Sep 17, 2014

Scientists used a Hitchcock thriller to measure patients' consciousness

posted by Larra Morris

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Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years was astonishingly similar to that of healthy, conscious people.

In the past few years, scientists have slowly inched toward communicating with brain-damaged patients who can't talk or walk but are minimally aware. Exactly how aware we never knew—until functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed some remarkable results.
via Gizmodo

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Sep 16, 2014

NASA Picks Boeing and SpaceX to build its space taxi

posted by Laura Domela

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Let the space race begin.

NASA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded two multibillion dollar contracts to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts will make the two companies the first commercial businesses to send NASA astronauts to space, fulfilling the government’s commitment to commercial spaceflight ever since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet back in 2011.

But more than just a windfall for Boeing and SpaceX, which were awarded $4.2 billion and $2.6 billion respectively, the announcement also serves as an important first step toward kickstarting the commercial space industry, which includes other companies like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Sierra Nevada Corp. that seek to make space travel accessible to the rest of us. As NASA astronaut Mike Fincke said at Tuesday’s press conference: “I look at these spacecraft as the keys to the doorway to space, where we’re trying to open the door to more and more people getting to see what we’ve seen from space, our beautiful planet and beyond.”
via Wired

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Image: The SpaceX Dragon at the International Space Station. (NASA) 

 

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Sep 16, 2014

These decoy insects zap the nasty bugs that try to mate with them

posted by Larra Morris

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As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created "femme fatale" decoys that lure the males in and zap 'em dead—just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting it on.
via Gizmodo

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Image: A molded decoy, an ash borer, a 3D-printed decoy, and an oak borer. Michael Domingue.

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Sep 16, 2014

Grandmas accidentally tag themselves as hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash on facebook thanks to autocorrect

posted by Larra Morris

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Grandmas from all over the world are accidentally tagging themselves as hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash on Facebook thanks to autocorrect. Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash is a blog on Tumblr that collects some of the these priceless mistakes from grandma.
via Laughing Squid

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Sep 16, 2014

China opens separate walking lane for people texting

posted by Larra Morris

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In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of walking and texting, China has opened separate walkways for people who are using their cell phones, and people who aren't. They're meant to be ironic though, and encourage people to think before texting and knocking over somebody's grandma and breaking her hips. That poor old lady. You monster!

The special 50-metre route was mapped out in the Chinese city of Chongqing and at first seemed as if they was intended to make the journey of smartphone users easier.


But Nong Cheng, who works for area managers the Meixin Group, confirmed the lanes were meant to be ironic and remind people it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street.
via Geekologie

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Sep 16, 2014

An award-winning war photographer futilely attempts video game photojournalism

posted by Larra Morris

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If anyone could capture the terror, desperation, and occasional joy of surviving the apocalypse, you'd think it might be award-winning war photographer Ashley Gilbertson — a man who spent years covering the Iraq invasion for The New York Times. This week, for Time magazine, Gilbertson "embedded" himself in (also award-winning) video game The Last of Us, using its built-in photo mode to capture shots of protagonists Joel and Ellie making their way across a dead but still hostile landscape. Gilbertson, who developed post-traumatic stress disorderduring the war, found the game too bloody, intense, and disconcerting to even play himself; he took the controls only to operate the camera.

But the photos? The photos, even at their most dramatic and well-shot, are bland.

Gilbertson hints at this in his piece on the series. With the option to replay a section or freeze the game, "it wasn't hard to make images that recalled posters for a war film, or that might be used in an advertising campaign for the game itself," he writes. And when he tried to echo famous war photographs, he found that he couldn't get characters to react with any kind of emotional urgency. "In the end, their emotions mimicked that of the zombies they were killing."
via The Verge

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Image: Ashley Gilbertson / Time

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Sep 15, 2014

Ikea billboard tips an apartment sideways to become a rock-climbing wall

posted by Larra Morris

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Ikea promoted the opening of its 30th store in France by building an apartment into a vertical rock-climbing wall. Marketing shop Ubi Bene helped devise the impressive outdoor installation in the city of Clermont-Ferrand.

The wall is 9 meters high by 10 meters wide and fitted with steps and grips, allowing the public to navigate among stylish beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, sofas and accessories. (Using harnesses and with safety personnel on hand, naturally.)
via Ad Week

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