July 30th, 2014

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

So much more important than ‘Presidents’ Day’!

(Source: theweekmagazine)

Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department has included flawed forensic testimony from the FBI.

U.S. officials began the inquiry after The Washington Post reported two years ago that flawed forensic evidence involving microscopic hair and fiber matches might have led to the convictions of hundreds of potentially innocent people. The inquiry includes 2,600 convictions and 45 death-row cases from the 1980s and 1990s.
The review was undertaken as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab, government officials said. The findings “troubled” the Bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.

Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department has included flawed forensic testimony from the FBI.

U.S. officials began the inquiry after The Washington Post reported two years ago that flawed forensic evidence involving microscopic hair and fiber matches might have led to the convictions of hundreds of potentially innocent people. The inquiry includes 2,600 convictions and 45 death-row cases from the 1980s and 1990s.

The review was undertaken as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab, government officials said. The findings “troubled” the Bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.

(Source: thinksquad)

Located in Costa Mesa, California, Newlight Technologies is forming plastic out of thin air. Literally.

"We would be breathing this right now," said Mark Herrema, Newlight’s CEO.

Herrema sees both sides of the climate change debate.

"You’ve got people on one side who say, if we enact carbon legislation it’s going to cost the economy, and they’re not wrong," Herrema said. "On the other side, we have people who say this is a huge problem and we need to do something about it, and they’re not wrong, either. The problem is they haven’t been able to find something that works for both sides."

The 32-year-old may have found that “something.” He’s figured out how to make plastic out of destructive carbon emissions that would otherwise heat the atmosphere, rather than with fossil fuels such as oil. Most importantly, he figured out a way to do it cheaper. It’s something he has been working on for 11 years since he started the company with his friend Kenton Kimmel in his parents’ garage.

"We’re not the first people to have the idea of turning greenhouse gas into plastic," Herrera said. "The thing that was missing was that no one had figured out how to do it cost-effectively."

Here’s how it works: Carbon emissions are captured from farms, landfills, and energy facilities and are fed into a 50-foot-tall reactor at Newlight’s plant. A bundle of enzymes strips out the carbon and oxygen and rearranges them into a substance they call air carbon.

The product is then melted down and cooled inside tubes and sliced into little plastic pellets that can be molded into anything.

Herrema calls it “a disruptive technology that’s gonna change the world.”

(Source: thinksquad)

Dick-Head Prank, don’t you think?

Dick-Head Prank, don’t you think?

Just say “No!” to books.

Just say “No!” to books.

Bulldog, Goat, Raccoon, and Moose. Because ANIMALS.

Perspective Shift: Guns and Under-funded treatment, or bigotry.

Perspective Shift: Guns and Under-funded treatment, or bigotry.

(Source: namastetoyoutoo, via holygoddamnshitballs)

Self-Reported Religious Affiliation and Intensity of Belief, and Writing Proficiency (vocabulary, grammar, syntax) Correlated, based on OkCupid Data

Self-Reported Religious Affiliation and Intensity of Belief, and Writing Proficiency (vocabulary, grammar, syntax) Correlated, based on OkCupid Data

(Source: proud-atheist, via holygoddamnshitballs)

The Dark Lord must be paid his due.

One (legally allowed) delusion is as good as another.

(Source: salon)

We are part of this universe. We are in this universe. But perhaps what is more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact I look up, and many people feel small, but I feel big, because my atoms are from those stars.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Most Astounding Fact

(Source: van-whoa, via preachyatheist)

HATE CRIMES in the USA

At least 6,593 hate crimes occurred in 2012, according to hate crime data compiled by the University of Michigan.

The maps below reveal where different groups are most likely to be victims of hate crimes. Each county is colored based on its hate crime rate, the number of hate crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012.

A key caveat is that local law enforcement agencies are not required to report hate crimes. The data here covers 91% of the U.S. population, and unreported hate crimes likely explain the gap in the Deep South.

The worst-offending counties, where we have the data, and their hate-crime rates are called out in each map.

(via odinsblog)

This pretty much covers all gender issues.

This pretty much covers all gender issues.

Sociopaths

Sociopaths

Life Plan

Life Plan