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Neil Dawson’s Horizons on Gibbs Farm

On Gibbs Farm in Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand, giant artworks pepper the landscape. The work was commissioned by entrepreneur and art collector Alan Gibbs from 22 artists, including Maya Lin, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Marijke de Goey, and Andy Goldsworthy. Tom Scott visited Gibbs Farm to see its…

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Working Scientist podcast: Science and government, Canadian style

Working Scientist podcast: Science and government, Canadian style

Working Scientist podcast: Science and government, Canadian style, Published online: 24 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01283-7

Mona Nemer tells Julie Gould about her role as Canada’s chief scientific adviser and how she aims to strengthen science in the country. http://feeds.nature.com/nature/rss/current via https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01283-7

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Why are Canada’s scientists getting political?

Why are Canada’s scientists getting political?

Why are Canada’s scientists getting political?, Published online: 24 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01244-0

Erratic funding for basic research, coupled with concerns that science has fallen down the priority list for politicians, has contributed to a shift in researchers’ attitudes to lobbying. http://feeds.nature.com/nature/rss/current via https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01244-0

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How one Canadian scientist is tapping into the knowledge of Indigenous communities

How one Canadian scientist is tapping into the knowledge of Indigenous communities

How one Canadian scientist is tapping into the knowledge of Indigenous communities, Published online: 24 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01287-3

Jean Polfus found her research was strengthened by bringing more voices to the table. http://feeds.nature.com/nature/rss/current via https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01287-3

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Loosen Plier Joints with Valve Grinding Compound

I don’t know how good pliers are made (rivet joints and box joints) so that they don’t seize up immediately. One extra whack of the big factory hammer seems to me like it’d wreck most efforts to make a good pair of pliers, or almost anything with a similar joint. They usually seem to get it close enough though, so good on ‘em.

Too many pliers at the stores are packaged so you can’t really get a good feel for the condition of a tool’s joint before you walk away (with it or without). I’ve got a few pliers with silky joints, and they’re an absolute pleasure to use. I’ve had (past tense!) some with sorta sticky joints that were more than a little irritating to use. I’ve had a few that were pretty well stuck, and so got zero use.
Breaking them in just didn’t seem to be worth the effort.

Bought another German pair around Christmas, mail order, good sale price. Too sticky to use. Dang. So I checked the solution machine at YouTube and got this:

Some Permatex compound ($5), some WD40, not a whole lot of work, and Bang! All my previously irritating pliers are silky! I’ve even picked up some truly rusty old abused pliers at Flea Markets and now they’re silky too. Last weekend I found a pair of Kraeuter pliers (a model last made in 1921) and, after some restoration work, they may be better than new. The process is cheap, only a little bit messy and easy to clean up. Rescue those pliers! Oh, and that new German pair (from NWS) is now terrific!

— Wayne Ruffner

Permatex 80036 Valve Grinding Compound ($5)

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