World's cutest male spider does embarrassing dance to impress cutest female spider
Does the newly discovered species of peacock spider, Maratus personatus, meet the criteria for world's cutest spider? I held a debate with myself to uncover the answer.
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KFC limited-edition chicken bucket doubles as a Bluetooth photo printer - CNET
Need some greasy Polaroids with your next bucket of fried chicken? KFC invents the Memories Bucket, which lets people print pictures right from the bucket with Bluetooth.
Here come the K-Cup drunks
My desire for a mechanized mixologist is as strong as an overproof rum. Much to my chagrin, and despite a long history of inventors toiling to perfect the drink...
Nokia jumps into virtual reality market with 360-degree Ozo camera - CNET
The camera taps eight synchronized shutters and eight microphones to capture 360-degree video and spatial audio.
Key factors driving cloud analytics in healthcare
While there are several advantages to deploying cloud-based solutions, the most important concern around the use of cloud models is information security. High profile data breaches at Anthem, Premera and other healthcare organizations have made CIOs understandably nervous about cloud hosting. Here’s a checklist of what to consider when deploying a cloud model for analytics.
Complementing Hadoop at Yahoo: Interactive Analytics with Druid
Over the last decade, Yahoo has been a pioneer in the data infrastructure space and staunch supporter of the open source developer community. It has been incredible for us to witness the growth of the “big data” space and the technologies that have evolved in the ecosystem. We are especially proud of the growth of Hadoop, a project that was first developed and open sourced at Yahoo. To this day, we still run some of the world’s largest Hadoop clusters, and use it for everything from clickstream analysis to image processing and business intelligence analytics. Additionally, our developers continue to act as good open source citizens, and contribute all our Hadoop developments back to the community. While Hadoop still solves many critical problems in our business, as our needs have grown, we’ve come to realize that Hadoop is not the end all, be all solution to the entirety of our data problems.
Microsoft Partners With Jasper To Up Its Game In The Internet Of Things
While Microsoft Microsoft is spending most of its time this week making sure the launch of Windows 10 goes as smoothly as possible, the Redmond software giant is also making moves into the Internet of Things.
9 incredibly popular websites that are still blocked in China
China has since let some sites like LinkedIn come back online, but here's nine popular websites that are still blocked from regular access in the country.
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Can we all "have it all"?
Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.
The nine best new features in Windows 10
Windows 10 is officially out today. It’s the biggest update to Windows in years and represents a number of new directions for Microsoft’s premier software product. Windows 10 replaces Windows 8 and 8.1, and serves to attract those Windows 7 users that never bothered to update to Windows 8. There are a host of new features in Windows 10, ranging from updated interfaces to new apps and services. For all of our in-depth thoughts on the new platform, be sure to check out our full review .
How America's justice system failed our children
Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.
Ronda Rousey Fights Like An Outlier
Longer fights might be a product of the changing nature of MMA. It’s likely that, as MMA has become more popular, the competitive parity has risen too. And so it’s possible that fighters, facing more fearsome and equally matched opponents, are tweaking their tactics to be more risk-averse — to bide their time for an opportunity to strike, rather than coming in with the all-out aggressiveness that characterized the early days of the sport. Whatever the reason, today’s fighters don’t end fights like they used to.
How to go to space, without having to go to space
"We will start inhabiting outer space," says Angelo Vermeulen, crew commander of a NASA-funded Mars simulation. "It might take 50 years or it might take 500 years, but it’s going to happen." In this charming talk, the TED Senior Fellow describes some of his official work to make sure humans are prepared for life in deep space ... and shares a fascinating art project in which he challenged people worldwide to design homes we might live in there.
The math behind basketball's wildest moves
Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they're learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere.
The first secret of design is ... noticing
As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing — and driving — change.
Does the media have a "duty of care"?
In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
The art of meaningful conversation
You talk to people everyday. But do you really feel like you’re communicating? These talks will help you go beyond small talk, to the conversations that nudge along understanding.
Let’s try emotional correctness
It's time for liberals and conservatives to transcend their political differences and really listen to each other, says political pundit Sally Kohn. In this optimistic talk, Kohn shares what she learned as a progressive lesbian talking head on Fox News. It’s not about political correctness, she says, but rather, emotional correctness. (Contains profanity.)
The DEA's new boss says heroin is probably more dangerous than marijuana
Acting DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg has acknowledged that marijuana is "probably not" as dangerous as heroin, a concession that's almost revelatory given the hardline stance of his predecessors. "Let me say it this way: I’d rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour, but I’d prefer not to be in a car accident at all," Rosenberg said Tuesday morning, adding that he's "not an expert." He also confirmed that the agency is going to focus on what he termed "the biggest and most important cases," which typically involve opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamines.
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The Banach–Tarski Paradox
Q: "What's an anagram of Banach-Tarski?" A: "Banach-Tarski Banach-Tarski." twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tweetsauce Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/electricpants Kevin’s Field Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zARM... Field Day: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRPk... Deep dream animation by http://instagram.com/NaderMakki/ If you like it, you'll love this video also by Nader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9j_... Chocolate illusion: http://mathandmultimedia.com/2014/07/... Chocolate illusion video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmBsP... related Numberphile videos: sizes of infinity (includes diagonal argument): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elvOZ... infinity paradoxes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDl7g... Vi Hart on types of infinity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23I5G... Countable & uncountable definitions: http://mathinsight.org/definition/unc... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countab... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncount... Banach-Tarski on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.
7 Router Features You Should Be Using for Better Wi-Fi
Do Double Duty: Add External Storage
The latest breed of routers can take the pain out of shared data storage, too. Current generation high-end models offer the ability to connect external storage directly to the router, with options for USB 2.0, 3.0, and SATA connections, depending upon the model. This allows a do-it-yourself network-attached storage setup. The data may be accessible via multiple paths in addition to network mapping, for example via a router-based FTP server, which can make folders on the drive available externally via the Web. In most cases, any USB storage device, from thumb drives to spinning hard drives, can be attached and made available as shared-storage devices. If it supports it, the drive could also work with DLNA for use as a media server for DLNA-capable devices on your network.
76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day
The manuscript is dated July 7, 1939. And Fitzgerald had sent a letter to his agent a week later, in which he asked to stop being represented by Harold Ober because Ober was tired of advancing Fitzgerald loans in lieu of work that had not been delivered to him. So that might have been one of the reasons why he'd not found a home for it.
Victory's $19,999 Empulse TT electric motorcycle can go 140 miles on a charge
The bike is virtually indistinguishable from the Brammo model it replaces, but that might be okay: it'll go over 100 miles per hour, climb from zero to 100 percent charge in three and a half hours, and run up to 140 miles between those charges. Most of those stats are the same, but the range has jumped a few miles from the 2014 model. (Real-world range will inevitably be lower.) Power also remains the same — 54 hp — while the peak torque of 61 ft-lbs. falls between the outgoing Empulse and high-performance Empulse R models, which offered 46.5 and 66 ft-lbs., respectively. The dry weight of 460 lbs. is unchanged (and, of course, you don't have to worry about fuel weight with this one).
Uber Valued at More Than $50 Billion
Uber Technologies Inc. has completed a new round of funding that values the five-year-old ride-hailing company at close to $51 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, equaling Facebook Inc.’s record for a private, venture-backed startup.
7 Habits Of People Who Have Achieved Work-Life Balance
People who maintain balance are able to turn off their electronic devices to enjoy quality uninterrupted time doing matters they enjoy. They realize that multitasking is a myth and focus on the task at hand. Having developed the ability to compartmentalize their time, they seek out moments to simply enjoy the experience and savor life. Often they have discovered meditation, music, physical activity, or some other interest that allows them to get away from the pressures of everyday life to relax, rejuvenate, and regenerate themselves.
1895: That runaway train dangling over the streets of Paris
The air brake either failed or was applied too late, and the conductor was too preoccupied with paperwork to throw the hand brake in time. The train crashed through the buffers at the end of the track, crossed the 100-foot concourse and burst through the wall of the station, tumbling onto the street below.
57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day
[…] Please don’t take this post as “preachy” – I am just as bad as the next person. Our lives are all so incredibly busy and the urge to navel-gaze is natural. But being a parent forces you to examine your behavior and try to be the best role model you can possibly be – even in the midst of the mayhem of daily life. So choose generosity. If you are looking for further simple ideas about how to spread some kindness, check out this lovely list of 57 ways you can brighten someone’s day. […]
Facebook is testing out LinkedIn-style profile tags
Verge reader Luke M. alerted us to Facebook's new profile tags feature, and the company confirmed it was testing them out with the following statement: "Profile tags are a creative tool that lets you and your friends add tags to your profile to highlight the things that describe you and what you're into." Created as part of an internal Facebook hackathon, the new feature will let you add tags to your own profile, or let your friends add tags for you, which you must approve before they become publicly visible. Tags are free-form, which means you can type in pretty much whatever you want, even including emojis.
Women find a way out of poverty by translating for the sick
Found in Translation offers bilingual women a course that takes 14 hours a week for 14 weeks to teach them the skills that get them hospital work — one of the best-earning industries available — in a short amount of time. The women are trained in what Vertkin calls the "core competencies of interpreting" — modes of interpretation, code of conduct, standards of practice, ethics, the complexities of the health care system. They also learn anatomy, physiology and thousands of medical terms in both English and their native language. They also receive general skill training, such as financial literacy and how to build out a resume.
The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it
Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.
Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't
Canon is already competing with the Arri Alexa and Red cameras of the world , but it's about to take this one step further. Meet the ME20F-SH, a high-end video shooter that features a sleek, subtle and somewhat compact design. Most importantly, Canon's new camera can deliver an ISO equivalent of more than 4 million, instantly making it a prime option for people who need to capture footage in super-dark settings -- like a moonless night sky. The company believes its ME20F-SH is also great for production companies making films, reality television and documentaries. However, there are some limitations here. It only does 1080p, for one, which doesn't bode well in terms of being future-proof -- Canon says that had to be done to "achieve the highest possible low-light sensitivity," which would otherwise be reduced if it went with a higher resolution and, consequently, smaller photosites.
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I ate crab bisque cooked by a robot chef
Speed and consistency: these are the two qualities that Tim Anderson says he most values in the kitchen. As a former UK MasterChef champion and head of a forthcoming Japanese-soul food fusion restaurant in London, Anderson knows what he’s talking about. Right now, though, he’s in a slightly unusual kitchen, watching a pair of outsized robot arms methodically preparing a crab bisque, electric motors gently whining. The robot’s movements are unhurried rather than speedy, but you have to admit it’s consistent. In fact, Anderson says the real problem might be that it’s too consistent. “This is where the robot is a problem, intuition.”
5 ways to look super fly in one perfect pair of culottes
Your club clothes might not be getting a lot of play time these days, but that’s no excuse when you’re wreaking havoc at the wine bars with your bffs. Sport your culottes with a crop top that just brushes the top of your waistband, leaving only a small peekaboo of skin for the world to see. Slip on a fierce pair of strappy heels and studded earrings. Don’t forget to grab a sequin clutch on your way out the door. After all, it is your night to party.
Moto G: A Perfect Phone for Clumsy Cheapskates
Being waterproof—for up to three feet deep for as long as 30 minutes—is just one of the many things I love about the Moto G. It’s a great value: For $180, you get a model with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage; for $220, both the RAM and storage double. But let me be clear: These are for unlocked phones without carrier contracts. The iPhone 6 starts at $650 if you aren’t tied down to a network or contract.
How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 - CNET
Before you jump right in and install Windows 10, you should take a few moments and prepare your PC to ensure the upgrade process goes off without a hitch. This article will guide you through the steps of checking for updates, backing up your personal information and creating an all important system image.
The 10 most painful places to get a tattoo
Want a tattoo with minimal pain? Eschenbach suggests opting for the arms, lower legs and shoulders — all popular locations. However, he also stresses that even the areas listed below are manageable. "People get tattooed in all these places all the time, and they usually do fine," he says. "The real enemy is their own fear."
Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you
"Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.
Amazon launches its second mini-store for hardware startups
The purpose of the new store is to level the playing field for hardware startups, giving them access to Amazon's shipping and inventory infrastructure, as well as the company's significant internal marketing systems. "We handle inventory management, order fulfillment, customer service, and more," Amazon VP Jim Adkins said in a statement , "allowing [companies] to focus their efforts on the innovation that results in more cool products." Some of those products have been funded through traditional startup channels like Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator, while others have been funded through crowdfunding campaigns on IndieGogo. There's a specific subsection for IndieGogo products, but otherwise little effort is made to distinguish the two.
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.
Saving faces: A facial surgeon's craft
Maxillofacial surgeon Iain Hutchison works with people whose faces have been severely disfigured. By pushing to improve surgical techniques, he helps to improve their lives; and by commissioning their portraits, he celebrates their humanity. NOTE: This talk contains images of disfigured and badly injured faces that may be disturbing — and Hutchison provides thoughtful answers as to why a disfigured face can shock us so deeply. Squeamish? Hide your screen from 12:10 - 13:19, but do keep listening. Portraits shown in this talk come from Mark Gilbert.
A new app wants to teach total novices the basics of coding — even when their phones have no internet connection
Before founding Lrn, Bernard taught at Boston University's Urban Business Accelerator. His next stint brought him to New York City. He started Coffee, a Tinder-for-jobs startup, and went into it with no technical experience at all. "I thought that would be OK initially — I had some design skill, some business skills, so I thought, hey, someone else can do the technical part of it," he told Business Insider. "I was completely wrong in that fact. It takes away from your confidence as a leader if you don't know what's going on in every facet of the business."
World's best whisky is being sent to age in space
The goal, according to Suntory, is to learn how a zero-gravity, temperature-stable environment affects the "mellowness" of the drinks as they age. The taste of most alcoholic drinks is known to mellow with time, though the mechanisms by which that happens are still unknown. Research conducted in collaboration with Japanese scientists has shown that environments that suppress liquid convection may play a role in the mellowing process, Suntory said in its press release.
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New telemetry suggests shot-down drone was higher than alleged
According to the telemetry provided by David Boggs, the drone pilot, his aircraft was only in flight for barely two minutes before it was shot down. The data also shows that it was well over 200 feet above the ground before the fatal shots fired by William Merideth.
Brown dwarf's fiery aurora is out of this world...and solar system - CNET
Astronomers have spied an aurora beyond our solar system for the first time, lighting up the pole of a failed star that's cool in multiple ways.
A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering
ML: It’s gonna sound like I’m lazy but I swear I’m not lazy. My job is to my get myself out of a job. I’m aggressively pushing things I think I could be really good at and should actually maybe own to someone else who’s gonna get a B at it, but they’re gonna get the opportunity to go do that. My job is to — it sounds like I just want to sit here and drink coffee and talk about bread — but it’s about pushing it down so these things [to other people who] naturally come to me. Because I’m the head of engineering, I’m always looking at, does this legit need to be on my list. Should I be doing this, or is this something I can give to someone else and they should be actually going and doing it? That’s one of my principles, to get myself out-of-the-way. Ideally there’s some morning where I get up and have my coffee and there’s absolutely nothing to do, everything else has been delegated.
How To Become The Best In Your Field
Greene studied the lives of exceptionally successful people for his latest book, " Mastery " (Viking/Penguin, 2012). He says that there is no such thing as being born into superior success. Rather, those politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes and artists who rise above the rest in their field, achieving what he calls a "high-level intuitive feel" for their specialty, have an unyielding focus and work ethic.
Expert electrical analysis: $340 audiophile cables test “marginal”
A lot of the things upon which cable is sold in the "boutique" market do not really bear upon spec compliance—the things that make spec-compliant cable are really quite dull (and, fortunately, are also usually much cheaper than the boutique cable!). A great Ethernet cable can be made out of ordinary copper, ordinary polyolefin, and ordinary PVC—because the critical factors in cable performance are not what kinds of materials you use, but how carefully and consistently you use them. The consistency of dielectrics, the consistency of wire drawing, the consistency of pair spacing, the arrangement and consistency of twists, the consistency of the overall cabling operation where the four pairs come together–all of these are tasks that require attention to mundane details, so that every spool of cable comes out with the right impedance and the right relationship between the pairs, spool after spool. There's a little old-fashioned craftsmanship in our job—terminating the cable, which is still a hand-tools operation—but the bulk cable quality is all the product of some rather ordinary process control, mostly fretting about how to keep those dimensions stable.
This Weed Subscription Service Wants To Send Premium Buds To Your Door
For Potbox, that means partnering only with outdoor farms that use organic soil and nutrients and avoid pesticides and other chemicals. Plenty of pot smokers would be delighted to simply have weed delivered to their door, but Potbox isn't content to stop at that basic concept. The seven-person, San Francisco-based startup is banking on the allure of sustainability and superior quality to take their product up a notch. That's probably a wise move, since the new marijuana industry is only getting started and it won't be long before half a dozen competitors are offering to ship weed to people's doors.
Galaxy S6 fails to bring back Samsung's mojo - CNET
Samsung, which has been struggling to compete with Apple in recent quarters, had been counting on its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones to revitalize its mobile business. Both devices include more premium materials than their predecessors, something consumers have been requesting for years. Still, it's uncertain whether the phones will match the success of 2012's blockbuster Galaxy S3, the device that helped Samsung rise to its position as the world's smartphone king. And so far, the phones haven't been enough to turn around Samsung's fortunes.
What Really Happens To Your Brain And Body During A Digital Detox
I disagree. While it might be obvious to the scientifically literate, there are a whole lot of people out there who lack that literacy (as my Facebook feed constantly reminds me). This does not strike me as a PR stunt being presented transparently as such; on the contrary, the first two paragraphs read as though they were going to introduce some valid science. The company is described as a "research organization with a product wing" and the scientific chops of its staff are touted. The whole trip to the desert is presented as an "experiment" and there are several sentences dedicated to making it seem legitimately scientific. This may not have fooled us, but as the commenter below noted, it will fool a lot of people, and I think that is by design, which doesn't sit well with me. Legitimate news organizations shouldn't be involved in this kind of thing, in my opinion.
NASA's Golden Record made for alien ears now on SoundCloud - CNET
An album full of dogs, weather and human noises meant for the listening enjoyment of extraterrestrials is now available in its entirely for online streaming.