Posts in February, 2014

How different animals see the world around them

// February 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

Recent scientific research has revealed how animals see the world around them and many possess dramatically different “sights” than humans. For instance, the brain of the dragonfly processes the images it sees so fast, it appears to be in slow motion and pigeons are capable of detecting more subtle color gradations than the most complex […]

Scientist observe and photograph record-breaking meteorite impact on Moon

// February 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

On September 11, 2013, Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a weight of nearly 1,000 lbs crashing into the surface of the Moon. Astronomers say the record-breaking impact would have generated a flash of light bright enough to be seen from Earth. The strike was recorded by the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS), […]

Rare photographs of unusual animals before they became extinct

// February 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

When we think of extinct animals, species which are no longer living, we tend to envision dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and saber tooth tigers. What you may not know is that several species, some quite unusual, have only recently been wiped out. In fact, some extinct animals ceased to exist after the 1820’s when photography was […]

Cool robotic clock writes time with pen, erases, starts again

// February 20th, 2014 // No Comments » // Robotics

Designed by Thingiverse member Johannes from Nuremburg, Germany and created using 3D printed parts, the Plotclock writes the time, in hours and minutes, on a white board using a dry-erase pen, before erasing it and starting again.

Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away – more bonehead business moves during OneDrive rollout

// February 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Internet

Just when you think Microsoft won’t shoot themselves in the foot any longer – they do it again. Today they rolled out OneDrive, their replacement (or revamp) for their cloud storage product, SkyDrive, with a special offer for 100GB of free drive space while neglecting to mention that after a year the user must pay […]

Can you spot the hidden snipers in these pictures?

// February 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Military

Driven by the increasing range and accuracy of firearms, camouflage designers have been researching and exploiting optical illusions since World War I and German artist Simon Menner proves that our eyes can often deceive us. Check out the photo montage below and see if you can spot the sniper hidden in each of the landscapes.

Climactic closing scene from HBO’s True Detective S01E04 – dare we call it a cinematic masterpiece?

// February 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

There’s a lot of buzz going around about the climactic scene from Episode 4 of HBO’s new series True Detective. The complicated, single 6-minute tracking shot follows Rust Cohle (played by Matthew McConaughey) fleeing the scene through two homes and the streets of a ghetto in an attempt to make it to the safety of […]

Why some ISPs are throttling Netflix and what you can do about it

// February 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Internet

It’s no longer just a theory – despite their denials, major ISPs are ignoring net neutrality rules and throttling Netflix bandwidth and Netflix has the proof in hand which they provide through their publicly-available monthly statistics reports. Here’s how to find out if you’re being throttled by your ISP, why ISPs throttle network traffic from […]

As if they weren’t terrifying enough – researchers find alligators perched in trees!

// February 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // General Science News

Endowed with natural armor and 6-inch teeth, they hide, deathly still, in dense underbrush waiting for their prey. No problem – just watch where you step. But now a University of Tennessee study has found that the reptiles can climb and perch in trees as far as the crowns. Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor […]

400 Gbps DDoS attack on Monday smashes Spamhaus DDoS record

// February 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

CloudFlare announced late last night that a 400 Gbps DDoS attack against an unnamed entitym smashed the record set last year during the Spamhaus incident in which a sustained 300 Gbps attack was launched against a European organization who maintains a blacklist of spam-related ISPs. Effects from the attack were especially strong in Europe which […]

Straight out of Dr. Suess – a fish tank that lets the fish drive around on wheels

// February 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

Fish on Wheels lets its fish tank occupant steer the tank in whatever direction it feels like going. The prototype tank was built using a standard webcam, battery-powered Beagleboard, and an Arduino controller and uses the contrast of the fish with the bottom of the fish tank to determine the fish’s position in the tank. […]

Mind-bending door system uses interlocking triangles and no rails to produce functional door opening system

// February 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

The folks over at Klemens Torggler’s door in Austria have introduced yet another mind-bending, but functional, door opening design, this time based on a brilliant series of interlocking triangles. Klemens Torggler’s door is an invention based on rotating squares or triangles. The special construction makes it possible to move the door sideways without the use […]

Visual history of Facebook- from its introduction in 2004 to its modern-day design

// February 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Technology

2006 - Mark Zuckerberg's profile

“The Facebook” went live on February 4, 2004 from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard University dorm room. Ads began running shortly thereafter. In 2005, Facebook rolled out the News Feed and by 2007, Facebook simplified its design. By 2008, Facebook had 100 million users and launched Facebook Chat. In 2012, Facebook hit 1 billion members and in […]

Department of Transportation moves to allow cars to communicate with each other on the road

// February 3rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for automobiles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed […]

Beautiful animal and nature photographs that’ll put a smile on your face – Part 2

// February 3rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

Stop and smell the roses? Sometimes is helps to take the time to recognize the beauty of the world that we live in. Here is a collection of nature photographs that will surely put a smile on your face.