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“..A Wireless Sensor That Locks Your Mac When You Walk Away..”

“..The new Sesame 2 key fob is a dead-simple security solution for your Mac – - that’s exactly the right kind of boring. It automatically locks your computer when you walk away from it..” (cont..) go to source/story>> A Wireless … Continue reading

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“..Listen to Dutch chimpanzees speaking in Scottish accent: ‘first evidence’ of animals modifying language..”

“..Listen to recordings of the apes’ Scots twang..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Listen to Dutch chimpanzees speaking in Scottish accent: ‘first evidence’ of animals modifying language – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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“..Gorgeous portraits of owls..”

(ed:..how can you not love owls…?.. ..and looking at them..?..) (cont..) go to source/story>> Gorgeous portraits of owls – Boing Boing.

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“..Words in the mouth: device lets you hear with your tongue..”

“..Researchers at Colorado State University are mapping human tongues in hopes of teaching the tongue to hear with a new device..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Words in the mouth: device lets you hear with your tongue – Boing Boing.

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“..FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality..”

“..Using this authority – I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization – - and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. … Continue reading

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“..Here’s How Your Dog ‘Sees’ A Whole Other World With His Super-Powered Nose..”

“…dogs’ noses have about 300 million olfactory receptor cells in their noses. Humans? A measly 5 million to 6 million. And in dogs the system dedicated to processing smells takes up more relative brain area compared to humans. These disparities … Continue reading

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“..Tesla’s ‘Insane’ Button – Totally Freaks People Out..”

“..What kind of car would come with an ‘insane mode? A Tesla – specifically a Tesla Model S P85D- the $120,000 electric speedster with a 221-horsepower front motor and a 470-horsepower rear motor. Hitting the ‘insane’ button engages both at … Continue reading

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“..Sly Stone awarded $5m in unpaid royalties..”

(ed:..excellent..!..) (cont..) go to source/story>> Sly Stone awarded $5m in unpaid royalties | Music | The Guardian.

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“..The Crowdfunding Site That Lets You Sell Shares in Your Videogame or Movie..”

“..new startup – Chroma Fund – which lets you IPO your own media projects – - including indie video games – films – or any other endeavor you think could make a buck. You can’t IPO yourself – but you … Continue reading

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“..10 best vegan cookbooks..”

“..the cookbooks that use the healthiest ingredients – – and prove there is life after cheese..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 10 best vegan cookbooks – Food & Drink – IndyBest – The Independent.

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“..solar-powered DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle – is transforming lives..”

“..Ahmet Davutoglu warns that Isis is likely to remain in control of most of its seized territory for foreseeable future..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Liter of Light’s solar-powered, DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle is transforming lives – Features … Continue reading

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“..The amazing house that floats above the sea..”

“..Supported by steel stilts – the house is ‘suspended’ 40 metres above the Fairhaven Beach – and the only access is via a 23m walkway. The home on Great Ocean Rd – which appears to float over the sea – … Continue reading

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“..The rise of food forests in the south..”

“..Juliet Pope – of Arrowtown – - says the Guytons’ ‘legendary’ food forest – - was the ‘best example – evidently – in the world – - of a cool climate food forest..” (cont..) (ed:..i have been fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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“..What They Should Have Told Me Before I Rescued My Pit Bull..” 

“..What they should have told me was this: This is an adventure. Welcome to the best years of your life..” (cont..) go to source/story>> What They Should Have Told Me Before I Rescued My Pit Bull | Ashley Gulla.

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“..Zero percent carbon – and 100 per cent stylish..”

“..Norway’s latest effort to build eco-friendly houses..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Zero percent carbon and 100 per cent stylish | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Stunning time-lapse video shows Earth from the International Space Station..”

(ed:..this one is very cool..) (cont..) go to source/story>> Stunning time-lapse video shows Earth from the International Space Station – Salon.com.

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“..A Smart Lamp Designed to Fight the Winter Blues..”

“..You can sync it to Bali’s sunrise and sunset – - and get a full day of tropical light – indoors..” (cont..) go to source/story>> A Smart Lamp Designed to Fight the Winter Blues | WIRED.

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“..Easy-to-Install Bike Handlebars That Buzz to Give You Directions..”

“..Boréal Bikes’s inaugural product is smrtGRiPS – - handlebar grips that use haptic communication signals to help cyclists get around town..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Easy-to-Install Bike Handlebars That Buzz to Give You Directions | WIRED.

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“..Vamp – the cube that brings your old speakers back to life..”

“..The Vamp – invented by Paul Cocksedge – - can be connected to a speaker and paired with your phone – - to give you a great sound..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Vamp, the cube that brings your old speakers … Continue reading

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“..How To Use A Waffle Iron To Make Crispy Tofu..”

“..the waffle iron crisps the tofu on both sides – - without the need for flipping or turning..” (cont..) go to source/story>> How To Use A Waffle Iron To Make Crispy Tofu.

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“..A Clever Plan to Teach Schoolkids New Languages With a Free App..”

“..Duolingo is already helping 60 million people learn new languages outside the classroom. Now – it’s taking its technology inside schools as well..” (cont..) (ed:..one of those apps in te reo wd be useful..eh..?..) go to source/story>> A Clever Plan … Continue reading

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“..Augmented humans: ‘In five years you’ll see exoskeletons on the building site’..”

“..From paraplegics able to stand up from a wheelchair and walk again – to workmen carrying heavy loads – - robotics-enhanced humans are no longer just science fiction..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Augmented humans: ‘In five years you’ll see exoskeletons … Continue reading

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“..3Doodler 2.0 printing pen makes drawing in air a reality..”

“..WobbleWorks’ second-generation 3D-printing pen allows users to create solid plastic structures from air drawings..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 3Doodler 2.0 printing pen makes drawing in air a reality | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..’Environmental soldiers’ clean up town..”

“..Te Awamutu had no idea who was cleaning its streets- – but it turns out the Waikato is having its recycling cleared for free by urban soldiers of the environment. For the past 11 years – pick-up driver Arthur Kelly … Continue reading

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“..Who wouldn’t want to live in this enchanting Swedish microhouse?..”

“..Images from the designer’s website – - and his description of the project and the process follow..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Who wouldn’t want to live in this enchanting Swedish microhouse? – Boing Boing.

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“..LP sleeve is also a DJ controller..”

“..a Bluetooth-connected sleeve printed with capacitive surfaces – - that connect to a music-controlling app..” (cont..) (ed:..now this one is pretty cool..) go to source/story>> LP sleeve is also a DJ controller – Boing Boing.

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“..Dogs allowed to travel in passengers’ laps on Aerolineas Argentinas flights..”

“..Argentine President Cristina Fernandez chose an unexpected theme for her year-end message to the country: – a change in policy at the state-run airline to allow passengers to carry their already notoriously-pampered lapdogs with them on flights..” (cont..) go to … Continue reading

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“..Smart pen patented by Apple..”

“..Apple has been granted a patent for a smart pen that could save what you write on a piece of paper – a whiteboard – – or even thin air and transmit it wirelessly to your phone or tablet…” (cont..) … Continue reading

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“..Monkey saves dying friend at Indian train station – video..”

“..A monkey at Kanpur train station in India saves the life of another monkey who had fallen unconscious on the tracks – - after being electrocuted by walking on wires above. The first monkey rubs – hits – and bites … Continue reading

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“..Muhammad Ali’s condition ‘vastly improved’ after mild case of pneumonia..”

(ed:..that is good news..) (cont..) go to source/story>> Muhammad Ali’s condition ‘vastly improved’ after mild case of pneumonia | Sport | The Guardian.

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“..Real Junk Food Project: The Leeds cafe that has fed 10,000 people, using 20 tonnes of unwanted food – and started a worldwide movement..”

“..The Real Junk Food Project feeds punters on goods that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets – independent grocers – and food banks..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Real Junk Food Project: The Leeds cafe that has fed 10,000 … Continue reading

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“..Skype’s live translation feature launches..”

“..Live spoken translation launches with Spanish and English- – and more than 40 written languages..” (cont..) (ed:..now that is pretty cool..the tower of babel gets dismantled..) go to source/story>>> Skype’s live translation feature launches – News – Gadgets and Tech … Continue reading

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“..Football: Auckland City FC’s $2.5m payday..”

“..The amateurs of Auckland City FC are in the money – after a second major upset at the Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco yesterday. The side’s 1-0 quarter-final defeat of African champions ES Setif of Algeria booked the men … Continue reading

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“..Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do..”

“..Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But in our study however – we’ve found that they may understand more than they let on..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Dog brains process human speech in the same … Continue reading

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“..Thousands of International Space Station images used to create stunning timelapse film – video..”

(ed:..v.cool..) (cont..) go to source/story>> Thousands of International Space Station images used to create stunning timelapse film – video | Science | The Guardian.

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“..video of the Moon’s phases..”

“..A new visualisation from Nasa shows the phases and libration (oscillating motion) of the Moon – - in incredible detail..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> This video of the Moon’s phases is also mesmerising.

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“..Young inventor’s intelligent expiry label could save tonnes in waste..”

“..Bump Mark ingeniously uses gelatine to indicate when food has gone off..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Young inventor’s intelligent expiry label could save tonnes in waste | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..The Strati: a 3D-printed electric car that could be built in 24 hours..”

“..Eventually 3D-printed cars could be designed with their local environment in mind – - such as extreme cold weather – or the desert..” (cont..) go to source/story>> The Strati: a 3D-printed electric car that could be built in 24 hours … Continue reading

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“..Never lose a pet again..”

“..Langton and his team are about to launch Pod – a lightweight GPS tracker that can be attached to an animal’s collar – and synced to a mobile phone. The device enables pet owners to track their pet’s movements not … Continue reading

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“..New Startup Sets Out to Bring Google-Style AI to the Masses..”

“..Richard Socher carries a resume that would seem to make him rather attractive to the giants of the internet. He just finished a PhD at Stanford University – where he explored a form of artificial intelligence called ‘deep learning’ – … Continue reading

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