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How to hear the ISS
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The amateur radio station on the ISS can be received using very simple equipment. History The first Amateur Radio equipment was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in September 2000 …

NYSE boss sold his own stock ahead of coronavirus market meltdown
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Jeffrey Sprecher sold $19 million in shares of Intercontinental Exchange, which owns the "Big Board," in February and March.

What’s Entering the Public Domain in 2021: The Great Gatsby & Mrs. Dalloway, Music by Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington, Comedies by Buster Keaton, and More
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'The year 1925 was a golden moment in literary history,' writes the BBC's Jane Ciabattari. 'Ernest Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby were all published that year.

Bad language: why being bilingual makes swearing easier
theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/m… 
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Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is fairly well-established, but why does it happen? And does that have a knock-on effect for different communities?

Happy Christmas Eve

Tonite I give my little spawn a pre-Christmas present. Just one. My parents handed down the tradition and I've run with it. The present encloses jammies and a stuffed friend, with to cuddle while waiting for Santa.

Comedian Eddie Izzard gets wave of support for using she/her pronouns
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"I'm gender-fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on," Izzard said on the Sky Arts program "Portrait Artist of the Year."

They Said Tax Cuts for the Rich Would Create Jobs. It Never Happened.
jacobinmag.com/2020/12/tax-cuts-ric… 
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For forty years, governments around the world have been cutting taxes on the rich, claiming that the result would be more jobs and higher incomes. A new study shows how catastrophically wrong that policy has been.

MassMutual Joins the Bitcoin Club With $100 Million Purchase
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The investment is a tiny one for the Springfield, Mass.-based insurance company, but signifies further momentum for the upstart digital currency, which has surged this fall.

Steaks Grown From Human Cells Spark Interest and Outrage
nytimes.com/2020/12/07/arts/design/… 
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An artist project offering an absurdist take on the lab-grown meat industry triggers a debate and backlash in London.

Revealing the BUNKERS cleverly blended into Switzerland's landscapes
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Photographer Leo Fabrizio, over a period of years, discovered remarkable camoflaged bunkers that blended into Switzerland's fields, mountainsides and woodland.

Help test our iOS App
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If you're a regular 20-Things visitor and you feel like helping us out, we would love to have you test our early iOS App (to also be released for Android).

Metal monolith found by helicopter crew in Utah desert
bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-550565… 
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Wildlife officials spotted the "unusual" structure while counting sheep, leaving them baffled.

Too Much Combustion, Too Little Fire
lowtechmagazine.com/2019/12/too-muc… 
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The fire – which we have used in our homes for over 400,000 years – remains the most versatile and sustainable household technology that humanity has ever known. The fire alone provided what we now get through a combination of modern appliances such as the oven and cooking hob, heating system, lights, refrigerator, freezer, hot water boiler, tumble dryer, and television. Unlike these newer technologies, the fire had no need for a central infrastructure to make it work, and it could be built loc…

A screenshot of the official 20-Things iOS app
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This is work in progress, a lot more work remains to be done, but we're getting there :)

Time has come for four-day week, say European politicians
theguardian.com/money/2020/nov/15/t… 
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Left-leaning parties and trade unionists argue that working patterns need to be rethought

20-things iOS app is under development

I started working on 20-things API and at the same time developing an iOS App which uses the API.

Security experts have cloned all seven TSA master keys
techcrunch.com/2016/07/27/security-… 
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Key escrow — the process of keeping a set of keys for yourself “just in case” — has always been the U.S. government’s modus operandi when it comes to security. From the disastrous Clipper chip to today, the government has always wanted a back door into encryption and s…

What it's like to get locked out of Google indefinitely
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"I'm angry at myself for not having even thought of the possibility I could lose my Google account with everything in it."