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Look at that lonely guy, so tiny and fragile on the edge of the fiery Gates of Hell—the Kilauea Volcano's Halemaumau Crater. His name is Andrew Hara, the photographer who took this amazing self-portrait, which was just featured as photo of the day in National Geographic's Your Shot. How the hell did he do it?
You may have heard that Voyager 1 has exited the Solar System. And that it hasn't. This is a chronicle of that probe's greatest journey in headlines, including a few of our own.
According to the Rated RR guys, this is the most difficult trick in the world: Fire a bullet against a machete and split it in two hitting two targets. They didn't only do it once—but twice in a row. And then once more, shooting backwards using an iPad as a mirror to aim.
If all the reports of UFO sightings are real, then Earth must be the most popular destination in the Universe. Obviously, that's a ridiculous anthropocentric notion, as Dr. Carl Sagan explains in the must-see 1966 CBS documentary UFO: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy hosted by Walter Cronkite. Listen to Sagan at the 51:55 mark.
What do the White House and YouPorn have in common? Their websites both use canvas fingerprinting, a newer form of online tracking designed to make it hard to hide. ProPublica investigated the pervasive shadowing method, developed as an insidious alternative to cookies so websites can keep tabs on where their visitors browse online.
A recent Forbes report says that Chrome on Windows uses up more battery than competing browsers, thanks to a high system timer setting. Windows uses a timer to schedule tasks. At idle, the timer on Windows is set to about 15 ms, so if it has no work to do, it will go to sleep and only wake up every 15 ms to check if it needs to do something.
Applications can change this timer, and other browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer don't mess with it until they need to do something processor intensive, like playing a video. After the video is done, the timer is set to return to 15 ms so that the computer can idle again. Chrome, though, boosts the timer to 1 ms and keeps it there forever. The difference means that on Firefox at idle, the CPU only wakes 64 times a second. On Chrome, it wakes up 1,000 times a second.
In its Windows documentation, Microsoft notes that setting the system timer to a high value can increase power consumption by “as much as 25 percent.” This means that on a laptop, you'll get a shorter runtime with Chrome than you will on a competing browser. And the issue has been around for a long time. Forbes links to a bug report documenting the problem that was first filed in 2010.
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After the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on Thursday, and amid the wall-to-wall news coverage, I began to wonder about something we don't typically see on the news — How do these incidents affect pilots? I reached out to my pilot friend, Mike to find out.
Don't be surprised if in the future crazy scientists will have tampered with genetics so much that they'll create insane animal hybrid mashups. And not just designer dogs but psycho frigs, horsquirrels, eagluanas and chinchillapotamuses. They'll probably look a lot like these excellent photoshopped animals.
UK sculptor Robin Wight creates dramatic scenes of wind-blown fairies clutching dandelions, clinging to trees, and seemingly suspended in midair, all with densely wrapped forms of stainless steel wire. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens and sells a number of DIY wire sculpting kits from his website where he also discusses in great detail how each piece is built. See more over on Facebook. (via Reddit).