some dinoflagellate, probably: "but what if I added more heterocycles?"
this is a toxin, ciguatoxin (one of the forms of), remarkable in its low effective dose (as low as 0.1 ppb), long half-life (it persists for many years¹) and the fact that it's apparently sexually transmitted², which I haven't previously seen said about a toxin.
also it looks neat.

Datamining a medieval medical text reveals patterns in ingredient choice that reflect biological activity against the causative agents of specified infections

"This is the most extensive systematic assessment of effects of omega‐3 fats on cardiovascular health to date. Moderate‐ and high‐quality evidence suggests that increasing EPA and DHA has little or no effect on mortality or cardiovascular health"

Sham acupuncture may be as efficacious as true acupuncture: a systematic review of clinical trials

features sentences like "Noting that his grand mal seizure was followed by restful sleep, DF sought to duplicate the experience with electroconvulsive therapy."
outstanding paper and outstanding person

"Maternal kisses are not effective in alleviating minor childhood injuries (boo-boos): a randomized, controlled and blinded study" J Eval Clin Pract. 2015 Dec;21(6):1244-6

"Does previous use affect litter box appeal in multi-cat households?"
answer: no. "Results suggest neither malodor nor chemical communication play a role in litter box preferences … removal of physical/visual obstructions as the key factor"

also: did you know that the idea that humans have a poor sense of smell (compared to e.g. dogs and rodents) is a 19th century myth derived partly from religious politics of the Catholic Church in France
yes seriously

did you know general anesthesia works on plants?
"Mimosa leaves, pea tendrils, Venus flytraps and sundew traps all lost both their autonomous and touch-induced movements after exposure to anaesthetics."

the pad dia is 250 µm and the thickness of the underlying copper layer is 70 µm. this sounds like you'd need a microscope but I just drilled the ViP out by eye (but very carefully) to get to the next copper layer (with a trace that's wider than the via dia) and voila it worked!

(I didn't have a stencil or balls and when I went to the nearest electronics market I decided to skip the hassle and just went to a laptop/smartphone repair shop, which gladly did this oddball rework job; these people are always really good at what they do, too)

today I've torn off a pad from a 0.5 mm pitch 0.3 mm ball dia via-in-pad BGA footprint, then repaired it, then had it reballed and soldered, and it worked!

whitequark boosted

People often wonder why printers are so cantankerous but frankly any device that embeds pigmented runes in the remains of long-dead trees is going to be stricken by an ancient faerie curse from the start

did you know that plants have magnetoreception (and no one is quite sure why)
Arabidopsis thaliana grows slower in low light conditions if you put it into a set of Helmholtz coils and nullify the geomagnetic field

from the journal Astrobiology, which I hasn't realized before is an actual discipline and not just something from science fiction

Influence on photosynthesis of starlight, moonlight, planetlight, and light pollution

"Ionizing Radiation Changes the Electronic Properties of Melanin and Enhances the Growth of Melanized Fungi"

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