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For Winning The Nobel Prize, Niels Bohr Got A House With Free Beer

While it’s true that Einstein resisted quantum mechanics for many years it is also true that he lays at least as much claim to having created the theory as Planck. Einstein first broached the subject in 1905 with his explanation of the photoelectric effect which one him the nobel prize. In 1906 he published a paper in which he proved that Planck’s function for the black body spectrum implied energy quantization. it was some years before quantization was taken seriously by anyone else. In those foundational papers the metaphysical problems that caused Einstein so much consternation were not yet evident. Later on he became a “quantum mechanics denialist”. Unlike the modern climate change denialists who contribute nothing at all to science , one of Einsteins most celebrated papers came out of his QM denilaism: the famous Einstein, Podalsky and Rosen paper in which he made an exceedingly nontrivial prediction that QM implies and said that it was so bizarre that nature could not act in such a way. His prediction was born out. His claim as to how nature acts was not. Thus even in denial Einstein made profound contributions to science.

20 Things You Should Never Say to College Grads

Knowing that your friends and family are there to celebrate your achievements is the best feeling in the world, but with their overwhelming pride also comes a million opinions and concerns about your future. If you're like the thousands of other grads out there, your graduation day might bring a few frustrations from your nearest and dearest.

YouTube, Facebook Account for Nearly a Third of Mobile Traffic

Facebook and YouTube now account for 32% of data sent to and from mobile devices, according to a report by Sandvine. Individually, Facebook's share was 26.9% for upstream traffic and had a 14% share for downstream traffic during peak periods in North America through the beginning of this year, while YouTube only had 3.7% share for upstream traffic, but a 17.6% share for downstream.

Lance Armstrong Finds 'Missing Testicle' During Cards Against Humanity Game

Armstrong, who in 1996 had testicular cancer and subsequently had one of his testicles surgically removed, found a Cards Against Humanity card emblazoned with "Lance Armstrong's missing testicle" over the weekend while playing the party game.

Report: YouTube Purchasing Game-Streaming Network Twitch for $1 Billion

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

22 DIY Tricks to Make Parenting a Little Easier

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.


This is not a machine for the faint of heart. It's an open source project, which means part of the joy – and frustration – of the device is that it is continuously improving. This will be perhaps the only laptop that ships with a screwdriver; you'll be required to install the battery yourself, screw on the LCD bezel of your choice, and you'll get the speakers as a kit, so you don't have to use our speaker box design – if you have access to a 3D printer, you can make and fine tune your own speaker box.

Watch the Remarkable Shrinking of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot | Science | WIRED

The Great Red Spot is a gigantic cyclone swirling around in the atmosphere of Jupiter. Winds whip at several hundred miles per hour inside this great storm. The first definitive observation of the spot in Earth telescopes was done by Samuel Heinrich Schwabe in 1831, so we know its been around at least that long, but it may have been observed as far back as the late 1600s. When Schwabe saw it, the Great Red Spot was gauged to be more than 25,000 miles across, large enough for three planet Earths to sit side by side within it.

A Japanese Sports Drink Company Is Advertising on the Moon

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

A plane has been in space for 500 days, and no one knows why - Techly

Powered by a solar panel that unfurls once in orbit, X-37B can open with small, shuttle-like payload bay in its middle – think of a clamshell opening from underneath. There’s room for more than just a solar panel too. Exactly what items it carries, and why they need to be in space so long, has proved elusive for analysts, the space community, and the media.

£10m Longitude Prize to be launched

Standing next to Harrison's H4 timekeeper at the launch of the prize, the BBC's director-general Tony Hall said: "What's really exciting about the Longitude Prize 300 years on in 2014 is that there might be another modern-day John Harrison somewhere out there - someone who will be inspired to change our world fundamentally, and they may not even know that they're a scientist."

A Map Of Distinguished Places To Get Drunk In NYC

Thanks for stopping by Fast Company’s Co.Design. Our focus is on highlighting the world’s best examples of design and innovation, working in concert. We started this site with a few simple premises in mind. First, design is a window onto the world at large, and the culture we live in. Designers create objects that meet some unrecognized need. All businesses strive to do the same thing.

'Mad Men' Episode 6 Recap: Does This Family Even Exist Anymore?

The main episodic arc of “The Strategy” centers on SC&P retooling an ad pitch for Burger Chef, a fast food chain. Peggy led the campaign’s inception, but has grown frustrated and doubtful over her creative angle when Don — on a whim — tosses another concept on the table. Peggy’s concept for the Burger Chef pitch revolves around a family with a matriarch feeding her children and husband, the antithesis to Peggy’s life as a single, 30-year-old working woman in New York City. As she and Don begin to mend their relationship by hashing out Burger Chef ideas, Peggy asks Don, “Does this family [in the ad] even exist anymore?”

14 Inspirational Quotes That Will Make Your Day Better

"Things We Forget" [Perigee, $12.00] started as a personal project to inspire my friends and colleagues and equally importantly, myself, during the days of gloom and doom of the economic recession of 2008. There was so much negativity and pessimism in the air that I felt compelled to do something.

Cloud And Virtualization: A Magic Combination For Entrepreneurs

What does every entrepreneur have in common? A need for increasingly better tools to accomplish work faster and without compromise, from the devices they already have. We hear the same questions continually: “How do I streamline collaboration?”  “How can I improve project management?” “How do I maintain internal controls?” “How can I enable my employees to communicate and work more efficiently?”

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter - CNET

"Although the theory is conceptually simple, it has been very difficult to verify experimentally," Pike said. "We were able to develop the idea for the collider very quickly, but the experimental design we propose can be carried out with relative ease and with existing technology. Within a few hours of looking for applications of hohlraums outside their traditional role in fusion energy research, we were astonished to find they provided the perfect conditions for creating a photon collider. The race to carry out and complete the experiment is on!"

Charles River Ventures Wins Big On Zendesk's IPO, But For Boston Venture It's Bittersweet

Zendesk’s largest outside shareholder is also the IPO’s big winner: Series A investor Charles River Ventures, which went into the public offering owning about 14 million shares of the company, good for 23.8%, on a 2009 bet it made out of its Cambridge, MA office. That stake, which will drop to about 20% by market close Thursday, leads later investors like Series B leader Benchmark and Series C leader Matrix Partners, whose stakes will go from 18% to 15% and from 8.5% to about 7% in the public company.

What to Expect From an On-The-Spot Technical Hiring Test

At the end of the day, the best way to beat a technical hiring test is to approach it with confidence in your abilities. Don’t try to game the system, and don’t look for workarounds. By cheating the system, you will ensure your life is a lot harder when you start the job — both for you and your employer. If you don’t know what you need to know for the test, it probably isn’t the right opportunity for you. But don't be discouraged, even if you flop — the truth is, there is a tremendous demand for software engineers in the tech industry. For every technical hiring test you cannot complete, there are several that you’ll knock out of the park. These tests are designed to find the right candidate for the job, but they are also a barometer for your skill set. Always accept a job offer confident that it is the right opportunity for you — one that will help you grow and take your skills to the next level.

Is E-commerce Helping Macy's 'Age Gracefully'?

“Overall, business trends were soft in January through March, with the exception of the Valentine’s Day shopping period,” said Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren in a statement on the results. ”The trend improved in April when the weather began to turn in northern climate zones. We see this as a good sign moving forward into the second quarter. In addition to weather, first quarter comparisons were negatively impacted by a calendar shift for our popular Friends & Family event and the fact that we were up against a very strong first quarter last year.”

Temporary Tattoos Turn Your Arm Into A Cookbook

Created by Italian designers Marina Cinciripini and Sarah Richiuso, i Tradizionali is a collection of temporary tattoos aimed at the gastronome. You just moisten the recipe you want to cook and slap it onto your arm. Peel it off, and it has been mimeographed to your skin. Now, instead of going across the room to your cookbook stand to check on the instructions, you can just roll up your chef's sleeve and check your forearm.

When TV Is Obsolete, TV Shows Will Enter Their Real Golden Era | Business | WIRED

The reason for the embarrassment of riches on television today is pretty easy to grasp, and not that different from what will make the next, even more powerful iteration of TV possible. Cable just keeps adding more channels. Bruce Springsteen back in the early 1990s sang, “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).” Today, it’s more like 600. To distinguish themselves in this void, a few courageous executives said: “Let’s set ourselves apart by making shows that are, you know, good.” As it turns out, the entertainment industry has plenty of people that, with the right financial support and creative freedom, can make awesome stuff year after year. Now imagine when the number of channels becomes infinite.

The Most Creative People In Food, 2014

At Whole Foods, Amanda Musilli is integrating food into Detroit—one of the country's largest "food ­deserts." On advice from local activists, she held community meetings, which led to an advisory group of not-for-profit, government, and community organizations to plan outreach and create jobs. "We are really changing the way we do business because of this," she says.

More games have released on Steam so far in 2014 than all of last year

There have now been more games released on Steam in the first 20 weeks of 2014 alone, than during the entirety of 2013, spelling out the real need for indie developers to properly market their games. 2014 has seen a huge influx of new titles released on the popular PC games platform, thanks in part to the hundreds of games that have been recently accepted onto the platform via the Greenlight process. As a result, the number of games released each month via Steam has increased each month during 2014, and judging by daily release figures during May, this trend is set to continue. What this means is that, while in 2013 your new release might have shown up on the front page of Steam for a few days, you're likely to see your game drop off the front page within 24 hours of you releasing it. (And notably, the front page of Steam now automatically defaults to "Top Sellers" instead of "New Releases.") Of course, Valve has said that it plans to get rid of Greenlight entirely, and instead convert Steam into an open platform where any developer can publish their games, with Steam users acting as the curators, empowered with the ability to make their own web-based Steam storefronts.

Oculus Rift... for chickens?! - CNET

Meanwhile, the chickens would be physically housed in zero-waste facilities, where the waste would be recycled into fertiliser, and natural sunlight would be filtered in to allow the chickens to get enough vitamin D to remain healthy. Sensors on each chicken would also alert farmers if a bird was not active enough so that they could treat whatever ailment was at fault.

Watch a Dead Michael Jackson Perform as a Hologram

Last night's Billboard Music Awards brought Michael Jackson back from the dead in the form of a hologram—and you can watch the footage right here. Spoiler: there is moonwalking.

Alleged drug dealer takes Facebook selfie with drugs and, um, cop car - CNET

Florida man allegedly wants to show Facebook friends how easy it is to sell drugs in Port St. Lucie. The demo goes awry.

Epidemic Sound Takes In $5M To Grow Its Rights-Streamlined Production Music Library | TechCrunch

The founding premise of the business is to reduce the licensing complexity of music rights management for production music (i.e. music used in professional TV and online visual content production) — and to disrupt the business of the traditional production music libraries, such as Universal, Sony, BMG, EMI and Warner. The startup is betting that as visual content continues to expand out from local linear TV to streaming online globally, across a proliferation of device types, the demands of the industry for increasingly simple licensing will also only increase.

If Aereo Loses In The Supreme Court, Can It Rise Again?

Once voluble and full of irreverent talk, Chet Kanojia barely picks at his plate of cheese during lunch overlooking Dupont Circle in Washington , D.C. It’s the day before his company Aereo faces a Supreme Court hearing–the last chance it has to win a life-or-death legal struggle that has raged for more than two years. You might expect the gloom of a condemned man eating his last meal. But Kanojia, 44, is qualifiedly upbeat. “I’m obviously anxious,” he laughs, shuffling in a brown swivel chair. He doesn’t sleep much these days, sometimes as little as two hours a night before nerves jolt him awake for a predawn run. “I’ve worked very hard in my life,” he says, suddenly serious. “But this is the hardest I’ve ever worked.”

Is this a leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime? - CNET

The three photos show off the phone's aluminium chassis with brushed-metal edges, with a new speaker grill located at the bottom of the phone. The pictures also show off the phone's vibrant display, but there's no word on if this is in fact the rumored QHD screen with its staggering 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution.

Sequoia-Backed Bubbly Launches A Third-Party Payment Engine For App Users Without Credit Cards | TechCrunch

Clayton says that Bubbly’s users become much more engaged once they get a smartphone and have access to Bubbly’s iOS or Android apps. This is in part because featurephone users have access to only two payment methods: subscriptions or paying for each premium voice message. On a smartphone, however, they can not only pay both ways, but also purchase premium services, virtual goods like stickers, or voice filters in the in-app stores, through their carriers or pre-paid cards.

Offline over the Weekend? Read All the Tech News You Missed Right Here

If you spent this weekend relaxing with friends and family (or climbing a mountain, or windsurfing, or…) there’s a pretty good chance you had other things on your mind than tech news. That’s OK, we understand.

Q&A with Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey: Making Twitter's firehose actionable | ZDNet

The algorithm (in layman's terms). Dataminr's algorithm is a machine learning process that tries to make predictions. Twitter activity is detected and categorized based on interrelationships, said Bailey. "People are sensors out there and if you look at the Twitter archive over time there's a flow and pattern for every story there has ever been," said Bailey. Dataminr takes that pattern as a story breaks, goes local and then national. A developing stream of tweets will be evaluated by Dataminr and compared to other stories that went viral and discussed by influencers. Dataminr also looks at news feeds, brand mentions, sub brands and scrapes the Web to define concepts and put context around Twitter data. For instance, if there's an explosion in the Midwest Dataminr's algorithm would look at a tweet to see if it was in the news at the moment. A tweet would be more valuable if the news wasn't on the wires yet. Dataminr tries to nail the pre-news cycle for events and the most valuable human sensor may be a person with 200 followers in a region that isn't a Twitter power user. "If we can conquer that group — mainstream people who are participating in events at distinct times — we will have the right signals," said Bailey.

Are We Headed For A Talkpocalypse?

Convenience isn't the only appeal of voice control; we want to talk to our computers. And the more we talk to our computers, the more we’ll want to talk to our computers. Because speech is so inherently human, Forrester argues, voice control “deepens the potential emotional connection with every command.” That argument might sound too much like pop psychology for your taste, so try this one: Since voice can work in virtually any context, you’ll use voice a lot, perpetually reinforcing the habit, Forrester says.

Subway dress automatically repels the creeps

Taking the subway during rush hour can be a harrowing experience. Confronted by a lack of personal space, Hong Kong-based artist Kathleen McDermott has crafted a mechanical dress that aims to artificially create a little breathing room for its wearer. The Personal Space Dress is an electronic garment that utilizes proximity sensors to detect when a fellow citizen stands too close. Upon identifying a nearby individual, the dress expands its hem using a repurposed umbrella mechanism, creating a barrier between its wearer and the personal space invader.

Upcoming Xbox One update might let you use external drives

According to Microsoft product director Albert Penello, external drive support for the Xbox One has always been on the company's docket to enable in a future update. That refresh looks to be on the horizon after an unnamed Xbox developer took to Reddit to tease an image showing that very feature in action. Members of the Xbox One preview programme are often privy to early features, which have recently included improved Party Chat and manual checks for system updates, but this leak will likely attract the most attention. Although the Xbox One ships with a 500GB internal hard drive , blockbuster games can command 50GB without breaking a sweat. That game storage, of course, adds up over time. Attaching an additional drive will not only stop you from running out of space, it'll also stop you from voiding your warranty with a do-it-yourself replacement .

Japan: the country where flip-phones refuse to die

The buttons are easier to type on, the battery lasts longer, it's familiar. No, we're not talking about BlackBerry this time, but the Japanese feature phone. Glorious, folding forefather to the smartphone, and the form-factor that gave birth to gara-kei, a shorthand phrase for "Galapagos phones". It's a negative term pointing to devices that simply wouldn't survive outside of Japan. However, it's not stopped the country's biggest carrier, NTT Docomo, from revealing two new feature phone models (and a refreshed paint job for an older phone) just last week. Our Engadget Japanese colleagues were told by Docomo's spokesman that these phones are still so popular with some customers that they practically sell themselves -- many still enter their stores looking for a new flip-phone, not a smartphone.

37 Secure text message service Silent Circle revamps iOS app

“We walked away from Apple’s CoreData and didn’t look back. We replaced it withYapDatabase, developed by our own very talented Robbie Hanson. This gave us amazing improvements in performance and reliability as well as substantially better anti-forensics on the data at rest. All the protocol security in the world won’t help you if your device is not well protected and so we treat that with the same amount of concern.”

The future of Formula 1 could involve AR headsets and farting

What's the next frontier for F1 ? If these guys get their way, races will be run on intelligent tracks, drivers will wear augmented reality headsets and cars will breathe air for extra thrust. Team Lotus and the energy drink Burn (nope, us neither) have teamed up to produce Human Ignition , a documentary that imagines what Formula 1 could be like in 2022, while also telling you that energy drinks are really rad (it's embedded, in three parts, after the break). One of the concepts offered up was that the driver would wear an AR helmet that showed them the airflows around their vehicle, making it easier to slipstream their rivals. Another would be to have the cars re-shape their gills in motion in order for them to "breathe," drawing in more air and forcing it out for more thrust coming out of a bend. After which, the designers thought about how those jets could be used to create "dirty wind," channeling the airflow to prevent your rivals from slipstreaming you. Nasty.

Vodafone's Vodacom to get fiber and 4G spectrum through $676M Neotel buy

Following lengthy negotiations, Vodafone’s African business will become a stronger player in South Africa by buying Neotel. Not only is Neotel the second-biggest player in fixed-line services, it also has some serious radio spectrum to hand.

Who's watching you online and how to stop them

A VPN is probably more than adequate to protect most people's privacy, but if you're wanted by the NSA, like whistleblower Edward Snowden, then you might want to go for his preferred operating system, Tails. The acronym stands for The Amnesiac Incognito Live System, and it's designed to facilitate perfectly private online browsing. It runs from a USB drive, DVD or SD card and won't leave any traces online or on your computer unless you explicitly tell it to.

Apple sued over iMessage bug that stops texts reaching Android defectors

Apple has been hit with a lawsuit over a persistent iMessage flaw that prevents texts being delivered to former iPhone users who departed the iOS ecosystem to use Android phones.

'This is so freaking huge man, it's insane': The plan to let anyone become European – digitally | ZDNet

The US Constitution states that citizens must not accept titles of nobility from any foreign prince, and the oath of naturalization includes swearing that you give up all allegiance to any foreign power. Now as a practical matter, you can't help it if you were born in a country that considers you, according to THEIR laws, a citizen for life regardless of whatever oaths you take to become a citizen somewhere else (the War of 1812 started partially because British ships would stop and board US merchant ships and "draft" their crews into the British Navy). And you can't help it if, because of your ancestry, some other nation says that if you travel there, you COULD claim citizenship. But actually APPLYING for citizenship, even electronic citizenship, COULD get your US citizenship revoked even if you are native born. Then you could be deported to your "new" country and lose control of the financial assets (home, car, possibly computer if it is not "export approved") back here at home. I am not a lawyer, but I would definitely find one and consult with him/her BEFORE trying something like this.

Boot up: better face recognition, Apple/Motorola ends, Nixon and tech, and more

Okay, so you still want to work there? You should. But it isn't easy. A lot of people want to work at Google. To give you a sense of this, in the year I joined, Google grew by about 3,000 employees, that same year they had around 1,500,000 people apply for jobs, so only 1 in every 500 people who applied, was hired. Google is in the enviable position of being able to pick and choose who it makes an offer to.

Hacker demos another iOS 7.1.1 Jailbreak

Hacker Yeongjin Jang  has posted a 4-minute long video  to demo the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak. The video shows how he can install an app remotely, and get the unsigned app to work on the jailbroken iPhone 5s running iOS 7.1.1. However, the jailbreak doesn’t seem to be an untethered jailbreak as he has mentioned that one has to run a recovery app after a reboot to run an unsigned app.

Silicon Valley: "Proof of Concept" Review - IGN

In the penultimate episode of its debut season, Silicon Valley benefits from a change of scenery that helps shake up the formula of the show quite a bit. “Proof of Concept” finds the guys at TechCrunch Disrupt, the start-up competition that they’ve been struggling to finish the demo presentation for. Complicated by Erlich’s extramarital affairs with one of the judge’s wives, Richard and the others try to pick up the pace and make a good first impression.

Alibaba: the new face of finance in China

As Alibaba gears up for what could be the world's biggest tech IPO, online finance has become another focus of the sprawling firm - and while that business will be largely kept separate from the offering, it could play a major role in the entire company's future growth.

Mad Men: "The Strategy" Review - IGN

“The Strategy” didn’t hit the “Best Episode Ever” highs of “The Suitcase,” the gold standard not just for Don & Peggy-centric episodes, but Mad Men as a whole, but it certainly was excellent in its own right. The entire journey, showing the back and forth between Peggy and Don, and how they could end up once more working so well together, was wonderful – culminating in that incredibly sweet moment of them dancing together. The coda, of Don, Peggy and Pete (another integral character, whose journey has been such an important part of the show since the pilot) sitting in that fast food joint together was great. Yes, the idea that these three – who all are a mess in their personal lives -- were their own form of family, just like Peggy wanted to convey in their ad, was a bit heavy handed, but it felt earned by all that led up to it.

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After turning down a $3 billion acquisition offer late last year, Facebook is reportedly working on out-Snapchatting Snapchat with a new video messaging app, referred to internally as “Slingshot.”

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Turn: "Mercy Moment Murder Measure" Review - IGN

This was a pivotal episode for Anna (Heather Lind), who has fallen from grace in a big way, working at the tavern she and her husband used to own in order to eat. But Anna proved herself to be a master manipulator, earning the sympathy of Hewlett for her situation. Hewlett blows off Richard's desire to punish her after she attacks Richard and rushes Abigail's present to Cicero, seemingly to do right by Anna. Then at the duel Anna saved Abe by implying to Simcoe that he just might have a chance with her, provided he doesn't shoot Abe. She also gets Simcoe to agree to defend her virtue in her husbands absence. Oh, and then she gives Abe hell for not going through with shooting Simcoe once she'd gotten him to waste his turn in the duel by firing into the ground. I wouldn't want to be on Anna's bad side, that's for sure.

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