New delivery service brings retro video game machines right to your door for $75 a month.
Why world hunger won’t be solved with the test-tube burger. About 12.5% of the world’s population is considered “hungry,” but many development economists say we already grow enough food to feed them all.
One interesting model system for thinking about the consequences of neural delays is the giraffe. Adults giraffes stand 5-6m tall, so the feet are a long way from the brain. Anything that happens to the feet as they walk (say, tripping on a tree root) will potentially not be registered fast enough for the brain to issue a response. Why don’t giraffes fall over often enough that people? Faster neurons? Cautious gait?
Goldman’s Top Disruptive Themes: E-cigarettes, Cancer Immunotherapy, LED Lighting, Natural Gas Engines,3D Printing, Big Data…
When asked to imagine going to a cinema, people preferentially select seats to the right. For aircraft, contrary to expectation, occupancy rate was higher for left.
In a predictable world, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon would have been regarded as a regrettable aberration and quickly forgotten. What makes one brilliant iconoclast wildly successful, and another ignored?
Prisoners were immersed into tanks of ice water for hours at a time, often shivering to death, to discover how long German pilots downed by enemy fire could survive the frozen waters of the North Sea. The Ethics Of Using Medical Data From Nazi Experiments.
Despite popular folklore, hypnosis is not a form of sleep. Brain imaging findings support the contention that hypnosis is a distinct form of consciousness.
A new Florida State University study has found that adolescent boys who are hurt in just two physical fights suffer a loss in IQ that is roughly equivalent to missing an entire year of school. Girls experience a similar loss of IQ after only a single fighting-related injury.
Cell phone ownership (i.e., cellular subscribers/population) has grown sharply since 1988, average use per subscriber has risen from 140 to 740 minutes a month since 1993, and surveys indicate that as many as 81 percent of cellular owners use their phones while driving—yet aggregate crash rates have fallen substantially over this period. [PDF]
With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Android to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said.
Neuroscientist, Robert Ferrante, 64, denies the homicide charge. It’s not clear, of course, how he’ll explain the fact that he purchased a half-pound of cyanide. Investigators also found witnesses who saw Ferrante experimenting with mixing up the creatine-enhanced energy drink that his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, was taking in the belief that it would help her become pregnant.
By simply printing out your own shower curtain rings, iPhone case, jewelry organizer or other common products, an average homeowner could recoup the cost of a 3D printer in under a year.
Today, almost 90 percent of American households have air conditioning. How to live without air conditioning.
Dentist who used copyright to silence her patients is on the run. He threatened patients who wrote bad Yelp reviews with lawsuits.
In 1971, he declared that vitamin C would cause a 10 percent decrease in deaths from cancer. Subsequent studies have consistently shown that vitamin C doesn’t treat cancer.
While in the U.S. and other wealthy countries viruses appear to be involved in about 5 percent of all cancers, in some countries the number can be as high as 20 percent. (The worldwide average is about 13 percent.)
Another ahistorical analogy for thinking about technology is that the role of technology in learning is similar to the role of technology in sex. Technology may be enhancing, useful, amusing, diversifying, but at the end of the day, it will not replace the basic human transaction. So there is nothing to fear, only something to gain.
“These two ad behemoths will have the industry’s largest and most formidable talent pool of people called ‘creatives’ who have never created a single thing in their lives and whose only apparent ability is to trick other people.”
Chuck Feeney is the James Bond of philanthropy. Over the last 30 years he’s crisscrossed the globe conducting a clandestine operation to give away a $7.5 billion fortune derived from hawking cognac, perfume and cigarettes in his empire of duty-free shops.
The perfect hexagonal array of bees’ honeycombs owes more to simple physical forces than to the skill of bees, according to a new study. Bees simply make cells that are circular in cross section and are packed together like a layer of bubbles. The wax, softened by the heat of the bees’ bodies, then gets pulled into hexagonal cells by surface tension at the junctions where three walls meet.
Fish are the last wild creatures that we eat. And as global demand for fish has doubled in the past 20 years, the prices have remain stagnant. How is that possible, you ask? We catch a buttload more of them now, that’s how.
Ms. Lee is among the roughly 1 in 5 students in South Korea who the government said is addicted to smartphone use. This addiction is defined as spending more than seven hours a day using the phone and experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia and depression when cut off from the device.
To avoid paying taxes, the rich are emptying their bank accounts in Switzerland and investing in art. This has spawned a new business of storing such works tax- and duty-free in warehouses across the world.
Lone Signal is a messaging platform that allows anyone with an Internet connection to send a message toward star systems selected for our METI (messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence) experiment. Through our website, users can send a 144-character text message for free, and they can send subsequent messages or photos for a fee.
Urbanism starts with the location of the parking lot. [via Matthew Poplawski]
If the planet warms by 4 °C, which is within the IPCC range of estimates, they will eventually rise by 9 meters, on average, and up to 12 meters in some parts of the world. The point, aside from the fact that 12 meters is a lot of water, is that generations of humans will have to deal with sea levels that keep going up.
Bush, Global Warming, Circumcision… The 10 Most Controversial Topics on Wikipedia.
Outsmarting bugs with a fan may be a poorly known strategy. But the method, it turns out, is endorsed by the American Mosquito Control Association. [NY Times]
Apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal forces, 1965.— the woman is strapped onto a circular table, and the table is then rotated at high speed.
International journals, they’re giving them to everybody these days. The International Journal of…Zizek Studies! Baudrillard Studies! And now, Badiou Studies! Unfortunately, there is currently no International Journal of Deleuze or Ranciere Studies, because there is no justice in this world. Also: Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: A Deleuzo-Nietzschean Perspective on State, Security, and Active/Reactive Networks. [both via Bookforum]
Every action and drama seems to violate Alfred Hitchcock’s rule of matching the length of a film to the endurance of the human bladder. Why Are Hollywood Movies So Long?
A group in California is starting to engineer glow-in-the-dark trees that could one day replace streetlights. “The big challenge with the trees is that trees take a long time to grow.”
Much nonsense is talked about Shakespeare not writing his plays, but more interesting questions remain: who edited the First Folio? And were substantial changes made?
The hero in martial arts movies usually steps in when a passive victim is picked on by a gang of thugs. However a new study finds that in real life, third parties are most likely to intervene in conflict situations when the incident involves mutual aggression between drunk men.
I can pinpoint the exact date our nation’s obesity epidemic began. The day that drinking straws got bigger.
Any pet owner or custodian who allows a dog to bark continuously or for an extended period of time in a manner that annoys the neighbors and disturbs the peace and tranquillity of the neighborhood may be guilty of allowing a public nuisance and punishable by a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1000 and/or six months in jail.
a sampling of a few popular drugs of the day: 2C-P, Bromo-Dragonfly, NBOMe Series, Benzo Fury, MDPV, 5-MeO-DMT.