Iain Salvador

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Tolkien Not Orwell Understood Modern Surveillance Best

What can literary fiction teach us about recent revelations that the National Security Agency has aggressively been gathering massive amounts of data …

What Pig Carcasses Could Teach Coroners About Human Death

Burying pigs at sea turns out to be a good way to study how human bodies decay.<p>A dead pig is a good proxy for a dead person: It's roughly the size of a human torso, it has no fur, and its gut holds similar bacteria. These parallels mean that injury and decay are comparable in the two species, which …

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New Self-Aiming Rifle Would Outshoot Human Snipers

Thankfully, it's not for sale<p>TrackingPoint, a company that combines gun tech and software to create super-accurate, easy-to-use rifles, announced yesterday it is developing a new system that would give regular people unprecedented sniping powers at distances greater than humans have ever accurately …

Faster Forward, Together

What Can a Website Do For Me that Social Media Can't? <i>bookmark_border</i> Kim George<p>It’s a legitimate question and one that I hear all of the time.<p>Featured<p>…

Entrepreneurship

Check Out The First Trailer For Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

Oh, man. Oh, man. (Please be amazing.)<p>It's awesome on its own that Neil deGrasse Tyson is hosting a new mini-series. It's doubly awesome that the astrophysicist/science educator/Jon Stewart-corrector is hosting the next generation of Carl Sagan's beloved 13-part science series, <i>Cosmos: A Personal</i> …

What Manhattan Would Look Like In A Nuclear Blast [Infographic]

The latest nuclear-explosion modeling program includes eye-level views from hypothetical ground zeros.<p>The Cold War might be over, but that hasn't made the threat of a nuclear blast any less upsetting. Especially when you visualize it in 3-D, as Alex Wellerstein has done here.<p>Wellerstein is a …

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

Science Reveals Wolverine's True Weaknesses

In the new film The Wolverine, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly loses his ability to self-regenerate. Here are some of the things he should fear the most.<p>In a new summer film, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly will lose the reason he has been able to <i>snikt!</i> though skirmishes, scuffs, and …