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The French Election is a huge waste of paper

The French election are riding high on the news cycle. The field has narrowed into a straight fight between Front National’s Marine Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron. Round 2 will be defined not what the French are for but …

Posted: 24th, April 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Internet of things: hacker makes all city’s emergency sirens go off at once

When everything is on the Internet, it might be wise to sleep with one eye open and beneath a tinfoil blanket. People living in Dallas didn’t get much sleep when a hacker triggered the city’s 156 emergency sirens – used …

Posted: 9th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Government uses Westminster terror attack to limit hard-fought freedom

The reaction to Khalid Massod’s murderous attack in London was clear: we will not let the heinous actions of one man threaten our hard won freedoms. Theresa May assured us that “Any attempt to defeat those values [liberty, democracy, freedom …

Posted: 27th, March 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Carl Sagan was right: a neuroscientist explains connectomes to children and experts

Bobby Kasthuri accepted Wired’s challenge to explain what a connectome is to five individuals. As you know, of course, a connectome is (it says here) ‘a comprehensive diagram of all the neural connections existing in the brain’.

Kasthuri’s mission was …

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Molecule mixture triggers hair growth and cures hearing loss

cochlear hair cells

 

Good news its that technology is on course to cure hearing loss caused by the dying off of cochlear hair cells. C&EN tells us that a healthy ear contains about 15,000 hair cells in the cochlea. As you age, …

Posted: 1st, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Find household items lost inside your anus with the Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS)

Ever lose something up your nostrils, vagina, anus or other orifice? Something like a Donny Osmond poster, keepsake, drugs stash, lungfish, hacksaw, shovel, shot glass or eel?

Well, help is at hand. Beat the …

Posted: 28th, February 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Chinese clickfarmer at work on her apple iPhones

clickfarmer china iphone

 

If you’re too busy to tweet yourself, you can outsource the task and others to the woman above. She’s a clickfamer installing apps on a screen of Apple iphones. The more installs an app has the higher it ranks …

Posted: 3rd, January 2017 | In: Online-PR, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In age of distraction the SMS weighs heavier than the book

Are you scared and unarmed by mass communication? Jonathan Safran Foer is worried by his “always on” digital environment.  He says “technology is diminishing us”. Foer says inattentiveness is morally wrong. ‘Simone Weil wrote that “attention is the rarest and …

Posted: 3rd, December 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drones can hack your lightbulbs from 1000 feet overhead

Drones can hack your lightbulbs. It’s true. It sounds mad to say it, granted. But it’s true. PC World reports on a cyber attack on your so-called smart bulbs:

Researchers were able to take control of some Philips Hue lights

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple fans delighted a new range of Mac laptops costs less here than in America

If you use Apple computers you are an “Apple fan”, says the Daily Mail. You’re also a mug because the Apple stuff you buy in the UK is pricier than the same stuff you can buy in the US, …

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Money, Tabloids, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This 3D map of the Universe shows 43,000 galaxies

How big is space? The 2MASS Redshift Survey is trying to find out. After 10 years toil,we can see the universe rendered as a 3D map. It features – get this-  43,000 galaxies within 380 million light-years from Earth.…

Posted: 26th, September 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The colours of blindness and love

When Ashley was blind, her nearest and dearest described colours to her like this:

Yellow. I didn’t touch anything for this, they just told me that whenever you laugh so hard you can’t stop, that that happiness is what

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why I’m not buying an iPhone 7

Like millions of you, I’m not buying the New iPhone 7 because: a) they told me the iPhone 6s was the greatest phone ever and could not be beaten, and I beliveed them – still do!; b) the new cameras …

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Money, News, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch the Apollo 11 Moon blast in very slow motion

On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 blasted into space. In this video the blast off is stretched from 30 seconds of action to over eight minutes of viewing time.

“The Saturn V vehicle produced a holocaust of flames,” says NASA.…

Posted: 22nd, August 2016 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Normal teenagers will lose virginity to robots

Lock up your sons and daughters – the sex bots are coming. The Mail warns:

Teenagers may lose their virginity to sex robots in the future, a leading expert predicted yesterday. Professor Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of robotics at Sheffield

Posted: 10th, June 2016 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to burn a carjacker to death and get away with it

How do you fend off carjackers? On YouTube, we find an answer:

When this foot switch is pressed, two things happen. One, a 14-thousand volt spark would appear here in this nozzle, and then you have these four jets here

Posted: 2nd, June 2016 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


SatNav directions send woman into a deep harbour (photos)

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Do you trust machines? Would you buy a driverless car? To Tobermory, Ontario, Canada, where a 23-year-old woman who followed her car’s SatNav instructions ended up in a harbour.

Ontario Provincial Police say the driver “took a wrong turn …

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The ‘Don’t Touch Box’ (Video)

 

YouTuber **Sally71** has created the “DON’T TOUCH!!! BOX – a variant of “The Most Useless Box Machine”.

 

DON'T TOUCH!!! BOX

Posted: 16th, April 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Chart of Space Exploration

cosmic-exploration

 

This is a new chart of cosmic exploration from Pop Chart Lab. It “traces the trajectories of every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor to ever slip the surly bonds of Earth’s orbit and successfully complete its mission …

Posted: 11th, March 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Call of Duty turns Jamie Vardy into a ticking timebomb

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Big news in the Daily Mail that Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is “gunning down rivals” by playing Call of Duty on his PlayStation.

Those rivals had best watch out. The Daily Mail told us Call of Duty turns …

Posted: 7th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, News, Sports, Tabloids, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Printer creates images from coffee, wine and any other liquid

coffee face

 

“This machine prints with and on anything,” says Ted Kinsman of his The Coffee Drip Printer, the device that prints images from coffee, beer, wine, blood, clarified butter and any other liquid.

 

 

Spotter: PetaPixel

Posted: 2nd, March 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Then ultimate bath tub in a canal house in Amsterdam

A canal house in Amsterdam by Witteveen Architects. A canal house in Amsterdam by Witteveen Architects.

 

Spotter

Posted: 9th, February 2016 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The most insane wind turbine photo of all time

wind turbine frozen helicopter

 

Wind turbines reduce the amount of CO2 being released to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. Well, that’s the idea. And then you see this picture from Sweden.

The rotor blades of a wind turbine to ice

Posted: 24th, January 2016 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch what happens when a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevy Malibu collide head-on

Cars have gotten a lot safer. In this 2009 video by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevy Malibu collide head-on. The new car is far heavier, so maybe there’s bit of …

Posted: 22nd, January 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scientist says global warming creates humans with webbed fingers, three eyes and more hair

We glimpse into the future with paleoanthropologist Dr. Matthew Skinner of the University of Kent. He says that as the world’s temperature alters, we will see humanity adopt. You will grow webbed feet and fingers, a third eyelid and lots …

Posted: 14th, January 2016 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0