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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...

Dart: World's Smallest Laptop Adapter

posted Apr 16, 2014, 12:00 EDT

On Kickstarter, the world's smallest power adapter is currently seeking your financial support. Or not, since they at the time of writing, they were already some $75k over the desired amount....

Bears on Stairs

posted Apr 16, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Combining 3D printing with 3D animation and stop motion, DBLG has created this short video showcasing the surprisingly realistic movements of a bear climbing stairs. DBLG's in-house studio...

Why 9:41 is the Time Always Displayed on Apple Products

posted Apr 16, 2014, 10:00 EDT

Tuaw explains why, on Apple's advertising, the iPad and the iPhone almost always their time set to 9:41 and 9:42 respectively. From the Secret Lab site, Jon Manning explains: “We design...

Lab Grown Vaginas

posted Apr 15, 2014, 21:00 EDT

The Kurzweil website brings to attention the work being done by a research team led by Anthony Atala, M.D., director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative...

Never Running Out of Fossil Fuels

posted Apr 15, 2014, 20:00 EDT

The Atlantic reports on "a little-known energy source," methane hydrate, which, when combined with new technology, could provide "twice as much energy than we ever had with oil, gas and coal...

What Do Taxes, Security Bugs and Windows XP All Have in Common?

posted Apr 15, 2014, 12:00 EDT

According to Pete Evans of the CBC, the Heartbleed security exploit caused hundreds of Canadians to have "their social insurance numbers stolen" from the Canada Revenue Agency's website....

An and Ria's #First Flight

posted Apr 15, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Granted this is nothing more than advertising for European wireless carrier Vodafone, but the full-length version of An & Ria's First Flight is surprisingly cute.

Don't Look Down

posted Apr 15, 2014, 10:00 EDT

Vocativ, which was featured back in December with their mini-documentary about the men who clean Mumbai's sewages, is behind this video titled Don't Look Down. It follows New York's "wall...

24 Hours Long Music Video

posted Apr 14, 2014, 21:00 EDT

I only just watched the music video for Pharrell William's addictive little tune Happy, and followed the link to 24 Hours of Happy. They aren't kidding: the song plays in a loop, matching up to...

Williams Syndrome: the Opposite of Autism

posted Apr 14, 2014, 20:00 EDT

On the BBC, Health reporter Pippa Stephens looks at Chris Steel, a man born with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes him to be "empathetic, social, friendly and endearing."...

Warka Water: Tower Can Provide Water Out of Thin Air

posted Apr 14, 2014, 12:00 EDT

The Smithsonian has a piece on the Warka Water, an invention by industrial designer Arturo Vittori. The vase-shaped device is capable of capturing water vapour causing it to condense into liquid,...

"The Second Amendment has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud on the American public."

posted Apr 14, 2014, 11:00 EDT

On The Washing Post, John Paul Stevens explains the real logic behind the second amendment when it was created: to allow the separate states to create a well-regulated Militia in order to defend...

Autopen: the Killer App of 1937

posted Apr 14, 2014, 10:00 EDT

The United States government relies on an antiquated piece of equipment put in place during the Franklin Roosevelt administration called the Autopen. The machine, dubbed "Robot Pen," can reproduce...

Watch Your Privacy: Google Glass App Tells You Where Surveillance Cameras Are

posted Apr 13, 2014, 21:00 EDT

I had no idea there was open data about the location of surveillance cameras worldwide; however, with this information, Sander Veenhof created the app Watch Your Privacy, which allows you to...

Hipsters Love Coffee, Parody of Annoying Coffeeshop Customers

posted Apr 13, 2014, 11:00 EDT

Very funny video by Nacho Punch highlights the kind of creative crowds coffee shops attract, in case you were ever pondering on the idea of opening such a place yourself. You've either met...

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