Add a Recently Closed Apps and Documents Stack to Your Mac’s Dock

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A recent items list is a great way to quickly access applications, documents, servers, and whatever else you tend to frequently need. macOS includes an option to search for this stuff in the menu bar, but How-To Geek points out a way to add a special icon to your Dock.

To add the new icon to your Dock, open Terminal (Applications > Utilities) and type this in:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{ “tile-data” = {”list-type” = 1; }; “tile-type” = “recents-tile”;}’ && \killall Dock

This adds an icon to your Dock that includes recently opened apps by default. If you’d prefer to see a different file type, right-click the icon, then select the new type of files you’d like to see in the Dock. You can choose between applications, documents, servers, volumes, and items (which just includes everything of every type). You can adjust how many items appear here by heading to System Preferences > General and setting the Recent Items dropdown to whatever you want.

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Scientists watch an immune system fight the flu in real time

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To date, biologists have typically had to study the progress of a virus through indirect means, such as studying the antibodies — actually tracking the viruses themselves has been difficult. However, researchers say they’ve found a way to follow the progress of a virus in real time. By using multiphoton microscopy in tandem with a laser and fluorescence, the team monitored influenza virus in a mouse’s trachea (where the transluency made imaging possible) through the infection and immune system response.

As you might guess, the infection played out like a short war. The immune system’s T-cells took a while to respond (about 5 days after initial infection), but they were merciless when they arrived, slowing down by the 7th day and methodically killing off infected cells. They even stayed around for a few days in a heightened state to keep watch for any new threats. This was all expected, but rare to see in action.

The live study has already taught scientists some lessons. A lower virus dose doesn’t automatically lead to fewer T-cells fighting back, for one thing — viruses may affect an immune system’s response, but they don’t define it. You may see far larger results in the future, though. Real-time data could lead to more effective treatments for viruses, triggering swifter, stronger immune responses. You might not have to spend ages grappling with that flu or cough.

Via: Popular Science

Source: PLOS Pathogens

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The first presidential debate was the most watched in American history

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Last night’s presidential debate was the most watched in American history

More people watched the debate last night than any other in history. Pictured are viewers in Washington, DC.
More people watched the debate last night than any other in history. Pictured are viewers in Washington, DC.

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The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Monday night reportedly drew 80 million viewers, and was the most-watched in the history of televised debates.

The Nielsen data is still being counted, and the final tally will be released later today.  But so far, the numbers are pretty huge. There were 80.9 million viewers who tuned in across 12 television channels, according to preliminary ratings reported by CNN

SEE ALSO: CNN said Hillary won the debate. Why do online polls say otherwise

The last time ratings for a TV presidential debate came even close to that was over 35 years ago, when 80.6 million tuned into the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, according to trade publication Adweek.

This week’s numbers don’t even include people who may have watched the debate from places like bars, restaurants, offices and so forth. Traditionally, the Nielsen ratings only include people who watch television from home, according to CNN. The record 80 million viewers also doesn’t include PBS and C-SPAN. 

Viewers were also able to watch the debate on the live streams of several Youtube channels from news outlets like The Washington Post, Fox News and Telemundo. ABC News and Facebook teamed up to do a stream, and so did Twitter and Bloomberg. 

The debate was also the most tweeted ever, Twitter confirmed to Mashable Monday.

The site is still crunching the numbers but they are higher than the 10.3 million tweets sent out during a 2012 presidential debate.

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Restaurant knows just how to advertise to terrible children

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Restaurant knows just how to advertise to terrible children

Image: reddit

Kids can be notoriously difficult to please —  and one restaurant knows just how to cater to them.

Over at Reddit on r/funny, user nabced posted this menu from his local deli. While most restaurants pander to children by offering them mediocre overcooked chicken dishes with absurd, infantile names, this deli decided to keep their kids’ menu honest.

Are you the parent of a whining child, forced to make the Sophie’s choice between mozzarella sticks and grilled cheese?

Will nothing — not dessert, not fries, not even extra ketchup packets — satisfy the ravenous beast you call your child?

Then this menu, featuring the “I Don’t Know” and “I Don’t Care” is for you.

I’m not hungry, but I do want this menu.

BONUS: Can you find the potato in the sea of hamsters?

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A Katana Slicing Roses in Slo-Mo Is a Perfect Metaphor For Your Last Few Valentine’s Days

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Does just the thought of February 14 fill you with dread? Did you spend the last couple of Valentine’s Days alone, in bed, eating Häagen-Dazs straight from the tub? If this video of roses being sliced up with a katana blade in slow motion seems like the perfect metaphor for your love life, it might also make you feel a little better about the worst of the Hallmark holidays.

[YouTube via Laughing Squid]

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Here’s a Pretty Legit Gibsonian Cyberdeck

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Here's a Pretty Legit Gibsonian Cyberdeck
Image: D10D3/IMGUR

Back in the mid-80’s, the “cyberdeck”—the neural-connected, on-the-go interface from William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy—captured the imagination of every cyberpunk fan. IMGUR user D10D3 has uploaded pics of one of the slickest attempts at a real Ono-Sendai Cyberspace 7 I’ve seen.

Built using a dead Commodore 64c, Raspberry Pi 3 and an assortment of connectors, this thing really captures that beautiful ground between hi-tech and outdated that defines cyberpunk in the popular consciousness. I’m sure once you’ve strapped this thing on you feel confident in your abilities to jack-in, break some ICE and topple corporate scum.

The user responsible for this masterpiece has published detailed instructions on how to build one yourself here. Most of the parts needed are easily available but D10D3 did have to fabricate the LCD case and slide mechanism. A commenter on the post asked where to get the stickers and has received no response; you can get a variation on the Hosaka bar-code sticker here.

Flick through the slideshow below to see the cyberdeck from all angles. Image number 15 will give you a sweet peek at the guts.

[Boing Boing]

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Guess What IKEA Found In Their Research Study — Video from Apartment Therapy

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One of the ways IKEA continues to improve its products and services is through research. As the Head of Research for IKEA, Mikael Ydholm’s job is to conduct focus groups and other studies to determine how customers feel and react to IKEA products.

Throughout his nearly twenty-year tenure at IKEA, Mikael has gathered a lot of global research, but there is one discovery that really stands out. He shares this finding with Maxwell Ryan, CEO and Founder of Apartment Therapy. From this study, Mikael was fascinated to see how people interact with one of their everyday products. In fact, it helped enhance this specific piece further. Which product was it and what did he learn? Watch the video to find out.

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