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    I saw this story on CBC.

    Nature is amazing. What an awesome and strange journey. I wonder what she was looking for. I hope she found it.

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    The History of CTRL + ALT + DELETE - Mental Floss

    ... In the fall of 1981, the IBM PC hit shelves-a homely gray box beneath a monitor that spit out green lines of type. Marketing experts predicted that the company would sell a modest 241,683 units in the first five years; company execs thought that estimate was too optimistic. They were all wrong. IBM PC sales would reach into the millions, with people of all ages using the machines to play games, edit documents, and crunch numbers. Computing would never be the same.

    And yet, few of these consumers were aware of Bradley's shortcut quietly lingering in their machines. It wasn't until the early 1990s, when Microsoft's Windows took off, that the shortcut came to prominence. As PCs all over the country crashed and the infamous "blue screen of death" plagued Windows users, a quick fix spread from friend to friend: ctrl+alt+del. Suddenly, Bradley's little code was a big deal. Journalists hailed "the three-finger salute" as a saving grace for PC owners-a population that kept growing...

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    Straight leg raise - Wikipedia

    The straight leg raise, also called Lasègue's sign, Lasègue test or Lazarević's sign, is a test done during a physical examination to determine whether a patient with low back pain has an underlying herniated disc, often located at L5 (fifth lumbar spinal nerve).

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    "Large parrots and corvids have the same or greater forebrain neuron counts as monkeys with much larger brains."

    Birds have primate-like numbers of neurons in the forebrain

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    Noteworthy Women with Hearing Loss

    Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America, dealt with severe hearing loss throughout her life. At age 29, a grain of rice thrown at her wedding punctured her eardrum and caused her to go deaf in one ear. However, Juliette never let her hearing loss slow her down, and founded the Girl Scouts in 1912.

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    Béarnaise sauce - Wikipedia

    Béarnaise sauce is a sauce made of clarified butter emulsified in egg yolks and white wine vinegar and flavored with herbs. It is considered to be a "child" of the mother Hollandaise sauce, one of the five mother sauces in the French haute cuisine repertoire.

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    The Origins of Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

    In the Middle Ages, Emperor Claudius II believed unattached men made better soldiers so he declared marriage illegal. As a concession, he encouraged temporary coupling. Once a year, during a Roman festival honoring Juno, men drew names to determine who would be their lady friend for the coming year. Once established, the man would wear her name on his sleeve for the rest of the festival.

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    The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

    In 2003, one Ray Damadian took out a series of full-page ads in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times to protest that he had been wrongfully denied a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his role in inventing magnetic resonance imaging. The Nobel committee only recognized Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield for that feat--an omission that Damadian billed as a "shameful wrong that must be righted." "To wake up on Monday morning and see that I had been written out of history is an agony I cannot live with," he told the Times.

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