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Renowned Tattoo Artist Inked Clients Through a Hole in the Wall Without Ever Meeting Them

Normally, a lot of careful planning goes into getting a tattoo. Or, at the very least, people looking to get a tattoo become familiar with their design of choice. Tattoo artist Scott Campbell, however, has added an element of surprise to this process with his performance project called <i>Whole Glory</i>. …

HR Meets Data: How Your Boss Will Monitor You To Create The Quantified Workplace

New employee trackers are letting companies tweak office layouts, policies, and org charts to get the most out of their workers. But at what cost?<p>Imagine if, a few years from now, you’re in a meeting. (Even in science fiction, we spend most of our time in meetings.) Everyone’s phones are on the …

After selling his company to Google, this man now wants to block ad-blockers

As founder of Admeld, an ad-optimization platform acquired by Google for a reported $400 million back in 2011, Ben Barokas knows a thing or two about the ad tech industry. Following a three-year stint at Google, Barokas jumped ship in early 2015 to launch his next venture — Sourcepoint, which is an …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Who Crashed China’s Stock Market?

Beijing’s top five scapegoats, from journalists to hedge funds to the U.S. federal reserve<p>China’s stock markets continue to stumble, despite the massive stimulus that the government has unleashed to prop them up. The Shanghai benchmark index fell by 1.23 percent Tuesday, after closing down slightly …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow<p>We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?<p>In a study published this month in <i>Advanced Materials</i>, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis

How successful people beat stress

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to <i>them</i>.<p>The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their …

Self-help

These Are What the Google Artificial Intelligence’s Dreams Look Like

Spoiler alert: they're as weird as electric sheep<p>Google's servers drive the much of the world's data, and apparently, they dream as well, according to a Google blog post by two Google software engineers and an intern.<p>Google’s artificial neural networks (ANNs) are stacked layers of artificial …

These Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest Gang Will Give You Sleepless Nights

New Zealand photographer Jono Rotman got unprecedented access to around 200 members of the Mongrel Mob. We asked how he did it.<p>In the 1960s, a gang of variously disaffected youth sprang up in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. They didn't ride bikes, but they quickly developed all the trimmings of an outlaw …

New Zealand

Burundi’s journalists are using SoundCloud to get around a government shutdown of independent radio

Half-past noon in Burundi once looked the same each day. From the paved streets of the capital city Bujumbura to the countryside’s dusty roads, everyone stopped what they were doing, pulled out their phone, and tuned into the Radio Publique Africaine’s news program.<p>But since political unrest broke …

Africa

Overcoming Creative Dry Spells and where to find inspiration

One of the things I used to hate when perusing my path as a photographer is when I reached a point where I was uninspired to shoot, or I’d reach a …

Architizer

DSLR vs. Mirrorless | Are Mirrorless Cameras Really the Future Of Photography?

One of the most common phrases in photography circles these days is that “mirrorless is the future.” Like many other predictions, we usually tend to …

Cameras

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Do We Live In A Hologram? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

Everything in our universe might be a lot flatter than it seems, at least, if you do the math.<p>If you’ve got a credit card in your wallet that has one of those little 3D holograms on it — a two-dimensional image that uses some tricks of light to appear three-dimensional — you can get a sense of how …

Physics

The Most Productive Ways To Waste Your Time

Whether you’re watching stand-up comedy on TV or cat videos on YouTube, studies have shown that laughing can do everything from relieve stress to boost your immune system.<p>One Oxford University study even found that laughing is an effective treatment against pain. Across a series of experiments …

China-Pakistan Pacts Worth Billions Reveal Beijing's Ambitions

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — China might just have a new bestie.<p>The U.S. rival wooed Pakistan with sweet words and hard cash this week, part of a two-way lovefest less about mutual investment than Beijing's deepening ambitions for the region.<p>“My friend’s lovely image dwells in the mirror of my heart; I …