News Index

A Self-Driving Truck that Completely Lacks the Whole Cab

The trucks from Logan are here

#Future
Thu, July 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Verge compares the recent offering of cab-less self-driving trucks by Swedish startup Einride to the trucks seen in the movie Logan and as a…

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"Today’s announcement shows how quickly the market is shifting."

Volvo begins to phase out the combustion engine

#Driving
Wed, July 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Automotive News, car maker Volvo has announced its plans to phase out internal combustion engines from its line-up and switch to full-electric, plug-in…

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How Big Bird Works

In case you have ever wondered

#Television
Tue, July 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Neatorama brings to attention this clip from the documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, explaining how the giant bird worked. Big Bird…

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"Every defunct satellite left in orbit is a risk."

Future satellites will include independent thrusters and destroy themselves in the atmosphere

#Space
Mon, July 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the growing problem of space junk (sparking some interesting solutions) Italian startup D-Orbit has developed a "decommissioning system for satellites." They are currently planning…

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Firebase

Short sci-fi movie directed by Neil Blomkamp

#Film
Sun, July 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Set during the Vietnam war, this short sci-fi movie directed by Neill Blomkamp — you may have seen District 9 and Chappie — titled Firebase…

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Music History Using Daft Punk

Using Get Lucky as the point of reference, how music has changed over centuries

#History
Sat, July 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Les covers de Persiflette covers Get Lucky using a range of methods from famous composers like Bach, Bethoven, and many more.

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"The work that went into bringing the 911 system to life."

A brief history of 911

#History
Fri, June 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Here's something that I never thought about: the history of 911. If you are curious like me, on Tedium, Ernie Smith looks at 911's arduous…

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"What we are building is basically a perfect scenario for collapse."

Everything is getting connected to the internet, creating one big weak link

#Internet
Thu, June 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

By connecting everything to the internet, Raph Koster argues that the world is putting all its eggs in one basket. The issue is that by…

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"I made a self driving potato."

Goes by the name of Pontus

#Robots
Wed, June 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

By popular demand, Marek Baczynski gives a full explanation of how he put together Pontus, a self-driving potato. I made a self driving potato. And…

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How to Build a 4 Barrelled Rocket Launcher

Totally safe

#HowTo
Tue, June 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Solely for the purpose of scientific edification, The Q shows how to build a powerful four-barrelled rocket launcher using Coke bottles as rockets and other…

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"The world has lost its last shot at staving off dangerous global warming."

Enjoy the good weather while it lasts

#Environment
Mon, June 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic interviews Princeton professor Michael Oppenheimer, who laments the consequence of Trump's decision to abandon the Paris Agreement. Oppenheimer, who also…

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"They don't want to believe that their own intelligence is deterministic."

We are genetically predisposed to be mediocre

#Workplace
Sun, June 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this article, grey enlightenment explains how high-IQs will play an important role for anyone to survive the "post-2008 hyper-efficient, hyper-competitive economy," now that low…

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Schools Monitoring Students' Social Media Feeds

Ethical questions abound

#Internet
Sat, June 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this PBS NewsHour clip, Lisa Stark of Education Week reports on how universities are screening prospective students by watching their social media behaviour. As…

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WannaCry is Childsplay Compared to This

How the stolen NSA cyberweapons are being used for nefarious tasks

#Computers
Fri, June 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The New York Times has this fascinating piece on how the stolen NSA hacking tools were used by unknowns to penetrate IDT Corporation and steal…

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“We have to forget steel as a core employer.”

14 people make 500 thousand tons of steel

#Technology
Thu, June 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Bloomberg reports that in the ore-rich Austrian town of Donawitz, the new steel mill can be operated by just 14 employees versus the 1,000 back…

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"Is meant to produce more energy than it consumes."

ZeroHouse

#Future
Wed, June 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Harvard's Centre for Green Buildings and Cities shows off HouseZero, a home designed to produce more energy than it consumes. FWe’re moving away from all…

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"Its tilted axis makes orbit, showing the position of the sun and the time."

Orbit

#Art
Tue, June 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Created by Korean product designer Hoyoung Joo, this unusual clock titled Orbit mimics the location of the sun based on the time. For most of…

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A Simple Task for CRISPR

Single gene diseases

#Literature
Mon, June 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian has a book review on A Crack in Creation, written by the biochemists who led the breakthrough on the gene editing revolution. The…

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“Drone carrying defibrillators could begin operating in Sweden.”

Emergency drones are 16 minutes faster than traditional emergency services

#Future
Sun, June 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Sweden — the same country that has made it law to turn carbon neutral by 2045 — is planning on making defibrillator carrying drones a…

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“Making paper out of stone.”

Limex paper

#Products
Sat, June 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit it sounds like the journey so far has been quite a struggle, Japanese entrepreneur Nobuyoshi Yamasaki is able to make paper out of limestone.…

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