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16 Dec 22:52

Rescue Worker Hops Quickly Around on Quicksand to Make It Ripple and Bounce

by Rebecca Escamilla

Staff of the Bay Search & Rescue captured fascinating footage in 2009 of the surreal rippling effect of walking on quicksand at Morcambe Bay in northwest England. The worker hops around quickly on the well-saturated sand to avoid becoming stuck and the quicksand, being a shear thinning non-Newtonian fluid, ripples and bounces with his movements.

Morecambe Bay in the UK is notorious for its quicksand. Bay Search and Rescue specialise in extracting people, animals and vehicles trapped in quicksand.

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16 Dec 15:12

Moving wind forecast puts beautiful weather in your browser

by Jon Fingas
It's hard to get excited about weather forecasts unless they promise warm and sunny days, but you might just make an exception for Windyty. The browser-based meteorological tool shows you living, breathing view of the world's wind patterns along with...
17 Dec 01:55

The Big Picture: A Dragon heads to the International Space Station

by Dave Schumaker
The last time SpaceX's Dragon visited the International Space Station, they brought along some nifty presents that included the first zero-g 3D printer. SpaceX captured this photo of Dragon lifting off from Cape Canaveral in September on its fourth c...
10 Dec 01:00

That’s a Big Kitty!

by Miss Cellania

This is a Canada Lynx, a species that has been re-introduced to Colorado over the past 15 years after being almost wiped out in the U.S. Look at those big feet! They act as snowshoes, as the cat evolved to hunt in snow. The picture was taken at the Frisco Creek Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Colorado, formerly the Dieterich Native Species Treatment Center. You can read about the center at Mud ’N Feathers.

The center's founder Susan Dieterich commented on the post and assures us the lynx in the picture was fine, just sedated for a health check. A lynx can look amazingly cuddly when asleep, but dangerous when alert, because they prefer to avoid human contact. -via reddit

17 Dec 13:00

This pen carries a toolbox-worth of tools inside

by Janet Cloninger

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This Multi Function Pen carries twelve tools inside its aluminum-alloy casing.  It has an awl, short and long cutting blades, wire stripper or nail/staple remover, Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers, saw, stainless steel file, scraper, tweezers, a stainless fork, and even a writing pen.  It fits in your pocket and functions as a normal pen, but it’s always at the ready should you need to fix something.  The Multi Function Tool is available in silver, black, or blue for $12.95 at Convenient Gadgets & Gifts.

Filed in categories: News, Pocket Gear

Tagged: Multi-pens, pocket tools

This pen carries a toolbox-worth of tools inside originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am.

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12 Dec 22:00

Color Me Puzzled

by Lisa Marcus

This cool CMYK jigsaw puzzle contains 1,000 pieces in 1,000 different colors. Creator Clemens Habicht claims the puzzle is less difficult to master than most puzzles. He explains,

"The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle, I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of colour, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details.

What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece. There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing, therapeutic, it must be the German coming out in me. As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it’s a little win, like a little pat on the back."

I'm not convinced my intuition would take over while attempting to assemble the puzzle, but between it being pretty and seemingly challenging, I'm tempted to try. Order the 1,000 Colors puzzle here. It ships out from Australia, so shipping cost is a consideration for most of us; the price minus shipping is $33 USD. -Via Colossal 


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13 Dec 01:00

10 Breaking Bad Easter Eggs You May Not Have Noticed

by John Farrier

Breaking Bad was a show with remarkable depth and sophistication executed carefully with great attention to detail. You may been riveted to the screen during all five seasons, but I’ll bet that a few of the subtle references that directors made slipped past you. Fortunately, Tristan Cooper of Dorkly has rounded up screenshots of 10 of these gems.

For example, the two-square Breaking Bad logo shows up in the background at times.

Walt and Jesse had to move a lot of cash around. It was fake, of course. Here’s a pile of $50 bills, but not all of them have Ulysses S. Grant’s face on them. Those in the foreground display the face of the creator of the show, Vince Gilligan:

Check out the rest at Dorkly.

15 Dec 08:00

Don't Text and Joust

by John Farrier

He was preceded in death by Sir Read-A-Book-on-the-Steering-Wheel-While-Driving-down-the-Freeway. Dave Coverly of Speed Bump offers a warning that all jousters--especially teenage knights of dubious judgment--should heed.

15 Dec 12:00

Panda: The Action Movie

by John Farrier

Michael Bay Gifs is my new favorite subreddit. It's filled with inexplicable explosions digitally added to ordinary footage. Redditor PhoneDojo offers this wonderful contribution. If you ache to fill the Transformers-shaped hole in your heart, then this .gif will keep you going for a while. Hopefully Michael Bay will turn the Action Panda concept into a real movie.

-via Daily of the Day

16 Dec 23:40

Thanks for clearing that up: Harlem, Georgia's Born Again Independent Baptist Church has a special m

by Cheryl Eddy

Thanks for clearing that up: Harlem, Georgia's Born Again Independent Baptist Church has a special message for everyone during the holiday season about free speech and two different men in red suits.

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10 Dec 15:00

The Last Mechanical Pencil You'll Ever Buy?

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"I noticed I was using packs and packs of mechanical pencils at work as disposable items," writes Andrew Sanderson, who spent six years as an aircraft propulsion technician and a decade as a gas turbine engineer. He subsequently switched to product design, with the goal of creating a mechanical pencil that you could keep and use forever.

"I set out to design a mechanical pencil that would reduce the waste, be a testament to U.S. manufacturing and design, and not break the bank," Sanderson explains. "Having a single mechanical pencil that replaces the endless packs of plastic that end up sitting it landfills and floating in our oceans has to be a good thing."

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What most impressed me about Sanderson's design is how he endeavored to hide the seams. It really does look like the conical tip and the shaft are one solid, machined piece, though of course they're not. Take a closer look:

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12 Dec 00:00

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

by AD Editorial Team

Architects: dEEP Architects
Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
Architect In Charge: LI Daode
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of dEEP

From the architect. ACE Cafe is a famous london R&B themed restaurant. For its first branch in China, the original 751 train station within the 798 art zone was chosen to be renovated into its first face. Apart from the heavy metal theme, we hope to revitalize the cold building through digital technology and mechanic engineering techniques, to fill the atmosphere with breathing space and digital charm, as well as to achive a long dreamt deformable architecture for architects.

Maintaining the major structure of the 751 train station as much as we can, as well as the current industrial style, we reconstructed the north facade of the building with operable windows of glass, using the same segmentation as the one in ACE london. As for the west facade, in consideration of occasional car entrance during function times, we designed a deformable metal facade controlled by the bar. When the metal wall is completely open, it turns a flat wall into a complex metal structure like a blooming metal flower, in memory of the punk and R&B culture.

The same we applied on the interior wall behind the bar, rise from a flat metal wall, bloom, and then return to its initial stage, like the breathing of a vivid life. All of the deformation are achived by the gears behind. Inspirated by the old steam locomotive right by the site, it also illustrates our understanding of the punk culture.

Based on the respect and protection of the existing building, no perminant architecture could be added on site and thus, we use containers on the west side of the train station to assemble to whole structure, and form a composite composed of cafe and car repair zoneon the first floor, platform and office on the second floor. And the design matches the style of original train station.

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13 Dec 15:30

Pixelated Embroidered Photography

by admin

Artist Diane Meyer takes photos reminding memories of places and her personal story to transcend them by adding lines of cross stitches. The squares of embroidery give the impression that the image gets blurred and pixelated. Her two series “Berlin” and “Time Spent That Might” are available in images.

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11 Dec 22:30

More Proof That People Basically Suck.

by Charlie Jane Anders

More Proof That People Basically Suck. One new study finds that white people get 12 percent more money than black people for basically identical apartments on Airbnb. And another study finds students give higher ratings to professors they think are male than to ones they think are female. Yay! Image: Toni Birrer.

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07 Dec 14:00

The Worst Driver in Calgary

by Miss Cellania
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Warning: the following video will cause frustration and possibly hair-pulling. The car is fairly small. The parking lot is not crowded. There is snow on the ground, but it doesn’t appear to be slippery. So why does it take this driver four minutes to get out of the lot? He/she is trying to complete the classic 250-point turn! Get ready to cringe at dozens of poor decisions made during the maneuvers. The worst was continuing to leave after dinging the red car. The Calgary police are looking into the incident. -via Viral Viral Videos

08 Dec 08:47

A simple trick to improve your memory

by tomstafford

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.

If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.

One of the interesting things about the mind is that even though we all have one, we don’t have perfect insight into how to get the best from it. This is in part because of flaws in our ability to think about our own thinking, which is called metacognition. Studying this self-reflective thought process reveals that the human species has mental blind spots.

One area where these blind spots are particularly large is learning. We’re actually surprisingly bad at having insight into how we learn best.

Researchers Jeffrey Karpicke and Henry Roediger III set out to look at one aspect: how testing can consolidate our memory of facts. In their experiment they asked college students to learn pairs of Swahili and English words. So, for example, they had to learn that if they were given the Swahili word ‘mashua’ the correct response was ‘boat’. They could have used the sort of facts you might get on a high-school quiz (e.g. “Who wrote the first computer programs?”/”Ada Lovelace”), but the use of Swahili meant that there was little chance their participants could use any background knowledge to help them learn. After the pairs had all been learnt, there would be a final test a week later.

Now if many of us were revising this list we might study the list, test ourselves and then repeat this cycle, dropping items we got right. This makes studying (and testing) quicker and allows us to focus our effort on the things we haven’t yet learnt. It’s a plan that seems to make perfect sense, but it’s a plan that is disastrous if we really want to learn properly.

Karpicke and Roediger asked students to prepare for a test in various ways, and compared their success – for example, one group kept testing themselves on all items without dropping what they were getting right, while another group stopped testing themselves on their correct answers.

On the final exam differences between the groups were dramatic. While dropping items from study didn’t have much of an effect, the people who dropped items from testing performed relatively poorly: they could only remember about 35% of the word pairs, compared to 80% for people who kept testing items after they had learnt them.

It seems the effective way to learn is to practice retrieving items from memory, not trying to cement them in there by further study. Moreover, dropping items entirely from your revision, which is the advice given by many study guides, is wrong. You can stop studying them if you’ve learnt them, but you should keep testing what you’ve learnt if you want to remember them at the time of the final exam.

Finally, the researchers had the neat idea of asking their participants how well they would remember what they had learnt. All groups guessed at about 50%. This was a large overestimate for those who dropped items from test (and an underestimate from those who kept testing learnt items).

So it seems that we have a metacognitive blind spot for which revision strategies will work best. Making this a situation where we need to be guided by the evidence, and not our instinct. But the evidence has a moral for teachers as well: there’s more to testing than finding out what students know – tests can also help us remember.

Read more: Why cramming for tests often fails

This is my BBC Future column from last week. The original is here


08 Dec 20:00

Triple Fine: Day Of The Tentacle Special Edition Announced

by Alice O'Connor

Double Fine have announced that their Remastered re-release of fine point ‘n’ clicker Grim Fandango will launch on January 27th, then completely overshadowed that with a casual mention that they’re also working on a ‘Special Edition’ of Day of the Tentacle. Crumbs! Whatever ‘Special Edition’ means, the classic LucasArts adventure game will have one next year. Day of the Tentacle was a fine game, but one I got stuck on in my idiotic youth and never finished; here’s my chance. What’s so special about this version is a mystery for now, as it’s announced and little more, but a mystery we can jab and guess at.

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08 Dec 13:30

Bondic liquid plastic welds plastic, wood, and fabric together

by Shane McGlaun
bondic-1We are all familiar with superglue and its ability to glue two surfaces together. The problem with superglue is that it has some very harsh fumes and it can be difficult to use. Anyone who has ever had a repair half done when the glue hardened knows normal superglue can be hard to use. A new product called Bondic has … Continue reading
07 Dec 15:00

Know the Right Suit and Shoes For Any Occasion With This Chart

by Dave Greenbaum

Know the Right Suit and Shoes For Any Occasion With This Chart

For those of us who wear jeans and t-shirts, the basics of suit fashion might pass us by. This chart helps men figure out which shoes and suit go with which occasion.

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18 May 05:27

Ikea's Death Star lamp

by Cory Doctorow

As redditor Tomcruiseama points out, the $70 Ikea PS 2014 lamp is basically a Death Star: it's a Hoberman-sphere-like lampshade that can be mechanically expanded or contracted to control the amount of light it emits.

26 Aug 08:00

Photographer Creates Time Lapses of Landmarks in Single Photos

by Katharine Trendacosta

Photographer Creates Time Lapses of Landmarks in Single Photos

Photographer Richard Silver's photo series Time Slice captures all the beauty of a time lapse video in a single image. From left to right, you can see a ;andmark go from morning light to evening dark.

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18 Oct 07:42

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18 Nov 10:18

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17 Nov 14:25

Tea bags that look like goldfish

by David Pescovitz
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Make it look like a fish is swimming in your cuppa. Read the rest

01 Dec 05:16

"As early as the 1920s, researchers giving IQ tests to non-Westerners realized that any test of..."

“As early as the 1920s, researchers giving IQ tests to non-Westerners realized that any test of intelligence is strongly, if subtly, imbued with cultural biases… Samoans, when given a test requiring them to trace a route form point A to point B, often chose not the most direct route (the “correct” answer), but rather the most aesthetically pleasing one. Australian aborigines find it difficult to understand why a friend would ask them to solve a difficult puzzle and not help them with it. Indeed, the assumption that one must provide answers alone, without assistance from those who are older and wiser, is a statement about the culture-bound view of intelligence. Certainly the smartest thing to do, when face with a difficult problem, is to seek the advice of more experienced relatives and friends!”

- Jonathan Marks - Anthropology and the Bell Curve (via mgrable)
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30 Sep 16:32

Someone at the Wisconsin Humane Society is really good at naming cats.