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Petition for Pao resignation from Reddit grows to 130KPetition organizers say they fear Pao's leadership is fostering a "new age of censorship" that will destroy community-curated news site.Man dies after shooting off firework from top of his headTechnically Incorrect: Despite a government safety YouTube video that warns people about keeping their heads away form fireworks, a Maine man deliberately places a fireworks mortar tube on his head.Meet our future RoboSimian heroesMove over, bipeds and humanoid robots. Take a closer look at the ape-like rescue robot from NASA JPL that turned heads at this year's DARPA Robotics Challenge.Evangelicals create 'sin-free' FacebookTechnically Incorrect: In Brazil, a religious group creates Facegloria, where instead of "liking," you click "amen."How many iPhones does it take to stop a bullet?Can a stack of iPhones protect a Samsung Galaxy S6 from a blast fired from a Russian assault rifle? You'll just have to watch and see.I, robot, take this other robot to be my wedded wifeHere comes the robot bride, all dressed in white. The first ever robot wedding takes place in Japan between humanoid robot Yukirin and slightly-less-humanoid bot Frois.Don't battle the Terminator T-800, own one"Terminator: Genisys" is out, and so, soon, will be a life-size Terminator T-800 endoskeleton bust. Because nothing says shabby Skynet chic like a killer robot on the fireplace mantle.Steer clear of low-tech hacks: How to keep your information safeIt doesn't take a coding genius to steal your Social Security number, but you can be smarter than identity thieves.
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International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months
The International Space Station has just received its first new supplies since April 14th. The Progress 60 Russian cargo ship docked with ISS early this morning, at 3:11AM ET according to NASA, bringing with it over three tons of cargo. That includes "1,940 pounds of propellant, 106 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, and 3,133 pounds of spare parts, supplies and experiment hardware."
The spacecraft launched atop a Soyuz rocket during the early morning hours of July 2nd. There was a bit of tension around the normally-uneventful, unmanned resupply mission because the two prior attempts to supply ISS failed. Last week, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded just minutes after takeoff, disintegrating the over 5,000 pounds of supplies onboard....Scanner Pro 6 simplifies scanning documents with your iPhone
If you need to scan a document these days, you're often presented with two choices: find an actual scanner (good luck), or use your phone's camera. Many of us opt for the latter, but scanning apps can be clunky, and sometimes produce unreadable images, which completely defeats the purpose of using one. The newest version of the Scanner Pro app, which came out this week for iOS users, suffers none of those problems and even offers a few clever options that make scanning documents even easier.
Scanner Pro 6 is a really good scanning app at the most basic level. You don't need to perfectly line up the document, because the app can recognize its edges and conform the resulting image into a more perfect rectangle. It adjusts the brightness......This Month in Luxury: NFC-powered bottle service
Welcome to This Month in Luxury, presented by Micah Singleton, The Verge's resident Luxury Director. In this monthly (or whenever we remember) column, I will take you on a facetious journey of opulence, pointing out one device, artifact, or service an upscale individual such as yourself would take pleasure in experiencing. Let the journey begin.
You are partying at a state of the art nightclub in Beijing. Dom Pérignon and Armand de Brignac are flowing freely in VIP as usual, but your palate is demanding something a bit more exclusive to sip on. Something that's only available in a select few establishments to an even smaller group of patrons. Something a bit more... luxurious.
Enter Rémy Martin.
...New Zealand hopes to limit online bullying with new law
New Zealand is hoping to make life harder for trolls. The parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill this past week, 116 to 5, and the law is expected to come into effect on Monday when it's given royal assent.
Under the new law, authorities can fine or imprison people who post "harmful digital communication." Specifically, the law seeks to target those who are attempting to be deliberately harmful with their language, but opponents are concerned that the law is overly broad. The text of the law is seen by many as general and subjective, and some fear it could limit free speech. It reads, in part:
A digital communication should not ...
- disclose sensitive personal facts about another individual.
- be threatening,...
...Time to stare at a live feed of this underwater garden
Holidays can be exhausting, but it's nothing an underwater garden can't solve. This is Nemo's Garden, an underwater greenhouse anchored off Italy's Ligurian coast, recently detailed in The Washington Post. Stationed 20 feet underwater, Nemo's garden is able to take advantage of high humidity, even temperatures and exceptionally high CO2 concentrations to grow herbs and fruits significantly faster than you could on land. Luckily for us, they've also set up a public livestream, in case you'd like to spend a few minutes losing yourself in the paradise of aquatic agriculture.
Continue reading…Nearly all major subreddits are back online following Reddit protests
Just a day after a massive revolt tore down parts of Reddit, the site now appears to be mostly back to normal. Most all major subreddits are back online after volunteer moderators (who run subreddits without direct control from the company) began setting hundreds of popular subreddits to private mode on Thursday and Friday, shutting out nearly all visitors.
The protests accomplished its goal — the uprising at Reddit gained international media attention, including articles from The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and the BBC — and it appears moderators decided there was little benefit in continuing to keep their subreddits offline.
All 50 default subreddits are back
The protests affected huge subreddits like r/IAmA, r/videos,...
...Apple Pay reportedly coming to the UK on July 14th
Apple Pay will soon be live in the UK. The contactless payment system will launch across the pond on July 14th and will work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch. A leaked internal document from an unnamed British retailer, as well as a report from 9 to 5 Mac's Mark Gurman point to that date. The report cites "sources at multiple retailers" and Apple retail employees.
Apple first announced that the service would come to the UK back during WWDC last month. At the time, the company merely said that it would launch sometime in July.
At launch, you'll be able to use Apple Pay at over 250,000 payment terminals across the nation. Tap-to-pay systems are already installed in many stores across the UK, and those......1,776 times American aircraft did something completely badass
Okay, actually, it's only five times — I couldn't resist the "1776" symbolism in the headline. Forgive me.
What you're about to see below are five situations where American aircraft, built from pure, unfiltered freedom and liberty by freedom-loving Americans (and other good people around the world), did something so amazing and incredible that you can basically hear Lee Greenwood's God Bless The USA playing inside your brain as you watch.
Review: Asus Zenfone 2
The newest massive Android phablet from Chinese manufacturer Asus takes the idea of a "computer in your pocket" quite seriously.
The post Review: Asus Zenfone 2 appeared first on WIRED.Star Fox May Finally Justify Wii U’s Weird Controller
"Star Fox Zero" was designed to show how the Wii U's GamePad controller could be used to create a unique game experience.
The post Star Fox May Finally Justify Wii U’s Weird Controller appeared first on WIRED.WIRED Staffers Pick Your Must-Reads of the Summer
Let WIRED propose your next great paper (or e-ink) adventure.
The post WIRED Staffers Pick Your Must-Reads of the Summer appeared first on WIRED.Airbnb Needs to Be Better at Search Than Google
Airbnb uses sophisticated tech to find the hosts that are most likely to let you crash in their homes for the weekend.
The post Airbnb Needs to Be Better at Search Than Google appeared first on WIRED.Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES Will Set You Back a Cool $500
It's ludicrously expensive, but this aluminum unibody 8-bit NES packs in features that put it more in line with modern-day game machines.
The post Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES Will Set You Back a Cool $500 appeared first on WIRED.Here Are Your WIRED Star Wars Challenges for Week 10
We're only 165 days away from J.J. Abrams' new space epic. Your challenges, should you choose to accept them, are here.
The post Here Are Your WIRED Star Wars Challenges for Week 10 appeared first on WIRED.Why the Big Bang’s Light May Have a Tilt
Scientists haven’t rigorously tested the cosmic microwave background for a revealing shift in 25 years. A new experiment aims to change that.
The post Why the Big Bang’s Light May Have a Tilt appeared first on WIRED.Adorable Concept Sensors Track the True Onset of Summer
A pair of students have created sensors that monitor the tell-tale signs of warm weather.
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A New, $250,000 Startup Competition For Berkeley Students Takes ShapePejman Mar Ventures is just two years old, yet it has managed to make a name for itself among Stanford students, partly because its 5,000-square-foot offices are less than a mile from the school’s leafy campus and largely because the firm has made a concerted effort to bring Stanford students and alums into its community, including through a summer program that basically invites students… Read MoreNYC.TV Hopes To Bring The Spirit Of Public Access TV To The WebHey, remember public access? Those local, non-commercial channels where you’d find weird stuff (and, sure, city council meetings) that made you think, “Wait, how is this even on TV?” Well, public access hasn’t gone away (heck, it’s become Stephen Colbert’s temporary home), but Kareem Ahmed, co-founder and CEO of a new video startup called NYC.TV argued… Read MorePersonal Health In The Digital AgeWe live in the digital age. You know that already. Two out of three Americans are now smartphone owners, and more than 86 percent of the population is connected online. But while digital has permeated everything from our social lives to how we work and how we shop, it is only starting to touch how we manage health. Read MoreFacebook Tests Features That Make Sharing GIFs In Messenger Easier Than EverFacebook really wants you to use GIFs inside Messenger. The company recently unleashed a series of GIF apps from third-parties which work inside Messenger — as part of its Messenger platform initiative — but it is now going beyond that with a series of pilots that bring GIFs right into Messenger without those apps. Read MoreA Look Inside Silicon Valley’s Wild Biotech Accelerator IndieBioSilicon Valley breeds the kind of people that create computers that fit in the palm of our hands, electric cars that can go hundreds of miles on a single charge and plans to launch tiny satellites across the globe to bring everyone in the world Internet access. Biotechnology is now taking shape alongside those other big ideas, thanks to reduced costs in robotics, machine learning and some… Read MoreHow Old-School Management Kills Work CultureEarly in my career, I had an encounter with a senior leader that left such a vivid impression on me that I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It was our first meeting as manager-employee. We were less than five minutes into our conversation when he abruptly and sharply interrupted, “Wait, is your chair higher than mine?” Read MoreThe Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup CapitalIt’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future. Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in Europe. (If it feels unfair to weigh an entire country against individual cities,… Read MoreDIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To InnovateLast month I attended the Collision conference in Las Vegas; it served up a hipster/music festival feel with a decidedly tech twist. The event welcomed old-school headliners like PayPal, Dropbox and Facebook, but also brought in hundreds of tech startups, from cloud management vendor CloudBolt to MedYear, a consumer health information exchange platform. The vibe was electric. Read More
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More than 200 movies, TV shows and documentaries disappear from Netflix
If you wanted to wind-down the long holiday weekend with a classic film or an episode of Melrose Place on Netflix, think again. The streaming service has purged more than 200 movies, TV shows and documentaries between the end of June and July 5.
The purge, which What's On Netflix Now's David Speranza calls "a massacre," has affected all genres across the service.
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Selections as varied as 1935's silent film Happiness to various Ken Burns documentaries (Baseball) to 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have been purged.
Will McKinley has done a good job of cataloging some of the bigger losses, which include The Apartment, The Graduate, Taxi Driver and Patton. Read mor...Carli Lloyd's first-half hat-trick is what American dreams are made of
Breaking news from the Women's World Cup: Carli Lloyd is set to become the USA's first female president and replace the face of every man on every denomination of American paper money
Not really — but Lloyd did become an instant American hero by scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes of the Women's World Cup final on Sunday in Vancouver to all but assuredly deliver the U.S. the trophy while many fans were still getting settled in front of their TVs. Her third goal was the most ridiculous of all, as we'll see below
See also: Women's World Cup final: How the USA can write itself a perfect ending Read more...More about Soccer, Women S World Cup, Entertainment, and SportsAmy Schumer is still upset about her high school volleyball uniform
What was Amy Schumer like in high school? Was she really the ditzy, wanna-be prom queen who sneaks out to the parking lot to drink that she portrays in her sketches?
CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca accompanied her on a tour of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, the school she graduated from in 1999, to find out. And according to the teachers and former classmate Rocca spoke to, Schumer was unsurprisingly persistent, but not quite the foul-mouthed everywoman we've come to love — not in class, anyway
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Schumer's primary complaint about her high school experience was the pitiful amount of fabric allotted to the volleyball team's uniforms. The comedian caught up with a forme...This tiny glider could be cruising Martian skies soon
A tiny aircraft could be plying Mars' skies less than a decade from now.
NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.
SEE ALSO: History of robotic Mars missions (infographic)
Prandtl-m would weigh a maximum of 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kilograms) here on Earth (1 lb., or 0.45 kg, in Mars' reduced-gravity environment) and feature a wingspan of just 24 inches (61 centimeters), project team members said. The craft would fold up to fit inside a 3U cubesat — a spacecraft about the size of a loaf of bread — that would tag along with the rover. Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Mars, Aircraft, and Us WorldWhere time stands still: Inside an 89-year-old watch repairman's NYC shop
Al, an 89-year-old watch repairman in downtown Manhattan who prefers to keep his last name to himself, is excited about the Internet.
"I’m on there now. I’m on that and I’m on Yelp!” he tells Mashable.
He talks emphatically, but barely ever looks up from desk, which is covered in dozens of watches and watch repair tools. He has six to fix in the next two hours. Though his hearing is somewhat damaged, his eyes work as well as ever. All he needs is a small magnifying glass, affixed to his right eye, and his tools.
When he speaks, his voice is draped in a thick Brooklyn drawl, the kind that comes from being born and raised in the area's Windsor Terrace neighborhood. He still lives there, in a house he bought decades ago and settled into with h...Blood Orange wrote a moving song in response to the Charleston shooting
Dev Hynes, the singer and producer who records music under the the name Blood Orange, shared an eleven-minute track he wrote that was inspired by the shooting on June 18 in Charleston.
The track, "Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?", explores Hynes' own feelings, identity and exhaustion from experiencing and witnessing racism as a black man
See also: Prince tweets a new song inspired by Baltimore protests
"I have nothing left to give when you don't notice what is wrong," Hynes sings. "Charleston left me broken down, but it's just another day to you."
The song also features two spoken interludes. Talwst, a visual artist from Toronto, speaks on the track about his own experiences being racially profiled: "I understand what you're goin...43 free career-advancing courses you can take (and actually finish) this summer
Yes, summer is the perfect time to relax and recharge. But, it's also the perfect time to pick up a few new skills. Put that relaxed brain (and work schedule) to good use! How accomplished would you feel if, when September rolls around, you could open up your resume and add another skill to it? Very, we're guessing.
Before you start stressing, know that we're not asking you to sacrifice your summer nights to a droning professor. Instead, we're suggesting devoting a few hours every week to advancing your career with an online class. (Online equals your couch and your sweats and an optional glass of wine.) Read more...More about Design, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Language, and ProgrammingGreeks vote 'no,' reject demands for more austerity in key referendum
ATHENS, Greece — Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.
Tsipras gambled the future of his 5-month-old left-wing government on the vote. The opposition accused him of jeopardizing the country's membership in the 19-nation club that uses the euro, and said a "yes" vote was about keeping the common currency.
See also: In pictures, Greece votes 'yes' or 'no' in austerity referendum
With 70% of the votes counted, the "no" side had more than 60%. The interior ministry predicted that margin would hold. Read more...More about Bailout, Greece, ...
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3D-printed 'dough' helps fix your fractured bonesOne day, you might not have to spend ages waiting for broken bones to heal. Researchers have developed a 3D-printed, dough-like biomaterial that could fill large bone fractures while aiding the recovery process. The porous chemical blend can withstan...Lego is developing eco-friendly plastic bricksLego's iconic plastic bricks aren't very kind to the planet since they're made from oil-based ABS plastic, but the toy maker is planning to mend its ways. It's paying $150 million to build a sustainable materials center that will develop oil-free pla...NASA's Pluto probe will spend 'days' recovering from a glitchDon't expect to hear more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft for a while. The Pluto observer recently encountered a glitch that made it lose contact for an hour and a half. That doesn't sound like much of a problem, but it was enough to kick the pro...'Mega Man' creator wants your help making a game-and-movie comboMighty No. 9 might not even be out the door, but Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune is already looking for your help with a new project -- and this one is considerably more ambitious. His studio has launched crowdfunding for Red Ash, a project that combi...Military AI interface helps you make sense of thousands of photosIt's easy to find computer vision technology that detect objects in photos, but it's still tough to sift through photos... and that's a big challenge for the military, where finding the right picture could mean taking out a target or spotting a terro...Vital Russian cargo ship reaches the International Space StationAfter two failed attempts in a row, the International Space Station is once again getting fresh supplies. Russia's Progress 60 cargo spacecraft has successfully docked, bringing with it important batches of equipment, food and fuel. While the station...Inhabitat's Week in Green: next-gen EVs and bricklaying robotsEach week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. Now that the first wave of electric vehicles has established a strong foothold in the market, automakers ...Yamaha's motorcycle design team made this 360-degree drum kit sphereLike some kind of corporate Freaky Friday, Yahama tasked its motorcycle design team with making some instrument concepts -- and asked the opposite of its instrument design team. With no constraints like (well) commercial viability, designers were abl...
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The Property Brothers Want To Be On Every Screen You’re WatchingTelevision brought Drew and Jonathan Scott fame with their home-and-design show, Property Brothers, which debuted in 2011. They’ve had television spin-offs since then, most notably Brother vs. Brother. But they’ve become Internet sensations by creating content completely disparate from their TV pursuits.Carli Lloyd Scores Stunner From Midfield To Put US Up 4-0 In World Cup FinalNot to mention it was Lloyd's third goal of the game. In just 15 minutes. Someone send help for Japan.How To Maximize Your Vacation HappinessHappiness research and consumer psychology have advanced to the point where there are some clear recommendations that can help you maximize the amount of happiness you get from your vacation — even if that peak vacation high is inevitably going to dissipate.You Seem Upset. Let’s Talk. Maybe About What Digg’s Been Working On?We’ve been working hard on bringing conversations back to Digg. Want to help us out? Tell us what you like, and what you, well, don’t like.An Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES (That Will Cost You $500)The Analogue Nt is no emulator. It’ll use your old Nintendo cartridges, work with your old light gun when you want to play Gumshoe, and it has the same core guts as the original Nintendo Entertainment System. But this one has four controller ports instead of two, as well as some add-on components and features that help it catch up to today’s TVs and consoles.The Messy Future Of A Post-Euro GreeceIntroducing a new currency is no small feat. Recent cases — East Germany’s adoption of the deutsche mark, the Czech-Slovak divorce of 1993, and the creation of the euro itself — benefited from years of careful planning and broad popular support. If Greece were to abandon the euro, it would have neither.Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Letter To My Son'“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body — it is heritage.”'BattleBots' Is Going To Have To Pick It Up To Match This 18-Bot MeleeRobochallenge 2015 in Vienna featured, among other things, 18 robots fighting at once. "BattleBots" is great, but two robots at once might not be enough anymore.
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Harmful Digital Communications Bill passes: its key elements | The National Business ReviewHave you ever wondered what it would look like if cyber-bullying were illegal? Wonder no longer...thanks to New Zealand.7-Year-Old Girl Killed in Crash, Sig Alert IssuedThe crash happened Sunday afternoon on Fireside Street near Mission Avenue in Oceanside.Photo Credit: NBC 7NEWS: The Republican 1816 ConventionThe R.N.C. announced today that their Convention will open with the Blessing of Nuclear Warheads by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei followed by the hymn, "The Wondrous Miracle of Rape".10 Consequences of Greece's 'No'By heeding their government's advice and voting "No" in the referendum on Sunday, Greek citizens sent an unambiguous message. Much like the fictional Americans portrayed in the movie “Network” who threw open their windows and shouted out, “I'm as mad as hell a …
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Lyft can survive as #2 by differentiating from Uber on user experience and staying focused just on ride-sharing (Annie Lowrey/New York Magazine)
Annie Lowrey / New York Magazine: Lyft can survive as #2 by differentiating from Uber on user experience and staying focused just on ride-sharing — Can Lyft pull an Avis? — John Zimmer is one of the two founders of the ride-sharing service Lyft, and on a hazy spring afternoon, he was standing on the top …The economics of inflight Wi-Fi: why prices and speeds vary so widely (Kevin Fitchard/Fortune)
Kevin Fitchard / Fortune: The economics of inflight Wi-Fi: why prices and speeds vary so widely — The crazy economics of inflight Wi-Fi — It's summer time, and that means millions of Americans will soon make their way to airports across the country. An amenity featured on more and more flights these days …Microsoft's ad business withered because it tried to beat Google in search, overspent on aQuantive, and had warring factions in its organization (Ricardo Bilton/Digiday)
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday: Microsoft's ad business withered because it tried to beat Google in search, overspent on aQuantive, and had warring factions in its organization — Autopsy: Why Microsoft's ad business withered — On Tuesday, Microsoft said that it was handing over its ad sales business to AOL …US government lacks a unified approach to address the Internet of Things: dozens of separate agencies and congressional committees conduct piecemeal oversight (Darren Samuelsohn/Politico)
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico: US government lacks a unified approach to address the Internet of Things: dozens of separate agencies and congressional committees conduct piecemeal oversight — What Washington really knows about the Internet of Things — A POLITICO investigation. — President Barack Obama wears …Apple Music Connect has a clunky uploading interface, lacks standard social networking features for artists (Dave Wiskus/Better Elevation)
Dave Wiskus / Better Elevation: Apple Music Connect has a clunky uploading interface, lacks standard social networking features for artists — Disconnect — [Update: I got an email from Trent Reznor this afternoon. Apple is aware of the growing pains and is working to address them.] — When Apple announced Connect at WWDC last month, I was excited.22 Towns in Massachusetts Are Building Their Own Gigabit Fiber Network (Jason Koebler/Motherboard)
Jason Koebler / Motherboard: 22 Towns in Massachusetts Are Building Their Own Gigabit Fiber Network — Large swaths of rural Western Massachusetts are about to get gigabit fiber internet after residents in 22 separate towns decided to join a government cooperative designed to bring high speed broadband to places …Netflix and Amazon seek to hook viewers early with high-quality content for kids (Greg Nichols/The California Sunday ...)
Greg Nichols / The California Sunday Magazine: Netflix and Amazon seek to hook viewers early with high-quality content for kids — Why Netflix and Amazon want your kids … Luke Matheny keeps getting pulled away. We are on a rented soundstage on the outskirts of Los Angeles's Koreatown, sitting in director's chairs in front of a television monitor.How the NSA's XKEYSCORE system for collecting and searching Internet data works (The Intercept)
The Intercept: How the NSA's XKEYSCORE system for collecting and searching Internet data works — A Look at the Inner Workings of NSA's XKEYSCORE — Second in a series. Part 1 here. — The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning.
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Where is Google taking us?I listen to one of the two or three key brains behind the Search algorithm itself, Ben Gomes, who speaks 10 to the dozen of "natural language generation" and "deep learning networks" (and, inevitably, of the "holy grail" of answering users' questions before they have been asked). Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so... Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, he says. It will have read every email you've ever written, every document, every idle thought you've ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself. (Guardian, 02/22/2014) (previously) Google's Schmidt Sees Robots Omnipresent 'in...Not due to legalizationWhile California's water shortage continues, Cascadia has been suffering its own drought conditions, to the extent that expanding wildfires have lent the skies of Vancouver, B.C. a Mars-like orange hue.Oxi!Early results indicate Greeks have voted No in a landslide. Emerging 'No' Vote in Greece Poses Merkel's Biggest Challenge After speaking by phone with French President François Hollande, the two called for eurozone leaders to hold summit on Tuesday, Ms. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert late Sunday. "Both agree that the vote of the Greek citizens is to be respected," Mr. Seibert said.For every season, there is a meal"You learn to cook so that you don't have to be a slave to recipes. You get what's in season and you know what to do with it." ~ Julia Child In North America, summer is peak time for fruits and not bad for vegetables, but not all states are the same, so you can also browse Epicurious' seasonal ingredient map for a view of seasonal selections, month by month for any state. In the UK, you can visit Eat the Seasons to get an idea of what's fresh now, and La Cuisine in Paris has a list for seasonal food shopping in France. If you're in India, there are five seasons to consider, with the addition of monsoon season, and seasonal foods are an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as summarized on The Kitchn. Zipmec has a very g..."they quickly learn that their lives are the cost of doing business."Alexander Chee asks: Future Queer: Where is Gay America going next?Flippin' the BirdSure, musical fundamentals are important, but there's also a place for techniques that look cool. Peter Forrest explains Three Tricks for Ukulele Showboating. Part of a series of ukulele tutorials, which I might have included in my previous ukulele megapost if I'd known they existed. (There are also various other uke songs and reviews on Forrest's YouTube channel, and his website, Ukulele North, includes sheet music.)Dvorak's Ninth Symphony ("From the New World")Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in Antonin Dvorak's Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"). Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Bernstein talks about the piece for a Book of the Month Club "appreciation record." Tom Service writes about it in the Guardian. Other performances: Seiji Ozawa conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Sergiu Celibidache conducts the Munich Philharmonic. Second movement. Third movement. (Compare this to Bernstein's version!) Fourth movement. Visualization/Analysis of the first movement NPR: Dvorak's Symphonic Journey to the New Wor...The Suwa Lake New Fireworks ContestEach year two fireworks festivals are held at Suwa Lake in Nagano, Japan. The first, in August, is one of the largest in Japan. The second, in September, features a contest for the best new fireworks. Some of the effects are stunning: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Bonus links: The Suwa Lake Fireworks' show's website (in Japanese). A thorough glossary of pyrotechnics terms [pdf] from the British Pyrotechnics Association. A slightly less thorough but non-PDF glossary. A great page showing how shells are designed to achieve various effects, such as cut stars, pumped comets, serpents, whistles, reports, and tourbillions.
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ProjectSeafood: The Traveling 3D Printing & Recycling Lab Looks to Conquer Ocean Waste Within a Mini-vanDesktop 3D printers are capable of fabricating objects out of simple plastics — usually PLA or ABS — providing designers with the ability to take a concept, idea or model and turn it into... View the entire article via our website.Victoria Museum 3D Scans Rare 20-Foot Long Basking Shark – 3D Printed Replica Coming NextThe combination of 3D scanning and printing is changing the way we preserve our past. Two dimensional photographs used to be the best way to chronicle past discoveries, events and research, but over the... View the entire article via our website.This Week’s Top 3D Printable 3DShare Models: An “Anatomically Correct” Female Part & MoreThis week’s top 3D printable 3DShare models include a few surprises. For one, we have an anatomically correct vagina that can be used in anatomy lessons (what else would you use it for?!) If that doesn’t... View the entire article via our website.Australian Design Student’s Elaborate 3D Printed Table Doubles as Cushy Seat3D printing is a serious gift for the technologically savvy artist. Allowing not only a new tool into the creative arsenal, this substantial technology offers a fresh avenue for conceptualizing, digitalizing, and even manufacturing–allowing... View the entire article via our website.MakeMy3DFile Launches to Aid in the Creation of 3D Printable Designs3D printing still has a ways to go before we begin to see the mainstream adoption that many within the industry are hoping for. Without a doubt, the future will only bring us better... View the entire article via our website.“And the Customizable 3D Printed Model Rockets Red Glare…”Independence Day is celebrated this weekend, and many people will be hearing the lines from the “Star Spangled Banner”: “And the rockets red glare…” For this story, maybe we should amend this verse to... View the entire article via our website.Our 5 Favorite 4th of July Themed 3D PrintsToday America celebrates its 239th birthday, as millions within the country head out to the beach, park, barbecue, or whatever else they decide to do. It’s personally one of my favorite holidays as I... View the entire article via our website.3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — July 4, 2015This week’s 3D printing news takes us from 3D printed penny boards to human organs and a Hyphae-based plant leaf structure. Also, a Norwegian man has discovered how to convert a 3D printer into an... View the entire article via our website.
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Hormone Levels Have Effect On Trader Investments Says StudyCortisol and testosterone appears to play a role in financial markets. The hormones can affect how traders take risks.Scientists Use 'Celebrity Mind Game' To Figure Out How The Brain Makes MemoriesScientists conducted an experiment to record how nerve cells fire up related and non-related images. They aim to further learn the basics of learning and memory and hope to better understand related diseases like Alzheimer’s.Ultrarare PlayStation Prototype Made By Nintendo Discovered In Box Of JunkAn extremely rare SNES-CD PlayStation prototype Ninendo made in collaboration with Sony has turned up in a box of junk. The mythical device now stars in a number of images.Man Who Watched Stephen Hawking Biopic Diagnoses Self With Motor Neurone DiseasePaul Whyley went to see The Theory of Everything and diagnosed himself as having the exact same disease as that of the lead character in the biopic Stephen Hawking – motor neurone disease. A neurologist confirmed this, and the 62-year-old’s wife is now looking after him full time as the disease has now more greatly manisfested itself.Stay Healthy This Summer With A New App And Medical AdviceSafeguard the skin, the body's largest organ, with sunscreen as well as with the help of an interactive app that makes expert medical advice easy to find on your mobile device.Fallout Shelter Android Game: Bethesda Says Release Date Is August (Here's Why It's Worth The Wait)Unless things go horribly wrong, Fallout Shelter will arrive on Android next month. The specifics are coming soon, says Bethesda's vp.Not All Ants Are Hard Workers: Scientists Find 'Lazy' Ants In Ant NestScientists conducted a study to observe ant behavior and found that some ants are lazy and inactive, compared with some who do work. Why they are lazy is yet to be identified.Celebrity 'Mind Games' Help Scientists Understand How New Memories Are Formed In BrainPhotographs of celebrities and famous landmarks were used to find how the brain creates new memories. What could this study tell us about the inner workings of the human brain?