“What if there was a thermostat that allowed you to turn down the temperature of the Earth whenever you wanted.”

Solar geoengineering with a handful of chaulk

#Environment

Tue, Aug 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Pumping the stratosphere full of chaulk would allow Earth's temperature to drop to preindustrial levels. This TED 2017 proposal does not see this as a solution to global warming.

In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.

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“That’s why Colorado School of Mines decided it was time for students to learn how to tap celestial bodies for all they’re worth.”

World's first space resources graduate program

#Space

Mon, Aug 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to 5280, with space-mining operations believed to become a reality in the next few decades, the Colorado School of Mines is offering a space mining program where students will learn how to exctract resources in zero gravity.

Students will learn, among other interstellar secrets, how to capture the H2O embedded in the moon’s crust.

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“This incredible inconsistency can make English really hard to master for non-native speakers.”

If English was phonetically consistent

#Languages

Sun, Aug 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video, Aaron Alon wonders what English would be like if it were phonetically consistent and starts changing the sound of letters one at a time as he explains. The results are quite incomprehensible.

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On Instagram, Everyone Takes the Exact Same Photos

@insta_repeat

#Photography

Sat, Aug 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Instagram account @insta_repeat collects identical photos all following the exact same theme by different Instagrammers and puts them all in one image. I'll leave questioning the point of social media to you.

Déjà Vu Vibes * Wander. Roam. Replicate.

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“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.”

Corporations managed to shift the responsibility of pollution from the producer to the consumer

#Environment

Fri, Aug 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the world becoming aware of the growing problem of plastic pollution we are facing, Scientific American notes that more recycling from consumers isn't going to make the problem go away. If anything, it brings to attention how corporations like Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch managed — using the guise of environmental stewardship — to change the narrative by shifting the responsibility of pollution from the manufacturers to the consumer (and making a tidy profit in the process).

In fact, the greatest success of Keep America Beautiful has been to shift the onus of environmental responsibility onto the public while simultaneously becoming a trusted name in the environmental movement. This psychological misdirect has built public support for a legal framework that punishes individual litterers with hefty fines or jail time, while imposing almost no responsibility on plastic manufacturers for…

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“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”

Converting an Audi S5 with Tesla's electric motors

#Driving

Thu, Aug 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Motherboard brings to attention this video showing how a couple of mechanic took Tesla components and installed them on traditional combustion engine vehicle. The result is still the same sleep looking vehicle, completely quiet and entirely powered electrically.

Rogue Tesla Mechanic Richard Benoit was at an event called Supercharged Sunday in Long Island on August 5 when he noticed an Audi S5 creep by without making a noise. The mechanics driving the car, Benoit discovered, had taken the engine and battery packs out of a Tesla S P85 and dropped them into the body of the Audi. The result is a car that runs like a supercharged Tesla, but looks like a normal ass car. Benoit spoke with the mechanic responsible for the car at length about the project and uploaded the whole thing to YouTube.

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“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.”

Renewables growing at a rate that could soon compete with traditional power generation

#Environment

Wed, Aug 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With wind and solar becoming cheaper and cheaper it's only a matter of time before they'll become as viable as electricity produced using gas and coal. And just in time, too: with the signs of climate change sending warnings and with things only destined to get worse it's not only up to science to fix the problem but also based on on our choices.

But the same simple truth— that renewables could soon be cheaper than all the alternatives — is contributing to a wave of corporate action in the energy sector. Currently we count a dozen major European utilities (about half the names in the sector index) which have recently announced — or have been featured in the press — acquisitions, divestments or takeovers that could substantially reshape their business. The latest move…

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“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.”

Abandoned malls

#Administrative

Tue, Aug 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Seph Lawless takes us on a tour of America's abandoned malls, looking like something out of Fallout or Into the Badlands. A gallery of photos is available here. Maybe this is a sign of things to come.

Seph Lawless shows us what it looks like when malls fail. He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins that will chill you to the bone. These are just some of Seph Lawless’ most creepy abandoned mall photos from around the U.S.

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“Put words between buns.”

Highly addictive

#Art

Mon, Aug 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Looking like something you'd see on a Burger King logo, the Put Words Between Buns does exactly that. It's the brainchild of Ian Bogost who made this for some reason.

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“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”

Dr. Aubrey de Grey at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2018

#Health

Sun, Aug 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this keynote presentation at the Ending Age-Related Diseases conference in NYC, Dr. Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation talks about how rejuvination biotechnology has finally become an industry.

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Jul 31“Public opinion of Facebook has clearly never been lower.” #Internet
Jul 15“A company headquartered in Toronto runs a successful affordable mobile phone service in the US.” #Telephone
Jul 30“I got 200 wallets and dropped them in 10 cities to collect data to rank the honesty of the cities.” #Science
Jul 27“A powerful new tool to control which genes get expressed in plants, animals, and even humans.” #Future
Aug 01“Fully articulating high-quality custom finger prostheses.” #Technology
Aug 02“Legislation banning students as old as 15 from bringing smartphones and tablets to school.” #Telephone
Jul 28“A full-fledged space economy is within reach, and with it, perhaps, a permanent human presence above.” #Space
Jul 21“Although this transition is irreversible, it carries potential for several robotic applications.” #Robots
Jul 29“Why road diets are implemented.” #Driving
Jul 20“Cultured meat is finally on its way towards becoming a commercial reality.” #Food
Jul 13“Prof Mallett has wanted to build a time machine for most of his life.” #Science
Jul 16“Civilisation is a movement, and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.” #Space
Aug 19“This incredible inconsistency can make English really hard to master for non-native speakers.”
Jan 11How to Avoid Jury Duty
Aug 20“That’s why Colorado School of Mines decided it was time for students to learn how to tap celestial bodies for all they’re worth.”
May 17Review of BenQ's treVolo S Portable Electrostatic Bluetooth Speaker
Aug 21“What if there was a thermostat that allowed you to turn down the temperature of the Earth whenever you wanted.”
Aug 29Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine
Aug 16“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”
Aug 18On Instagram, Everyone Takes the Exact Same Photos
Aug 17“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.”
Dec 23Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you
Aug 12“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”
Apr 29Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book