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My friend Teresa Nielsen Hayden has pointed out to me that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is actually a very pretty movie, and if you switch the DVD to Italian and pretend it’s opera, it’s rather enjoyable, too (this only works if you don’t speak Italian).” 
Cory Doctorow: Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts | Locus Online Perspectives

Kate Bush - Pi (via YouTube user mourna)

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Brain in a Dish Flies Plane | Discovery News

'For the recent project, Thomas DeMarse, a University of Florida professor of biomedical engineering, placed an electrode grid at the bottom of a glass dish and then covered the grid with rat neurons. The cells initially resembled individual grains of sand in liquid, but they soon extended microscopic lines toward each other, gradually forming a neural network — a brain — that DeMarse says is a “living computational device.” '

'Scientists say the research could lead to tiny, brain-controlled prosthetic devices and unmanned airplanes flown by living computers.'

I think this came via Reddit.  Sorry.

Brain in a Dish Flies Plane | Discovery News

'For the recent project, Thomas DeMarse, a University of Florida professor of biomedical engineering, placed an electrode grid at the bottom of a glass dish and then covered the grid with rat neurons. The cells initially resembled individual grains of sand in liquid, but they soon extended microscopic lines toward each other, gradually forming a neural network — a brain — that DeMarse says is a “living computational device.” '

'Scientists say the research could lead to tiny, brain-controlled prosthetic devices and unmanned airplanes flown by living computers.'

I think this came via Reddit. Sorry.

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Olympics Wifi Police | Neatorama

'@SadaoTurner posted this image of Olympics wi-fi police, who seek unauthorized wi-fi signals and shut them down. Why go through all that trouble? Because Olympic partner BT runs some 1,500 paid hotspots at the event.'

Olympics Wifi Police | Neatorama

'@SadaoTurner posted this image of Olympics wi-fi police, who seek unauthorized wi-fi signals and shut them down. Why go through all that trouble? Because Olympic partner BT runs some 1,500 paid hotspots at the event.'

Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps—A First | National Geographic

'On Tuesday tracker John Ndayambaje spotted a trap very close to the Kuryama gorilla clan. He moved in to deactivate the snare, but a silverback named Vubu grunted, cautioning Ndayambaje to stay away, Vecellio said.

Suddenly two juveniles—Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old—ran toward the trap.

As Ndayambaje and a few tourists watched, Rwema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, while Dukore freed the noose.

The pair then spied another snare nearby—one the tracker himself had missed—and raced for it. Joined by a third gorilla, a teenager named Tetero, Rwema and Dukore destroyed that trap as well.’

'Silverbacks in the Kuryama group have occasionally been caught in the snares, so Vecellio thinks the juveniles would have known the traps are dangerous.'

Via @helenfirebird.

Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps—A First | National Geographic

'On Tuesday tracker John Ndayambaje spotted a trap very close to the Kuryama gorilla clan. He moved in to deactivate the snare, but a silverback named Vubu grunted, cautioning Ndayambaje to stay away, Vecellio said.

Suddenly two juveniles—Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old—ran toward the trap.

As Ndayambaje and a few tourists watched, Rwema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, while Dukore freed the noose.

The pair then spied another snare nearby—one the tracker himself had missed—and raced for it. Joined by a third gorilla, a teenager named Tetero, Rwema and Dukore destroyed that trap as well.’

'Silverbacks in the Kuryama group have occasionally been caught in the snares, so Vecellio thinks the juveniles would have known the traps are dangerous.'

Via @helenfirebird.

Screw you Brand Police | Reddit

If you’re at a loss to understand what is going on here, read this BBC article.

Screw you Brand Police | Reddit

If you’re at a loss to understand what is going on here, read this BBC article.