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How to Survive A Helicopter Crash: grab the clip and don’t let go

In Airspace Mag you can learn How to Survive A Helicopter Crash. The simplest way, of course, is never to get inside a helicopter. I once took a trip to an oil rig. After a spot of training, in which …

Posted: 12th, December 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gawker counts the cost of attacking its customers

Gawker media’s anti-GamerGate drive back-fired:

 “The cost to Gawker Media of its ridicule and viciousness toward video gamers was ‘seven figures’ in lost advertising revenue, according to the company’s head of advertising, Andrew Gorenstein. In addition, founder Nick Denton

Posted: 12th, December 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police advice: ‘don’t jerk and drive’

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The South Dakota Department of Public Safety tells drivers “Don’t Jerk and Drive”.
A British accent – the voice of nannyhood authoutity – declares “nobody likes a jerker”.

The department’s director Lee Axdahl says drivers should keep their car

Posted: 12th, December 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Build An Electric Train On your Kitchen Table

 

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This is how you build an electric train with magnets, a battery, and a copper coil.

 

Spoter: Twisted Sifter

Posted: 2nd, December 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Silicon Valley Jungle: Life In America’s Largest Homeless Camp

No Home: How Silicon Valley Created America’s Largest Homeless Camp.

Feid, an unemployed union carpenter, lives in a fortress of netting and plastic tarp with a cat named Baby. He’s one of the 278 people who’ve claimed a spot in

Posted: 1st, December 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The ‘Guardian Class’ Want Video Games Rated For Sexism

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In light of “Gamergate”, Sweden’s “government-funded innovation agency” Vinnova are looking at rating video games by their “sexist” content.
The Local catches up with one Vinnova “manager” who “said it was unclear at this stage if all video …

Posted: 20th, November 2014 | In: News, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


REM, Depression And Genius: The Twenty-four Hour Mind

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In Rosalind D. Cartwright’s The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives,  she turns to a link between REM sleep and depression:

The more severe the depression, the earlier the first REM

Posted: 20th, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UK Crowdfunding Project Will Bury Your Hair On The Moon

SHAKE the tin and they will come:

A British-led consortium has outlined its plans to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years’ time. Its aim is to raise £500m for the project from donations by the public. 

Posted: 19th, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Septic Willies On Rosetta and Philae : Dr Matt Taylor’s Sexist Shirt Sell Out

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SO what the  European Space Agency landed the Philae spacecraft on that singing comet.  It was an awesome thing. Humanity is great. The names Rosetta and Philae are high on the news cycle. Space and the adventures imagained and realised …

Posted: 15th, November 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Sounds Like Inuit Throat Singing: Listen To Rosetta

THE Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander has picked up sound on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, upon which it now sits.

The ESA released tbgis audio clip of 67P/C-G singing. MNany sya it sounds a lot like Predator, the bearded Hollywood alien that …

Posted: 14th, November 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hart To Heart: Woman Marries Anonymous Sperm Donor Who Fathered Her Child

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MODERN romance features Aminah Hart who wanted her daughter to meet her biological father – the one who sired her by donating his sperm.

A British-born woman who had a child through IVF is engaged to the anonymous sperm

Posted: 11th, November 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obama Moves To Control The Internet

IN the USA, Barack Obama saya the way to keep the internet free is to, er, regulate it:

“So President Obama has announced that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. He’s asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Posted: 10th, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Drug Turns Your Fixed Adult Brain Into A Fast-Learning Child-Like Mind

NEW science means you can think and learn like a child…

Professor Carla Shatz of Stanford University and her colleagues have discovered a way to revert an adult brain to the “plastic”, child-like state that is more able to form

Posted: 10th, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


I Can See The Music: Vinly Records At 1000 Magnification

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EVER wonder what a needle on a vinyl record looks like at 1000x magnification?

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Here’s what it looks like in action:

 

Spotter: @marcrobichaud

Posted: 8th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch A Bowling Ball And Feather Race Inside The World’s Largest Vacuum Chamber

A FEATHER and a bowling ball dropped together inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber:

 

For the BBC’s Human Universe, Brian Cox went to NASA’s Space Power Facility to showcase the world’s largest vacuum chamber. In the video, he …

Posted: 7th, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Idling: 70% Of Porn Traffic Comes From Office Computers During Work Hours

DO you work hard at the office? Roland Paulsen, author of Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance, counts the minutes:

Most work sociologists tend toward the view that non-work at work is a marginal, if not negligible, phenomenon. What

Posted: 4th, November 2014 | In: Money, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pianist Uses EU ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Rules To Censor Bad Reviews

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WHEN did the internet become all about promoting censorship?

In 2010, Dejan Lazic got a mildly critical review in the Washington Post and now he wants it taken down so people who google him won’t see it anymore.

Lazi adheres …

Posted: 4th, November 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Universe Will End When A Tiny Bubble Appears Under Your Chair

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IF the Big Bang started the Universive, how will it all end? Cosmologist Alex Vilenkin knows. It will go ‘pop’:

All of a sudden a tiny little bubble will appear. It can appear anywhere—under your chair, or somewhere in

Posted: 3rd, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Virgian Galactic: Getting There Is Dangerous

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Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two:

“This was a test flight. This is what test flights are for. The desert around Mojave has a decades-long history of smoking holes in the ground and test-pilot funerals, though most of them usually

Posted: 2nd, November 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fetch The Generator: A Huge Spot On The Sun Is Acting Weird

 

AS I write, it’s 23 degrees Centigrade in London. On Halloween.

PBS has news:

By the time the giant spot on the sun rotated into view on October 18, it was already 80,000 miles wide, big enough to fit

Posted: 31st, October 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Journalism: Verizon’s SugarString.com Makes Pravda Look Open And Neutral

JOURNALISM is dying. Verizon has a new news website:

The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is

Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Lovely Time-Lapse Video of Braces Straightening Teeth

Video: time-lapse of braces straightening teeth:   Spotter: The Kid Should See This

Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch the NASA’s Antares Rocket Blow-Up From Loads of Angles!

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THERE’S something in the human psyche that loves seeing things blow-up. Explosions are even better when there’s no casualties, because you can just enjoy the show without wanting to vomit with the weight of it all.

Yesterday, NASA launched …

Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Face of The Day: ASMIO At The WIRED Conference in London

FACE of the Day: Honda’s ASIMO:

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ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) Honda’s humanoid robot, ascends a staircase as it makes its UK debut at the WIRED Conference in London.  Honda’s development of humanoid robots began in 1986 and …

Posted: 17th, October 2014 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ebola.com Is For Sale: A Booming Industry In Death And Fear Needs You

HOW capitalism works: the domain name Ebola.com is for sale. You can buy it for $150,000. Jon Schultz is selling. He also owns biurdflu.com and terror.com, which is nice.

Schultz, of Las Vegas-based Blue String Ventures, looks at domains through

Posted: 15th, October 2014 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0