Saturday, June 20, 2020

MWGIC-EP-000111: The Guts Of A PC Part 1








The basics of personal computer architecture broken down and explained in simple terms mot people can easily understand. We'll take a nice long stroll around a PC motherboard and talk about who does what. This will be a two or three part series, expect the next installment next weekend.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

MWGIC Status Update 06/14/2020

Have been battling WiFi connectivity issues on my workhorse Win 10 desktop PC for a couple of months. No wired connection available in my studio space. I've had a long suspicion #WindowsUpdate broke my #WiFi. #Realtek WiFi card. Couldn't even update Win 10.

I broke down and bought a #TPLink dongle this evening. So far WiFi has been stable. Now dealing with a bazillion updates on software & drivers, including Windows. I might be back in production next week. On top of that, I am wrestling with whether to stay a #Vlogger.

Being a one-man show (Really wish I  had a co-host) I'm torn over whether to continue #vlogging on YouTube or go back to #Audio #Podcasting or a mix of both. Not a lot of spare time...but I  think I could pull it off.

At any rate, that's the latest.

Thank you for listening.

Dan

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

MWGIC-EP-110: This Virus Isn't In Your PC...Only - Hanging On To Life And Friends In The Era Of COVID-19







Show Notes:

Financial Mess:

Minnesota and Vermont Just Classified Grocery Clerks as Emergency Workers
https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/03/minnesota-and-vermont-just-classified-grocery-clerks-as-emergency-workers/


How the coronavirus pandemic exposed deficiencies in our economy - Video

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/how-the-coronavirus-pandemic-exposed-deficiencies-in-our-economy/


The economic fallout of coronavirus - Video

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/the-economic-fallout-of-coronavirus/


White House expresses support for immediate cash payments to Americans as part of coronavirus stimulus package

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/03/17/trump-coronavirus-stimulus-package/


Federal Reserve cuts rates to zero and launches massive $700 billion quantitative easing program

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/15/federal-reserve-cuts-rates-to-zero-and-launches-massive-700-billion-quantitative-easing-program.html


All Disney Theme Parks, U.S. Universal Studios Closing Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://variety.com/2020/biz/news/disney-theme-park-closed-coronavirus-1203531795/


What History Books Left Out About Depression Era Co-ops

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/issues-5000-years-of-empire/2018/09/14/what-history-books-left-out-about-depression-era-co-ops/


Newsom signs executive order halting foreclosures, utility shutoffs

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/487945-newsom-signs-executive-order-halting-foreclosures-utility-shutoffs


Tax Day is now July 15. Here’s what that means.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/3/20/21188370/tax-day-moved-mnuchin-twitter-coronavirus


Musk the Virus Skeptic Makes Reluctant Ventilator Offer After GM
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/kudlow-says-gm-ceo-offered-to-make-ventilators-for-outbreak


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Lifestyle Changes That May Stick:

Inside California's Great Lockdown, Glimpse America's Stay-At-Home Future

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/22/california-coronavirus-lockdown/?arc404=true


The drive-in, relic of yesterday, finds itself suited to now

https://apnews.com/bd766ac42089fffaf45e2920e1cd33ed


The Tech Headaches of Working From Home and How to Remedy Them
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/technology/personaltech/working-from-home-problems-solutions.html


As More People Need To Work From Home, Companies Need To Ask Themselves If Their IT Managers Are Up To The Task

https://www.forbes.com/sites/enriquedans/2020/03/17/as-more-people-need-to-work-from-home-companies-need-to-ask-themselves-if-their-it-managers-are-up-to-thetask/


Eating alone, together: Virtual dinner parties are helping people fight isolation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2020/03/21/eating-alone-together-virtual-dinner-parties-are-helping-people-fight-isolation/

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Health Advice:

THIS, NOT HAND SANITIZER, WILL SAVE US FROM THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

https://futurism.com/neoscope/soap-water-best-hand-sanitizer-coronavirus


No Song? 20-Second Count Made Easy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETQOmzZIpRg





CDC On Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

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Stess Relief:

Musicians At Home; Larkin-Poe To Sheryl Crow & Beyond

https://www.facebook.com/larkinpoe/

https://www.facebook.com/sherylcrow/


'A Kind of Triumph of Spirit': Locked Down Italians Singing From Balconies Inspire Hope Across World

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/16/kind-triumph-spirit-locked-down-italians-singing-balconies-inspire-hope-across-world


Jokes in the time of coronavirus - Chicago Reader


https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/covid-19-jokes/Content?oid=78640318

Sunday, March 8, 2020

MWGIC-EP-000109: Dinosaur DNA and Warp Drives




Watch Video On YouTube: https://youtu.be/_1RppaQcvHQ 

Show Notes:


Still Cybertruckin':



Elon Musk's million-mile battery dreams are about to come true
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/a-new-electric-vehicle-battery-can-last-1-million-miles


Tesla Cybertruck Is Leading The All-Electric Pickup Truck Revolution

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-cybertruck-rivian-r1t-bollinger-b2-nikola-badger-ev-pickup-truck


Electric 40-Ton Truck Gets Dynamically Wirelessly Charged

https://insideevs.com/news/401858/electric-truck-dynamic-wireless-charging/


The Tesla Cybertruck is gaining respect among real pickup truck owners

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-pickup-owners-respect/


Are Construction Pros Falling In Love With The Tesla Cybertruck?

https://insideevs.com/news/402007/construction-pros-love-tesla-cybertruck/


Cybertruck passes early test with construction pros | Seeking Alpha

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3547239-cybertruck-passes-early-test-construction-pros


MotorTrend Channel: Tesla Cybertruck Details Revealed—Range, Batteries and Towing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLrjsX2L0Gw


Is Tesla Cybertruck Outdone By Mahindra Gio With Cheap EV Conversion?

https://insideevs.com/news/401432/tesla-cybertruck-mahindra-gio-ev-conversion/


Tesla’s secret battery project could finally push EVs to overtake gas cars

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/teslas-secret-battery-project-could-finally-push-evs-to-overtake-gas-cars


Audi unveils new e-tron S, claims will be 'first electric cars worldwide with three motors in mass production' - Electrek

https://electrek.co/2020/02/28/audi-e-tron-s-models-first-electric-cars-three-motors-mass-production/


EV Battery Breakthrough: Twice The Range, Five Minutes To Charge | OilPrice.com

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/EV-Battery-Breakthrough-Twice-The-Range-Five-Minutes-To-Charge.html


Kevin Rooke: The Genius of Tesla Superchargers | CleanTechnica

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/28/kevin-rooke-the-genius-of-tesla-superchargers/


Tesla Megapack Battery Installation Approved for Moss Landing

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-megapack-battery-installation-moss-landing-tesla-energy


Prufrock Next-Generation Tunnel-Boring Machine Is Working — Somewhere | CleanTechnica
https://cleantechnica.com/2020/03/01/prufrock-next-generation-tunnel-boring-machine-is-working-somewhere/


Which is cuter, the Microlino electric bubble car or its electric scooter companion? - Electrek

https://electrek.co/2020/02/28/microlineo-bubble-car-electric-scooter-microletta/


This electric bike has a novel fix for range anxiety | Top Gear
https://www.topgear.com/car-news/electric/electric-bike-has-novel-fix-range-anxiety


Recharge!
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Space, The Final Frontier:


SETI@home's crowdsourced search for aliens ending after 21 years - CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/05/us/seti-home-hibernation-alien-trnd-scn/index.html


Scientists: NASA Rover Has Found Evidence of Ancient Life on Mars

https://futurism.com/scientists-nasa-found-evidence-ancient-life-mars


Physicists Are Studying Mysterious ‘Bubbles of Nothing’ That Eat Spacetime - VICE

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/939g5p/physicists-are-studying-mysterious-bubbles-of-nothing-that-eat-spacetime


SpaceX aims to launch 70 missions a year from Florida's Space Coast by 2023 | Space

https://www.space.com/spacex-rocket-launch-rate-boost-mobile-service-tower.html


Relativity Space will 3D-print rockets at new autonomous factory in Long Beach, California | Space

https://www.space.com/relativity-space-autonomous-rocket-factory.html


SpaceX’s Starship SN1 prototype blows up during pressure test in Texas – GeekWire

https://www.geekwire.com/2020/spacexs-starship-sn1-prototype-blows-pressure-test-texas-pad/


Critical rocket escape system motor for NASA's Orion spacecraft aces final test | Space
https://www.space.com/nasa-orion-launch-escape-attitude-control-motor-final-test-video.html


Elon Musk says 'the fighter jet era has passed'

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/28/elon-musk-says-the-fighter-jet-era-has-passed.html


Biggest Explosion in the History of the Universe Detected by Astronomers – “Really, Really Massive”

https://scitechdaily.com/biggest-explosion-in-the-history-of-the-universe-detected-by-astronomers-really-really-massive/


Scientists Are Starting to Take Warp Drives Seriously, Especially This One Concept
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-are-starting-to-take-warp-drives-seriously-especially-this-one-concept


There's a crack in one of the dilitium crystals, Captain!
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Scientist's Lab:


Cartilage cells, chromosomes and DNA preserved in 75 million-year-old baby duck-billed dinosaur

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-cartilage-cells-chromosomes-dna-million-year-old.html


Brain-computer interfaces could tell us what unconscious patients are thinking

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/unconscious-patients-can-now-sort-of-speak-to-us


114 year-old cells converted to pluripotent stem cells - Longevity.Technology

https://www.longevity.technology/114-year-old-cells-converted-to-pluripotent-stem-cells/


Not the torches & pitchforks again!!
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PC's, Geeks, And Coding:


How to Install Wireshark on Ubuntu Linux [Latest Version]

https://itsfoss.com/install-wireshark-ubuntu/


How to Build a Web Scraper With Python [Step-by-Step Guide] - By Angelica Dietzel

https://hackernoon.com/how-to-build-a-web-scraper-with-python-step-by-step-guide-jxkp3yum


Python Programming Language: Best Resources for Developers and Managers - TechRepublic

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/python-programming-language-best-resources-for-developers-and-managers/


How to install Rust on Linux - TechRepublic:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-install-rust-on-linux/


Cortana support going away in Windows 10 versions at 'end-of-support' dates | Windows Central:

https://www.windowscentral.com/cortana-support-going-away-windows-10-versions-end-support-dates


81% of IT pros expect most data center and networking tasks will be automated by 2025 - TechRepublic

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/81-of-it-pros-expect-most-data-center-and-networking-tasks-will-be-automated-by-2025/


Retired Certifications - Microsoft:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/retired-certifications.aspx


Microsoft is retiring its MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications in June 2020
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-retiring-its-mcsa-mcsd-and-mcse-certifications-in-june-2020/


Pull the plug on that thing, Mr. Spock!
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Proper Greeting For The Corona Virus:





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Friday, February 28, 2020

MWGIC-EP-000108: Cybertruck Wars Continue With Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs






Watch Video On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYif7aX2FPc

Show Notes:


Cyber Truck War Zone:

This Video Showcases 7 Electric Pickup Trucks Worth Waiting For

https://insideevs.com/news/401268/video-7-upcoming-electric-pickup-trucks/


Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, Other Electric Pickup Trucks Compared

https://insideevs.com/reviews/401084/video-tesla-cybertruck-rivian-r1t-trucks/


Watch Tiny, Tri-Motor Tesla Cybertruck Out Tug A Ford F-150 Pickup

https://autos.yahoo.com/watch-replica-cybertruck-vs-ford-000702198.html


Tesla Cybertruck's real-time response to payload via active suspension will upend the pickup truck industry
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-real-time-ui-towing-calculator-active-suspension/


Tesla Cybertruck is turned into police vehicle by Ontario police - Electrek

https://electrek.co/2020/02/21/tesla-cybertruck-police-vehicle-ontario/


Edmunds talks Tesla Cybertruck and its industry appeal amid growing competition
https://www.teslarati.com/edmunds-talks-tesla-cybertruck-and-its-industry-appeal-amid-growing-competition/


Lordstown Motors Provides Peek Inside Its Electric Truck Plant: Video
https://insideevs.com/news/399966/lordstown-motors-plant-sneak-peek/


Tesla's Cybertruck is now a $400 remote control car thanks to Mattel

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/teslas-cybertruck-is-now-a-400-remote-control-car-thanks-to-mattel.html


Tesla Cybertruck and Roadster face off for some backroad mayhem in fan video

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-vs-roadster-fan-video/


Tesla Cybertruck pre-orders reach half a million, tally suggests - Electrek
https://electrek.co/2020/02/19/tesla-cybertruck-pre-orders-tally/


Tesla Cybertruck release date, specs, price: "Doesn't look like anything else.”

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/61141-tesla-cybertruck-pics-price


First drive: Volvo's 24,500lb VNR electric truck drives better than it has any right to - Electrek

https://electrek.co/2020/02/14/first-drive-volvos-24500lb-vnr-electric-truck-drives-better-than-it-has-any-right-to/


Tesla nearing 400 miles in range is just the tip of the iceberg

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-400-miles-vs-tsla-killers-tip-of-the-iceberg/


Elon Musk: Tesla Cybertruck will come standard with 'laser blade lights', be ~82" wide - Electrek

https://electrek.co/2020/02/21/tesla-cybertruck-standard-laser-blade-ligths-elon-musk/


Ok, An Electric Car Story Or Five:

Hyundai Gets Serious On Electric Cars — Still Does Not Understand Demand | CleanTechnica

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/16/hyundai-gets-serious-on-electric-cars-still-does-not-understand-demand/


Designer Offers Up Cybersedan To Tesla CEO Elon Musk

https://autos.yahoo.com/designer-offers-cybersedan-tesla-ceo-170125189.html


Electric cars threaten to pull the plug on petrol stations | Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/a2845e24-1c44-11ea-9186-7348c2f183af


Tesla owner lives in a Model 3 instead of her house: 'I believe this is the future'

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-rv-interview-video/




Flat Tires?
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Space, The Final Frontier:


Should NASA Send New Horizons To A Nearby Star For Its Final Mission?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2020/02/24/should-nasa-send-new-horizons-to-a-nearby-star-for-its-final-mission/


Musk Reads: Why SpaceX's Mars city could become a beacon of innovation

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/musk-reads-why-spacexs-mars-city-could-become-a-beacon-of-innovation


SpaceX signs lease to build Starship rocket facility in Port of L.A.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/25/spacex-signs-lease-to-build-starship-rocket-facility-in-port-of-la.html


SpaceX transported Starship SN1 to the launch pad at Boca Chica
https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/starship-sn1-launch-pad


Elon Musk’s Plan to Settle Mars
https://news.yahoo.com/elon-musk-plan-settle-mars-093002155.html


SpaceX Starlink Satellites Have Bigger Role In 'Massive' Live Fire Air Force Test | Investor's Business Daily

https://www.investors.com/news/spacex-starlink-satellites-virgin-orbit-massive-live-fire-air-force-exercise/


SpaceX Starlink: price, launch date, and how to see Elon Musk's constellation
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/spacex-starlink-price-launch-date-how-to-see-elon-musks-constellation


Max Q: How to build a Starship | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/24/max-q-how-to-build-a-starship/


Musk Reads: Starlink edges closer to going live

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/musk-reads-starlink-edges-closer-to-going-live


Space travel breakthrough: 100,000MPH plasma engine to cut travel times to Mars | Science | News | Express.co.uk
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1244735/Space-travel-nuclear-fusion-plasma-engine-cut-travel-to-Mars-Pulsar-Fusion-space-news


Elon Musk says SpaceX Starlink satellites 'albedo will drop significantly

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/elon-musk-starlink-spacex


SpaceX’s first Starship test flight imminent as rocket nosecone nears completion
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-first-starship-test-flight-imminent-nosecone-production/


Orion and its dimming star Betelgeuse shine over a stargazer in this sentimental night-sky photo | Space

https://www.space.com/orion-constellation-betelgeuse-stargazer-photo.html


SpaceX is rapidly building Starship SN1 and a Vehicle Assembly Building

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/starship-sn1-stacking


SpaceX will launch private citizens into orbit - The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/18/21142137/spacex-tourism-orbit-earth-private-citizens-dragon-space-flight


SpaceX's California Starship factory plans detailed ahead of permitting decision

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-california-starship-factory-details-permit-decision/


Did Ancient Aliens Send Us Messages Every 16 Days? Either Way It’s Time To Listen In Our Own Galaxy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/02/14/distant-aliens-may-have-sent-us-radio-signals-every-16-days-so-why-dont-we-look-in-our-own-galaxy/


Virgin Galactic's spaceplane relocated to Spaceport America

https://newatlas.com/space/virgin-galactic-spaceplane-relocation-spaceport-america/


NASA: SpaceX will be first to launch Commercial Crew astronauts

https://www.wesh.com/article/nasa-spacex-first-to-launch-commercial-crew-astronauts/30935113


Astronomers to sweep entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life | Science | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/15/astronomers-to-sweep-entire-sky-for-signs-of-extraterrestrial-life


It Turns Out Rust Is… a Great Shield for Deadly Space Radiation (And the Magic Chernobyl Fungus)

https://futurism.com/the-byte/rust-shield-deadly-space-radiation


Supercomputer to scan 'entire sky' for signs of aliens

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10981327/seti-scan-sky-alien-signal-technology/



Back to Earth, Earthman! Or Earthwoman!
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Tech & Science To Dazzle - Or Baffle:


Let's Encrypt issues one-billionth web security certificate | ZDNet

https://www.zdnet.com/article/lets-encrypt-issues-1-billionth-web-security-certificate/


The EU makes the switch to Signal as its messaging app of choice | Android Central
https://www.androidcentral.com/eu-makes-switch-signal-its-messaging-app-choice


WhatsApp encryption under scrutiny by US government
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/whatsapp-encryption-under-scrutiny-by-us-government.html


Nuclear Fusion - Fusion Energy - Nuclear Reactor

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a31080902/fusion-energy-hydrogen-boron/


Wood waste makes recycled concrete stronger than ever

https://newatlas.com/environment/wood-waste-recycled-concrete/


Researchers achieve a 10x supercapacitor energy density breakthrough

https://newatlas.com/energy/supercapacitor-density-breakthrough/


'As essential as roads': How one of America's most rural states became a broadband leader
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-how-north-dakota-became-a-leader-in-rural-broadband-202346782.html


Windows as we know it is dead; what comes next? | Computerworld

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3527860/windows-as-we-know-it-is-dead-what-comes-next.html


Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ultrasound-device-lithium-batteries.html


Danish energy company ├śrsted's plans for the US energy grid - Protocol

https://www.protocol.com/wind-massachusetts-orsted-energy


Researchers combine lasers and terahertz waves in camera that sees 'unseen' detail
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-combine-lasers-terahertz-camera-unseen.html


Microsoft Remote Desktop for Windows updated with useful new features - MSPoweruser

https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-remote-desktop-for-windows-updated-with-useful-new-features/


New green technology generates electricity 'out of thin air'

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-green-technology-electricity-thin-air.html


Privacy-focused messenger Signal is ready to go mainstream and take on WhatsApp

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/02/17/privcy-focused-signal-mainstream-take-on-whatsapp/


The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Keep on Android

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/02/16/the-best-free-and-open-source-alternatives-to-google-keep-on-android/


Scientists discover how to use time crystals to power superconductors - Big Think

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/scientists-discover-how-to-use-time-crystals-to-power-superconductors


Microsoft plans to improve File Explorer on Windows 10
https://www.windowslatest.com/2020/02/15/microsoft-plans-to-improve-file-explorer-on-windows-10/


Data Doctors: Is the Brave browser safe to use? | WTOP

https://wtop.com/tech/2020/02/data-doctors-is-the-brave-browser-safe-to-use/


Tesla Steps Into The Utility Space With New Grid Controller Patent | CleanTechnica

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/14/tesla-steps-into-the-utility-space-with-new-grid-controller-patent/


Everything You Need to Know About the New Firefox VPN

https://lifehacker.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-firefox-vpn-1841795750


*** Hyper-Loopin' ***:

Elon Musk's Boring Company quietly deploys its custom-designed tunneling machine
https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-boring-company-prufrock-deployed/


Elon Musk's Boring Company completes Las Vegas tunnel major milestone
https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-the-boring-company-las-vegas-tunnel-completion/


Hyperloop is taking a ‘crucial’ step toward continent-wide travel

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/a-new-hyperloop-standard-could-pave-the-way-for-continent-wide-travel


Elon’s Secret Sauce | CleanTechnica

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/19/elons-secret-sauce/


Dinosaurs: New study upends a belief many learned in elementary school

https://www.inverse.com/science/dino-body-temperature-data-upends-a-common-belief-about-evolution



Take a break, Mad Scientist!
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Reading Is Fundamental-ly Fun:

Elon Musk recommends science fiction book series that inspired SpaceX
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/elon-musk-recommends-science-fiction-book-series-that-inspired-spacex.html

Dan's Classic Sci-Fi Novel Of The Week:

Quozl By Alan Dean Foster




Starve the bookworm? Not!
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Sci-Fi Fun Zone:


'Stranger Things 4': Hopper returns - CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/entertainment/stranger-things-4-hooper/index.html


Jodie Whittaker: ‘I believe in aliens 100%’ | Life and style | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/25/jodie-whittaker-i-believe-in-alien-100-per-cent


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