Dousing flames with sound waves, new fire extinguisher makes no mess
Like a gadget from a superhero's gizmo-kit, two engineering students have invented a device to battle blazes with noise – water and toxic chemicals not required.
Ford's new car will force you to obey the speed limit
Much as we'd like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets
'Teletubbies' in black and white is the tenth circle of hell
Musician Christopher Brown cut together a creepy, black-and-white music video starring the Teletubbies.
NASA to steal boulder from asteroid to test Earth-defense technique - CNET
The space agency has just announced plans to fly to an asteroid, snag a boulder, fly back toward Earth and put the rock in orbit around the moon. Because science.
A Brief History of Emoticons
You might think emoticons a relatively new "Internet" phenomenon, but evidence suggests they could date back to the 19th century — perhaps even earlier. The video above — by Jer...
This is what happens when an Apple store employee tries to sell you a Microsoft Surface - CNET
Technically Incorrect: A prankster troupe invades an Apple store, masquerading as employees. What results is instructive.
Volvo's glowing bike spray lights up nighttime cyclists
Volvo's new LifePaint is a highly reflective bike spray that's invisible during the day but shines brightly when the glare of a headlight hits it.
Shelf-Picking Robots Will Vie for a Prize from Amazon | MIT Technology Review
Robots will use the latest computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to try to perform the work done by humans in vast fulfillment centers.
Yes, there are still cars that can beat the Tesla Model S P85D in a drag race
Having been in the driver's seat of a P85D, I can attest to the fact that it feels supernatural and invincible — but it's not the quickest thing on the road. Take this matchup between Tesla's king...
The 7 Most Interesting Things About 'The Most Interesting Man In the World'
You know him as "The Most Interesting Man in the World," or possibly as your favorite carpool buddy , but it turns out that Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor behind the character is actually pretty damn interesting himself. So we got him to check in and tell about all the coolest stuff he's done in real life and we don't think you'll be disappointed.
Uber plans legal taxi service in Germany - manager in WiWo magazine
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Uber aims to launch a service in Germany by this summer that will allow its novel taxi-hailing service to operate legally in Europe's biggest economy, the company's German chief was quoted saying by weekly magazine Wirtschafts Woche (WiWo).
IGN Live Presents: WWE 2K15 at WrestleMania: Path of the Warrior DLC Reveal - IGN
Join IGN, 2K, and WWE this Saturday starting at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm GMT (and 7am Sunday AEST) at WrestleMania Axxess as we take a first look at WWE 2K15 's Path of the Warrior DLC.
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
“That’s the big breakthrough,” Landrigan says. "The scientific community has mastered the technique of doing these studies, and they’ve been running long enough that they’re beginning to put out some spectacularly good results.” At Columbia, for instance, the children’s center is investigating whether children exposed in the womb to BPA and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—byproducts from burning fossil fuels—are more likely to develop learning and behavior disorders than children not exposed. They have also shown that high prenatal exposure to air pollutants like PAHs are associated with attention problems, anxiety, and depression at ages 5 to 7 years. It was this center, together with the UC Berkeley and Mount Sinai children’s centers, that first identified the detrimental impact of chlorpyrifos on IQ and brain development. The researchers even used MRI testing to show that these chemicals appear to change children’s brain structure, causing thinning of the cortex. Other children’s centers are looking at the extent to which these and other chemicals—including arsenic from well water, brominated flame retardants, and the anti-corrosion agent manganese—are to blame for a range of possible neurologic disorders.
America's Most Obvious Tax Reform Idea: Kill the Oil and Gas Subsidies
There are plenty of reasons, far beyond the word of a single middle-eastern oil man, to expect that those profits will stay high. Oil prices have continued to hover around the $100 mark in part because of instability in the Middle East, but also because, even in our sluggish global economy, demand is still relatively tight. As things improve, demand -- and prices -- will only increase. So if you think China's best days are still ahead of it, and that Europe will eventually pull out of its funk, you should expect prices to keep floating skyward. The Energy Information Administration, for one, believes the cost of a barrel will most likely increase to around $162 by 2040 (as shown on the blue line below).
A brilliant Tinder hack made hundreds of bros unwittingly flirt with each other
Patrick was a Tinder user (in fact, it's where he met his current girlfriend) and says that female friends of his would often complain about the messages they received on Tinder. "The original idea was to throw that back into the face of the people doing it to see how they would react." Initially, he set out to build a Twitter bot that tweeted every first message a female friend received, but then he looked into Tinder’s API and found it had little safeguard from more extensive tweaks. "Tinder makes it surprisingly easy to bot their system. As long as you have a Facebook authentication token, you can behave as a robot as if you were a person."
5 ways to listen better
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you.
Coldest, oldest, fastest: 10 extreme sea creatures
Anglerfish inhabit the deep sea, and for a century they baffled marine biologists. At first only female anglerfish were known; where the males were and what they looked like was a complete mystery. Then a parasitologist began studying the worm-like parasites generally attached to anglerfish females. What he found, instead of parasites, were anglerfish males — each undergoing a radical transformation. When a male anglerfish is tiny, he finds and attaches to a female. First his jaws dissolve and his bloodstream fuses with the female’s. Then his brain disappears and his guts shrink. Eventually he is little more than a testis, fertilizing the eggs of one female, for the rest of his life. Photo courtesy of Edith Widder .
Want to be happy? Be grateful
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.
A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For
Good question. Firstly you’re aiming too high. 2800 is around 2/3 of the average wage in the US. It IS the average wage in Mississippi. It’s supposed to be subsistence. If you take say half the average wage at around $1780 pm that’s around 40% of GDP, a proportion similar to Denmark’s revenue to GDP (USA’s is currently 18%). That’s right the GI scheme would appear to cost not only more than the entire national budget but also proportionally more than Denmark’s. The thing is its not a cost. The money isn’t spent its recycled, its paid back to the taxpayer but in different proportions than its collected. That seems terribly unfair but remember most wealth isn’t the product of labour. Given all that, the maths is complex. There would be a lot of savings in obviating the machinery of targeted welfare and unnecessary make-work schemes. The market itself would be freer and more consumers would have money to spend.
Engineering students extinguish fire with sound - CNET
This device was able to extinguish small, controlled fires created with an alcohol accelerant, proving that the concept is viable. Of course, the next step is further development -- testing the technique on different types of fires; seeing if it can keep these fires from reigniting, since the sound waves do not have a cooling effect like water does; and examining the feasibility of developing a device that could deal with larger fires.
Can we all "have it all"?
Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.
How our microbes make us who we are
Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
Boeing has patented a 'Star Wars'-style force field
But there could be other uses for Boeing's force-field technology. Boeing notes that it can be used in water as well as air, heating up the area around boats or submarines to lessen damage from explosions.
We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up
In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.
In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species
Take for example the Kakapo, an animal which evolved without natural predators and thus didn’t require instincts to defend itself. Unfortunately — and as is the case with most of the species showcased here — humans began easily hunting upon encroaching their range, then introduced the stoat and other forms of pest control for other species. The Kakapo was almost completely wiped out through this introduction and fights on today because of this catastrophic lack of judgement.
African elephants facing 'extinction,' Botswana summit hears | News | DW.DE | 23.03.2015
The Africa Elephant Summit involving 20 nations has opened in Botswana with renewed warnings that the giant creature's numbers are falling dramatically. Poachers supply ivory illegally to Asia, particularly China.
The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM
Black and Latina women are particularly at risk for being seen as angry when they fail to conform to these restrictive norms. A biologist noted that she tends to speak her mind very directly, as do her male colleagues. But after her department chair angrily told her, “don’t talk to me like that” she felt she had to “put cotton candy in my mouth.” She now does a lot of deferring, framing her requests as, “I can’t do this without your help.” She explains, “I had to put him in that masculine, ‘I’ll take care of it role’ and I had to take the feminine ‘I need you to help me, I need to be saved’ role.’” A cancer biologist reported that she refrained from getting too animated in lab meetings, lest she trigger the “angry black woman” stereotype.
12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity
Sometimes it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.
Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal
In a blog post yesterday, Elizabeth Moylan, BioMed Central’s senior editor for research integrity, said an investigation begun last year revealed a scheme to “deceive” journal editors by suggesting “fabricated” reviewers for submitted articles. She wrote that some of the “manipulations” appeared to have been conducted by agencies that offer language-editing and submission assistance to non-English speaking authors.
Ikea Is Making 10,000 Flat Pack Shelters To House Refugees
The lightweight, steel frame shelter arrives in two cardboard boxes and can be assembled in four hours. With doors that lock, a solar panel for lighting and phone charging, and insulation and ventilation materials for cooling and warmth, the 188-square-foot shelter offers a huge improvement over the canvas tents that the UN uses to house about 3.5 million refugees today. It can also last three years, much longer than the typical tent.
For parents, happiness is a very high bar
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.
Bloodborne Review in Progress - IGN
As far as cooperative multiplayer, Bloodborne is every bit as obtuse as Dark Souls ever was. It allows you to call for help from another player when you need it most, such as a boss fight that feels like a brick wall or a group of enemies you don’t feel confident in taking on alone, by ringing a Beckoning Bell; any players ringing a response bell in the area will warp into your world. The catch (since there’s always a catch in Bloodborne) is that at the same time, you open yourself up to invasion from hostile players that are actively seeking to hunt and kill other hunters. In a rare move of compassion, this time around From has wisely included a password-protected game feature so that you and a friend can connect deliberately, removing some of the ambiguity of anonymous cooperation.
18 mistakes that will kill your startup
Bad Location – you can change everything about a house but its location. Likewise, if your startup is in a bad location, you can’t change the nature of that location. It’s easier to move the startup. Where to? Silicon Valley.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review - CNET
Samsung's striking, high-end and convenient Galaxy S6 Edge has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition. We're still testing -- but get ready to burn your cash.
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Marvel Reportedly Looking at Teenagers for Spider-Man Casting - IGN
Badass Digest reports that, according to an anonymous source, Ward is among those vying for the role, along with several other 16- and 17-year-olds. The auditions are said to have taken place in a house to keep them more secretive than an office setting would.
Can Dying Languages Be Saved?
If peripheral languages are to survive, they will have to find a way to coexist with what Bob Holman calls the “bully” languages. David Harrison told me, “The ideal of stable bilingualism is a given. Nobody wants these communities to remain isolated.” (China and Russia, however, consider ethnic languages a threat to their hegemony and have taken measures of varying severity to suppress them.) Even when there is persecution, the challenge, as Harrison sees it, is to “increase the prestige of a language so that the young embrace it.” In that respect, the fate of endangered languages may ultimately rest, as Mohawk does, with couples like Gabrielle Doreen and Lou Williams. They are determined to set an example for their children—both of fluency and self-worth. Then it will be up to the kids. Mina Beauvais spoke Mohawk with her only son, but, she said, “he married a Canadian English lady and didn’t pass it on.” Tom Porter told me, “We will do what we can, and if the young don’t cherish our way of life the Mother will take it back.”
A primer on 3D printing
2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things — including intricate objects once impossible to create.
8 Completely Useless Things Cluttering Up Your Home
What would a stranger think of you if they examined every item you own? That's the burning question for University of Texas social psychologist Samuel Gosling, Ph.D. Gosling, the author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, enters a person's home or office, notes all items present, and, based on his findings, completes a "personality inventory," assessing traits like agreeableness and neuroticism. A desk with a dozen framed family pictures might suggest that you value home life -- "but are the photos facing inward (for your enjoyment) or outward (to convey a message to others)?" Gosling asks. Snooping may not be an exact science, but certain truths are well documented. For example: "People assume -- always -- that you're a nicer person if your space is clean."
Microsoft nabs a Web win, in a tiff over touchscreens and mice - CNET
Google's change of heart reflects the shifting balance of power on the Web. In 2007, Apple's influence in the browser world soared when it introduced the iPhone and gave a starring role to its mobile-optimized Safari browser. Now iPhone programming attention has shifted to encouraging native apps written specifically to run on Apple's iOS mobile operating system -- with Microsoft the one taking the browser as a computing platform more seriously.
We have to save this cute rabbit dog thing before it's too late
You see that cute critter? I hope you enjoy that photo. Savor it. That's the first image of an ili pika taken in 20 years. It's estimated only 2,900 Ili pika existed last time the species had its picture taken in the early 1990s. Today, that estimate is around 1,000 living ili pika. Now I'm no scientist, but I suspect if we do nothing for my new best friends, the ili pika, their next photo will be snapped in the extinct section of a Natural History Museum.
Would you go back to a 4-inch iPhone? - CNET
A new rumor says to expect three new iPhones this year, including a 4-inch device that bucks the trend of big displays that some of your friends and family love to mock.
How Clutter Affects Your Productivity (And What You Can Do About It)
Over the last few years, I’ve discovered ways to reduce the noise of stuff around me so I can focus on creation and have more time for the things that matter most.
Absurd Creature of the Week: 'Punk Rocker Frog' Has Shape-Shifting Spikes and Teen Angst | WIRED
Returning a few minutes later, Krynak discovered something incredible: The frog was spiky again. It was apparently changing the texture of its skin to better blend in with its surroundings, and that’s very weird indeed for a vertebrate. Highfalutin invertebrates like the cuttlefish, sure, all the time they’re transforming both the color of their skin and its texture. But not vertebrates. So not only had Krynak found herself a new species, but a new species that changed how scientists think about amphibian camouflage. In a paper published Tuesday , she dubbed the spiky wonder Pristimantis mutabilis , known informally as the punk rocker frog. It’s the [insert your favorite punk star here so I don’t have to pick one and get angry emails about my choice] of the rainforest.
Pillars of Eternity Review - IGN
All that focus on tough choices might lead you to wonder if Pillars is all talk, but in fact, it's intensely difficult and tactical. Combat, which draws heavily from the Baldur’s Gate tradition, is the same kind of pausable real-time squad battle that BioWare made famous, but don't expect a Dragon Age-type experience where you can get away with effectively ignoring tactics. Neglect the pause button here, even for seconds, and you die - even on easy difficulty. I once let my party of six adventurers auto-attack (and there is that feature, at least) a group of ghouls in the woods on the easiest mode, and all except the tank died in the 10 seconds it took to glance at new emails on my phone. Pillars itself makes no secret of this brutality, as a descriptor for the Normal mode screams that it "is NOT recommended for newcomers to real-time party-based RPGs." Not hard enough? Try the Trial of Iron mode, which allows only one save file that automatically deletes if you die.
What new power looks like
We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power; watch and see if you agree.
Why Do Severed Goat Heads Keep Turning Up in Brooklyn?
One thing that became clear in speaking with Equi Lade is that the skinned goat heads on the light pole in Park Slope and the whole goat heads found in Prospect Park are categorically different phenomena, and connecting them is a mistake. The only thing they have in common are that they are goat heads. The skinned heads, likely purchased from a butcher and hurled haphazardly where all could see, are opposed in every way to the practice of Santería, where fickle gods demand ritualistic perfection and harmony with nature is prized. Despite Equi Lade’s disavowal, some of the heads in Prospect Park, nestled in the bushes or placed beneath a tree, do indeed appear to have Santería connections. I showed a photo of one head snapped in Prospect Park last year by a photographer who posted it on Flickr to a Santería priest and software developer in California named Marcos Sanchez. It was covered in reddish-yellow wax and sat on a plate with kernels of corn and a chicken head. “These are definitely Santería-related,” he told me. He explained that the color most likely came from Epo, a kind of palm oil used in Santería sacrifice.
How To Decide Once And For All If You Really Need That Meeting
Do you really need outside help for this, or are you insecure about the direction it’s taking and need to feel validated? Have something to show and discuss at the meeting. If you still need outside opinions before making a big decision or believe a group brainstorm is in order, proceed to the next step. American Express vice president Christopher Frank recommends asking at the beginning of every meeting , "What exactly are we meeting about?" That's a good question to answer before even scheduling the meeting, too.
Konami Releases New Statement on Hideo Kojima - IGN
Pairing this with a Japanese interview from Gamespark , it seems circumstances have indeed changed with development. While Konami told the outlet Kojima was still a Konami employee, it wouldn't go into details about whether he was a contractor or full-time worker. The publisher also failed to deny Kojima Productions staff are being restricted with regards to email and internet use. It did confirm, however, that Kojima would be doing fewer interviews, which we already expected giving the sad state of Kojima Station .
How do you design the library of the future?
Professor Hotson says this is just the start. ‘The greatest significance of Early Modern Letters Online may be to show how combining the Bodleian’s marvellous collections, Oxford’s scholarly community, and state-of-the-art IT can situate the University at the centre of emerging digital infrastructure not just in this field but many other ones as well,’ he says. ‘Digitization can aggregate hundreds of thousands of tiny little points of data – in our case we took a letter written at a specific time and place and tagged it to two specific individuals, but you could do the same thing with dates of book publications, locations in a travel diary, anything really. Applying a similar approach to the Bodleian’s matchless collections could help transform significant aspects of research and teaching throughout the humanities.’ Christine says the possibilities extend to science as well. ‘We have archives of diaries which mention the weather on a particular day, or doctors’ notes,’ she says. ‘These could be marked up and tagged to give insights into climate change or disease.’
How To Make A Killing On Airbnb
"I like to have the guests dictate how much personal interaction they want to have," says Shatford, who notes that it’s usually easy to see from the initial email communications who is looking for that special greeting and who would rather check in independently. "If a guest books a place for a few nights using the instant booking tool and I never receive an email from them, they likely don’t desire a lot of personal attention. But, on the other hand, if someone books a two-week stay and reaches out for advice on restaurants and activities, I’ll be sure to meet them and point them in the right direction."
March 2015 Security Incident and the Launch of Two Factor Authentication
We were recently able to confirm that there was unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information. We have since blocked this unauthorized access and made additional changes to our technical infrastructure to prevent future incidents. We have also released two factor authentication and we strongly encourage all users to enable this security feature .
Microsoft draws line between Spartan and IE11 browsers
Microsoft on Tuesday said that, contrary to earlier statements, it would not make Project Spartan, the new browser for Windows 10, backward compatible with websites and Web apps designed expressly for Internet Explorer (IE).
Bill Gates says he was never in Steve Jobs' league - CNET
Technically Incorrect: In the new book "Becoming Steve Jobs," the Microsoft co-founder marvels at Jobs' ability to excite a crowd about technology.
Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie gets introspective trailer - CNET
It will be interesting to see if audiences are up for supporting a Schwarzenegger movie that doesn't involve a huge special-effects budget. The lure of zombies alone may be enough to draw an audience. "Maggie" is set for release in the US on May 8, with a limited international release scheduled for later in the year.
A sculptural love letter to Spider-Man
We all have heroes to thank. But not many of us go to the lengths taken by artist Hetain Patel (TED Talk: Who am I? Think again ) in a new sculpture that took him four months to construct. The piece, “Letter to Peter Parker,” is a life-size Spider-Man — actually a fiberglass cast of Patel — wearing a custom-made suit covered in hand drawn words. Take a closer look at the ultimate homage to a superhero:
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