“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.”

Abandoned malls

#Administrative

Tue, Aug 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Seph Lawless takes us on a tour of America's abandoned malls, looking like something out of Fallout or Into the Badlands. A gallery of photos is available here. Maybe this is a sign of things to come.

Seph Lawless shows us what it looks like when malls fail. He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins that will chill you to the bone. These are just some of Seph Lawless’ most creepy abandoned mall photos from around the U.S.

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“Put words between buns.”

Highly addictive

#Art

Mon, Aug 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Looking like something you'd see on a Burger King logo, the Put Words Between Buns does exactly that. It's the brainchild of Ian Bogost who made this for some reason.

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“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”

Dr. Aubrey de Grey at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2018

#Health

Sun, Aug 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this keynote presentation at the Ending Age-Related Diseases conference in NYC, Dr. Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation talks about how rejuvination biotechnology has finally become an industry.

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“Tesla Model 3: It’s a giant iPhone.”

The fully connected car with a steep learning curve

#Driving

Sat, Aug 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Washington Post Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews Tesla's Model 3. More than a car it sounds like an oversided smartphone from a decade ago with more settings than the Facebook app.

Last week, Tesla loaned me a Model 3 to review for The Washington Post. Over three days, I navigated the steep learning curve to operate this iPhone with wheels, and ended up convinced it is the car of the future. I also came away a bit concerned about our future.

Even if you’re not interested in owning a Model 3, don’t believe in electric cars, don’t like CEO Elon Musk, or don’t believe Tesla will survive to produce them for $35,000, Tesla is setting the agenda for the auto industry. The Model 3, through cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth connections, is constantly online in ways mass vehicles…

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“How to inspire people by saying nothing at all.”

CBC's This is That Talks

#Humour

Fri, Aug 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Looking like every TED Talk you've ever seen, Pat Kelly manages to say absolutely nothing yet still manages to get a standing ovation.

Self proclaimed “thought leader,” Pat Kelly gives his talk on “thought leadership” at the annual This Is That Talks in Whistler, B.C. In the seminar, Kelly covers: How to talk with your hands, how to get a standing ovation, and how to inspire people by saying nothing at all.

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“Sub-zero cost of electricity is becoming a reality for hundreds of hours in many markets.”

Renewables are beginning to outstrip demand

#Environment

Thu, Aug 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Bloomberg, the increase of wind and solar farms is actually beginning to give headaches to traditional power suppliers as production is higher than demand. This forces operators to shut down coal or gas plants, eventhough these systems are not designed to be easily turned on and off at a whim.

Periods with negative prices occur when there is more supply than demand, typically during a mid-day sun burst or early morning wind gust when demand is already low. A negative price is essentially a market signal telling utilities to shut down certain power plants. It doesn’t result in anyone getting a refund on bills -- or in electric meters running backward.

Above, new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) citing positive progress on the transition to renewable energy but noting that the advances are…

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“How to rip down a mountain.”

Brendan Howey - RAW 100

#Video

Wed, Aug 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Vimeo's staff pick brings to attention this beautifully shot yet terrifying to look at video, featuring Canadian freerider Brendan Howey riding his bike on a tortuous path down a hill. He doe so effortlessly, I'd probably be peeling my face from a tree at the first bend.

It’s always a hoot to watch someone effortlessly do something that you’d very quickly die trying to accomplish. Canadian freerider Brendan Howey shows us how to rip down a mountain in this riveting Red Bull piece from cinematographer Rupert Walker. The title of “RAW100” refers to its edit — just 100 seconds of action with zero special effects. Brendan’s impressive skills are portrayed in as natural a state as possible, using raw sound and no music or slow motion — just the raw dirt of British Columbia, a pair of rubber wheels, and…

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“It’s time to develop real and meaningful standards for the internet economy.”

Getting our personal data under control

#Internet

Tue, Aug 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Alternet, Thom Hartmann argues that the internet has become a “'thing' every bit as powerful and profitable as manufacturing once was.” This, however, does not justify the business methods being practiced by these internet giants and they should be regulated much like industry was so that the use of private data can be under control.

But we have a long history in America of saying to business, “If that business model is destructive to our society, you can’t do it.”

We did it with slavery, we did it with child labor, we’re doing it with financially lucrative discriminatory practices from redlining to the race- and gender-pay-gap. Other examples include the minimum wage law, bans on predatory loan practices, and requiring companies not to pollute.

Just because a company can make money doing something doesn’t mean it…

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“The attack was reportedly carried out with a pair of drones laden with explosives.”

Drones used for assassination attempt

#War

Mon, Aug 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

An assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro took place during a live speech on Saturday using drones laden with explosives. I guess fiction is turning into reality.

Firefighters at the scene disputed the government’s account, saying that the explosion was the result of a “gas tank explosion inside an apartment,” but Reuters reports that a “little-known group called the ‘National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts’ was behind the attack, which claimed that their two drones were shot down by snipers. Reuters also says that Maduro has since blamed the Colombian government, and that several suspects have been taken into custody. Earlier this morning, US National Security Advisor John Bolton told Fox News Sunday that the US was not behind the attack.

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“Scientists successfully transplanted bioengineered lungs into pigs for the first time.”

Grow-Your-Own Organs

#Health

Sun, Aug 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Telegraph, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) demonstrated how bioengineered lungs could be transplanted into pigs without any complications or immune suppression usually associated with the procedure. In theory this could mean an end to organ shortage.

To grow the organs in the lab, scientists took the lung of a separate pig and stripped it of its blood and cells using a special mix of sugar and detergent, so that only the ‘skeleton’ remained.

They then created a cocktail of nutrients and lung cells from the pig which was to receive the transplant, and placed it in a tank with the organ skeleton.

The lungs were grown for 30 days and implanted into four pigs who were kept alive for 10 hours, two weeks, one month and two months to see how blood vessels were developing.

All of the…

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