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Playing low frequency noise to disrupt hard-drives: denial of service for CCTVs, data-centers, and other computing environments

A group of Princeton and Purdue researchers have demonstrated a successful acoustic attack against mechanical hard-drives where low-frequency noise keyed to the resonant frequency of the drive components is played nearby, causing the drive to vibrate so that the drive can neither be read nor written to. (more)

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Hold back those tears and start eating ‘sunions‘

Crying won‘t be needed to fill that bowl of French onion soup as grocery stores begin carrying a cross-bred, non-tear-provoking version of the traditional onion. The ‘sunion‘ has been propagated for the last 30 years to reduce onion compounds that create sulphuric acid when they react with eye fluid, according to the Independent. Bayer Crop Science seemingly figured the onion‘s natural defense for keeping hungry critters

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Blocks of laser-perforated note-cards that reveal architectural models as leaves are torn away

Triad‘s Omoshiro Block ("fun block") are blocks of notecards from architectural model company Triad that have been pre-scored by a laser-cutter so that the pages separate to leave behind -- and gradually reveal -- detailed, delicate and exquisite models of Japanese architectural landmarks. (more)

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Blocks of laser-perforated note-cards that reveal architectural models as leaves are torn off

Triad‘s Omoshiro Block ("fun block") are blocks of notecards from architectural model company Triad that have been pre-scored by a laser-cutter so that the pages separate to leave behind -- and gradually reveal -- detailed, delicate and exquisite models of Japanese architectural landmarks. (more)

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Trump‘s new Drug Czar: a 24-year-old campaign volunteer with no experience, in charge of billions to end the opioid epidemic

In 2016, Taylor Weyeneth took a break from his studies as an undergrad law student at St John‘s University and used the skills he‘d acquired organizing a single golf tournament and working in his father‘s chia seed factory (closed abruptly when his father went to jail for processing illegal Chinese steroids in the plant) to campaign for Donald Trump. Now Weyeneth, at 24 years old, is the deputy chief of staff for Office of Nat

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Inmate, denied health care in an Arizona private prison, chews his own fingers off

An unnamed, paralyzed prisoner in one of Corizon Correctional Healthcare‘s for-profit prisons in Arizona chewed part of his left hand off because Corizon refused to give him the correct medication for his pain. (more)

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Supermarket chickens have a "superbug" problem

If you enjoyed British supermarkets‘ bleach-dipped rotten turkeys, perhaps you like to try their antibiotic-resistant superbug-infested chickens. The FSA has also noted that the proportion of campylobacter-infected chickens which showed resistance to key antibiotics, in this case ciprofloxacin, ‘has increased significantly‘ compared with a previous survey of chickens sold at retail 10 years ago. More than 4,000 samples were te

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Watch this Rubik‘s Cube magician baffle Ellen

In this clip, magician Paul Vu spends a few minutes blowing Ellen‘s mind with his Rubik‘s Cube tricks. Though, I kind of got the feeling that she didn‘t like being duped by Vu, even in fun. Did you notice that too? (Likecool)

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The size of the solar system if Earth were the volume of a basketball

Using a Google Maps overlay, Solar System Maps shows how large the solar system would be if Earth or other celestial bodies were much smaller than the are. Here‘s "Earth the size of a basketball," centered on SFO. The outermost ring is Pluto‘s orbit. If Jupiter were the size of a tennis ball, Pluto‘s orbit could still encompass the British Library, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.

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Definitive list of Donald Trump‘s racist nonsense

The New York Times published a carefully compiled and sourced list of Donald Trump‘s racist utterances and acts, going back to his refusal to rent homes to black people in the 1970s and ending, for now, with whatever shit he tweeted this weekend. There‘s one section titled "Other Assorted Racism."

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50 years later, nearly-forgotten all-girl ‘Summer of Love‘ band cuts their first album

Over fifty years ago, an all-female rock band based out of San Francisco played to "Summer of Love" crowds. The popularity of Ace of Cups grew quickly and, thanks to a good manager, they were soon on the same bill as Steppenwolf, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, Jefferson Airplane, and other popular acts at that time. In fact, the weekend after Monterey Pop Festival, they opened for Jimi Hendrix at a c

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Videos of octopuses changing color

In the video above, The National Geographic explains chromatophors, the pigment-changing cells in certain species of octopus. The blue-ringed octopus is venomous and entirely willing to let you know before you get too close. Karel Mestdagh shot this video on a Samsung Galaxy S4 in a waterproof case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bt1LvpZ1Oo Octopuses‘ camouflage is a behavioral as well as colorful performance, mimicking other sea cr

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Filament LED bulbs that mimic hipster old-school incandescence

LED bulbs provide incredibly low-power light, and can last way longer than incandescent bulbs (though the lighting industry is trying to make LEDs artificially die more quickly, too). They also face an aesthetics issue: Almost every new form of low-power lighting is regarded as less pretty than traditional, old-school bulbs. The one exception is the "filament" LED bulb, which uses little strings of LED to mimic the look of old-fashioned incandes

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Drone footage of huge fissure opening behind imminent landslide

The Yakima Herald posted this video, shot by Steven Mack, of a growing fissue on Rattlesnake Ridge near Yakima, Wa. I-82, seen in the footage, is only threatened in "less likely scenarios." The county has pre-emptively declared an official disaster. The city of Union Gap also declared a disaster, allowing officials to request the help they‘ll need when the hillside comes down. The big question remains "When will the slide happen?" St

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Crowdfunding for medical costs is turning health-care into a reality-TV competition

The Financial Times does a long, deep dive into the exploding world of Americans who crowdfund their health-care costs. It‘s a sad -- if gripping -- document of the wildly inefficient, friction-hot mess of medical care in the US, where one-fifth of household spending is lavished on healthcare, handily eclipsing that of other wealthy countries, while procuring worse results. As the piece notes, crowdfunding for health-care happens worldwide

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Make your own ‘Lesa Hall‘ style portraits

Remember the botched retouching on those family portraits I recently shared? (Who could forget?!) Well folks, there‘s already a tutorial on how to retouch images like the photographer Lesa Hall did. Finnish photographer Antti Karppinen shows the way. Do your best (worst?)!

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Warren-Sanders Democrats vs Oprah: "One billionaire president in a decade is going to be plenty for us"

While plenty of people have evinced a belief that delivering a single speech qualifies Oprah to be president (presumably with Dr Oz as Surgeon General and history‘s smoothest selljob for invading other countries on flimsy pretenses), the young, motivated Warren-Sanders wing of the Democratic party are a lot less enthusiastic. (more)

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Congressional Democrats have so little faith in Trump‘s leadership that they‘ve awarded him the power to conduct limitless, warrantless mass surveillance of Americans

When Congress voted last week to renew the NSA‘s controversial Section 702 powers, which gives the spy agency the power to conduct mass, secret, warrantless surveillance on Americans, they also voted down a bipartisan amendment that would have limited the president‘s ability to abuse these powers, injecting the barest minimum of accountability and proportionality into a system that Republican and Democratic presidents alike have abu

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Chelsea Manning is challenging Maryland Democratic Senator Benjamin L Cardin in the 2018 elections

Whistleblower and torture survivor Chelsea Manning has filed papers to challenge Senator Benjamin L Cardin for his seat in the 2018 midterm elections. (more)

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Peter Thiel, "libertarian," wants to buy Gawker‘s archive, which would give him the power to censor stories he didn‘t like

Libertarian wisdom holds that "the answer to bad speech is more speech," but if you‘re a Peter Thiel libertarian (that is, the kind of "freedom lover" who doesn‘t think women should vote, wants to spy on everyone in the world, and secretly wields power to censor the free press), then "the answer to bad speech is secretly backing lawsuits by washed-up pro-wrestlers in order to kill a media outlet whose reporting you don‘t like.

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Samba Vader

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCAfjVtq_WI From 2009‘s Boston Bootie 21, DJ Faroff‘s astounding samba remix of the Darth Vader March: put your hands up in the air!

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German steelworkers demand the right to take two years‘ worth of "work-life balance" 28-hour work weeks to look after children or aging parents

Large German companies are required to give board-seats to representatives from their workers‘ unions, which makes the companies both more profitable and more equitable, so it‘s unusual for German workers to go out on strike, but 15,000 members of IG Metall union, the country‘s largest trade union, are engaged in short-term "warning strikes" against 80 companies for the right to take up to two years‘ worth of 28-hour wor

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A Monster Manual-inspired zine and art show

Secret Headquarters, Los Angeles‘s best comics shop (previously, has published "Monster Manual," a limited-run, 64-page zine collecting the art from their show of the same name, in which artists were challenged to create their own rue and satirical entries for a notional Dungeons and Dragons bestiary from an alternate timeline. (more)

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Make: a secret, rollaway bookshelf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMsZ9YtE1j0 Glue the spines from an old encyclopedia set to slats of wood, back with a piece of fabric (a "tambour") and top with woodscrews as makeshift rollers that run along a routed track, and voila, you‘ve got a hidden stashbox that slides aside to reveal whatever you want to hide there. (more)

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