Tiny surgical robot can bend and operate on hard-to-reach areas
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Everyone Has the Right to Mouth Off to Cops
U.S. courts have made this clear again and again and again.
Terrafugia unveils new TF-X flying-car design - CNET
The company, which has been working for years on the development of a flying car, shows off a new look.
Rhino horn camera aims to stop poachers - CNET
A new method aims to halt rhinoceros poaching by monitoring and tracking the animals to catch poachers in the act.
Stephen Hawking backs $100 million effort to find aliens - CNET
Technically Incorrect: Funded by billionaire Yuri Milner, the project will be listening very hard for alien noises, with Hawking and other scientists in support.
The inspiring story of Kyle Busch's unlikely NASCAR comeback
Why Kyle Busch is a driver worth knowing for NASCAR fans and non-fans alike.
Dad Creates Epic Baby Nursery Of Every Mario Kart Fan's Dreams
A North Carolina dad is changing the nursery decor game with this Mario Kart-themed room he created for his baby son. Wes Swain is a stay-at-home parent who previously worked as a video game tester for
The most innovative part of U2's tour is something the audience never sees
Say what you want about U2, but the band is putting on one of the most spectacularly high-tech shows right now.
Tiny renegade owl has a standoff with Boulder deputies
Boulder County deputies had a short but adorable confrontation with a tiny owl.
Who's that Pokemon? Amazon Echo works as a Pokedex
The video shows Alexa busting out serious Pokemon knowledge.
What style means to a transgender girl
When Jazz Jennings was five years old, she wore a sparkly bathing suit for the first time. While this might be an uneventful moment for many little girls, for Jazz — who was assigned male at birth — it was an unforgettable experience. She was finally able to present herself as a girl and reflect what she was feeling on the inside, outside.
Google Chrome for iOS gets new gestures, Physical Web
Once installed, Chrome will display supported smart devices that are found in the world around you in the Today view in Notification Center, and you’ll be able to interact with them from there. And even if you’re not interested in Physical Web, this is still a worthwhile update.
A new Instagram quick edit screen means even Instagram knows filters are passé
Spotted by Droid Life , the latest build of Instagram for Android sports a new screen that condenses the Edit, Location Tag, User Tag and Caption tools all within one screen. There’s also a “Swipe to Filter” overlay that lets you sample different filters instead of tapping through the 20-something offerings.
HP study finds smartwatches could do more to keep user data safe
HP questioned if there’s enough transparency around how data collected by watch apps is used, saying people and app developers may not realize that information ends up on a “substantial” number of servers. This provides attackers more access points to the data, either by intercepting it in transit or going after the servers where it’s stored, Miessler said. Some of the places where smartwatch data ended up included advertising and analytics networks, he added.
San Francisco introduces pee-repelling walls to reward public urinators with golden showers
Forget the pay wall, San Franciscans have got a lot more to worry about when it comes to technology infiltrating their daily lives.
A day in the life of YouTube star Lilly Singh
It's impossible not to notice that Singh, even though she speaks in front of big crowds, spends much of her day hemmed in to small, protected spaces. Walking down the halls of the Hilton, security guards are stationed at every intersection to keep out fans. We head to the service elevator. The regular elevators are too packed and Singh will generate too much of a scene. We make our way out the back of the hotel through a service area where there's a black suburban waiting for us.
How to manage your time like a boss
The first step to managing time efficiently is to have a clear idea of your goals. Once you’re clear on what you’d like to achieve, you’ll have an easier time prioritizing what’s important. Knowing your goals will also help you stick with them despite all the distractions you encounter.
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
Why 30 is not the new 20
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.
Why we love, why we cheat
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it
You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to "the limit of your imagination."
Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent approved by European Commission
The European Commission has given the green light to Nokia's acquisition of telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion ($16.6 billion). The Commission noted that the deal would "not raise competition concerns" because "the parties are not close competitors [and] a number of strong global competitors will remain active." Nokia's strength in the telecoms industry is centered on Europe, said the Commission, while Alcatel-Lucent's main presence is in North America. It added that with industry leader Ericsson still in operation alongside Asian rivals Samsung, Huawei, and ZTE, there remains a competitive market for telecoms equipment.
How to let altruism be your guide
What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.
Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation
It’s the time of year desperate women rely on cardigans, pashminas and space heaters to make it through the workweek in their frigid offices. And their male colleagues barely notice.
10 best mobile phones in the world today
However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and most importantly: value for money, although we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets - after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?
Converse finally made a Chuck Taylor that won't destroy my old man feet
One of the less awesome things about getting older is that being on your feet for hours at a time at a concert, walking miles around the city, or any other similar activity ends up taking a progressively bigger toll on your feet. As such, I haven't bothered buying a pair of Converse's perennially stylish Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers in a long time. Sure, I could wear them for lower-impact occasions, but I'll end up falling in love with them all over again, wearing them constantly, and doing a number on my feet.
NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds Earth's cousin
NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world . The space agency today announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the smallest planet we've found yet orbiting inside a star's habitable zone — the places around a sun where it’s warm enough for liquid surface water. NASA researchers are dubbing Kepler-452b as Earth 2.0.
A woman created a stunning résumé to land her dream tech job — it got her immediate interviews with Airbnb, Uber, and LinkedIn
What made Mufleh's résumé so interesting to recruiters is that it doesn't really focus on her past experience, although an employer could find that on her résumé if they wanted to. Instead, it showcased her knowledge of the travel industry, what she could contribute to Airbnb, and areas she thinks the company should tackle next. She even formatted the résumé to look like an Airbnb profile.
The search for planets beyond our solar system
Every star we see in the sky has at least one planet orbiting it, says astronomer Sara Seager. So what do we know about these exoplanets, and how can we find out more? Seager introduces her favorite set of exoplanets and shows new technology that can help collect information about them — and even help us look for exoplanets with life.
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What Americans can learn from other food cultures
In Arab cultures, community is key to the food culture. The daily iftar that breaks the fast during Ramadan, for example, features platters of traditional fare such as tharid and h’riss that are shared by all who are sitting down to break the fast, eating with their hand from the same dishes. Families and institutions will host private iftars, of course, but mosques, schools, markets and other community organizations will also offer large iftar meals, and all are open to the public and shared. This family style of eating is not dissimilar to the dishes on a Chinese dinner table, where one does not eat a single portioned and plated dish, but is expected to eat from shared, communal platters.
Agile programming -- for your family
Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.
You’ve been using antiperspirant the wrong way all this time
For 17 years, I had followed the same steps every day. After my morning shower, I applied two or three clicks of an antiperspirant stick. This sufficed. During my years in New York, sweat never manifested into a swampy, humiliating dilemma. Because I had to walk everywhere, deodorant wasn't good enough, but generic antiperspirant more or less did the trick. On days that reached the mid-90s, dark stains, shaped like the Great Lakes, formed on the T-shirt, just beneath my armpit, which I accepted as part of life.
Artificial limbs from 1900 were decades ahead of their time
The new leather limb he built was strong and rigid but also perfectly fitted. The medical world noticed his talent, and Gillingham soon began producing a variety of artificial limbs.
Check Out Photos Of The Pantone Hotel. It Is Colorful
At this Belgian designers' paradise, guests immerse themselves in a realm of bright, minimalist colors like 520 C , 230 C and 377 C . Designed by architect Olivier Hannaert and decorated by interior designer Michel Penneman, the hotel features seven color palettes spread over 59 rooms. Belgian photographer Victor Levy created Pantone-hued photographs to go along with the color scheme of each room. There is a Pantone roof terrace, Pantone meeting rooms, Pantone bicycles and even Pantone coffee mugs to sip during breakfast. It is truly a Pantone paradise.
There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help
In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen — cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.
These astronauts just dressed like Jedi for their official portrait
A not-so-long time from now in a planetary orbit not far away, a team of astronauts will head to the International Space Station. NASA just revealed the official poster for Expedition 45, and it is a Star Wars-themed masterpiece.
Why dieting doesn't usually work
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
How to reinvent the apartment building
In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.
8 TED Talks that just might save your relationship
Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.
Angelina Jolie is directing a Netflix movie about the Khmer Rouge
Loung met Jolie in 2001, one year after the writer's memoir was published. As a Special Envoy for the UN refugee agency, Jolie has championed several human rights causes around the globe, and has personal ties to Cambodia, where her son Maddox was born. Her son will also have an unspecified role in the film's production, according to Netflix.
A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)
Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.
Next Step for Drones: Defending Against Them
The battle of Captieux lasted just a few seconds, and ended in a decisive defeat for the would-be invader. The enemy drone, flying at a French military installation south of Bordeaux, was easily spotted on radar, an integrated video camera confirmed its identity, and a quick burst from a radio-frequency jammer disrupted its...
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What explains the rise of humans?
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.
How to Stop Giving a F@$% What People Think
It’s been said that we are the average of the five people we hang out with the most. When we start to attract and associate with the same people that share our weaknesses — we’re stuck. We stop growing, because there’s no one to challenge us to be better. We start thinking that this is the norm and we remain comfortable. This is not a place you want to be.
From Burma to Nagasaki: the man who walked through hell
Of the many acts Bras is unable to forgive, the death of his father is the most painful. His father was tortured by Japanese guards: they fed a tube into his mouth and poured water through it until his stomach burst and he died of his injuries. Remarkably, the rest of the family – Bras’s four sisters and his brother – all survived the war. After it ended, Bras and his mother emigrated to Amsterdam, where he pursued medical studies. For a while he and his brother worked in Kingston, Jamaica, where Bras later met his wife, a Scottish doctor. In 1958 they settled in Wrexham in Wales, where Bras worked as a GP for nearly 30 years.
The Only Social Media Image Dimensions You Need | dustn.tv
I will revisit them as needed. However, because I’ve created them to be bigger than needed, you shouldn’t need an update any time soon. These are the only three shapes that will ever be used for photographic display (unless a new social network comes along and only allows triangle photos… not likely though). The size of them all is also bigger than you actually need, so even in 5 years when everyone has upgraded to retina display (or higher resolution) they should still work just fine. By then though, you’ll be a rock star creating your own templates. 😉
The loves and lies of fireflies
Biologist Sara Lewis has spent the past 20 years getting to the bottom of the magic and wonder of fireflies. In this charming talk, she tells us how and why the beetles produce their silent sparks, what happens when two fireflies have sex, and why one group of females is known as the firefly vampire. (It's not pretty.) Find out more astonishing facts about fireflies in Lewis' footnotes, below.
Google is giving free patents to startups to fight patent trolls
There are a number of additional catches that come with the patents, but for the most part they're safety nets for Google. Google retains a license to any patent it gives away; participants must remain LOT Network members for two years or else lose the patents; and participants may only use the patents defensively or else be financially penalized by Google. Most of those conditions are permanent, but the companies that participate in the Starter Program appear to be free to leave the LOT Network after two years. Google's hope, apparently, is that they won't. "The bigger the network gets, the more protection the membership gets against future attacks from patent trolls," it writes. Supporting the network, it says, is "a great long-term" way to continue that fight.
It’s disturbingly easy to become a hacker millionaire
That’s what Ziv Mador, VP of security from information-security company Trustwave, showed me. He gave me an exclusive look into his research about the criminal underbelly of the internet. And it turns out hackers stand to rake in quite a bit of money if they know how to operate and where to turn.
25 iPhone tips you'll wish you knew all along - CNET
With iOS 8.3, Apple released a redesigned emoji keyboard complete with a more
racially diverse set of characters. In other words, instead of only
finding one color of emoji faces and hands within the keyboard, you now
have a more realistic sample of colors to represent the various races in
How families lived in their WWII backyard bomb bunkers
Though damp and uncomfortable in the winter, the shelters were remarkably effective. The ductile metal walls could warp and deform in response to the force of explosions without collapsing, unlike more rigid concrete bunkers.
Software For The Full-Stack Era
IBM, acronym for International Business Machines, is a multinational computer technology and consulting corporation. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure services, hosting services, and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe …
If This Is What Spaceships Will Look Like In 100 Years, You're Going To Want To Get In Line Now
All the wars humanity rage, it's all due to limited resources. Take a look at the inequality within this world, even first world countries have massive income gaps. Anyone content with their luxuries and standard of living will likely defend the notion that where they..(we) are at right now is fine. However, world population growth is exponential and only a short matter of time before Earth's resources cannot sustain us all. Even if it does sustains, all can look forward to a grim living, such as what you see writers depict (Hunger Games, Divergent). Roll your eyes all you want but that is where current levels of inequality and limited resources will take us. Yes, something can be done about it. Those whom have the money and power to do so however are content with the way things are. Only profit can persuade action now days, and no one will invest in such abstract, far-reaching endeavor to get off this rock. We'll get off this rock when humanity unites, under a catastrophic event.
One man's obsession with rediscovering a lost typeface - BBC News
After working on a revised digital facsimile Robert Green decided that he would try and find some of the original metal type. Using the sources available, including Cobden-Sanderson's published journals, Mr Green worked out where he thought the type was thrown from the bridge into the Thames.
China officially ends ban on video game consoles
China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news earlier today.
10 Photoshop alternatives that offer powerful editing and photo management controls
What in the world(s) are tholins?
A final note on nomenclature: one of the biggest difficulties with the word "tholin" is that it is incredibly nonspecific. The best analogy I have been able to come up with is “salad”. Salad, like tholin, is a mixture of a number of different compounds and spans a fairly broad range of materials. Most of us would agree on a case-by-case basis whether or not something is a salad, but the definition is not at all specific and the material itself depends on the starting materials, preparation, temperature, etc. We sometimes refer to “Titan tholin” or “Triton tholin” but even then you would need to ask about temperature, energy source, precursor gas or ice mixture, etc. to get an actual understanding of what the material is. Personally, I try to use the word “tholins” only when describing the laboratory-produced samples, in part because we do not really know yet how similar the material we produce in the lab is to the material found on places like Titan or Triton (or Pluto!). In fact, I usually call the samples produced in my laboratory “Titan aerosol analogues” rather than “tholins.
Fiat Chrysler Faces Record $105 Million Fine for Recall Lapses
Federal regulators are close to hitting Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV with a record $105 million fine for recall lapses covering millions of vehicles, said people familiar with the matter, adding to mounting scrutiny of the auto maker’s safety practices.