The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices (by WWPJetpacks)

Really excited to see these guys in concert tonight. 

parislemon:


geeksofdoom:

Ghostbusters Goodbye
{by Ash Vickers MegaCynics}

Rest in peace, Harold Ramis.


Ah, man. Now I’m going to start crying ectoplasm. 

parislemon:

geeksofdoom:

Ghostbusters Goodbye

{by Ash Vickers MegaCynics}

Rest in peace, Harold Ramis.

Ah, man. Now I’m going to start crying ectoplasm. 

(via un)

designculturemind:

Technology at it’s cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot

In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.

Full video with more information here.

"Look at me, I’m a tiny, harmless, bicycle riding robot." Oh sure, they’re cute until they swarm attack. Actually they’ll probably still be pretty cute. 

(Source: sci-universe)

Love this movie. 

(Source: donniedarkos, via un)

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter | I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere
Check out my latest Sherlock Holmes book review. 


Living Tissue Emerges From 3-D Printer

Harvard bioengineers say they have taken a big step toward using 3-D printers to make living tissue. They’ve made a machine with multiple printer heads that each extrudes a different biological building block to make complex tissue and blood vessels.

Their work represents a significant advance toward producing living medical models upon which drugs could be tested for safety and effectiveness.

It also advances the ball in the direction of an even bigger goal. Such a machine and the techniques being refined by researchers offer a glimpse of the early steps in a sci-fi healthcare scenario: One day surgeons might feed detailed CT scans of human body parts into a 3-D printer, manipulate them with design software, and produce healthy replacements for diseased or injured tissues or organs.

Read more below and click the gifs for explanations. 

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(via txchnologist)

(via futurescope)

Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons

“She puts on a mask and sticks headphones in her ears so that people won’t bother her. It makes it harder for them to start talking to her.”
Juvenile psychologist Jun Fujikake has made similar observations. “When we deal with others, we have to judge whether to do things like smile or show anger,” he explains. “By wearing a mask, you can prevent having to do that. The trend of wearing a mask to prevent directly dealing with other may have roots in the current youth culture in which many of them are more accustomed to communicating indirectly through email and social media.”

I’ve mostly been crediting China for the new wave of Gas Mask Fashion, but it looks like Japan has been in full participation mode as well. 

Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons

She puts on a mask and sticks headphones in her ears so that people won’t bother her. It makes it harder for them to start talking to her.”

Juvenile psychologist Jun Fujikake has made similar observations. “When we deal with others, we have to judge whether to do things like smile or show anger,” he explains. “By wearing a mask, you can prevent having to do that. The trend of wearing a mask to prevent directly dealing with other may have roots in the current youth culture in which many of them are more accustomed to communicating indirectly through email and social media.”

I’ve mostly been crediting China for the new wave of Gas Mask Fashion, but it looks like Japan has been in full participation mode as well. 

Sir David Attenborough’s describes Olympic curling

The entire Olympics need to be done like this.

designersofthings:

Are We Ready for Robots? (Video)

With brands like Amazon, UPS and even online flower shops starting to talk about drone delivery and companies like Google putting a lot of money behind various robots, the day when our lives will be filled with robots may not be too far away. This new PBSOffbook video tackles the impacts these robots may have on our society along with the questions and challenges this new technology raises as it enters our culture

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(Source: youtube.com)

The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

I am ridiculously excited about getting to finally see The Pixies tonight. One of my all time favorite bands, and this is my favorite song of theirs. 

(Source: youtube.com)

futurescope:

Robot read news

Great comic mini-series from Scott Adams blog on Dilbert.com.

1. Define the problem and solution space. 

2. Break the problem down. 

3. Make the problem personal. 

4. Seek the perspectives of outsiders. 

5. Diverge before you converge. 

6. Create “idea resumes.” 

7. Create a plan to learn. 

MIT researchers identify a 7-step technique for putting ideas to action, an upgrade to the now frequently challenged concept of brainstorming. Complement with this timeless 5-step technique for producing ideas from 1939. (via explore-blog)

Not a new idea, but still good. 

(Source: , via explore-blog)

Crazy Ants Are Winning the Invasive Ant War By Neutralizing Fire Ant Venom
This is really, kind of cool.

pbstv:

TONIGHT (2/14) at 9/8c on Great Performances: theater legends celebrate The National Theatre London.

Preview a scene above from “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead” with none other than Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch.

Rosenbatch and Cumberstern 

The War Nerd: Google’s Big New Dog

Which raises the same question I keep asking: Why? Why are legs so wonderful, when wheels and treads can do pretty much everything legs do, only faster—much faster?
Two possibilities come to mind: (a) It’s the Department of Defense, which means that insane profligacy with tax money is all we’re seeing; or (b) It’s the human-like or mammal-like motion that DARPA values—not for the stated reason that legs work better on bad terrain, but because DARPA wants a generation of military robots that looks human/mammalian and moves like a mammal. The gimmick, the anthropomorphism, is the goal in itself. To what end we can only guess.
I’m leaning toward option (b), but if you know anything about DoD, you can’t just dismiss “insane proflilgacy” out of hand. In fact, supply vehicles that walk on machine legs is an old dream of DARPA’s. Way back in the Vietnam War, DARPA put a lot of tax money into a project that stood out for sheer idiocy in a war defined by DoD idiocy: a “mechanical elephant” that could carry supplies through steep, roadless jungle—a bigger, earlier version of BD’s Big Dog.

The War Nerd: Google’s Big New Dog

Which raises the same question I keep asking: Why? Why are legs so wonderful, when wheels and treads can do pretty much everything legs do, only faster—much faster?

Two possibilities come to mind: (a) It’s the Department of Defense, which means that insane profligacy with tax money is all we’re seeing; or (b) It’s the human-like or mammal-like motion that DARPA values—not for the stated reason that legs work better on bad terrain, but because DARPA wants a generation of military robots that looks human/mammalian and moves like a mammal. The gimmick, the anthropomorphism, is the goal in itself. To what end we can only guess.

I’m leaning toward option (b), but if you know anything about DoD, you can’t just dismiss “insane proflilgacy” out of hand. In fact, supply vehicles that walk on machine legs is an old dream of DARPA’s. Way back in the Vietnam War, DARPA put a lot of tax money into a project that stood out for sheer idiocy in a war defined by DoD idiocy: a “mechanical elephant” that could carry supplies through steep, roadless jungle—a bigger, earlier version of BD’s Big Dog.