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22 Apr 22:07

Swallowing Your Password

by samzenpus writes: Amir Mizroch reports at the WSJ that a PayPal executive who works with engineers and developers to find and test new technologies, says that embeddable, injectable, and ingestible devices are the next wave in identification for mobile payments and other sensitive online interactions. Jonathon Leblanc says that identification of people will shift from "antiquated" external body methods like fingerprints, toward internal body functions like heartbeat and vein recognition, where embedded and ingestible devices will allow "natural body identification." Ingestible devices could be powered by stomach acid, which will run their batteries and could detect glucose levels and other unique internal features can use a person's body as a way to identify them and beam that data out. Leblanc made his remarks during a presentation called Kill all Passwords that he's recently started giving at various tech conferences in the U.S. and Europe, arguing that technology has taken a huge leap forward to "true integration with the human body." But the idea has its skeptics. What could possibly go wrong with a little implanted device that reads your vein patterns or your heart's unique activity or blood glucose levels writes AJ Vicens? "Wouldn't an insurance company love to use that information to decide that you had one too many donuts—so it won't be covering that bypass surgery after all?"

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22 Apr 22:06

Great Job, Internet!: The nostalgia is strong in this Back To The Future/The Force Awakens mash-up

by William Hughes

The recently released teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was a masterclass in unraveling years of built-up fan cynicisma deft mixture of tight editing, instantly iconic images, and unashamed pandering to nostalgia. Apparently, the guys behind YouTube video series Mind Over Movies thought that same enthusiasm-building treatment could be well-applied to another beloved sci-fi film series from a more civilized age. Thus, they’ve put together a mash-up trailer that layers The Force Awakens’ audio and style over footage from the ’80s time travel classic Back To The Future. And while it’s almost certainly for the best that Future is seemingly the only well-remembered pop culture fixture from that era to not get the incessant reboot treatment, it’s hard to deny the Pavlovian fanboy reaction that wells up when the movie’s iconic, epoch-spanning DeLorean comes rolling out of its trailer. (Even if the producers did pass ...

21 Apr 17:00

Talk like a politician

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20 Apr 17:23

For those of you currently celebrating 4/20. (photo via...

For those of you currently celebrating 4/20. (photo via retroman360)

20 Apr 21:57

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17 Apr 15:55

Raw & Rendered: Experimental 3D Artworks by Joey Camacho

by Christopher Jobson


In early 2014, Vancouver-based graphic artist Joey Camacho set out to learn more about rendering images using Cinema 4D and Octane Render, with the goal of creating a new piece each day. His first attempts were pretty rudimentary, but it wasn’t long before his exploration and experimentation began to pay off with increasinly subtle details inspired by biology, sound, and geometry. Only several months into his ‘Progress Before Perfection‘ project, he started getting requests for prints as his images were shared widely around Tumblr and elsewhere. You can see more of his work on Behance and prints of many pieces are available through his website.











21 Apr 14:51

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - If I Were Rich


Hovertext: Tell me I'm not a remarkably predictable unit in an economic system beyond my control!

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20 Apr 22:17

kazucrash: What a time to be alive.


What a time to be alive.

20 Apr 12:15

Handy aperture, shutter speed and ISO graphic

by adafruit

Handy aperture, shutter speed and ISO graphic.

Neat little info graphic to teach beginners how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect a photo.

22 Apr 09:21

Radioactive drone found on Japan PM’s office roof

by RT

Shit. The Cancer-weapon Drone Timeline.

A drone marked with the radioactive sign and equipped with a camera, flare and water bottle, was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Tokyo office. A police investigation is underway.
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17 Apr 02:57


17 Apr 23:05

The Exo Prosthetic Leg Prototype: the Next Step for 3D Printed Prosthesis?

Industrial design student William Root has submitted a proposal and prototype to Behance for a new process for creating customized prosthesis for lower extremities.  Root suggests that the process could reduce costs, improve access, and create better compatibility. The Exo Prosthetic Leg relies heavily on modern 3D scanning and 3D printing technology, and could eliminate the costly and time consuming traditional methods of creating replacement limbs.

exo 3 printed leg prosthesis in action

I once heard a lower limb amputee compare the process of getting a reliable and comfortable leg prosthesis to waiting in line at the post office two days before Christmas, only the line takes months to get through instead of hours. He said it was tedious, soul-crushing and a never-ending test of his patience and humanity. I’m sure he was half-joking, but because each prosthetic limb needs to be custom made for the wearer to ensure fit and comfort by highly trained – and it should be noted dedicated – artisans, it isn’t hard to imagine the process and wait time involved as being frustrating.

exo 3 printed leg prosthetic

The process is even more delicate when dealing with lower limbs because fit and comfort need to be balanced with safety, and the mechanics involved in leg prosthetics are very expensive. Aesthetic concerns are very often the last thing considered, and this can produce unattractive and unnatural limbs that have a very mechanical appearance. Moreover, such a leg may contribute to a patient in need of a prosthetic feeling further alienated by their disability.

Root described his inspiration in his proposal: “There are over 2 million amputees in the United States with 185,000 amputations each year. Over 90% of those amputations are lower extremity amputations; millions of Americans are suffering from hindered mobility. Prostheses enable patients to regain their freedom and much of the functionality they had lost. At the same time they help to restore the amputees’ spirit and help with the psychological recovery from having lost part of oneself.”

The process proposed by Root could drastically reduce the amount of time,money and patience required for receiving custom fitted prosthetic limbs, thanks to some applied modern 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. Both the intact leg and any residual remaining parts of the missing limb are 3D scanned. This allows the final leg to be virtually identical to the remaining limb, and will often match the original within a matter of millimeters. The leg is then examined using MIT’s FitSocket technology, which tests specific tissue properties, so while designing the final product the residual limb’s internal anatomy can be considered. Here’s a video of the FitSocket technology in action:

Once all of the data has been collected it is given to a 3D designer, who combines the scans of the intact limb, the residual limb, and any required prosthetic mechanisms, like joints and motors, into the raw prosthetic model. The weight of the limb is then reduced by hollowing it out and creating a custom pattern on the surface of the exoskeleton that matches the patients style and aesthetic requirements.

exo 3 printed leg prosthetic

The final step is printing the model in titanium, using a laser sintering process. Titanium would be used to create the leg prosthesis because it is extremely lightweight, very strong, and a hypoallergenic metal that makes it ideal for medical applications. The leg can then be assembled and fit very quickly with custom connectors designed and 3D printed directly into the prosthetic.

exo 3 printed leg prosthesis

Root is currently a senior at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, studying industrial design and sustainability, so his prototype was printed out of Polyamide 12, not titanium, but his project is ongoing. He says that the sockets and connectors can also be 3D printed using various densities of flexible materials that would help cushion the limb and make it more comfortable for the wearer. You can read Root’s entire proposal for the Exo Prosthetic Leg over on Behance.

18 Apr 00:00

You can’t tell me what to do Netflix

You can’t tell me what to do Netflix

20 Apr 08:17


Свадебная часовня в Хиросиме. Две отдельные лестницы, спиралью поднимающиеся наверх, символизируют разные пути молодоженов, встречающихся на вершине.

20 Apr 10:40

La velocidad de los trenes de levitación magnética se acerca a los 600 km/h

by (Nacho)

Jr-Maglev-Mlx01 — Yosemite

Un tren de levitación magnética o maglev es un tren que vuela, manteniéndose suspendido en el aire mediante unos poderosos electroimanes que también lo impulsan hacia adelante.

En Übergizmo, Japan’s Maglev Train Breaks Its Own Record At 590 km/h,

La velocidad máxima que los ingenieros han logrado alcanzar con estos trenes es de unos impresionantes 590 km/h, una velocidad a la que ni siquiera podrías mover la cabeza. Pero parece que este récord no va a durar mucho porque el fabricante esperar batirlo tan pronto como esta semana en una nueva tanda de pruebas en la que intentarán impulsar el tren hasta los 600 km/h.

Aunque el proyecto de los trenes maglev se remonta a los años 70 del siglo pasado, está previsto que estos trenes entren en servicio en el año 2027 rodando a una velocidad más moderada de 500 km/h.

Fotografía: JR-Maglev, por Yosemite

Relacionado, ¿Será posible? Londres – Nueva York en apenas una hora

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18 Apr 04:20

RT @WilliamShatner: The first JJ homage has been found in the trailer!

by Pai Osias
Author: Pai Osias
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RT @WilliamShatner: The first JJ homage has been found in the trailer!
18 Apr 17:30

(photo via jaykah)

(photo via jaykah)

19 Apr 02:59

The Mt Hood Railroad scenic train, which runs from Hood River to...

The Mt Hood Railroad scenic train, which runs from Hood River to Parkdale. Lovely views this time of year with pear orchards in bloom.

19 Apr 05:21

Еще несколько соседских портретов

В моем фотоархиве этого года норок уже раз в десять больше, чем медведей. Вот портреты. Хотите в профиль, хотите - в фас...

20 Apr 14:16

Will it be redundant?

by sharhalakis
19 Apr 05:41 delivering poor Internet to poor people

by Cory Doctorow

Mark Zuckerberg's project bribes corrupt, non-neutral carriers in poor countries to exempt Facebook and other services of its choosing from their data-caps, giving the world's poorest an Internet that's been radically pruned to a sliver of what the rest of the world gets for free. Read the rest

19 Apr 09:00

Олимпийская пустота

Нет, это не кадр из фильма ужасов или компьютерной игры про постъядерный мир. Это всего лишь одна из фотографий микрорайона Весёлое-Псоу в Адлерском районе Сочи, пришедшего в запустение после Олимпиады. Главред сайта Александр Валов на днях прогулялся по нему с фотоаппаратом и немедленно был оштрафован ФСБ за "нарушение пограничного режима в приграничной зоне".

Но я хочу обсудить даже не типичное поведение российских силовиков, а странное отношение властей к домам, в которые можно было бы заселить 60 семей. Большинство домов стоят совершенно пустые, в них никто не живёт, хотя здесь должен был быть полноценный жилой квартал. Местные жители говорят, что из 77 домов на данный момент заселены только 17.

Как полагает сам Валов, такая ситуация могла сложиться из-за того, что многие сочинцы предпочли денежную компенсацию переезду в новый дом. "Это дома для переселенцев, чье жилье попало под строительство дублера Курортного проспекта, автомобильных развязок и других объектов, которые курировало министерство транспорта РФ. Переселенцам по закону должны были предложить или денежную компенсацию, или новое жилье. Характерен случай сочинца Андрея Арнаутова, которому дали небольшие деньги, но не предложили нового жилья. И таких ситуаций, когда людям настоятельно предложили взять деньги, очень много. В результате много построенных для них домов остались пустыми", – рассказал он.

В конце марта жители Весёлого-Псоу заявили о "бесхозном состоянии" коттеджного посёлка и его нецелевом использовании, а сочинская общественная комиссия направила соответствующий акт президенту России, депутатам Госдумы и генпрокурору...

Посёлок (или, вернее, микрорайон) Весёлое-Псоу был построен для олимпийских переселенцев в 2011 году. Он состоит из 77 индивидуальных жилых домов, 5 многоквартирных домов на 518 квартир и объектов инфраструктуры – по крайней мере, так написано на сайте Департамента олимпийского наследия Краснодарского края.

Дома "частного сектора" строил Росавтодор, а точнее, созданное им ФКУ Упрдор "Черноморье". Росавтодор, в свою очередь, является федеральным агентством Министерства транспорта РФ.

Представитель "Черноморья" рассказал, что дома были сданы в эксплуатацию ещё в апреле 2011 года. Собственником домов, по его словам, является Росимущество – проще говоря, они принадлежат государству. "Разрешение на ввод объекта в эксплуатацию подписал заместитель министра регионального развития РФ. Объект находится в оперативном управлении ФКУ "Черноморье"", – добавил чиновник.

Получается, что дома по-прежнему не являются частными. Видимо, именно поэтому по кварталам разъезжает машина ведомственной охраны Минтранса.

Неужели жильё никому не нужно? Только в Сочи в очереди на получение социального жилья стоят более 30 тысяч человек. Представитель администрации города при этом утверждает, что "в Сочи нет свободного жилья". Как распределяется "олимпийское" жильё – непонятно. Почему эти дома пустуют? Почему бы не отдать их нуждающимся сочинцам? Почему нельзя подарить их погорельцам из Амурской области, Забайкалья и Хакасии, которые лишились всего из-за сибирских пожаров? Пусть на новом месте строят новую жизнь, если хотят. А сейчас эти бесхозные новостройки просто гниют и подвергаются регулярным набегам мародёров (кстати, есть же охрана; где она в таких случаях прячется?).

На первый взгляд, в Весёлом-Псоу всё в порядке. Только трава, пробивающаяся сквозь плитку, вызывает подозрения.

Снова кадр из триллера.

Охрана Минтранса прячет лица.

Это сейчас основное население посёлка, видимо.

Пешеходный переход для нетрезвых.

Дорога здесь особо не нужна.

Запустение, мёртвые окна.

Видно, что дом в правом нижнем углу обжит – там стоят детские велосипеды. Но это исключение.


Почти пустыня.

Одинокое дерево.

Печальный коттедж...

... и его клоны.


Вот так 60 неплохих домов уже три года просто разрушаются. Наверняка в каком-нибудь ведомстве сидит тупой ленивый мудак и все эти 3 года перекладывает бумажки вместо того, чтобы дело cделать и передать жилье нуждающимся.

Хорошо бы раскрутить эту историю, пока дома совсем не развалились. Отправьте ссылочку вашему любимому чиновнику:
Президенту РФ;
или губернатору Краснодарского края;
а может, министру транспорта России;
просто мэру Сочи;
в Департамент олимпийского наследия Краснодарского края;
в Министерство социального развития Краснодарского края.

И расскажите об этом в своих блогах и соцсетях:

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19 Apr 13:30


18 Apr 19:06

minim-calibre: skunkbear: By all means try this at home!...



By all means try this at home! National Geographic put together a much more detailed step by step (and bit more scientific background) over on their education blog. 

If that seems too sticky, you can just WATCH THE VIDEO I made with saidandseen.

Yes. This is a thing. A thing we must do. For great justice. And FOR SCIENCE!

17 Apr 19:00


18 Apr 15:11

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Modern Art


Hovertext: The Art Reconnaissance Team is listening. And recording. And transcribing into spoken word poetry.

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18 Apr 22:25

archiemcphee: Anthropomorphism + Wordplay = AwesomeWe’ve...


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Anthropomorphism + Wordplay = Awesome

We’ve already got a soft spot for anthropomorphic food so we love these playful minimal ink and acrylic illustrations created by Cape Town, South Africa-based illustrator and designer Jaco Haasbroek. From a bellicose birthday cake to what may be the world’s official all-purpose seal of approval, the series depicts adorably personified Food, Objects and Animals either speaking or captioned by painfully cute puns and other sorts of wordplay.

Click here to view the entire series.

To check out more of his work visit Jaco Haasbroek’s website, Flickr page, Instagram feed or follow him right here on Tumblr at haasbroek.

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18 Apr 00:08

micdotcom: Real students’ responses to what #IWishMyTeacherKnew...




Real students’ responses to what #IWishMyTeacherKnew will break your heart 

Kyle Schwartz asked third-graders in her Denver classroom to write her notes about things they wish she understood about their lives. Schwartz told ABC News she knew her students came from underprivileged homes but wanted to truly understand how that affected their lives and education. The movement has now spread across the country.

18 Apr 04:19

15 Most Magnificent Train Routes Around The World

by Aleksandar Ilic

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Some people consider traveling an unnecessary burden that you have to deal with from time to time out of sheer necessity. On the other hand, people who possess that spark of true wanderers and explorers can’t get enough of it. Wanderlust is the word that is most commonly used to explain the state of mind of these people are in. This incredible passion for traveling, experiencing new cultures and civilizations, and seeing new scenery is not easily quenched but also brings a lot of benefits for the traveler as a person. Modern means of transportation, like airplanes, are hardly a good choice when you are traveling with this specific purpose in mind.

This is why people like to take trains when traveling for the sake of traveling. Trains have always had that certain level of causality, as well as the air of mystique that makes them a desirable means of transportation. They are far more comfortable than buses, cars or airplanes, and they provide you with the opportunity to really enjoy magnificent sites during your travels. For this reason, we have decided to compose a list of the most beautiful train routes from around the globe, attempting to provide an option for anyone to experience a stunning train ride that will last through the ages.

1. Bergen Railway, Norway

1. Bergen Railway, Norway

Not many people living outside of Europe are aware how beautiful the scenery of Scandinavia really is. Riding from Bergen to Oslo, you will experience beautiful sights and the environment will change seemingly as if the seasons are changing as you go along. Beautiful fjords, snowy mountaintops and stunning grassy plains will compose this scenery.

2. West Rhine Railway, Germany

2. West Rhine Railway, Germany

Most travellers that go to Germany focus on Berlin and its immense history, high culture and vast cultural life. Still, Germany has a lot more to offer and one of the more beautiful parts is its wine country, the highlight of which is the Rhine valley.  The railroad stretches from Mainz to Koblenz and there are a lot of things to see along the way.

3. Bernina Express Railway, Switzerland to Germany

3. Bernina Express Railway, Switzerland to Italy

The route this train ride will take you through is part of the Swiss Alps and has been put under official the protection of UNESCO as a world heritage. The Bernina Express Railway will take you through the magnificent scenery of the Swiss countryside, lakes and breath-taking glaciers. We recommend taking panorama cars for the best experience possible.

4. Christchurch to Greymouth Railway, New Zealand

4. Christchurch to Greymouth Railway, New Zealand

After the European Alps, let’s pop off to the Southern Alps train ride in New Zealand. If you take a train from Christchurch to Greymouth, you are in for a treat. Canterbury plains and the Waimakariri River, with its beautiful gorges await you along with the magnificent view over the Southern Alps, which will spread out before you.

5. Douro Line Railway, Portugal

DCF 1.0

Back to Europe, to north Portugal to be more specific. This scenic railroad line got its name from the Douro river and was first started in 1887. It follows the river the majority of the way and it’s a big part of the landscape you are going to feast your eyes on. The valley is also a key element of the picturesque scenery that this ride has to offer.

6. The Royal Scotsman, Scotland

6. The Royal Scotsman, Scotland (2)

If you want a top-class luxurious experience, then you are going to enjoy the one The Royal Scotsman has to offer. Even the name itself echoes luxury and elegance! Take a trip from Edinburgh and enjoy the magnificent Scottish Highlands along with its lochs and beautiful green landscapes. The train itself is high quality and ensures maximum comfort.

7. The Sunset Limited, USA

7. The Sunset Limited, USA

When it comes to legendary sceneries in the USA, there is nothing more iconic than its deserts which always brings scenes from western movies to mind. There is simply something beautiful in the ruggedness of the desert and there is no better way to experience it than from the seat on The Sunset Limited! The train goes from Los Angeles and New Orleans and you are going to enjoy every minute of this 48 hour journey.

8. The Danube Express, Hungary to Turkey

8. The Danube Express, Hungary to Turkey

Another luxurious train ride that starts from Eastern Europe, in Budapest, all the way to the oriental Istanbul in Turkey. One of the countries that this very unique line passes through is Transylvania (Romania), home of the famous Vlad Tsepesh, more popularly known as Dracula and see the castle of the historical figure that the legendary vampire character was based on. The journey ends in Istanbul where you should visit the famous Haydarpaşa Terminal, one of the more famous train stations in the world.

9. Al Andalus Express, Spain

9. Al Andalus Express, Spain

Andalusia, a region of southern Spain, is considered one of the more beautiful landscapes in the world. Ever since 1930, Al Andalus Express has been giving people the opportunity to experience the Andalusia in a breath-taking and relaxing manner. This six-day journey starts from Seville and ends in Cordoba.

10. Maharajas’ Express, India

10. Maharajas' Express, India

If you want to see the extravagant side of India, the Maharajas’ Express is the best option for you. This train ride has been titled “World’s Leading Luxury Train” and “World’s Most Expensive Luxury Train in Asia”, and these titles talk volumes about the quality of service and accommodation during the trip. From Mumbai to Delhi, prepare to be amazed!

11. Denali Star Route, Alaska

11. Denali Star Route, Alaska

There are very few places in the world that can match the primal beauty of the Alaskan landscapes. The route that the Denali Star takes will take you through many charming small towns and villages as well and bring you to the magnificent Denali National Park. The entire trip is over within a day, but keep in mind that this is a 12 hour expedition.

12. Talyllyn Railway, Wales

12. Talyllyn Railway, Wales

Ok, if you are a train enthusiast, then you certainly know about the Thomas the Tank Engine book and TV show. What if a I told you that you could ride the line that served as an inspiration for this character. Enjoy a charming ride through the Fathew Valley riding on a steam powered train line that dates all the way back to 1865.

13. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

13. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russian

One of the legendary train rides that isn’t recommended for novices. The 5,772 miles journey from Moscow, on the west of the country to Vladivostok in the east take somewhere around 13 days to complete in its entirety. An ominous number isn’t it? This is a real adventure through one of the harshest regions of the world.

14. Hiram Bingham, Peru

14. Hiram Bingham, Peru

South America always had a certain veil of mystery with legends about its rainforests, tribes and so on. One of the most famous archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Peru is the citadel Machu Picchu. The Hiram Bingham train route can take you around the mountain in a journey that lasts six hours and includes exploring all the best sites.

15. Durango & Silverton Railroad, USA

15. Durango & Silverton Railroad, USA

This classic American train has been proclaimed “Best North American Train Trip” by National Geographic Traveller. The train route has been around since 1881 and travels a 45 mile journey between Durango and the town of Silverton.

The thing that makes train vacations a good idea is the fact that they can be a perfect summer or winter vacation and the dispute concerning which is better has gone on for ages. Pictures are worth a thousand words and experiences vary from train to train. The thing that is definitely true is that you will remember them for the rest of your life and once you try a scenic train journey, you will always love it.

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