"Take one neural network that describes what it sees in an image. Provide it with a webcam feed from the MacBook it’s running on. Then, wander around a city and see what happens. Here are the results of exactly that experiment."
"The Neolithic Revolution involved the advent of agriculture, which finally allowed people to settle down in ever-larger groups and focus on things other than procuring calories—things like developing written language and forming social cliques. It was one of the most profound events in the collective history of humanity."
"There’s a common misconception that tattoos are only a way to express your individuality (just like everyone else does), or only serve as loving tributes to moms. But they have practical medical applications too, especially now that circuit board temporary tattoos exist."
"SpaceX has been trying—andfailing—to neatly land its rockets on a barge for months now. But Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space company seems to have made a beautifully controlled landing on solid ground with its own New Shepard craft.'
"52 years ago today, Doctor Who aired for the very first time—and two years ago, it took over the world as it broadcast “The Day of the Doctor,” the show’s 50th anniversary special. But the celebration was, according to Steven Moffat, nearly a total disaster: and somehow almost didn’t star The Doctor at all."
"After a remarkably speedy bureaucratic process, a government task force finally released the details of new rules on hobby drones. The 14-page document confirms earlier reports that pretty much all drones will need to be registered. It also includes a mysterious FOIA exemption.'
In news that literally has my heart racing, Joel Hodgson has announced his pick for the new “Mad” of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a.k.a. the insane scientist that forces the host to watch all those bad movies. That choice? Felicia freakin’ Day as Dr. Forrester’s daughter.
"This should not come as a surprise, but Anonymous is probably not going to rid the world of terror with its myriad “ops.” In fact, the latest reports indicate that the leaderless pack of hacktivists is not only incapable of disrupting ISIS, it seems like Anonymous is totally fucking this one up."
"Since Star Wars Rebels is canon, it’s always a big deal when they introduce a new character. This is a person, creature or droid that will now forever be a part of Star Wars lore and, in the latest episode, they introduced a good one: Female bounty hunter Ketsu Onyo, voiced by Gina Torres."
"Point a laser at someone’s skin and they’ll react in fear, assuming it’s going to burn. But researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a way to make a laser that cools, instead, successfully lowering the temperature of water by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit."
"Everybody knows and loves the U-2: the mighty US spyplane. But they may not be as familiar with Lockheed’s matte black ultra-high altitude reconnaissance jet aircraft–nicknamed Dragon Lady–has a beautiful sister: NASA’s ER-2 that I think of as Snow White."
"We all thought it. We watched the first Warcraft trailer and thought, “Oh no, that’s a lot of CGI.” Immediately, the nightmare scenario popped into our heads: the possibility that this amazing video game had been turned into a sterile mess, without a shred of drama or humanity."
"Four and a half billion years ago, a whirling cloud of cosmic dust condensed into the lump of rock we call home. For the first time, astronomers are now watching that same planet-forming process playing out around a distant star.'
"Last week, Google launched YouTube Music to a few cheers, a few groans, and a lot of “don’t they already have a music service?” In fact, they have several: Google Play Music and YouTube Red, for starters. But don’t be fooled—they seem separate, but they actually compliment one another."