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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Slashdot » Remastered Star Trek: the Next Generation Blu-ray a Huge Leap Forward

Tuesday 28 February 23:34:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "There's been no new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise limped off screens in 2005, but the huge success of the 2009 Star Trek movie and the gradual growth of Blu-ray has caught CBS' attention (CBS acquired ownership of the Star Trek franchise in 2006). The broadcast company is preparing to release Star Trek: The Next Generation … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Limbo with a Flashlight [Video]

Tuesday 28 February 23:00:35 UTC 2012

Objects may not be as scary as they appear.[Dorkly]Related posts:The Night Before Mario’s Christmas [Video]Zelda’s Boyfriend [Video]Ken Wants to be Ryu [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » How To Sneak In To a Security Conference

Tuesday 28 February 22:51:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "You'd think that, of all events, security conferences would have tight security. But one anonymous human pen tester managed to sneak into the RSA conference without credentials, using tried and true techniques like waving a badge from another conference at security guards and slipping in through exits." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

WIRED » 'Cloud' Data Center Closes Because Federal Agencies Prefer Earth

Tuesday 28 February 22:50:08 UTC 2012

Harris Corporation — an outfit that provides computing infrastructure for government agencies — is selling its super-secure data center in Harrisonburg, Virginia and leaving the "cloud computing" business, saying that both its government and commercial customers prefer hosting "mission-critical information" on their own premises rather than in the proverbial cloud. [Link]

WIRED » The Long, Strange Journey of a Martian Meteorite

Tuesday 28 February 22:49:54 UTC 2012

A fireball careening through the atmosphere lit up the sky above Morocco on July 18, 2011. Meteorite hunters later recovered pieces of the rock, which ended up being from Mars. Astrobiologist and Extremo Files blogger Jeffrey Marlow recounts their strange journey into scientists' hands. [Link]

Slashdot » AT&T Should Be Investigated For 'Fraudulent' Data Policies, Says PK

Tuesday 28 February 22:10:00 UTC 2012

zacharye writes "AT&T on Monday announced a new plan that will let developers pay for the data used by their apps and services. The data consumed by apps that make use of this new feature would not apply toward a user's data cap. The new service was pitched as a way for content providers to ease customers' growing concerns … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Chaotic Moon Labs’ Mind Controlled Skateboard [Video]

Tuesday 28 February 22:00:48 UTC 2012

Creating the Board of Awesomeness was a labor of love for the Labs team, but we were blown away by how much you loved it as well. So well that it went everywhere — and eventually needed to be rebuilt. Well, the labs team hates to waste an opportunity to make anything better, so we started thinking about what they … [Link]

Slashdot » Schematics and Circuit Simulation In the Browser

Tuesday 28 February 21:50:00 UTC 2012

compumike writes "CircuitLab today released a browser-based schematic editor and circuit simulator for the online electronics community. SPICE-like device models and mixed-mode simulation support allows engineers and hobbyists to tackle a wide range of board-level design problems. While most EDA software is Windows-only, CircuitLab is 100% web-based, Windows/Mac/Linux cross-platform, and requires no installation or plug-ins. Instead of today's typical … [Link]

WIRED » Ads Coming to Official iPhone and Android Twitter Apps

Tuesday 28 February 21:49:26 UTC 2012

Get ready for Twitter ads on your smartphone. Today Twitter announced the inclusion of Promoted Tweets in its native iPhone and Android apps. [Link]

WIRED » New Brave Trailer Nails the Archery

Tuesday 28 February 21:49:11 UTC 2012

Pixar's attention to detail and accuracy shine through in the trailer for their upcoming film, where even the people doing things badly, do them badly the right way. [Link]

WIRED » Video: Navy Fires Off Its New Weaponized Railgun

Tuesday 28 February 21:46:00 UTC 2012

It took seven years of research and much congressional skepticism, but the Navy finally has a weaponized prototype of its Electromagnetic Railgun, a hypersonic weapon that can send a bullet across hundreds of miles of ocean in mere minutes. And it's released video of the fiery bursts that emerge from a gun that the Navy wants to use to defend … [Link]

WIRED » Twitter Brings Promoted Tweets and Accounts to Mobile Apps

Tuesday 28 February 21:38:00 UTC 2012

Will Twitter users revolt, as they did with the dickbar, bolting to other apps or networks? Will lightly targeted advertising so innocuously displayed actually be effective at capturing user attention? Or is this finally the next step in Twitter's evolution from fun feature to rock-solid future business? [Link]

New Scientist – News » Planetary scientists battle over NASA's Mars budget

Tuesday 28 February 21:38:00 UTC 2012

Mars is living up to its mythological status as the god of war – it is at the heart of battles over NASA's planetary science budget [Link]

WIRED » Sci-Fi Producer Gale Anne Hurd Takes On Pirates With Port Royal

Tuesday 28 February 21:30:00 UTC 2012

The producer of Terminator, Aliens, and The Walking Dead keeps with "larger-than-life characters in fascinating worlds" with her new high seas series. [Link]

Slashdot » Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content

Tuesday 28 February 21:28:00 UTC 2012

hey! writes "On February 18 of this year, global giant payment processor PayPal sent eBook publisher Smashwords an ultimatum: if Smashwords didn't remove all eBooks with certain erotic content from its catalog in the next several days, PayPal would immediately stop handling payments. Smashword's TOS already precluded child pornography, but now PayPal wants them to also censor depictions of … [Link]

WIRED » The Air Force Still Doesn't Know What's Choking Its Stealth Fighter Pilots

Tuesday 28 February 21:16:00 UTC 2012

America's newest stealth fighters have a major problem: their pilots can't breathe, due to some sort of malfunction in the planes' oxygen-generation systems. For months, the Air Force has been studying the problem, which temporarily grounded the entire fleet of F-22 Raptors and may have contributed to a pilot's death. Today, the Air Force admitted they still don't know exactly … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Custom Mass Effect Kicks

Tuesday 28 February 21:00:46 UTC 2012

A user over on Live Journal took on a pretty ambitious winter project. Custom painted Mass Effect shoes.Each side took about 12-15 hours from design to finish, because I’m super slow. You can see the full gallery with WIP shots here. The shoes I used are Nike Men’s Go Canvas shoes (I think they were a summer style though so they’re … [Link]

Slashdot » US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

Tuesday 28 February 20:45:00 UTC 2012

coondoggie writes "Natural gas has never been much of an option for U.S. car drivers, and it's going to take a lot of effort by the government and auto manufacturers to make it a viable alternative to gas. But that's just what a $10 million program from the Department of Energy's advanced project development group The Advanced Research Projects … [Link]

WIRED » Google Offers $1 Million in Hacker Bounties for Exploits Against Chrome

Tuesday 28 February 20:37:00 UTC 2012

Google has pledged to pay up to $1 million in several cash awards to anyone who hacks its Chrome browser during a challenge next week. [Link]

WIRED » Giant Prehistoric Penguins Stood Nearly 5 Feet Tall

Tuesday 28 February 20:30:00 UTC 2012

Paleontologists have constructed a model of a prehistoric penguin that stood almost 4 feet 6 inches tall when it lived in what is now New Zealand, approximately 25 million years ago. [Link]

WIRED » Does Cloud Meets OS Equal Mobile-Data Crunch?

Tuesday 28 February 20:28:00 UTC 2012

The ire over throttling mobile data customers seems to be the tip of an anger-berg when it comes to "data hogs." Apple and Microsoft are scheming to tap the cloud in their next desktop operating systems to create a personal cloud panacea with iCloud and SkyDrive syncing up all of their digital pics, video, etc. Sky's the limit with the … [Link]

WIRED » This Is Your Brain on Wax: Masaki Batoh Turns Brain Waves Into Music

Tuesday 28 February 20:10:00 UTC 2012

Most musicians make music with their minds, but for his latest album, Masaki Batoh took things a step further and actually made music from his brain waves. [Link]

Slashdot » Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+

Tuesday 28 February 20:03:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes "Google is boasting that more than 90 million people have signed up for its Google+. Those are pretty impressive numbers. I mean, if you had 90 million people at your disposal, you could do anything. You'd rule the Internet. Except there's one little problem: No one is using the site. The Wall Street Journal has the hard, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Narwhal Ring Holder

Tuesday 28 February 20:00:27 UTC 2012

My friend Alex from Neatorama has hired an artist to create a Narwhal ring holder for the Neatoshop, and I have to say, this is a great idea! Made of tough urethane resin, no two are alike since each ring holder is handmade.[Narwhal Ring Holder – $11.95]Related posts:Zombie Pencil HolderGeektastic Decepticon Engagement RingGas Mask Ring [Pic] … [Link]

Slashdot » Mars Mission Back In the Cards After Budget Cuts

Tuesday 28 February 19:21:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "NASA has said it will re-design its Mars exploration program, and that the new architecture would include input — and money — from the human program as well as the space technology division. Orlando Figueroa, the former deputy director for space and technology at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is to head up a seven … [Link]

WIRED » Honey, I Shrunk the Coyote

Tuesday 28 February 19:04:09 UTC 2012

Coyotes of the Ice Age were far bigger and stronger compared to today's species, but suddenly shrunk after wooly mammoths and other megafauna died out. Laelaps blogger Brian Switek reports the latest ideas about this mysterious shrinkage. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geeky gadgets aplenty at Mobile World Congress

Tuesday 28 February 19:00:35 UTC 2012

The Consumer Electronic Show may still be king of the gadget fairs, but the boom in smartphones and tablets has meant the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona now runs it a close second. One day in to the 2012 event and there have been some amazing technologies already on display.The most eyecatching is undoubtedly Nokia’s new phone, the 808 PureView, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Spacecraft assembled for first private shot to ISS

Tuesday 28 February 18:49:00 UTC 2012

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule and Falcon 9 rocket have been assembled for a probable launch in late April [Link]

Slashdot » Google Offers $1 Million For Chrome Exploits

Tuesday 28 February 18:38:00 UTC 2012

PatPending writes with news that Google will be offering up to $1 million for the discovery of new exploits in their Chrome browser. This comes as part of the CanSecWest security conference, and the rewards will be broken down into categories: $60,000 for an exploit using only Chrome bugs, $40,000 for an exploit using a Chrome bug in conjunction … [Link]

WIRED » Hands On With One X, HTC's Newest Flagship Android Phone

Tuesday 28 February 18:35:00 UTC 2012

HTC ruled the roost in the early days of Android, but has since been losing ground to Samsung. Can the Taiwanese manufacturer bring it all back with the One Series? We examined the One X from every angle to find out. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 28 February 2012

Tuesday 28 February 18:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: Ötzi the ice mummy's secrets found in DNA and genetic algorithms let Chinese drones hunt submarines [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Best of Katsucon 2012 [Video]

Tuesday 28 February 18:00:41 UTC 2012

Since we know how you guys love good cosplay, here are a series of video compiling some of the best costumes from Katsucon 2012. Kudos to youtuber Acksonl for the great work he did on those. If this still isn’t enough for you, we also have a great picture gallery of the event right here.[Source: Acksonl]Related posts:Anna Fischer’s Sexy Katsucon Picture … [Link]

Slashdot » Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music

Tuesday 28 February 17:56:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Stowie101 writes "British master engineer Ian Shepherd is ripping Apple's Mastered for iTunes service, saying it is pure marketing hype and isn't different than a standard AAC file in iTunes. Shepherd compared three digital music files, including a Red Hot Chili Peppers song downloaded in the Mastered for iTunes format with a CD version of the same … [Link]

WIRED » Apple Product Event Announced for March 7 in San Francisco

Tuesday 28 February 17:56:00 UTC 2012

Apple will be holding a product announcement event in San Francisco on March 7th, as many had predicted. The image embedded in the email invite hints at what's in store with only a single phrase: "We have something you really have to see. And touch." [Link]

WIRED » Building Responsive Websites: How to Handle Navigation Menus

Tuesday 28 February 17:36:00 UTC 2012

Web design is going through a transition period as designers move from building fixed-width websites to fluid, responsive designs. Here are some ways your site's navigation can adapt to the multitude of screen sizes on today's web. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Part of Keystone XL pipeline to go ahead

Tuesday 28 February 17:34:30 UTC 2012

While the northern part of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline remains in limbo, the southern part will be built later this year [Link]

Slashdot » Those Sleeping Pills May Be Killing You

Tuesday 28 February 17:33:00 UTC 2012

dstates writes "A recent article in in BMJ Open reports a strong association between the use of prescription sleeping pills and mortality. The study used electronic health records for 2.5 million people covered by the Geisinger Health System to find 12 thousand who had been prescribed sleeping pills and a matched set of controls. Death rates were much higher … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Antarctic research base goes up in flames

Tuesday 28 February 17:22:00 UTC 2012

Two people have been killed in a fire at a Brazilian research station in Antarctica, which started after an explosion on 25 February [Link]

Slashdot » Santorum Defends Robocalls To Democrats

Tuesday 28 February 17:12:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Rick Santorum defended his robocalls urging Democrats in Michigan to vote in today's critical primary, a tactic that has come under withering criticism from rival Mitt Romney as a 'terrible dirty trick' and a 'new low for his campaign.' Santorum says he reached out to Democratic voters, who can vote in … [Link]

WIRED » Men Think Sex After Seeing Red Dress

Tuesday 28 February 17:03:52 UTC 2012

Men rate women wearing red clothing as being more interested in sex, hinting that humans may be conditioned to associate the color with fertility. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » A Geeky Tribute to Magnum P.I. [T-Shirt]

Tuesday 28 February 17:00:57 UTC 2012

Maybe Magnum P.I. isn’t exactly geeky, but this shirt design by John Midgley paying homage to the show certainly is! If you want the shirt, it will only be available for the next 2 days, so hurry up![Magnum Pi – $12]Related posts:Contest: Help Us Design a T-Shirt, Get a T-Shirt + a $25 Gift Certificate!Awesome Skyrim T-Shirt: FUS RO DAH!Awesome Shirt: … [Link]

Slashdot » Play Angry Birds With a USB Slingshot

Tuesday 28 February 16:53:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "If you're sick of playing Angry Birds, or don't like touchscreen controls, there is now an alternative if you don't mind some construction. mbed have posted full instructions and a parts list for creating your very own USB slingshot, adding a physical element to playing the game. You need a decent branch for the slingshot, … [Link]

WIRED » Op-Ed: Why YouTube Matters to the Science of Depression

Tuesday 28 February 16:50:00 UTC 2012

An anthropologist of science looks at YouTube, where parodies of Zoloft advertisements have reclaimed the scientific and cultural narrative of depression from a handful of corporate behemoths. [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)

Tuesday 28 February 16:31:00 UTC 2012

People who hear about the Seattle Pinball Museum tend to say things like, "Seems like a must-visit destination in Seattle," and, "Why did no one tell me about this place!??!" Timothy Lord, Slashdot Editor and Video Host, agrees. Watch the video to see a huge grin on Timothy's face. And if you ever get to the Seattle Pinball Museum … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Challenge of estimating victims in Syrian conflict

Tuesday 28 February 16:31:00 UTC 2012

As the Syrian government suppresses pro-democracy rebels, the regime's grip on information about its citizens is hampering the task of verifying casualties [Link]

New Scientist – News » How LulzSec kept itself safe during the summer of 'lulz'

Tuesday 28 February 16:26:00 UTC 2012

The infamous hackers sought protection from online security service CloudFlare. The company's boss, Matthew Prince, reveals why [Link]

Slashdot » Harris Exits Cloud Hosting, Citing Fed Server Hugging

Tuesday 28 February 16:10:00 UTC 2012

miller60 writes "Despite the publicity around the U.S. Government's 'Cloud First' approach to IT, many agencies are reluctant to shift mission critical assets to third-party facilities. That's the analysis from Harris Corp., which has decided to get out of the cloud hosting business and sell a data center in Virginia, just two years after it spent $200 million to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How Hollywood is Shaping Up on the Feminist Front

Tuesday 28 February 16:00:06 UTC 2012

For all the feminists out there – and those who want to see significant female presence in movies (beyond boobs and butts), this is a video that runs through the movies that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and measures them for how well-represented women are in the Hollywood scene.They use the Bechdel Test – what initially began … [Link]

WIRED » Justice League: Doom Dissects Batman's Paranoia

Tuesday 28 February 16:00:00 UTC 2012


Geek Culture » Evil Genius… the Euthanasia Coaster.

Tuesday 28 February 15:54:45 UTC 2012

What a way to go! The Euthanasia Coaster, designed to kill by denying oxygen to the passenger's brain. Euthanasia Coaster from Julijonas Urbonas on Vimeo. Via Dan Lewis's Now I Know email list. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ötzi the ice mummy's secrets found in DNA

Tuesday 28 February 15:51:00 UTC 2012

The ice mummy Ötzi may have met his death over 5000 years ago, but we now know the colour of his eyes and who his closest relatives are [Link]

Slashdot » Yahoo Unfriends Facebook With Aggressive Patent Demands

Tuesday 28 February 15:50:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "'Hate to see something happen to that multi-billion IPO of yours,' is essentially the IPO-threatening message Yahoo sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook investors on the eve of the social networking giant's IPO. Yahoo, unlike the Sopranos, is using IP as its muscle to collect its IPO-protection money: 'We must insist that Facebook either enter into a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 33% Off Star Wars: The Old Republic – $39.99 + Free Shipping

Tuesday 28 February 15:10:56 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Star Wars: The Old Republic for just $39.99 + free shipping. That’s 33% off the game’s usual retail price of $59.95.Star Wars: The Old Republic is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (MMORPG) for the PC gaming platform, set in the Star Wars universe. The first game of its kind, in … [Link]

Slashdot » US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files

Tuesday 28 February 15:07:00 UTC 2012

beaverdownunder writes with news from The Age that "Leaked e-mails from private U.S. intelligence agency Stratfor indicate that American prosecutors have had a sealed, secret indictment drawn up against Julian Assange as early as January, 2011." From the article: "The news that U.S. prosecutors drew up a secret indictment against Mr. Assange more than 12 months ago comes as … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » One Piece for real: Usopp’s “Kabuto” Zombie Killing Slingshot Spear

Tuesday 28 February 15:00:41 UTC 2012

“One Piece” is the most successful Manga/Anime series ever – and one of its heroes, a guy called “Usopp” (aka. “Sogeking”) uses a weapon called a “Kabuto” – a slingshot with five bands, mounted on a long staff.Now The Slingshot Channel has built the weapon for real! It is tested as a slingshot, a throwing spear and a as a … [Link]

Slashdot » Geohashing Conquers the South Pole

Tuesday 28 February 14:46:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Kjellander writes "Randall, of xkcd fame, and inventor of Geohashing, has commented on the recent successful expedition of a Globalhash less than 1 km from the Amundsen-Scott research station by 5 brave scientists staying there over winter. The last continent has been conquered and many records broken." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In a (Symbian) Phone

Tuesday 28 February 14:24:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "We aren't sure what's the strangest thing about Nokia's new offering, the fact that it's got a 41 Megapixel camera or the fact that it runs Symbian. It has a very high resolution sensor and uses oversampling, apparently producing good results in low light. Users can either save a maximum of 38Mpixels, or else zoom and crop … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Pixelated Star Wars Characters [Pics]

Tuesday 28 February 14:00:21 UTC 2012

Artist Ryan Andrews has recently started illustrating various Star Wars character in the pixel art style, and while he’s not done with all the major characters yet, the ones he has completed so far look pretty fantastic. I can’t wait until he does Admiral Ackbar. 🙂 [Source: Ryan Andrews | Via LS]Related posts:Can you name them all?: 235 Pixelated Star Trek CharactersRetro-Style … [Link]

New Scientist – News » It's the hair: famous red-heads team up for orang-utans

Tuesday 28 February 13:56:09 UTC 2012

Tim Minchin, Nicole Kidman and other well known gingers auction items to raise funds for endangered Sumatran orang-utans [Link]

Slashdot » IBM Touts Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Tuesday 28 February 13:46:00 UTC 2012

Lucas123 writes "IBM today claimed to have been able to reduce error rates and retain the integrity of quantum mechanical properties in quantum bits or qubits long enough to perform a gate operation, opening the door to new microfabrication techniques that allow engineers to begin designing a quantum computer. While still a long ways off, the creation of a … [Link]

WIRED » Should Cinemas Raise Prices for Oscar-Winning Movies?

Tuesday 28 February 13:28:30 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Facebook Tests 'Safe' User Tag For Disasters

Tuesday 28 February 13:25:00 UTC 2012

aesoteric writes "Facebook has embarked on a nationwide test of a new disaster message board for users across Japan. The feature allows users to mark themselves as being 'safe' in the event of a disaster. Doing so introduces a 'safe' insignia next to their name on their profile. The Facebook announcement appeared to be geoblocked." Share on Google+ Read more of this … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Elsevier vows to keep price of mathematics journals low

Tuesday 28 February 13:21:48 UTC 2012

The publisher has also withdrawn support for a controversial, proposed US law – both moves follow a boycott of the firm's journals led by mathematicians [Link]

New Scientist – News » Run faster – zombies are chasing you

Tuesday 28 February 13:18:00 UTC 2012

A new app aims to get you in shape by making you flee the marauding undead [Link]

Slashdot » Advertisers Co-Opting The Lorax With Half-Truths About Conservation

Tuesday 28 February 13:05:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes with an interesting opinion on the "green" marketing surrounding The Lorax movie adaptation. From the article: "There may be all kinds of reasons to defend the Lorax — Dr. Seuss's wondrous children's fable that's also a seminal book about conservation — from the wrath of Lou Dobbs and Fox News and others to whom the children's book-turned-Disney … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Genetic algorithms let Chinese drones hunt submarines

Tuesday 28 February 12:48:51 UTC 2012

But why has the Chinese naval academy published its sensitive plans for all the world, and its adversaries, to see? [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Privacy and Big Data – $8.49 (Save 50%)

Tuesday 28 February 12:47:49 UTC 2012

Get "Privacy and Big Data" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-29 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

WIRED » Scrap Yards Yield Raw Material for Artist's Amazing Ray Guns

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Artist Clayton Bailey takes us on a tour of his steampunk laboratory. [Link]

WIRED » Torture, Riots, Burnt Korans: One Afghan Jail's Dark History

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

It's bad enough that U.S. troops burned Korans in Afghanistan. But they did it at the U.S.' sprawling wartime jail an hour's drive from Kabul. And it's hardly the first time the pressures of keeping hundreds of Afghans under lockdown has come back to hurt the military. [Link]

WIRED » The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

New research shows that memories are formed and then actually rebuilt — and soon scientists may be able to target and erase specific memories altogether. [Link]

WIRED » IBM Busts Record for 'Superconducting' Quantum Computer

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Today's quantum computers are mere experiments. Researchers can string together a handful of quantum bits — seemingly magical computer bits that store a "1" and "0" at the same time — and these ephemeral creations can run relatively simple algorithms. But new research from IBM indicates that far more complex quantum computers are just around the corner. On Tuesday, IBM … [Link]

WIRED » Discovering Disneyland's Secrets on a Real-Life Puzzle Adventure

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

It was with no small amount of enthusiasm that I accepted an invitation to play in an all-day puzzle hunt at Disneyland, put on by a Bay Area organization called Shinteki on Saturday. [Link]

WIRED » Feb. 28, 1561: 'Father of Surgery' Explains the Head Wound

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Ambroise Paré's treatise advances the treatment of head injuries and skull fractures. It comes too late to help Henri II, however. [Link]

WIRED » Windows Phones: 4 Models Tested and Rated

Tuesday 28 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

As iOS and Android duel for supremacy and BlackBerry struggles to hang on, Microsoft's unique mobile platform makes its move. [Link]

WIRED » Tales From Development Hell: Twisted Path to Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes

Tuesday 28 February 11:30:00 UTC 2012


WIRED » The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Their Pop Precursors

Tuesday 28 February 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The attitude 15 years ago was "nobody likes pirates." But today Aardman's swashbuckler movie may be one of the most ambitious stop-motion movies ever. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Fossil penguin may have been tallest ever

Tuesday 28 February 10:54:00 UTC 2012

A 1.3-metre-tall ancient penguin from New Zealand may take the biscuit as the tallest that ever lived [Link]

New Scientist – News » Coaxing the heart to heal itself

Tuesday 28 February 10:21:00 UTC 2012

Stem cells were hailed as the saviour of damaged hearts, but now it seems that the heart might mend itself – with the right stimulation. Linda Geddes reports (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core

Tuesday 28 February 10:10:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes with this news from Extreme Tech: "In a move that will shock and disgust bleeding-edge technophiles everywhere, Asus has announced at Mobile World Congress 2012 that its new Transformer Pads — the high-end Infinity Series — will use the recently-announced dual-core Qualcomm S4 SoC. The critically acclaimed Transformer Prime, the Infinity Series' predecessor which was released at … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store

Tuesday 28 February 8:16:00 UTC 2012

daria42 writes "Steve Jobs might not be around any more to enforce some of Apple's stricter policies, but that doesn't mean the company is letting it all hang loose. Overnight the U.K. company which produces a speech recognition app called Evi, which mimics many of the functions of Apple's Siri, confirmed Apple had approached his company letting it know … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 28

Tuesday 28 February 5:33:37 UTC 2012

Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills. [Link]

Slashdot » Flatworms Defy Aging Through Cell Division Tricks

Tuesday 28 February 5:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from The University of Nottingham have demonstrated how a species of flatworm overcomes the aging process to be potentially immortal. The discovery, published (abstract; full text PDF) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is part of a project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Medical Research Council … [Link]

Slashdot » Spanish Company Tests 'Right To Be Forgotten' Against Google

Tuesday 28 February 3:25:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun writes with an excerpt from an article over at Ars Technica: "Los Alfaques, a bucolic campground near the Spanish town of Tarragona, isn't happy with Google. That's because searches for 'camping Alfaques' bring up horrific images of charred human flesh — not good for business when you're trying to sell people on the idea of relaxation. The campground … [Link]

WIRED » Microsoft Kinect Games Grocery Shopping at Texas Whole Foods

Tuesday 28 February 2:11:00 UTC 2012

The Board of Awesomeness is now lugging groceries at a Whole Foods in Texas. Last month, Chaotic Moon Labs' Board of Awesomeness was one of the stars of CES in Las Vegas. It's a motorized skateboard tricked out with a Samsung tablet and Microsoft's Kinect so that it can be steered by hand gestures and voice commands. But it turns … [Link]

WIRED » Gadget Lab Podcast: Google Glasses, Nike FuelBand, 50 Cent's New Headphones

Tuesday 28 February 1:15:00 UTC 2012

This week on the Gadget Lab podcast you'll meet new members of the Gadget Lab family as the gang talks about Google's rumored augmented-reality glasses, the Nike FuelBand and the latest rapper-endorsed audio gear. [Link]

Slashdot » Suggestions For Music Hosting?

Tuesday 28 February 1:10:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter achbed writes "In conjunction with a friend of mine, I'm operating a small(ish) site that contains a large quantity of music (mp3/ogg) that we pay streaming licenses for. The site currently has about 35GB of files, and pulls down an average of about 3TB a month of bandwidth — and we're just getting started. We've … [Link]

Slashdot » Publisher Pulls Supports; 'Research Works Act' Killed

Tuesday 28 February 0:30:00 UTC 2012

crabel writes "It appears the dreaded Research Works Act is dead. The bill would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research. After Elsevier pulled its support, it was decided that no legislative action will be taken on the bill." A glimmer of hope as well: "Meanwhile, attention has shifted to another … [Link]

WIRED » Evi Can Stay in App Store if Developer Changes the UI, Source Says

Tuesday 28 February 0:18:46 UTC 2012

According to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, the Evi digital assistant app will not be booted from the iTunes App Store as long as the app's developer makes changes relating to the software's user interface. [Link]

WIRED » Will Apple's Mountain Lion Make Microsoft, Facebook BFFs?

Tuesday 28 February 0:18:45 UTC 2012

We've noted before the cloud watchers' penchant for seeing Apple's bear-hug of the cloud with OS X Mountain Lion as the next big thing. And Microsoft wasted no time with its on-schedule-but-nonetheless-pressin~ announcement that Windows 8 was also on track for cloudification. So the next step in this tale of Mac vs. PC 2.0 (Cloud Edition) is the industry disruption … [Link]

WIRED » Americans Listening to Politicians, Not Climate Scientists

Tuesday 28 February 0:18:44 UTC 2012

Public acceptance of climate change was at its prime in the mid-2000s, yet political bipartisanship also hit a high point. As the economy began to plummet, people began listening to politicians on climate change instead of scientists, new opinion-poll-based research suggests. [Link]

WIRED » Twitter Pulls Plug on @OscarsAudioGuy Spoof Account

Tuesday 28 February 0:18:43 UTC 2012


WIRED » Video: First Nanorockets Might Shuttle Drugs, Robo-Surgeons

Tuesday 28 February 0:11:00 UTC 2012

In the movie Fantastic Voyage, a crack surgical team is miniaturized inside a ship. Their mission: to destroy a blood clot in the brain of a Soviet-era informant. Given the relatively vast distances covered inside the body, however, movie makers probably should have equipped vessel with rocket motors instead of propellers — and engineers have now designed nanorockets that would've … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Yo Momma’s a Shitty Designer Printable Notepads [Pic]

Tuesday 28 February 0:00:00 UTC 2012

Put your neighbor to shame with these Yo Momma’s a Shitty Designer printable notepads. The file is 8.5×11 without bleed so print away on any standard printer and then just tear the sheet in half.[Source: 55his | Via CB]Related posts:Deal of the Day: $219 HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer – $89.98 (59% Off)This Printer is Now Named… [Pic]Designer mold takes … [Link]


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