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Internet of things nightlight notifies you of tweets

When you lie in the dark of night, a faint neural echo of human connection urging you to reach for your phone, do you fight it? The Aumum Mini, a compact nightlight that lets you know when someone retweets you, etc, will help you fail even better! It‘s a USB-powered nightlight that connects to your Wi-Fi, and includes IFTTT support for getting into all sorts of automated shenanigans. The exact sort internet events you‘d like a nightl

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Follow the journey of a Norwegian man‘s first day of work in this ‘Planet Earth‘-style documentary

This cute Planet Earth-style video was created by the pro-Norwegian business organization Nringslivets Hovedorganisasjon (NHO) as a way of highlighting the many benefits of working in Norway. It shows what the starting day of a young Norwegian‘s (the "youngster") first real job might be like, all narrated as if he were integrating into the "den" of his new "pack." (Holy Kaw!)

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Hawai‘i emergency notification system password revealed in photo about problems with Hawai‘ian emergency notification system

Hawai‘ians and the rest of the world want to understand why they were warned of their imminent demise -- what kind of bad design choices could allow such a thing to happen? (more)

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Trials confirm the use of psilocybin for depression without the "dulling" effects of traditional antidepressants

The prohibition on psychedelics was memorably described as "the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo" by former UK Drugs Czar David Nutt, and despite the ban, there has been a consistent, determined, very promising (sometimes surprising) drumbeat of scientific papers about the use of psilocybin ("magic mushrooms") and other psychedelics in treating a range of chronic illnesses,

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Trial cyclist vs the obstacle course that is Dsseldorf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufOnBRXy3Pc Here‘s two minutes of Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill doing astounding bike tricks in Dsseldorf, making his bike leap from one narrow ledge to another, climb over walls and fences, and many other feats of daring, coordination and balance. There‘s a full 26 minutes of this on Ali Clarkson‘s Vlog 69. (via Kottke)

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Leaseholders in building sheathed in flammable Grenfell cladding sent a 2m bill for repairs

In the UK, many people who live in multiunit buildings -- the sort of thing that would be a condo or co-op in the US -- live under the leaseholder/freeholder system, a relic of feudalism that has been updated for the age of inequality thanks to hedge funds and other socially useless financial engineers. (more)

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FBI launches investigation of NRA over pro-Trump Russia money

McClatchy DC reports that the FBI is investigating whether a Kremlin-tied Russian banker illegally funded money to the National Rifle Association to help Trump win the presidency. FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia‘s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said. It is illega

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Hawk attacks prey featured in magazine‘s photos

In this video, Frogger, a pet red-shouldered hawk in Carson City, Nevada, tries to attack the images of prey in a small game hunting regulations guide. He packs and scratches at it, not realizing the birds and animals aren‘t real. This totally reminds me of something I witnessed in the mid-1990s. Those days I lived on the third story of an apartment building across from Oakland‘s Lake Merritt with my then-boyfriend, a biologist. H

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Listen to this trippy mashup of Journey and Beyonc

The music of Journey and Beyonc shouldn‘t work well together but this mashup by oneboredjeu (aka Maddy) proves otherwise. By combining "Any Way You Want It" with "Drunk in Love," she‘s created a super-trippy mix called "Any Way You Love It." Previously: Listen to this fantastic mashup of Pearl Jam‘s ‘Jeremy‘ and the Footloose theme (Digg)

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Watch this undersea vehicle‘s close encounter with a shimmering purple jellyfish

EV Nautilus shared a spectacular unplanned find during a recent live filming of a sampling expedition: a pink and purple Halitrephes maasi jelly that looks like a firework. (more)

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Mantis squad activate! Watch praying mantises get aggressive in unison

InsecthausTV is a channel dedicated to all sorts of wonderful insects, and this collection of mantises all frozen in attack mode is no exception. (more)

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Watch this artist make cotton candy animals for children

David Shtorm (aka Candy King) has a black light cotton candy maker, and he creates edible animal sculptures like this elephant that are a big hit with the kids. (more)

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Learn how to become an ethical hacker in 2018

Nowadays, cybercriminals are so advanced that it takes other hackers to bring them down. Known as ethical, or "white hat" hackers, these professionals make a living using their hacking skills to keep networks safe from attack. With cybercrime being a hot-button issue now, demand for these experts is surging, and becoming one is easier than you think. TheComputer Hacker Professional Certification Bundle can prepare you to take on cybercriminals af

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Artist photoshops away the tattoos of ex-gang members

Steven Burton embarked on an amazing project -- taking photos of ex-gang members in LA and then meticulously photoshopping away their extensive tattoos. It took about 400 hours of ‘shopping. When Burton showed the results to the photograph subjects, they were mesmerized by the spectacle of themselves looking so different -- a sort of parallel universe of possibility, a digitally-revealed road-not-taken. Some laughed; some wept. There&ls

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Veiny map shows best car route from center of US to every county

Topi Tjukanov makes remarkable mapped data visualization, like this map of optimal routes by car from the geographic center of the contiguous United States to all counties. (more)

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MS Paint, redone in Javascript

Isaiah Odhner has recreated MS Paint in javascript. JS Paint! You can try it out here -- and the code‘s on his Github account. This is too much fun. As he writes: Ah yes, good old paint. Not the one with the ribbons or the new skeuomorphic one with the interface that can take up nearly half the screen. And sorry, not the even newer Paint 3D. Windows 95, 98, and XP were the golden years of paint. You had a tool box and a color box, a fo

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Mechanical Turkers paid 1 are better at predicting recidivism than secret, private-sector algorithms

It looks like everyday folks -- recruited on Mechanical Turk, no less -- are better at predicting recidivism than the elite, secretive private-sector algorithms used by courts. The software, COMPAS, has passed judgment on 1 million offenders since it was introduced in 1998. It uses 137 bits of data about offenders to predict their chance of recidivism, but its accuracy is dodgy: A Pro Publica investigation of its output suggests it isn‘t m

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Couple shares strange furbaby ‘childbirth‘ photos

On Saturday, Lucy Schultz of Denver, Colorado shared touching, intimate photos of her childbirth. Well, not technically. What she shared was a hilarious album of her pretending to give birth to the baby kitten she and her boyfriend Steven recently adopted. The new mom wrote: On 1/10/18 we welcome our first baby kitten, a neutered male DLH. He is 22" long and weighed 6 pounds 7 oz. He is already eating solid food. Name to be announced. We a

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Pornhub shares Hawaii nuke scare fap stats

When an alert went out warning Hawaiians they were about to get nuked, they immediately stopped fapping. Upon realizing it was a false alarm, masturbation recommenced, and then some! And within 45 minutes, life at Pornhub had returned to normal. [via]

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Unreal estate: World‘s largest chest of drawers for sale in North Carolina

Built in the 1920s as High Point, North Carolina‘s "Bureau of Information," this 36-foot-tall The Goddard-Townsend style dresser/building represents the area‘s furniture and hosiery industries (note the socks). It is considered the world‘s largest freestanding chest of drawers, though down the street an 80-foot-tall bureau was created a few years back as a building‘s facade. Now, for a mere 235K, this unusual High Point

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If Aubrey de Gray is right, you could live forever

I first met Aubrey de Grey over ten years ago, when he presented at a conference I attended. And his core message blew my mind. It was -- and remains -- that it should soon lie within technology‘s reach to eliminate the scourge of human aging. Not merely to arrest it -- but even to reverse it. We discuss all of this and more right here: People have been making these sorts of claims from time immemorial. But they usually have a service,

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Trump‘s stupid #FakeNewsAwards site crashes right after President Herp Derp tweets about it

Nope, definitely not a sign from the angry gods. (more)

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Drunk droning is now against the law in New Jersey

As of Monday, there is a new kind of "DUI" in New Jersey: Droning Under the Influence. On his final day of being New Jersey‘s (incredibly unpopular) governor, Chris Christie signed a law making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft drunk or under the influence of drugs. Reuters reports: The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. Vi

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Watch: speedboat driver rams into small boat with three passengers

Three salmon fishers had to leap out of their small craft to avoid being rammed by a speedboat that nearly killed them. The speedboat driver, Marlin Lee Larsen (75), said he couldn‘t see the little boat because he was sitting down and the front of his boat was blocking his view. One of the fisherman is suing the speedboat driver for over 350,000. From SF Gate: Larsen‘s son-in-law, who also was on the boat, told investigators th

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