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Twisted textile cords may contain clues to Inca messages. 10-essential-european-gestures-to-learn-before-your-next-trip?email=puhnner@hotmail. I’ll never forget one of the first nights I went out in Barcelona in a group of Americans and locals.


One of them, a guy called Nacho, was telling us about the best places around for drinks and dancing, often describing the vibe with his hands—without using actual words. At that point in my life, I was fluent in Spanish but not in Spanish hand gestures, so translating Nacho’s opinions was all but impossible. The whole situation was more than a little confusing, but hilarious on the whole, and that was that. The more I travel, the more I notice that there’s more to communication than spoken words. And believe it or not, body language is far from universal—for better or for worse. How Were Hieroglyphics Deciphered? How were Hieroglyphics deciphered?

How Were Hieroglyphics Deciphered?

Steve Theodore: It was a tricky task, which defied several centuries of effort. Hieroglyphic writing was a very complex, ambiguous system mixing at least four different styles of encoding: 7 Body Language Interview Mistakes You Might Be Making. Researchers "Translate" Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot. Plenty of animals communicate with one another, at least in a general way—wolves howl to each other, birds sing and dance to attract mates and big cats mark their territory with urine.

Researchers "Translate" Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot

But researchers at Tel Aviv University recently discovered that when at least one species communicates, it gets very specific. Egyptian fruit bats, it turns out, aren’t just making high pitched squeals when they gather together in their roosts. They’re communicating specific problems, reports Bob Yirka at 6-hand-gestures-you-need-to-know-for-your-next-trip-to-asia?email=puhnner@hotmail. Capital - The secret to stopping your ‘ummms’

You've researched your topic, prepared your speech and dressed the part.

Capital - The secret to stopping your ‘ummms’

But when it comes time to wow your audience, you can tell they are underwhelmed. Could the problem be filler words? What secrets are hiding in these runes? The top of the Rök runestone.

What secrets are hiding in these runes?

The inscription begins on this side. (Photo: Science Photo Library) Decoding Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures. Paper beats computer screens. A more substantial impression.

Paper beats computer screens

(Photo: Colourbox) Neo-Luddites rejoice: numerous studies show that when you read a text on paper your understanding is deeper and longer lasting than if you read that same text on a computer. Linguistics identifies anonymous users. The obfuscation of culture (how to hide your shit online) - Final Boss Form. One of my favorite bits from Jacob’s post on “seapunk” was this bit about keeping subcultures “sub”: It is an impossibility for a subcultural style to be “owned”.

The obfuscation of culture (how to hide your shit online) - Final Boss Form

Sub-culture exists when gazed at by mass-culture. The only way to ensure that your aesthetic is not going to become used by others is to never share it with anyone. Another approach is to protect your aesthetic with physical violence (see: gang colors). Otherwise, once you allow your presence to be seen, it can be consumed. Most communities protect their culture through some form of obfuscation: hiding the meaning of their communication by making it hard to interpret. Real-Name Registration Threatens the Lively World of China's Microblogs. The timeline on Sina Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like service, is filled with pithy comments about “Beijing Fashion Week,” chronicling the comings and goings and sartorial choices of the elite.

Real-Name Registration Threatens the Lively World of China's Microblogs

But the commenters aren’t fashionistas, and they aren’t talking about supermodels or design stars. Wi-Vi system uses Wi-Fi to see through walls. Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed what could become low-cost, X-ray vision.

Wi-Vi system uses Wi-Fi to see through walls

The system, known as "Wi-Vi," is based on a concept similar to radar and sonar imaging, but rather than using high-power signals, this tech uses reflected Wi-Fi signals to track the movement of people behind walls and closed doors. When a Wi-Fi signal is transmitted at a wall, a portion of that signal penetrates through and reflects off any humans that happen to be moving around in the other room.

Since only a tiny fraction of the signal passes through the wall, with the rest being reflected, the researchers had to devise a technology that could could cancel out the arbitrary reflections, and keep only those reflecting from moving human bodies. Dina Katabi, a professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and her graduate student Fadel Adib have tuned a system that uses two transmission antennas and a single receiver. ZXX: A Typeface To Resist Surveillance.

Sky Deutschland to broadcast adverts directly into train passengers' heads. The internet mystery that has the world baffled. Sleepily – it was late, and he had work in the morning – Eriksson thought he’d try his luck decoding the message from "3301”.

The internet mystery that has the world baffled

After only a few minutes work he’d got somewhere: a reference to "Tiberius Claudius Caesar” and a line of meaningless letters. Joel deduced it might be an embedded "Caesar cipher” – an encryption technique named after Julius Caesar, who used it in private correspondence. It replaces characters by a letter a certain number of positions down the alphabet. As Claudius was the fourth emperor, it suggested "four” might be important – and lo, within minutes, Eriksson found another web address buried in the image’s code. LG's HomeChat will let you text your appliances as if they were people. LG HomeChat will allow users to issue commands and receive status updates from their smart appliances by texting them and using simple, conversational language Image Gallery (3 images) LG had plenty of eye-catching gadgets at this year's CES, from a massive 105-inch curved 4K display to the bendable G Flex mobile phone, but probably one of the most intriguing new innovations it revealed was the upcoming HomeChat service.

LG HomeChat will allow users to issue commands and receive status updates from their smart appliances by texting them and using simple, conversational language. According to the company, you will literally be able to ask your washer "What're you doing? " The Mom Song Commercial is Brilliant. "Now he smells like a man and they treat him like one. ". There in a nutshell you have everything you ever wanted to know about the appeal of the Old Spice products. Old Spice is manly and it makes women treat you like a man. Flickr Cofounders Launch Slack, An Email Killer.

Email glut is a big problem for individuals and companies. A recent Symantec Intelligence Report estimates that about two-thirds of all email sent these days is spam. The Radicati Group reckons that 144 billion emails are sent per day, and that’s ignoring mobile users. Slack, a tool for office collaboration and communication, created by a team of cofounders who designed the web photo-sharing site Flickr, launches today in a preview release. It's meant to reduce or eliminate workplace email, and to compete with services like Yammer and Campfire. Even if spam filters are getting pretty good at catching the unwanted message, there’s a sense in which all email is basically spam, suggests Slack cofounder Stewart Butterfield.

Then again, they should know better by now, having helped create what is meant to be an email killer. Dolphin translator chirps out first word. Dolphins are believed to be one of the most intelligent animal species on the planet -- although precisely how intelligent is difficult to gauge. That may be about to change. Scientists at the Wild Dolphin Project (WDP) who have been developing a dolphin translator may have succeeded in getting their software to work. 8 Unbelievable Twitter Public Relations Disasters (Twitter, campaign, viral, failure. The New York Police Department asks its followers for photos and is flooded with police brutality pics The NYPD got far more than they bargained for when they took to Twitter asking people to post pictures of themselves interacting with New York's Finest using the hashtag #myNYPD. The request was innocent enough, but instead of happy pictures of cops posing with tourists, Twitter erupted with hundreds of photos of police brutality. 10,000 people an hour were posting to #myNYPD with more than 110,000 members of the Twitterverse responding.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton actually seemed to be pleased with the response and said, "I kind of welcome the attention. The Life and Times of ¯_(ツ)_/¯ The Wonderist. Does sitting through a movie without your phone give you the shakes? Do you check into Foursquare to become the Mayor of the neighborhood bar before saying hello to the friends meeting you there? BIC - Universal Typeface Experiment. The FBI has a ridiculously comprehensive list of Twitter slang. "Air waveguides" used to send optical data through the air. Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language? : Code Switch. PostSecret. Inside The First Audio Library of Alcohol-Addled Speech (Which Just Might Help Stop Drunk Driving) How and Why to Improve Your Cursive Penmanship. How well can information be stored from the beginning to the end of time? Unraveling the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery. About - FOLD.

What is FOLD? FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular, multimedia stories. Could "brainprints" replace passwords, fingerprints and retinal scans? How to Control a Job Interview. The Linguistics of Writing an Email Like a Boss. Is it the beginning of the end for online comments? That week I tried to unplug from Slack. The Secret Psychology Of Restaurant Menus. These 10 Tattoos Have Deep Spiritual And Religious Meaning.

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