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Monday March 11, 2019. 06:38 PM
A woman flying from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia over the weekend insisted the plane turn back mid-flight when she realized she had forgotten something important at the airport: her baby. Following protocol, the pilot had to first get permission from an air traffic controller...
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Several years ago, I wrote a feature for Bloomberg Businessweek about soft robotics, 'in which steel skeletons and power-hungry motors make way for textiles.' The idea is that soft robots, often powered by compressed air in pneumatic 'muscles,' are more flexible, lighter...
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One of my fears is opening my car door just as a cyclist is coming by, causing a dangerous collision. I always look before I open, but I'm going to start opening the door with a 'Dutch Reach' as an added precaution. It's simple to do: open the door with your right hand,...
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Recently, I noticed Becky Chambers' runaway hit The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was available via Kindle Unlimited. I regret having waited so long to read this widely acclaimed novel. A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is every 'meet the crew of a special spaceship'...
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As a high school student, I would have enjoyed learning to use ruled paper to draw anamorphic illusions instead of (not) taking notes. (via The Kid Should See This)
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An agreement was made long ago to maintain an open border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the independent country of Ireland (part of the EU). The problem is, when the UK leaves the EU, what happens to the open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland? How...
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Fascination used to be a popular arcade game at carnival boardwalks around the country. It's like a cross between Bingo and Skee-Ball. Players compete against each other to roll balls down a table with holes in them. The first player to drop 5 balls in a straight line is the ...
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When the German MEP Axel Voss took over the new EU Copyright Directive and reinstated the controversial Article 13, he was explicit that the idea of the rule was to make all online services use filters, similar to Youtube's Content ID, to screen everything their users posted ...
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Security researcher Victor Gevers has discovered an insecure Chinese database of 1.8 million women, aged 15-39, along with phone numbers, GPS coordinates, photo URLs, ID card numbers, marital status, political affiliations, educational attainment, and whether the women are...
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I finally pulled the trigger on the new iPad Pro because of today's deals at Amazon; affiliate links follow below. Every year I throw all my computers in a dumpster and make another desperate, clawing, doomed effort to use an iPad Pro as my 'only machine' and it is once...
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Last week, House Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act, to enact the Net Neutrality protections favored by 83% of Americans; in response, Rep Greg Walden (R-OR, @repgregwalden, +1 (541) 776-4646) has proposed legislation rescinding Section 230 of the Communications...
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Hugh writes, 'This plaque commemorates its own commemoration.' (Photo by Dr Vicky Forster): 'This plaque was commemorated on October 10, 2018, commemorate its own commemoration. Plaques like this one are an integral part of the campaign to support more plaques like this one. ...
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A room at a Universal Studios Florida hotel tonight will cost you $197-$536 (plus admission tickets to the park), but make sure that you do all your soda drinking in one compact session, because Universal has deployed the creepily named Validfill RFID system, which limits...
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Bullets.tech takes important technical news stories and reduces them to a few salient bullet points that provide a really (really!) good overview of the story; it's very similar to what I try to do here on Boing Boing: extract the salient points from a study or news story,...
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Months of student strikes have roiled the UK as pupils across the country have refused to go to class while demanding action on climate change, inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg's one-person strike at the Swedish Parliament. This Friday, UK students are planning a ...
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Since 2016, there have been multiple instances of attacks on keyless entry car-locks, and there's a burgeoning industry of expensive ($5000) aftermarket alarm systems that are billed as protecting your car from these radio attacks on its security. Pen-Test Partners...
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Despite a conservative boycott and their relentless online whining about the woman-led blockbuster, Captain Marvel stormed to an epic box office over the weekend, earning $455m. So, for reference, the online review-bombing from trolls, bots, so-called 'toxic fans' and other ...
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It's been a while since I returned to the blocky, charming world of Minecraft, but this video from 2010 is going viral and satisfies the urge. The fireplace tutorial begins about a minute in.
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Today in 'I don't know what I expected': former Blackberry engineer and YouTuber Matthais Wandel's ingenious but doom-laden wasp vacuum. Tell you what, Happy Mutants, if you like this and fancy a light, uplifting read, be sure to grab Iain Banks' debut novel The Wasp Factory.
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In calls to a radio show, Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended a child rapist, justified child rape, and said that women were 'extremely primitive.' Between 2006 and 2011, Tucker Carlson spent approximately an hour a week calling in to Bubba the Love Sponge, a popular...
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