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After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV If you’ll forgive the hipster-ish-ness of it all, I was a cord-cutter before cord-cutting was a thing. Not because I wanted to be, but rather due to a childhood in which we didn’t have cable and, later on, the habit of living without it. I had an old Dell laptop connected to the TV and a ton of DVDs ripped … Continue reading
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The Three Ways to Test If Something Is Real Solid Gold or Not Metallurgist Grigory Raykhtsaum shows Smithsonian three different ways to test if something is solid gold: a color test, a thermal conductivity test, and a particle test. It’s all computerized now so all he has to do is scan the object to get a read on the color, zap it with an electrical current to measure the conductivity, and scrape a bit off to have it analyzed in a powerful microscope.Read
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A Robot Just Got Hired at a Bankruptcy Law Firm Robots have reached the field of law in an age where jobs are disappearing to technology advances every year.Read More
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Clever campaign encourages texting and driving But when you think about it, it is a bit disingenuous to put this message on a digital billboard.
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Hunting for deals and buying in bulk is a rich person’s privilege Interesting new research shows how the households that would benefit most from cost savings are the least able to access them.
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Should we be fighting the climate crisis like we fought World War II? Where America ignored it until it was almost too late? I don’t think so.
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Explore the world’s cities by bike, right from your couch Cyclodeo enables map-synchronized biking videos from cities around the globe, allowing people to explore new places on two wheels, without leaving the house
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AirplantFrame: Recyclable frames create a living wall of air plants Adorable air plants (Tillandsia) can now grace your walls in multiple numbers, with this simple but lovely design.
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CRISSCROSS flat pack furniture modules assemble with no tools needed (Video) This flexible line of furniture is made for people who are on the move a lot, and need furniture that’s easy to assemble and customize.
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Libertarian Party: Can It Take the Ball and Run? I’ve been keeping my eye on the L.P. since an Ed Clark TV ad in 1980 scared me (straight!) when I was 12 years old, and am reasonably certain that the amount and nature of press attention to the Libertarian Party in these weeks leading up to its presidential nominating convention in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend is unprecedented, and unprecedentedly willing to consider the possibilities the P
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Hilarious Short Animation Shows the Random Ways You Can Die in Space This short animation Death in Space by Thomas Lucas is a collection of two-second scenes that show people dying in space in the most random ways. It’s totally silly, but it’s funny because it pokes fun of the careless curiosity of human nature. Yes, we’re going to jab that creature that might swallow us alive. Sure, we’ll open up this box that might vaporize us. Of course, we’ll add another dro
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Only Amazon can open a college bookstore with no books – CNET Amazon’s seventh college retail location underscores the online retail giant’s desire for a more physical presence.
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BBC interviews Digital Trends’ Jeremy Kaplan from the CES Asia showfloor Here’s our Editor in Chief Jeremy Kaplan being interviewed by the BBC from the show floor of CES Asia in Shanghai.  Check out more of our CES Asia coverage. Swallowed a battery? This ingestible origami robot will get it out Drone cages, smart cars, and unrelenting hordes in our CES Asia VR tour Vuze gets your 360-degree VR video career going, CES Asia preview
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Cowboy Cauldron Fire Pits by The Urban Cowboy submitted by /u/amanforallsaisons [link] [comments]
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Electronics & Gadgets : Pronto Peel – Universal IR Television Remote Control for iOS Devices Requesting to control your session remotely The Pronto Peel turns your iPhone into a universal IR television remote control, managing up to 8 pieces of A/V equipment at once. Using the free app, you control the Peel base unit which then allows you to blast IR signals to all your equipment. $49.99
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Someone Recreated The Warcraft Movie Trailer In World Of Warcraft Against my better instincts, I’m crossing my fingers for the Warcraft movie. It’s being directed by the guy behind Moon and Source Code. He is also technically a Bowie! If all else fails, though, when the dust settles, we’ll have at least gotten this cool in-game trailer out of it.Read more…
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IceCube’s search for sterile neutrinos draws a blank Measurement at the South Pole rules out previous potential sightings of the hypothetical particles
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Arizona governor sticks up for Airbnb in new law Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1350 today, which will prevent cities in the state from banning short-term rental services like Airbnb or HoweAway. According to an earlier report from Forbes, Governor Ducey’s end goal is to turn Arizona into The Sharing Economy State, which is a little different from the state’s current motto of “God enriches.” A lobbyist group called Travel Techno
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soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series presented at heller gallery from now until may 28, the lighting series comprises water-jet cut metal plates, into which fluid glass shapes are hand blown. The post soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Researchers unleash graphene ‘tiger’ for more efficient optoelectronics In traditional light-harvesting methods, energy from one photon only excites one electron or none depending on the absorber’s energy gap. The remaining energy is lost as heat. But a new article describe one promising approach to coax photons into stimulating multiple electrons. Their method exploits some surprising quantum-level interactions to give one photon multiple potential electron partners.
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NASA is funding a deep sleep chamber and other crazy concepts NASA is setting aside money to fund the most ambitious and odd-but-interesting projects that made it through NIAC’s first phase. NIAC or NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is the agency’s annual program that welcomes submissions from forward-thinking scientists. The agency has chosen eight from the 13 phase 1 concepts, including a deep sleep chamber that astronauts can use for missions to Ma
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Furniture on Wheels Putting wheels on pieces of furniture is not exactly a new idea, and I’m rather surprised not to see this type of solution employed by tiny home designers more often. Perhaps these Movables pieces designed by PolyLester for the Kunstfort Vijfhuizen arts center in Holland will yield some inspiration. The arts center they wanted furniture that would not encroach too much on the actual art on displ
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Prenatal stress could enhance protective mechanisms of babies Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this conclusion.
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Proton-conducting material found in electrosensory organs of sharks Sharks, skates, and rays can detect very weak electric fields produced by prey and other animals using an array of unusual organs known as the ampullae of Lorenzini. Exactly how these electrosensory organs work has remained a mystery, but a new study has revealed an important clue that may have implications for other fields of research.
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Shop Picks | Our favorite store releases this week Patagonia gets ready for the summer and Margaret Howell contributes her latest designs to Anglepoise.Photo: PatagoniaHigh atop our lists this week is Patagonia’s 30 year annviersary of its Pataloha Hawaiian Shirt. This year, the shirt’s patterns honor surf champion and “Queen of Makaha”, Rell Sunn. Also worth noting this week is Margaret Howell’s latest collaboration with Anglepoise and
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[FLASH SALE] Inflatable Popsicle Kickboard Float Bed for Water Games with $25.59 Inflatable Popsicle Kickboard Float Bed for Water Games  –  COLORMIXURL:        http://gbe.st/jkQ6YaFLASH SALE PRICE:   $25.59ORIGINAL PRICE:    $35.54Flash sale ends at  00:00 16th May  (Beijing times)Summer is coming soon, jumping in water and playing water games is the best way for families to enjoy themselves.  The popsicle design looks very cute and special, and your kids will love them very
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Scientists Hold A Secret Meeting To Consider Creating A Synthetic Human Genome An anonymous reader writes from a report via The New York Times, summarized by Gizmodo: Earlier this week, over a hundred scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs held a secret meeting to discuss the possibility of creating a synthetic human genome. Creating a synthetic human genome differs from gene editing as scientists would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes,
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The 10 biggest European tech stories this week This week, Tech.eu tracked 10 technology M&A transactions and 67 funding deals (totalling €512 million, about $579 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel. Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week: 1) The European Commission has blocked the proposed acquisition of O2 by Hutchison under the EU Merger Regulation. It had strong concerns that UK mobile customers wo
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Why Britain is beating the U.S. at financial innovation  Legislation allowing ordinary American investors to invest in the shares of startups and small businesses was first introduced in the U.S. Congress in 2011. Despite bipartisan support and the approval of President Obama, it is only now becoming a reality. Read More
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New hybrid system gives robot arms human-like grace and precision Disney Research has come up with a glockenspiel-playing robot that can indulge in balloon toss … when it isn’t safely picking up fresh eggs. The telepresence robot uses a new type of hydrostatic transmission that combines hydraulic and air lines to provide more degrees of freedom, as well as greater precision and delicacy of touch in a lighter, simpler design… Continue Reading New hybrid sy
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5 Mesmerizing Maps of the World in Real Time The map of the world is now available at your fingertips with services like Google Maps. And yet, that’s just a static view of things, isn’t it? Our pale blue dot has so much more going on it all the time. What if Internet maps would update in real-time with real information? Google Maps has taken a few steps in that direction with live traffic and navigation info. But traffic is just one small pa
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This Week in Deals: May 9-13 A whole week’s worth of gear deals. …Read More »
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Interlocking Boulding Blocks offer “limitless possibilities” for construction American designer Mark Boulding has created an alternative to snap-fit blocks like Lego, with a collection of black and white bricks that slot into one another instead (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Google Devs Planning Flash’s Demise With New ‘HTML5 By Default’ Chrome Setting An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: In a Google Groups thread named “Intent to implement: HTML5 by Default,” the Google developers announced initial plans to implement a new feature in the Chromium core that will disable the playback of Flash content by default, and use HTML5 instead, if available. The feature is scheduled to ship with Chromium builds in Q4 2016, accordin
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Warren Buffett, Quicken Loans founder to join consortium bid for Yahoo, sources say (Reuters) — Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett is backing a consortium vying for Yahoo’s internet assets that includes Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. While there is no certainty that the consortium will prevail in the auction, the interest of Buffett and Gilbert is a boost for the Sunnyvale, California-based company, which has been surpas
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Why our brain sabotages our ambitions in favor of cake Humans are clever creatures. We thought up outer space travel, penicillin, and the internet. We’ve come a long way in the past hundred years and consider ourselves the most intelligent beings around. And yet, we make irrational decisions to this day. We’d rather stay at a job where we’re unhappy than pursue something else. We don’t start working on a project for months until only a few days are le
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united states pavilion presents ‘the architectural imagination’ at venice architecture biennale the exhibition showcases the exploration of four sites in detroit, michigan and the result sees 12 projects on display by 22 american architects. The post united states pavilion presents ‘the architectural imagination’ at venice architecture biennale appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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Disney Research Leverages RFID Tech For Low Cost Interactive Games With Physical Objects MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Researchers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have been toying around with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags are typically used for high-tech inventory management in a variety of industries, but researchers concocted a way to make RFID technology feasible for interactive games using physical objects. Using a framework th
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5 reasons why the internet still sucks It’s the height of rush hour and all the freeways are clogged but you still have to visit a client across town. You enter the destination into you GPS but you navigation app sends you into the worst of the gridlock where you spend the next hour edging your way down an on-ramp. Sound familiar? That’s also the same situation facing us when we log onto the internet. Despite massive technological adva
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[New Arrivals] Two Unbeatable Wireless Routers. D – Link DIR – 612B 300Mbps Wireless RouterTo get one, please visit URL: http://goo.gl/iLi8Mc  Coupon: GB12BMain Features:● Fashionable and elegant shape, suitable for office and home use● Wireless transmission speed up to 300Mbps● External 5dBi high power antenna, to ensure adequate coverage and eliminate dead ends● Fully compatible with 802.11n / b / g wireless devices● High-speed WAN port and 4
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9 essential tech projects for the weekend Now that it’s the weekend you should have a chance to get stuck into all of those tech projects you didn’t have time for during the week.To make things easier we’ve rounded up the best of our how-to guides from the past seven days, hopefully giving you inspiration for cool things to do with your tech.This week we welcomed Digital Camera World into the techradar fold, so we’ve got a couple of brill
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Big Festival Brother? What summer music festivals are doing with your personal data LONDON — It’s May and the sun is finally out after a long British winter. For many that means one thing: festival season. It’s a good occasion to disconnect from technology, go off the grid and enjoy a few days of carefree excitement. Or not.  Along with booze, music and mud — a lot of mud — British festivals may have another feature: mass surveillance.  Last year, Leicestershire police scanned t
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NEW — UMi Super works with SHARP for an ultra-high color saturation Sunlight screen This time UMi revealed that Super will go with SHARP supplier to pursuit an ultra-high color saturation Sunlight screen.What does Sunlight screen mean? We’ve seen this function used on some model of Xiaomi and Meizu claiming it is feature to have 17% better overall color saturation for a richer viewing experience. The great thing to have sunlight screen is that you will not have problem reading yo
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House K For this residential housing project, the client desired an open space within an indoor environment. But at the same time, one of the other conditions was that it should reveal the house shape on the exterior. This was on account of the client’s wishes, as they liked the village feeling of being surrounded by other residential houses, but the actual site was in the regular residential area surrou
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8 universities at the forefront of big data Universities at the forefront of big dataImage by ThinkstockBig data has exploded in a way that has left companies unable to find enough qualified candidates to hire, and schools can’t churn out skilled data scientists fast enough. Up until now, boot camps have helped fill the data skills gap and plenty of colleges and universities have created master’s programs in this burgeoning field. And, whil
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Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories Talk of Facebook’s anticonservative stance is in the news, but the issue of what news social networks choose to show us is much broader than that. Just ask the anti-vaxxers.After an anonymous source alleged that Facebook’s Trending News algorithm (and human staff) was intentionally hiding conservative news from the social network, all hell broke loose. Congressional hearings have been called. Whet
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peugeot design lab’s solar charging station propels electric mobility into local cityscape the lattice structure accommodates 150 square meter solar panels in a canopy form, while the flared bases smoothly integrate the charging points and electricity storage batteries. The post peugeot design lab’s solar charging station propels electric mobility into local cityscape appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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New Record For Hoverboard Distance Set By Flyboard Air! Like me, I can bet many hoverboard-enthusiasts were at the tip of their chairs when they saw that first teaser for the Flyboard Air that was released last month. Here is something else to get you excited. It turns out that the hoverboard is actually much realer that we though, and there is a new […]
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End Your Days Of Oversleeping With This Wearable Alarm That Has Shock Capabilities Those days of oversleeping on your alarms, getting out of bed with a groggy feeling, and being slow and unaware might just be over. Your solution could be this little wristband called Shock Clock by Pavlok. The wearable has noise, vibration, and even shock alarm capabilities. Each night, you can set the Shock Clock to […]
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Beyond beacons: The cool ‘lighthouse’ tech that will map the indoors Introduction and radio dotsAt first, it sounded great. You walk around a city and cunningly hidden Bluetooth beacons sense your phone and use trigonometry to calculate your exact position at all times. They bring indoor mapping and navigation to malls, airports and even to specific shops and stores. They allow blind people to navigate.You can use them with your phone to unlock doors, be guided to
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Federal Programs Keep People Poor: New at Reason Many very rich people in America—including a certain presidential front-runner on the Republican side—were born into their wealth. But others started with nothing and, through talent and effort, worked their way to the top of the heap. From Andrew Carnegie to Sam Walton to Oprah Winfrey, our history is bursting with rags-to-riches stories of people who achieved “the American dream.” The
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The six-figure mattress: Inside the world of luxury sleep pads Brittany Herbert/MashableWhen elite society want to lay their heads down for a lavish slumber, counting designer sheep and drifting into champagne dreams, only the best will suffice. These customers turn to a world of bespoke mattress luxury, and pay in the tens and hundreds of thousands. We talked to the brands that service these high-end clients, and of course engaged in some horizontal quality
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Space Photos of the Week: A Galaxy Takes a Punch Like a Pro Space photos of the week, May 8 – 14, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: A Galaxy Takes a Punch Like a Pro appeared first on WIRED.
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Security News This Week: It’s Tech Versus the Government, Yet Again Each Saturday we round up the biggest security news stories of the week. The post Security News This Week: It’s Tech Versus the Government, Yet Again appeared first on WIRED.
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Factory-inspired “mobile ruin” will tour locations along Hadrian’s Wall Architects Matthew Butcher, Kieran Wardle and Owain Williams have built a factory-inspired mobile structure that will travel along Hadrian’s Wall in northern England to provide a temporary residency for writers (+ slideshow). (more…)
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The White House wants to study the Earth’s microbes The president proved that he has big scientific dreams when he announced a new effort to find a cure for cancer. Now, the White House has launched yet another ambitious project called the National Microbiome Initiative, which aims to take a closer look at the tiny world of microbes. Microbiomes or microorganism communities that live on and inside people, animals, plants and just about everywhere m
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Smart Posture Support System Effortlessly improve your posture by strapping on this smart posture support. The device helps you change your postural habits by supporting your shoulders, aligning your spine, and sending a notification to your smartphone when you begin to slouch. Check it out $49.00
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A New Blood Test for TB Could Save Millions of Lives It can be performed at a clinic, yield same-day results and may cost less than half the current test — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Reusable Sticky Gel Pad Make your stuff stick onto nearly any surface around you using this reusable sticky gel pad. This small oval shaped pad features a double sided super sticky surface that you can easily adhere and remove for maximum convenience. Check it out $5.00
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Galaxy Wrapping Paper Give your already awesome gift an out of this world touch by using this galaxy wrapping paper. The set includes three 37×24 inch sheets – each depicting a differently colored image of our vast and captivating cosmos. Check it out $18.99
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8 health innovations transforming women’s lives around the world Among the many injustices women face globally, inadequate health care is one of the most serious. In the developing world, where childbirth complications cause the death of more than 800 women every day, a lack of resources makes it impossible for women to maintain their health on a daily basis. And in more developed nations, stigma creates an environment that fails women who, for example, are tr
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New Material From Harvard Researchers Folds and Changes Shape On Its Own A material produced by Harvard researchers changes size, volume and shape all by itself, reports The Harvard Gazette. The new material, inspired by the “snapology” technique from origami is composed of extruded cubes that have 24 faces and 36 edges.The cube folds along its edges to produce different shapes, and during tests the use of various pneumatic actuators allowed the material to be prog
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The FDA’s Push to Define ‘Natural’ Food is an Exercise in Futility Earlier this week, the comment period closed in the FDA’s rulemaking pertaining to the use of the term “natural” on food labels. The FDA also this week announced it planned to reconsider use of an even more loaded term: “healthy.” Reading through a sampling of the comments submitted to the agency in the “natural” rulemaking, it’s easy to see why issuing a universal r
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Don’t Let the Government Determine What Foods Are ‘Natural’: New at Reason Earlier this week, the comment period closed in the FDA’s rulemaking pertaining to the use of the term “natural” on food labels. The FDA also this week announced it planned to reconsider use of an even more loaded term: “healthy.” Reading through a sampling of the comments submitted to the agency in the “natural” rulemaking, it’s easy to see why issuing a universal r
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Zaha Hadid Architects should follow example of McQueen, says Rem Koolhaas OMA founder Rem Koolhaas says ZHA can continue to grow after the death of its founder Zaha Hadid if it follows the model used by leading fashion houses. (more…)
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Scientific Spy Craft: The Quest to Sabotage Nazi Germany’s Atomic Bomb An interview with Neal Bascomb, author of a new book on a little-known episode of military and scientific history — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled [Video] Competitors are racing to answer Elon Musk’s call to create a capsule that can carry commuters at the speed of sound. MIT unveiled its entry on Friday — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Opinion: Tesla’s premium DLC battery idea could easily backfire TeslaThere are few companies that command more good will from its customers than Tesla. Heck – this is a company that has fans who cannot even afford what it is selling. This enthusiasm is great for business: Even though we still know very little about the Tesla Model 3 it has already clocked up around 400,000 pre-orders. Working in the Tesla marketing department must be the easiest job in the wor
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B&O PLAY A1 Bluetooth Speaker Still expecting the built in speakers on your smartphone to deliver sound? Time to rethink your gear. Treat yourself to exceptional portable sound with the B&O PLAY A1 Bluetooth Speaker. Weighing just 1.3 lb., this compact speaker is equipped with the Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound for powerful bass and crystal clear highs. The built in battery will last you an incredible 24 hours while th
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Qatar Airways’ delays its bid for operating the world’s longest flight Qatar Airways announced this week it is delaying its latest contender for the title of “world’s longest flight”: a 9,034-mile flight from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand. The 18.5-hour flight was supposed to debut Dec. 3, however the airline is pushing the route to early 2017 because of an Airbus A350 delivery delay.  SEE ALSO: Who has the longest flight of them all? The Doha-Auck
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Breathe – The World’s Smallest And Most Advanced Wearable Air Purifier Eliminate air pollution around you within seconds by using Breathe. This is one of the world’s smallest and most advanced wearable air purifiers you can easily carry on the go. It comes in two colors of cadet grey and matte black which can purify your immediate surrounding within a short span of time and help you breathe clean and fresh air anywhere on the go. The rechargeable battery of Breathe i
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Power laws rule everything around me  We live in a time of great polarization. Politically, in nations across the world, both the left and the far right grow more numerous, and draw further away from the mainstream establishment, every year. Economically, the rich continue to separate themselves from the poor, as the very rich do from the rich. And in tech, of course, we increasingly live in a “winner-take-most” world. Read More
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Handrone – The Drone Controlled With Your Hand Now enjoy the power of controlling a drone with your hand by using Handrone. With the smart glove that comes with your Handrone, you’ll be able to manipulate your own Handrone. No more bulky controllers required anymore. The Handrone comes with a WIFI camera which will help you see everything Handrone sees. With the help of virtual reality glasses, you will able to feel the flight as well. There i
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Apollo 7 by Erato Audio Industry first micro driver, true-wireless, waterproof earphones w/ patents pending and design that’s received the 2015 Red Dot Award. Apollo 7 by Erato Audio is the world’s most compact, true-wireless earphone system that also includes a built-in omnidirectional microphone. While traditional earphones can be great in many ways due to their small, compact, size and quality sound, they all have one
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Carry-On Folio Sleeve for 12” MacBook by Mujjo You’re finally grasping the concept of the USB-C port and now it’s time to keep your new laptop safe and sound with the Carry-On Folio Sleeve for 12” MacBook by Mujjo. Available in all black, this sleeve is built to last as its made of the highest quality materials. The Carry-On Folio Sleeve featured full grain vegetable tanned leather on one side of the exterior with wool felt on the other to cre
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DeskCycle by 3D Innovations If you want to burn calories and improve your health, mood and productivity while typing at your desk, then the DeskCycle is the exercise bike for you. The DeskCycle was specifically designed to be used in the work environment. Its smooth, quiet pedal motion is healthy for your joints and won’t distract you from your work. The compact design allows this bike could be used at a 27 inch desk by a pe
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I have suicidal depression—and board games saved my life Behold Thirsty Meeples in Oxford, where you can find boardgames as far as the eye can see. (credit: Flickr user Kristina D.C. Hoeppner) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage right here—and let us know what you think. I have suicidal depression. That’s not a great opening line, and it’s not something I enjoy talking about, but
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Go Active With Urbanears Active Hellas Team Headphones Wireless headphones are great, but wireless headphones that actually stay on your ears are even better. Active wear takes on a different, more literal, and better meaning with the new Urbanears Hellas Team headphones. The headphones are designed for versatile use, indoors or out, jogging or powering through a spin class, you can expect them to stay on. The cord-free […]Visit Man of Many for the fu
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PearsonLloyd’s Intelligent Waste bins for Joseph Joseph aim to clean up home recycling London design studio PearsonLloyd has added to its Intelligent Waste collection of rubbish and recycling bins for kitchenware brand Joseph Joseph. (more…)
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ThinkGeek’s first New York City store is geek heaven Geek culture is now mainstream culture.  While comic book stores aren’t what they used to be — if you can even find one in your city — geek culture and all things related, including video games and collectibles, is more popular than ever. Proof: ThinkGeek, the go-to place for all things geeky (this editor is partial to its seemingly useless gadgets) opened its fourth U.S. retail store in New York
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klaas kuiken’s uses a lost-foam casting technique to mould EPS collection the product designer’s ‘EPS’ collection uses a lost-foam casting (LFC) technique which is often used for the production of engine parts. The post klaas kuiken’s uses a lost-foam casting technique to mould EPS collection appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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You Can’t Talk About Robots Without Talking About Basic Income Conversations about basic income, a government-funded salary given to every citizen, used to take place in the dingy offices of extremist left-wing politicians, or in the campus dorm rooms of idealistic students determined to fix the problems of the previous generation. The conversation was about social responsibility. It wasn’t an economic case, it was a moral one.A sharp uptake in technology des
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An after hours guide for getting the most out of Washington, D.C. You didn’t come to a new city to go to bed at 10 p.m. You came to explore, live it up and try something new. To make every hour count after the sun goes down in Washington, D.C., you’ll need more than a listing of the national monuments. SEE ALSO: A handy Eurovision party guide for the world’s most entertaining song contest Here’s where to go (and when) if your weekend hours are anything but 9 to
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Electric Stacker Sunglasses The Stacker is a pair of performance sunglasses that you can easily turn into casual shades, thanks to their removable one-piece plastic side shields. They also have non-slip grips on their nose and temples, vents to reduce fogging, and lenses that are oil-, dust- and waterproof. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $180-$260 More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Fello EyewearMatador Droplet Wet BagWest
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4 iPhone tricks you might not know The iPhone has been around for almost nine years, but there are still some tricks you can do on your phone that you might not know about. SEE ALSO: How to trick your iPhone into freeing up storage space We’ll be real: These aren’t the most advanced tricks of the trade — but you might be surprised as to some of the little features you can use. Search tricks You can get a lot of informa
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Brooklyn’s Park’s New Staff Members Are Goats Welcome to our fine borough, goat friends. Continue reading →
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Link About It: This Week’s Picks: A new Siri, a new Instagram, the Transit of Mercury and more in this week’s look around the web 1. Watch the Shadow of Mercury Cross the Sun in Real Time The Transit of Mercury—an astrological event that takes place just 13 times per century—happened earlier this week. The event occurs when our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, appears…… Continue Reading…
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Saturday’s Best Deals: Kindle Bestsellers, Yeti Alternative, Insect Fogger, and More Popular Kindle books, a Yeti tumbler alternative, and mosquitos’ worst nightmare lead off Saturday’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.Kindle Bestseller SaleIf your Kindle library could
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Saturday’s Best Deals: Kindle Bestsellers, Yeti Alternative, Insect Fogger, and More Popular Kindle books, a Yeti tumbler alternative, and mosquitos’ worst nightmare lead off Saturday’s best deals. Read more…
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The Neural Basis of Seeing God? A remarkable case report describes the brain activity in a man at the moment that he underwent a revelatory experience. According to the authors, Israeli researchers Arzy and Schurr, the man was 46 years old. He was Jewish, but he had never been especially religious. His supernatural experience occured in hospital where he was undergoing tests to help treat his right temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE),
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Will the Metro to the Beach Ease L.A.’s Traffic Woes? Probably Not. “We’re literally rewriting history with this train,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday at a preview of a new metro line extension that ends in downtown Santa Monica. City officials are hoping the $1.5 billion extension will ease traffic congestion along the 10 Freeway. It probably won’t. “Los Angeles has been building a rail system for 25 years,&
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Tattoos vs. the State: New at Reason Over the past half-century, tattoo artists have been subjected to all manner of overreaching, ill-fitting, and just plain nonsensical government controls. They’ve been hassled by clueless health departments, shut down by moralizing zoning boards, and outlawed entirely by busybody city councils and state legislatures. But as Senior Editor Damon Root observes in the cover story from Reason’s June i
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This is not a bubble bursting … it’s a train slowing down GUEST: There has been an uproar in the tech world recently about what people perceive to be the “doom of the Silicon Valley economy.” Several high-profile companies have taken extremely public hits in the stock market (think Twitter, LinkedIn, Tableau), and the venture funding that used to flow so incredibly loosely a couple of years ago has become much more reserved. But a 20-30 percent decline i
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The view from the Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures on Earth – CNET The top viewing platform of the Tokyo Skytree one of the highest in the world. The biggest city in the world looks absolutely spectacular from above.
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US Senate Reaches Compromise on Emergency Zika Funding Image: ShuttershockIn February, the White House formally asked Congress for $1.8 billion dollars to help combat the Zika virus this summer. Now, the Senate has worked out a bipartisan deal will allocate $1.1 billion in emergency funding. The $1.1 billion is less than the White House had asked for, money that will go towards mosquito control efforts to help suppress the Aedes aegypti mosquito, whic
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 14th) ROBOTICS: This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies Mark Mann | Motherboard “It’s easy to envision Beam-like devices with more appendages and more sensors than just wheels and a camera, so workers could do more than just roll around and talk. If you could beam into a PR2, that would really get people excited.” ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Beyond Siri: The AI Revolutio
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Six smog-eating designs that purify the air By Cat DiStasio Air pollution is a huge problem in cities around the globe. The widespread burning of fossil fuels combined with the destruction of air-cleaning forests results in dense concentrations of smog in large urban centers. What’s more, the World Health Organization estimates that air pollution contributes to 7 million premature deaths each year. To address this enormous public health pro
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Things to Know Before Planning to Renovate House So, you have decided to renovate your home but confused from where to start? Here is the solution
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How to be human: how do I find emotional intimacy without a relationship? Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column “Ask Leah” ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com and read more How to be Human here. Hi Leah, After coming off a long-term relationship (think
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Tesla Looks To Solve Its Model 3 Problem With Audi’s Production Boss Photo: Kevork Djansezian via Getty ImagesTesla’s recently shifted forecast of achieving 500,000 Model S, X and 3 deliveries by 2018 sounded laughably absurd, but joining the circus will be Audi’s Peter Hochholdinger, juggler of production at the German automaker’s flagship manufacturing facility.Hochholdinger is joining Tesla as Vice President of Vehicle Production, or VPVP, where he is expected t
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Samsung Thinks It Can Make Smartwatches Useful By Projecting Onto Your Hand Image: USPTOSamsung thinks it has a possible solution to the problem of tiny, hard-to-read smartwatches: a projector. The company has filed has filed a patent for a smartwatch that projects a larger screen onto the user’s hand or forearm. A projector smartwatch would work by using an image projector, a camera that captures the interactions with the projected screen and a processor that controls an
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Hose Hooker You may not need a Hose Hooker every day, but, say, when bath time for Bonzo turns into spraying yourself in the face a few times and walking away from the sudsing just as wet and agitated as your dog is, the hands-free hose-gripping stake will probably earn its place amidst your garden tools. The Hose Hooker clamps down on hose necks near their sprayers to simplify a variety of outdoor chores. Sc
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The Biggest Thing at CES Asia Was an Autonomous Rolling Suitcase The Cowa Robot. Photo courtesy Brian MerchantIn Shanghai, the future wasn’t VR, AR, drones, or wearables. The future was robot suitcases—autonomous robot suitcases. That follow you around like bewildered android puppies. The Cowa Robot, a Shanghai startup that grew out of another local robotics company, was pretty clearly the “winner” of CES Asia. Theirs was the only exhibit that was routinely pac
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The U.S. Military Wants a Robot That Can Fly Any Plane The U.S. Air Force is looking to fund the development of a system that allows it to easily convert any of its manned aircraft into robot-piloted planes, potentially making huge portions of its existing fleet fully autonomous.According to a public solicitation notice, the “drop-in” system would “rapidly convert a variety of traditionally manned aircraft” to be autonomously controlled without any mo
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North Carolina Soul City’s failed bid to build a black-run suburbia for America Civil rights activist Floyd McKissick dreamed of a southern utopia where the racially integrated community would be planned and managed by African Americans
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Machine Quarantines and “Persistent Drones” [Image: An otherwise unrelated photo of a “Scout” UAV, via Wikipedia]. [Don’t forget to update your bookmarks to bldgblog.com]. There’s an interesting short piece by Jacob Hambling in a recent issue of New Scientist about the use of “persistent drones” to “hold territory in war zones,” effectively sealing those regions off from incursion. It is an ominous vision of what we might call automated qua
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The Fumo wallet carries your phone, money, cards and cigarettes Handcrafted from premium Italian leather, the Fumo also has a rolling station that holds tobacco and papers. The post The Fumo wallet carries your phone, money, cards and cigarettes appeared first on The Manual.
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SCI-Arc’s Close-up Exhibit Explores the Potential of Digital Technologies on Architectural Detail SCI-Arc’s “Close-up” Exhibtion Explores Architectural Detail in an age of digital manufacturing and design. Image © Joshua White SCI-Arc’s “Close-up” exhibition is currently on display at the SCI-Arc gallery, featuring architectural details designed with the use of digital technology by top architects in the field. The exhibit, curated by Hernan Diaz Alonso and David Ruy, seeks to e
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Watch This Remotely-Operated Robot Thread A Needle Replicating human movement is an engineering challenge, and robots are slowly getting better at delicate movement all the time. A research team funded by Disney has constructed a remotely operated robot sensitive enough to thread a needle and move an egg without breaking it. The research team, which includes researchers from Northeastern University, The Catholic University of America and Disney Re
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Darwyn Cooke Has Passed Away at the Age of 53 Yesterday, we reported that Darwyn Cooke was being treated for cancer – according to family representatives, he passed away early this morning at the age of 53.Read more…
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This week’s top stories: iPhone 7, Apple invests in Uber competitor, state of jailbreaking, new apps, & more In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Apple invests in a Chinese Uber competitor, the UK shows off works to bring driving licenses to Apple Wallet, and we take a look at the state of jailbreaking for May, new apps, & much more. Head below for the usual handy roundup of links to all this week’s most shared stories and video. more…Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps, iOS Devices Tagged: Appl
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No, the U.S. Is Not an Oligarchy About this time two years ago the stories started making the rounds. “The US is an oligarchy, study concludes,” read one headline. “America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds,” asserted another.  The idea, put forward by Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern, was that the policy preferences of the rich, and not the mi
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10 Of The Best Mens Field Watches What is a field watch? The original field watch was adopted from a ladies watch into a tool German officers used to organize the movement of troops and artillery. As the watches popularity spread throughout the world’s military, a specific style began to represent the modern field watch. The field watches case To coin a Read More
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10 brilliant IFTTT recipes that will make you a tech god in your home If this, then that, then this, then…If That Then This, or IFTTT, is one of the most useful websites you may have never heard of. It’s a tool that knits together the complex web of apps and services you use every day, enabling them to interact automatically in new and useful ways to make your life easier – and make you feel like a tech god. All you have to do is sign up, grant IFTTT access to you
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A first look inside the Smithsonian’s African American museum A dream for 100 years, the National Museum of African American History and Culture promises to become an instant favorite when it opens Sept. 24 …
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Bring skateboarding into the 21st century with Syrmo It’s been a long time since Avril Lavigne sang about “sk8er bois,” and an even longer time since the world of skateboarding at large has seen any major innovations. Indeed, in its 50-year history, little has changed in the sport, as it remains seemingly untouched by the onset of the digital age. But now, all that is about to change with Syrmo, a smart pad that skateboarders can fit to their skateb
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Fermob’s bulbous LED lamps can be detached and used as wireless outdoor lanterns Read the rest of Fermob’s bulbous LED lamps can be detached and used as wireless outdoor lanterns
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Are diamonds really forever? The hydraulic press says otherwise The Internet’s obsession with the powerful hydraulic press grows stronger and weirder every day. The most recent matchup? Press vs. diamond — and the press comes out on top, crushing it with surprising ease given its difficulty with a dictionary. Guess diamonds aren’t forever after all. Reigning champ performs impressive hoverboard dance at Eurovision final Man turns 8 years of daily selfie
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American presidents and their weird relationships with UFO conspiracy theories Hillary Clinton wants to know what’s out there In March, Clinton — the presumptive nominee for the Democratic nomination for president — went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and said she’ll do her best to delve into government files surrounding possible UFO sightings SEE ALSO: The real ‘X-Files’: CIA shares greatest hits from UFO reports “I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of
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Social media accounts now part of federal background checks Employers have long relied on the practice of checking job applicants’ social media accounts as part of the application process to help determine if they’ll be a good fit for the company. Now the federal government will do the same as part of their background and security clearance investigations. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the new policy on … Continue reading
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2016 is not the year the masses pick up virtual reality GUEST: Mark Zuckerberg (along with many others) believes that virtual reality will change the way we live, work, and communicate in many ways. Zuck may be right about the long term, but the truth is, VR isn’t quite ready for mass-market adoption. While it’s true that 2016 may be the year VR headsets become more available, that’s not enough for mass adoption lift-off just yet. Sure, earlyadopters w
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M.I.T.’s Maglev Hyperloop Pod Students tackle the challenge of taking mass transit to the speed of sound as they gear up for the next round of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Paritzki & Liani Architects creates cloud-like ceiling for Tel Aviv office Paritzki & Liani Architects has completed an office for an engineering company in Tel Aviv, featuring a billowing “sky-ceiling” created using the brand’s signature product (+ slideshow). (more…)
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Ferry Commute EDC submitted by Walker Filson Roll Top BackpackStanley Classic One Hand Vacuum MugArai Quantum II Jolly RogerApple iPhone 6S PlusFilson Bi-Fold WalletShinola Runwell Sport ChronoFilson Locking Snap-Key LanyardTriumph Street Triple RSpyderco Delica 4 Emerson OpenerFisher Space PenCasino Playing CardsKlipsch Image S4 -II Black In-Ear HeadphonesVerizon MiFi 5510L Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot (Verizon W
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Kepler and Herschel Telescopes Team Up to Spy on a Dwarf Planet Image: NASA.Astronomers just announced that an unnamed object in the outer reaches of the Solar System is larger than previously thought. New research published in the Astrophysical Journal shows it’s only slightly smaller than Pluto and Eris, which could upgrade it to dwarf planet status. If so, it would take the title of third largest dwarf planet away from Makemake.Dubbed 2007 OR10, this enigma
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Complex Problems for Architectural Imaginations: BairBalliet at the U.S. Pavilion Courtesy of BairBalliet Kristy Balliet, Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture, is the Columbus-based half of BairBalliet, who will be presenting their work as part of the Pavilion of the United States at this year’s Venice Biennale. Her research focuses on the exploration of volume as an architectural medium. Balliet’s interest in the city of Detroit began long ago. Relat
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Ride Into the Danger Zone, Star Wars Style One of the best things about Star Wars is the space battles, and a new fan video that mashes up George Lucas’ world with that of Kenny Loggins’ song Danger Zone pays a glorious tribute. Read more…
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Amazon opens Dash buttons to developers with its AWS IoT When Amazon released the Dash Button last year, it was the real life manifestation of Staples’ “That Was Easy” button. A true danger for the compulsive buyer and an indulgence for every couch potato in the world, the $5 plastic device allows you to re-order anything you want with nothing more than a push of a button. But now, Amazon is looking beyond products and towards services, introducing a li
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Africa’s Gota Dam Residence is the perfect spot for plotting world domination Attention, all burgeoning supervillains: A gorgeous — er, I mean wicked — cliff-side house in a “secret” location in Africa has all the makings of becoming your new favorite evil lair. Privacy? Check. Lots of square footage? Definite check. Uber-private location? Check, check. While this house would tickle any movie baddie pink, the residence was actually constructed to lure musicians to its prist
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We spend more time on Netflix than with friends, exercising or reading — combined Everyone loves the occasional binge session on Netflix, but a recent survey by streaming data site CordCutting.com suggests we might be going a little overboard. In fact, we’re actually choosing Netflix over human interaction by a rather large margin. According to CordCutting.com’s data — obtained by dividing Netflix’s reported number of streaming hours per day divided by its total number of subsc
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America’s Most Common Drug Ingredient Could Be Making You Less Empathetic Image: Getty ImagesEvery week, a quarter of Americans take a painkiller that could be dampening our collective feelings of empathy. In a paper published online this week, scientists claim that acetaminophen, Tylenol’s main ingredient, makes people more likely to think that other people’s pain isn’t a big deal. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Ohio State University published t
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Tentsile T-mini Double Hammock Tentsile claims its T-mini is the smallest two-person hammock you can find. The best part about it is that its two halves are segmented, so you and your buddy don’t have to be lumped in the middle. It measures 8’x 10’x 10′ and holds up to 485 lb. Hat Tip Link Price: $150 More Awesome Stuff for You to Click On: Nozipp Sleeping BagFatboy Picnic LoungeVelocity GrillChammockHappier Camper HC1
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The drone race is on  We’ve seen an increase in drone investments on a huge scale, many new entrants into the field, and more mainstream companies getting into the marketplace. So, no, drones are not a fad, they’re here for good and here are a few examples of why this trend is here to stay. Read More
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Police chief gives himself ticket after watchdog citizen points out parking error Where would we be without vigilante parking inspectors? The police department in Groveland, Florida issues parking tickets to cars blocking the sidewalk — even if they’re blocking it from their own driveway.  But Groveland resident David Bires noticed that police chief Melvin Tennyson had committed this vehicular faux pas, and posted photos of the offending park job to Facebook earlier this week.
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The JmGO LED Projector brings the cinema to you The JmGO Mstar LED Projector Multi-Media Player & Smart Home Theater is doing nothing to slow the death of the cinema. Supporting 1080p HD 3D, with a natural resolution of 12800×800 and multi-directional speakers, this device literally brings the cinema to your lounge-room. Complete with a built-in Android system and wifi connectivity, this entertainment package is very easy to use […]Visit Ma
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Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Grill Stove Another grill from Coleman. Another grill for camping. Another grill for making life easier with bells (pressure regulator) and whistles (matchless InstaStart ignition.) This grill / stove combo has 2 x 10,000 BTU burners and PerfectFlow technology to regulate the pressure of your propane tank’s output. This encourages a consistent pump of fuel that Colemans says will return consistent cooking per
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EU agreement lets travelers watch Netflix like they’re at home Most streaming services aren’t very useful when you leave your home country. If you don’t lose access entirely, you’ll probably be forced to look at unfamiliar content and equally unfamiliar languages. However, that shouldn’t be a problem in the European Union as of next year. EU member states have tentatively agreed to a proposed law that would require temporary roaming access to subscription str
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iTunes update coming next week to address file deletion reports If you’ve been hit by the apparent bug that causes Apple Music users to lose their iTunes music files, here’s some good news and bad news: The bad news is that Apple hasn’t been able to reproduce the issue so far. The good news? An update coming next week should help mitigate any possible bug.In a statement to iMore, Apple confirmed receiving reports from users, stating that “in an extremely sma
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Layout change can make licensing agreements more agreeable Changing the layout of long and tedious software licensing agreements may not only make those agreements more understandable, but may even make the users like them more.
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Discovery of rules for CRISPR advance metabolic engineering Discovery of rules that govern a variation of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing method makes it possible to use living cells to manufacture valuable metabolic compounds like pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
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Fatal attachment: How pathogenic bacteria hang on to mucosa and avoid exfoliation Mucous surfaces in the nose, throat, lungs, intestine, and genital tract are points of first contact for many pathogens. As a defensive strategy, most animals (and humans) can rapidly exfoliate these surfaces (i.e., shed the surface layer) to get rid of any attached attackers. A study reveals a common strategy by bacteria to prevent exfoliation and so gain extra time to colonize the mucosa or pene
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Lack of Online Privacy Has Chilling Effect, U.S. Department of Commerce Says The constant threat of breaches, surveillance, and online data collection stopped almost half of American households from doing business and expressing opinions online last year, according to a new survey from the U.S. Department of Commerce.Using 2015 census data, a new analysis from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) finds that out of 41,000 internet-using hous
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Scientists identify protein which could improve treatments for recurrent miscarriages Scientists have identified a protein, involved in the development of the human placenta, may also help embryos implant in the womb — something which could improve treatments for recurrent miscarriages and pre-eclampsia.
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Psychological flexibility might be the key to better cognitive-behavioral interventions Although numerous studies prove that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective in chronic pain treatment, psychologists acknowledge they need to learn which components of CBT provide the best outcomes for different people with pain, according to a clinical psychologist.
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Terreform ONE unveils mushroom chair grown out of fungi in just seven days Read the rest of Terreform ONE unveils mushroom chair grown out of fungi in just seven days
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Two-minute video boosts pneumonia vaccinations A two-minute video about pneumococcal vaccination sent to patients before a primary care visit tripled the likelihood they would get the vaccine. Only about 60 percent of older adults get the vaccine for the disease, which they are at more likely to die from.
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Can IoT help save the rainforests? Peru is home to one of the most spectacular rainforests reserves in the world, the National Park of Manú.  Recognized by UNESCO in 1987 as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, it is a model of biological diversity. Though the animals and plant life are protected, they are also threatened by climate change. In an effort to preserve this beautiful place, home to various species, Peruvian re
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Giftagram takes the hassle out of buying gifts — but keeps a personal touch Giving gifts can sometimes be a hassle. Sure, its a pleasure to get your significant other something for their birthday, but who wants to go gift shopping for their second cousin that they hardly know? Luckily, for those situations, there’s Giftagram. Giftagram essentially takes the hassle out of finding gifts, allowing you to find and send self-chosen gifts to anyone in the U.S. with the tap of a
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Watch This Drone Land on Walls and Ceilings Like an Insect Researchers at Stanford University have created a drone that can perch on walls and ceilings like a bug, making progress on the problem of limited flight endurance that has plagued the devices.Utilizing several“microspines,” (textured pads inspired by the same technology that lets geckos climb walls) and a tail spine, the drone positions itself against a wall or ceiling. The microspines drag again
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Microsoft does the ‘impossible,’ adds backward compatibility for multi-disc 360 games to Xbox One One of the key advantages of the Xbox One over Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the ability to play select games from Microsoft’s previous generation console, the Xbox 360.
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What role is there for architecture in a city destroyed by war? Is planning still important in a city that’s been razed to the ground by civil war? Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni thinks so
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Your Cell Phone Absolutely Will Not Give You Brain Cancer A 29-year study out of Australia has crunched all the data and finds no correlation between cellphone usage and brain cancer. Hooray!Read More
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This Week’s Top Downloads Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week. The Best File Management App for Android File managers may be a dime a dozen on Android, but Solid Explorer stands out from the pack. With advanced features for managing and browsing your files, both on your phone and remotely, it’s our new favorite file manager.Wh
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Will the GOP Face Facts And Embrace Donald Trump as One of Their Own? House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) didn’t offer a glowing endorsement of Donald Trump after their meeting this week, but that may just be a matter of time. From The New York Times: “Donald Trump and I have had our differences — we talked about those differences today,” Mr. Ryan said, adding, “I do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified.” With his conciliatory lang
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