Awesome, Immersive Exhibition Shows How Architecture Can Shape Your Senses

Kengo Kuma created a delicate matrix made from more than 3,000 curved bamboo sticks that spring up from the ground, forming an abstracted pyramid. By Liz Stinson Buildings have the unfortunate fate of being taken advantage of. Architecture is about form, sure, but in our day-to-day lives, we mostly appreciate it for its functionality. “We use spaces to work, to live, to shop, and we don’t often think about actually being in a building,” says Kate Goodwin. Goodwin is the curator of Sensing Spaces, a newly opened exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London that looks at architecture … Continue reading Awesome, Immersive Exhibition Shows How Architecture Can Shape Your Senses

Checking the Claim: This Device Would Allow Dogs to Talk Like Humans

EEG technology allows people to play music and control vehicles with their minds. But can it translate a dog’s thoughts into words? (Nordic Society of Invention and Discovery) A team of oddball inventors claims they are developing a headset that translates a canine’s thoughts into words By Tuan C. Nguyen In a way, the intimate relationship between man and man’s best friend is  unjustly lopsided. For their part, dogs are able to understand us very well. In  fact, researchers believe a border collie named Chaser has demonstrated a  vocabulary of more than 1,000 words, along with the ability to comprehend  … Continue reading Checking the Claim: This Device Would Allow Dogs to Talk Like Humans

What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us?

Before long, artificial intelligence will stop looking to humans for upgrades and start seeking improvements on their own. (© Warner Brothers/Courtesy of Everett Collection) In a new book, James Barrat warns that artificial intelligence will one day outsmart humans, and there is no guarantee that it will be benevolent By Erica R. Hendry Artificial intelligence has come a long way since R2-D2. These days, most millennials would be lost without smart GPS systems. Robots are already navigating battlefields, and drones may soon be delivering Amazon packages to our doorsteps. Siri can solve complicated equations and tell you how to cook … Continue reading What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us?

Is Japan’s Offshore Solar Power Plant the Future of Renewable Energy?

Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant. (KYOCERA Corporation) The densely populated nation has found a new way to harness the power of the sun By Vicky Gan Across Japan, 50 nuclear power plants sit idle, shut down in the aftermath of  the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Nobody is certain when government  inspectors will certify that the plants are safe enough to be brought back  online. Anti-nuclear activists point to this energy crisis as evidence that  Japan needs to rely more on renewables. One think tank has calculated that a  national solar power initiative could generate electricity equivalent to ten  nuclear … Continue reading Is Japan’s Offshore Solar Power Plant the Future of Renewable Energy?

How We Make Gods

Taking lessons from the rise and fall of divinity in online games. By Jason Anthony Illustration by Jonathon Rosen From the moment he arrived, Egor lived for mayhem. The time was 1982, and the place was the first online game world, called MUD (short for Multi-User Dungeon). Before Egor there had been duels, pranks, and the occasional fire-breathing dragon, all amiably playing out in the MUD world, hosted on the servers of the University of Essex. A rough kind of social contract had held. Egor was the screen name of a player who set out to test the limits. He … Continue reading How We Make Gods

The greatest underwater photographs from around the world: Winning entries selected from thousands of amazing aquatic images

ByDaily Mail Reporter From a the wreck of a Japanese warplane to grinning great white sharks, these are just some of the thousands of entries in the largest underwater photography competition. Nearly 8,000 pictures were entered for the underwaterphotography.com competition with 17 categories from above water, to wrecks, sharks and even underwater fashion featuring models. And after the judging was finally completed, Belgian photographer Ellen Cuylaerts, who is based in the Cayman Islands, was declared World Champion after only three years of diving. Keeping the side up: British photographer Paul Colley took first prize in the  Wide Angle Marine Life … Continue reading The greatest underwater photographs from around the world: Winning entries selected from thousands of amazing aquatic images

McDonald’s sued for $1.5 million by customer after employee called ‘Angel’ only gave him one NAPKIN with his meal

.Webster Lucas claims he was racially abused by a McDonald’s manager .He insists ‘mental anguish’ after the incident has left him unable to work .Alleged row took place at McDonald’s in Pacoima, California, on January 29 ByTom Gardner A McDonald’s customer is suing the fast food restaurant for $1.5million because he was given only one napkin with his meal. Webster Lucas claims he is now unable to work because of the ‘undue mental anguish’ and ’emotional distress’ caused by the incident. He launched the lawsuit following a row with the store manager at the outlet in Pacoima, California, on January … Continue reading McDonald’s sued for $1.5 million by customer after employee called ‘Angel’ only gave him one NAPKIN with his meal

It takes two to tangle: White tie-clad Opera Ball goers brawl at Vienna’s premier social event

.The fight was between a man in his 60s and one in his 40s as guests mingled .It erupted as guests hobnobbed in reception area at Vienna’s Opera House .One of men managed to throw right hook without spilling drink in left hand .Older man showed off nasty cut to his chin and blood over dress shirt .Vienna’s Opera Ball is Austria’s premier high-society event in social calendar ByMatt Blake The Ambassador’s balls are noted in high society for their host’s exquisite taste that captivates his guests … But it wasn’t a nutty chocolate treat that captivated attendees of Vienna’s … Continue reading It takes two to tangle: White tie-clad Opera Ball goers brawl at Vienna’s premier social event

WORLD’S BIGGEST CYBERATTACK DETECTED, 360 MILLION ACCOUNTS, 1.25 BILLION EMAIL ADDRESSES HACKED

Source: Times of India An internet security firm has stumbled upon a “mind boggling” and “Godzilla-sized” cache of personal data put up for sale on the online black market by hackers. One of the hacker attacks stole over 105 million records making it the single largest data breach in cybercrime history. The trove included credentials from more than 360 million accounts and around 1.25 billion email addresses. The discovery was made by cybersecurity firm Hold Security. “These credentials can be stolen directly from your company but also from services in which you and your employees entrust data. In October 2013, … Continue reading WORLD’S BIGGEST CYBERATTACK DETECTED, 360 MILLION ACCOUNTS, 1.25 BILLION EMAIL ADDRESSES HACKED

South American Vine Treats Neurogenerative Disorders and Is More Powerful Than Antidepressants

by John Summerly Banisteriopsis caapi, also known as ayahuasca, caapi or yaje, is a South American jungle vine used to prepare a decoction with a long history of entheogenic uses as a medicine and “plant teacher” among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest. It has unique properties found to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurogenerative disorders. B.caapi contains harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are both beta-carboline harmala alkaloids and Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). The MAOIs in B. caapi allow the primary psychoactive compound, DMT (which is introduced from the other primary ingredient in ayahausca, the Psychotria viridis … Continue reading South American Vine Treats Neurogenerative Disorders and Is More Powerful Than Antidepressants