What happens if authorities seize your laptop?

What happens if authorities seize your laptop?

Yet authorities can also find out about you in a more traditional manner – by seizing your possessions at the border. Long ago the authorities could read your diary. Now they can go through your laptop’s hard drive. See full story on bbc.co.uk more…
The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies—As Chosen By Scientists

The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies—As Chosen By Scientists

The idea that humans could be vastly overmatched in battle by aliens terrified viewers and set their imaginations spinning. The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies—As Chosen By ScientistsReal scientists can be the harshest critics of science fiction. See full story on popularmechanics.com more…
Inside One Of The FAA’s New Drone Test Sites

Inside One Of The FAA’s New Drone Test Sites

Earlier this week, flying barely under the wire of its 2013 deadline, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the six states it had selected as test sites for domestic drone use. The goal is to figure out how unmanned aerial vehicles can safely work in U.S. skies alongside commercial planes, news and police helicopters, cropdusters, and […] more…
Why Carmakers Always Insisted on Male Crash-Test Dummies

Why Carmakers Always Insisted on Male Crash-Test Dummies

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Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Facebook possesses a startlingly massive trove of data on global migration patterns. It’s hidden, innocuously enough, amid two simple biographical details that many people post on their profile pages: Where you live, and where you\’re from. Between those two data points – spread across the millions of its 1 billion users who volunteer this information […] more…
The Quest to Create the Perfect Map

The Quest to Create the Perfect Map

By strapping cameras to the backs of intrepid hikers, mobilizing users to fact-check map data, and modeling the world in 3D, he added, Google was moving one step closer to mapmaking perfection. In his new book, A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton masterfully catalogs the maps that tell us most about pivotal […] more…
How One Historic Russian City Became a Target for Terrorists

How One Historic Russian City Became a Target for Terrorists

A policeman watches as a bus, destroyed in a suicide bombing, is towed away in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, on December 30. Now, two back-to-back suspected suicide attacks just ahead of New Year celebrations—a December 29 bombing at the city\’s main train station followed by a December 30 trolleybus blast—have claimed more than […] more…
BBC News – Plans for ‘cycle utopia’ above London’s rail lines

BBC News – Plans for ‘cycle utopia’ above London’s rail lines

Plans to build a network of cycle paths high above the streets of London are being put forward for consultation. SkyCycle is a 136-mile (219 km) route, with the first phase, proposed from east London to Liverpool Street Station, costing more than 200m. See full story on bbc.co.uk more…
▶ Penn and Teller Fool Us – Shawn Farquhar HD – YouTube

▶ Penn and Teller Fool Us – Shawn Farquhar HD – YouTube

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The Man Who Accurately Estimated the Circumference of the Earth Over 2,000 Years Ago

The Man Who Accurately Estimated the Circumference of the Earth Over 2,000 Years Ago

Today I found out about a man who fairly accurately estimated the circumference of the Earth well over 2,000 years ago: Eratosthenes of Cyrene. Born around 276 B.C. in Cyrene, Libya, Eratosthenes soon became one of the most famous mathematicians of his time. He is best known for making the first recorded measurement of the […] more…
‘Duck Dynasty’ Family Launches Their Own Line of Guns

‘Duck Dynasty’ Family Launches Their Own Line of Guns

The family-owned business at the center of the hit TV-show “Duck Dynasty” has launched its own line of guns. The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol. Mossberg has begun shipping some […] more…
Unexamined Premises » The Enigma of Barack Obama

Unexamined Premises » The Enigma of Barack Obama

Put me down in the Roger Simon camp on this one: without wandering into Birther territory or the inconclusive musings of Jerome Corsi… who the heck is this guy, really? To put it bluntly: nobody knows nothin’ about the president of the United States, aka the leader of the free world. (Well, maybe the NSA […] more…
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