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“A fierce debate has erupted in Silicon Valley over whether large technology companies [...] should join forces with the United States military.”

A brief history of Napalm

#War
Mon, March 4th, 2019 08:51 by capnasty

Albeit a military contract may look profitable to tech giants, the New York Times warns what happened to Dow Chemical when it created napalm. Dow…

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“The life of cartoon characters facing reality long after the prime of their heyday.”

Where Are They Now

#Video
Sun, March 3rd, 2019 13:18 by capnasty

Depressing and hilarious — especially seeing Optimus Prime flipping burgers — this short animated film by steve Cutts explains what all our favourite 80s cartoon…

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Complex Rube Goldberg on Two Tables

Blue Marble 3

#Video
Sat, March 2nd, 2019 12:48 by capnasty

Kaplamino has released the third in his Blue Marble series, this time on two tables. All the details of what this one involved are here.…

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“The 'last mile' to the home accounts for 50 percent or more of total package delivery costs.”

FedEx delivery robot

#Robots
Fri, March 1st, 2019 12:34 by capnasty

According to Reuters, FedEx is testing delivery robots with various retail partners in order to slash costs on the most expensive part of a delivery:…

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“Give a guy who makes $1 million an extra thousand and he’ll barely notice it.”

Raising taxes on the ultra-rich, again

#Money
Thu, February 28th, 2019 12:14 by capnasty

On Scientific American John Horgan argues in favour of raising taxes on the rich back to 1980s levels as a mean to counter the growing…

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“The system takes a lot of friction out of interactions between customers and employees.”

Artificial Intelligence will take your order now

#Future
Wed, February 27th, 2019 09:57 by capnasty

According to the Washington Post, Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard is now employing an artificial intelligence voice assistant capable of manning the drive through…

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“A shopping street in front of a train station.”

Building a Japanese diorama

#HowTo
Tue, February 26th, 2019 11:02 by capnasty

Japanese YouTube channel HMS2 takes a simple piece of styrofoam and some ready-made plastic kits and turns them into a convincing scene somewhere in Japan.…

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Building a 1/48 scale Douglas DC-3

Plastic model build up videos

#HowTo
Mon, February 25th, 2019 11:58 by capnasty

YouTube channel PLASMO has some fun to watch videos on building plastic models at quite the professional level.

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“The obsession with digital errors in Google Books.”

The Art of Google Books

#Literature
Sun, February 24th, 2019 13:48 by capnasty

The New Yorker brings to attention The Art of Google Books, a collection of the analogue imperfections found in paper books scanned by Google, as…

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“How did different tooth replacement strategies evolve?”

Growing new sets of teeth

#Health
Sat, February 23rd, 2019 12:17 by capnasty

Eureka Alert notes that while fish and lizards have multiple sets of teeth during their lifetime, most mammals have two with mice having only one.…

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“That is actually not the way the world has worked for most of human history.”

Billionaire warlords: Why the future is medieval

#Politics
Fri, February 22nd, 2019 14:53 by capnasty

In this Big Think video, Sean McFate explains how the State as a political superpower is coming to an end and how the world is…

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“The Reality of Building Fantasy.”

Neuschwanstein Castle

#Video
Thu, February 21st, 2019 12:21 by capnasty

The B1M has a mini documentary on what it took to build the Neuschwanstein castle, a pet project for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who…

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“Systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial.”

The Tragedy of SystemD

#Video
Wed, February 20th, 2019 11:58 by capnasty

If you have lived through the change to systemd you may have seen the rather unpleasant responses the community shot back to the developers. Benno…

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“If you’re dating, you’re going to be let down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”

Bad Date Bot

#Relationships
Mon, February 18th, 2019 12:23 by capnasty

If you need to end a relationship via text message, Quartz is here to help with their Bad Date Bot, which will coach you on…

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“A low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa.”

Europa

#Space
Sun, February 17th, 2019 09:02 by capnasty

Using multiple image sets pieced together, NASA's Kevin Gill has put together a low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa. A low flyover of Jupiter's moon…

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“A sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”

How big tobacco uses social media to promote smoking via influencers

#Advertising
Sat, February 16th, 2019 13:43 by capnasty

According to Dazed, tobacco companies have been using influencers on social media to covertly promote smoking in order to attract a new generation of smokers.…

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“How this religious holiday became the rampant, love-fuelled corp-fest.”

Valentine's day

#Holidays
Fri, February 15th, 2019 11:10 by capnasty

Since every holiday has become an excuse for corporations to capitalise upon, Tomorrow/Today Videos explains how Valentine's Day became so commercialised. Ever wondered how this…

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“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”

LoveSync

#Sex
Thu, February 14th, 2019 08:57 by capnasty

The Verge brings to attention Love Sync, buttons you tap discreetly to let your partner know you are in the mood for sex if telling…

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Testing Whether the Earth is Round or Flat

Using a bicycle and two sticks.

#Science
Tue, February 12th, 2019 11:39 by capnasty

Scientist Kurtis Baute proves the earth is round using nothing more than a bicycle, two sticks, and Canada. The scientific method is an incredible thing.…

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“Make all videos fun to watch.”

Laff track

#Humour
Mon, February 11th, 2019 10:44 by capnasty

Make every YouTube video more fun to watch with this Chrome-only (sad face) plug-in that adds a laugh-track to any video. Our project Laff track…

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