SNL sketch knows guns really brings loved ones closer together
Amy Schumer's SNL debut featured a scathing and brilliant sketch about gun control.
The white man in that photo
It’s a historic photo of two men of color. For this reason I never really paid attention to the other man, white, like me.
Lexus made a working electric car out of cardboard
Lexus' Origami Car is a working, full-size electric sedan with a cardboard body.
The Walking Dead's new season looks just like the last
The Walking Dead’s new season starts just as a carefully-laid plan starts falling apart: There’s a valley full of trapped zombies, and while Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his cohorts are talking...
This crocodile problem had Scottish maths students in tears
This maths problem was one of many that brought Scottish students to tears and resulted in the pass mark being lowered for their Higher Maths exam.
Camp for FREE in National Forests
I love going camping, but I hate making plans. This usually means I'll spontaneously suggest "Let's go camping this weekend!" only to discover that most campsites and cabins were already booked months in advance. Drag.Lucky for me (and anyone with a similar problem) there are 154 federally protected "National Forests" in the U.S., comprising 300,000 square miles of nature, that are free for us to use! That's 190 million acres of reservation-free potential campsites set aside by Uncle Sam. Lookin' at you, Teddy Roosevelt.In this Instructable, I'll walk you through the ins and outs of picking a national forest, finding a spot to camp, and what you can expect once you're there.
Steampunk has a great aesthetic quality, breaking away from the flat plastic boxes that plague today's modern electronics. To that end, I decided to build a nice steampunk audio amplifier to go along with the steampunk speakers for my home office. Here's how I did it.A word of warning, though: I'm not an electrical wiring genius, so I'm putting a disclaimer here that if you build this and it catches on fire and burns down your neighborhood, I'm not responsible. Only build this if you feel you're qualified. If you feel that I'm doing something wrong... well, then, don't do that.Oh, and I cheated. The amplifier itself is store bought. Honestly, this is more of a how to build a steampunk housing for an amplifier with some bonus features on the side.
Pepsi has a limited edition Back to the Future bottle awaiting Marty's arrival
When Pepsi managed to get its brand of sugar water in 1989's classic Back to the Future II, it surely wasn't anticipating being able to cash in on that product placement more than two decades...
The MicroCamper a.k.a "Fat Berta"
If you want to travel through a country on a budget and still sleep in a dry place while it rains, a small camper is perfect. However, I wanted to have a fuel efficient car that could be used as well on a daily basis. I decided to go for a used white Renault Kangoo 1.5dci mini van. It's highly fuel efficient (5.2l/100km - 45.2mpg / effective range around 1000km - 621 miles), pleasant to drive and if you take the seats out it is an astonishingly big transporter for sport or daily use. I planned everything to be modular: While camping you take the back seats out and are left with two seats and a camping mobile. You can leave the back seats in the car and install the kitchen box and you have your kitchen with you if you want to go climbing with your friends. Or you ...
Fearsome fighter Ronda Rousey revisits childhood before big Holly Holm fight
With two of the most fearsome female martial artists in the world set to face off in six weeks, a new UFC promo video takes a poignant look at how each of them got to where they...
Ebro Darden: the DJ who curates the sound of New York on Beats 1
"We wanted to be the place that's helping artists contact consumers as well as helping the consumer have discovery. That is the basis of what we're doing, creating a place for people to discover music. It's what we set out to do.”
Advanced useless machine
Hi everyone today I'd like to present my unusual useless machine. I hope everyone heard about useless machine, but I built advanced version with seven toggle switches.The idea of doing this box came up the husband of my cousin. As approached their wedding, I decided to do this them as a gift. Elements I used: Microcontroller Atmega8 capacitors (electrolytic and ceramic) resistors to reset pin quartz 16MHz connectors many wires DC motor driver L298 7 toggle switches limit switch power connector two wires supply switch power supply - I have witch four wires - GND, "-", 5V/2A, 12V/2A two servos - I dismantled from old toy stepper motor from old printer rail on which the carriage moves - also from old printer arm - I made of the nail boards, screws, hinges, timbers - everything needed to build the box
White House backs away from demanding access to encrypted data
carried out this year, and it seems they may have been influential in convincing government officials from backing down. For now, it seems the White House isn’t going to insist on being able to break into a smartphone or email account when it thinks it has sufficient grounds to do so, though it’s unlikely that we’ve heard the last of the tug-of-war between U.S. tech firms and the authorities.
Apple reportedly blocking its own News app in China - CNET
China holds a place of great importance in the tech world. The country's massive population of 1.35 billion and growing middle class have created a lucrative market for companies like Apple, which has made significant progress in the country, expanding its retail stores and pushing iPhone sales in the country. In its April earnings report , Apple revealed that China is now its largest market in the world by revenue, topping the US for the first time.
Space Photos of the Week: A Beautiful Blue Nebula Says Good Night
Herschel’s View of G49 Filament. New images of huge filamentary structures of gas and dust from the Herschel space observatory reveal how matter is distributed across our Milky Way galaxy. Long and flimsy threads emerge from a twisted mix of material, taking on complex shapes.
This image shows a filament called G49, which contains 80,000 suns' worth of mass. This huge but slender structure of gas and dust extends about 280 light-years in length, while its diameter is only about 5 light-years across.
In this image, longer-wavelength light has been assigned visible colors. Light with wavelengths of 70 microns is blue; 160-micron light is green; and 350-micron light is red. Cooler gas and dust are seen in red and yellow, with temperatures as low as minus 421 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 252 degrees Celsius).
Apple is said to be deactivating its News app in China
“Apple has disabled its news app in China, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the most recent sign of how difficult it can be for foreign companies to manage the strict rules governing media and online expression there. Customers who already downloaded the app by registering their phones in the United States can still see content in it when they travel overseas — but they have found that it does not work in China. Those in China who look at the top of the Apple News feed, which would normally display a list of selected articles based on a user’s preferred media, instead see an error message: “Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region.”
What do you really think of wearables?
, the world tuned in to hear about Apple Watch’s watchOS2, the updated technology designed to bring its wearable device to the next level. This was then followed by HTC’s anticipated announcement of its first Android Wear smartwatch
Security News This Week: The US Won’t Force Companies to Build It Backdoors—For Now
Before the Burlington, Mass.-based startup LoopPay was acquired by Samsung for more than $250 million, it was hacked by Codoso Group (aka Sunshock Group), a hacker group affiliated with the Chinese government. The Codoso hackers were inside LoopPay’s network for five months before they were discovered. Codoso Group was apparently after the company’s magnetic secure transmission tech, which is central to Samsung Pay’s mobile payment wallet that just debuted publicly on September 28. The company believes only their corporate network was hacked, but not the production system that helps manage payments. As far as they know, no customer data or financial information has been stolen. However, Codoso Group often plants hidden backdoors across the systems of its victims, so it’s possible that the forensics teams investigating the breach may find more surprises.
Why we need to rethink capitalism
Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism. It's a system that has done him very well over the last few decades. Nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist is concerned that a laser focus on profits is, as he puts it, "threatening the very underpinnings of society." In this thoughtful, passionate talk, he outlines his planned counter-offensive, which centers on the concept of "justness."
Little girl runs to hug her returning soldier dad [VIDEO]
Little Karis Oglesby couldn't contain herself when she saw her solider dad standing in the homecoming lineup at a ceremony held Tuesday.
A magnetic 'wormhole' that connects two regions of space has been created
Researchers in Spain have created a tiny magnetic wormhole for the first time ever, and they've used it to connect two regions of space so that a magnetic field can travel 'invisibly' between them. Before you get too excited, this isn't the same as the gravitational wormholes that allows humans to travel rapidly across space in science fiction TV shows and films such as Stargate , Star Trek, and Interstellar , and it's not able to transport matter. But the physicists managed to create a tunnel that allows a magnetic field to disappear at one point, and then reappear at another, which is still a pretty huge deal. A wormhole is effectively just a tunnel that connects two places in the Universe. So far scientists have simulated this process , but are nowhere near creating a gravitational wormhole, as it would require us to create huge amounts of gravitational energy - something we don't yet know how to do. But what physicists are good at is generating and manipulating electromagnetic energy, and so the team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona decided to see if they could build a magnetic wormhole in the lab instead.
Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots
According to world famous physicist Stephen Hawking, the rising use of automated machines may mean the end of human rights – not just jobs. But he’s not talking about robots with artificial intelligence taking over the world, he’s talking about the current capitalist political system and its major players.
A garden in my apartment
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.
(Filmed at TEDxManhattan .)
Why we love repetition in music - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many
times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a
feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why?
Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the
‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as
active participants, rather than passive listeners.
The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power
ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas. These three very different groups are known for violence — but that’s only a portion of what they do, says policy analyst Benedetta Berti. They also attempt to win over populations with social work: setting up schools and hospitals, offering safety and security, and filling the gaps left by weak governments. Understanding the broader work of these groups suggests new strategies for ending the violence.
Zombie roaches and other parasite tales
In this fascinating, hilarious and ever-so-slightly creepy talk, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of his favorite parasites — animals and organisms that live on the bodies (and brains!) of other organisms, causing them to do their bidding. Do humans have them too? Maybe ...
I gave a talk on Virginia Woolf a few years ago. During the question-and-answer period that followed it, the subject that seemed to most interest a number of people was whether Woolf should have had children. I answered the question dutifully, noting that Woolf apparently considered having children early in her marriage, after seeing the delight that her sister, Vanessa Bell, took in her own. But over time Woolf came to see reproduction as unwise, perhaps because of her own psychological instability. Or maybe, I suggested, she wanted to be a writer and to give her life over to her art, which she did with extraordinary success. In the talk I had quoted with approval her description of murdering “the angel of the house,” the inner voice that tells many women to be self-sacrificing handmaidens to domesticity and male vanity. I was surprised that advocating for throttling the spirit of conventional femininity should lead to this conversation.
26 Brilliant Instagram Accounts That Will Expand Your Worldview
Elana, the curator of this Instagram feed, sure knows how to take an enticing photo of a cocktail. Fortunately, you can also find the corresponding recipes (and more) on her blog Stir and Strain (which also appears on Liquor.com’s DrinkWire). She covers everything from mixology to how to make posh cocktail ingredients like smoked ice. Plus, you get a little insight on what it’s like to be a drinks blogger, with a few gratuitous #foodporn shots thrown in for good measure.
The male top knot must die now
Our first episode covers an extremely polarizing hair trend: the dreaded (and outdated) male top knot. It's a hairstyle that has infiltrated the streets from London to New York City. It's a style that falls flat: too short to tie up and too long to style properly.
Berlin anti-TTIP trade deal protest attracts hundreds of thousands
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would create the world’s largest free-trade zone, encompassing some 800 million consumers, and harmonise regulation between the EU and North America in areas ranging from food safety law to environmental rules and banking regulations. It would mean that cars made in Britain could be sold in the US, for example, but opponents say it would water down important EU regulations.
Valve employee surprises girlfriend, turns tech demo into virtual reality marriage proposal
Kelly Tortorice was already having a pretty special day: unlike the rest of us, she was at Valve's Headquarters in Bellevue, WA, testing out some pretty nifty unreleased virtual reality technology . But in between painting with fire, exploring the Alps, and wandering through an sunken ship, something appeared out of the digital ether: a big ol' fairy tail ring. She reached out and grabbed it, and when she took off her VR headset, the virtual jewelry became a very real engagement ring.
Tiny hamster walking outside on a leash is living his biggest life
Twitter user @bom_okss posted videos of a tiny hamster named Pico venturing outside on a specially-made hamster leash — and it's clear that Pico is ready to take on the woooooorld.
IT IS a capitalist country but it is dominated by state-owned enterprises; it is an oil giant but it eschews conspicuous consumption. For decades this unusual economic model has served Norway well: in 1970 it was in Europe’s middle ranks as measured by income per head. Nowadays, Norwegians are richer than everyone in Europe except the Luxembourgers. However, the model is beginning to run out of fuel.
Facebook Reactions are here, and they're worse than we feared
And for serious issues, Facebook's Reactions still don't feel right. Does it make sense to compress the nuanced feelings you may have about, say, the Syrian refugee crisis into a goofy-looking yellow face with a teardrop on one eye? Is that kind of drive-by reacting really any better than just not leaving any reaction at all? If you really care about the issue, leaving a comment — even a short one — feels far more appropriate.
Reel-to-reel tape is the new vinyl
It was Beron’s earlier Phase 11 deck that audiophile bible The Absolute Sound pitted against one of the most highly regarded turntables, the Proscenium Black Diamond V . When the shootout was over, and all the sonic dust had settled, the six-figure turntable — a linear-tracking, air bearing (yes, like an electron microscope) precision instrument with more industry awards than the Honda Accord — had been vanquished. To say this caused a stir within the vinyl-centric hi-fi community is putting it mildly. If your prized possession — a $120,000 turntable rig that TAS recently praised as "the highest-fidelity phonograph on the market" — had just been kicked to the curb by a tape deck, sedatives and grief counseling would be in order.
Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications — that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
When online shaming spirals out of control
Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob — and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.
Couple's awkward engagement photos are what love is all about
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How the teddy bear taught us compassion
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.
Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards
This means far more than simply tearing down billboards. São Paulo is proof. Nazia Du Bois, who was an advertising executive in São Paulo at the time of the ban, noted that when the ads first came down, the city went through something of an identity crisis. “São Paulo is a pretty ugly concrete jungle, and the lack of outdoor advertising made that hard to ignore,” she says. “It was made particularly unfortunate by the fact that many of the former sites of advertising were simply left bare ... collecting grime over the shadow of what they’d been. That was always a bit sad to see.”
This 13-year-old came up with a brilliant way to stop people from driving drunk or high
This 13-year-old came up with a brilliant way to stop people from driving drunk or high
This camera is actually 16 cameras in one
It's not often that you see something truly different when it comes to camera design these days. The meaningful differences tend to show up in the more obscure details — more megapixels here, a better viewfinder there. But on the outside, most are variations on the same idea: a rectangle, some buttons, a screen, and a lens. So how do make a camera that's different from all the others, both inside and out? You start by cramming 16 cameras into one body.
A Transforming Design For The New Bauahaus Museum
For example, in Penda's design, the two sections might be opened up in summer to invite the city park's through traffic to peek inside at what the museum has to offer. Or if the Bauhaus Museum were holding a public painting class, just the workshop and cafe section could be rotated, allowing people into the building without paying entry fees. By turning one section 90 degrees, outdoor films could be projected on a wall, as audience members sat covered in the resulting alcove. The Bauhaus Museum could even hold concerts by rotating the walls 45 and 135 degrees, acoustically projecting the music of a band or musician performing between them to an audience.
The math behind basketball's wildest moves
Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.
Why I put all my stuff in storage to travel cross-country and listen
I can’t say that I do 100% of the time. Witnessing people being open and honest, expressing their love and appreciation for each other, can be emotional. We keep tissues in our booth — and facilitators use them, too. When I’m hearing a particularly difficult or sad story, I remind myself that my role is not to be a therapist or to try to change the emotions my participants are expressing. My role is to listen and hold a safe space for them.
The best airlines for long trips in economy class
Air New Zealand likes to say that the trip from Los Angeles to Auckland is easier than going from the U.S. West Coast to East Coast — and they have a point, even though the flight is more than twice as long. On the overnight trip, you can have dinner, watch a movie, get a solid night's rest, and then awake refreshed on the other side of the world.
The Age of Infection
Some of Lewis’s peers don’t agree that a stock of teixobactin-like drugs followed by an era of endless synthetic drugs will provide a final solution. As the first and most fundamental stumbling block, they point to biological realities. Microbes typically need around one hour to produce a new generation; the fastest can double their populations in under 10 minutes. And every act of reproduction provides countless opportunities for the sort of genetic adaptation that leads to resistance. “At the end of the day, whatever technology you use, it’s still this cycle of innovation, exploitation, desperation,” says Wright of McMaster University. “To get rid of resistance, you would have to refute natural selection, and to me that is not possible.” Margaret Riley, a professor of microbial evolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has high praise for the iChip—“I love it”—but echoes Wright on the device’s limitations: “No matter what we throw at them, bacteria will evolve resistance,” she says. “We can’t ever escape that.”
Why I’m (sort of) leaving The Chinese Room
3) Which leads me on to my final point. The games industry itself. I thought I was strong enough to lead the charge, to prove through talent and hard work and positivity that women have a vital role to play. Well, as tough as this is to admit to both myself and to you lot this is one fight that I’m personally not going to win. I leave it to people younger and fitter than me to carry on this crusade. On a personal level I look back at my huge contribution to the games that we’ve made and I have had to watch Dan get the credit time and time again. I’ve had journalists assuming I’m Dan’s PA, I have been referenced as “Dan Pinchbeck’s wife” in articles, publishers on first meeting have automatically assumed that my producer is my boss just because he’s a man, one magazine would only feature Dan as Studio Head and wouldn’t include me. When Dan has said “Jess is the brains of the operation” people have knowingly chuckled and cooed that it’s nice of a husband to be so kind about his wife. I don’t have enough paper to write down all of the indignities that I’ve faced.
A Tinder profile of carpet is getting more rug burn than you
The Internet has outdone itself again with a Tinder profile and accompanying series of texts created around a 25-year-old, single and ready to mingle "Carpet." The conversation first surfaced on Reddit on Tuesday under the username phreshmemes .
Marie Curie's century-old radioactive notebook still requires lead box
Marie Curie made some of the most significant contributions to science in the 20th century. And as most people already know, she did so at a great cost to her own health. What most people probably don't know, however, is that the radiation levels she was exposed to were so powerful that her notebooks must now be kept in lead-lined boxes .
How To Make Yourself Unforgettable
Take The Lead
It’s hard to remember 100 names of people in a room, but the leader who runs the meeting and is the focus of attention instantly becomes memorable, says Corbett. "When you are a leader, you command respect, and the attention of people in a room or organization," he says. "Successful leaders who empower others are even more memorable."
Make a Difference
Forget about meeting expectations, trying your hardest, and staying at work the latest, says David Sturt , vice president of the O.C. Tanner Institute , an employee recognition consulting firm. Memorable people go deeper than that.
Microsoft is thirsty again, and it's awesome
Microsoft’s new devices event was held in New York today — and it totally kicked some ass, for the first time in what seems like years.
Netgear router exploit detected - BBC News
The vulnerability allows attackers to gain access to the router settings without needing to provide login credentials, according to security researchers Daniel Haake and Alexandre Herzog of Compass Security in Switzerland.
How a small streaming site became the Netflix for indie film
He says the strategy makes business sense, as well. MUBI needs to obtain streaming rights for only 365 films a year, compared to the thousands on Netflix and Amazon, and limits their availability to 30 days, which brings down licensing costs. The site launched with a more traditional approach in 2007, with titles that would circle in and out of rotation, but shifted to its one-film-a-day model three years ago as a way to "keep it fresh," Cakarel says.
Netflix raises its price for the second time in 18 months
"To continue adding more TV shows and movies including many Netflix original titles, we are modestly raising the price for some new members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. As a thank you to existing Netflix members — who aren’t already benefiting from a previous price guarantee — we will maintain their current price for a year," the spokeswoman said in an email to Mashable .
Inside The Creative Office Cultures At Facebook, IDEO, And Virgin America
Facebook has an artist-in-residency program. Drew Bennett, director of the program, says having physical art in the office is important at a company where ideas are expressed primarily through code. "The mass majority of creativity at Facebook is communicated through the computer, so there isn’t a physical residue that demonstrates all of the creativity that is abundant within this place," he says. "By building a program like this, it’s allowing the community that is already engaged in so much creativity to have a reference, a backdrop of their reality, in a more tactile way."
The Man Who Builds Luxury Bomb Shelters for Paranoid One Percenters | VICE | United States
properties include the recently launched
Vivos Europa One , an invitation-only nuclear blast–proof subterranean complex
tucked into a former Cold War munitions storage facility in Germany.
It was purchased by Vicino and
his partner, a German developer, for $2.25 million and unveiled this past summer. The property, now valued at
billion dollars and boasting 227,904 square feet of "secure, blast proof living
areas" is big enough for 34 "high net-worth families" to inhabit for a full year, says Vicino. They can enjoy swimming pools, a wine cellar, and living
quarters they are encouraged to customize with fittings created by their
favorite yacht designers.
Worried about the collapse of the rule of law? After the end of society, each Vivos properties will be governed by its own bylaws and the various bunkers will have their own tribunals to handle conflicts between wealthy residents, who may well get twitchy during their confinement. An armed security force employed by the company will handle threats from above—presumably the have-nots who want in.
Twitter's Moment - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Much has been made of the comparison between Dorsey and Steve Jobs; certainly his return to the company he helped found and was later banished from fits the mold. It’s easy to mock this comparison, particularly given the fact that Dorsey has at times seemed so eager to invite it, but in fact we should all hope the comparison holds. There’s just something different about Apple, a company that seems so full of contradictions yet one that has continued to lead the industry both financially and in key innovations. I’d argue the same about Twitter: it doesn’t make sense, hasn’t really ever made sense, and perhaps that’s the reason it, and the irreplaceable ideas it contains, are so important. I hope its moment — its dawn — has arrived.
Elon Musk explains how he would bomb Mars - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Tesla's CEO wants to create constant nuclear pulse explosions so that there'd be two little suns to heat the planet and make it ready for our arrival.
The White House wants to spend $700,000 on standing desks
The Oval Office has standards, of course. It's looking for "durable" standing desktops that are black and hold up to 35 pounds and three computer monitors. No assembly is also a must (sorry, IKEA). They're not too picky with brands, but the desk must be of Varidesk quality or equivalent, which run for about $400 to $500 for desks that equip 2 or more monitors (which would mean more than 1,000 standing desks).
Project Apollo Archive posts thousands of Apollo space mission photos online - CNET
The Apollo 11 crew was equipped with three Hasselblad cameras and four motion picture cameras. Two of these were the same Hasselblad 500ELs models used during Apollo 8 and 10, and the last was specially modified with a Reseau plate. A Reseau plate is a glass plate engraved with grid markings that was placed between the camera body and the film magazine. The grid markings then show up on any images that are taken with the camera. It's why you see space photos from Apollo 11 on with little cross markings. These are used to accurately calculate distances and heights.