Monthly Archives: April 2015

These “Swamp Dogs” Might Be What America’s First Dogs Looked Like

These animals are officially called “Carolina Dogs.” A less poetic name would be “Carolina Swamp Dogs,” since until 1970s, the Carolina swamp is pretty much where they lived. Early tests of their DNA show that they might be what the first dogs in America looked like.

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How to Use Instagram to Track Climate Change

In Los Angeles, the transition from spring to summer is heralded by the blooming of jacarandas, a photogenic tree that explodes in bright lavender fireworks and sprinkles flowers across the city like purple rain. But as I Instagrammed my sneakers against the rubbery petals the other week, I had a nagging feeling—this was way too early for jacarandas to be blooming.

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What Would You Would Like to See in a Military Science Fiction Show?

This post got me thinking about military science fiction and what I would like to see in a live action show. This hypothetical Band of Brothers in Space doesn’t have to be Starship Troopers: The Series since there are plenty of sources to draw from.

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Real Places On Earth So Surreal, They Look Like Alien Landscapes

If you want to see strange and exotic landscapes, you don’t have to travel the solar system; you just have to take a closer look at our own planet. From fiery pits to rock formations that seem to defy gravity, these views show us a side of the Earth that looks almost alien, but are wholly terrestrial.

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This Is What Microsoft’s HoloLens Looks Like In Person

We’ve seen it demoed on stage. We used a janky (but amazing) prototype—but until today we’ve never actually seen Microsoft’s real holographic headset in person. Now, here it is: a weird, futuristic visor with four visible cameras, two speakers and what looks like six buttons scattered all over its big plastic headband. Let’s take a closer look at hardware behind Microsoft’s augmented, holographic, reality. This is HoloLens.

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This week in outstanding, eye-catching headlines: “Ancient megadrought entombed dodos in poisonous f

This week in outstanding, eye-catching headlines: “Ancient megadrought entombed dodos in poisonous fecal cocktail.” The science is pretty excellent, too; David Shultz has the details at Science.

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How Will You Celebrate Email Debt Forgiveness Day?

The folks over at the Reply All podcast had a brilliant idea: they’ve declared April 30th “Email Debt Forgiveness Day.” This is a chance to catch up on those emails you’ve meant to send or are anxiously avoiding. Holy crap, is this ever my holiday. What emails should you write?

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Butterfly-Collecting Was The Perfect Cover For This Historic Spy

We love real-life spy stories. The gadgetry! The clandestine meetings! The coded messages! But thus far, most spy stories have glossed over the role of butterfly-collecting. That was a terrible mistake.Read more… Continue reading

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26 Soviet Space Pins From the Heat of the Space Race

There was a time when people proudly wore pins and badges of notable space achievements on their clothes. Such pins were very popular in the Soviet Union—and anybody could buy almost any kind, choosing from a wide variety of these little decorative items.

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View A Trailer For A Doc On The Real-Life Heavenly Creatures Murderers

Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures dramatized one of New Zealand’s most shocking murders, in which a pair of teen girls brutally killed one of their mothers. Director Alexander Roman’s documentary, Reflections of the Past, uses interviews, vintage images, and reenactments to further explore the story.

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8½ review – Fellini’s meditation on films as dreams retains its irresistible pull

A cinematic rerelease of Federico Fellini’s hallucinatory masterpiece offers a chance to be blown away all over again – its opening alone is one of the most incredible things in cinema Continue reading…
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Samba review – tough social realism meets sugary romantic comedy

A mismatch of tones, weird narrative leaps, scenes that go nowhere, but at least it doesn’t decend into miserablism

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We’re Too Optimistic About The Power Of Optimism

So say the results of a new study out of UC Berkeley, anyway. Three different experiments show we resort to optimism when we believe it can improve our chances of success, but are too hopeful about its actual benefits. Optimism is still important, say … Continue reading

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CSI Cyber and the Juice Jacking Airplane Wi-Fi White Whale 

I pride myself on being able to figure out twists on network procedurals, but I hope this is the first and last time I have to type these objectively humiliating lines: CSI:Cyber really pulled the rug out from under me in tonight’s episode! I was genuinely surprised by what I perceived to be an unexpected twist!

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Monsters: Dark Continent review – ruin-porn, war-porn and porn-porn

This self-important war movie about macho men with CGI monsters somewhere on the horizon is one of the worst sequels of the decade Continue reading… Continue reading

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Why A Volcanic Eruption In Chile Is Turning Brazil’s Sky Purple

This is what a sunset in Rio de Janeiro looks like right now, and it’s all thanks to that volcano erupting in Chile last week. Calbuco spewed 7,420 million cubic feet of ash into the atmosphere, turning nearby regions into a “grey desert” and altering weather thousands of miles away.

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Miranda July’s quietly amazing show breaks the fourth wall of the web

Building on her app, which allows messages sent on the web to be delivered by real people, this show had a democratic spirit while recognising the artist as leader Continue reading… Continue reading

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Gawker Jeffrey Dahmer Died From Being Too Good at Pranks | Gizmodo Microsoft Will Guess How Old You

Gawker Jeffrey Dahmer Died From Being Too Good at Pranks | Gizmodo Microsoft Will Guess How Old You Are From a Single Photo | Jalopnik Bugatti Veyron Successor Rumored To Do 0 To 60 In 2 Seconds, Hit 288 MPH | Kotaku The Best Pro Wrestling In WWE Right Now Is Women’s Wrestling | Kinja Popular Posts

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Deadspin Chicago News Station Flawlessly Impersonates Miserable Jets Fans | io9 A Glimpse Inside The

Deadspin Chicago News Station Flawlessly Impersonates Miserable Jets Fans | io9 A Glimpse Inside The Secretive World Of Human Cannonballs | Jezebel Cop Resigns After Brushed-Off Domestic Violence Call Ends In Murder | Lifehacker How to Get Better Pi… Continue reading

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Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight review – dignity, sensuality and panache

Welles makes Shakespeare’s Falstaff a hero, not a buffoon in his intimate tragicomic drama. The result is a treat Continue reading…
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