Vebjorn Astad

18 Flips | 1 Magazine | 16 Likes | @VebjornAstad | Keep up with Vebjorn Astad on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Vebjorn Astad”

See the construction of Apple’s new headquarters from the sky

Two years before Apple’s new spaceship-like campus lands, the 2.8-million-square-foot site in Cupertino, California, is still mostly a big pile of dirt. But that dirt pile is getting shapelier by the day, as the foundation is laid and preparations begin for constructing the building proper.<p>Since …

UN expresses alarm about proposed dumping in Great Barrier Reef

The UN has expressed alarm at Australia’s proposal to dump 3m cubic metres of dredged material into the Great Barrier Reef world heritage site, saying the development could place the site on Unesco’s list of shame.<p>The Australian and Queensland governments have granted approval for dumping as part …

Game of Thrones has burnt down most of its own structure, and that's a risky move

<i>Game of Thrones</i> has always been a show that delights in rewriting its own rules, even to the point of creating new ways to think about the profitability of television as a whole.<p><i>Incoming, massive, Game of Thrones spoilers</i><p>We were originally sold on a show led by a honorable hero who followed his …

Google will spend billions on 180 satellites for worldwide internet access

Gadgety<p>Last month, this site reported on Google’s new project called Loon, which uses hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas.<p>Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google plans is to invest between $1 to $3 billion on 180 “small, …

Reinventing the wheel with built-in shock absorbers

When Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he resolved not to lets his crops wither on the vine and became determined to turn his …

Google will partner with wireless carriers to make Project Loon a reality

Google's Project Loon aims to bring balloon-powered internet to remote regions around the world, and that's an ambitious goal any way you slice it. But we're starting to hear more about how Google plans to make its moonshot idea a reality. At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference earlier today, …

The robots of the future won't look anything like the Terminator

Andy Marchese has a lot of fish tanks but no fish food — his fish prefer batteries and compressed air. On a recent Monday, Marchese conducted an out-of-water demonstration of Bubbles, a pool-green silicone fish that sways its tail as cavities on each side of its body alternately inflate, creating a …

How plastic bottles could solve Africa's lighting issues

Despite all the advances in technology, the problem of lighting up rural Africa after darkness falls is still very real. It was this thought that …

MIT designs a floating, tsunami-proof nuclear plant

What's the safest place to put a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept from MIT envisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators explain, lends it several crucial advantages -- making …

Google's latest Street View algorithm beats its bot-sniffing security system

You know how Google's been doing such a great job associating addresses with their locations on a map? Apparently, it's all thanks to the company's new magical algorithm that can parse (with 90 percent accuracy) even fuzzy numbers in pictures taken by Street View vehicles. In fact, the technology's</i> …

“Game of Thrones”: How Westeros is a right-wing fantasyland

Want to live in Westeros, where there are weapons, massive inequality and violence against women? Just vote GOP<p>Aaron Kase<p>April 5, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>Fans of the HBO hit "Game of Thrones" can finally escape back to George R.R. Martin's world of dragons, swordplay and gratuitous nudity when the show's …

'Indiana Jones' Series May Recast Harrison Ford Role In New Trilogy

Hollywood may, and the industry allegedly has a short list of actors they'd possibly plug into a future <i>Indiana Jones</i> trilogy, if the latest rumor is to be believed.<p>Now, let's state this up front. Obviously, this is a HUGE rumor, and nothing has been confirmed by any of the parties we are about to …

Disney to Develop New INDIANA JONES Trilogy with Bradley Cooper?

Secret Service agents sent home from Netherlands

Three Secret Service agents on President Obama's detail were sent home from the Netherlands after apparently spending a night out drinking in Amsterdam ahead of the president's arrival Monday.<p>Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told Fox News that the agents had been sent home "for disciplinary …

Why Mark Wahlberg Says ‘Transformers Age Of Extinction’ Will Be The Biggest Hit Of 2014

No, Michael Bay, the hyperkinetic purveyor of decibel bursting action, was busy putting the finishing touches on "Transformers: Age of Extinction." His presence loomed large, however. Not only in the extended look at the sequel, but in two other projects that Paramount assured exhibitors would …

This Harry Potter Dementor Prank Is Hilarious

Yousef Saleh Erakat, we salute you.

Harry Potter

'The Walking Dead' Discussion: Kenny Powers Goes To Terminus

For the first two-thirds of “Us,” last night’s episode of <i>The Walking Dead</i>, the only thing less interesting than <i>The Walking Dead</i> was the obscene number of commercial breaks during the episode. In fact, until the final act, the best thing about the airing was seeing Josh McDermitt (who plays Eugene) …

Netflix Sinks After Apple-Comcast Streaming TV Talks Revealed

Netflix stock has been on a tear for most of the last year, as investors become increasingly optimistic about the future of online video streaming as a viable and growing business model. But Netflix’s success may have put a target on its back.<p>On Monday, Netflix shares sank nearly 8% after a Wall …