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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Not odd news, but most definitely worth sharing:

    NFL: Fritz Pollard's pioneering role in American football history

    Some 27 years before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in baseball, Fritz Pollard was the best player for the first NFL champions in 1920.

    In a decade during which hundreds of African-Americans were still being lynched, he was playing a 'white man's game' when the NFL was in its brutal infancy.

    In 1921, Pollard became the league's first black coach and in 1923 its first black quarterback. Yet after he retired, the doors he forced open were slammed shut by a 'gentleman's agreement' that saw African-Americans banned from 1934 until 1946.

    By the time the NFL's second black head coach was appointed in 1989, Pollard, who died in 1986, had long been written out of the history books.

    But his family's quest finally came to fruition in 2005 when - two years after his son's death - Pollard was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Now, the power of his legacy is growing through an organisation that bears his name. The Fritz Pollard Alliance was in 2016 one of the first to support Colin Kaepernick, another black quarterback who has had to wait for the significance of his deeds to be acknowledged by his sport.

    And yet, still very few NFL fans have even heard of Pollard. His is a story for too long left untold.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/american-football/54342296
     
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    Physicists build circuit that generates clean, limitless power from graphene

    A team of University of Arkansas physicists has successfully developed a circuit capable of capturing graphene's thermal motion and converting it into an electrical current

    "An energy-harvesting circuit based on graphene could be incorporated into a chip to provide clean, limitless, low-voltage power for small devices or sensors," said Paul Thibado, professor of physics and lead researcher in the discovery.

    The findings, published in the journal Physical Review E, are proof of a theory the physicists developed at the U of A three years ago that freestanding graphene—a single layer of carbon atoms—ripples and buckles in a way that holds promise for energy harvesting.

    The idea of harvesting energy from graphene is controversial because it refutes physicist Richard Feynman's well-known assertion that the thermal motion of atoms, known as Brownian motion, cannot do work. Thibado's team found that at room temperature the thermal motion of graphene does in fact induce an alternating current (AC) in a circuit, an achievement thought to be impossible.

    In the 1950s, physicist Léon Brillouin published a landmark paper refuting the idea that adding a single diode, a one-way electrical gate, to a circuit is the solution to harvesting energy from Brownian motion. Knowing this, Thibado's group built their circuit with two diodes for converting AC into a direct current (DC). With the diodes in opposition allowing the current to flow both ways, they provide separate paths through the circuit, producing a pulsing DC current that performs work on a load resistor.

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    Additionally, they discovered that their design increased the amount of power delivered. "We also found that the on-off, switch-like behavior of the diodes actually amplifies the power delivered, rather than reducing it, as previously thought," said Thibado. "The rate of change in resistance provided by the diodes adds an extra factor to the power."

    The team used a relatively new field of physics to prove the diodes increased the circuit's power. "In proving this power enhancement, we drew from the emergent field of stochastic thermodynamics and extended the nearly century-old, celebrated theory of Nyquist," said coauthor Pradeep Kumar, associate professor of physics and coauthor.



    https://news.google.com/articles/CA...AowpbDpAzCm_hwwj9kp?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en
     
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    Sad but true…
     
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    Yes, it smells like poop around the Twin Cities today
    by Melissa Turtinen, bringmethenews.com
    October 9, 2020 02:10 PM

    The smell of poop is permeating the air around the Twin Cities metro on Friday.

    People from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie and Chaska to Burnsville questioned the "farm stench" they were smelling in posts on social media, while others who are all too familiar with the stinky breeze cracked jokes about it.
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    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency confirmed to Bring Me The News that it's likely that people are, in fact, smelling poop.

    Farmers often spread manure on their fields in the fall, and depending on which way the wind is blowing, people may get a whiff if they're downwind.

    BMTN meteorologist Sven Sundgaard tweeted about the foul smell, saying winds are coming from the southwest.

    That, coupled with the potentially record-breaking temperatures, likely isn't helping it smell any better outside, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the odors of livestock.

    This annual tradition of smelling poop in the air isn't limited to the Twin Cities. Last year, the smell of farms from Minnesota reached all the way to Kansas City, Missouri – and people there called 911 because the stench was so bad.

    Here's the MPCA's David Brown's full explanation of the stinky situation:

    "We believe the source of the smells is the same as in previous autumns. This time of year it is common to experience the smell of manure and fertilizer originating from farm fields across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. With harvest ongoing, these smells may be present until late fall when the ground freezes. In the Twin Cities, we notice these smells when the winds are from the south, southwest, or west. Strong winds can carry these odors hundreds of miles and into populated areas.

    "The smell is evident today because the winds are out of the south-southwest helping to transport manure odor and dust from farm fields in Iowa/southwest MN to the Twin Cities area. Wednesday and yesterday the winds were generally from the east/southeast so the transport was from southern Wisconsin where corn/soybean acreage is less compared to IA/southern MN. A strong low-level inversion is also present across the region, which may be helping to trap the odors near the ground.

    "Given the drought conditions this area has been experiencing lately there is also plenty of dust being kicked up by crop harvest. In addition, elevated smoke from wildfires in Colorado and California may be mixing down to the ground. Overall, the air quality is forecast to be in the Yellow (moderate) category today across the southern half of the state. A cold front is making its way across the state today and by this evening winds in the Twin Cities will switch from the northwest. This will bring in a new airmass and clean out the area. North winds tomorrow should keep the odor away, but southerly winds (and possibly the odor) return on Sunday."
     

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    More a question than anything else…

    Does 10/10/2020 have any significance; it's not as cool as 02/02/2020 (same result either backwards or forwards)?
     
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    no longer Odd News (thanks to the new normal :mad:, which really isn't restricted to the damn virus™)

    Microsoft takes down massive hacking operation that could have affected the election

    Washington (CNN Business)Microsoft has disrupted a massive hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to continue.

    The company said Monday it took down the servers behind Trickbot, an enormous malware network that criminals were using to launch other cyberattacks, including a strain of highly potent ransomware.
    Microsoft said it obtained a federal court order to disable the IP addresses associated with Trickbot's servers, and worked with telecom providers around the world to stamp out the network. The action coincides with an offensive by US Cyber Command to disrupt the cybercriminals, at least temporarily, according to The Washington Post.
    Microsoft (MSFT) acknowledged that the attackers are likely to adapt and seek to revive their operations eventually. But, Microsoft said, the company's efforts reflect a "new legal approach" that may help authorities fight the network going forward.

    Trickbot allowed hackers to sell what Microsoft said was a service to other hackers — offering them the capability to inject vulnerable computers, routers and other devices with other malware.
    That includes ransomware, which Microsoft and US officials have warned could pose a risk to websites that display election information or to third-party software vendors that provide services to election officials.

    Complete article here:
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/12/tech/microsoft-election-ransomware/index.html
     
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    Puppy with green fur born in Italy
    By Caitlin O'Kane
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    An Italian farmer welcomed a litter of five dogs earlier this month – and one of the pups stood out among the rest. Cristian Mallocci couldn't believe his eyes when one of them was born with green fur, Reuters reports.


    Mallocci's dog, Spelacchia, gave birth to four other dogs with white fur, the same color as her's. Spelacchia is mixed-breed, but that doesn't explain why one of her pups came out with green fur.

    The strange pigmentation is believed to occur when pale puppies come in contact with biliverdin in their mother's wound, according to Reuters. Biliverdin is also the pigment that makes bruises to sometimes appear green.

    The dog, however, won't always be green. The color will continually fade as the puppy grows and gets older, Reuters reports.

    Still, Mallocci, who runs a farm on the island of Sardinia, promptly chose a fitting name for the green dog: Pistachio.

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    Pistachio the green dog. Cristian Mallocci/via REUTERS

    It is extremely rare for a dog to be born with green fur, but other pups like Pistachio have made headlines before. In 2017, when a green puppy was born in Massachusetts, a young boy with his own rare condition adopted him, CBS Boston reported.

    It paid off being the odd one out – the rest of Pistachio's brothers and sisters will be given new homes, while Pisatchio will stay on the farm. Mallocci will train Pistachio to look after sheep, just like Spelacchia, Reuters reports.

    Green is a symbol of luck and hope, so it may have been meant to be that the dog could make people smile amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mallocci said.
     
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