Saturday, July 30, 2016

Spectacular photos of 1940s Brazil by a government photographer gone rogue

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A blind street performer plays an accordion.

Image: Genevieve Naylor/Corbis via Getty Images

In 1940, 25-year-old Genevieve Naylor, who had recently become one of the first female photographers hired by the Associated Press, received an assignment from the U.S. State Department to travel to Brazil.

With the war between the Axis and Allied powers expanding into a truly global conflict, the State Department's Office of Inter-American Affairs was tasked with cultivating South American support for the Allies. Naylor was sent to capture the images to illustrate the propaganda campaign and conjure wartime support from Brazil and adjacent countries. Read more...

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This ultimate 'Star Trek' history holds clues for the next show

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I wouldn't exactly call myself a Star Trek fanStar Wars, not surprisingly, is much more my speed. Still, like every geek of a certain age, I watched reruns of what we now call The Original Series (TOS) as a child, back when there was almost no other science fiction to be found on TV.


But I wasn't exactly a discerning critic in those days. I'll never forget the evening that "Spock's Brain," now widely regarded as the worst episode of Star Trek ever, terrified the pants off me at age 7. My tastes have evolved since then; generally speaking, the more recent the Star Trek TV show, the less likely I am to have seen it.  Read more...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Experiment 'turns waste CO2 to stone'

Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions - just turn them to stone.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Economic losses from disasters counted

Natural disasters around the globe have resulted in economic losses of roughly $7 trillion since 1900, according to a new calculation from scientists.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New detail in Ceres' bright spots

The US space agency's Dawn satellite continues to return remarkable images from the dwarf planet Ceres, in particular from its collection of bright spots in Occator Crater.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Division's apocalyptic New York City is insanely realistic

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The Division, Ubisoft's newest game, takes place in a near-future New York City that is in the middle of coping with a viral outbreak. You play as an covert government agent who has been activated to help beat back the vigilante factions that have taken control of Manhattan amidst the chaos of the contagion killing countless people.



After spending a couple of hours running around Ubisoft's version of Manhattan, it's clear the developers painstakingly recreated a rather large swath of the city. Though the city wasn't designed at a one-for-one scale, the scope and detail put into the game would make any New Yorker feel eerily at home Read more...

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

This gun can stop small rogue drones without destroying them

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We've seen a couple of brute force anti-drone devices designed to snatch the tiny machines out of the sky, but Battelle's DroneDefender is one of the first to do it with an invisible beam delivered in an ultraportable, gun-like form


The device uses radio control frequency disruption to halt and bring down drones in a way that keeps the drone intact while preventing it from setting off any kind of self-destruct sequence



That last point is important because small drones are increasingly being used for aerial surveillance. In the case of industrial espionage, the ability to snag a drone intact in order to investigate its source could be vital Read more...

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