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“What if there was a thermostat that allowed you to turn down the temperature of the Earth whenever you wanted.”

Solar geoengineering with a handful of chaulk

#Environment
Tue, August 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Pumping the stratosphere full of chaulk would allow Earth's temperature to drop to preindustrial levels. This TED 2017 proposal does not see this as a…

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“That’s why Colorado School of Mines decided it was time for students to learn how to tap celestial bodies for all they’re worth.”

World's first space resources graduate program

#Space
Mon, August 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to 5280, with space-mining operations believed to become a reality in the next few decades, the Colorado School of Mines is offering a space…

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“This incredible inconsistency can make English really hard to master for non-native speakers.”

If English was phonetically consistent

#Languages
Sun, August 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Aaron Alon wonders what English would be like if it were phonetically consistent and starts changing the sound of letters one at…

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On Instagram, Everyone Takes the Exact Same Photos

@insta_repeat

#Photography
Sat, August 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The Instagram account @insta_repeat collects identical photos all following the exact same theme by different Instagrammers and puts them all in one image. I'll leave…

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“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.”

Corporations managed to shift the responsibility of pollution from the producer to the consumer

#Environment
Fri, August 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With the world becoming aware of the growing problem of plastic pollution we are facing, Scientific American notes that more recycling from consumers isn't going…

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“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”

Converting an Audi S5 with Tesla's electric motors

#Driving
Thu, August 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Motherboard brings to attention this video showing how a couple of mechanic took Tesla components and installed them on traditional combustion engine vehicle. The result…

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“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.”

Renewables growing at a rate that could soon compete with traditional power generation

#Environment
Wed, August 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With wind and solar becoming cheaper and cheaper it's only a matter of time before they'll become as viable as electricity produced using gas and…

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“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.”

Abandoned malls

#Administrative
Tue, August 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Seph Lawless takes us on a tour of America's abandoned malls, looking like something out of Fallout or Into the Badlands. A gallery of photos…

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“Put words between buns.”

Highly addictive

#Art
Mon, August 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Looking like something you'd see on a Burger King logo, the Put Words Between Buns does exactly that. It's the brainchild of Ian Bogost who…

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“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”

Dr. Aubrey de Grey at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2018

#Health
Sun, August 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this keynote presentation at the Ending Age-Related Diseases conference in NYC, Dr. Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation talks about how rejuvination…

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“Tesla Model 3: It’s a giant iPhone.”

The fully connected car with a steep learning curve

#Driving
Sat, August 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On The Washington Post Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews Tesla's Model 3. More than a car it sounds like an oversided smartphone from a decade ago…

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“How to inspire people by saying nothing at all.”

CBC's This is That Talks

#Humour
Fri, August 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Looking like every TED Talk you've ever seen, Pat Kelly manages to say absolutely nothing yet still manages to get a standing ovation. Self proclaimed…

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“Sub-zero cost of electricity is becoming a reality for hundreds of hours in many markets.”

Renewables are beginning to outstrip demand

#Environment
Thu, August 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Bloomberg, the increase of wind and solar farms is actually beginning to give headaches to traditional power suppliers as production is higher than…

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“How to rip down a mountain.”

Brendan Howey - RAW 100

#Video
Wed, August 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Vimeo's staff pick brings to attention this beautifully shot yet terrifying to look at video, featuring Canadian freerider Brendan Howey riding his bike on a…

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“It’s time to develop real and meaningful standards for the internet economy.”

Getting our personal data under control

#Internet
Tue, August 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On Alternet, Thom Hartmann argues that the internet has become a “'thing' every bit as powerful and profitable as manufacturing once was.” This, however, does…

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“The attack was reportedly carried out with a pair of drones laden with explosives.”

Drones used for assassination attempt

#War
Mon, August 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

An assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro took place during a live speech on Saturday using drones laden with explosives. I guess fiction is…

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“Scientists successfully transplanted bioengineered lungs into pigs for the first time.”

Grow-Your-Own Organs

#Health
Sun, August 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Telegraph, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) demonstrated how bioengineered lungs could be transplanted into pigs without any complications…

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“I’m one of the most important people you will ever know.”

Steve Jobs was a jerk

#Literature
Sat, August 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Although some may argue that being a jerk pays off, this excerpt by Steve Job's daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs, doesn't exactly paint the Apple visionary as…

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Alternatives to Traditional Tyres

Not quite what I had in mind

#Driving
Fri, August 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Due to a looming road trip I was curious as to suggestions on what to do if I blew two tyres as the car only…

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“Legislation banning students as old as 15 from bringing smartphones and tablets to school.”

France bans the use of smartphones and tablets in schools

#Telephone
Thu, August 2nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In order to "safeguard the sanctity of the classroom," French lawmakers have banned students as old as 15 from using smartphones and tablets within the…

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