José Carlos Cruz completes”world’s first cork-clad hotel”

Portuguese architect José Carlos Cruz claims to have built the world’s first cork-clad hotel, located amongst the olive and cork trees of Portugal’s Alentejo region (+ slideshow). Situated outside the city of Évora, the Ecork Hotel comprises a cork-clad restaurant and leisure complex with 56 hotel suites contained in a series of adjacent bungalows. José Carlos Cruz and his design team chose cork to clad the walls of the main building because it is both readily available and highly insulating. “Portugal is the second biggest exporter of cork in the world, so we thought it would be a good starting … Continue reading José Carlos Cruz completes”world’s first cork-clad hotel”

Space-time and Imagination

In space, time passes. If you put a clock in a room, it will tick. Time is associated with change. In that room, a person walks around. A moth circles. Another person enters, then leaves. The shadows move. If you wait long enough, a light bulb will burn out. In space, some objects remain stationary. Books on a shelf. Notebooks on a desk. Boxes piled in a corner. Shoes on the rug. But again, if you wait long enough, those objects change. They decay. So convincing is this presentation, we assume all space is this way. And we assume physical … Continue reading Space-time and Imagination

Meet the enemy of killer fungus that turns ants into zombies

One of most famous fungi in the world is the “zombie ant fungus”. It takes over the mind of an ant, causing it to climb up a branch and cling to the underside of a leaf before mummification. Once locked in place, the mushroom-like fruiting body of the cordyceps sprouts from the ant and eventually releases its spores. This ant-killing fungus goes by the scientific name Ophiocordyceps unilateralis and its modus operandi has made it something of a celebrity – inspiring an episode of the X files, the video game The Last of Us and even a Pokémon character. This … Continue reading Meet the enemy of killer fungus that turns ants into zombies

How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone (Presenting DROPOUT JEEP)

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/30/2013 12:22 -0500 Following up on the latest stunning revelations released yesterday by German Spiegel which exposed the spy agency’s 50 page catalog of “backdoor penetration techniques”, today during a speech given by Jacob Applebaum (@ioerror) at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a new bombshell emerged: specifically the complete and detailed description of how the NSA bugs, remotely, your iPhone. The way the NSA accomplishes this is using software known as Dropout Jeep, which it describes as follows: “DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide … Continue reading How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone (Presenting DROPOUT JEEP)

Eat Beef? Think Twice

People who eat beef should think twice. They probably know cows are fed antibiotics, hormones, corn, wheat, all sorts of crappy stuff. But there is other junk cows are fed, some of it surprising–and deadly. For both cow and human. According to OnEarth, feeding cows such junk can cause them to become infected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, a fatal disease that attacks the brain and nervous system. This bovine disease can morph into the human variation of BSE, called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). The World Health Organization (WHO) states vCJD is rare but … Continue reading Eat Beef? Think Twice

12 months of terror: The king hit violence killing our young men

THIS is a national tragedy. 2013 was another year of senseless violence on our nation’s streets and most of it was fuelled by alcohol. Despite the well-publicised tragedy of Thomas Kelly, 18, killed in 2012 out on his first night on the town, the king-hit assaults continued this year. In NSW, there are more police fighting the war on alcohol than there are troops left fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan, reports the Daily Telegraph. As revellers gear up for New Year‘s Eve, news.com.au looks back at the shocking year of alcohol-related violence. It was 12 months of stupidity … Continue reading 12 months of terror: The king hit violence killing our young men