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Using Drones to Create Graffiti

posted Apr 23, 2014, 12:00 EDT

Motherboard looks at KATSU, notoriously famous artist and vandal, who is planning to expand the range of graffitis using drones. With a quadcopter armed with a spray can, the device would allow...

Exploring New York's Off-Limits Areas

posted Apr 23, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Animal New York has released this mini-documentary titled Exploring Off-Limits New York, which follows 2e's night adventures as he bikes from abandoned building to abandoned building, taking...

A Speculative, Interactive Map of 'Game of Thrones'

posted Apr 23, 2014, 10:00 EDT

This interactive but highly speculative map of the world of Westeros from Game of Thrones was created by carpediem, a member of the Westeros.org fansite. In a way, the map kind of mimics the...

Space Art from the 70s

posted Apr 22, 2014, 21:00 EDT

On the NASA website, a lovely collection of space colony art from the 1970s, looking like the kind of stuff you'd find on the covers of yesteryears sci-fi novels. Above, a cutaway of a Toroidal...

Improbabilita': Unlikely, Impractical Objects That Could Actually Exist

posted Apr 22, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Italian illustrator Giuseppe Colarusso has this collection of images titled Improbabilita'. It features unlikely objects that borderline with the impossible but which could actually exist. The...

"Begone queues and awkward pre-poo chit-chat": Is the Toilet Free?

posted Apr 22, 2014, 10:00 EDT

On the Made by Many site, Callum Jefferies has this amusing entry titled Is the Toilet Free?. The post explains how a Raspberry-Pi-powered toilet-in-use detector was engineered in order to allow...

Convert the Screen of an LCD Watch to a Negative Display

posted Apr 21, 2014, 20:30 EDT

Fascinating How-To on the watchuseek watch forums on taking a G-Shock DW-5600 and converting its LCD screen into a negative display. The process itself isn't rocket science, but taking the watch...

Game of Thrones Pop-Up Book

posted Apr 21, 2014, 12:00 EDT

Due to be released on March 25th, 2014, this Pop-Up Guide to Westeros illustrated by Michael Komarck and engineered by Matthew Reinhart, showcases some incredible pop-up illustrations of the...

Ant-Sized Micro Robots

posted Apr 21, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Fascinating video by SRI International showing off their magnetically actuated micro-robots to be used for the construction of elaborately small devices. There's surprisingly little information...

"Graphene is one of the few materials in the world that is transparent, conductive and flexible -- all at the same time."

posted Apr 21, 2014, 10:00 EDT

Although graphene has been around for a decade, it has only been gaining interest in the last few years when "two physicists at the University of Manchester were awarded the Nobel Prize for their...

Cornerround: Corner Protector for Books

posted Apr 20, 2014, 21:00 EDT

Following a similar principle as the phone protector, the Cornerround protect the delicate corners of books from accidental falls. The product, featured on the Design Nobis website, received the...

Snacks Quarterly: For the Distinguished Snack Enthusiast

posted Apr 20, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Created by Alexander Barrett and Brad Simon, Snacks Quarterly is an online publication that brings a variety of artists together to share "their insights and ideas on the subject of snacks and...

Where Nobody Lives

posted Apr 19, 2014, 21:00 EDT

The Maps By Nik Tumblr showcases maps of America locating the areas where absolutely nobody lives. While portions of Alaska would be expected, western United States is a surprisingly barren and...

"Would you pay $500 to follow the latest season?" Why People Pirate 'Game of Thrones'

posted Apr 19, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Game of Thrones, possibly the most pirated television show in the world, is also the most expensive to watch if you were to do so legally. TorrentFreak breaks down what it would cost to watch the...

Twelve Most Impressive Long Takes in Film History

posted Apr 18, 2014, 20:00 EDT

Cinefix has put together this video sporting the 12 best long takes in film history. A long take is "an uninterrupted shot in a film which lasts much longer than the conventional editing pace...

Parrots and Dolphins Name Their Children

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:00 EDT

On NPR, Robert Krulwich looks at the work of scientist Karl Berg who has been studying green-rumped parrotlet, "a cup-it-in-your-hand adorable little green parrot that lives in Venezuela."...

"Kepler 186f is the first validated, Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star."

posted Apr 18, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Elisa V. Quintana of the SETI Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., reported that Kepler 186f, a planet that's a tad bigger and a touch colder than our own home...

Technological Transreligion and the Singularity

posted Apr 18, 2014, 10:00 EDT

Time magazine brings to attention Terasem, a transreligion which its main practice is to dispatch mindfiles, "the memories, thoughts and feelings of people who wish to create digital copies of...

300 Doctors Commit Suicide Every Year

posted Apr 17, 2014, 21:00 EDT

According to The Daily Beast, the most miserable career is that of the doctor. Reportedly, the profession has a high level of unhappiness and "a few years back, it was named the second-most...

Google X: Google's Secretive Lab

posted Apr 17, 2014, 20:00 EDT

On Fast Company, Jon Gertner takes us inside Google's secretive laboratory, the place that brought the self-driving car and Google Glass to life. This isn't a place designed to churn out ideas to...

Canada's New Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Downloads Worries Privacy Experts

posted Apr 17, 2014, 12:00 EDT

Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, which was "quietly tabled in the Senate this week," has privacy experts concerned as it would allow companies to easily give Canadians' private information to...

"If the map I see is different from the one you do, how are we going to agree on what we're looking at?"

posted Apr 17, 2014, 11:00 EDT

On The Washington Post, Emily Badger looks at the problem Google finds itself in when representing Crimea on its Google Maps service. Depending where in the world you look at Crimea, it either...

For the Earth to Remain Human-Habitable, Carbon Emissions Must Be Brought to "Near Zero" by 2100

posted Apr 17, 2014, 10:00 EDT

United Nations' top experts have warned that carbon emissions must be brought to a "near zero" level by the end of the century, before a point-of-no-return is reached, if we want to keep things...

How the Obama Administration Funnelled Weapons to the Syrian Rebels

posted Apr 16, 2014, 21:00 EDT

On the London Review of Books, Seymour M. Hersh, who is writing an alternative history of the war on terror, explains how the US Government, through the CIA, had created a rat line, "a back channel...

Coffee Shop Bans Laptops and Tablets, Cancels Free Wifi, Profits Suddenly Rise

posted Apr 16, 2014, 20:00 EDT

Vermont-based August First Bakery & Cafe took an unusual move for a coffee shop: it stopped providing free WiFi service, then banning laptops and tablets all-together. The response has been...

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