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Lignum vitae is the common name for trees in the genus Guaiacum, and particularly for the heartwood of these trees, which is one of the densest and strongest woods in the world. These woods are also included under the expansive category of ironwood, a name often given to woods that are dense enough to sink in water.

Lignum vitae is Latin for 'wood of life', named so because of the medicines that early New World explorers claimed could be derived from its sap, gum, and tea made from wood chips. Unfortunately, the primary use was an imagined cure for syphilis; in fact lignum vitae only treats the rashes and sores that syphilis produces.

Historically, lignum vitae was the wood of choice for pretty much everything, despite being hard to work with, dulling cutters, and being resistant to glue. It was used for professional tools of all sorts, from plumber's turnpins to saddlemaker's mashers -- and until recently, the British police…

Those of you who are not Indian (and I mean Indian from India, not North American Native Indians) will never know the struggle of dealing with words starting with 'v' and 'w'. When I first came to Canada at the age of ten, I had no idea what people were on about. I remember an incident when I was a kid, someone had done something to my forearm (in good fun) and I yelled out "Ahh my veins!". They started laughing at the way I said 'veins', and I could not for the life…

Gather 'round boys and girls, it's time for yet another tale to chiiill your boooones! Alright fine, it's yet another worrisome story about an aspect of the technology we've come to love over the past few years.


So you might be wondering, what exactly is a Baseband Processor? Well, in a nutshell, it is the main chipset of your device. It is responsible for all the telecommunications and directly interfaces with the hardware. It also includes stacks for…