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Submission + - Pumpktris (hahabird.com) 1

antdude writes: ""Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller.""
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Submission + - Terra Infirma: The rise and fall of quicksand. (slate.com)

Ant writes: "Slate reports how "... quicksand has all but evaporated from American entertainment--rejected even by the genre directors who once found it indispensable... Quicksand once offered filmmakers a simple recipe for excitement: A pool of water, thickened with oatmeal, sprinkled over the top with wine corks. It was, in its purest form, a plot device unburdened by character, motivation, or story..."

Seen on Neatorama."

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Submission + - New Light on the Plight of Winter Babies -- Differ (wsj.com)

Ant writes: "The Wall Street Journal reports on the "new light on the plight of winter babies. Researchers stumble upon alternative explanation for the lifelong challenges faced by children born in colder months.

Children born in the winter months already have a few strikes against them. Study after study has shown that they test poorly, don't get as far in school, earn less, are less healthy, and don't live as long as children born at other times of year. Researchers have spent years documenting the effect and trying to understand it..."

Seen on Neatorama."

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