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Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Mystery of the melting mummies

The black chest of this Chinchorro mummy shows signs of degradation, even though it is housed at the University of Tarapacá’s archeological museum in Arica, Chile.  COURTESY OF VIVIEN STANDEN


The black chest of this Chinchorro mummy shows signs of degradation, even though it is housed at the University of Tarapacá’s archeological museum in Arica, Chile. Vivien Standen via CBS News.

Chile's famous Chinchorro mummies, preserved perfectly for more than 7,000 years, are melting into black gelatinous goo because of increased levels of moisture that may be the result of climate change.

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Associated Press sues State Dept. over Hillary Clinton's emails

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“The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.”

Good for the AP. If only more news organizations would do more of this.

“The legal action comes after repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone unfulfilled. They include one request AP made five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013.’

Ecstasy, ketamine, shrooms, and meth are legal in Ireland for just one day. But not weed.

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Woohoo, happy early Saint Patrick's Day guys!

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The Selma Confederates: 'I want to protect, defend and preserve my white race'

As marchers commemorated the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' this past weekend, in Selma, Alabama another tribute was taking place: to Nathan Bedford Forrest, the lieutenant general in the Confederate army and first Grand Wizard of the ​Ku Klux Klan.

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You can haz marijuana cookie right now, on your computer or smartphone probably

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“If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you have a cookie on your computer or your smartphone that says how much you like weed—or at least how you feel about the idea of weed being legalized.”

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C.R.E.A.M.: Cook Rules Everything Around Me

Dolla Dolla [Apple Pay] Bill, Y'all.

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Notably naïve Christian group names Alaska men’s shelter 'The Glory Hole'

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"Father Gordon Blue sprinkles holy water on Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk, left, and Jon Pollard in her office during a Rededication Service of the Glory Hole Shelter on Wednesday."

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Images from a camera trap for bears

Drew Rush via nationalgeographic.com


Drew Rush via nationalgeographic.com

National Geographic features the photographry of Drew Rush, who creates remotely triggered camera traps to shoot amazing images of grizzly bears.

Working with camera traps is a lesson in patience and guts. You have to be able to tell yourself that eventually it’s going to happen, and you have to have to perseverance to fix repeated problems while knowing that in all likelihood those problems are going to happen again.

"Looking for Hungry Grizzlies—on Purpose" (proof.nationalgeographic.com)

Drew Rush via nationalgeographic.com


Drew Rush via nationalgeographic.com

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far a-gay: Star Wars gets first official LGBT character

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The first official LGBT character in the Star Wars universe is Moff Delian Mors, a character in Paul S. Kemp's upcoming Star Wars: Lords of the Sith novel.

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New top-secret documents reveal CIA plan to break Apple iOS security

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“Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.”

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Xeni on Rachel Maddow Show on Apple Watch

After attending the blowout Apple product launch in San Francisco, I joined Rachel Maddow Show guest host Steve Kornacki for a conversation about what's interesting about the Apple Watch.

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Apple shows off 18-hour smartwatch and 12" laptop

Both come in optional gold trim, but only one is the 18-karat real deal.Read the rest

Live from the Apple Watch event

I'm headed to San Francisco and expect to see watches priced, features explained, and a nigh-legendary new MacBook.Read the rest

Cat hugs dog, who was missed

“Bow-Z remains patient as Jasper gives him hugs aplenty.”

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Snow day with Buddy the Golden Retriever, at 960fps

Fall in white, snowy, wet-muzzled doggie love.

[Video Link, via Reddit]

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Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones: “Fly, yes. Land, no.”

LOL. It's funny because he's gonna be okay. Wishing you the best, Mr. Ford.

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Jaguar: An exceptional photo shared by a Boing Boing reader

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Jaguar - Phoenix Zoo,” a photo shared by photographer and Boing Boing reader Larry Huffman in our Flickr Pool.

NASA launches 2015 SpaceApps Challenge

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NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide, including New York. From NASA:

During this three-day code-a-thon, participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

“These challenges provide opportunities for US and global citizen scientists, engineers, and students to interact and contribute to space exploration through code development, data analytics innovation, open source software and hardware,” said Deborah Diaz, agency chief technology officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

This year’s challenge will include the first ever Data Bootcamp, with a focus on Women in Data. The bootcamp is open to the public and will give participants the opportunity to improve their skills with computer coding and data. The April 10 bootcamp will stream live online from the Global Mainstage. Astronaut Cady Coleman and NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan will be on hand at the New York event to work with STEM students and also will be available for media interviews.

More than 200 data sources, including data sets, services and tools will be available for this challenge. This event brings together techy-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and students to help solve problems and questions relevant to space exploration and broader subjects that impact life on Earth.

This year, 35 challenges represent NASA mission priorities in four areas: Earth studies, space exploration, human health research and robotics. Many of the challenges are in the Earth theme, supporting NASA’s missions to monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air and space.

Follow the challenge on Twitter using the hashtag #spaceapps.

For Harrison Ford

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“Nice try, Lao Che!” - ✊

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Ninja of Die Antwoord talks CHAPPiE: The Boing Boing interview

Die Antwoord's Ninja speaks with Xeni Jardin about the making of the robot drama CHAPPiE, directed by Neill Blomkamp, and co-starring Yo-Landi Visser, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel.Read the rest

A Steampunk video time capsule from The Edwardian Ball 2015

An abundance of steampunk goggles, corsetry, ballroom dancing, and theatrical stagings of the works of Edward Gorey. Contains actual steam whistles.

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Swedish TV chefs celebrate cheez doodles day, but something goes terribly wrong on-air

Oops. Wait for it.

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Daniel Ellsberg: If Gen. Petraeus won't serve a day in jail for his leaks, Edward Snowden shouldn't either.

 General David Petraeus with his lover, Paula Broadwell, to whom the former CIA chief leaked secret material that would likely have landed a civilian in prison for life.


General David Petraeus with his lover, Paula Broadwell, to whom the former CIA chief leaked secret material that would likely have landed a civilian in prison for life.

General and former CIA director David Petraeus shared damaging information with his lover/biographer, and will receive what amounts to a slap on the wrist for his indiscretion. So why do whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden face such bleak prison sentences, or worse, for what the US classifies as Espionage Act offenses?

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NASA: Mars may have once had more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space. Image: NASA/GSFC


NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87% of that water to space. Image: NASA/GSFC

A primitive ocean on Mars once held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to new research by NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why a vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science magazine.

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Ninja of Die Antwoord talks 'CHAPPiE' with Boing Boing's Xeni: here's a teaser for our full-length interview

Boing Boing speaks with Ninja of Die Antwoord and the forthcoming Neill Blomkamp robot action flick CHAPPiE for a conversation about the long road from Johannesburg to Transvaal artificial intelligence armaggedon, and what it was like to work with the District 9 auteur.

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Delta plane skids off runway at NYC's LaGuardia airport

A Delta jet carrying 125 passengers slid off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday during a snowstorm. There are no reported injuries. At the time of this blog post, LGA is closed due to the crash.

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Baby cries when dad cries, stops crying when dad stops

Pretty adorable.

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Cat vs. Turtle vs. Cat

It's hard to tell who's chasing who, but we could watch this video of a cat chasing a turtle chasing a cat pretty much forever.

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Hermit crabs line up in order of size to swap and upgrade shells with one another

“They arrange themselves in an orderly queue, the biggest at the front, the smallest at the back; they're lining up with one aim: to exchange properties. But none of the crabs can make a move because the chain is not yet complete. They're all waiting for the right-sized crab to come along.”

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Y2K Time Bomb: Classic Evangelical Armageddon TV

Jesus needs your money because Y2K. This television ad for Jack and Rexella Van Impe's Y2K scare video combines the exploitation of Christ for cash, computer scares, the end is near, and hacker graphics. It's pretty great.

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[Video Link, via christiannightmares.tumblr.com]