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Random Fringe

The Fringe.FM News Desk comes across weird, unique, and interesting stories every single day.  Most end up in our virtual "junk drawer," rattling around until we either use them or go all konmari on the mess.  Some are too good for the dustbin, though - so welcome to the 1st edition of "Random Fringe!"   This Week's Grab Bag of Completely Unrelated Randomness: Biopiracy: How companies are buying up nature […]

todayDecember 2, 2022 3

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Does Facebook Have Your Tax Data?

Breaking news: Facebook may have your tax and financial data. If you’ve used online tax prep software, you may have been affected. They even steal information about your children.   The Investigation Nonprofit news organization The Markup conducted an in-depth investigation. They found that Facebook’s "Meta Pixel" scrapes data from free online tax prep sites including H&R Block, TaxAct, and many others.  They subtly operated in plain sight without some […]

todayNovember 23, 2022 15 2

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Advice from a Wild Turkey

Thanksgiving is upon us and the Martha Stewarts of the world are back to tell us how to have a delicious, gracious holiday. All of it is useless crap, folks.  I’m going to clue you in to the REAL Thanksgiving tips you need to know.  The last one is my secret go-to, sure-fire, undetectable tactic for avoiding awful relatives. Frozen Solid Your turkey is an explosive device.  TL;DR: don’t put […]

todayNovember 23, 2022 11 2

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Arms of Orion

NASA is going back to the lunar surface in 2024; by the end of the decade they plan to start a permanent base camp.  From there, it’s just an orbital swing to Mars and beyond.  But why did NASA name the mission after a love story from Greek mythology?   What’s in a Name? NASA has a long history of naming stars, planets, and space missions or craft after gods […]

todayNovember 22, 2022 6

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Existential Physics

Does consciousness affect physics - and by extension, the universe  - we inhabit? Many scientists and spiritual leaders say “yes.” The Physicist Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder is a researcher, musician, author, and theoretical physicist. Her work focuses on the intersection of consciousness and the physical laws of the universe - and she believes them to be inextricably intertwined. The Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize […]

todayNovember 21, 2022 9

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If Twitter Was a Planet

What if each social media company was a planet - who’d be tiny Mercury or giant Jupiter? Nick Routley of Visual Capitalist wondered the same and modeled our current social media universe: Another infographic groups social media platforms into "solar systems:"   Full Article: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/social-media-universe-2022/  

todayNovember 21, 2022 6

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Rodents of Ragnar

A first-millennium family of mice. Mysterious, ancient monoliths on a windswept, chilly island. Their separate discoveries overturned centuries of established history.   Megaliths For hundreds of years, historians thought the Azores were discovered by the Portuguese in the 1400s.  A remote and difficult to reach archipelago of 9 islands in the North Atlantic, they appeared to be completely uninhabited. Over the last decade, Dr. Felix Rodrigues has documented megalithic and […]

todayNovember 20, 2022 7

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Swing States

Note: This article was originally published the day before Election Day, but the Florida hurricanes beat the heck out of our servers.  We lost some stories, but this one SWUNG back into our inboxes (pun absolutely intended).  Enjoy! Texas and Utah are considered to be deeply religious and conservative states. They’re also surprisingly…kinky.   The Lifestyle Swinging, or “The Lifestyle,” is adults gettin’ together and gettin’ busy.  From ancient Roman […]

todayNovember 18, 2022 6

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Swarm Wisdom

Female worker bees waggle and dance after a pollen hunting trip like cowgirls on a dance floor.  Are they counting a two-step? 1-2-3 Bee Scientists and beekeepers know that bees are highly intelligent, but a surprising new study reveals that bees can count to five.  They even understand the concept of zero. Researchers have confirmed that bees - like humans, primates, and some other vertebrates - order their counting from […]

todayNovember 1, 2022 4 3

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