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Our Growing Addiction to “Cognitive Ecstasy” Drives Technology’s Progress…And That’s Okay

Why are humans so damn curious? Because discovery is pleasurable. Jason Silva, in his latest video, says humans don’t care about spectacle—what we care about is ecstatic understanding: “In other words, cognitive ecstasy defined as an exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure.” Maybe you’ve experienced this “cognitive ecstasy” at one […]

What We’re Reading and Watching This Week (up to Sept 20, 2014)

In the midst of all the technological progress being made globally on a daily basis, sometimes it’s tough to appreciate how we’re changing as humans. This week, we’ve been exploring articles and videos from around the internet that delve into the cultural and societal changes that technology induces. Enjoy this week’s offering […]

Daryl Morey, Trevor Ariza, Troy Daniels & Susan Polgar Visit Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan

Chess Champion Visits Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan from Houston ISD on Vimeo. Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

HE WORLD CHESS ELITE WILL BE IN BILBAO STARTING SUNDAY FOR THE EUROPEAN CLUB CUP AND THE MASTERS FINAL

THE WORLD CHESS ELITE WILL BE IN BILBAO STARTING SUNDAY FOR THE EUROPEAN CLUB CUP AND THE MASTERS FINALBilbao Chess 2014, which will be held from 14 to 20 September, gathers in both events 9 of the 10 world top grandmasters, as wellShow More Summary

Bridge Swallows

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Cliff swallows are amazingly adaptable birds. Unlike most species, they seem to thrive because of human-designed structures.

Rehabber Slang Part 2, etc.

2 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

There is no excuse for putting a banner photo like this on a renowned birding site. It’s just that when...

Shine on

I was the-lady-behind-the-snowy-owl in a thousand photos taken that night! Given the opportunity, I'll complain to most anyone who'll listen about how much I hate living in the city, but I have to admit (however grudgingly!) that it does have its perks, one of which is the Lantern Parade. Show More Summary

The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

3 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

The Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon. Not, as Linneaus thought,...

Ruin Garden at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory – a Must-See? by Susan Harris

3 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Garden Rant

From my recent stay in Pittsburgh I’ve shown you Randyland, which writer/adventurers Susan Reimer,  Ginny Smith,   Carrie Engel and I stumbled upon while playing hooky from hotel conference rooms. We were on our way to another destination,...Show More Summary

“Winged Warnings” Sounds the Avian Alarm

3 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

When birds go from Least Concern to Near-Threatened to Vulnerable to Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature...

The Elwha is Free!

3 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

The final blast of Glines Canyon Dam, the Elwha is Free from John Gussman on Vimeo. With this final blast, the last remaining section of the upper dam is gone and the river is truly running free again for the first time in 100 years...

Ames NeverLeak™ Hose Reels: A Review

Since I discovered Ames Tools earlier this year and got to see firsthand how some of them are made and what the company's philosophies are towards their products and their customers, I've become a big fan. I have to tell you when they first contacted me about trying out some of their products, I was hesitant. Show More Summary

Revelation

3 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Way Upstream

This story takes place on a summer trip to Norway and depicts the inner meaning of fishing.Film & Edit: Philip Grönmo Music: Hollow Talk - Choir of Young Believers Stay with me (Japan Bootleg) - Sam Smith

Ball So Hard

Tom Brookens, 1989 Donruss NOTE: Don't ask me about the stain because I don't know TOM BROOKENSWATCH THE THRONE "BALL SO HARD WANNA FINE ME"LET'S CHECK THE HIGHLIGHTS Y'ALL Idled during '84 pennant stretch for Tigers due to pulledShow More Summary

What We’re Reading This Week

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to share stories and tech that we’ve been reading, thinking about, and passing round within the Singularity Hub team this week: Omote: Real-time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping | Vimeo “Project Omote is a collaboration between Japanese projection mapping specialist Nobumichi Asai, makeup artist Hiroto Kuwahara and French […]

The only thing as hard as catching a permit on fly has been finding a copy of this film...

3 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Fly fishing for permit is a religion. It's about being in the moment and connecting with something natural, spiritual, and surreal all at once. It's about the process and letting go. It's the instant the fish eats the fly. It's the closest thing to enlightenment you'll ever get. It's SATORI! Now available via Vimeo on Demand.

Thousand-Robot Swarm Hints at Future Car, Drone, Even Nanobot Collectives

When you think nanorobot, you don’t think just one. Or ten. You think millions or billions. Huge swarms of nanobots may work in concert with each other to accomplish tasks on tiny scales, perhaps in the human body, or more radically, to form larger robots, each nanobot functioning like a mechanical cell […]

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