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Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

<b>Iceland is facing an "exponential" rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said.</b><p>This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland's homes, according to Johann Snorri …

Cryptocurrency

Candy Heart messages written by a neural network

Around Valentine’s Day in the US and UK, these things called candy hearts (or conversation hearts or sweethearts) appear: small and sugary, bearing a …

Love

Detroit just banned Airbnb without anyone knowing it [updated]

Here’s what we know so far<p><i>Update:</i> The city has issued a statement saying that the new ordinance is under legal review and they won’t be enforcing it at this time.<p>This week, a new zoning ordinance went into effect that would ban certain Airbnb units in R1 and R2 zones—single-family and duplexes …

Housing

The MoviePass Tips You Need to Know

MoviePass, the almost all-you-can-watch buffet of movies on the big screen, is a pretty sweet deal at $9.95 a month. But what if I told you that deal …

Personal Finance

How to Use Amazon Echo and Alexa to Be More Productive

Maybe you recently got an Echo or a similar voice-activated gadget from Amazon. Or perhaps you are a long-time owner who uses the device regularly. …

My friend's bathroom has a guest book

Cat chattering

This cat appears to be chattering adorably with invisible fairies, but I'm sure that some terrible illness or infirmity has in fact befallen it and …

Pets

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Gfycat

Instant Pot Buffalo Wings Are Fast, Easy, and Very Good

My fellow Americans, the annual Final Handegg is upon us. I’m a simple, soccer-loving girl from upstate New York, and as such, I have simple tastes: …

Cooking

A Dozen Camels Disqualified From Saudi Beauty Pageant Over Botox Injections

Some pageant contestants hit a hump in the road this week. That is, a camel beauty contest in Saudi Arabia disqualified a dozen camels for receiving Botox injections to make them more attractive.<p>Saudi media reported that a veterinarian was caught performing plastic surgery on the camels a few days …

Saudi Arabia

Philips Hue Entertainment is the smart lighting you’ve been waiting for

I was one of the first people to jump on the Philips Hue platform when it first came out, and for years, I’ve happily been using a dozen bulbs across …

Scoring an Invite to United’s Secret Airport Restaurant Just Got Easier

United’s much-anticipated “speakeasy” restaurant at Newark Airport just opened its doors a crack for us commoners.<p>CLASSIFIED debuted back in late …

Yuki Tatsumi’s Japanese Tip Holds Thousands of Pieces of Chopstick Wrapping Origami #ArtTuesday

January 2, 2018 AT 11:00 am<p>Yuki Tatsumi’s <i>Japanese Tip</i> Holds Thousands of Pieces of Chopstick Wrapping Origami #ArtTuesday

San Francisco SPCA Using Robots to Chase Away Homeless Is Illegal

The San Francisco branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took an ironic step to keep homeless people from congregating …

Atelier Swarovski Turns to Man-Made Gems

Early this year, when Nadja Swarovski was deciding how to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Atelier Swarovski, she had a vision.<p>“I wanted to do something responsible, sustainable and forward-thinking,” she said, to celebrate the line known for collaborations with design leaders like Karl Lagerfeld, …

Jewelry

TechShop Closes Doors, Files Bankruptcy

<i>Editor’s note: This morning we received word from Dan Woods, CEO of TechShop, that they are shutting down all locations effective immediately.</i><p><i>We’ve been following the life, good times and troubles, of TechShop for several years. Many members of the community looked toward TechShop as a possible</i> …

Maker Faire

2017 Finalists :: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - Conservation through Competition

Wildlife

This Huge, Four-Horned Mammal Is Rewriting Giraffe Prehistory

Giraffes are hard to miss. Scraping the sky at roughly 18 feet up, they are the tallest animals on Earth. Humans have taken notice, becoming …

Dinosaurs

Ancient mutation helped create delicious, fatty pork. Scientists just fixed it | Ars Technica

They had their reasons.<p>Of all the frights you might experience between now and Halloween, this one might be the worst: Chinese scientists have …

Genetics

New Luggage Service in Japan Will Deliver Your Bags Wherever You Need on the Cheap

Starting in January, those visiting Japan will be able to travel luggage-free thanks to a new initiative.<p>Having to lug your bags with you once you …

Panasonic

Word of the Week: Treppenwitz

I wish I had thought of this snappy comeback earlier! With this German word of the week, you'll be prepared with a witty retort.<p>We've all experienced …

Papercraft haunted dollhouse furniture, housewares and decor

Spanish Etsy seller EasyPrintAndCut makes tiny, printable papercraft furniture, housewares and decor for haunted dollhouses: grimoires, vampire …

Ciders We Craft

After Syfy canceled Dark Matter, MGM wanted to save the show — and cross it over with Stargate

Unfortunately, a season four is completely off the table<p>Last month, when the Syfy Channel cancelled its pulpy space-opera show, <i>Dark Matter</i>, the show’s creator, Joseph Mallozzi, immediately began working on a way to save it. Recently, on his blog, he revealed that MGM showed some interest in picking …

Dogs

The Oregon Zoo staff took the elephant around the zoo, she liked sea lions the best!

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Alphabet Closer to Using Balloons for Telecom in Puerto Rico

Last Friday, engineers on Google parent Alphabet’s internet-by-balloon Project Loon tweeted that they hoped to bring emergency connectivity to Puerto …

Is the San Francisco Zoo ready for a tsunami?

<i>Hurricanes don’t occur in the Bay Area, but after seeing so many animals rescued after the recent devastating storms in the Caribbean,</i> <i>one KALW</i> …

Animation: Queen Elizabeth's life in banknote portraits

More about "the evolution of Queen Elizabeth II, as shown by banknotes" in this Washington Post article from 2015.<p><i>(via r/interestingasfuck)</i><p>Queen …

Animation

Machine-Vision Drones Monitor Animals in the African Savanna - MIT Technology Review

The Kalahari is a semi-arid sandy savanna that stretches across huge areas of Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. It is home to a wide variety of …

Wildlife