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This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web

Since last week’s reading list was well received, we’re serving up another round of the most intriguing articles in science and technology this week. And if you see one that we missed, feel free to add them in the comments. Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything […]

The Sex Lives of Chess Pieces

Who knew that chess pieces had secret sex lives? Adult Swim. Chess Mating from Rubber House on Vimeo.

The Grass Arena

My grandmother was tall, six feet tall. The only trouble was she never reached that height when I was a child: she'd bent into an upside-down L-shape.I read The Grass Arena in Aberystwyth, quite by chance: it was available in the Oxfam...Show More Summary

Eavesdrop on Conversations Using a Bag of Chips with MIT’s ‘Visual Microphone’

MIT’s ‘visual microphone’ is the kind of tool you’d expect Q to develop for James Bond, or to be used by nefarious government snoops listening in on Jason Bourne. It’s like these things except for one crucial thing—this is the real deal. Describing their work in a paper, researchers led […]

All about alcids: Extravagant divers of northern oceans

2 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Across the world’s northern oceans, 24 species of auklets, murres, puffins, guillemots, and related seabirds make a living catching food...

Short Film “The Trail’s End” Entices with Bonnie-and-Clyde Android Couple

For nearly a century, filmmakers have explored the convergence of humans and machines in the form of androids. Whether as soulless servants or heartless killbots, movies often depict a future full of androids wrought with perilous pathways that will require all human ingenuity to avoid. Show More Summary

911 gives advice….

Telling a woman whose house is being burglarized to "put the gun down." I like her response: I'll put the gun down when I see the police."...

Robotic Bees Designed to Pollinate Crops Making Significant Strides

In Harvard researcher Robert Wood’s lab, a robot the size of a quarter lifts off the ground, its wings a blur. This micromachine, or RoboBee, is a marvel of modern robotics, able to hover and steer by independently flapping its wings 120 times a second. RoboBee’s inventors think it might one day […]

2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #3

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Top Boards (Open) Armenia 1½:2½ France USA 1½:2½ Netherlands Norway 3-1 Montenegro Germany 2-2 England Poland 2-2 Cuba Full Results Batumi, Georgia putting in a bid for Olympiad 2018. Photo by Paul Truong. The plot thickened today as top teams began to clash. All the top teams faced a strong opponent… except the Ukraine who […]

Tromsø Chess Olympiad Daily Shows

Round 1 GM Fabiano Caruana – Italy GM Robin van Kampen – Holland GM Axel Bachman – Paraguay Haregeweyn Alenu – Ethiopia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmhPFogMUSERound 2 GM Antoaneta Stefanova – Bulgaria GM Irina Krush – USA GM Gilberto...Show More Summary

2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #1

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Top Boards (Open) Jordan 0-4 Russia Ukraine 4-0 Tunisia Norway 2½:1½ Yemen Zambia 0-4 France Armenia 4-0 Japan Full Results Madagascar going through security. Photo by Paul Truong. The 2014 Chess Olympiad kicked off with the usual fanfare and excitement. The bustling of the teams greeting one another and of course finding their boards. For […]

The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay

3 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

The Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is one of the ubiquitous birds seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California....

How to Virtually ‘Possess’ Another Person’s Body Using Oculus Rift and Kinect

Virtual reality can put you in another world—but what about another body? Yifei Chai, a student at the Imperial College London, is using the latest in virtual reality and 3D modeling hardware to virtually “possess” another person. How does it work? One individual dons a headmounted, twin-angle camera and attaches electrical stimulators […]

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