UK police arrest man who built anti-immigrant nail-bomb, decline to press terrorism charges

Ryan McGee came from a multi-generational white supremacist dynasty and told police he built his nail-bomb because he didn't like immigrants, the Crown Prosecution Service said that "it was never McGee’s intention to use the device for any terrorist or violent purpose." Read the rest

Camp H: Maker camp for girls in Berkeley

They do a variety of year-round programs for girls aged 9-12, and teach subjects from welding, masonry, carpentry, architecture, service and leadership; the winter workshop is on game-design: Read the rest

Library's seed sharing system threatened by Big Ag regulations

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has threatened the Duluth library's free seed-sharing program because it doesn't conform to the seed-distribution rules laid out for big agribusinesses. Read the rest

Haunted Mansion leg sleeve tattoo

Redditor Buddytattoo posted these outstanding shots of an in-progress leg-sleeve Haunted Mansion tattoo, created by Tattoo Charlie's in Louisville, KY. Read the rest

Interview with fantasy writer Tim Powers about being a "secret historian"

Mitch writes, "I interviewed fantasy novelist Tim Powers about how he writes. We talked about working through story problems, using YouTube as a secret weapon, why he avoids social media, and his obsessively detailed outlines and research notes. 'In order to build a building, you put up so much scaffolding that the scaffolding outweighs the building.'" Read the rest

What to watch on TV tonight: Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

A couple of weeks ago I went to a screening for a fun, smart new TV series on Bravo called Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. It's a fast-paced dramedy about a woman whose marriage is falling apart. It was created by Marti Noxon, a producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and my friends Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro are executive producers! It airs tonight on Bravo.

Bravo's first original scripted series, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein, House), a self-help book author and guru of all things family, who shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie. After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein, Private Practice), America's once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby turns to her new divorced friends, rather than her married ones, for advice. Her friend Lyla (Janeane Garofalo, Reality Bites) is a legendary no-nonsense entertainment lawyer who is in a constant "War of the Roses" battle with her ex-husband, and Phoebe (Beau Garrett, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) is a former model and budding entrepreneur who has a very unique relationship with her ex. When she hires Delia (Necar Zadegan, Emily Owens, MD) as her divorce attorney, Abby's brother Max (Patrick Heusinger, Royal Pains), who fought hard for the right to marry, questions his sister on how she can so easily decide to walk away from her own marriage.

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Beautiful, surreal story about garden pests

Will Kaufman's "Coping with Common Garden Pests" offers a fresh and weird perspective on the gardener's age-old battle. Read the rest

Kickstarting a keyboard-shaped waffle-iron

What started as a viral shoop is now a potential real thing, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that's looking for $50K to go into production. Read the rest

Learn about economics from Seinfeld episodes

The excellently named Yadayadayada Econ blog teaches dozens of basic economic concepts by using examples from classic Seinfeld episodes (the entire run of which is $59 for 33 discs!). Read the rest

D20-in-clear-bubble necklaces

The D20 pendant is $20, with your choice of chains -- also comes in clear, jade, red, orange, blue, black, and grey from Blue Star Creations.

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Twitter takes aim at trolls—and promises more

Glenn Fleishman explains Twitter's blocking system and its freshly-fortified abuse-reporting tools.

Custom literary matchboxes for chasing away poo-gas

From Burlington, VT's Dippy Lulu, Literary Lites are custom-made matchboxes that look like Penguin classics, with punny, poop-oriented titles, intended for use in the bathroom to light after particularly stinky Number Twos. They come in six, color-coded sets of three match-boxes each. Read the rest

DNA solves 529-year-old mystery: Yes, remains of King Richard III really were buried in a parking lot

“Scientists are 99.999 percent sure, in their most conservative estimate, that remains found in 2012 really do belong to King Richard III,” according to results published Tuesday in Nature Communications. And with that, a 529-year-old cold case can be laid to rest, thanks to DNA forensics.

Rachel Feltman in the Washington Post:

The British royal died in battle in 1485. But while he would be immortalized in his namesake Shakespeare play, King Richard III was buried without fanfare. The church that marked his grave had long since been demolished when researchers went looking for it in 2012, and pinpointing its former location took some investigating. But when they finally tracked down Greyfriars Church, its foundation -- and by extension, the body of a king -- turned out to be under a modern-day parking lot.

Richard III's skeleton was exhumed soon after and tentatively identified based on its age, battle wounds, and signs of scoliosis -- from which the king is believed to have suffered, based on historical descriptions. But to get a more certain identification, researchers needed to look at the skeleton's DNA. And that's no easy task.

The University of Leicester in the UK has more here about the genetic research findings--and the questions they raise, including scandalous suggestions of infidelity within the royal lineage.

And below, a podcast from the University of Leicester in which Dr Turi King and Professor Kevin Schϋrer discuss the findings of the genetic and genealogical analysis in the King Richard III case. This includes coverage of all the genealogical research, and the results of the mitochondrial and Y chromosome analysis. Read the rest

GOP staffer who said Obama girls lacked class was arrested as a teen

What would Elizabeth Lauten -- the GOP staffer who complained that the Obama girls lacked class -- have to say if the girls had been arrested for misdemeanor larceny? Probably not much, since Lauten had been arrested for the same offense when she was a (presumably classy) teen. Read the rest

New Firefox has no-plugin video-conferencing

Firefox Hello (a Webrtc implmentation) has debuted in the just-released v.34 of the browser, allowing users to conduct peer-to-peer video-chats without any plugins -- just create a chat, send the URL to your friend and start talking. Read the rest

North Korea says Ebola is a U.S. bioweapons conspiracy. Seems legit.

“The U.S. developed a progenitor of Ebola virus at bio-weapon institutes built in West African countries for the purpose of launching a biological warfare.” Read the rest

Some NYPD cops will begin wearing body cameras “this week,” says NYC mayor de Blasio

"One of the things the president is rightfully focused on is body cameras, and later this week we'll be rolling out a pilot program related to body cameras here in this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters today. Read the rest

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