IBM’s Fractalizer Turns Any Tumblr Into a Trippy Fractal

IBM's Fractalizer Turns Any Tumblr Into a Trippy Fractal

IBM’s engineers must have been at a loose end, because they’ve just launched a new site called the IBMblr Fractalizer, which takes any Tumblr and spits it out as a series of fractals.

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Best calculator apps for iPad: PCalc, MyScript, Digits, and more!

Best calculator apps for iPad: PCalc, MyScript Digits, and more!

The best calculator apps for iPad from simple arithmetic to scientific and engineering equations, to full blown graphing functionality!

Just like weather apps, Apple hasn’t seen fit to provide a version of the built-in iOS Calculator app for iPad. So, to the App Store! And that’s not a bad thing. The Calculator app on iPhone and iPod touch is… serviceable, but the alternatives on the App Store are better in every way. The only real problem is choosing which of the many calculator apps is the best for you. But that’s where we come in! Whether you need simple arithmetic or complex scientific equations, here are my favorite calculator apps for iPad!

PCalc

PCalc is one of the best calculator apps available, period. Not only is it jam packed with features, it’s easy to use and has a great interface. PCalc caters to everyone from students to engineers to scientists to pretty much anyone who wants to pick it up and use it. It’s got 64-bit support for the iPad Air and iPhone 5s, lots of themes, and other customizations. PCalc has support for accounting mode, RPN mode, and so much more.

If you want the absolute best all around calculator that money can buy, look no further than PCalc.

Soulver

I like to refer to Souvler as a math journal of sorts. Just start typing out what you know and what you’re trying to figure out and more than likely, you’ll come to a solution. It’s especially great for story problems or for times when you not only have to solve an equation, but remember notes or certain thoughts. That makes it pretty great for students since it doubles as a note taking area all in one.

If you problem solve by thinking things through and jotting down notes, Soulver is what you want.

MyScript

MyScript takes an interesting approach to solving calculations since it takes written input. This is great for folks who instantly feel overwhelmed by a lot of buttons on a calculator. There’s virtually no learning curve with MyScript, just start writing. MyScipt supports basic equations and operations, logarithms, exponentials, brackets, and more. It makes for a great companion for students who are starting to learn equations and factorials.

For those that don’t like learning lots of buttons and prefer natural input, there’s MyScript.

CALC

CALC is one of the most beautifully done calculator apps I’ve ever seen, hands down. Buying the premium version for $1.99 will unlock all themes and features. At its roots, CALC is a scientific calculator but can also perform currency conversions, unit conversions, and more. This is thanks to the built-in converter that covers over 20 different conversion types. There are also gestures built in so you can easily view a history of your previous calculations.

If you want a basic calculator that’s easy to use but has the ability to do harder computations here and there, CALC is a great happy medium with a gorgeous user interface.

Digits

Digits is one of the best options when it comes to viewing a history, or what we refer to as tape in the calculator world. It always sits off to the left and the best part is, it’s interactive. Make a mistake? Tap the tape to edit it and you’re done. No more entering and re-entering long calculations and lists. Digits also lets you share your register tape or print it in just a tap. You can also change the color and layout of Digits to match exactly the look and feel you’d like.

If you want a calculator for adding up expenses or have a need to see detailed history of what you’ve previously entered, get Digits.

WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha may not necessarily be a calculator as much as it is a database of knowledge, but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t double as one. I’ve used WolframAlpha as a calculator for complex equations for years. There’s also a reason Apple integrated it directly into Siri, because it really is that good. Just choose the type of equation you want to do or enter it into the query bar and WolframAlpha will not only solve it, but spit out details and explanations for you.

If you’re a student or want to better understand math theory or equations, WolframAlpha is a must have.

Your picks?

These are our favorite calculator apps for iPad but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great ones out there too. Let us know what you’re using and why in the comments!

    



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Anthrax bacteria play hide and seek

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An EPFL team discovers that, using exosomes, the lethal factor of the anthrax bacterium can travel undetected through the body for days


The bacterium responsible for anthrax develops a strategy reminiscent of the Trojan horse tale. Its pathogenic factor is able to penetrate inside a cell in such a way that it becomes completely invisible to both the immune system and medical analysis. Furthermore, it manages to exit the cell several days later, and then it continues to poison other cells.

This mechanism was discovered by researchers from EPFL, the University of California at Berkeley and the National Institute of Health in Washington. It finally explains the reason why some living organisms succumb to the disease up to two weeks after the disappearance of the last signs of bacterial presence. “This remained a mystery for more than 50 years, said Gisou van der Goot, who heads a research unit at EPFL’s Global Health Institute. The bacteria would disappear after the administration of antibiotics, but the subject still died a few days later.”

The researchers focused in the way the anthrax toxin was able to get inside the cell. Composed of two elements a “protective antigen” and a “lethal factor”, the toxin does not merely create a passage across the cellular membrane. Instead, it introduces itself by endocytosis, a process by means of which the pathogen is “swallowed” by the cell.

The intoxication does not stop there. Once inside the cell, anthrax’s lethal factor is sheltered by the cell’s membrane, forming an “endosome”, in which it can wait for several days. Then, it can either be released inside the cell, causing it to malfunction, or it can be released towards the external environment inside small vesicles called exosomes and get into another cell. “The immune system has no reason to react, since it only detects exosomes whose membrane is composed by the very same molecules making up the cell’s endosomes.” explained Gisou van der Goot.

This is the first time that scientists have been able to describe the transmission of a pathogen agent for an extended time period and throughout a long distance within the living organism. Their work has been subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the NCCR “Chemical Biology”. It was published today in the Cell Reports journal. “There is still much to learn about exosomes. The results of this research will help us to better understand them” continued Gisou van der Goot.

As for the battle against anthrax, this research will lead to the development of drugs specifically targeting the lethal factor while being able to penetrate the cell’s membrane


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An EPFL team discovers that, using exosomes, the lethal factor of the anthrax bacterium can travel undetected through the body for days


The bacterium responsible for anthrax develops a strategy reminiscent of the Trojan horse tale. Its pathogenic factor is able to penetrate inside a cell in such a way that it becomes completely invisible to both the immune system and medical analysis. Furthermore, it manages to exit the cell several days later, and then it continues to poison other cells.

This mechanism was discovered by researchers from EPFL, the University of California at Berkeley and the National Institute of Health in Washington. It finally explains the reason why some living organisms succumb to the disease up to two weeks after the disappearance of the last signs of bacterial presence. “This remained a mystery for more than 50 years, said Gisou van der Goot, who heads a research unit at EPFL’s Global Health Institute. The bacteria would disappear after the administration of antibiotics, but the subject still died a few days later.”

The researchers focused in the way the anthrax toxin was able to get inside the cell. Composed of two elements a “protective antigen” and a “lethal factor”, the toxin does not merely create a passage across the cellular membrane. Instead, it introduces itself by endocytosis, a process by means of which the pathogen is “swallowed” by the cell.

The intoxication does not stop there. Once inside the cell, anthrax’s lethal factor is sheltered by the cell’s membrane, forming an “endosome”, in which it can wait for several days. Then, it can either be released inside the cell, causing it to malfunction, or it can be released towards the external environment inside small vesicles called exosomes and get into another cell. “The immune system has no reason to react, since it only detects exosomes whose membrane is composed by the very same molecules making up the cell’s endosomes.” explained Gisou van der Goot.

This is the first time that scientists have been able to describe the transmission of a pathogen agent for an extended time period and throughout a long distance within the living organism. Their work has been subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the NCCR “Chemical Biology”. It was published today in the Cell Reports journal. “There is still much to learn about exosomes. The results of this research will help us to better understand them” continued Gisou van der Goot.

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4 reasons BadBIOS isn’t real

If you haven’t been following the story of Dragos Ruiu’s BadBIOS tale the last two weeks, you’ve missed a compelling saga and an opportunity to find out how much you really know about malware.

A well-respected computer security researcher, Ruiu says he’s found the single nastiest malware program of all time. Purportedly, it lives in the BIOS, survives BIOS reflashes, readily works cross-platform (Windows 8, BSD, OS X), and — get this — communicates with other infected computers using high-frequency sound waves above the range of human hearing. It renders CD-ROM drives and USB drives unusable, and it can erase its tracks when forensically analyzed.

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People following this story fall into a few different camps. Many believe everything he says — or at least most of it — is true. Others think he’s perpetrating a huge social engineering experiment, to see what he can get the world and the media to swallow. A third camp believes he’s well-intentioned, but misguided due to security paranoia nurtured through the years.

A few even think we’re witnessing the public mental breakdown of a beloved figure. They point out that paranoid schizophrenics often claim to be targeted by hidden communication no one else can hear. To be honest, I’ve found myself in all these camps since the story broke, though I’m leaning toward those who think Ruiu is well-intentioned, but perhaps seeing too much of what he wants to see.

My best personal guess is that by the time this all shakes out, little of interest will be found. No big superbugs will be documented. Instead, we’ll be left with supposedly tantalizing “clues” that provide no real evidence of anything extraordinary.

Dragos’ tale
Ruiu’s been around for decades in various capacities, but is especially cherished for his founding and running of the Pwn2Own hacking contest as part of his CanSecWest security conference. I, along with thousands of other computer security researchers, eagerly await the new zero days used and eventually patched in these contests each year.

Ruiu and his lab team have supposedly been fighting the supermalware program for more than three years. The saga only came out in October 2013 because Ruiu made many of the facts public with postings on Google+.

The absolutely amazing thing about this story is that nearly everything Ruiu reveals is possible, even the more unbelievable details. Ruiu has also been willing to share what forensic evidence he has with the public (you can download some of the data yourself) and specialized computer security experts.

Where developments start getting preposterous, no matter how much leeway you give him, is how many of the claims are unbelievable (not one, not two, but all of them) and why much of the purported evidence is supposedly modified by the bad guys after he releases it, thus eliminating the evidence. The bad guys (whoever they are) are not only master malware creators, but they can reach into Ruiu’s public websites and remove evidence within images after he has posted it. Or the evidence erases itself as he’s copying it for further distribution.

Again, this would normally be the final straw of disbelief, but if the malware is as devious as described and does exist, who’s to say the bad guys don’t have complete control of everything he’s posting? If you accept all that Ruiu is saying, there’s nothing to prove it hasn’t happened.

Except it hasn’t — and here are four reasons why I do not believe Ruiu has found a superbug.

1. No smoking guns
As far as I know, at this writing, not a single bit of the evidence shared by Ruiu has revealed a smoking gun. (Ars Technica offers a good example.) No one, including respected experts in their particular field, have found anything remotely interesting. Most have said what they have found is normal and expected, including the portions of evidence that Ruiu said was directly related to the malware program.

This single fact says everything. Ruiu claims to have more experts looking at more evidence, and he even says he hasn’t yet shared additional observations and evidence garnered over three years of analysis. But to me, without a single shred of independently reviewed evidence, we can get a little less excited about this particular claim.

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Q&A: More lenient lice policies bug some parents

Over the counter products for controlling head lice are photographed in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom for the rest of the day. Some school nurses are no longer sending home “lice notes” to parents of other children in the classroom. The policy shift is designed to help keep children from missing class, shield children with lice from embarrassment and protect their privacy. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Over the counter products for controlling head lice are photographed in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom for the rest of the day. Some school nurses are no longer sending home “lice notes” to parents of other children in the classroom. The policy shift is designed to help keep children from missing class, shield children with lice from embarrassment and protect their privacy. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

(AP) — Some schools are letting kids with live lice in their hair back in the classroom, a less restrictive policy that has parents scratching their heads.

“Lice is icky, but it’s not dangerous,” says Deborah Pontius, the school nurse for the Pershing County School District in Lovelock, Nev. “It’s not infectious, and it’s fairly easy to treat.”

Previously, most schools have required children with lice to be sent home, in an attempt to prevent the spread to other children. Children haven’t been allowed to return to the classroom until all the lice and nits, or lice eggs, are removed.

Also, schools customarily send notes home to let parents know that a child in class had lice so that they could be on the lookout for lice on their own children. Pontius has stopped doing that, as well.

The policy shift is designed to help keep children from missing class, shield children with lice from embarrassment and protect their privacy.

Schools in Tennessee, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico and South Carolina also are adopting the more lenient lice policy.

Some questions and answers about head lice and the new policies.

Q: WHAT ARE LICE AND WHO GETS THEM?

A: Lice are tiny grayish-white bugs that infest a scalp, sucking bits of blood every few hours. Lice don’t jump or fly. They crawl. They are not a sign of poor hygiene.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are 6 million to 12 million head lice infestations each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years old. While itchy and unpleasant, health experts say lice don’t spread disease and are not a health hazard.

Q: IF THEY’RE NOT A HEALTH HAZARD, WHY ARE KIDS SENT HOME?

A: Schools and parents feared that children in close quarters would spread lice to one another.

Q: WHY THE CHANGE IN POLICY?

A: Itchy children probably had lice for three weeks to two months by the time they’re sent to the nurse, Pontius says.

Classmates already would have been exposed. There’s little additional risk of transmission, she says, if the student returns to class for a few hours until the end of the day, when a parent would pick up the child and treat for lice at home.

Pontius also doesn’t send lice notes. “It gets out who had lice,” she says, and there’s no need to panic parents. Parents with elementary school-aged kids should check their children’s hair for lice once a week anyway, she says. If they are doing that, then there’s really no need for the notes.

Q: WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?

A: The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines in 2010 to adopt a “do not exclude” infested students recommendation for schools dealing with head lice. It has long encouraged schools to discontinue “no-nit” policies. The itty-bitty nits — which can often be confused with dandruff — cement themselves to the hair shaft, making removal difficult.

The National Association of School Nurses revised its position the following year. In its guidance, the association said children found with live head lice should remain in class but be discouraged from close direct head contact with others and said the school nurse should contact the parent to discuss treatment.

The association doesn’t have figures on how many schools have adopted less restrictive policies. Policies vary by state and often by school district.

Q: HOW DO PARENTS FEEL?

A: Letting kids with untreated lice remain in class doesn’t sit well with some parents.

“I’m appalled. I am just so disgusted,” says Theresa Rice, whose 8-year-old daughter, Jenna, has come home from her Hamilton County, Tenn., school with lice three times since August.

“It’s just a terrible headache to have to deal with lice,” says Rice. To pick out the tiny nits and lice from Jenna’s long blond hair is a four-hour process. Add to that all the laundry and cleaning — it’s exhausting, she says. Rice had to bag up her daughter’s treasured stuffed animals, which remained sealed for weeks even after Jenna was lice-free.

Jenna’s school implemented a new policy in the past year that allows children with untreated lice to go home at the end of the day, be treated and then return to school. The policy, the district said, complies with the guidelines of both the Tennessee Department of Education and the CDC.

Q: WHAT DO OTHERS THINK?

A: The National Pediculosis Association in Massachusetts opposes relaxing bans on lice and says the updated policies spread the bugs. Pediculosis means infestation of lice.

“The new lice policy throws parental values for wellness and children’s health under the bus,” says Deborah Altschuler, head of the Newton-based group. “It fosters complacency about head lice by minimizing its importance as a communicable parasitic disease.”

The association says lice treatment shampoos are pesticides that are not safe for children and not 100 percent effective. The group instead urges parents to screen regularly and use a special comb to manually remove lice and nits from a child’s hair.

The CDC says the nits are “very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people” — and many schools have dropped their no-nit policies. But supporters of no-nit rules, such as the National Pediculosis Association, say the eggs will hatch new lice and need to be removed before a child is considered lice-free.

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Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html

National Pediculosis Association: http://www.headlice.org/

National Association of School Nurses: http://bit.ly/y8IUdg

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Climbing Frozen Waterfalls at Night by the Light of a Drone

Climbing Frozen Waterfalls at Night by the Light of a Drone

The work of photographer Thomas Senf is the focus of a short video hosted by The Guardian, documenting the stunning lengths he’s gone through to shoot climbers scaling frozen waterfalls at night in the mountains of Norway. The landscape is a like a chandelier lit from within—a reef of glowing ice.

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Last Vegas: Film Review

Star power counts for a helluva lot in Last Vegas, an amiable geezers comedy with an affecting emotional anchor. To call this the geriatric Hangover is both accurate and misleading, as the main fun here is not so much the broad humor as it is to watch five great old pros — Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and an entirely captivating Mary Steenburgen — imparting pleasure while obviously having it themselves. Although formulaic in design and programmed to meet its quota of laughs, the film makes a point of going beyond basic expectations into some legitimate aspects of mature friendships without getting soggy about it. CBS Films looks to make this visit to Vegas a profitable one.

All wearing their years quite well, thank you — Freeman is the oldest at 76, Kline the youngest at 66, while De Niro is 70 and Douglas 69 — the actors play friends who have known each other for nearly six decades, as glimpsed in a Brooklyn childhood prologue. Nowadays, Archie (Freeman) is a veteran of one stroke whose obsessively protective son holds him health hostage in his New Jersey home, Sam (Kline) is bored in early Florida retirement with his longtime spouse and Paddy (De Niro) no longer leaves his New York apartment after his beloved wife’s death.

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By extreme contrast, ladies’ man and successful Malibu attorney Billy (Douglas) willfully ignores the calendar but finally decides it’s time to settle down — with a bride about a third his age. Despite reluctance on the part of Paddy, who says he hates Billy, the guys agree to meet in Vegas for a bachelor party on the Saturday night before Billy’s Sunday wedding.

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) delivers the requisite amount of old-age shtick (Sam’s wife thoughtfully slips him an envelope containing a Viagra pill and a condom in the hope that some action will revitalize her husband), but quickly takes the story in a refreshingly unexpected direction with the introduction of Diana (Steenburgen), a wise and sassy lounge singer who’s very frank about her availability as well as about the hope that Vegas will provide her with a satisfying next act to her life. She teases and engages with the guys, her sultry singing style is wonderful and develops a quick rapport with both Paddy and Billy that inadvertently revives the secret grudge that drove a wedge between them.

For his part, Sam attracts the attention of a drag queen (Roger Bart), while Archie’s big winnings at blackjack occasion an upgrade into the hotel’s most lavish suite, available now that 50 Cent has canceled for the weekend. Events naturally conspire for the boys to to use the enormous space to throw a wild party, in the course of which Archie shows off some smooth dance moves, Sam is forced to decide whether or not to use his wife’s presents, and 50 Cent, in a cameo, shows up after all to demand that the music be turned down.

Director Jon Turteltaub‘s signal accomplishment here is to have created a congenial environment in which the actors could bond and have fun within proper boundaries. The foursome’s approach to these uncomplicated characters is at once relaxed and alert, loose and quick on their toes; they’re just darn good company for a couple of hours, both when they’re rejecting the usual expectations to act their age but especially when they’re working through emotional issues for which even decades of experience provide inadequate preparation.

In every instance, the long-buried feelings that fire the dynamics of the men’s character arcs cut rewardingly across the sitcommy ways the guys are initially presented: Cranky stay-at-home Paddy evolves into a man afflicted with profound romantic angst; Archie’s life-loving bonhomie asserts itself once he escapes his son’s overbearing surveillance; Sam reverses course from premature calcification to libidinous reawakening, while Billy risks renewed conflict with Paddy to at long last look beyond a woman’s surface charms and probe the potential of a mature romantic relationship. These may be obvious trajectories but they serve to invest a farcical context with plausible facsimiles of real people.

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The actors are all great to watch. It may be that Freeman’s work stands out simply because, since he’s now most often cast in solemn, grave, not to say God-like roles, he hasn’t cut loose like this in a long time; like his character, he should do it more often. At first it seems that Douglas as an L.A. playboy is just too obvious, but the sensitivity and soul that Diana ushers to the surface as Billy spends more time with her elicits many grace notes from the actor. While Kline’s role could have benefited from more meat in the script, his impeccable timing makes you pine for more mature serio-comic roles for this acting wizard. De Niro morphs his stubborn Archie Bunker-like complainer into a hurt man with a couple of exceptional grievances.

And then there’s Steenburgen’s Diana. Her musical gifts draw you in first but her self-deprecating humor, wisdom of the ways of the world and fundamental optimism make her a keeper and deserving of heated competition among men. In her best film role in years, the actress delivers a fully realized character from the outset and deepens it into someone you really care about even in an essentially comic context.

Opens: Nov. 1 (CBS Films)
Production: Laurence Mark Productions
Cast: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Roger Bart
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Screenwriter: Dan Fogelman
Producers: Laurence Mark, Amy Baer
Executive producers: Nathan Kahane, Jeremiah Samuels, Lawrence Gray
Director of photography: David Hennings
Production designer: David J. Bomba
Costume designer: Dayna Pink
Editor: David Rennie
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
PG-13 rating, 104 minutes

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Facebook contemplates tracking your mouse cursor

November 01, 2013

Facebook is reported to be contemplating a technology that will allow it to track the cursor movements of its users.

The social networking giant, which now boasts 1.19 billion active monthly users, is looking at tracking software that would tell it where a user has placed their cursor and how long they hover over certain areas of the Facebook website, according to The Wall Street Journal. It may also start mining data on whether a specific user is looking at the Facebook newsfeed on their mobile phone at any particular point in time.

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Facebook said information of this nature could be added to its data analytics warehouse, which already holds 300 petabytes of information and is available for use throughout the company to help with product development and targeted advertising.

The tests are ongoing but if the technology is rolled out it could be perceived by some Facebook users as an invasion of privacy.

Facebook’s head of analytics, Ken Rudin, said in an interview: “It is a never-ending phase. I can’t promise that it will roll out. We probably will know in a couple of months.”

Rudin added that the company is assessing whether tracking a user’s mouse movements makes business sense.

If the Menlo Park-headquartered firm does decide to roll out the new tracking software then it would become the first social media network to do so. However, other sites like internet photo service Shutterstock already collect data on their user’s mouse movements.

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I’m a Bird! This Pigeon Simulator Lets You Soar Over London

Who hasn’t dreamed of soaring over a city, dipping between the rooftops, peering into people’s windows? A new simulator allows anyone to have a real-life birds-eye view of London.

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‘Gate’ Opens To Bloody And Raucous 17th Century England

Alan Cheuse reviews Jeanette Winterson’s latest book, The Daylight Gate, set in 17th Century England. The novel is set seven years after the undoing of the infamous Gunpowder Plot, in which Catholic terrorists attempted to blow up the House of Parliament of the anti-Papist King James I.

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