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05 Dec 10:00

Learning Python on a Raspberry Pi While Driving an Internet of Things-RiggedTruck #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

by Matt

Andy Proctor has embedded a Raspberry Pi in his truck for the purpose of giving himself more opportunities to learn the Python programming language. Via

Learning Python and Raspberry Pi While Driving an Internet of Things Truck:

…I have been learning how to use Python Programming language while driving a truck here in the UK. I have been making my websites while I am parked up and also playing around with a RaspberryPi computer.  When we have the container loaded at the customers address we have to phone in and when it’s been unloaded do the same.  We also let the office know when we have our shipping container lowered on the trailer or lifted off at the port.  This normally means going through the switchboard to an operator and passing him simple information 4-5 times a day (with 50 trucks).  They then update the software and then book the container with the next location, so I’ve automated it and learned how to use Python Programming.

You can connect switches, lights, sensors and much more to the device. I have been using the new Model B+ s connecting to the board and learning about this fantastic module. The script will Tweet and email the transport office the trucks status. I have fitted four switches to the GPIO pins of the computer and this effects the code with some clever outcomes. Please follow the Twitter account and also the next video with bar code scanning that I shall publish in a few weeks…..

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05 Dec 12:45

Corporations Misusing Our Data

by schneier

In the Internet age, we have no choice but to entrust our data with private companies: e-mail providers, service providers, retailers, and so on.

We realize that this data is at risk from hackers. But there's another risk as well: the employees of the companies who are holding our data for us.

In the early years of Facebook, employees had a master password that enabled them to view anything they wanted in any account. NSA employees occasionally snoop on their friends and partners. The agency even has a name for it: LOVEINT. And well before the Internet, people with access to police or medical records occasionally used that power to look up either famous people or people they knew.

The latest company accused of allowing this sort of thing is Uber, the Internet car-ride service. The company is under investigation for spying on riders without their permission. Called the "god view," some Uber employees are able to see who is using the service and where they're going -- and used this at least once in 2011 as a party trick to show off the service. A senior executive also suggested the company should hire people to dig up dirt on their critics, making their database of people's rides even more "useful."

None of us wants to be stalked -- whether it's from looking at our location data, our medical data, our emails and texts, or anything else -- by friends or strangers who have access due to their jobs. Unfortunately, there are few rules protecting us.

Government employees are prohibited from looking at our data, although none of the NSA LOVEINT creeps were ever prosecuted. The HIPAA law protects the privacy of our medical records, but we have nothing to protect most of our other information.

Your Facebook and Uber data are only protected by company culture. There's nothing in their license agreements that you clicked "agree" to but didn't read that prevents those companies from violating your privacy.

This needs to change. Corporate databases containing our data should be secured from everyone who doesn't need access for their work. Voyeurs who peek at our data without a legitimate reason should be punished.

There are audit technologies that can detect this sort of thing, and they should be required. As long as we have to give our data to companies and government agencies, we need assurances that our privacy will be protected.

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05 Dec 17:11

NASA: 'There's your new spacecraft, America!"

(AP)—NASA's newest space vehicle, Orion, accomplished its first test flight with precision and pizazz Friday, shooting more than 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) out from Earth for a hyperfast, hot return not seen since the Apollo moon shots.
05 Dec 13:55

Password protected sketchbook is amazing (video) @poil_pubien

by adafruit

Password protected sketchbook is amazing (video).

05 Dec 12:30

Why Humans Drink Alcohol: It's Evolution, Plus Bad Fruit

by Azra Raza

From NBC News:

ApeHuman ancestors may have begun evolving the knack for consuming alcohol about 10 million years ago, long before modern humans began brewing booze, researchers say. The ability to break down alcohol probably helped human ancestors make the most out of rotting, fermented fruit that fell onto the forest floor, the researchers said. Therefore, knowing when this ability developed could help researchers figure out when these human ancestors began moving to life on the ground, as opposed to mostly in trees. "A lot of aspects about the modern human condition — everything from back pain to ingesting too much salt, sugar and fat — goes back to our evolutionary history," said lead study author Matthew Carrigan, a paleogeneticist at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. "We wanted to understand more about the modern human condition with regards to ethanol [alcohol]."

To learn more about how human ancestors evolved the ability to break down alcohol, scientists focused on the genes that code for a group of digestive enzymes called the ADH4 family. ADH4 enzymes are found in the stomach, throat and tongue of primates, and are the first alcohol-metabolizing enzymes to encounter ethanol after it is imbibed. The researchers looked at the ADH4 genes from 28 different mammals, to investigate how closely related they were and find out when their ancestors diverged. In total, they explored nearly 70 million years of primate evolution. The scientists then used this knowledge to investigate how the ADH4 genes evolved over time and what the ADH4 genes of their ancestors might have been like. The results suggested there was a single genetic mutation 10 million years ago that endowed human ancestors with an enhanced ability to break down ethanol.

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04 Dec 18:02

Shahzia Sikander: The World Is Yours, the World Is Mine

by S. Abbas Raza
"The World Is Yours, the World Is Mine," by Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia Sikander in the New York Times:

History is often held hostage by the highest bidder — whoever gets to tell the story ends up defining what happened. What happened in 2014? What mattered in 2014? It depends whom you ask. Historical narratives recount political, economic or social events, but rarely tell stories of the everyday. The mundane nuances of life are often ignored 
precisely because they are so personal. But private stories are usually the ones that we connect with most; they capture our  02bwshazia-master315attention and remain in our memory. Modes of storytelling like painting and rap allow us to engage with those personal stories, becoming the vehicles through which history passes.

A major story of 2014 has been the Ebola outbreak, which has spread from West Africa to Europe and the United States. The Ebola narrative has also become the story of how we don’t want to be connected in what is supposedly a hyperconnected and globalized world. We have tried to screen for symptoms and enforce quarantines. However, the interface between human and microbe is complex. Our bodies cannot thrive without some microbes — they are an essential part of our personal ecosystems. They are always present, often lying dormant, just as narratives lie dormant until someone culls them from history’s rubble. I have chosen to respond to these events from 2014 in my work, “The World Is Yours, the World Is Mine,” (2014).

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04 Dec 15:58

The obsessions of Werner Herzog

by Morgan Meis

2f47950e-7ae4-11e4_1113513kIain Sinclair at the Times Literary Supplement:

The voice. That voice. The forest as an oozing, fecund sump of original darkness and interspecies fornication. Birds screaming in pain. Monkeys howling like the legions of the damned. And deluded humans, those naked forked beings, babbling their eco-political plea bargains to an indifferent destiny, as they are broken on the wheel of fate. Until there is just one heretic left, with cones of light beaming, burning from his unblinking eyes. The sweeping gestures. The leaps from rock to rock. And, always, that voice. The seductive drone of reason from an undeceived witness to horror. He sounds amused, engaged: implicated. The voice of a village Bavarian from the mountains. A long-striding walker. A world-weary autodidact devouring the classics: Virgil, Homer, and the never-ending voyage that refuses to bring him home to the black hole of unresolved history that is never going away. He is a self-proclaimed searcher for the “ecstatic truth” of Euripides.

Here is the captured voice of Werner Herzog: the maverick, the sanest madman still in the game; performing, researching, scribbling in microscopic calligraphy, hard-tramping margins of ice and sand, working the burden of life to the final groan. And now, with a mime of easily overcome reluctance, directing this comprehensive fiction of an autobiography, by way of recorded conversations with the film scholar Paul Cronin. A Guide for the Perplexed is a blockbuster performance of telling and hiding: remembering, denying, cursing, reliving traumas and triumphs; picking over all the projects, triumphant and forgotten.

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03 Dec 19:06

My email is a monster

by Matthew Inman
03 Dec 20:48

Creator Of All-Female Scientist LEGO Set Follows Up With Even More Scientists - Yeeaaaaah, science!

by Victoria McNally



And LEGO needs your help to decide if it should become a real set!

Most of you probably remember the LEGO Ideas all-female scientist set, which was officially announced in June of this year and very quickly sold out after becoming available for purchase in August. The designer Alatariel has officially returned to the drawing board with a new set of “science adventures,” which, devoid of context, look a bit more like an Indiana Jones-style action sets. Because science is exciting, damn it!

The newly designed set has three different scientists, just like the final version of the last set. This time, each of the figures has their own mini backstory; Dr. Miller is a biologist who’s studying the behavior of a Siberian tiger; Dr. Coyman, the geologist, is hammering at an unusual rock formation to get a closer look at what’s inside; and Dr. Yates is an archaeologist who’s found a fully preserved skeleton and gold coins.


While one figure in this design is wearing lipstick and another has their hair in a stereotypically feminine ponytail, it’s a little difficult to tell what gender each of the three doctors are meant to represent when you compare them to officially-made LEGO minifigs—which, in my opinion, is pretty cool, because it gives kids the opportunity to decide for themselves. As awesome as it was to see STEM women celebrated in the last set Alaterial designed, it’s also just as refreshing to see them move past the overwhelming gender divide in their respective fields and just get to doing the science. You know, even if they are only 4 centimeters tall in this case.

As of writing the project only has 641 supporters, and they’ll need 10,000 to be considered as a possible real-life set—so if you like this design and want to see it become a reality, go vote for it at the LEGO Ideas website!

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03 Dec 17:33

How 4 Mexican Immigrant Kids and Their Cheap Robot Beat MIT

by Zujaja Tauqeer

Ten years ago, WIRED contributing editor Joshua Davis wrote a story about four high school students in Phoenix, Arizona—three of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico—beating MIT in an underwater robot competition. That story, La Vida Robot, has a new chapter: Spare Parts, starring George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega, opens in January, and Davis is publishing abook by the same title updating the kids’ story. To mark that occasion, WIRED is republishing his original story.

Joshua Davis in Wired:

Team-660x505Oscar began by explaining that his high school team was taking on college students from around the US. He introduced his teammates: Cristian, the brainiac; Lorenzo, the vato loco who had a surprising aptitude for mechanics; and 18-year-old Luis Aranda, the fourth member of the crew. At 5’10” and 250 pounds, Luis looked like Chief from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He was the tether man, responsible for the pickup and release of what would be a 100-pound robot.

Szwankowski was impressed by Oscar. He launched into an in-depth explanation of the technology, offering details as if he were letting them in on a little secret. “What you really want,” he confided, “is a thermocouple with a cold junction compensator.” He went over the specifications of the device and then paused. “You know,” he said, “I think you can beat those guys from MIT. Because none of them know what I know about thermometers.”

“You hear that?” Oscar said triumphantly when they hung up. He looked at each team member pointedly. “We got people believing in us, so now we got to believe in ourselves.”

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02 Dec 16:00

​Phew, The New Game of Thrones Game Is Actually Good

by Kirk Hamilton on Kotaku, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9

​Phew, The New Game of Thrones Game Is Actually Good

"There will never be a good Game of Thrones video game." For years, those words rang just as true as the Starks' promise of winter. Finally, it feels as though that's changed.


01 Dec 21:57

Former Google+ designer: "What the f**k is it for, anyway?"

by Pavithra Mohan

"Google+ has lost its way," declares former UX designer in a blog post on Medium.

Former Google+ UX designer (and hashtag inventor) Chris Messina has declared Google's social network a bust in a scathing post on Medium.

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30 Nov 06:00

​This Art Installation Uses Geological Data for Psychedelic Sound and Vision

by Yarrow Maurer

Check out this cool geology inspired art installation. From Motherboard:

A lot of data-driven art revolves around visualizing the digital and unseen, such as works by Addie Wagenknecht and Art Hack Day’s “Afterglow” participants. But Sean Cotterill and Benjamin Freeth take a very different path in their recent work Gold Lines Are Mineral Veins: Instead of data mining an online world, their data was collected from literal mines.

The audio-visual installation was built to highlight the vast networks that humans have carved out underground; as Cotterill noted on his website, the project was created “in response to the mapping archive of the Mining Institute Newcastle’s mapping library.”

“The installation is dictated by a set of environmental and bio data logs that myself and Ben collected during an expedition of a disused lead and fluorspar mine in Stanhope, Durham which were gathered using our own custom-built Arduino based data loggers,” writes Cotterill. “From these datalogs we then conceived an installation environment with sound and visuals directly derived from the data that we collected.”

Cotterill and Freeth used the SuperCollider programming language to code the installation’s visualization and sonification. To create the room’s field of sound, the two composed using “clouds of oscillators” controlled by data streams floating through the installation’s 8-speaker ambisonic field (full sphere surround sound).

The two 15-minute sonifications were paired with visuals crafted by blasting ultraviolet light onto fluorescent minerals and ores, such as fluorspar and uranium ore. As seen in the duo’s video, the fluorescent elements of the minerals and ore flicker and pulsate under the UV light, creating, as Cotterill wrote, “complex harmonics and spatial placement dictated by the data collected during the expedition” into the Stanhope mine.

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01 Dec 04:40

Shahzia Sikander’s "Parallax"

by S. Abbas Raza

Dan Goddard in Arts + Culture:

ScreenHunter_885 Dec. 01 11.44Commissioned for the 2013 Biennial in Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates states on the Arabian Peninsula, Shahzia Sikander’s Parallax is a complex, shifting, morphing, evolving, abstract, animated meditation on centuries of global competition for natural resources, the history of maritime trade, foreign control of the Strait of Hormuz during the colonial era and the dramatic conflicts today over the hotly contested strait where 35 percent of the world’s petroleum shipped by sea passes.

With aerial views of the strait drawn from 17th and 18th-century maps, swarming microbe-like forms, a map of the United States with Texas plainly visible, oil gushing from rock formations, locust-like red-white-and-blue arms and shattering Christmas trees, Sikander’s panoramic, three-channel HD single-image video is based on hundreds of small drawings derived from the tradition of Indo-Persian miniature painting that have been digitally animated, accompanied by music by the Chinese-born composer Du Yun and the voices of three local poets from Sharjah, who recite in Arabic.

Making its United States debut at the Linda Pace FoundationParallax marks Sikander’s return to San Antonio where she first began experimenting with animation in 2001 as an International Artist in Residence at Artpace. Presented as a widescreen projection through March 7, 2015, the video is a new acquisition by the Pace Foundation.

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01 Dec 14:30

How To Create an Embossed Look on Worbla

by Amy Ratcliffe

embossing worbla

Worbla is a versatile material that I find endlessly fascinating. I’ve highlighted tutorials on working with Worbla several times and will continue to do so to encourage all of us to experiment with it. Erza Cosplay uses Worbla for armor frequently, and she manipulates it so that it has an embossed look. It really adds to the beauty and realism of the finished armor, and it’s easier to do than you might think.

Erza demonstrates how to create the embossed or half relief look in the above photo in her newest tutorial video. Basically, you cut a pattern from what appears to be craft foam and place it under the Worbla. Heating the Worbla makes it flexible, and you can then form it over the pattern and use a tool to accentuate all the details of the pattern.

Watch how it’s done:

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01 Dec 19:00

Meet a New Westeros Family in the Full-Length Trailer For Telltale’s Game of Thrones - I will take what is mine with Mountain Dew & Doritos.

by Jill Pantozzi

Since we first heard Telltale was going to extend George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire universe even further into video games, I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Bolton. I mean, a video game controller. Then a Bolton. Will I get my chance? Find out in the new trailer for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series.

Episode 1 of 6: Iron From Ice, will be premiering tomorrow, December 2nd for PS4 and PC/Mac; on Wednesday December 3rd for Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as PS4; Thursday December 4th for the iOS App Store. Tuesday December 9th will bring it to PS3 with Android-based devices getting access later this December.

Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.

Some cast members of the television series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.

The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players will visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

Telltale says the first episode will take around two hours and fifteen minutes to play through and suggest doing it all in one go. The cost is $4.99 for the single episode or you can get a Season Pass package for all six episodes for $29.99.

Find out more on the Telltale website but for now, say hello to the members of House Forrester.

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House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

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25 Nov 22:31

Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

by Soulskill
Samsung today announced a project among a group of its engineers to build an input device that allows people with limited mobility to operate a computer through eye movement alone. The EYECAN+ is a rectangular box that needs to be situated roughly 60-70cm away from a user's face. Once calibrated, it will superimpose a multifunction UI and track a user's eye movements to move the cursor where they want. Samsung says they won't be commercializing this device, but they'll soon be making the design open source for any company or organization who wants to start building them.

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21 Nov 13:46

How TV legend Glen Larson transformed science fiction

by Rob Beschizza
battlestar_galactica_classic The producer behind Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica was often mocked as derivative, but he brought home screeen science fiction for generation X.
21 Nov 19:00

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Prophetic Speech Wins the NBAs

by Claire Burgess

In her speech at the National Book Awards on Wednesday, Ursula K. Le Guin shares her Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters with “all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long,” blasts the commercialization of literature and the greed of publishers, and predicts:

I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now . . . and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who remember freedom: poets, visionaries, the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.

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19 Nov 17:13

Great Job, Internet!: Neil Peart presents Neil Peart’s Drum Guide

by Becca James

Neil Peart’s extensive drum kit is just as well known as the Rush drummer himself. It’s also a pop-culture touchstone, with shows like Freaks And Geeks paying homage to it, and Nick (Jason Segel) even showing Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) his drums, exclaiming, “Six more pieces I got a bigger kit than Neil Peart. Rush, yeah!”

So, if you’ve ever wondered exactly what pieces make up the legendary kit, here’s a guide from the man who knows best.

19 Nov 15:48

Monkeys Know What They’re Doing

by Mary Bates
Monkeys Know What They’re Doing

Researchers showed that macaques were able to associate their actions on a joystick with an icon moving on a computer screen.

The post Monkeys Know What They’re Doing appeared first on WIRED.

18 Nov 20:10

New Geologic Map Shows the Beauty of the Asteroid Vesta

by Marcus Woo
New Geologic Map Shows the Beauty of the Asteroid Vesta

A new colorful map reveals the geological history of the asteroid Vesta.

The post New Geologic Map Shows the Beauty of the Asteroid Vesta appeared first on WIRED.

18 Nov 21:59

Natalie Dormer Did An AMA, Someone Hold Me - No flaws detected.

by Sam Maggs


Natalie Dormer, one true Queen of England and Westeros and the Capitol and Baker Street and our hearts, did an AMA yesterday on Reddit. Shall we see if she’s as charming as we want her to be? (Spoiler alert: she is).

The smirk is genetic.


Ser Pounce is a diva.


She loves Elementary (me too!)


She’s a Ravenclaw.




She really loves cheese guys.



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Of course Pedro is hilarious.

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She’s a girl after my own heart.

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How dare.

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I want to see a show with just the two of them.

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Bonus: she was also on Conan.

You can read the whole AMA over on Reddit if you want to love her even more than you already do. All hail Queen Natalie!

(via Reddit, image via Gage Skidmore)

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18 Nov 13:59

A Five-Year-Old Passed the Microsoft IT Technician Exam. Seriously. - So easy a kid can do it!

by Dan Van Winkle

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Either the bar for being a Microsoft IT tech is so low a child can clear it, or five-year-old Ayan Qureshi is a genius. Luckily for IT people everywhere, it seems that young Qureshi is just very smart, but until he builds Skynet or whatever’s in store for his brilliant future, I’m still open to the possibility that Microsoft tech support is secretly just five-year-olds.

Nope. No smoke and mirrors here. I did not exaggerate this kid’s accomplishments for comedic effect. This is not a bait and switch. Qureshi simply studied with his father for a bit and then went and passed Microsoft’s IT exam to become the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in history. He told the BBC the exam was “difficult but enjoyable.” And then I believe he added, “Like that time I solved cold fusion, or when I built my time machine! Future you says hi, by the way.”

Qureshi’s father, Ayan, is in IT professional himself, and he found their biggest hurdle to be getting the child to understand the language of the test. “But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory,” Asim added. I should hope he’s got a good memory, because it’s going to be a while before labor laws allow him to put his certification to use.

In the meantime, he’s keeping his skills up in his own computer lab at home by building his own computer network, learning about operating systems and software for around two hours a day, and making snarky bloggers ponder their wasted intellectual potential.

(via Gizmodo, image via Sam Maggs)

Previously in child geniuses

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18 Nov 19:25

This Is the Most Destructive Process on Earth

by Annalee Newitz

This Is the Most Destructive Process on Earth

It reduces boulders to smears of ions. It dissolves and disintegrates the tallest mountains. Geologists call it "weathering." It sounds harmless enough, but weathering is one of the most destructive forces on the face of the planet.


18 Nov 13:12

Optical trickery brings Rothko's paintings back to life

Bespoke lighting effects are returning the original colours to five faded masterpieces by artist Mark Rothko at Harvard Art Museums

Source: New Scientist - Discipline: Physics
18 Nov 19:05

A Goofy Wearable That Tracks the Air Quality Around You

by Liz Stinson
A Goofy Wearable That Tracks the Air Quality Around You

An online platform for crowdsourcing environmental quality data launches its first sensor product.

The post A Goofy Wearable That Tracks the Air Quality Around You appeared first on WIRED.

18 Nov 14:00

Why elephants never forget #makereducation

by Kelly

From TedEd!

It’s a common saying that elephants never forget. But the more we learn about elephants, the more it appears that their impressive memory is only one aspect of an incredible intelligence that makes them some of the most social, creative, and benevolent creatures on Earth. Alex Gendler takes us into the incredible, unforgettable mind of an elephant.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Avi Ofer.

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18 Nov 16:04

How Big Is Comet 67P?

by Rhett Allain
How Big Is Comet 67P?

Comet 67P is quite large. How does it's size compare to other large objects I have used in previous blog posts?

The post How Big Is Comet 67P? appeared first on WIRED.

18 Nov 16:07

Uber exec suggests “opposition research” on journalists

by Casey Johnston

An Uber executive commented Friday that he thought it would make sense for Uber to hire opposition researchers to look into the personal lives of journalists to "give the media a taste of its own medicine," according to a report from Buzzfeed late Monday. The comments were made at an off-the-record dinner as the Uber executive, Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael, expressed frustration with the way he felt Uber is unfairly attacked in the media.

The Buzzfeed editor who attended the dinner and witnessed the comments was not told by any Uber official until afterward that the event was meant to be off the record. During the dinner, Michael specifically attacked PandoDaily editor Sarah Lacy for writing an editorial accusing Uber of "sexism and misogyny" for running a promotion featuring "hot chick" drivers. Michael said Lacy should be held "'personally responsible' for any woman who followed her lead in deleting Uber and was then sexually assaulted," according to Buzzfeed. Michael suggested there was "a particular and very specific claim" that Uber opposition researchers could prove about her life.

From a privacy perspective, Uber has not always shown restraint with its customers. The company made news in October for displaying a real-time activity map of thirty of its "notable users" at a launch party in Chicago. The map was part of Uber's "God View," an administrative tool that lets the company see a map of all active Uber cars and customers who have called an Uber. One of the users on the map found out he was being tracked when an attendee of the party began texting him his Uber car's exact location.

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