Feb 21, 2013

Bacterial colonies lend whole new meaning to "smartphone culture"

posted by Larra Morris

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A relatively straightforward classroom experiment this may be, but the fascinating (and beautiful) images produced by students at the University of Surrey when they imprinted their smartphone onto a bacterial growth medium will inevitably give owners of similar devices pause for thought.
via Gizmag 

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Feb 21, 2013

This astronaut’s Facebook photos are better than yours will ever be

posted by Laura Domela

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Oh, you thought your trip photos from Cancun were great for Facebook? Sorry, next to Col. Chris Hadfield — who is posting his Facebook photos from space — your pics aren’t that special.

Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut on the International Space Station, is one of the most social savvy spacemen ever. He recorded a moving Christmas song on the ISS and posted it to SoundCloud. He’s taken part in a Google+ hangout from the ISS. Now he’s hosting his own cooking show from space.
via Venture Beat

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Feb 21, 2013

NYPD and Microsoft create high-tech system to fight crime

posted by Laura Domela

911 call comes in about a possible bomb in lower Manhattan and an alert pops up on computer screens at the New York Police Department, instantly showing officers an interactive map of the neighborhood, footage from nearby security cameras, whether there are high radiation levels and whether any other threats have been made against the city.

In a click, police know exactly what they’re getting into.

Such a hypothetical scenario may seem like something out of a futuristic crime drama, but the technology is real, developed in a partnership between the nation’s largest police department and Microsoft Corp., and the latest version has been quietly in use for about a year.
via Techland

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Feb 20, 2013

We still don’t know what Google Glass will be like to use

posted by Larra Morris

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Google’s new website showing off Glass—eyeglass frames that insert a display into your peripheral vision—goes some way to explain what the company is planning for the gadget, such as directions and voice control. But the company still hasn’t given us a good sense of what the device will really be like to wear, and is even slightly misleading about it.
via MIT Technology Review

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Feb 20, 2013

The extraordinary science of addictive junk food

posted by Laura Domela

On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
via New York Times

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Feb 20, 2013

Soccer match-rigging, straight out of a Gibson novel

posted by Laura Domela

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Here's a brutal, must-read article from Brian Phillips detailing the bizarre, globalized game of soccer-match-rigging, which launders its influence, money and bets through countries all over the world, in what sounds like an intense, sport-themed LARP of a William Gibson Sprawl novel.

Best part? Pro soccer is so corrupt that they don't give a damn, despite the fact that there is no game there, just a network of frauds that may exceed $1B.
via Boing Boing

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Image: FIFA visita as obras da Arena Fonte Nova, a Creative Commons 
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Feb 20, 2013

Anatomy of a movie trailer

posted by Laura Domela

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If you've ever wondered how film makers chop up and reassemble a two hour film into a two minute trailer, you need wonder no longer. The New York Times has visualized the contents of five recent film trailers, so you can see how they're put together.
via Gizmodo

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Feb 20, 2013

NASA lost communication with the ISS due to computer problems

posted by Laura Domela

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NASA has announced that it briefly lost contact with the International Space Station on Tuesday. The ISS was out of contact with ground controllers after some sort of computer problem blocked communications. NASA says that the computer issue lasted just under three hours.

The ISS commander said that the space station and crew was fine during the communications blackout. The communications problem stemmed from a software update that flight controllers in Houston were uploading to the space station’s flight computers. During the upload, the space stations data relay system broke down.
via Slash Gear

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Feb 20, 2013

Our universe could be swallowed by an alternate one, Higgs research suggests

posted by Laura Domela

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Forget asteroids and global warming, because new findings from Europe's Large Hadron Collider suggest that the end of the world may be more abrupt than you'd think.

As NBC News reports, the proposed doomsday scenario rests upon a particle believed to be the Higgs boson — the so-called "God particle" that CERN scientists discovered last summer. Scientists are still reluctant to confirm that the particle is indeed the elusive Higgs boson, a particle believed to give other subatomic particles their mass, though early results show that it fits all the requirements. According to a theoretician at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, these findings may also provide clues about how the universe will meet its end.
via The Verge

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Feb 20, 2013

Maserati sets sailing world record

posted by Laura Domela

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Given Maserati's reputation for exotic, high-performance Italian sports cars, the idea that it would set a world record isn't very surprising. What is suprising is that the record was set on water, not land. In fact, Maserati has been actively pursuing many world records in a vessel that is about as different from a V8-engined coupe as you can get. It's been sailing the world in search of prowess and prestige in a large, wind-powered monohull.
via gizmag

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