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British Pathé Play A Day That Shook The World recalls the days of the Twentieth Century that proved to be era-defining and pivotal in the course of modern history. These are the days on which political revolutions, technological breakthroughs, and sporting triumphs took place, and whose effects were felt the world-over. Beginning with the funeral of Queen Victoria and recounting such iconic events as the Hindenburg airship disaster and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the series also contains concise overviews of more recent events such as the Asian Tsunami and the 2012 Olympic bid. Narrated by John Humphrys. British Pathé
Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hlizifikh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. 100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) 100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!)
Solve Puzzles for Science | Foldit Scientists at UC Berkeley are studying the bacterial microcompartment protein PduN, and we think Foldit players can help answer some questions about how PduN folds into symmetric assemblies: "Bacterial microcompartments are protein-based organelles. Despite some glycosylation, they are almost entirely made of protein, even the outer shell. They are large complexes, shaped like icosahedrons, containing thousands of protein subunits. They have an outer layer with pores that tightly control what molecules enter and leave. Inside each microcompartment is a series of related enzymes from a particular metabolic pathway. Solve Puzzles for Science | Foldit
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Knowmore.org - Question Your Goods. Vote With Your Wallet. Knowmore.org - Question Your Goods. Vote With Your Wallet. The aim of Knowmore.org is to raise awareness of corporate abuse, and to serve as a catalyst for direct action against corporate power. Ethical Consumerism is an important movement toward corporate reform, through which individuals recognize their own role in systems of oppression, and take personal steps toward resistance and positive change. However, the problem of unchecked corporate power is systemic and goes far beyond the scope of any single boycott or campaign. Once you've seen enough of Knowmore's data and familiarized yourself with our Issues section , check out our Direct Action page to get involved!
In 1993, Peter Steiner famously wrote in the New Yorker that, "on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." In 2011, trillions of dollars in e-commerce transactions and a growing number of other interactions have made knowing that someone is not only human, but a particular individual, increasingly important.” Radar O’Reilly. According to the White House Blog Post of October 14, 2011, Google, PayPal and Equifax are the first three official, federally credentialed, Identity Providers of the NSTICs (National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace) Identity Ecosystem. Meh, you say, what the heck does that mean and why should I care? In Google We Trust (Your Identity) In Google We Trust (Your Identity)
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Fox News was excited: "Unplanned children develop more slowly, study finds." The Telegraph was equally shrill in its headline ("IVF children have bigger vocabulary than unplanned children"). And the British Medical Journal press release drove it all: "Children born after an unwanted pregnancy are slower to develop." The last two, at least, made a good effort to explain that this effect disappeared when the researchers accounted for social and demographic factors. Any set of figures needs adjusting before it can be usefully reported | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free Any set of figures needs adjusting before it can be usefully reported | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free
If you reload an inkjet cartridge with human cells, can you print skin? YES! : bioephemera
Laser light used to cool object to quantum ground state Laser light used to cool object to quantum ground state For the first time, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in collaboration with a team from the University of Vienna, have managed to cool a miniature mechanical object to its lowest possible energy state using laser light. The achievement paves the way for the development of exquisitely sensitive detectors as well as for quantum experiments that scientists have long dreamed of conducting. "We've taken a solid mechanical system—one made up of billions of atoms—and used optical light to put it into a state in which it behaves according to the laws of quantum mechanics. In the past, this has only been achieved with trapped single atoms or ions," says Oskar Painter, professor of applied physics and executive officer for applied physics and materials science at Caltech and the principal investigator on a paper describing the work that appears in the October 6 issue of the journal Nature.
Keeping a lid on your digital DNA - tech - 16 October 2011 Keeping a lid on your digital DNA - tech - 16 October 2011 GENETIC sequencing will soon be cheap enough for everyone to have a digital copy of their own genome. But that also means someone could hack your hard drive or mobile device and gain access to it. If you thought having your email hacked was bad, wait until some digital ne'er-do-well makes off with the information they need for a paternity test.
LHSee - Large Hadron Collider app - Big bang science in your pocket (PhysOrg.com) -- Want to find out how to Hunt the Higgs Boson using your phone? Ever wondered how the Large Hadron Collider experiments work, and what the collisions look like? Scientists at the world's biggest scientific experiment - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)at CERN, Geneva - are trying to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, the origin of mass, the structure of space and time, and the conditions of the early universe. For those of us not lucky enough to have the world's highest energy particle smasher in our own back gardens, we can still get close to the action using an exciting new smartphone App. LHSee - Large Hadron Collider app - Big bang science in your pocket
Brilliant: This Android app lets blind users type on a touchscreen [Video] Ankit Daftery is an engineering student at the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute in Mumbai, India and he decided to take it upon himself to add the ability for the blind to type on an Android device. He was convinced he could add Braille support to the mobile platform. Today, he is starting to turn that idea into a reality. OnlyGizmos brings us this video where the enterprising student earnestly speaks about BrailleType, a simple but ingenious application that will allow blind people to type on a smartphone using the Braille alphabet much in the same way that they use it for reading. BrailleType gives the user a blank canvas, with the top 90% of the screen available to the user for entering in the characters and a strip at the bottom displaying them as they are typed, in addition to reading them out using Android’s built-in text-to-speech synthesiser. Brilliant: This Android app lets blind users type on a touchscreen [Video]
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In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 plastic bath toys was lost at sea when it fell overboard on its way from Hong Kong to the United States. No one at the time could have guessed that those same bath toys would still be floating the world's oceans nearly 20 years later. Today that flotilla of plastic ducks are being hailed for revolutionizing our understanding of ocean currents, as well as for teaching us a thing or two about plastic pollution in the process, according to the Independent. What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?
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[via onlinecolleges.net] With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for you, so why not latch onto the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google hacks specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School – Eternal Code
KnujOn.com - The Internet Buck Stops Here Recent Statistics (7 days, Updated: 9/17/2013) Newly spammed domains this week: 45146 (Instances: 437348)Most reported domain this week: fevergreens.com, (Instances: 12)Domains repeatedly spammed this week: 313370 (Instances: 34139355)ICANN Complaints so far this month: 0 (last month: 28, this year: 0)Worst Registrar this week: ENOM (Domains: 27720, Instances: 2994803)Worst domain owner this week: info@adrenalineads.net (Domains: 106, Instances: 28346)Worst IP this week: 199.38.203.91 (Domains: 547, Instances: 32331)Total (CIDR) Networks Recorded: 19618; Unique ASN: 6118; Networks Missing Abuse Email: 10127, Phone: 1263, OR Contact: 3834Worst Nameserver this week: DNS1.NAME-SERVICES.COM (Domains: 9744, Instances: 888522)Most Port 43 Failures/Blocks:DYNADOT (983 instances) {top} The Failure of ICANN Compliance and Your Spam
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Pantheon, a project from the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab, explores cultural influences across countries and domains. To make our efforts tractable, Pantheon will not focus on culture, as it is understood in its broadest sense, but on cultural production. In a broad sense, culture can be understood as all of the information that humans—or animals [1]—generate and transmit through non-genetic means [2]. At Pantheon, however, we do not focus on the entire range of cultural information, but in a subset of this information that we define narrowly as cultural production. FlowingData | Data Visualization, Infographics, and Statistics
by Maria Popova What martinis have to do with reverse art lookup and obscure German calendars from the 1990′s. Although Google has been playing with some fun image search toys in its lab and the official Google Image Search has recently significantly upped its game, some of its most hyped features — color search, instant scrolling, hover preview — are but mere shadows of sleeker, better versions that geekier, more sophisticated image search tools offer. Here are seven of our favorites. oSkope is a visual search assistant that lets you browse images and products from popular sites like Amazon, eBay, YouTube and Flickr in a highly intuitive way. 7 Image Search Tools That Will Change Your Life
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