Re-inventing the wheel: Cars are getting smarter every year
No hotbed of technology is hotter than the auto industry as hypercompetitive vehicle makers scramble to one-up each other with the latest high-tech advancements.
Goodyear's new concept tires can help power your electric car
Tires are key to the comfort and performance of your ride, but one day they might help power it, too. Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire at the Geneva International Auto Show this week that can...
A former boy soldier's words of hope to children rescued from war
Author and former child soldier Ishmael Beah released a powerful video message for child soldiers recently freed in South Sudan.
Tom Hanks can't get Carly Rae Jepsen's new song out of his head in this new video
It's been nearly a week since your girlfriend Carly Rae Jepsen dropped her new single "I Really Like You" on the world, and it's still stuck in our heads. (We don't actually have a problem with...
Introducing Hackaball, the computer you can hurl against a wall - CNET
A new programmable ball lets you create games on an iPad, then play them in real life.
Why self-driving cars could cut down commuter congestion
Stockholm was used as the test bed for the researchers analysis: It’s estimated that around 136,000 cars are involved in the daily commute in the city, with taxi journeys accounting for half the total traffic volume overall. By putting passengers together in cars, and using self-driving technology to optimize routes and speeds, the morning and evening crush on the roads could be almost eradicated.
Sunny days: The world's biggest solar energy projects
Adani Enterprises has penned an agreement with the government of Rajasthan, India to build a series of solar "parks" that, when completed in 2025, will provide 10,000MW of power. The plants are estimated to cost more than $6 billion. Adani plans to have 5,000MW of power online within five years. In the U.S., Adani's Rejasthan project would power more than 28 million homes.
Inspiring tweets celebrating International Women's Day
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Russian authorities detain 4 suspects in Boris Nemtsov murder probe
KIEV, Ukraine — Russian authorities apprehended two more suspects in the murder probe into the killing of Boris Nemtsov late Saturday, bringing the total detained to four, state media reported.
21 women whose Instagram photos will amaze and inspire you
"I've Never been much of a runner, actually that's putting it mildly. I Detest running! (You might think having long legs would make it easier, but I think it does just the opposite.) However, I've always wanted to overcome this fear of running long distances and this year I have been challenging myself to run more and more often. This morning on my run, I had the beautiful streets of Paris to inspire me and motivate me to keep moving. What inspires, motivates or challenges you?"
Pandora plans to offer an inexpensive new day pass for ad-free music access
Pandora is looking for ways to come out on top of rising music licensing costs. The company has confirmed to Gigaom that it plans to release a new day pass subscription offering that unlocks access to ad-free internet radio for a short period. The new pricing model, which should arrive later this year, could cost 99 cents for one day of access, an executive said during an investor call this week. The company is still tweaking the pricing and length of on-demand ad-free access.
State of VR: Sony's Project Morpheus in 2015
There are definitely lessons we've been learning about that side of things, the experience side. How you move people through a world. And a lot of it's counterintuitive. People think that, 'Oh, you should kind of ramp up [the experience] slowly and get faster and faster.' And that's actually the easiest way to make you sick. If you do things that are discontinuous, that are not things that happen in the real world, you don't get sick; you just get startled by it usually. And that's surprising that it doesn't. You'd think, 'Oh, teleporting might make somebody sick.' But you know, you never teleport in the real world, so you don't have any kind of feeling that that's the wrong way to teleport. So it feels perfect when you teleport. It's disorienting and then you're somewhere else. So you can do things that might not seem intuitive."
The internet, like time, is a trip
Here's what I genuinely love about the internet: it elevates the trivial to the phenomenal with brute force. Sometimes there are mixed results. When a bunch of amateur internet sleuths caught the wrong Boston bomber, the internet was Bad . When a bunch of people ganged up to deliver pizza to a two-year-old cancer patient, the internet was Good . But mostly it seems like the social internet is one big real-time repository for mundane existence.
Forbes Tech News on Twitter
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PAX East 2015: Watch 7 Minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay - IGN
Just in time for all the PAX East 2015 festivities, the developers at CD Projeckt Red have shown off a bit more of their upcoming open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt .
Apple looking to waterproof its future devices using hydrophobic coating and silicone seals
A patent filed by Apple in March 2014 was revealed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, which contains details about the company’s effort to waterproof its devices using hydrophobic coating. The patent contains “methods for shielding electronic components from moisture.”
My Crazy Theory About MH370 Went Viral Around the World. Here’s What I’ve Learned Since.
One of my goals in publishing my theory was to see if I couldn’t shake the tree and scare up some new sources of information. On that score, the results were promising. Among the people who emailed me were flight attendants, 777 captains, and even a test pilot who works for a major aircraft manufacturer. I was also contacted by people who have done extensive business in Russia and Ukraine, and who I hope might be able to help me get a better picture of the three ethnic Russians aboard the plane. A representative of the missing passenger’s families reached out to me as well, to reiterate that they are not willing to accept the death of their loved ones without more concrete evidence than has been provided thus far.
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The Best Burger in Every State in America
Tucker's Onion Burgers ( address and info )
The burger: Double onion burger with cheese
If you’re talking about burgers in Oklahoma, you have to talk of their famous onion burgers. And though the legendary places like Sid’s Diner and both Johnnie’s and Robert’s Grill reside in El Reno, we think the best onion burger in the state comes from Tucker’s. If you like the spice, you can throw in grilled jalapeños. Otherwise just eating the mix of cooked onions mashed into the beef alongside that melty cheese will make you an onion burger convert. You will inevitably blog about it.
Helvetia Tavern ( address and info )
The burger: Jumbo Burger
As one of the nation’s best food cities, Portland has its fair share of great burgers (shout out to Gruner, Slow Bar, Foster Burger, and Little Bird!). But amid all the flourishes, fancy cheeses, and one-upmanship, a perfect, basic, no-frills, next-level burger is hard to find. Located about a half-hour West of the city in the Willamette Valley near Aloha, Helvetia Tavern is like an oasis for folks who crave a big, old-school burger.
Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.
How autism freed me to be myself
“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.
Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.
Teaching kids real math with computers
From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach — calculation by hand — isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.
Gallery: New art carved from old books
Left: One piece of the four-part “Americana 54 Two” (2013), which features four snake heads eating their tails, made from an entire set of Encyclopedia Americana. Right: “Saturation Will Result” (2011), which shows an encyclopedia springing from its static book form to become something more fluid. Says Dettmer, “Books can’t really adapt, so I’m suggesting the idea of something washing through the books and erasing as it goes.”
Images courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.
Social Media Update 2014
Fully 52% of online adults use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from the 42% who did so in 2013. At the same time, significantly fewer adults use just one site — 28% compared with 36% last year. As in 2013, Facebook remains the most popular site among those who use only one — fully 79% of those who use just one site report using Facebook. As in years past, a significant majority of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn users say they also use Facebook, more than any other site. At the same time, the proportion of Facebook users who also use another site is on the rise — that is, there are more Facebook users this year who also use Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn than there were in 2013.
Felons, addicts, immigrants: This bakery will hire anyone
I asked Greyston CEO Mike Brady how they made this work. First, he straightened out my confusion about Greyston’s open-hire policy: Yes, they will hire anyone who asks for a job, but not necessarily on the spot. If there’s not a position open, Greyston puts applicants on a waiting list. The company has about 100 employees, and it can’t simply hire every jobless person in the world. Also, these are entry-level positions — it wouldn’t make sense to hire a CEO off the street (though that could make an excellent plot for a sitcom).
How 5G will push a supercharged network to your phone, home, car - CNET
The next evolution in wireless networking holds promises of self-driving cars and movies that download in the blink of an eye. 5G is big at this year's Mobile World Congress, but don't expect it until 2020.
Solar Impulse set for epic journey
This flight will be an impressive feat if it succeeds, but it will mostly demonstrate the efficiency of modern lightweight aircraft design, NOT the viability of utilising solar power for everyday uses. Power production from solar panels is still far too limited. Unless there's spectacular improvement in the efficiency of solar panels, we'll have to look elsewhere to solve our energy problems.
Two quantum properties teleported together for first time - physicsworld.com
The values of two inherent properties of one photon – its spin and its orbital angular momentum – have been transferred via quantum teleportation onto another photon for the first time by physicists in China. Previous experiments have managed to teleport a single property, but scaling that up to two properties proved to be a difficult task, which has only now been achieved. The team's work is a crucial step forward in improving our understanding of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and the result could also play an important role in the development of quantum communications and quantum computers.
Introverts Like Mountains, Extroverts Like The Beach
i buy the intro/extro spectrum as a single factor, but with beach vs. mountains, there are also many other factors - are you active or chill out, what is the purpose of the trip/context you are coming from, do you want to be surrounded by people or have a sent of solitude, do you like it hot or like it cool/cold, do you have body image issues... oversimplification is what the web has perfected!
Europe's New Culture Capital Is Here: And It's Not Berlin, Barcelona, Or Paris - Elevated Today
I must begin this article with an apology, and a thank you. To the Portuguese, an apology- before I went to Lisbon, I had only the vaguest idea that Portugal even existed. It was a country I had heard of, but that was it- I had only seen it on a map. How wrong I was to have deprived myself of such a place for so long.
TED Talks on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
I was a professor at four universities. I still couldn’t make ends meet.
The system is not incapable of change. The majority of adjuncts in the D.C. area — including those at Howard University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University and the University of the District of Columbia — are now represented by SEIU Local 500 and have access to collective bargaining, a channel to air grievances and negotiate for improved wages and other benefits. Union contracts have as much as tripled pay for some at George Washington University and won year-long contracts for Montgomery College adjuncts, says McLeer. SEIU has initiated activities to form a union at Trinity, and the administration has stated their relative neutrality. A letter from President Patricia McGuire in September of last year stated that “adjuncts are free to express their opinions without fear of retribution.” Unionization isn’t a silver bullet—it’s going to take a lot to reform how universities structure their spending—but mobilizing those still doing the tough job I used to do will result in real — albeit slow — changes.
Chai Jing's review: Under the Dome – Investigating China’s Smog 柴静雾霾调查：穹顶之下 (full translation)
ENGLISH SUBTITLES ARE FULLY TRANSLATED For more information: http://www.linghein.me/tr_u/ English Subtitles: FULLY UPDATED Japanese (日本語) Subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfXNy... French Subtitles: update to 36:27 Spanish Subtitles: update to 09:28 Former celebrity TV anchor Chai Jing quit her job after her baby daughter was born with a lung tumor, and after a year of rigorous investigation, launched this 1 hour 40 minute documentary about China’s smog: what is smog? Where does it come from? What do we do from here? It is very powerful in many ways. English subtitles of the documentary are not yet completely finished, but if you can, grab a Chinese friend and watch it together. English subtitles are now completely finished, and other languages are being added.
This Furniture Doubles As Beautiful Bike Storage For Tiny Apartments
Without a bike on top, the bookcases and sideboards in the collection just look like modern furniture. But each piece is designed with a groove that easily balances two wheels. Instead of displaying the usual living room centerpiece—a television—you can display your transportation. "It changes the cult of the TV to one of the bike," says designer Manuel Rossel .
The Queen of Jordan: Social media can show an Arab world beyond ISIS
We all have goals, dreams and aspirations. We have our ups and downs, and at the end of the day we are all human. I hope that people can see this simple message, and work toward a more positive tomorrow for everyone. Sometimes, it can be hard to connect with people when you’re a "queen." To some extent, I think social media has opened a window into my life and helped demystify who I am and what I do. Obviously, it also helps spread ideas and shed light on the causes I’m passionate about. There is, of course, a downside — ISIS extremists use social media to present a radical, skewed view of the Arab world, for example. How can the average citizen use social media to fight back? The fight we have on our hands in the Middle East is as much over narrative as it is over territory. And unfortunately, ISIS has successfully managed to use modern media tools in this fight to propagate their radical beliefs. And it reflects negatively on all of us in the region. Today, too many people have a single story of the Arab world. Like it or not, we are being defined by a narrow narrative — their narrative — which is dominated by extremism, hatred, conflict, crisis and chaos .
Solar Impulse 2 will begin its around-the-world flight on Monday
The flight should take around five months to complete, and the 21,748-mile journey has been divided into 12 manageable trips. The team behind the Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will share piloting duties during the 500-hour flight. The single-cabin airplane has a 236-foot wingspan covered in 17,248 solar cells that power four electric motors. Because its wing cells store energy from the Sun, the Solar Impulse 2 can fly at night as well as during the day.
A new breed of startups is helping hackers make millions — legally
Because of this inefficiency, Synack uses a much less open model. It’s the best funded of the bug bounty startups, and it was founded by veterans of the NSA who spent years looking for vulnerabilities that could be exploited by the government. "We are taking a different approach from these other managed bug bounty providers," says founder Jay Kaplan. "The number of people out there in developing countries eager to make even $50 can create a lot of noise." The companies that use Synack don’t pay hackers, but instead pay a flat fee for the service. Synack uses a limited pool of hackers who have passed its three-tiered test, vets all the submissions, and assigns the bounties, insulating its more conservative, largely non-tech clients from the chaos.
Why Audiophiles Are Paying $1,000 for This Man's Vinyl | WIRED
Hundreds of factors determine what a vintage record will sound like, from the chain of ownership and whether it’s been properly stored to the purity of the vinyl stock and the quality of the equipment that produced it. One factor many serious record collectors fixate on is the quality of the stampers, the grooved metal plates used to press a lump of hot vinyl into a record album. Like any metal die, these molds have a finite lifespan. The accumulation of scratches, flaws, and other damage resulting from the tremendous mechanical stress a stamper is subjected to—100 tons of pressure during a production run—leads to a gradual loss of audio fidelity in the finished records. To ensure the best sound quality, some boutique companies that press heavy vinyl today limit their stampers to 1,000 pressings. In contrast, during the peak of the vinyl boom, major labels churned out as many as 10,000 copies on a single stamper. It’s preferable to have a record pressed early in a production run, before the metal exhibits signs of wear, rather than toward the end, right before a fresh stamper is slapped on.
Why I love a country that once betrayed me
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.
The women workers of WWI are the definition of empowerment
During World War I, with vast numbers of men either enlisting or conscripted to fight in the various forces, women stepped up to take their place as workers. As well as traditionally female occupations at the time, such as nurses or teachers, many women undertook conventionally male roles in transport, for example, fire fighting, hauling coal and piloting.
The mathematics of love
Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.
10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier
It seems like a paradox that sad music would make you feel happier, but I find that to be true in my experience. My favorite songs that I sing and play on the guitar are "Four Strong Winds," "Crazy", "Cold, Cold Heart," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", "Early Morning Rain", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", "The Boxer", "American Tune", and several others with a distinctly sad theme. I'm wondering if it's even more cathartic to sing a sad song rather than to just listen to it--or do both at the same time. Regardless, the pursuit of happiness is a fascinating topic, one that I've begun to blog about, myself. https://howtobehappyandhealthy.wordpress.com/
The Keurig K-Cup's inventor says he feels bad that he made it — here's why
The Keurig K-Cup's inventor says he feels bad that he made it — here's why
Google Drive for Android now has drag and drop support
The latest update for Google Drive for Android adds a small but crucial feature for those who manage their documents through Google. Now, users can drag and drop files into folders on mobile. By long-pressing on a document, you can now select any number of files and move them back and forth between folders with relative ease. In addition, the selected files can be starred, pinned, or downloaded with just a series of taps.
The Price of Oil Is About to Blow a Hole in Corporate Accounting
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires
drillers to calculate the value of their oil reserves every year
using average prices from the first trading days in each of the
previous 12 months. Because oil didn’t start its freefall to
about $45 till after the OPEC meeting in late November,
companies in their latest regulatory filings used $95 a barrel
to figure out how much oil they could profitably produce and
what it’s worth. Of the 12 days that went into the fourth-quarter average, crude was above $90 a barrel on 10 of them.
Here's how Kim Kardashian is plotting to take over the tech world
I hope to have a bigger presence in the tech world. I love coming up with different app ideas, and I have a few more that are coming out. Once you get started and you have this creative bug of ideas that you want to get out, I feel like I've partnered with the right team, and now I have the creative outlet to make that happen. I'm happy that people are into it and perceiving it well. I just want to create more apps.
The power of cartoons
In a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people together.
The weaker sex
“IT’S all to do with their brains and bodies and chemicals,” says Sir Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, a posh English boarding school. “There’s a mentality that it’s not cool for them to perform, that it’s not cool to be smart,” suggests Ivan Yip, principal of the Bronx Leadership Academy in New York. One school charges £25,000 ($38,000) a year and has a scuba-diving club; the other serves subsidised lunches to most of its pupils, a quarter of whom have special needs. Yet both are grappling with the same problem: teenage boys are being left behind by girls.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale is the end of the line - CNET
When it hit the streets in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron made us re-think what a supercar could be. Now, 10 years later, it's all over, and this is the last of the line.
Doctor Shoe: High-tops and sneakers for Tardis fans - CNET
Allons-y! Follow in the footsteps of your favorite Time Lord with this fashion tribute to the Tardis from Shoe Fury.
The opportunity of adversity
The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.
Anatomy of a Hack
How did Eve get in? We can’t say for sure, but it’s likely that she used a script to target a weakness in Mail.com’s password reset page. We know such a script existed. For months, users on the site Hackforum had been selling access to a script that reset specific account passwords on Mail.com. It was an old exploit by the time Davis was targeted, and the going rate was $5 per account. It’s unclear how the exploit worked and whether it has been closed in the months since, but it did exactly what Eve needed. Without any authentication, she was able to reset Davis’ password to a string of characters that only she knew.
The magic of the placebo
Sugar pills, injections of nothing — studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)