Kombucha/SCOBY is interesting stuff, and yes, the SCOBY mat can be dried out to make a "leather-like" substance.
That is -- SCOBY leather is "somewhat leather-like" when perfect dry.
It's also hygrophilic, meaning it has an affinity for moisture.
In other words, it's always kind of damp and sticky, even in a relatively dry environment.
Expose it to rain, and you've got a sloppy, slippery, un-leather-like mess on your hands. I say this from personal experience.
Also, it smells like cat urine.
Four lampreys are native to the Michigan Great Lakes region. Two are parasitic; two not. The two parasitic species, while they cause deep wounds, rarely kill their hosts.
The Sea Lamprey is the relatively recent invader (1930s-40s) which has caused ecological havoc.
Space dust may store information as a double helix.
A new computer simulation shows that dust immersed in ionized gas (i.e., dusty plasmas) can organize itself into double helixes. The simulations suggested that under conditions commonly found in space, the dust particles first form a cylindrical structure that sometimes evolved into helical structures. Along some spirals, the radius of the helix was seen to change abruptly from one value to another and then back again, providing a mechanism for storing information in terms of the length and radius of a section of a spiral.
Doesn't say "young white man", but one might infer as much from the ponytail.
I am reminded of a passage from Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light (1967):
He did not move his head, but reached out to crush a beetle that stood near his hand. The tip of a small crystal and two tiny wires protruded through the broken chitin of its back.
An excellent novel, one of my favorites.
Sadly, the Avon edition that I used to own was the absolute worst example of typographical errors I have ever seen: at least a dozen cases of misplaced or duplicated lines. Bad enough that I could no longer enjoy re-reading a book so grievously mangled by the publisher.
Don't say it -- stop -- I'll say it myself: the book was full of bugs.
Evolutionary pressure will tend to select for individuals who can survive and resist these agents.
Five generations, maybe ten, and we'll have a sub-population of insurgents who drink incapacitant agents from breakfast.
Made me laugh! One more time:
They'll drop their famous fish division next and try to make up all their revenue in malt vinegar services.
Slippery banana peels remind me of a favorite scene from The Wizard of Speed and Time.
Hell, we can't even get food to people going hungry in the US without a political shit storm happening from people who think it's the same thing as communism.
Too true. We could be the heroes of mankind, or at least heroes of a proud and healthy nation: so doable, yet so not done. It hurts.
Under Capitalism, Man exploits Man.
Under Communism, it's the other way around.
... the inefficiency of producing phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be adopted by phone makers on handsets sold across the U.S. and around the world.
First they tempt you with California legislation.
Next thing you know, you're hooked on NAFTA, ACTA, and God knows what other Profit-Seeking Acronyms (PSA's).
I suppose we should feel lucky that Amazon is not using United Nations Black Drones to deliver tracking devices (such as your new phone) to your door
"One of the most important advances in casino technology comes from facial recognition systems, where guests entering the gambling area are photographed and their visages are compared with an ever-growing database of known cheaters and suspicious people."
"Carrier bees wait for favourable breezes. If a storm arises, they steady themselves with the weight of a little pebble held in their feet; some
authorities say that it is placed on their shoulders
- Pliny the Elder: Naturalis Historia