Day: November 9, 2013

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‘Wizz Kid’ Physicists Working to Solve Urine Splashback


Urinal splashback. It’s a problem that has plagued men (and their pants) for decades. Now, as the BBC reports, two intrepid American physicists are out to solve this embarrassing issue once and for all.

Professor Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd, of Utah’s Brigham Young University, have been hard at work researching why and how urine ricochets off lavatories, and on November 24th, the duo will reveal their findings to members of the American Physical Society in a presentation entitled Urinal Dynamics.

Truscott and Hurd understand their work might elicit some snickers, but the effort they’ve put into discovering the secrets of splashback is no joke. The researchers started by building a specialized hose to simulate the pressure and flow rate of a healthy urinating male, even designing two different artificial urethras. Then, they used high speed photography and image processing to study such essential topics as “the effects of stream…

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“Far-Reaching Consequences”: Obamacare, Mental Illness, And Guns

After years of delays, the Obama administration has released final regs aimed at implementing 2008 legislation requiring “parity” in insurance coverage of mental illness, as Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear of the New York Timesreport today:

The rules, which will apply to almost all forms of insurance, will have far-reaching consequences for many Americans. In the White House, the regulations are also seen as critical to President Obama’s program for curbing gun violence by addressing an issue on which there is bipartisan agreement: Making treatment more available to those with mental illness could reduce killings, including mass murders.

Remember gun violence?

In issuing the regulations, senior officials said, the administration will have acted on all 23 executive actions that the president and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced early this year to reduce gun crimes after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. In planning those actions, the administration anticipated…

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Hawaii House Approves Gay Marriage Bill


After clearing the Senate hurdle last week, Hawaii’s House of Representatives approved a same-sex marriage bill late Saturday.

Lawmakers approved the bill to allow marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples in a 30-to-19 vote, Reuters reports. Earlier this week Illinois passed a similar measure, which means the two states will become the 15th and 16th states to recognize gay marriage, respectively.

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Hawaii’s Senate passed the bill on Wednesday, but a House amendment means that the bill will return to the Senate for a final vote. State legislative rules prevent the Senate from passing it until Tuesday, according to aides.

Governor Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session last month to address the issue, is expected to sign the bill into law.


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