Samsung makes big trucks transparent in the name of road safety
Back in 2009, Russian design house Art Lebedev introduced the dramatically titled Transparentius concept for improving road safety. It was remarkably simple: put a camera on the front of large,...
The gaping vortex in this Texas lake is big enough to suck in a boat - CNET
Floods tend to create all kinds of dangers in their path, including some you wouldn't expect, like the giant whirling water vortex recently spotted in Lake Texoma.
Lexus Testing 'Slide' Hoverboard
The luxury car maker's board uses permanent magnets and liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors to levitate.
Small Front Leg Dog Wheelchair
On a Sunday morning last summer I awoke to an unfamiliar little squeak. Half awake I look over and notice a new little new born puppy on my wife's hea...
Download iOS 9 Beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
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Bleake Island - Batman Arkham Knight Wiki Guide - IGN
Bleake Island is the far Northeastern island of Gotham, and the place where Batman's story begins in Arkham Knight. It is home to notable locations such as the GCPD, Panessa Studios, the Clocktower, and Ace Chemicals.
Apple Watch is coming to the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17
As Apple releases the Apple Watch in a number of new countries today, it’s also quietly added dates for a number of other countries.
Pew: 84% of American adults use the Internet, but digital gaps remain
Based on 97 surveys dating back to 2000, Pew Research found that 84 percent of American adults use the Internet today, which remains unchanged from the 2013 and 2014 numbers. Young adults, people with high levels of education, and those residing in more affluent households are at “full saturation levels” when it comes to Internet use, according to Pew Research .
Easter Eggs and References - Batman Arkham Knight Wiki Guide - IGN
During the course of the game, as Batman aprehends supervillains and thugs alike, the cells of the GCPD will begin to fill. During the main story, as well as the Gotham's Most Wanted side quests, thugs will begin appearing in their respective cells as a visual indicator of your cleaning up the streets of Gotham. As Gotham's Most wanted missions are completed, the supervillains you bring to justice will also be thrown behind bars.
Lawmakers: Cellphone Spy Gear Tested in Three U.S. Cities
A letter released Friday from the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee lays out new details on the technology. The letter didn’t identify the cities, but according to a person familiar with the matter, the cities are Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston.
Game of Thrones: 6 Things We Want from Season 6 - IGN
Sansa had some truly great set-up episodes back in Season 5, but then she disappointingly fell back into abusive imprisonment. And that pain was then used to draw out Theon's buried humanity. So she sort of vanished as a character after seemingly being built up as someone who could finally take control of her life and use her name to seek retribution for her family. Perhaps even reclaim the North. So here's hoping Season 6 shows us a much more emboldened, empowered Sansa. She'll be on the run, so it seems, but let's design her to be clever and resourceful now. Theon can ride his road to redemption as well, but not in place of Sansa's rebirth, please.
San Francisco celebrates Pride — and the right to marry
"Happy SCOTUS," a man exclaimed, hugging a friend in the heart of the city's Castro district, near the joyful scene that unfolded Friday evening in the wake of the court's historic decision. In the 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges, the court's justices effectively enshrined the right of all Americans to marry, regardless of their sex or the state in which they reside.
10 more tech innovations changing medicine
Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. If they hit us unprepared (which we are now), they will wash away the medical system we know, leaving a purely technology–based service without personal interaction.
Red Hat makes its case to be THE container company
Despite the hype about containers, no clear industry leader has emerged for container management. With the announcement of OpenShift Enterprise 3 and the Atomic Enterprise Platform – both of which support containers as first-class citizens – Executive Vice President Paul Cormier says Red Hat is looking to become THE container company. “I think with these new products we just took the lead,” he said.
'Broad City' celebrates same-sex marriage with Kool & the Gang
And then they let Kool & the Gang take over, because that is the official best way to kick off any party. Sing "It's up to you, what's your pleasure?" as an anthem of freedom tonight and "celebrate good times, come on!"
The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Be an opportunity maker
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.
The bridge between suicide and life
For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.
The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
TechCrunch has an unofficial tradition of welcoming people back into the fold. We like to think that they go out into the cold, realize how warm and toasty it is by our fire and want to get themselves some more of that.
Today, we’re continuing the tradition by welcoming back Drew Olanoff to TechCrunch as a Senior Writer. I worked with Drew previously at The Next Web, where he wrote some… Read More
What Makes the Expat Lifestyle So Addictive?
But is this really the nature of the expat “addiction”? Are expats a shallow group roaming the globe with fat wallets in search of the next challenge high? Or does the lifestyle offer people something more attractive: a quality of life that satisfies the desire to feel like a self-determined individual?
The battle between your present and future self
Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.
To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering
When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.
The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People
I go to bed around 11-midnight. I fall into a deep, dreamfilled sleep and wake up automatically between 3:00-4:00 am, stay in bed for 20 minutes praying, then get up and walk the 20 feet to my computers which I turn on, and while they are booting up I turn on the electric kettle to boil water for my tea, and then on to take a shower. After the shower, I set my tea to steeping, drink a cup of hot water with lemon and eat a clove of garlic (because I love garlic). I read my 'to do list' for the day, check my emails for family/friends emails (I have a rule set up to send those emails into a sep folder). i don't have cable tv but I do have a roku, so after answering personal emails I watch news on roku's news channel, then it's time for breakfast usually an eggwhite omelet with mushrooms, green peppers, onions, dash of spices and a slice of buttered rye toast, & a cup of black tea, then I work on my to do list w a 4-5 mile walking break in the middle, then a salad, then work, then bed.
Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.
Making digital time out of analog clocks is mesmerizing
The familiar sight of a wall of analog clocks — the international businessman's favorite emblem of global dynamism — has been subverted into a charming piece of installation art by Stockholm design duo Humans Since 1982 . Their concept A Million Times combines a multiplicity of analog clocks into a synchronized kinetic performance, with the clock hands whirling into pulsating shapes and patterns, and then subtly, surprisingly coalescing to form a digital representation of the current time. It's a digital clock made up of dozens of small analog clocks.
Talk nerdy to me
Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.
Facebook Will Rainbowify Your Profile Photo To Celebrate Marriage Equality
Facebook Will Rainbowify Your Profile Photo To Celebrate Marriage Equality
This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly
Forget stitches — there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. (Contains medical images.)
The beautiful nano details of our world
When photographed under a 3D microscope, grains of sand appear like colorful pieces of candy and the stamens in a flower become like fantastical spires at an amusement park. Gary Greenberg reveals the thrilling details of the micro world.
Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.
Steve Jobs's Secret to Greatness: Yogananda
On this first International Yoga Day, let's tip our hats to the teacher who first introduced the modern world to the transformative power of yoga as a timeless inner discipline, and who was such a silent force in the life of the greatest entrepreneur of our times. As you roll out your yoga mat, get into your favorite yoga pose, and feel a gentle zephyr of peace sweep over you, perhaps you can take pause to wonder at what experiences in consciousness may lie just beyond your present reach if you also embark on yoga's fuller, inner journey toward self-realization. Yogananda would have called those experiences "undreamed of possibilities."
A thought experiment on the intelligence of crows
Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human.
When SCOTUS Passed Same-Sex Marriage, People Googled 'What Does The Bible Say?'
“No American should face discrimination simply because of who they love, and today’s ruling by the Supreme Court affirms that every American has the right to marry the person they love and raise a family without fear that they will one day be torn apart because they are treated differently under the law. With this decision, thousands of Michigan same-sex couples will finally be afforded the same opportunity to marry as other Americans, including April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Michigan, who courageously took their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
“I was proud to join my colleagues in signing an amicus curiae brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. Every year, we move closer and closer to fulfilling the ideals our nation was founded on — equality, freedom, and justice. And although history will no doubt view today’s ruling as a watershed moment in the fight for equality, that fight is far from over. LGBT Americans across the country still face discrimination and lack many legal protections afforded to other Americans. Our Constitution guaranteed equal protection under the law, and I am committed to fighting for equal rights for all Americans so we can always say with confidence that our country is a place where all are created equal.
Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are More Successful
To test out his findings, think of the last time you purchased a major item, a home, automobile, or large appliance where you had to dealings with a salesperson. Was the person someone who you liked and trusted? In my talks, I have found that whenever I asked that question, inevitably the entire audience answered that, yes, the person they bought a large item from was someone they liked and trusted. This theory about why salespeople with the right people skills do better than those who lack them is borne out by a study carried out by the Hay/McBer Research and Innovation Group in 1997. In a study carried out in a large national insurance company in 1997, they found that sales agents weak in emotional areas such as self-confidence, initiative, and empathy sold policies with an average premium of $54,000, while those strong in 5 of 8 emotional competencies sold policies on the average worth $114,000.
The future is equality!
And it’s a story that must stretch forward, too: to the transgender people who still face untold discrimination around the world. To the women still underrepresented everywhere, not least on the US Supreme Court. To the people of color who have inherited our country’s ugly legacy of racism, and who must fight every day to have their own dignity respected. The same forces that helped make marriage equality a reality have brought these issues to our attention, too. And yet we are still so far from justice on so many accounts.
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Where are the baby dinosaurs?
In a spellbinding talk, paleontologist Jack Horner tells the story of how iconoclastic thinking revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.
More evidence suggests Earth is entering a sixth extinction-level event | ExtremeTech
It’s impossible to estimate the cost of species extinction, in part because we literally don’t know what we might lose. Horseshoe crabs are an example of a species under pressure as a result of human activity that’s also extremely useful to human medicine. Unlike other species, which rely on hemoglobin in the blood for oxygen transport, horseshoe crabs use hemocyanin. Horseshoe crab blood is used to manufacture Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL), which reacts with bacterial endotoxins. It’s an essential compound used to ensure that medical devices and medications themselves aren’t infected with bacteria before being given to people. LAL can even detect some fungal infections far faster than other forms of testing.
Exploring the mind of a killer
Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal.
Harry Potter's adventures will continue with a new stage play next year
There's no word yet on the cast for Rowling's upcoming play, but it appears unlikely that we'll see the stars of the hugely successful film serialization of the books reprising their roles. Actor Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter of the movies, is now in his mid-20s and not quite so well suited to depicting a young wizard (even if he is an experienced theater performer). Then again, given the mystery about the time, place, and setting of the Cursed Child play, nothing can be ruled out just yet.
David Crosby: Joni Mitchell Had Aneurysm, Cannot Speak
David Crosby has revealed that Joni Mitchell suffered from an aneurysm when she was hospitalized in late May. "Nobody found her for a while," he told the Huffington Post. "She took a terrible hit. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet...She's going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury…She's a tough girl, and very smart. So, how much she's going to come back and when, I don't know and I'm not going to guess."
The career advice you probably didn’t get
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
Meet Freddy Ehlers, Ecuador's Minister Of Good Living (Yes, This Is A Real Job)
In theory, like everything this is great, it really aims to -better- the lives of Ecuadorians. However in a country where there are so many and urgent issues: unemployment to start with, as informal jobs are the main source of income for many; it seems like a slap in the face that someone can actually have this particular job.
Nothing to take away from Freddy Ehlers, he is an intelligent and caring about important issues kind of person, avant-garde for Ecuador's needs that's just as true.
Why A Post-Nuclear World Would Look Nothing Like “Mad Max” - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Mad Max: Fury Road envisions an embarrassing, nightmarish future. Worldwide droughts have driven humanity to nuclear war over water, destroying modern civilization, and disfiguring the earth into a planet-spanning Sahara. Decrepit old goons control the last remaining pockets of groundwater and arable land; essentially, the movie is one drawn-out, violent chase scene through a sterile and withered landscape. Entertaining, for sure. But could such drastic desertification really happen on Earth?
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The 10 Most-Pirated Movies
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Wind-powered motorcycle for a Mad Max world - CNET
"In the middle of Glencoe I stopped as a thought hit me, in some years' time there will be no way for me, or others, to enjoy a recreational ride like this; thus I envisioned a motorcycle design that would allow for people to travel for leisure, when fuel is no longer an option."
Never Check Your Email Before Noon
Another reason why swimmers wear two caps: “A common (though not universal) way to put all your headgear on is to put one swim cap on, then put your goggles on, then cover the goggle strap with another swim cap. Not only does it reduce drag on the goggle strap (which is minor), it helps keep your goggles in one place (MUCH more important). I was on a swim team when I was much younger, and I lost count of how many times the shock of entering the water ripped my goggles right off my eyes. You still have to swim if it happens, but it becomes a HUGE distraction that can take you right out of the race. At your average junior swim meet, losing a race to your goggles is embarassing but not devastating. At the Olympics, it would be a heartbreaker.” ( Source )
9 books to read if you want to be a billionaire
Many of them have shared the books that helped shape them personally and professionally. If you want to emulate these titans of industry, reading their faves seems like a good place to start.
Why Everyone Should Learn A Second Language
The result of few jobs and lots of applicants means getting a full-time position today requires the ability to stand out from other, equally qualified candidates. Learning a second language is one way that you can make that jump to stand out.
How a driverless car sees the road
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.