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“..Rewiring Happiness..” (audio..) (ed:..recommended-listen..)

(ed:..this is one of the more interesting interviews i have heard of late.. ..it is about what mri-based research is showing scientists about how the brain works..and what effects it..for good or for bad.. ..and of particular interest is the … Continue reading

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“..Facial tracking software for webcams..” (ed:..this is v. cool..i think i will use it to bring the character in the whoar-logo to life..and voice editorials thru it..whaddayareckon..?..)

“..FaceRig is a program enabling anyone with a webcam to digitally embody any character they want..” (cont..) (mmm!!!..i cd use it to do interviews/debates.. ..much better to look at than my mug.. ..i am excited.. ..this will be fun..) go … Continue reading

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“..2 Easy Ways To Simplify Your Workout..” (video..) + comment:..ed:..ed:..i like the sandbag idea – i’m gonna make myself one..)

“..Fitting exercise into your schedule every day is sometimes tough – - but making it work can be as easy as making an ironclad commitment to yourself. Maneesh Sethi – the editor-in-chief of Hack the System – – joined HuffPost … Continue reading

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“..How Kano turned Patrick – aged eight – into a computer programmer..”

“..Launched on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter – - an easy-to-assemble kit promises to make coding child’s play..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> How Kano turned Patrick, aged eight, into a computer programmer | Technology | The Observer.

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“..Kickstarting Operator: a censorship-resistant – shape-shifting – newsreader..” (video..)

“..”The Operator news reader project was started in order to protect the most censored content on the Internet: news. Internet news has become a primary means of obtaining information – in areas where broadcast media is censored. However the increase … Continue reading

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“..The Wonderbag Will Change The Way You Slow-Cook Forever..” (video..)

“..Rarely does something hit the market that is affordable – amazing – brand new – - and totally practical for the home cook. That is exactly how we’d describe the Wonderbag. Originally invented by founder Sarah Collins in South Africa … Continue reading

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“..Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated ‘SkyCycle’ bike routes in London..” (comment:..ed:..this is very cool..)

“..Plan for 220km network of bike paths suspended above railway lines could see commuters gliding to work over rooftops..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated ‘SkyCycle’ bike routes in London | Art and design | theguardian.com.

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“..The friendly mind-reading robot pet..” (video..)

“..Stuart Nolan is magician-in-residence at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol – - experimenting with creative ideas that blend science – technology – interactive design – magic – and illusion. Using the tracking of subconscious muscle responses – - he … Continue reading

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“..Love of fonts drives business..”

“..Ten Dollar Fonts has been profitable from the start. McQueen set up the website himself with help from a web developer friend in Auckland – - and started working on the business at home – - after his day job … Continue reading

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“..These Untrained Orangutans Can Row Boats – And Even Help Humans With Chores..” (video..)

“..These orangutans are located in the Camp Leakey research facility in Central Borneo – - where they are observed by researchers – who aim to return them to the wild. Though the orangutans are untrained they are watching us and … Continue reading

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“..Undergrads reinvent the cardboard box..” (video..)

“..Two juniors at Cooper Union have re-invented the cardboard box – - making a tape-free container that’s more environmentally-friendly – and easier to use. Why didn’t the box-making industry think of this 50 years ago?..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Undergrads … Continue reading

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“..Video: Aurora Borealis seen out of an airplane window..”

“..Aurora Borealis enthusiast Paul Williams was flying from London to New York – when he spotted the Northern Lights out his window. He balanced his camera on his backpack and took nearly 800 images – - that he later combined … Continue reading

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“..Boning up on grammar: Researchers teach border collie – to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words..”

“..Chaser the border collie has swapped sheep and shepherds for syntax and semantics. The black and white sheepdog has not only learnt and remembered more than 1,000 proper nouns – - but she has also grasped some of the finer … Continue reading

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“..NASA Brings Iconic Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ Photo To Life..” (video..)

“..What if you could go back in time and see what the Apollo 8 astronauts saw when they snapped the iconic “Earthrise” photograph? Now you can..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> NASA Brings Iconic Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ Photo To Life (VIDEO).

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“..Cubli: motorized reaction-wheel cube that can balance and walk on its edges and corners..” (video..)

“..A clever combination of motorized reaction wheels – sensors – processors – and software – - allow the 15cm^3 Cubli to balance on its corner or edge- – and to stabilize itself in the face of disturbances – - or … Continue reading

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“..Indian government to release a £14 tablet in 2014..”

“..Telecoms minister announces plans for cheaper Aakash 4 tablet at Access conference..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Indian government to release a £14 tablet in 2014 | Technology | theguardian.com.

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“..Robot astronaut Kirobo has first human interaction in space..” (video..)

“..Japanese robot astronaut Kirobo speaks with human astronaut Koichi Wakata on board the International Space Station – - about the trials of zero gravity – - and Christmas presents..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Robot astronaut Kirobo has first human interaction … Continue reading

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“..The 27 Most Mind-Blowing Space Photos Of 2013 – Will Put Your Life On Earth In Perspective..”

(ed:..very cool..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> The 27 Most Mind-Blowing Space Photos Of 2013 Will Put Your Life On Earth In Perspective.

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“..Man’s best friend just got better: Dogs can predict and understand human behaviour better than ever – and future generations may not need training..”

“..Study finds a dog’s understanding of our minds – - is increasingly instinctive..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Man’s best friend just got better: Dogs can predict and understand human behaviour better than ever, and future generations may not need training … Continue reading

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“..Uruguay’s president José Mujica plans adoptions to teach children farming..”

“..The president of Uruguay – José Mujica – is planning to adopt more than 30 children – - so he can teach them how to farm the land – local media reported this weekend. The down-to-earth leader – who eschewed … Continue reading

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“..Historic images brought into 21st century after being posted on Flickr by British Library..”

“..More than a million pictures from texts published in the 17th to the 19th centuries – - have just been posted on photo-sharing website..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Historic images brought into 21st century after being posted on Flickr by … Continue reading

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“..British Library uploads one million public domain images to the net for remix and reuse..”

“..The British Library has uploaded one million public domain scans from 17th-19th century books to Flickr! They’re embarking on an ambitious programme to crowdsource novel uses and navigation tools for the huge corpus. Already, the manifest of image descriptions is … Continue reading

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“..a personal air conditioner for your bed..”

“..Crowdfunding sought to develop device to heat or chill a bed remotely in just three minutes – - and help you sleep better..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Crowdfund this: Bedjet is a personal air conditioner for your bed | Technology … Continue reading

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“..Artists Turn Berlin Apartment Complex Into 22,000-Square-Meter Mural..” (photos..)

“..We’re endlessly surprised by just how powerful perspective can be. Where most people saw a row of apartments – the artists of French creative collective CitéCréation saw a canvas – - and three years later – - one of the … Continue reading

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“..The Firefly vaporizer..”

“..Every detail of the Firefly has been the subject of intense obsession by Williams and Robinson. Williams said he received the best advice of his career from Steve Jobs – while working at Apple – - who told him to … Continue reading

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“..New prosthetic arm offers users the ability to feel what they touch..”

(ed:..now that is very cool..eh..?..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> New prosthetic arm offers users the ability to feel what they touch – Gadgets & Tech – Life & Style – The Independent.

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“..SideSeat: can a swivel chair become the office of the future? – video..”

“..Dutch designer Jurgen Bey has created the SideSeat – - a new take on what working life could be..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> SideSeat: can a swivel chair become the office of the future? – video | Art and design … Continue reading

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“..Florida State University AcaBelles Rock Lorde’s ‘Royals’ A Cappella..” (video..)

(ed:..it’s a pretty cool version..actually.. ..they a cappella the instrument sounds as well..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> Florida State University AcaBelles Rock Lorde’s ‘Royals’ A Cappella (VIDEO).

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“..Luminous Beauty: The Secret World of Fluorescent Arthropods..” (photos..)

“..You might not realize that all around you – an amazing show is going on. Many arthropods (insects – spiders – and relatives) have a secret: – they glow under ultraviolet light..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Luminous Beauty: The Secret … Continue reading

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“..Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner – stronger condoms – and help fight spread of Aids..”

(ed:..making better condoms.. ..now there’s a good idea.. ..what took them so long..?..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner, stronger condoms and help fight spread of Aids – Science – News – The … Continue reading

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“..8-Room Tiny Home Will Change Your Mind About Small Space Living (photos/video..)

“..This 215-square-foot Madrid house designed by MYCC Architecture that was modeled after an old video game. (Think about those platforms you used jumped to an from in your first ever Super Mario Bros. game.) The layout not only allows for … Continue reading

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“..Hyundai to market hydrogen vehicle next year..”

“..For years the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen – was always a decade away. That will change next year – - when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a … Continue reading

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“..Soviet particle accelerator control panel – 1968..”

“..Back in 2009 Dark Roasted Blend rounded up a truly wonderful gallery of ancient hulking computers – - called The Cutting Edge of Retro Tech. Given that retro-tech only gets finer with age – - it’s fitting to link to … Continue reading

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“..The Coolest Cubicles In The World..”

“..Small is beautiful – and efficient. These freestanding pods – domes – and workstations – - are so artfully designed and ecologically sound – - that one might wonder: Is this the future of work?..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The … Continue reading

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“..Smithsonian goes 3D..”

“..Jessica Sadeq from the Smithsonian shares big news – - the Institution has launched the Smithsonian X 3D Collection – and 3-D explorer. They’ve gathered data on some of the most treasured items in the archives – - and they’re … Continue reading

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“..This all-in-one Smart Wheel locks – tracks – and powers your bike – (it can even recharge your phone too)..”

“..FlyKly’s Smart Wheel can fit on to any bike – - and charges in three to four hours..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> This all-in-one Smart Wheel locks, tracks, and powers your bike (it can even recharge your phone too) – … Continue reading

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“..Getting drunk without the hangover – or health risks – scientist seeks investment for ‘alcohol substitute’ drug..”

“..Former Government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt says his team are on the brink of a ‘serious revolution in health’ – – but he needs help getting round the powerful drinks industry..” (cont..) (ed:..if the booze-pushers were worried about how … Continue reading

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“..50 Incredible Images of New Zealand and Australia..”

“..dreamscapes..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 50 Incredible Images of New Zealand and Australia | Travel Deals, Travel Tips, Travel Advice, Vacation Ideas | Budget Travel.

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“..Rent out anything online – new website..”

“..Rent your dog out for walks – a bike you’re not using – - or a tapestry that you don’t really fancy – - on a new website based on the idea of a shared economy. Rentaholic – launched this … Continue reading

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a good concept – for communal-living..

“..The homes I saw had several wings converging onto a communal kitchen and sitting room. Each occupant had a suite to themselves – (with second bedroom/office – bathroom – and outdoor living space). They could withdraw into their own space … Continue reading

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