News Index

Where Drones Bark

Drone barks like a sheep dog

#Robots
Thu, March 14th, 2019 08:55 by capnasty

According to Radio New Zealand, farmers are embracing drone technology to handle jobs deemed dirty, dangerous, or dull. "Winter time it's ideal for flying it…

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“Line Paper Anamorphic Drawing.”

Drawing a 3D city

#Art
Wed, March 13th, 2019 07:58 by capnasty

The Circle Line Art School has a series of fascinating tutorials on drawing. Above, how to draw a 3D City.

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A Bicycle Made of wood

With wooden bearings

#HowTo
Mon, March 11th, 2019 10:16 by capnasty

William Osman and his team build a bike made entirely of wood — down to the bearings — and haphazardly discover that while functional it…

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“Nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves.”

The Selfie Arm

#Art
Sun, March 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

This has apparently been around for a while but I have only just seen it: the Selfie Arm, a fiberglass light-weight arm designed by artists…

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“The takeoff point is the robo-taxi.”

Peak Automobile

#Driving
Sat, March 9th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Bloomberg Businessweek notes that we are not too far from reaching peak car, that moment when owning a vehicle is no longer financially appealing, and…

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“Why Aren't Lasers Doing Cool Shit?”

Yeah! Why aren't they?

#Music
Fri, March 8th, 2019 11:11 by capnasty

The Axis of Awesome asks this very important question on what I'd call my slowest news day ever. Lasers are incredible in the movies but…

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“Climate change is going to fuck us over.”

Depressing academic paper explains how fucked we are

#Environment
Thu, March 7th, 2019 13:41 by capnasty

Vice brings to attention Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, an academic paper by Professor Jem Bendell at the University of Cumbria, who…

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“A chain of endlessly recommended YouTube videos made by strangers motivated by advertising dollars.”

The Real “Momo Challenge”

#Internet
Wed, March 6th, 2019 09:30 by capnasty

The real Momo challenge isn't one of an Internet-demon encouraging children to engage in self-harm, but the challenge parents face in the era of completely…

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“35,880 robots were shipped in 2018 to the U.S., Canada and Mexico.”

16,702 were to non-automotive companies

#Robots
Tue, March 5th, 2019 11:54 by capnasty

CNBC reports on the spike of robots being shipped to North America, many of them going to small and medium companies. Above, MIT's mini cheetah…

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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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