gold Mice Nanoparticles Vaccines Related Articles: Bioreactor brings on-demand portability to biopharmaceutical drug production Tiny particles mimic the body's pancreas cells to combat type 1 diabetes ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GizmagEmergingTechnologyMagazine/~3/-Cnn0lOeH4I/...
Many people who take statins ditch them due to painful side effects. But genetic testing can help choose the right drug, minimising this risk...
Grooming often, removing all hair, and having others help ups chance of injury....
Estimated economic benefits of renewables in the US is $87 billion....
And they didn’t even have to drill deep....
NASA's acting chief technologist says the agency is limited by political emphasis....
Many stars have companions that will be in the line of fire when the star explodes....

Data rescue projects

Aug17
Real Climate
It’s often been said that while we can only gather new data about the planet at the rate of one year per year, rescuing old data can add far more data more quickly. Data rescue is however extremely labor intensive. Nonetheless there are multiple data rescue projects and citizen science efforts ongoing, some of which […]...
Homeolab failed FDA inspection and sold “adulterated” infant products, agency said....
The world we live in is not always peaceful… and maybe sometimes we kind of like it that way, whether we like to admit that or not. Author Anna Smith Spark has thoughts on the act of violence, and how it animates the story of her novel The Broken Knives. ANNA SMITH SPARK: The Court […]...
New evidence suggests that animal life got a jumpstart from Snowball Earth....
I have a piece in the Los Angeles Times today about the difficulty of writing science fiction in today’s world, and no, it’s not just because one has to wonder if the world is going to be here tomorrow. Here’s the link. Enjoy!...
Utopia Planitia loosely translated means the plain of paradise. In 1976 NASA's space probe Viking 2 scored a touchdown on planet Mars on September 3rd. Think back and let's imagine our happy world in 1976. Faster than the speed of sound, Concorde made its first flight across the Atlantic Ocean in under three amazing hours.USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D  Conversely Star Trek's USS Concord NCC-68711 starship (TNG "All Good Things") takes seconds to cover that distance. The Apple Computer company was formed on February 4th, 1976. Earth's first spaceflight in the search for extraterrestrial life results in exploring MARS!!! In 1996 scientists discover microscopic evidence of ancient life on MARS!!!The lander successfully sets down 54.6 million kilometers away in '76 and takes images for Earth's happy ball of beings. Unfortunately no Martians to high five us back but to quote Counsellor Troi in TNG, "I sense the holding back."&nb... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/mkXUjV6CLbc/to-boldly-explore-origin-of-utopia.html...
Guest Commentary by Cristian Proistosescu, Peter Huybers and Kyle Armour tl;dr  Two recent papers help bridge a seeming gap between estimates of climate sensitivity from models and from observations of the global energy budget. Recognizing that equilibrium climate sensitivity cannot be directly observed because Earth’s energy balance is a long way from equilibrium, the studies […]...