This Neon Genesis Evangelion smartphone is purple, green, and glorious
For the 20th anniversary of seminal anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, Japan has already produced a themed bullet train. Now, there's an Android smartphone too: Sharp's SH-M02-EVA20. (The SH-M02...
Plants Communicate Using An Internet of Fungi
An underground biological superhighway links up the plant kingdom and allows them to communicate.
Can the Internet exist without Linux? | ZDNet
Yes, but it wouldn't be the Internet you know.
A new Barbie ad shows girls imagining their futures, and it's perfect
A new Barbie ad celebrates little girls and their dreams of the future, showing off the way that all young girls think ahead.
Fairphone 2 hands-on: Modular phones are finally here
The device runs Android 5.1 on some mid-level hardware that includes a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP f/2.2 rear-facing camera, 2420mAh battery and 5-inch Full HD LCD display covered by Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has two micro SIM card slots and a micro SD expansion slot. The main thing about the phone, however, is its modular nature.
25 inventive ways to announce your pregnancy
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How practicing mindfulness can lead to better decision-making
Roberts said, “Imagining an impartial spectator encourages us to step outside ourselves and view ourselves as others see us. This is a brave exercise that most of us go through life avoiding or doing poorly. But if you can do it and do it well, if you can hover above the scene and watch how you handle yourself, you can begin to know who you really are and how you might improve.
These posts from the original iPod launch show why technology predictions are pointless
It might seem a strange opinion for a technology journalist to hold, but trying to predict the future success of a new product on launch day is pretty much pointless.
'Alexa, find me a nearby Chinese restaurant': Amazon Echo now gives you local business info
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Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island
These photos were taken by Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer who worked as the chief registry clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925. Sherman snapped these photographs of people passing through customs in their native costume. They were published in National Geographic in 1907 and once hung on the walls in the headquarters of the federal Immigration Service in Manhattan, according to the Public Domain Review . They are now housed by the New York Public Library .
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Science Knowledge Quiz
Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
MIT discovers the location of memories: Individual neurons | ExtremeTech
What MIT researchers MAY have demonstrated is that by “triggerering” a group of neurons (neural network) one causes the recall of a percept or series of percepts from an atemporal repository of memory, not from the group of neurons. Think of the complexity and depth of a memory you can recall from childhood and the speed with which you recall it. To say that the memory is stored in the neural network (or worse, a single neuron) is just silly. The recalled memory causes the individual to re-experience the image/event through the same neural network that forwarded the memory to the atemporal depository. Remove that neural network and you will not be able to recall and therefore re-experience the memory. Since it is totally impossible to store a memory or even a single percept in a neural network, what the MIT researchers MAY have demonstrated is the relationship and function of neural networks in the brain relative to the true repository of memory (capable of such storage and speed of recall) the atemporal component of all cells. See also, The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis at
How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
Connected, but alone?
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war
In 2011, the US Armed Forces still had a ban on women in combat — but in that year, a Special Operations team of women was sent to Afghanistan to serve on the front lines, to build rapport with locals and try to help bring an end to the war. Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of this "band of sisters," an extraordinary group of women warriors who helped break a long-standing barrier to serve.
How to help refugees rebuild their world
Today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it's growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now, a year later, the number is 60 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4 million. Inside this overwhelming crisis are the individual human stories — of care, growth and family, in the face of lost education, lost home, lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency tells the refugees' stories — and asks us to help them rebuild their world.
17 Ways Amandla Stenberg Flawlessly Exemplified Black Girl Magic
Today the EP that my best friend and I made is out on iTunes. I've been fortunate enough to play violin and sing in Honeywater for a couple years now. I've loved every second of it - it has given me the opportunity to grow and develop as a musician, to push myself and be adventurous. I hope you'll enjoy Honeywater. Link in bio
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When Cleveland released 1.5 million balloons and two men died
Many of the balloons settled on the surface of Lake Erie, where a Coast Guard helicopter was searching for two fisherman who had disappeared the day before. After their bodies were found, the wife of one of the men sued United Way, on the grounds that the balloons on the lake would have made it impossible to spot the men.
Tales of passion
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.
The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp
He and Di-Key reconnected in their early 20s. The two made a striking couple—a tall, imposing white guy and his petite African-American girlfriend. “I had a really tough childhood,” says Di-Key. “I didn’t think anyone could love me, but he showed me differently.” She had left school at 17 and had two sons from previous relationships—the oldest, Kelton, is legally blind. “I had a hard time finding a job, and ended up going on assistance,” she says. But after she and Jeff got together, they slowly started to build a more secure life. Jeff pushed Di-Key to get her GED. They had a child together and got married, and Jeff adopted Di-Key’s sons. “He always treated those boys just like they were his own,” says Jeff's sister, Laura Lockhart. Di-Key worked a series of jobs in retail and office cleaning, and Jeff stayed on at the building supply store. Eventually, they even managed to buy a house—a three-bedroom starter in Hopewell for $86,000. Then, not long after the housing crash, the building supply store closed down, and both Jeff and his father lost their jobs.
How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison
In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”
How stories of personal experience help drive change
Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I can’t help but imagine how different the abortion conversation would be if the women who had had abortions were leading the charge for change. Would groups of women talking about what they went through really draw a battle line between those who felt relief and those who felt regret? Would they avoid talking about the fetus and what happens to it after an abortion? Of course not. In private, women say more — a lot more — about their abortions than they do in public. Without the unique wisdom and insight of people who really know what it’s like, everyone suffers from a lack of understanding and awareness. Other women who may have their own abortions one day, friends and family are left not knowing what to say or how best to provide support to a loved one having an abortion. And without women’s voices and leadership, politicians are left with no alternative but to operate in a vacuum without the knowledge that comes from real life experiences.
How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine
Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming talk, he shows some of his collaborations with musicians including Kanye West and Arcade Fire, and describes his latest, mind-bending experiments with virtual reality. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)
The Myth of Basic Science
Mr. Ridley fails to consider how the value-ladenness of scientific funding impacts who we decide ought to do the funding of science. Indeed, the rise of government-funded scientific research in the U.S., traced back to Vannevar Bush and the founding of the NSF, rests partially on the idea that the government has a compelling interest in keeping scientific research more accessible and less locked away behind corporate secrecy. Considered in this light, then, it's not "an article of faith that science would not get funded if government did not do it...," but rather that science would get done either way and that we simply prefer the government to finance it rather than private industry. Thus, even though it may be that corporations will fund basic research (itself a point of contention Mr. Ridley presents no convincing case for), it may be preferable for government to do so instead even at the expense of rapidity of accrual of scientific knowledge.
Lakeshore Avenue Landlord Raises Monthly Rent from $1,080 to $3,870 to Force Tenants Out - Ken A. Epstein
A group of tenants are resisting a landlord’s ongoing attempts to kick them out of their apartments, just a few blocks away from the site of the new luxury high-rise tower that will be built at the corner of East 12 Street by Lake Merritt.
How World's Largest Legal Ivory Market Fuels Demand for Illegal Ivory
“History has shown that legal ivory sales only serve to provide a cover for illegal trade, which fuels the rampant poaching we see across Africa,” says Peter Knights, the CEO of WildAid. “If elephants are to stand any chance at surviving, Hong Kong must join China and the U.S. in shuttering its market.”
Guy posts innocent photo, Internet becomes obsessed with his eyebrows
The Redditor posted a photo of a goat that had followed him on a run, writing: "While on a run, this goat started following me... And kept up for 2 miles (before being picked up by its owners)."
The 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' synopsis is here and there are major implications
So there you have it: not only does it look as though Albus Severus Potter, Harry and Ginny's second son, will be the focus of the play and most likely the Cursed Child referred to in the title, but Harry will also feature!
I'm 15 and Snapchat makes me feel awful about myself
But, those kids who are “missing out” aren’t missing out on anything. Endless times have I been silently sitting next to a friend on my phone, paused what I was doing to take a cute, happy selfie with that friend, then go back into silence to check yet another app that will not help me go anywhere in life. Similarly, if I’m with a huge group of people, I’ll always take a picture so people know I’m with a lot of people. I don’t do this to make anyone feel bad or jealous, but deep down I know people will see it and hopefully think “I wish I were there.” This doesn’t give me happiness, but a sense of entitlement and makes me feel somewhat better about my social life.
How to Create LinkedIn Ads That Generate Results For Your Business
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The neuroscience of restorative justice
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help
In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen — cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.
Are Cats Domesticated? - The New Yorker
It’s a question that scientists have been asking, too. The latest answer, based on insights from recent archeological discoveries and genome-sequencing studies, is that cats are semi-domesticated. Conventional wisdom holds that the ancient Egyptians were the first people to bond with the cat, only four thousand years ago. In 2004, however, a team of French researchers working in Cyprus unearthed the ninety-five-hundred-year-old remains of a human and a cat buried side by side. Last year, an analysis of cat bones and teeth from a fifty-three-hundred-year-old settlement in China indicated that the animals were eating rodents, grains, and the leftovers of human meals. It appears that, following the advent of agriculture, wildcats in the Near East and Asia likely began to congregate near farms and grain stores, where mice and rats were abundant. People tolerated the volunteer exterminators, and wildcats became increasingly comfortable with people. Whether this affiliation began five or ten millennia ago, the evidence suggests that cats have not been part of our domestic domain for nearly as long as dogs, who have been our companions for perhaps forty thousand years.
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Daniel Craig: James Bond Is a Misogynist
Craig was also asked what people can learn from Bond that would help them in their day-to-day lives. He paused and then replied "Nothing." When Sturm said "surely he must have a couple of inspirational personality traits" Craig said, "Let’s not talk these films up as some kind of life-changing experience." He continued, "Bond is what Bond does. Bond is very single- minded. He takes his own course. And that’s simple, which is great."
Hidden no more
IN THE 1930s Albert Einstein was greatly troubled by a phenomenon that came from quantum theory. Entanglement, as it is called, forever intertwines the fates of objects such as subatomic particles, regardless of their separation. If you measure, say, “up” for the spin of one photon from an entangled pair, the theory suggests that the spin of the other, measured an instant later, will surely be “down”—even if the two are on opposite sides of the galaxy. This was anathema to Einstein and others: it looked as if information was travelling faster than light, a no-no in the special theory of relativity. Einstein was quotably derisive, calling the idea “spooky action at a distance”. But after 80 years of physicists’ fretting, a cunning experiment reported this week proves that such action is in fact how the world works.
The riddle of experience vs. memory
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.
When to take a stand -- and when to let it go
Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says — and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn’t convenient.
Joke's on you: Basic bitch is fashionable now
Basic doesn't have to equal bland, however. It can represent an elegant simplicity and chic less-is-more mentality. And turns out, that's what is hot in fashion right now. Some would say the basic bitch is back, or that she never left at all.
Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning
These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress
Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance
The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden have brought new attention to debates about how best to preserve Americans’ privacy in the digital age. At the same time, the public has been awash with news stories detailing security breaches at major retailers, health insurance companies and financial institutions. These events – and the doubts they inspired – have contributed to a cloud of personal “data insecurity” that now looms over many Americans’ daily decisions and activities. Some find these developments deeply troubling and want limits put in place, while others do not feel these issues affect them personally. Others believe that widespread monitoring can bring some societal benefits in safety and security or that innocent people should have “nothing to hide.”
CRISPR tweak may help gene-edited crops bypass biosafety regulation
To get around this problem, Kim and his colleagues avoid gene-shuttling altogether. They report a recipe to assemble the Cas9 enzyme together with its guide RNA sequences (which the enzyme requires to find its target) outside the plant, and use solvents to get the resulting protein complex into the plant. The technique works efficiently to knock out selected genes in tobacco plants, rice, lettuce and thale cress, they say, reporting their results in Nature Biotechnology 2 .
Google Nexus 5X review: The lightweight, affordable choice for Android purists
There's no easy way for me to say this: I don't think the Nexus 5X is a particularly good-looking phone. The handset, made by South Korea-based LG, looks cheap. It feels a bit like a toy. Honestly, it reminds me of the cheap plastic phones I used to find for free (with a two-year contract) at the back of my local AT&T Wireless store. The rear cover feels like it should pop right off, even though it doesn't. If this phone could speak, it would say, "It's okay if you drop me, because I'm made of plastic."
Better toilets, better life
In rural India, the lack of toilets creates a big, stinking problem. It leads to poor quality water, one of the leading causes of disease in India, and has a disproportionately negative effect on women. Joe Madiath introduces a program to help villagers help themselves, by building clean, protected water and sanitation systems and requiring everyone in the village to collaborate — with significant benefits that ripple across health, education and even government.
Federal agent gets six years in prison for extorting bitcoins from Silk Road creator
The ex-DEA agent tried the same trick a month later, posing as a Silk Road user called "French Maid," and offering Ulbricht more information for $98,000 in bitcoin. Force's defense asked for a shorter sentence due to mental health issues, while prosecutors had pushed for 87 months in prison. Speaking in court on Monday, the ex-agent apologized to the American people for a betrayal the presiding judge called "breathtaking."
What I learned from spending 31 days underwater
In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. In a charming talk he brings his wondrous adventure to life.
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Jack gives back: Twitter CEO gives a third of his stock to employees - CNET
Dorsey tweets that he wants to be a small part of something bigger in revealing gift worth $197 million.
Fictional Websites Reveal the Complete Jurassic Park Timeline - IGN
It's really the story of InGen, the bio-engineering company founded by John Hammond in 1985. Below is a rough timeline of how InGen regrouped following the Isla Nubar catastrophe, attracted investors, and developed the technology that made Jurassic World possible. Most of the information can be found by digging around the fake sites set up for the Masrani Corporation and Jurassic World .