News Index

“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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“Could we cover an entire desert in solar panels?”

Covering the entire Sahara desert with solar panels

#Environment
Sun, February 10th, 2019 11:32 by capnasty

On What If, a discussion as to what would happen if the entire Sahara desert was covered in solar panels—especially now that coal is clearly…

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“We should try fossil-fuel executives for crimes against humanity.”

Putting a name and a face to the global warming villains

#Environment
Sat, February 9th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty

On Jacobin magazine, Kate Aronoff argues that while recent legal action against fossil fuel companies is welcome, the next logical step would be to try…

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“He wants to create affordable prosthetic solutions for people who need them.”

Hand Solo's LEGO robotic arm

#Robots
Fri, February 8th, 2019 09:42 by capnasty

David Aguilar who was born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition, has turned his love for LEGOs into a way to…

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“My original music composed for PC Speaker.”

System Beeps full album

#Music
Thu, February 7th, 2019 08:41 by capnasty

shiru8bit showcases System Beeps, a full album of original music composed to play on a PC speaker. «System Beeps» is a music album in shape…

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“These mini-vehicles can cost as little as $1,000.”

Cheap Chinese low-speed electric vehicles

#Driving
Wed, February 6th, 2019 10:47 by capnasty

According to Quartz, China will soon be introducing its line of cheap electric vehicles to the United States and Europe. Albeit nowhere near as fancy…

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“As soon as you start to move it assists seamlessly.”

Samsung's walk-assisting exoskeleton

#Technology
Tue, February 5th, 2019 09:51 by capnasty

Digital Trends looks at Samsung's walk-assisting exoskeleton which can also provide resistance training. More info here. Samsung showed off its GEMS: Gait Enhancing and Motivation…

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“Where is your data now? Follow the money.”

Who is getting rich from users' data

#Privacy
Mon, February 4th, 2019 09:45 by capnasty

On Big Think, Rita Gunther McGrath looks at how the user data economy works and where the money is going. A conservative estimate of how…

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“A 3D printer that creates an entire object at once.”

The Replicator

#Technology
Sun, February 3rd, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Nature shows off the replicator, a 3D printer capable of creating an object all at once using light. As the projector cycled through the images,…

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China's High-Tech Dystopia

A taste of things to come

#GeorgeOrwell
Sat, February 2nd, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Bloomberg has put together this three part mini documentaries exploring the rapid technological rise of China and how this is turning into a digital dystopia.…

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