US military tests a Tinker Bell-sized drone
There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. Th
Mashup of Taylor's 'Shake it off' and Florence's 'Shake it out' will shake you up
This is a recipe for a delicious mashup: Add Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out" to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
Confused by the FIFA corruption news? John Oliver explained it last year
If you only pay attention to soccer once every four years for the World Cup, then this morning's news that a number of FIFA officials have been arrested on corruption charges might not strike you...
Man breaks Guinness hoverboard record after standing on a drone
A Canadian inventor has set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight, thanks to a homemade contraption that looks nothing like Marty McFly's ride of choice. The engineer,...
MIT's robo-cheetah can now see and jump over obstacles - CNET
The robotic cheetah MIT has been working on can now autonomously detect and jump over obstacles while running at 5 miles per hour.
Google's solar plane crashed earlier this month in New Mexico
According to Bloomberg Business, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident wherein Google's solar-powered Solara 50 plane rep
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley launches 2016 presidential campaign
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has jumped into the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.
This Is What It's Like to Fly to the Edge of Space in a MiG-29 Fulcrum
GoPro cameras bring you aboard a Mig-29 Fulcrum during a flight to the Edge of Space. Ever wondered what flying one of the most famous Russian warplanes at supersonic speed and so high (between 17 ...
Why a made-up language from 1887 is making a digital comeback
On a recent Friday evening, the Esperanto Society of New York convened in a rowhouse on Manhattan’s East 35th Street. The upper floors of the building seemed to house a bilingual preschool, going...
The Chris Gethard Show is one of the weirdest and most exciting things on TV
It's hard to find one defining moment from the first new episode of The Chris Gethard Show, but this might the closest:
The titular host, in a "genital chamber" along with Broad City's Ilana...
Here's Apple's temporary fix for that nasty iOS Messages bug
A bug was uncovered in iOS recently that crashed the Messages app when users received a message with a unique string of Unicode characters.
Cloudy skies give Manhattanhenge photos a Monet-like feel
Manhattan was aglow with a smeared golden light as the sun aligned with city cross streets, bursting through a cloudy sky. The haziness gave photos of the biannual phenomenon a Monet-like quality.
GoogleX head talks moonshoots and need for failure
"We need to be reminded about the risks we're taking and the long-term things we're looking ahead to," said Teller, who's official title is Captain of Moonshots. "We can all work on moonshots. Working on things that aspire to be 100 times better, rather than 10 times better, is something really worth working toward. When you aspire to make the world that much better, you have to come at it from a new perspective and not depend on what people have done before."
Apple Pay’s weakest link
So the real question we should be asking is, “What’s the next weakest link?” In other words, if all the Apple Pay banks implement strong identification and authentication into their processes, what will be the next link of the chain to be broken? The fraudsters aren’t going to give up, after all. I don’t know the answer to that question, but I sure hope that all the network-level communications between an iPhone and the point-of-sale terminals are strongly encrypted, with equally strong mutual authentication between both endpoints.
Hands on with the Android M Developer Preview
The weirdest part of M is the new app drawer, which puts big index letters on the left side of the screen. It reduces the amount of space for icons, and generally looks ugly. We're not fans of the letters. The switch from horizontal pages back to vertical scrolling is a nice improvement, this makes it easy to fling your way to the bottom of a long app list, instead of having to swipe a thousand times. Vertical scrolling is on the widget drawer too, which would often grow to 10+ pages in Lollipop.
Google Photos Brings Unlimited Photo Storage to iOS, Android and Web
It’s not just free storage that will likely entice you to Google Photos. Once the app has sucked up the photos on your phone, tablet or computer (Mac and PC uploader tools will be available), you’ll be able to search for photos with simple keywords. It’s like your own personalized Google Image search. Looking for all the photos you’ve ever taken of your puppy? Just punch in “puppy.” Even more advanced searches like “kissing” returned accurate results in my early testing.
Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard Wants To Weave Sensors Into Your Clothes
So the team went out and worked with partners to create a yarn that was conductive but would still resist the stresses of industrial garment manufacturing. So how do you take the textile and connect it to electronics? The team realized that there was no need to weave the whole garment out of the new yarn; instead, they decided that it’s perfectly fine if only a small part of the garment is interactive. Then you can have an area on your arm that you can interact with.
Microsoft developing Cortana app for iOS, Android
Not all of the Cortana features available to Windows Phone users will initially work on iOS and Android devices because Microsoft doesn’t have full access to the inner workings of those OSes. For example, people with iPhones and Android phones won’t be able to launch Cortana by speaking a command since that feature requires accessing the phone’s microphone. Instead, iPhone and Android users will have to manually open Cortana. The ability to open apps and change settings with voice commands will also be limited to devices running Windows Phone.
Windows 10 Build 10130 adds Cortana button, new icons, Start improvements
Microsoft continues to polish the scuff marks on Windows 10 with its latest Build 10130. The new build, released Friday for download via the Fast Ring of the Windows 10 Insider program, adds new icons, some default behaviors for virtual desktops and even a manual trigger for the Cortana virtual assistant. There are some more Start menu tweaks, too.
US calls for land reclamation 'halt' in South China Sea - BBC News
Recent over-flights by US maritime patrol aircraft of some of the new islands have been met by terse radio traffic with the Chinese demanding they leave the area. The fear is that this kind of activity might lead to some kind of incident in the air or at sea that may only further inflame tensions between Washington and Beijing.
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.
The psychology of your future self
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society
I’d heard whisperings about the existence of Kappa Beta Phi, whose members included both incredibly successful financiers (New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Goldman Sachs chairman John Whitehead, hedge-fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones) and incredibly unsuccessful ones (Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld, Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne, former New Jersey governor and MF Global flameout Jon Corzine). It was a secret fraternity, founded at the beginning of the Great Depression, that functioned as a sort of one-percenter’s Friars Club. Each year, the group’s dinner features comedy skits, musical acts in drag, and off-color jokes, and its group’s privacy mantra is “What happens at the St. Regis stays at the St. Regis.” For eight decades, it worked. No outsider in living memory had witnessed the entire proceedings firsthand.
Exclusive: Rand Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act
“I have fought for several years now to end the illegal spying of the NSA on ordinary Americans. The callous use of general warrants and the disregard for the Bill of Rights must end. Forcing us to choose between our rights and our safety is a false choice and we are better than that as a nation and as a people. “That’s why two years ago, I sued the NSA. It’s why I proposed the Fourth Amendment Protection Act. It’s why I have been seeking for months to have a full, open and honest debate on this issue— a debate that never came. “So last week, seeing proponents of this illegal spying rushing toward a deadline to wholesale renew this unconstitutional power, I filibustered the bill. I spoke for over 10 hours to call attention to the vast expansion of the spy state and the corresponding erosion of our liberties.
How to raise a black son in America
As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.
A thrilling look at the first 21 days of a bee’s life
We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. This project, for National Geographic, gives a lyrical glimpse into a beehive, and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in their first 21 days of life. With incredible footage set to music from Rob Moose and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem ... and what’s being done to solve it. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)
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.
TED Talks to inspire you to go to bed and get a good night's 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.
The dancer, the singer, the cellist ... and a moment of creative magic
Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...
What can APM Rover do in a Tractor? Quite a lot!
Check it out first driverless tractor completey navigated using APM Rover. My dad is standing on the step to show he is not touching the controls but he is close enough if something would go wrong. I don't have an emergency stop built in yet but its definitely time to put some thought into that. The tractor is being controlled by clicking on a map in Mission planner. I only click one time after the tractor is past the halfton to tell it to come to the middle of the yard. You can see that it navigates the corner and lines up for the straight shot beautifully.
Books to help you answer big questions about yourself
Why in the world did I do that? How can I do better? Chances are you’ve asked yourself these questions at least once today. To understand how your mind works and how you can improve your decision-making, explore these six psychology and behavioral economics books, each one recommended by a TED Talks speaker.
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.
Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense
He compares it to his favorite singing competition, NBC's The Voice . Four celebrity judges sit in red super villain chairs with their backs turned to the stage. And then, someone sings. The judges hit a button and turn their chairs around. That's the first time they see who's performing, but they've already decided "I pick you for my team." It's a blind audition.
Author Chuck Palahniuk tells us why it's time to re-open Fight Club
Hmmm…. There still seems to be this desperate need to be tested, and to discover a person’s full potential. And one thing I’m writing about more overtly in the sequel is Joseph Campbell had a theory that every child needs a secondary father. That there’s a birth father that can love the child, and support the child, but after a certain age — usually in adolescence or young adulthood — there needs to be a secondary father. A mentor, a teacher, a reverend, a minister, a drill sergeant, a sports coach. Someone who isn’t as nurturing, but calls the child to perform greater and greater accomplishments that expand the child’s idea of their own potential. They basically send the child on quests, and they’re not precluded from the child getting hurt in minor ways in order to gain a greater confidence and ability. Which is something the birth father can’t really do; the birth father is just too invested in the child’s safety and well-being.
American Ultra Red Band Trailer (2015) Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart Comedy Movie HD
American Ultra Red Band Trailer (2015) Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart Comedy Movie HD
Advice for new grads on living a successful life
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
“Claiming your 20s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do. Do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that's an investment in who you might want to be next. Don't be defined by what you didn't know or didn't do. You're deciding your life right now.”
The unintended consequences of being "tough on crime"
“We’re in this exciting moment where we’ve had 40 years of being ‘tough on crime,’ and we’ve finally come to recognize that it really hasn’t worked very well,” says sociologist Alice Goffman bluntly. “Scientists have shown in the past few years that the relationship between incarceration and crime is basically zip. The crime rate goes up and down, incarceration just continues to grow. It’s not a good way of fighting crime.”
Shia LaBeouf delivers the most intense motivational speech of all-time
Shia LaBeouf delivers the most intense motivational speech of all-time
How to be good at stress
Before the job interview, every participant was randomly assigned to view one of two videos about stress. The three-minute video I watched opened with the message, “Most people think that stress is negative … but actually research shows that stress is enhancing.” The video went on to describe how stress can improve performance, enhance well-being, and help you grow. The other video, which half of the participants in the study watched, opened with the ominous announcement, “Most people know that stress is negative … but research shows that stress is even more debilitating than you expect.” The video went on to describe how stress can harm your health, happiness and performance at work. Crum found that people who were asked to view stress as enhancing released more DHEA during the interview, resulting in a higher growth index.
How to manage for collective creativity
What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."
Female Founders On An Upward Trend, According To CrunchBase
In the startup world, investors prefer more than one founder. Starting a company is hard and strong co-founders are a big benefit. Even so, in this CrunchBase data set, some 6,130 companies (43%) have only one founder and the average is 1.8 founders per startup. When it comes to women founders, the bigger the founding team the more likely there is to be a female co-founder. The chart below shows a more or less linear progression. Solo female founders make up 10% of all single-founder startups in our data set, and that percentage rises to 36% for companies with five or more founders. The fact that women make up only 10% of solo founders is an area that we will look at more carefully in the future.
Your Phone Isn’t The Only Camera You Need
@Christopher Van Slyke, CFP Yes -- and you can also choose where the iPhone camera focuses. I have taken very good shallow depth of field pics with the iPhone. But that's just one aspect of the article - you have exposure, composition, quality, etc. Big Lens and other post-processing software oftentimes makes the picture look fake (like CGI in a movie). Previous comments sum it up well - if you're "into" photography, you won't use a phone as your only camera. But for most just looking to record the moment, they're pretty good.
9 Top Designers On What Every New Grad Should Know
Scott Snibbe, founder at Eyegroove
I think a key for designers today is to think of two 'invisible' aspects of design that are more important than visual design. The first is interaction design. Imagine how an experience feels to a user: what the core user experience and moment-to-moment flow is like without considering any colors, shapes, or forms. If you don’t get that right then, nothing you add to it will matter. You can "design" at this stage via user stories, wireframes, and prototypes. And the key mental abilities are empathy, psychology, social psychology—understanding how people think and experience your product. The second "invisible" technique is data-driven design: coming up with hypotheses for A/B tests and measurable data that comes back from your prototype or product. That helps you know whether your design is working in the first place, and it helps you decide how and what to change upon revisions. Think of it like the DNA of your product. If the DNA is good, then the specific ways you later instantiate the design materially (as an app, a physical product, etc.) will have a far better chance of success.
How to turn small talk into smart conversation
Go ahead, be bold. Upend the dinner table conversation! Turn small talk into big ideas at the next summer wedding reception you’re forced to attend! You never know which ideas will be worth spreading next.
The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over.
As Animal Poaching Surges, Organized Crime Plays Bigger Role
If we agree, as I think we should and must, that organized crime now plays a major role in wildlife trafficking, then surely the issue for discussion is not illicit trade, it’s crime?”
Germany passes Japan to have world's lowest birth rate - study - BBC News
A study says Germany's birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy.
Should You Buy A Tesla Battery?
Contrary to some reports , the projects supporter's say the batteries could easily supply basic power needs for a house if the grid went down. "The 10 kWh Powerwall provides sufficient power to continue operating the most commonly needed circuits selected by the customer, including the refrigerator, lighting, computer, alarm system and electrical outlets, and two Powerwalls installed together could support the majority of household loads, including heating and cooling," says Jonathan Bass, a spokesman for SolarCity, which offers Tesla's batteries in its leases. "When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged by solar power even if the outage continues for multiple days."
12 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know
And we're not even talking about the third-party Facebook apps or browser add-ons , we're talking about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions that are just a few clicks away. As you'll see in our slideshow, there are even some functions that appear to be leftovers from bygone eras that we're not even sure Facebook still knows are there.
The brown ballerina exists. Why we need to lift her up
But bolder steps need to be taken. Tangible change will come about when mainstream dance companies address any potential bias that lingers in recruiting practices. The ripple effects from groundbreaking moments like Misty Copeland's Kennedy Center performance need to reach those who hold the power to groom star ballerinas. Representation matters. When directors see a dancer of color taking one of the country's most prestigious stages, a small switch can potentially flip in their subconscious. Old theories about why brown ballerinas don't fit start to shake and splinter.
Direct train to Europe - BBC News
You can now board a train in London and a few hours later get off by the Mediterranean - the new direct service between St Pancras and Marseille is the furthest passengers have ever been able to go on a train from Britain without getting off. But why, more than 20 years after the Channel Tunnel opened, have direct services to the rest of Europe been so slow arriving?
This CEO Will Send Your Kids To School, If You Work For His Company
The benefit is not only great PR for a company you might not have heard of -- it’s also a relatively low-cost way to retain employees. It's unlikely that most workers would take advantage of the benefit, either because they don’t have children or their kids are too young. But it’s the kind of offering worth sticking around for. The average cost of just one year’s tuition at a private school is around $30,000 and rising.
What do we do with all this big data?
Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.
Spotify Review: Here Comes the All-Around Entertaining App
The on-demand subscription music service has won paying customers in Europe and the U.S. by providing easy access to hit songs and deep tracks alike. But to attain the kind of success enjoyed by YouTube and Netflix—not to mention compete with Apple’s upcoming subscription music service—Spotify must do more. That’s why the app is no longer just about music.
Philips 60W Replacement LED review: The dirt-cheap LED is here, and it's a solid bargain
Aside from the nondimmable design, the specs are right where you'd want them for a 60W replacement LED. The bulb claims a light output of 800 lumens at a warm, familiar color temperature of 2,700 K. It also draws just 8.5 watts of power. Run it for 3 hours a day, and it'll tack just over $1 onto your yearly energy bill. A typical 60W replacement fluorescent will cost closer to $2 per year to run, while a 60w incandescent will cost over $7.
Uber Unveils Design Concept For Its New, 420,000 Square-Foot Headquarters In SF
Images detailing the design of Uber’s giant new San Francisco corporate headquarters have emerged, showing what the new, two-building corporate campus should look like when it opens up in a few years. Occupying San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, the new buildings should offer up more than 420,000 square feet of new office and retail space to the company.
FIFA Videogames Will Finally Feature Women's Teams | WIRED
Where gameplay is concerned, little is likely to change, largely because the game itself doesn’t differ greatly from men to women. The rules, the size and specs of the pitch, and the length of the game are identical in men’s and women’s soccer. It’s true that men and women play the game differently, but the differences have everything to do with style, not the regulations or the quality of the gameplay. Women’s soccer is often heralded for its pace, subtlety, and lack of “diving” or faking injuries in an attempt to sway refs–something that’s viewed as increasingly common and problematic in the men’s game.
Google's Solar-Powered Internet Drone Crashed in New Mexico
Google has confirmed that a prototype of its solar-powered drone designed to bring Internet service by air crashed earlier this month in New Mexico.
A 22-year-old took a crazy idea from spring break and turned it into a company trying to raise $2 million
Man show. 2015. Princeton boys a capella. Hoping to hear some singers not some yellers. I’m so damn hyped I couldn’t tell ya. So low I’m wishing I could bill ya. Hey, I hear you got some new arrangements. Solo so sick they causin' derangement. Got that cool flow choreo', melt girls hearts like some milk with some oreo. Voices like silk I wish I was wearing them. Wearing them and nothing else, you know what I mean don’t play dumb. Man show. We gonna be there. We out.