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Delivery drone at your service

Delivery drone at your service

Two Queensland farmers have been the first people to receive deliveries via autonomous drones as a technologically-advanced Google project rolls into testing phase.

Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

 

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The Underground Cities of Cappadocia

The Underground Cities of Cappadocia

In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey.

The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation shafts, wells, and connecting passageways. It was one of dozens of underground cities carved from the rock in Cappadocia thousands of years ago. Hidden for centuries, Derinkuyu‘s underground city is the deepest.

via Derinkuyu & The Underground Cities of Cappadocia | Sometimes Interesting.

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Plug in all the things!

Plug in all the things!

A new type of USB connector that will completely overhaul current specifications is about to enter production.

The USB 3.1 Type-C, which is about the size of a micro-USB but thinner, “opens the door for the invention of an entirely new, super-thin class of devices that consumers haven’t seen yet,” according to Alex Peleg, VP of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group.

He previously claimed the Type-C is “the only connector one will need across all devices”.

The USB 3.1 Promoter Group, part of the USB Implementers Forum, has taken a leaf from Apple’s book in the development of the Type-C. Like the Lightning connector, it’s reversible, meaning users can insert it into their device’s port no matter which way up it is.

It also supports USB performance at SuperSpeed 10 GB/sec and USB Power Delivery up to 100W.

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Mysterious lake forms in Tunisian desert

Mysterious lake forms in Tunisian desert

The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water.

For locals, roasting in the 40C heat, the temptation to cool off in the inviting water quickly overcame any fears about the mysterious pool.

Hundreds flocked to what quickly became known as the Lac de Gafsa or Gafsa beach to splash, paddle, dive, and fling themselves from rocks into the lake, ignoring warnings that the water could be contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, riddled with disease or possibly radioactive. Even after the water turned a murky green, they arrived in droves, undeterred.

“Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse,” Lakhdar Souid, a Tunisian journalist, told France 24 television.

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Another strange hole

Another strange hole

Staring down what could be a 1,000ft deep worm hole through the blue ice of the Lower #RuthGlacier. I was never afraid of the ones full of water, they’d just be cold, but some had no water and it was easy to imagine a long slide to an icy death. #yikes (on assignment for @natgeo in #DenaliNationalPark)

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9/11 boat explained

9/11 boat explained

A remarkable piece of scientific detective work has revealed the wooden ship found beneath the wreckage of the World Trade Center was built just before, or during, the American War of Independence. Even the location where the wood was grown appears to have been settled.
In 2010, when digging the foundations for the buildings that will replace the twin towers, workers found a 9.75m long oaken partial hull 7m below what is now street level. Hickory in the keel indicated the ship was almost certainly of North American origin, but its age and specific place of construction were initially a mystery.

Isotopic dating isn’t precise enough to tell us the age of the wood from which the ship is made, so instead researchers from Columbia University used the tree rings. As they report in probably the most attention grabbing story ever published in Tree-Ring Research the rings in timber from different parts of the ship were found to be highly similar.

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Putin’s mom goes to Siberia twice more

Putin’s mom goes to Siberia twice more

In a chaotic world of downed planes, ethnic unrest and missile strikes, international observers settled their attention elsewhere earlier this month. They looked north to Siberia, a land covered in snow and layered in permafrost, where a strange and giant crater had just ripped open the earth. At the time, no one knew where exactly the crater had come from, what was at its bottom, or how it had come to be.

There are sure to be even more questions now.

Two new craters have emerged in Siberia, deepening the giant hole saga. Though not as big as the first crater, which extended hundreds of feet in diameter, these new craters are just as strange.

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Russian mystery hole explored

Russian mystery hole explored

Russians take time out from shooting down civilian planes to explore the mystery hole!

Russian scientists got their first look inside the mysterious crater in Yamal, Siberia on Wednesday, July 16, while the Siberian Times took a helicopter ride to get another look down into the hole.

Based off of the original video of the crater, it was estimated that the crater could have been up to 80 meters wide. However, Andrey Plekhanov of the State Scientific Centre of Arctic Research told The Siberian Times that the hole is about 30 meters wide and the outer portion that includes the soil emission is around 60 meters in diameter. The researchers were also able to get their first look at the icy lake that exists at the bottom of the 70-meters-deep hole. Soil, air, and water samples have been taken in order to help determine the cause.

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Treasure found on 450 year old “Mars” war ship

Treasure found on 450 year old “Mars” war ship

July 7, 2014 – For 450 years, no one knew where the Swedish warship Mars, named for the Roman god of war, sank in the Baltic Sea. The largest vessel of its time went down in a fierce battle in 1564 with more than 800 people aboard. Its discovery in 2011 yielded an astonishingly well-preserved ship, including the seamen who went down with it.

Legend has it that the ship was cursed because its cannons were made using metal from melted-down church bells.

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Facebook publishes mind control research

Facebook publishes mind control research

A recent journal article titled ‘Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks’, authored in part by a member of Facebook’s Core Data Science Team, describes the results of secretly modifying the news feeds of 689,003 Facebook users to elicit different emotional states in those users.

In an experiment with people who use Facebook, we test whether emotional contagion occurs outside of in-person interaction between individuals by reducing the amount of emotional content in the News Feed. When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks. This work also suggests that, in contrast to prevailing assumptions, in-person interaction and nonverbal cues are not strictly necessary for emotional contagion, and that the observation of others’ positive experiences constitutes a positive experience for people.

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On Guard! The Story of SAGE (~1956)

On Guard! The Story of SAGE (~1956)

The development of the SAGE system cost more than the Manhattan Project (atomic bomb). It was an American air-defense system. The largest computer ever built. Used from the 1950s all the way into the 1980s.

The Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) was a system of large computers and associated networking equipment that coordinated data from many radar sites and processed it to produce a single unified image of the airspace over a wide area. SAGE directed and controlled the NORAD response to a Soviet air attack, operating in this role from the late 1950s into the 1980s. Its enormous computers and huge displays remain a part of cold war lore, and a common prop in movies such asDr. Strangelove and Colossus.

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Caribbean space program

Caribbean space program

This is a description of a novel based in the Caribbean but the article includes some fascinating photos and information about the actual Caribbean space program (hint it wasn’t based on rockets)

It is, without doubt, the biggest gun I’ve ever seen.

I’m in Barbados doing research, and I’m standing under a 100 caliber barrel. The thing looks big enough to crawl into, but not quite. And the barrel just keeps going and going. Big enough that I have to trudge through the wet grass a ways to get some perspective on the whole thing. This cannon is so damn big it has a structure around the barrel to keep it rigid. It’s mounted on a concrete pad the size of an office building’s foundation. And there’s this huge space for recoil: a dark pit that I don’t want to fall down into, because it’s filled now with stagnant water.

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The IXS Enterprise

The IXS Enterprise

The idea of traveling to another star has captivated scientists and science fiction writers for decades, but the vast interstellar distances is a huge barrier to our star-trekking dreams. For interstellar travel to become a reality, we realistically need to develop a propulsion technology that can travel faster than the speed of light.

Now one NASA physicist has turned some very preliminary space-time warping experiments into a design of starship that would, quite frankly, make Captain Jean-Luc Picard drool.

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Crack Telstra Cabling Squad

Crack Telstra Cabling Squad

Some time ago, this Vulture South hack had a not-uncommon experience: loss of broadband during a storm.

It wasn’t water that killed things, but lightning: 130-plus metres of cable was scorched. The cable was direct-buried, meaning there was no convenient conduit through which a new cable could be dragged.

Telstra, to its credit, despatched a Crack Telstra Cabling SquadTM to perform the unenviable task of burying a new cable, unless an alternative could be found.

What follows documents the Crack Telstra Cabling SquadTM strategy.

 

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and this mob wanted to roll out high speed internet god help us

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Dolphins surfing in Esperance

Dolphins surfing in Esperance

It was a crystal clear day in Esperance when filmmaker David Riggs decided to send his quadcopter over the Southern Coast town’s beautiful beaches.

The air was still, the sky was cloudless and the ocean was like a turquoise millpond.

Riggs seized the opportunity on that still winter’s day to launch the device, which has four rotors powered by an electrical motor and fitted with a camera.

He was hoping to film sharks which may be following whales, which usually begin their migration along WA’s south coast this month.

The quadcopter camera captured captivating vision of bottlenose dolphins surfing at Observatory beach.

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The Worm Hole Machine

The Worm Hole Machine

Since the dawn of man, we have looked to the stars in awe and wonderment. Gazing into the heavens has inspired age-old questions like “Why am I here?”, “Are we alone?”, and “What’s it like to get sucked into a blackhole and travel at hypersonic speeds through a wormhole?” Well, with an Arduino, 120 LEDs, an infinity mirror, and some old-school NASA-inspired hardware, CLAW Amusement Technologies is at least pretending to have an answer to that nagging last one, if it were posed to a team of NASA engineers in 1960, with the Wormhole Actualization Machine (WAM).

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WHOAH

The severe weather season is off to a slow start in terms of tornadoes, hail, and wind reports.  Although, the number of storms has increased of late, and this increase will continue as the country sees warmer temperatures and higher humidities for the late spring and summer months.

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Don’t fuck with the Russians

Don’t fuck with the Russians

Are you among those frustrated Americans who have wondered how the Soviet Union’s only hostage crisis in Lebanon was resolved in just a month, while the plight of the six U.S. hostages held there continues to drag on without any

break in sight?

Well, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Soviets turned the trick by forgoing diplomacy in favor of a brutally more direct approach to the problem.

Simply put, they presented the kidnappers with chilling proof that terror can cut both ways. Literally!

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Read this. It’s fucken awesome.

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