Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle – The Story of a Suicidal Sheep and a Very Special Salesman

Check out this fantastic award-winning 3D animated short called “Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle” as on a desolate island, a suicidal sheep Franck meets his fate in a quirky salesman, who offers him the gift of a lifetime. Little does he know that he can only handle so much lifetime!

The film and all its artwork files were made using free/open source software, which are all available under a permissive license. Free to share, remix, and learn from these files.

[Cosmos Laundromat]

How a Combination Lock Works [Video]

Watch as master woodworker Matthias Wandel demonstrates how a combination lock works. For those interested in building one for yourself, you can buy the plans right here for just $7.

[Matthias Wandel]

Back to the Future Retold in a Simple Chart

A simple chart retelling a short version of the original Back to the Future movie.

[Source: Flowing Data]

Learn All About Scottish Slang Words with Gerard Butler

Learn all about Scottish slang words with Gerard Butler in this video from Vanity fair.

I love his comment on how Scottish slang is mostly about things that are gross, ugly, or that relate to being drunk or stupid.

[Vanity Fair]

The Infinite Loop [Comic]

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How Captain Phasma’s Armor Once Belonged to Emperor Palpatine

Warning: The Last Jedi spoiler alert.

Captain plasma wore a special armor that was not only blaster resistant but could withstand the strength of a Wookie. However her armor once belonged to someone else! The Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious.

[The Stupendous Wave]

Thinkgeek is Currently Holding a HUGE Winter Clearance Sale! (Up to 50% Off Board Games, and MORE!)

Thinkgeek is currently holding a huge Winter clearance sale, and they’re offering some geektastic rebates on thousands of items, including board games, Star Wars products, coffee mugs, Funko POP! Vinyls, and MORE!

Board Games – up to 50% off

500+ items $9.99 and under!

Star Wars Sale! Starting at $3.99!

Coffee Mugs – starting at $2.99

Funko POP! Vinyl – starting at $3.99

Blood Test For Early Cancer Diagnosis Could Be Viable

Credit: Johns Hopkins University

Researchers say a blood test combining two different types of clue could make it easier to detect cancers in early stages. The ‘CancerSEEK’ test combines both DNA mutation and released proteins to spot the cancer.

To date, blood tests have just concentrated on one of the two approaches. The former takes advantage of the way the bloodstream shows tiny traces of the way cancer mutates the DNA in cells. The latter is based on the fact that cancer often releases proteins into the body, giving away its presence. The test combines checks for 16 gene mutations and eight proteins.

In a trial, the researchers at Johns Hopkins University ran the blood test on 1,005 patients who were known to have one of eight cancer types but where the cancer hadn’t yet spread to other tissues. Overall the blood test ‘detected’ 70 percent of the cancers. That’s particularly promising as several of the cancers involved, including pancreatic cancer, can’t currently be detected until symptoms develop, at which point treatment is usually too late.

It will be several years at least before testing of the process can be considered conclusive, with the next step being to test it on people who currently haven’t been diagnosed with cancer. The biggest note of caution from this initial study was that the detection rate was considerably lower with patients whose cancers were at the earliest stages of development that still showed symptoms.

That could mean the test doesn’t work reliably enough on cancers that have not yet become symptomatic. It’s also possible that with some cancers the earlier diagnosis wouldn’t be that beneficial because the effects of immediate treatment would outweigh the risks of waiting to see how the cancer developed.

In the long run, if further testing does show the technique is viable, the researchers say it could be turned into an annual screening test.

[Via: BBC]

Physics with Professor Pussycat [Comic]

Apparently, Cats have knocking glasses off the counter down to a science, and Professor Pussycat knows all about the phenomenon!

[Source: Einstein’s mama on Facebook]

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Harry Potter Scots Language Edition Might Be the Best Book of All Time

Imgur user whovianmuse recently posted some hilarious excerpts from the Scots language edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Stane. Yes, this is actually a real book, and you can purchase it via Amazon.com right here.

“So I got the Scots edition of Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas this year and uh…yeah, I’m pretty sure this is hands down the best book I have ever or will ever own.”

[Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane (Scots Language Edition)]

This Persona 5 “Ann” Cosplay Is Absolute Perfection [Pics]

Coslayer Shirogane-sama looks absoluely perfect as Ann Takamaki (in her Phantom Thief costume) from Persona 5. Photography by pollypwnz.

For reference:

[Cosplayer: Shirogane-sama | Photography: pollypwnz]