Tears of joy: 3D printing lets blind mom-to-be 'see' her son - CNET
Combining ultrasound and 3D-printing technologies leads to a wondrous moment for an expectant Brazilian mom.
Putting keys in freezer could prevent car break-ins
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Where you leave your keys inside your home could make your car the target of a break-in. The problem: As vehicles become more technologically advanced, thieves are becoming technologically
This speaker lights on fire (and it's supposed to)
Your Sonos setup is pretty handy, what with its wireless audio and all that, but you know what it's missing? A mothereffin' open flame that bounces along
A new Justice League animated series will debut online next month
Machinima's ambitions have only expanded since the days of Halo: 4 Forward Unto Dawn. As part of its Newfronts presentation in New York City today, the company announced that it has teamed up with...
Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams
Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on The Tonight Show to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that...
Spot-on impressions of your favorite cartoon moms
Voice actress Brizzy Voices impersonates some of the most popular cartoon moms for Mother's Days.
If sloths could take selfies, they’d look like this
Humans taking selfies is a well-known epidemic, recently spurring the organizers of both the recent Met Gala and upcoming Cannes film festival to attempt to thwart celebrities from snapping them on...
This video explains why Apple didn’t put a Web browser on the Apple Watch
For most of us, this omission makes complete sense. The Web, as it exists today, has no place on the Apple Watch; so far, nothing designed for a modern browser considers the specs or input methods of the device, and that’s not going to change any time soon. Side note: How cool would it be if web developers actually tried to make this work?
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EFF Case Analysis: Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Records Dragnet is Illegal
The public first learned that the NSA was collecting millions of Americans’ phone records on a daily basis back in 2006. However, it wasn’t until June 5, 2013, when the Guardian published a secret document disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that we learned the government’s full legal justification for the program. That document was an order from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) directing Verizon to turn over the private calling records of ordinary people in bulk pursuant to Section 215.
10 books that will change how you think forever
Speaking from experience, we think that this list of ten books by influential writers and thinkers in every field from psychology to economics just might change how you think about the world, work, other people, and yourself.
iPhone increases lead as most popular smartphone in U.S.
Although there is much more to success than simply market share, the figures are nonetheless interesting as they reveal just how neck-and-neck some aspects of the iOS vs. Android battle currently are. On the handset front, iPhone is still in the lead, but it will be revealing to see how much of a surge Samsung can make thanks to the S6 and S6 Edge next time comScore releases its numbers.
Microsoft nixes ActiveX add-on technology in new Edge browser
Cisco names senior VP Robbins as new CEO to replace Chambers
Going forward Chambers will devote his time to supporting Robbins and engaging closely with customers and governments around the world, with a focus on leading Cisco’s role in country digitization, according to the company. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as the head of sales, just seven years after the company was founded, then was appointed CEO in 1995. During his time as CEO, Cisco’s annual revenue grew from US$1.2 billion a year to $48 billion.
Lawtendr Finds You a Lawyer by Asking Them to Bid On Your Case
As your bids roll in, you can talk to each potential lawyer, check out their background and experience, and compare them to choose someone right for you. You also get an idea how much they’ll bill you, since all the lawyers on the site use fixed-fee billing. It’s free to sign up for an account and post a listing—once you select a lawyer and accept a bid, that’s when you pay a fee—10% of the bid you accept. From there, Lawtendr takes care of billing, and even gives you the opportunity to rate your lawyer after the fact and share your experiences.
How to speak so that people want to listen
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.
Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you
About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.
7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free
None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.
7 ways to practice emotional first aid
Learn what treatments for emotional wounds work for you.
Pay attention to yourself and learn how you, personally, deal with common emotional wounds. For instance, do you shrug them off, get really upset but recover quickly, get upset and recover slowly, squelch your feelings, or …? Use this analysis to help yourself understand which emotional first aid treatments work best for you in various situations (just as you would identify which of the many pain relievers on the shelves works best for you). The same goes for building emotional resilience. Try out various techniques and figure out which are easiest for you to implement and which tend to be most effective for you. But mostly, get into the habit of taking note of your psychological health on a regular basis — and especially after a stressful, difficult, or emotionally painful situation.
Why we laugh
Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.
America’s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care
Another powerful force toward unnecessary care emerged years after Arrow’s paper: the phenomenon of overtesting, which is a by-product of all the new technologies we have for peering into the human body. It has been hard for patients and doctors to recognize that tests and scans can be harmful. Why not take a look and see if anything is abnormal? People are discovering why not. The United States is a country of three hundred million people who annually undergo around fifteen million nuclear medicine scans, a hundred million CT and MRI scans, and almost ten billion laboratory tests. Often, these are fishing expeditions, and since no one is perfectly normal you tend to find a lot of fish. If you look closely and often enough, almost everyone will have a little nodule that can’t be completely explained, a lab result that is a bit off, a heart tracing that doesn’t look quite right.
5 ways to kill your dreams
All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.
How to succeed? Get more sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
Architecture Review: An Exclusive Look at Facebook’s New Building
I drive past this thing twice a day on my commute. Someone has taken massive
liberty in enhancing that photo in this article as this place looks nothing
like that in real life. I thought the old Sun MicroSystems building that
Facebook now occupies kitty corner to this new one looked like a prison but
compared to this new nightmare it actually looks pretty good. At least the old
SMS building has some earth tones that are somewhat in harmony with the beautiful
San Francisco bay on which it sits next to. To me this new building looks a lot
like the inside of a steel mill. Where was the Menlo Park planning commission
when this thing was proposed. It might be nice for the 2,800 people that will
be inside but many thousands more have to look at it every day from the
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For making the content it knows (with data!) we’ll all love.
How to control someone else's arm with your brain
Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it.
"Person With The Twitter Password," And Other Brutally Honest Versions of Your Job Title
The jokesters at Someecards have created a series of brutally honest job titles to restore order to a world gone mad with euphemism. Each entry stares deep into the soul of a modern job title and reduces it down to the main task for which its bearer is responsible. "Head of IT," for instance, is now transformed into "Director of Turning Things Off and Back On," a tactic that even the least computer-savvy individuals have learned works most frequently.
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/
How Star Trek will finally come true
Most of us long to make a dent in the universe, to leave a world that’s different and better from the one we were born into. Now, increasingly, we can. And this shows us something that will blow our mind in 30 years: There is a new way for you, for many of us, to make a real dent, to bring the unique thing only we have to offer to bear on a situation to improve it. We all have something to offer — and as the next decades go by, we’ll all figure out how to apply it in a meaningful way.
Life is beautiful
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
Why we shouldn't judge a country by its GDP
Analysts, reporters and big thinkers love to talk about Gross Domestic Product. Put simply, GDP, which tallies the value of all the goods and services produced by a country each year, has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But there’s a big, elephant-like problem with that: GDP only accounts for a country’s economic performance, not the happiness or well-being of its citizens. With GDP, if your richest 100 people get richer, your GDP rises … but most of your citizens are just as badly off as they were before.
How scientists make people laugh to study humor
As with live TV shows and comedy clubs, we “warm people up” by spending time with them, watching stuff and laughing together, until we’re ready to throw them into the chamber to start recording their mirth. There is some science behind this: Laughter is contagious, and it’s much easier to make someone laugh again if they’re already laughing. So we try and get groups of people to come in at once, and if possible, groups of people we know, and who know each other. We are thirty times more likely to laugh if we’re with someone else than if we’re on our own, and we’re more likely to “catch” laughter from someone we know than someone we don‘t know.
I Will Not Be Lectured To. I'm Too Busy Teaching.
In my Tiny Liberal Arts College With Professional Programs Too, a professor teaches four (sometimes more) classes a semester. These professors also advise anywhere from 10 to 40 students (unlike large, R1 institutions, we do not use professional or departmental advisors). They sponsor and advise student organizations. Our one-person Theatre Department runs four productions a year, our two-person Music Department sponsors a pep band and a choir that travels across the US and over to Europe, guided and mentored (and chaperoned, and checked into their hostels) by their professors. These professors will knock on a dorm room door if one of their students has missed several classes and is in jeopardy of being on academic probation (this may or may not have been someone who looked remarkably like me). These professors are on the hospital floor for 8-hour clinicals with a cohort of 19-year-old Nursing majors. They help find translators for a Bosnian student’s parents (who don’t speak English) to open up a bank account in town. They sit through interminable afternoon meetings and then teach a three-hour Social Work seminar two nights a week.
Closest thing to 'Star Trek' replicator makes meals in 30 seconds - CNET
But it could be worth learning for any uncompromising gourmand who demands a freshly baked dish with only natural ingredients mixed with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables and no added preservatives. Once you're up and running, all it takes is adding a little water to the Genie, just like a coffee machine, and then pressing a button and waiting less than a minute. The app can also be used to personalize your diet if you need to go gluten-, dairy- or egg-free.
Got a meeting? Take a walk
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.
What Killed The Infographic?
Infographics, it seems, are a dying breed. Except that in talking to a dozen data visualization experts across the world's top studios, I learned that the story is far more nuanced. Once a playground for independent designers, data visualization has evolved into something more mature, corporate, and honest about its failings. The quirky, experimental infographics that once peppered the Internet may be disappearing. But that's only because data visualization, as a medium, has finally grown up and gotten a job.
Data visualization has finally grown up and gotten a job.
15 Quotes for Moms With a Sense of Humor
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Autonomous truck cleared to drive on US roads for the first time
The next big thing in autonomous vehicles really is big. At a ceremony at the Hoover Dam last Wednesday, automotive manufacturer Daimler unveiled a self-driving truck – the first to be cleared to drive on US roads.
Adam Savage Growing Up: In Conversation with Adam's Mom
On this week's show, we sit down with Adam in his library and interview his mom about what Adam was like growing up in New York. Learn, from a unique perspective, what Adam was like as a kid, what influences surrounded him at home, and how he started his very first projects.
See how Bugatti built its final Veyron, 'La Finale' (pictures) - CNET
The Bugatti Veyron is famous for taking the crown as the world's fastest road car, reaching a dizzying top speed of 267 mph -- a crown it stole from the McLaren F1. That its phenomenal performance has not been at the expense of luxury and style has made the Veyron a poster boy for car fans, automotive engineers and excitable teenagers the world over.
12 Buildings To See In New York Before You Die
In honor of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s landmark preservation legislation, the New York School of Interior Design is recognizing the city’s best interiors in an exhibit of all 117 New York City interior landmarks. Some of them are famous, like the main concourse of Grand Central. Others are little-known or rarely visited, like the beautiful Art Deco interiors of the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia airport; the lavish, gilded headquarters of Dime Savings Bank in Brooklyn; or the picturesque imperial staircase of City Hall.
The Unusual Habits Of 8 Famous Creative Minds
In his book Decoded , he writes about working hard on the streets as a teenage drug dealer, not having the time or resources to put pen to paper when rhymes would come to him. “So I created little corners in my head where I stored rhymes,” he wrote. Jay-Z believes the process of storing his creative bursts daily built up his memory “muscle,” and to this day he “writes” his lyrics and flow in his head before entering the recording booth.
This Risk-Averse British Businesswoman Launched A Million-Dollar Fashion Brand From Her Kitchen Table
Deane firmly believes that people should be able to start businesses without taking on major risks. While many entrepreneurs think that launching a company requires taking out loans or soliciting private funding, Deane preaches that if you play your cards right, it is possible to grow a thriving global business without overly endangering your financial future. "You’ve got to think about how you can take the risk out of your business," she says. "If you take a big bank loan up front to pay for an advertising campaign, there will be incredible pressure to make the repayments. So my advice would be to try to think of clever ways to get around that kind of risk."
Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine
That finding should give parents more motivation to vaccinate their kids, he says. "I think this paper will provide additional evidence — if it's needed — of the public health benefits of measles vaccine," Moss says. "That's an important message in the U.S. right now and in countries continuing to see measles outbreaks."
50 Shades of Grey Trailer [Bob Saget Lip Dub]
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Adorable, 21-year-old Mick Jagger gets his hair done
Each Stone wore long hair apart from one founding member, Ian "Stu" Stewart. Stu was chucked from the band by then-19-year-old manager Andrew Loog Oldham; allegedly, Stu didn't fit the Stones' image of "pretty, thin, long-haired boys." (Though, he stayed on a as piano player for the Rolling Stones right up to his death in 1985.)
The first self-driving 18-wheeler hits the highways
The radar unit is located in the center area of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck front bumper and it scans the road ahead at long and short range. The long-range radar, with a range of 820-ft, scans an 18-degree view, in order to provide both narrow and far views. The short-range radar, with a range of 230 feet has a scanning range of 130-degrees; it looks wider to see vehicles that might cut in front of the truck.
10 Crackpot Story Theories for Star Wars: The Force Awakens - IGN
They, along with many other new potentials, set out to find the only person in the galaxy who can train them to use their new gifts: Luke Skywalker. He won't be easy to find, and doesn't show up at all until the end. Others (Kylo Ren) will hunt for Sith relics (like Vader's helmet) and death sites to learn from them (possibly through Sith Force ghosts?) and resurrect their ways.
Kylo Ren emerges as a new Sith Lord. The Empire split into factions following the deaths of the Emperor and Vader, and he seeks to reunite it under his leadership. That puts him in conflict with both the Alliance and the First Order, an Imperial faction (led by Captain Phasma), that prefers being masters of their own destiny, rather than living under the heel of an all-powerful Sith. They want to keep the galaxy Force-free, and are trying to eradicate the new Force users. It'll end with Ren defeating Phasma and creating a new Empire. - Dan Stapleton, Executive Editor, Reviews
Dog follows shoppers around on digital billboards, looking for a new home - CNET
An ad agency teams up with a pet shelter in England to create a high-tech way to get a dog adopted.
Bow To Your Billionaire Drone Overlord: Frank Wang's Quest To Put DJI Robots Into The Sky
Wang’s less-than-stellar academic performance thwarted his dream of landing at an elite American university. Rejected by his top choices, MIT and Stanford, he ended up at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, where he studied electronic engineering. He didn’t find his sense of purpose until his senior year, when he built a helicopter flight-control system. Wang devoted everything to his final group project, skipping classes and staying up until 5 a.m. While the hovering function for the onboard computer he built failed the night before the class presentation, his effort did not go to waste. Robotics professor Li Zexiang noticed Wang’s group leadership and technical understanding and brought the headstrong student into the school’s graduate program. “I couldn’t tell that [Frank] was smarter than others,” says Li, who served as an early advisor and investor to DJI and now owns about 10% as its chairman. But “good performance [at work] was not necessarily comparable with good grades.”
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Secrets of the Windows Control Panel
Consider this a quick-and-dirty intro to some of the less obvious things you should know about accessing the Control Panel—which is, really, just a virtual folder full of applets in a single location within Windows. It's been that way since Windows 95, but we're going to concentrate on the latest versions of Windows, the popular Windows 7, and the "we put up with it until the next one" Windows 8/8.1. We can't cover everything you can do with Control Panel—that would fill entire books, and even then, not comprehensively. But we can get you started on the basics.
The unheard story of David and Goliath
It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Meet The Father-Son Team Making $1.3 Million On YouTube
"I think it’s hard for a 9-year-old to fully grasp the concept of fame. But as more and more people are recognizing him on the street, I think he’s starting to catch on," says Jared. "At first, he was a little shy and didn’t know what to think. But I think he enjoys seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when they meet him. My wife and I like to use these opportunities to reinforce the idea of being a role model and setting a good example."