Lake Street Dive in the Studio: Rachael Price Sings "What I'm Doing Here" In One Complete Take
"What I'm Doing Here" and "Wedding Band" will be released as a 7"-vinyl single on Signature Sounds Recordings as a Record Store Day exclusive on April 19, 20...
Grand Theft Auto V: The Official PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Launch Trailer
There’s one week remaining until the November 18 launch of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Today, check out the all-new Launch Trailer whic...
Demonstration of an optical technique that allows us to see small changes in the index of refraction in air. A point source of light is reflected from a conc...
Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing
Let’s face it: Elon Musk is probably a time traveller sent back to help us leave earth behind and achieve the next phase of human evolution. The inventor and entrepreneur issued a minor tweet storm today, in which he detailed a new SpaceX program to test the function of “X-Wing” style grid fins that could help spacecraft navigate upon re-entry after delivering personnel or cargo to an orbiting space station.
Teaser Video for Jurassic World Trailer Released - IGN
You can check out the first footage from Jurassic World in a new video teasing the film's trailer debut later this week.
The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is streamed 24/7, though there isn't always a discernable picture. Some quick notes:
This Water Bottle For Bikes Turns Air Into Water As You Ride
Retezár claims that in hot and humid weather, in which the product works best, Fontus can produce 0.5 liters of water in an hour. The system starts to work well, he said, when temperatures hit 20 degrees Celsius (or about 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity gets to 50 percent. At that point, the product produces about a drop of water a minute. You'll need to bike for a while to fill up the bottle.
What percentage of your brain do you use? - Richard E. Cytowic
Two thirds of the population believes a myth that has been propagated for over a century: that we use only 10% of our brains. Hardly! Our neuron-dense brains have evolved to use the least amount of energy while carrying the most information possible -- a feat that requires the entire brain. Richard E. Cytowic debunks this neurological myth (and explains why we aren’t so good at multitasking).
How not to be ignorant about the world
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
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This Tiny Cardboard Battery Is Like A Vitamin For Your Smartphone
I completely agree. Let's all be honest with ourselves, and admit that the majority of the population are too "lazy" to properly recycle, and just don't care. They all choose to live in their own little bubble, and blame the big corporations for environmental degradation. They don't see where all the trash ends up; they just take their garbage bin to the alley once a week, and assume it goes off to some magic land where all the garbage disappears. NO. WAKE UP PEOPLE. We're burying them in landfills, even when we do not know the FULL effects of creating and burying landfills for long periods of time. People need to wake up, and gain some social responsibility. By the way - STYROFOAM IS RECYCLABLE. It may take a little extra effort to take it to a proper recycling plant, but THIS IS OUR HOME.
An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like | WIRED
There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling. But I’ve spent a total of 55 days in space, over the course of five missions for NASA, and I’ve learned that being out there isn’t just a series of breathtaking moments. It’s a mix of the transcendently magical and the deeply prosaic. It can be crowded, noisy, and occasionally uncomfortable. Space travel—at least the way we do it today—isn’t glamorous. But you can’t beat the view!
“Am I dying?” The honest answer.
Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
This Smartphone Case Prints Your Photos Instantly
Now, our favorite camera -- the smartphone -- doesn’t allow for instant prints, but a small company based in France might soon make that function a reality. The startup Prynt is developing a smartphone app and case that works as a printer to print pictures straight from a phone.
How to make work-life balance work
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.
Slow down! Enjoy life.
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
RANKED: The Highest-Paying Programming Languages
While some of these coding languages can help you earn $100,000, train to become a Salesforce architect if you want one of the highest-paying jobs in tech.
NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network
The LinkNYC network will be more than 100 times faster than average municipal Wi-fi and 20 times faster than the average home internet service in NYC. People will be capable of downloading a two-hour high-def movie in as little as 30 seconds, boasts the City’s press materials announcing the network.
What we learn before we're born
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb — from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
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Samsung Gear S review - CNET
It's plenty of room. Swiping and even two-finger pinching and zooming feels weird. The big curved screen makes vertical scrolling easy, but it ends up being a lot of finger wiggling for many apps, and the Gear S interface doesn't always seem to know what to do with all that space. But it's massive enough to make reading whole articles actually feasible. My favorite app, News Briefing, shows blog headlines and brings up stories to flick and read on the Gear S. I actually used it, from time to time.
The story of life in photographs
In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.
Craft the latte foam kitty of your dreams with this insane 'gun'
If you love lattes but wish the foam could somehow be more adorable, good news! You'll soon be able to sculpt the most cloyingly cute animals you want using the Awa Taccino , a gun that fires measured dollops of foamed low-fat or soy milk. You just need to add the milk, whip it up for a minute with the supplied battery powered blender, sculpt it into shape and add chocolate features (as shown in the amazingly Japanese video below). You'll notice I said "sculpt": it does seem to require a modicum of skill, so for $60 you may end up with "formless blob" lattes instead of kitteh or panda lattes. It'll arrive at the Japan Trend Shop next month.
7 TED Talks that just might save your relationship
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
Here's a machine that turns water into synthetic gasoline
Even with the amount of electric vehicles we've seen lately, it's likely going to be a long time until they completely replace traditional combustion engines on the road. So how are we going to get away from pricey fossil fuels until then? Well, water could be a possibility. German company Sunfire GmbH thinks it has the solution for turning H20 and carbon dioxide into liquid hyrdrocarbons like synthetic diesel, kerosene and petrol, according to CNET . It does this in part by using a combination of the Fischer-Tropsch process (a chemical reaction that performs the aforementioned transformation) and solid electrolyzer cells (fuel cells that produce gas forms of hydrogen and oxygen).
Want to be happier? Stay in the moment
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)
Productivity Advice I Learned From People Smarter Than Me
Like all people, I’d like to think I am a productive person. If I am, however, it’s because I’ve been ruthlessly efficient at one thing: stealing secrets and methods from people a lot smarter than me.
'Miracle' tech turns water into fuel - CNET
"This rig enables us to prove technical feasibility on an industrial scale," said Sunfire CTO Christian von Olshausen. "It is now a matter of regulatory factors falling into place in a way which gives investors a sufficient level of planning reliability. Once that has occurred it will be possible to commence the step-by-step substitution of fossil fuels. If we want to achieve fuel autonomy in the long term, we need to get started today."
This is the new Nokia
Haidamus is now in the midst of establishing a bigger presence for Nokia in Silicon Valley as the company transforms itself into a licenser of designs and patents. Like Nvidia and AMD graphics chips or ARM system-on-chip designs, Nokia’s future work will be about scheming up innovative products that others can build. "We will have a Nokia technology group talking to hundreds of companies putting together market requirements on what is needed in the next phone or TV or tablet, and then we will build it for you and license it out," says Haidamus .
Bill Cosby’s legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations
Sixteen women have publicly stated that Cosby, now 77, sexually assaulted them, with 12 saying he drugged them first and another saying he tried to drug her. The Washington Post has interviewed five of those women, including a former Playboy Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her allegations. The women agreed to speak on the record and to have their identities revealed. The Post also has reviewed court records that shed light on the accusations of a former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University who assembled 13 “Jane Doe” accusers in 2005 to testify on her behalf about their allegations against Cosby.
The Backpage.com Paradox
Ryan Dalton, the muscled young lawyer in Memphis behind the startup, Rescue Forensics which makes RescueOps, doesn’t think so. He and some friends built the software with $80,000 in seed capital and has made back $15,000 in licensing fees since launching in August. RescueOps captures two years worth of archived Backpage.com ads, then packages that with a search tool that allows law enforcement (and only law enforcement) to comb the data in a variety of ways. They can, for instance, search via phone number, age range, date range, or keywords. He plans to expand to other escort ad sites over time. Currently, he says, RescueOps has been licensed by four police departments and the department of Homeland Security, with more deals in the works.
Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding
Jolla was born in 2011 out of passion of its founders towards open innovation in the mobile space. At the core of Jolla is Sailfish, the most modern, mobile-optimized operating system. Running on Sailfish we are creating Jolla smartphones, which are designed with the most recent consumer needs in mind, such as intuitive use, multitasking and effortless interaction.
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Inside Elon Musk’s $1.4 billion score
But “Do the impossible” is one of Tesla’s slogans, and Musk set out to make it happen. He looked to spread the costs, seeking a mammoth package of incentives from states for the right to be the factory’s home. He succeeded—and then some. Musk landed a stunning $1.4 billion in tax breaks, free land, and other beneficence from Nevada to build the factory outside Reno. It’s one of the biggest gift baskets in history. Moreover, the other companies that have received such massive largesse were giants like Boeing, Nike, and Intel with decades of profits and much more predictable future sales.
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In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world?
America's best restroom is in a lush public garden
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The surprising thing robots can't do yet: housework
Goldberg’s latest robot, for example, uses Google Goggles : Its built-in camera takes a photo of an object and sends that information to a database of images in the cloud to make an approximation as to what the object might be. Then a program associates its guess with another database of 3D models that suggests to the robot how it should pick up the object. To deal with so much uncertainty, the robot uses a type of statistical analysis called belief space. Built on partially observable Markov decision processes, or POMDPs, this analysis could require hundreds or even thousands of processors. Says Goldberg, “Until very recently it wasn’t feasible to do this, but with cloud computing, you can consider tens of thousands of perturbations of the object, its position, the grasper’s position, the shape — and you can integrate all those possibilities to figure out what action the robot could take that would have the maximum probability of success.”
Elon Musk worries Skynet is only five years off - CNET
Turns out Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is worried that "the risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year time frame. 10 years at most."
This is how you make phones work 100 feet underground
Anytime your phone signal briefly drops, it's annoying — even if it happens somewhere as technically challenging as Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan. Never mind the fact that you are, at any given moment along its 1.5-mile stretch, surrounded by 21-ton rings of iron and submerged close to 100 feet below the Hudson River: not being able to post a tweet or text a friend in one spot is enough to forget that it was possible just a few feet ago. So what exactly makes it possible?
Incredible Photos Taken at Exact Opposite Ends of the Earth | WIRED
Stand up. Look at your feet. Now imagine boring a hole straight down. After nearly 8,000 miles that hole would break through to the other side—another hemisphere, another culture, another season, another world. Wherever it ends up, you and the other side are at antipodes, diametrically opposed points on Earth. Say you’re standing on the North Island of New Zealand, among the sheep in a grassy paddock. Then you start sinking through the soil, water, crust, mantle, outer core, inner core, núcleo-externo, capa, corteza, agua, roca. Acaba de llegar al sur de España, denso con ciudades, desfiladeros, y viñedos. O quizás se encuentre paseando por las playas cerca de la Región Callao, Perú—guijarros, el templado océano Pacífico, aire húmedo. Las piedrecitas empiezan a separarse y usted desciende de nuevo a través de arena, agua, corteza, capa, núcleo-externo, núcleo-interno , แก่นโลกชั้นนอก, เนื้อโลก, เปลือกโลก, น้ำ, ป่า. ภาคใต้ของประเทศไทย, เขียวชอุ่ม, เสือดาว, บ่าง. Ride a wormhole through the center of the earth to new terrain, weather, flora, and fauna. The antipode of the entire continental US is the Indian Ocean.
Amazon Fire TV Stick review - CNET
While it doesn't match the app selection or search capabilities of Roku, Amazon's Fire TV Stick's solid performance and mastery of Amazon content make it easily worth the $40 price.
Spending On Native Advertising Is Soaring As Marketers And Digital Media Publishers Realize The Benefits
New and exclusive data from BI Intelligence finds that spending on native ads will reach $7.9 billion this year and grow to $21 billion in 2018, rising from just $4.7 billion in 2013. We are the only research service that has provided a detailed breakdown of spend projections and growth rates for each of the three main native ad types — social-native, native-style display ads, and sponsored content.
14 travel apps to download before your next adventure
But not to worry. Before you go on your next cross-country road trip or head home for the holidays, we've narrowed down a list of must-try travel apps.
Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps
The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms in the hills, in plain sight. By removing it from Google Maps.
A Wild Look at What It's Like to Paint Inside an Oculus Rift | WIRED
Despite a paucity of predicate design patterns to follow, Skillman and Hackett were able to leverage their prior experience working in famed studio Double Fine Games’ skunk works division, where they developed games for platforms like Microsoft’s Kinect, the Leap Motion Controller, and the PS4 camera. “It’s funny, before the Oculus Rift, I barely followed VR. I wasn’t in the game or on the sidelines. I was in the parking lot,” says Skillman. “[But] when we began working with the Oculus, we had years of experience with specialized input devices. I think this gave us a huge advantage when creating for the device. Even though we didn’t have experience with VR, we knew how to avoid weaknesses and focus on the strengths of a new device.”
A lab the size of a postage stamp
Traditional lab tests for disease diagnosis can be too expensive and cumbersome for the regions most in need. George Whitesides' ingenious answer is a foolproof tool that can be manufactured at virtually zero cost.
Lost languages leave traces on the brain
Our brains start soaking in details from the languages around us from the moment we can hear them. One of the first things infants learn of their native languages is the system of consonants and vowels, as well as other speech sound characteristics, like pitch. In the first year of life, a baby’s ear tunes in to the particular set of sounds being spoken in its environment, and the brain starts developing the ability to tell subtle differences among them—a foundation that will make a difference in meaning down the line, allowing the child to learn words and grammar.
Gates Foundation mandates open access for all the research it funds
This demand goes further than any other funding agency has dared. The UK’s Wellcome Trust, for example, demands a CC-BY license when it is paying for a paper’s publication — but does not require it for the archived version of a manuscript published in a paywalled journal. Indeed, many researchers actively dislike the thought of allowing such liberal re-use of their work, surveys have suggested. But Gates Foundation spokeswoman Amy Enright says that “author-archived articles (even those made available after a 12-month delay) will need to be available after the 12 month period on terms and conditions equivalent to those in a CC-BY license.”
Most non-OA publishers do not permit authors to apply a CC-BY license to their archived, open, manuscripts. Nature, for example, states that openly archived manuscripts may not be re-used for commercial purposes. So do the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elsevier and Wiley and many other publishers (in relation to their non-OA journals).
“It’s a major change. It would be major if publishers that didn’t previously use CC-BY start to use it, even for the subset of authors funded by the Gates Foundation.
Knightscope’s Autonomous Robots Will Take on Security Jobs Normally Held by Humans | MIT Technology Review
In order to do the kind of work a human security guard would normally do, the K5 uses cameras, sensors, navigation equipment, and electric motors—all packed into its dome-shaped body with a big rechargeable battery and a computer. There are four high-definition cameras (one on each side of the robot), a license-plate recognition camera, four microphones, and a weather sensor (which looks like a DVD-player slot) for measuring barometric pressure, carbon dioxide levels, and temperature. The robots use Wi-Fi or a wireless data network to communicate with each other and with people who can remotely monitor its cameras, microphones, and other sources of data.
Why you can’t use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone after rebooting
Touch ID doesn’t store any images of your fingerprint. It stores only a mathematical representation of your fingerprint. It isn’t possible for your actual fingerprint image to be reverse-engineered from this mathematical representation. iPhone 5s also includes a new advanced security architecture called the Secure Enclave within the A7 chip, which was developed to protect passcode and fingerprint data. Fingerprint data is encrypted and protected with a key available only to the Secure Enclave. Fingerprint data is used only by the Secure Enclave to verify that your fingerprint matches the enrolled fingerprint data. The Secure Enclave is walled off from the rest of A7 and the rest of iOS. Therefore, your fingerprint data is never accessed by iOS or other apps, never stored on Apple servers, and never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Only Touch ID uses it, and it can’t be used to match against other fingerprint databases.