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Elon Musk’s Plan: Get Humans to Mars, and Beyond

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Elon Musk’s plans to get to Mars start with a really big rocket. He still needs to figure out how to pay for it.<p>For years, Mr. Musk, the billionaire founder of the SpaceX rocket company, has been offering hints and teases of his desire to colonize the big red planet.<p>In a talk …

Elon Musk

'Hell itself': Aleppo reels from alleged use of bunker-buster bombs

The roar of the explosion was unlike anything Abdulkafi al-Hamdo had heard before. Stones from a kilometre away fell in front of the home where the teacher had taken shelter with his wife and seven-month-old daughter.<p>Arriving at the scene in the early afternoon on Friday, he took in the destruction …

Middle East

3tags.org

Rio 2016: Olympic torch skirts riots and drug gang clashes in host city

Relay involving mayor is forced to divert with police using pepper spray and rubber bullets to clear a path through protests<p>Police used stun grenades and tear gas to clear protesters in the path of the Olympic torch in a poor suburb of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, two days before South America’s …

Brazil

French Pokémon Go player arrested on Indonesian military base

Romain Pierre, 27, was arrested in Cirebon but was freed when police realised he had unintentionally entered base<p>Indonesian police say they have detained a French man who trespassed on a military base while playing the augmented reality game Pokémon Go.<p>A spokesman for West Java police said Romain …

Pokémon

Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm - and it's flourishing after 3 years

Andrew Martin left the fast-paced business world in order to live a more simple and sustainable life in balance with nature. He and his wife Beth …

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch allegedly strangled by brother in honour killing | Reuters - Firstpost

LAHORE, Pakistan Qandeel Baloch, a social media star whose exploits divided opinion in conservative Pakistan, was allegedly strangled by her brother …

Pakistan

Social robots set to transform early childhood education in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Robots could soon play a bigger role in early childhood education in Singapore, with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) currently …

The Downside of Democracy

A 1979 book on presidential selection inadvertently predicted the rise of Trump—and the weakness of a popular primary system.<p>Predictions are dangerous business, especially in the hall of mirrors that American politics has become. Suffice it to say, no one called this U.S. presidential election …

Political Science

Schrodinger's Cat Is Now Alive - And Dead - In Two Boxes at Once, IRL Experiment Reveals

Physicists just sawed that cat in half.<p>Scientists have just kicked the famous Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment up a notch by cutting that poor …

Quantum Mechanics

The possibilities of 'invisible' wood - CNN Style

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Cookies

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Renewable Energy
LGBTQI

This Guy's App Could Turn Our Old iPhones into Thousands and Thousands of Surveillance Cameras

Perch Live makes it easier than ever to catch people acting sketchy, if you're into that sort of thing.<p>Back in the dial-up days of the neolithic internet, staring at choppy, blurry webcam footage of people living their average, boring lives was an exciting and transgressive facet of online life. …

Surveillance

You're more likely to order a pricey Uber ride if your phone is about to die

In an interview with NPR's Hidden Brain podcast, Uber's head of economic research, Keith Chen, explained how Uber's data team can find weird patterns in its user behavior.<p>"...One of the strongest predictors of whether or not you are going to be sensitive to surge — in other words, whether or not …

Economics

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

App Store

This free app could get you 911 help faster than dialing the police

In fact, the current system of call routing could cost you precious seconds during an emergency.<p>That's where an app called Patronus, formerly known as BlueLight, comes into play.<p>Consider the situation in Oakland, California, where residents face a tricky decision every time they dial the …

College & University

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

The Brain

劫杀深圳女教师的滴滴司机被批捕 称作案并非临时起意[1]- 中国日报网

深圳一名小学女教师网约一辆滴滴出租车后,竟遭司机持刀抢劫并残忍杀害。案件发生后不久,南山公安机关将该案犯罪嫌疑人潘某金抓获归案,5月10日将他移送南山区人民检察院审查逮捕。5月16日,南山区检察院经审查后,以涉嫌抢劫罪依法对潘某金批准逮捕。<p>  <b>嫌疑人没有案底,此次作案系有预谋劫财</b><p>深圳一名小学女教师网 …

The Fading Meaning of ‘GMO'

The National Academy of Sciences is urging people to focus less on the process and more on the product.<p>Today the National Academy of Sciences released a 420-page response to public concerns about “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is a leap forward in the discussion, …

Genetic Engineering

Study finds that police body cameras may increase assaults — if used improperly

Putting body cameras on police seems like a net good for everyone involved, but <i>how</i> to deploy them and what the subtler effects will be are questions that would be better answered sooner than later. Otherwise, as a new large-scale study shows, we risk making things worse — body cameras could …

Crime

Science is not a democracy

And, at a fundamental level, it can never be one.<p><i>“Even when Darwin’s teaching first made its appearance, it became clear at once that its scientific,</i> …

Tummy problems? Just swallow this stomach-repairing origami robot made of meat | Ars Technica

Magnetically controlled robot may fix lesions and remove accidentally-eaten batteries.<p>A chunk of meat that bursts open once eaten and unleashes a …

Robotics

3tags.org

Impossible Project makes a modern Polaroid camera possible

This instant film camera is analog, but Bluetooth and an iOS app give photographers some perks of the digital age.<p>It may seem ludicrous to make a new instant film camera in a time where even a standalone <i>digital</i> camera for many is no longer a necessity. But that's exactly what the Impossible Project …

Cameras

Humble tofu powering Indonesian homes with clean energy

KALISARI: In a dark and steamy room in Indonesia's tofu heartland three men sweat over bubbling cauldrons, churning creamy beancurd with wooden …

Tinder user kidnapped and beaten by a man she met through the app

A Kansas Tinder user was recently kidnapped, beaten and held against her will for six days by a man she met through the app. Shane Steven Allen faces one charge of kidnapping and four more for aggravated battery. He's currently in police custody under $100,000 bond, according to <i>NBC News</i>. If he's …

Will the art world ever be all-inclusive?

Whether it’s the overwhelming whiteness of The Oscars, The Grammy’s, The Brits and Fashion Week, rallying cries for diversity are coaxing the creative industries to confront issues surrounding inclusivity and wider representation. It’s exhausting, pedantic and repetitive trying to convince the …

Queen Elizabeth II Called Chinese Officials ‘Very Rude’ During Frank Discussion: Find Out Why

Mood! In a rare candid moment, <b>Queen Elizabeth II</b> was caught on camera on Tuesday, May 10, saying several Chinese officials were "very rude" to <b>Barbara</b> …

Canon's latest EOS M lens has a built-in ring flash

Canon's first EOS M may have landed with a thud, but things are getting much better for the mirrorless system. The company launched the excellent EOS M3 late last year, and just revealed a very interesting lens, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM. It's the first EF-M macro lens, and only the eighth …