Living woolly mammoths could roam the tundra again soon - CNET
Scientists have sequenced a nearly complete woolly mammoth genome, which should bolster efforts to resurrect the Stone Age zoological rock star.
The Age of Drone Vandalism Begins With an Epic NYC Tag | WIRED
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the age of robotic graffiti was born.
DARPA's steerable bullet proves it can hit moving targets
DARPA announced that its self-steering bullet program, dubbed the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), passed another developmental milestone in la
Tiny gecko-inspired robot pulls 100 times its weight - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Engineers at Stanford build little robots with big pulling power, using a design inspired by a real animal.
The voice promoting the Galaxy S6 Edge sounds oddly familiar
The plaintive piano chords. The swirling metal — could it be aluminium? And that soothing British voice, the one you have heard so many times before, cooing into the microphone: "We relentlessly...
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' is fast, frantic and adds a co-op campaign
Developer Treyarch has a good record of keeping things fresh in Call of Duty. The company started working on the franchise back in 2005. With World at Wa
Fort Lauderdale Cops Fired for Racist Texts and Video About Killing Black People
Three Fort Lauderdale police officers have been fired and another resigned before he could be fired after an internal affairs investigation found the cops spent time on the taxpayer clock sending each other racist text messages and sharing a racially-charged video using racial slurs and images. The officers' names are...
Astronauts may suffer brain damage during a Mars mission, study suggests
A new study suggests that Mars-exploring astronauts could become brain damaged due to levels of galactic cosmic rays.
A turing machine simulator that can accept a string and process it according to a given set of transitions
Piper Pied Imitates HBO’s Silicon Valley And Creates Lossless Compression For Online Images
Brother and sister team Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly presented Piper Pied, a lossless compression algorithm for online images, at the Disrupt NY Hackathon today. The startup is a “creative spin” on Pied Piper, the company with a similar lossless compression algorithm for everything that appears in HBO’s Silicon Valley, according to Ghaly.
Facebook Tests Giving Some News Feed Control to Users
In recent years, Facebook has been increasingly strict about controlling what users see in their News Feeds and the order in which they see it – much to the annoyance of some. Now in a new experiment it’s giving up a little of that power.
Why are so many Republicans running for president?
More than a few people laughed when 19 presidential candidates took the stage one by one at a recent New Hampshire Republican Party event. Nineteen, that is, if you count Dennis Michael Lynch, a documentary filmmaker who contributed $10,000 to the New Hampshire Republican Party for the privilege of sharing a very narrow beam of the limelight that night. (I wonder how much a slot in a debate would cost.) But the "serious" field could actually climb to that number, or higher, with reports that Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are preparing bids of their own. Both men had been mentioned as potential candidates for a long time, but an assumption had built up that if they weren't in by now, they wouldn't be. Now it looks like they will, and why not? Seemingly every other viable Republican politician in the United States is lining up to make a run.
How to live passionately—no matter your age
Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.
Why work doesn't happen at work
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
(Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)
The Next Web 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.
From Near Failure To A $1.5 Billion Sale: The Epic Story Of Lynda.com
Dubbed by many as the "mother of the Internet," Weinman, 60, launched Lynda.com in 1995 as a site where students could go for free resources. At the time, Weinman was taking a self-taught approach to web design that today is hardly out of the ordinary. But in those pre-YouTube days, that kind of learning was still unusual. "That enthusiasm has now become the zeitgeist of our world," she says—thanks, in large part, to online resources like the one she built.
The hidden force in global economics: sending money home
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
Dragon Ball Super Announced with July Premiere Date - IGN
The last new Dragon Ball TV show was Dragon Ball GT, which aired way back in 1996 and 1997. A film taking place after the events of the Majin Buu saga, called Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' premiered in Japan earlier this month, with a worldwide release due in future.
Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover
Don't take my word for it. That comes directly from a Texas Ranger, who seems pretty plugged in, if you ask me. You and I both know President Obama has been waiting a long time for this, and now it's happening. It's a classic false flag operation. Don't pay any attention the mainstream media; all they're going to do is lie and attack everyone who's trying to tell you the truth .
Gizmodo 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.
How To Build A Brand In 5 Days
5 days isn't a lot of time for a truly innovative campaign and I'd bargain Moving Brand knows this, but for the time they did have I do think they put their efforts in the right place. Understanding Hillary as a person to the American people is a daunting task in itself, and because of that the simple aesthetic used throughout the brand was something I enjoyed. I agree on the color and photo choices (I've seen those stock shots before). They could've pushed for something more refined and less rainbow. =I didn't misunderstand the H, but I can definitely see how it's context could get confused so I'd want to give that more thought.
Tesla's huge new batteries will store power for Amazon, Target, and others
Amazon is using the Powerpacks as part of a 4.8 mWh pilot program in Northern California to assist in running its Amazon Web Services platform. James Hamilton, an AWS engineer, said the technology would make it easier for the company to rely on renewable energy sources. Batteries, he said, would "bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and the data center's constant power demands." Amazon has been working with Tesla for the last year, viewing Musk's new Powerpacks as a way to reach its ultimate goal of "reducing the technical barriers limiting widespread adoption of renewables in the grid."
Your body is my canvas
Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it—literally. She covers everything in a scene—people, chairs, food, you name it—in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.
Why privacy matters
Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."
Find the Right Expert for Any Problem
Once you’ve tried pyramiding, it becomes a whole new way of thinking about people and knowledge. It has become our go-to method of searching for expertise. In one case, when we needed an expert in the market-analysis method known as adaptive conjoint analysis, we launched a pyramid search that connected us with people around the globe. The funny thing is that it eventually led us to an expert whose office was two floors below ours in our own institution. Pyramids take strange shapes sometimes.
Hackers: the Internet's immune system
The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.
Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair
When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
Embrace the near win
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools
Datawrapper is an online tool for making interactive charts. Once you upload the data from CSV file or paste it directly into the field, Datawrapper will generate a bar, line or any other related visualization. Many reporters and news organizations use Datawrapper to embed live charts into their articles. It is very easy to use and produces effective graphics. If you are looking to get started, here is a nice tutorial to make your task easier.
For early adopters, Tesla luxury is real and so are its limitations
There are a couple of travel options up the California coast. You can take Interstate-5, which runs deep through the heart of California's Central Valley, past Bakersfield, and hooks a hard left at Los Banos. At 373 miles, it’s the shorter option. Still, 373 is 100 miles beyond the range of even the most fully-equipped Tesla, which is rated for roughly 270 miles on the larger battery option. Karos decided to go with the 101, a scenic highway which primarily runs along the coast. The route would add almost 100 miles to the tip. The benefit, though is two Tesla Supercharger stations along the route: one 173 miles from home in Buellton, another in Gilroy, closer to Karos’ final destination.
I got 99 problems... palsy is just one
"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Stomps The Notion Of Left Vs. Right Brain, Salutes Jon Stewart, And Explains The Soul Of Creativity
The format of Star Talk presents its host with a significant challenge—juggling topics and personalities from comedy to astrophysics, literally, and dialing the pop culture and hard science up or down as needed, depending on the flow and tone of conversation. "I think of them as threads that are stitched together into a quilt so by the end of the show you are warmed by this quilt we've made," he says. And if he has a model from the world of talk show hosts, it's Jon Stewart. "No matter who he is interviewing at no point do you say he is showcasing himself. He's smart, clever, funny but the vector never goes back to him. Star Talk is not about me. It's about science, smiling, and the pop culture being brought to the table by a guest. If it's about me, I've failed."
If you judge your phone's camera by the number of megapixels you're making a big mistake
So, there's a fine balance of sensor and pixel size smartphone manufacturers need to strike to make a good camera. The iPhone 6's camera has a 1/2.2-inch sensor with 8 megapixels, while the Galaxy S6's camera has a larger 1/1.9-inch sensor with 16 megapixels. Simply put, they're both very similar cameras that use different methods and components to achieve similar results.
Multi-lingual language learning and language exchange Lang-8
A new language learning platform where native speakers correct what you write.
Nothing Beats an Old, Crappy Car | WIRED
I write about cars for a living. The job is nothing if not surreal. Last year, I lapped Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a Porsche 962C that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I spent the better part of a day last fall drifting six-figure exotics on a closed-off airport runway for a photographer. I have driven every new car on the American market and more supercars than I care to remember. I’ve been lucky enough to meet many of my heroes, the racers and artists and engineers who spend their lives pursuing speed, beauty, and genius. As with any job, there are bad days, but the best of them provide a glimpse of how humanity works and thinks and dreams.
Be suspicious of simple stories
Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives — and our messy, complicated irrational world — in terms of a simple narrative.
The Psychology Of Color, Summed Up In A Box Of Pencils
Given the multiplicity of colors' meanings, both among individuals and across cultures, the pencil set's declarative labels seem a bit like an oversimplification (for example, green is labeled "sanity," but many know green as the color of envy; "mellowness" here is brown, going against the "mellow yellow" standard). Still, the set invites artists, designers, and dabbling illustrators to become more aware of the connections between color and mood.
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researcher in infrastructural futures
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He lives a stone’s throw from the
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Passport Index - World's passports in one place.
Passport Index is a free interactive tool, which ranks the world’s passports based on their Visa Free Score.
This tool is built with publicly available information or with content contributed by individual users. While data is based on sources from the International Air Transportation Agency (IATA), certain assumptions have been taken and results are only estimates. This tool should not be used for travel planning. Respective embassies or consulates should be consulted for their country’s visa policies.
Passport designs are copyright of each respective government.
From “Economic Man” to Behavioral Economics
Are those really the only situations in which heuristics trump decision analysis? Gigerenzer says no, and the experience of the past few years (the global financial crisis, mainly) seems to back him up. When there’s lots of uncertainty, he argues, “you have to simplify in order to be robust. You can’t optimize any more.” In other words, when the probabilities you feed into a decision-making model are unreliable, you might be better off following a rule of thumb. One of Gigerenzer’s favorite examples of this comes from Harry Markowitz, the creator of the decision analysis cousin known as modern portfolio theory, who once let slip that in choosing the funds for his retirement account, he had simply split the money evenly among the options on offer (his allocation for each was 1/N). Subsequent research has shown that this so-called 1/N heuristic isn’t a bad approach at all.
Jurassic World: What We Saw on Set - IGN
As we walk into one of the assembly houses-turned-sound stage, we’re led down a hallway with clear glass windows on both sides. Behind the glass is laboratory machinery, unhatched dinosaur eggs, and chunks of amber along the walls. Marshall leads us into the lab; on closer inspection, it’s clear that the amber containing dinosaur DNA feature placards indicating species underneath each one, while every dinosaur egg has a QR code for tracking purposes. Marshall tells us this is the public-facing side of Dr. Wu’s lab – a more elaborate version of Hammond’s creation lab that we saw in the original Jurassic Park. Except this one isn’t a ride.
Speed demon: One man's mission to make his Tesla go faster
As I talk with the group, Weisblat hops in his orange McLaren, straps in and takes a run: 10.4 seconds at 136 mph. This is faster than the Tesla can go. In fact, virtually all the sports cars at today’s event are at least 10 to 15 mph faster than the Tesla. But that’s not the point. Most of these racers are seeking personal bests.
Apple don't want no stinking Apple Watch fart apps
This isn’t news. Their fart app is not even novel–it’s just like the others. If you want some real news, look at the development for The Fartomin. That guy got SCREWED by Apple. He actually bothered to make a novel fart app that DOES NOT duplicate other apps, and he still got rejected. Saved me the trouble of wasting my time with iOS. I made my own fart synthesizer for Android and never looked back. Sad, really.
The Best Way to Cook a Steak - Bon Appetit
We love a juicy, well-cooked (though not well-done!) steak. When you’ve got a quality piece of meat, you don’t have to gussy it up with complicated cooking techniques and extravagant sauces—and that’s precisely why we love it. It’s simplicity at its best: just good, old fashioned, unfussy eatin’. So why is cooking a steak so darn difficult? From a tragically gray exterior to an overly-cooked inside, there are so many ways to go wrong.
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How Sony Makes Money Off Apple’s iPhone
TOKYO—Sony Corp. lost the smartphone war but rings up a sale on every shipment of Apple Inc.’s new iPhone 6 or Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S6. The Japanese company is the world’s largest supplier of image sensors in digital cameras. To meet surging demand, Sony plans to invest $375 million in its image-sensor factories on top of nearly $900...
'Nearly naked' pageant rewards real bodies in real panties
I told the contestants how amazing it was that they had the courage to do this show in the first place, because right then I was pretty sure I was going to puke or cry or pee my pants, not necessarily in that order. Then I revealed what I had shared with the contestant earlier about my worst experiences receiving notes on my body throughout my life. My favorite was the man who woke me up in the morning, touched my body gently, looked in my eyes and said, “I’m going to show you…
Arm-shaped selfie stick lets you pretend you have friends - CNET
Commenting on today's selfie culture, two artists make a selfie stick that looks like an arm so selfie-takers can look like they have friends in the shots they incessantly post to social media.
In praise of slowness
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
How A Swedish Rainwear Brand Turned Melancholy Into A Marketing Masterstroke
Loman has been involved with the company from its very earliest days. He was acquainted with Alexander Stutterheim when both were working at ad agency Lowe’s Scandinavian head office (Loman, a strategist, Stutterheim a copywriter). He later bumped into Stutterheim when the latter was in the first stages of forming the company. Loman kept his day job at a PR agency but worked on his friend’s brand at evenings and weekends. "We wanted to be able to talk about stuff that wasn't the usual fashion company stuff," Loman says of those early steps. "So we said we are going to create the best raincoats ever but also we want to change people’s relationship to rain though talking about melancholy and creativity."
A young Mark Zuckerberg talks about some social network
11 years ago today, someone named Mark Zuckerberg appeared on CNBC to discuss a social network that had 100K users. https://t.co/qP6y4qocfB
The best way to manage your photos online in 2015
Because photo storage services have evolved to become so similar, it’s arguably less important than ever which one you pick. And the free options of these services are so good, you should feel free to hedge your bets by doubling or tripling up. (I have auto-upload turned on for five of the above services, and I only pay for Picturelife.) Making a decision around photo storage these days likely has more to do with which giant ecosystem you prefer than which service is best designed for hosting your photos. But however you proceed, you should back up your camera roll to a cloud service, if only so you can free up space on your phone.
Google’s Dart language on Android aims for Java-free, 120 FPS apps
Being fast and responsive is one of the biggest goals for Sky. While 60FPS (or Hz) is the smoothness standard most devices and app developers aim for, the Dart team wants to crank that up to 120FPS, which isn't even possible to display on the standard 60Hz smartphone screens we have today. That sounds rather improbable on Android, where many apps don't stay at 60FPS, let alone 120. Rendering an app at 60FPS requires a frame to be drawn every 16ms, and apps "jank" or display an animation stutter, when they can't keep up with the 16ms deadline.
Razer Blade (2015, QHD+) review - CNET
Whether it's for gaming, multimedia enjoyment, work or all of the above, the Razer Blade is a fantastic choice if you need high performance but don't want to sacrifice mobility to get it.
How to buy a private island — even if you're not a tech billionaire
Islands can be sold in two different ways. A freehold island, which is much more common in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe, can be bought outright. In Asia and the South Pacific, however, it's more common to buy an island on a leasehold basis, which means that you're purchasing the rights to own it for a set amount of time, usually between 30 and 99 years.
Microsoft HoloLens dazzles at Build conference, but availability still a mystery - CNET
The world's largest software company saved the best for last during the keynote presentation at its Build 2015 developer conference, closing a three-hour parade of demonstrations and speeches with a closer look at its foray into the holographic world. The HoloLens doesn't produce true holograms in the "Star Trek" sense. Rather, it beams light onto your eyes to blend 3D virtual images with the real world, a technology known more widely as augmented reality.
What Playgrounds Look Like Around the World | WIRED
Kids are kids the world over—they love to run and yell and play in the sun. The difference is where it happens. Children at a school in Bethlehem take recess behind thick walls to protect them from gunfire, while youngsters in Tokyo amuse themselves on a rooftop seven stories up. Playgrounds vary by location and circumstance, but play remains the same.
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