Tilt Brush: Virtual Reality Tool to Paint Three-dimensionally


Mon, September 22nd, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Tilt Brush is a virtual reality paint tool that lets you paint three-dimensionally.

Tilt Brush is a Virtual Reality Tool that paints the Space all around you. Paint thick, three-dimensional brush strokes, smoke, stars. Even light.


iPhone 6 Black Market


Mon, September 22nd, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Filming in New York City, Casey Neistat shows the unusual line-up of iPhone 6 customers waiting to purchase the new device, only to then resell it to someone else.

this entire experience was disheartening


Chargeboard: Charge Your Phone and Play Music with a Skateboard


Mon, September 22nd, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Chargeboard is a skateboard that charges its internal batter with use. That power can then be used to recharge your phone and power the on-board audio speakers.

Pretty easy to be honest. The two dynamo’s in the in the rear axles generate 6V each, this electricity is then converted back to a 5V current and gets stored in to a powerbox. So when you’ll plug your iphone in the dock your phone gets charged and in the meanwhile you can listen to some of your favorite tracks.


It Takes Longer for Each New Generation to Finish School, Get a Job, Marry, and Have Children


Sun, September 21st, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Laurence Steinberg in the New York Times, each new generation takes longer to finish school, get a job, marry and have children. It turns out that this isn't such a bad thing, as it may allow the brain to maintain its state of "plasticity."

Studies reveal adolescence to be a period of heightened “plasticity” during which the brain is highly influenced by experience. As a result, adolescence is both a time of opportunity and vulnerability, a time when much is learned, especially about the social world, but when exposure to stressful events can be particularly devastating. As we leave adolescence, a series of neurochemical changes make the brain increasingly less plastic and less sensitive to environmental influences. Once we reach adulthood, existing brain circuits can be tweaked, but they can’t be overhauled.


App Allows Blind People to Listen to an Audio Readback of Printed Text


Sun, September 21st, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Retailing at $99, the KNFB Reader app allows blind people to snap photos of printed text and have the phone read it out loud. The app is reported to be surprisingly accurate.

Taking advantage of new pattern recognition and image- processing technology as well as new smartphone hardware, the app allows users to adjust or tilt the camera, and reads printed materials out loud. People with refreshable Braille displays can now snap pictures of print documents and display them in Braille near-instantaneously, said NFB spokesman Chris Danielsen.


fakena.me: Random Name and Profile Generator for Social Media


Sat, September 20th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you want to engage in social media, but prefer to maintain your privacy, fakena.me generates a full user's profile for you to use. The profile's records disappear after 30 days, encouraging you to always build a new one.

fakena.me exists to help you protect your privacy by creating a random name and profile for use with social media. We recommend rotating your social media account names to protect your long-term privacy.

Feel free to email me with suggestions or features you'd like to see: info {at} fakena . me.


Digital Amnesia


Sat, September 20th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

vpro international has this documentary on Digital Amnesia, the loss of humanity's collective history as we slowly rely solely on what is online.

This VPRO Backlight documentary tracks down the amnesiac zeitgeist starting at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, whose world-famous 250-year old library was lost to budget cuts. The 400.000 Books were saved from the shredder by Ismail Serageldin, director of the world-famous Library of Alexandria, who is turning the legendary library of classical antiquity into a new knowledge hub for the digital world.


Setting Aside Half the Planet as a National Park

“a new kind of park that won’t let species vanish.”


Fri, September 19th, 2014 23:52 by capnasty NEWS

In order to save humanity from a cataclysmic extinction event, evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson is suggesting that half of the world be permanently set aside as a protected area for "the ten million other species."

“It’s been in my mind for years,” Wilson told me, “that people haven’t been thinking big enough—even conservationists. Half Earth is the goal, but it’s how we get there, and whether we can come up with a system of wild landscapes we can hang onto. I see a chain of uninterrupted corridors forming, with twists and turns, some of them opening up to become wide enough to accommodate national biodiversity parks, a new kind of park that won’t let species vanish.”


The Psychological Roots of Slavery in Corporal Punishment


Fri, September 19th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the New York Tikes, Michael Eric Dyson looks at the use by black families of corporal punishment on children, noting its "psychological roots in slavery".

While 70 percent of Americans approve of corporal punishment, black Americans have a distinct history with the subject. Beating children has been a depressingly familiar habit in black families since our arrival in the New World. As the black psychiatrists William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs wrote in “Black Rage,” their 1968 examination of psychological black life: “Beating in child-rearing actually has its psychological roots in slavery and even yet black parents will feel that, just as they have suffered beatings as children, so it is right that their children be so treated.”


How to Buy a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle from Belarus

Don't forget to tell the KGB two weeks in advance that you're coming


Fri, September 19th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you've ever wanted your very own Russian-made BRDM-2, ntv explains the steps involved in purchasing one in Belarus and bringing it home. And it works, too.

A little more about the thing itself. BRDM-2 is a Combat Reconnaissance/Patrol Vehicle. It weighs 7 tonnes, has a 5.5 liter engine and 140 horsepowers. It consumes 40 liters of 92 octane gasoline every 100 kilometers. It's an amphibious vehicle, which has a winch and a water cannon. Goes through any terrain, absolutely any.

And the main thing. Right now I'm in the active process of polishing it up, getting my license and documents. This will take some time, but after it's all done, I will start the gnarliest road trip livejournal has ever seen. This won't be a chilled-out ride on rented four-wheelers with underseat heating and night stops in Hiltons, but…


Not Wanting Something Everyone Else Wants Is Kind of Hot


Fri, September 19th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The new cool is the flip phone, a device that still retains its basic connectivity with voice and SMS, but prevents the rest of the world from having a way to reach you 24/7 on a multitude of platforms.

The nerds have had their day in the sun: now, It Girls are reclaiming “cool” by rejecting these technological gadgets. Of the new Apple iWatch, she of oversize sweater and don’t-care messy-chic hair, Alexa Chung said, “It’s kind of dorky…” Trying too hard isn’t cool, and having an iPhone 6 (let alone 6 plus) is trying too hard. It’s sitting in the front row of class, it’s refreshing Facebook at a party, too available for conversation, too willing to fit in. If Adidas slide sandals and Esprit-logo sweatshirts are nonchalantly in style again, think of the flip phone as the ultimate in normcore technology.


The iPhone 6 You Always Wanted


Fri, September 19th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

College Humour takes a spin at Apple's Jony Ive commercial by having him introduce new iPhone 6 features you'd really like to have.

What it would look like if Apple gave us the features we truly deserved.


"In 2011, Chernobyl, site of the world's worst catastrophe at a nuclear power plant, was officially declared a tourist attraction."


Thu, September 18th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

National Geographic's George Johnson has this article on nuclear tourism, with tour busses now taking people past the exclusion zone that surrounds Chernobyl. Amusingly, despite the history behind the place, radioactivity is far lower than what you'd get while flying on a plane — and is probably a far safer place than the Russia-Ukraine border right now.

Sixty miles away in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, weeks of bloody demonstrations had led in February to the expulsion of the president and the installation of a new government. In response to the upheaval Russia had occupied Crimea, the peninsula that juts from southern Ukraine into the Black Sea. Russian troops were massing on Ukraine’s eastern border. In a crazy way, Chernobyl felt like the safest place to be.


Apple Will No Longer Unlock iPhones for the Police


Thu, September 18th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Possibly in response to allegations that the tech industry did not push back strongly enough against government data collection, Apple has announced that as of iOS 8, it will no longer keep copies of the "encryption keys that unlocked devices for legally binding police requests."

Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.


Orangutans, Creatures of Culture and Learning


Thu, September 18th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Ferris Jabber of The New Yorker, orangutans are actually pretty smart — and by smart, he means smart like you and me. Reportedly, the animals are resourceful, they're capable of reason, of cultural learning, and are even self-aware.

Compared with chimpanzees, which are highly excitable, orangutans seem far more sober and considerate. They move deliberately and often spend a good deal of time silently watching before deciding how to act. At Camp Leakey, the orangutans had plenty of opportunity to observe and imitate people. They soon developed a habit of stealing canoes, paddling them downriver, and abandoning them at their destinations. Even triple and quadruple knots in the ropes securing the canoes to the dock did not deter the apes. Over the years, they have also learned to brush their teeth, bathe themselves, wash clothes, weed pathways, wield saws and hammers, and soak rags in water in…


Reducing the Half Life of Nuclear Waste from 100,000 to a Few Hundred Years

Nuclear-Waste Powered Nuclear Reactors


Tue, September 9th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Since fusion reactors are nowhere to be seen, Japanese giant Hitachi has announced that it will work together with three American universities to develop a nuclear reactor capable not only of functioning on the spent radioactive nuclear waste, but also reduce the waste lifespan from 100,000 years to a few hundred.

The uranium fuel used in nuclear power plants contains TRUs, which are harmful to humans, and it is estimated that it takes about 100,000 years for the radioactive properties of these materials to decay to the level of uranium ore in its natural state. If TRUs could be effectively removed from these spent fuels, then the period of decay for the remaining radioactive waste materials could be reduced to just a few hundred years. For this reason, research and development is being conducted throughout the world targeting nuclear reactors that can achieve nuclear fission in transuranic waste.


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Living in Turkey as a Woman

"There are places that are freer."


Wed, September 3rd, 2014 10:00 by Anonymous ARTICLE

I am someone who has lived in the US for 8, Canada for 10, and Germany for a year. Oh, and in Turkey for about 13, plus the three years I've been "back", in total 16. That makes a lot of years, almost 35. One thing is for sure: I am no longer a teen who can wander around forever. One does want to put roots down.

So anyway...it's been 3 years that I've been back from Canada, one of the world's most civilized countries, somewhere where many Turks would absolutely kill to live in, migrate to--many have asked me in awe: "but why would you come back here?" Even police officers while I was renewing my passport had asked me..."so...you are saying you have canadian citizenship...and you want to live here...correct?", their face in utter disbelief. YES, I came by my own will, it was my decision, no…

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Camera With Working Detachable Lens

The Casio EXILIM


Wed, September 3rd, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Casio has announced the release of the EXILIM, a digital camera that has a working detachable lens that can communicate with the controller unit using Bluetooth. The camera comes preloaded with software similar to Google's Autoawesome.

Both the camera unit and controller body feature a splash-proof and dustproof construction, and can withstand dropping from a height of up to 2.0 meters.

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We Now Have an Idea of Just How Immeasurable the Heavens Are

You're smaller than you think


Sat, September 6th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the Los Angeles Times, with a three-dimensional map of the galaxies around us and their respective velocities, researchers determined that the Milky Way is part of a supercluster of galaxies they've dubbed Laniakea, a Hawaiian word that means immeasurable heaven. The cluster, which "holds 100,000 galaxies with the mass of a hundred million billion suns", is "500 million light years across." The overall picture looks more like the aftermath of an explosion, with debris all flying away from the epicentre.

[...] a team of cosmic cartographers used the Superflows-2 database, a catalog of the motions of galaxies, to tease apart these movements. For each of more than 8,000 galaxies, they subtracted the expansion-related movement from the overall motions — leaving only the local, gravitationally driven movement.

The researchers found that the galaxies were flowing along these long, beautiful lines,…

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"The world is allowing the Ebola outbreak to spin out of control."


Thu, September 4th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the outbreak now spreading to five countries, the director of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Tom Frieden, warns that "the window of opportunity for controlling Ebola is closing," and that the world needs to do "far more" to stop "the first true Ebola epidemic."

The World Health Organization reports that more than 3,000 people have been infected with Ebola in five countries of West Africa — Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal — and more than half have died.

Ebola now threatens the peace and security of the countries affected, Frieden says, noting that 70 staff from the CDC are now working in West Africa.

"This is not just a problem for Africa," Frieden said. "This is a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond."

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Kwambio Lets Designers Sell Their Products Through 3D Printers

How to monetise in the 3D-printer era


Wed, September 10th, 2014 21:39 by capnasty NEWS

Kwambio is a very cool idea: if you own a 3D printer, you can buy a product from a designer and print it yourself. The purchased product can be further modified, with a guarantee that it will work on the most commonly used 3D printers. Best of all, the designer is financially rewarded for his creativity.

There is no doubt, 3D printing is a hot topic. But is has raised something of a problem, something that disappoints those that have bought a 3D printer, and are full of ideas about printing all the products needed for everyday life. What's missing, what was needed from the beginning, is a place where users can choose and modify a design from a library of verified products. Well, it's here now. This new platform is called Kwambio, and it’s a community for people who’d like to create different customizable products (lamps, vases, coat-hangers,…

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Bare Reality: Rehumanising Women Through Honest Photography

"This is how we look. This is how we feel."


Sat, September 13th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In response to the unrealistic expectation of what women's breasts should look like, photographer Laura Dodsworth is releasing Bare Reality, a collection of photographs of 100 women's real breasts, the kind never portrayed by the media. The book, which is currently being funded through Kickstarter, features interviews with each woman and a discovery of what breasts mean for each one of them. Laura will donate £1.00 from every book sold to Breast Cancer UK.

There has been so much public debate about breasts recently, from Free the Nipple to No More Page 3, from breastfeeding selfies on Facebook to Rihanna on the red carpet, from Scout Willis’s topless walk through New York to Grace Coddington’s banned cartoon on Instagram. I think the time has never been better to hear how women really feel about their breasts, and to see how they really look.

Laura kindly provided…

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U.S. Army Helicopters Land in Poland, Ask for Directions


Thu, September 11th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Five Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and one tandem-rotor Boeing Co. Chinook chopper landed in a field near the village of Gruta and asked the locals for directions when the crews couldn't figure out where they were due to heavy fog.

The helicopters were coming back from Saber Junction exercises in Lithuania to their temporary base in Miroslawiec near the German border, according to Polish army spokesman Lt. Col. Artur Golawski. Twelve aircraft made an unscheduled landing on their way from Lithuania yesterday and the day before in what’s a “standard procedure” in poor visibility, he said by phone.

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Yahoo Threatened for Resisting NSA's PRISM


Fri, September 12th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Wired reports that Yahoo fought a "secret and scrappy court battle" to resist the NSA's PRISM, which stopped when they were threatened with a "massive $250,000 a day fine if it didn't comply."

[...] shortly after the program was exposed, Yahoo’s dogged battle with the Feds to resist its inclusion in the program came to light only after another document leaked by Snowden exposed the company’s legal fight against the FISA Court order.

Yahoo fought back on Fourth Amendment grounds, insisting that such a request required a probable-cause warrant and that the surveillance request was too broad and unreasonable and, therefore, violated the Constitution.

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iFlix: a Web-Based Torrent Video Player


Sun, September 7th, 2014 12:31 by capnasty NEWS

Neither the iFlix website or its Facebook page have much to say, but for all intent and purposes this service easily lets you search for a tv show using torrents from The Pirate Bay. Simply search via title, pick the size and episode you want, and watch it—all on your browser.

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'Agora' Replaces the 'Silk Road'


Wed, September 3rd, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

After the demise of the famous Silk Road, the Tor-only site Agora has now become the leading place for purchasing illegal substances — among other things. The site currently sports well over 16,137 products for sale.

[...] only a few subtle differences separate Agora from other sites in the burgeoning online drug-buying underground. Like dozens of other markets on the dark web, it protects both users and its own administrators using Tor. But unlike Silk Road, it allows users to sell several categories of weapons, including powerful semi-automatic firearms. The site is still less permissive, however, than markets such as Evolution, which also allows the sale of hacked credit card information and other stolen goods. Agora’s “market rules” ban not only stolen property but also “assassinations or any other services which constitute doing harm to another,” “weapons of mass destruction,” “poisons,” “child pornography” and “live action snuff/hurt/murder audio/video/images.”

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DIY Brain Hackers


Wed, September 10th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to scientists, electrical stimulation of the brain of just a few milliamps can alleviate depression, help with learning, and reduce the cravings for a cigarette, just to name a few. Since all it takes is "some resistors, current regulators, and a 9-volt battery, [...] a mix of technophiles, hackers, and self-improvement hopefuls" have started hacking their own brains.

That clearing of the head is what drew Mario Abundis, a 30-year-old software engineer based in Los Angeles, Calif., to the technology. “I firmly believe we don’t know even one percent of our potential or what we can do with a healthy mind,” he said.

Abundis uses the commercially available Foc.us headset marketed for gaming. He described the effects of tDCS as if his brain suddenly did not need to hold information in RAM to be available. Instead, “you are in such a perfect calm state. Anything you need you…

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Wearable Jetpack for Running


Thu, September 11th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

From ASU Research at the Arizona State University comes the 4MM (4 Minute Mile), a small, wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility of the runner wearing it.

What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That's the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, Jason Kerestes is the mastermind behind 4MM. He built a prototype of the jetpack and is now testing and refining his design to be as effective as possible.

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Star Wars, Without Williams

#Star Wars

Sun, September 14th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

From the Auralnauts comes this video of the medal ceremony from A New Hope, but... without the orchestral music. It's hysterical.

This may not end up having anything to do with our version of Ep 4. Then again, it just might. Either way, we enjoyed it too much to keep it to ourselves.

You really should take a moment and go here and watch everything. They actually made episodes 1, 2, and 3 interesting to watch, with a story that makes sense.

via Marco P.

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One of the Missing Ships from the Franklin Expedition Has Been Found

Queen is impressed


Tue, September 9th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

In 1845, Sir John Franklin, leading the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, set sail for the mythical Northwest Passage. When, three years later, the Admiralty hadn't heard back, they sent several dozen expeditions in the hopes of finding them. While the death of Franklin was eventually confirmed, the ships were never found — until now. Just as impressive, considering how difficult the areas being searched are, it took Parks Canada only six years.

The sonar image shows some of the deck structures survived, Harris explained, pointing out the stubs of the masts which were apparently sheared away by the ice when it sank. Because the deck is relatively intact, the contents of the ship "should be very, very well-preserved."

The next step for the search team will be to take a look at what's inside.

In a…

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