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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The PR-III is available in kit form

The PR-III is available in kit form

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A Japanese paper-modelling enthusiast has constructed a bipedal “robot” dubbed the “Paper Robot III” (or PR-III). Judging from the intricate nature of the design which is visible in the photos, the PR-III appears to be a labor of love, and has been painstakingly constructed almost entirely from paper, with the addition of a few wooden shafts serving to increase overall and drive the “engine” – a series of paper cogs and elastic bands which are wound up to set the PR-III walking.

Detailing the construction of the PR-III, its designer explains that it was difficult to get the balance right, though the desired poise was eventually achieved after several redesigns through trial and error. The PR-III's legs are powered forward by a crank attached to a two-stage gear which decelerates the speed of revolution that is initially gained from the wound-up elastic band mechanism to a more manageable rate.

If you'd like to build your own PR-III, it is available as a self-assembly kit for ¥3000 (roughly US$40), plus shipping. However, be aware that you'll be required to surmount the challenge of navigating a non-English website in order to arrange purchase and delivery.

The video below is an interesting look at how the PR-III was constructed.

Source: Mechanical Paper Model (Google translation), via The Verge

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dr. Catherine Baucom
Most of us are used to seeing doctors driving around in BMWs and Land Rovers, but Dr. Catherine Baucom, a surgeon in Louisiana, showed up to work on a pink kid's bicycle.
After getting stuck in a traffic jam when a car accident shut down a stretch of Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, Dr. Baucom showed how dedicated she is to her work. Instead of waiting in the traffic and postponing a scheduled surgery, she left the interstate and headed to a friend's house nearby to seek alternative transportation. As you can see from the image above, all the fellow doctor had to offer Dr. Baucom was his 7-year-old daughter's bicycle and, for safety, a matching princess helmet.
While it's not clear exactly how far she had to ride the bike, it was undoubtedly a challenge since Dr. Baucom is almost six feet tall and the bike is kiddie-sized. After being questioned by police along the way and explaining her situation, law enforcement gave Dr. Baucom an escort to the hospital.
Not only did she make it to her patient on time, she got to keep the princess helmet as a present.

'anternet' discovered

 

A collaboration between a Stanford ant biologist and a computer scientist has revealed that the behavior of harvester ants as they forage for food mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.

By Bjorn Carey

On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the transfer of data. The researchers are calling it the "anternet."

Deborah Gordon, a biology professor at Stanford, has been studying ants for more than 20 years. When she figured out how the harvester ant colonies she had been observing in Arizona decided when to send out more ants to get food, she called across campus to Balaji Prabhakar, a professor of computer science at Stanford and an expert on how files are transferred on a computer network. At first he didn't see any overlap between his and Gordon's work, but inspiration would soon strike.

"The next day it occurred to me, 'Oh wait, this is almost the same as how [Internet] protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for transferring a file!'" Prabhakar said. "The algorithm the ants were using to discover how much food there is available is essentially the same as that used in the Transmission Control Protocol."


Harvester ants. Creative commons photo: Steve Jurvetson (MS '89 Electrical Engineering, MBA '95).

Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, is an algorithm that manages data congestion on the Internet, and as such was integral in allowing the early web to scale up from a few dozen nodes to the billions in use today. Here's how it works: As a source, A, transfers a file to a destination, B, the file is broken into numbered packets. When B receives each packet, it sends an acknowledgment, or an ack, to A, that the packet arrived.

This feedback loop allows TCP to run congestion avoidance: If acks return at a slower rate than the data was sent out, that indicates that there is little bandwidth available, and the source throttles data transmission down accordingly. If acks return quickly, the source boosts its transmission speed. The process determines how much bandwidth is available and throttles data transmission accordingly.

It turns out that harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) behave nearly the same way when searching for food. Gordon has found that the rate at which harvester ants – which forage for seeds as individuals – leave the nest to search for food corresponds to food availability.

A forager won't return to the nest until it finds food. If seeds are plentiful, foragers return faster, and more ants leave the nest to forage. If, however, ants begin returning empty handed, the search is slowed, and perhaps called off.

Prabhakar wrote an ant algorithm to predict foraging behavior depending on the amount of food – i.e., bandwidth – available. Gordon's experiments manipulate the rate of forager return. Working with Stanford student Katie Dektar, they found that the TCP-influenced algorithm almost exactly matched the ant behavior found in Gordon's experiments.

"Ants have discovered an algorithm that we know well, and they've been doing it for millions of years," Prabhakar said.

They also found that the ants followed two other phases of TCP. One phase is known as slow start, which describes how a source sends out a large wave of packets at the beginning of a transmission to gauge bandwidth; similarly, when the harvester ants begin foraging, they send out foragers to scope out food availability before scaling up or down the rate of outgoing foragers.

Another protocol, called time-out, occurs when a data transfer link breaks or is disrupted, and the source stops sending packets. Similarly, when foragers are prevented from returning to the nest for more than 20 minutes, no more foragers leave the nest.

Prabhakar said that had this discovery been made in the 1970s, before TCP was written, harvester ants very well could have influenced the design of the Internet.

Gordon thinks that scientists have just scratched the surface for how ant colony behavior could help us in the design of networked systems.

There are 11,000 species of ants, living in every habitat and dealing with every type of ecological problem, Gordon said. "Ants have evolved ways of doing things that we haven't thought up, but could apply in computer systems. Computationally speaking, each ant has limited capabilities, but the collective can perform complex tasks.

"So ant algorithms have to be simple, distributed and scalable – the very qualities that we need in large engineered distributed systems," she said. "I think as we start understanding more about how species of ants regulate their behavior, we'll find many more useful applications for network algorithms."

The paper, "The Regulation of Ant Colony Foraging Activity without Spatial Information," appears in the August 23 issue of PLoS Computational Biology.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Apple Wins Samsung Lost

In what will no doubt be a precedent for the tech industry, a jury has found Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents in the Apple and Samsung trial. A nine person Jury is still reading the verdict. So far, Samsung has been found in violation of 4 patents for most of the devices in question. Samsung has also been found guilty of willful infringement for most patents in question for most of the company’s devices, except for the Galaxy Tab. All of Apple’s patents were found valid as well, another big blow to Samsung. As far as damages, the jury has awarded Apple $1.051 billion for Samsung’s infringements. Samsung’s claims against Apple are all turning out to be found in Apple’s favor…

http://www.theonion.com/articles/nation-celebrates-full-week-without-deadly-mass-sh,29293/?ref=auto

MIDTOWN (WABC) -- A workplace dispute that erupted in gunfire left two people dead and 9 people injured near the Empire State building in Midtown.

The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the Empire State Building at 9:00 a.m., a time of day when the sidewalks around the building are packed with pedestrians and merchants were opening their shops.

"People were yelling 'Get down! Get down!", said Marc Engel, an accountant who was on a bus in the area when he heard the shots. "It took about 15 seconds, a lot of 'pop, pop, pop, pop, one shot after the other."

Afterward, he saw the sidewalks littered with the wounded, including one person "dripping enough blood to leave a stream."

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly identified the gunman as 58-year-oldJeffrey Johnson of Manhattan.

LINK: READ MORE ABOUT THE SUSPECT

Johnson was laid off last year byHazan Imports where he was a designer of women's accessories. He had been employed for six years. He was fired during downsizing.

LINK: VICTIMS SPEAKING OUT

He returned this morning and during a dispute with a former co-worker, identified as Steven Ercolino outside the building, Johnson pulled out a gun and shot him 3 times, killing him.

Johnson felt Steven Ercolino, an account executive at his same workplace, did not sell enough of the line of t shirts he was producing. These disputes lead to his layoff. It was not a boss employee relationship.

The victim's father, Frank Ercolino, released a statement saying: "We're a very close family and we're not talking to reporters now. Steven was a wonderful son. He was very good son and person."

On April 27 2011, Johnson and his victim walked into midtown south police precinct and made "cross complaints" against each other. They each alleged altercations by the other. They made the complaints of 15 minutes of each other. There is no evidence of injuries or attempts they went to court to seek restraining orders.

Friday morning, a friend of Ercolino came out of the building and saw the shooter out of the corner of her eye. A witness to the incident, she told detectives that the suspect approached the victim without saying a word. She said he fired five times at the victim, including standing over him after he dropped to the ground and continuing to shoot.

Johnson then calmly walked about a half a block eastbound to Fifth Avenue, and crossed 33rd Street northbound. This is caught on surveillance camera.

Johnson was followed across the shooting scene by two construction workers, who notified two uniformed police officers stationed in front of the Empire State Building.

The officers approached the suspect, who was in a suit and tie and carrying a black bag. The officers saw him reaching into a black canvas bag, which also contained an extra clip of six rounds. The suspect took out a 45 caliber gun, which he held chest high, and extended his arm.

Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne says it's "very likely" all of the 9 bystanders were hit by police gunfire or ricochets or fragments from the planters that were hit by bullets.

Police believe the shooter tried to fire his weapon but it jammed.

The shooter, Jeffrey Johnson, bought the weapon legally in 1991 when he was resident of Sarasota, Florida and brought it to NYC when he moved here a year later. He did not have a permit for it.

One witness says he fired, but detectives believe it is possible he was shot before he was fired upon. In surveillance video you see him raising his arm and then the officers shoot at him.

"We have on tape - the perpetrator pulled his gun out and tried to shoot at the cops. Whether he got off any bullets or not, to be determined. How many he shot earlier, to be determined. We do know the cops fired back, the tape clearly shows the guy holding a gun out and trying to kill the police officers," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

There have been no ballistics recovered so far that indicate he fired at the officers. However, one witness told detectives he fired.

Two officers fired from eight feet away. One officer fired seven times, the other fired nine times. A total of 16 rounds were fired, likely simultaneously.

The suspect had a capacity of firing. One round had been ejected, it's unknown if it was fired.

There is significant damage to the flower pots believed to be caused by the bullet. Detectives believe some of the bullet fragments hit the flower plots and then struck the victims. The flower pots are strategically placed on a curb line to thwart and attempt of a vehicular car bomb.

During that exchange, 9 bystanders were either wounded or grazed in the lower extremities. The 7 women and 2 men were taken to Bellevue Hospital and New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. Those would be consistent with the ricochet ballistics. None of the nine shot have life threatening injuries, and some have been released from the hospitals.

The suspect was likely shot at least seven times. He has 10 bullet holes in him, but some of those were in and out bullets.

The suspect's gun was purchased legally in Sarasota, Florida in 1991. He unlawfully brought it to New York City. When he purchased it in Florida in 1991 it was a legal purchase.

It would appear the suspect was waiting for his victim to show up for work. He was standing in the entrance when his co-worker showed up. That woman engaged in a conversation with the victim and noticed Johnson.

It was unknown if he was hiding and unknown what he was doing there.

It was not unusual for Johnson to show up at the office after he was fired. He was known for periodically showing up at the office to collect his insurance benefits. Detectives have not heard that he was expected Friday.

Officers are assigned permanently to a precinct Bronx but they are part of the Critical Response Vehicle Unit. Those officers come from around the city and watch high profile locations.

The video camera does not show muzzles from weapons firing. The camera is part of a security ring that feeds into a coordination center in Lower Manhattan.

The surviving victims include:

35-year-old man from Jamaica, Queens

33-year-old woman from 38th Street, she lives near the shooting

56-year-old woman from the Upper West Side

21-year-old man from the Bronx

35-year-old woman from Chapel Hill, NC

43-year-old woman from Brooklyn

30-year-old woman from the Bronx

35-year-old man from the Bronx

23-year-old man from the Bronx

The gunshots rang out at a time of day when the sidewalks around the building are packed with pedestrians and merchants were opening their shops.

"We were just working here and we just heard bang, bang, bang!" said Mohammed Bachchu, 22, of Queens, a worker at a nearby souvenir shop. He said he rushed from the building and saw seven people lying on the ground, covered in blood.

Queens resident Rebecca Fox, 27, said she saw people running down the street and initially thought it was a celebrity sighting, but then saw a woman shot in the foot and a man dead on the ground.

"I was scared and shocked and literally shaking," she said. She said police seemed to appear in seconds. "It was like CSI, but it was real."

Hassam Cissa, 22, of the Bronx, said he saw two bodies on the ground and police applying a white cloth to a man's stomach wound.

Johnson had no criminal history, police said.

Hazan Imports is located near the Empire State Building, but not inside it, Mayor Bloomberg said.

Gunshots so close to one of the city's leading tourist attractions immediately prompted fears of terrorism, but federal officials said that wasn't the case, and a guard at skyscraper said it didn't involve the parts of the building where tourists gather to visit the skyscraper.

The Empire State Building released a statement which said: "Today, a disgruntled employee of a company which neighbors the Empire State Building fatally shot a former co-worker. Two police officers who are part of the NYPD's normal coverage of the area around the Empire State Building approached and fatally shot the man. Nine others were injured in the shooting. This unfortunate event had nothing to do with the Empire State Building or with terrorism. The Empire State Building and its Observatories remained open throughout, and continue to be open and operating. At no time was there any related activity in the building. We express our deepest concern for those innocents who were hurt and our appreciation to the NYPD." - Anthony Malkin, Malkin Holdings.

The gunfire came less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police near Times Square, another tourist-saturated part of the city. Authorities say police shot 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy after he lunged at officers with a kitchen knife Aug. 12. Kennedy was smoking marijuana in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon when officers first approached, police said. It was the beginning of an encounter that would stretch for seven crowded blocks.

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Some information from the Associated Press

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE OF THE SHOOTING

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8785101

Monday, August 20, 2012

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Learn how to make potato vodka.

Instructions

    • 1

      To make potato vodka you need the following for 1 liter, double the recipe for 2 liters:
      -2.5lbs of potatoes by weight, peeled and diced finely
      -1 Pressure cooker
      -A distillery, if you do not have one, you can make one by using a large pan with a lid that has a heat safe hose.
      -A large collection container

    • 2

      Put the finely diced potatoes in the pressure cooker with enough water to cover them with plenty of water to spare. If you have never used a pressure cooker before, please read all the directions thoroughly before attempting to use one. Burns hurt and pressure cookers can cause severe burning if not used properly.

    • 3

      Cook the potatoes for between forty five minutes to an hour. You may have to cook them a bit longer or a bit shorter depending on how small or large you diced the potatoes. Once they have almost liquefied, you will know you have it correct.

    • 4

      Let the potatoes and water cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, strain the potatoes out of the water by using a fine mesh strainer. You will want to save the water as this is what you will make potato vodka from.

    • 5

      Once the potato water is cooled, the distilling process that will make potato vodka will begin. You need to put the potato water in to the large pot. You should have a lid for the pot that fits tightly and you will need to have the hose connected tightly as well.

      Distilling is the means of turning steam back into liquid and this is where you get your potato vodka from. Once you have secured the lid and made sure the hose is tight as well, you will need to put your collection pan underneath the hose to collect the liquefied steam.

      Once all the potato water has steamed out, you will have single distilled vodka. Single distilled vodka is not very tasty, so you may want to go through the distilling process a few more times before it is tasty enough for drinking.

    • 6

      Once you have made potato vodka, you may flavor it with berries or any type of fruit you choose. You simply need to add a handful of berries or chopped up fruit with 250g of sugar by weight to a liter of vodka.

      Shake the bottle every day for a week and your vodka will have a lovely fruity flavor to it. Keep in mind, the longer you let the fruit sit in the vodka, the more fruity it will taste.

    • 7

      Now sit back and enjoy your first batch of potato vodka. It might take some time before you master the art of making potato vodka. Just remember that commercially made vodka has been being perfected for several centuries. So don't worry if your first few batches aren't perfect.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ruins of Tesla's Wardenclyffe via Wikimedia Commons

The development of a museum dedicated to the life and works Nikola Tesla has moved one step closer after an online campaign raised more than $500,000 in 48 hours.

The fundraising effort, called “Let’s build a goddamn Tesla museum“, was devised by web comic The Oatmeal on behalf of the Tesla Science Center.

It is hoping is hoping to raise $850,000 from its appeal on the money-raising website Indiegogo.

The money would allow for the redevelopment of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, New York, where the cult scientist intended to develop a tower that would provide free wireless electricity across the world.

The proposed $850,000 would be matched by funding from the state of New York, reaching the $1.6m asking price for the site with something to spare and putting the Wardenclyffe “into the right hands so it can eventually be renovated into something fitting for one of the greatest inventors of our time”, according to Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman.

Inman got involved after an appeal from the Tesla Science Center charity, which hopes to develop a science and technology museum at the Shoreham site.

Today Tesla is credited with the development of alternating current supply systems and neon lighting, among other pioneering projects. But he was notoriously bad with finances and died penniless in 1943.

Born in Serbia in 1856, Tesla went to university in Graz, Austria. He went on to work as chief electrician for a Hungarian telephone company before moving to Paris. In 1884 he moved to New York and began to work for Thomas Edison.

After setting up his own company in New York, Tesla bought the 200-acre Wardencylffe site in 1901, establishing a laboratory and tower from which he planned to send electricity wirelessly across the globe. Unfortunately Tesla was never able to fully test his theories, with creditors reclaiming the site in 1903 after the scientist failed to pay money he owed them.

In 1917 the 187ft tower at the site, which Tesla had intended to use to fire electricity across the Atlantic, was demolished, and the site lay vacant until it was purchased by Peerless Photo Company in 1939. Over the decades the site fell into disrepair as polluted water was repeatedly dumped into pits at the site. A cleanup operation that has cost the present owner, Belgium-based imaging corporation Agfa, tens of millions of dollars. The cleanup ended in March this year, and the site has been listed for sale at $1.6m.

“They just want to sell it and be done with it,” said John O’Hara from Corporate Realty Services, which is handling the sale on behalf of Agfa.

“It’s been, let’s say, a pain in the neck for them. It’s been vandalised, broken into, there’s a lot of stuff going on with maintaining it. It’s costing them money to have it.”

O’Hara said Agfa had been asked to donate it but were keen “to get something out of it” after having to clean up the pollution caused by Peerless Photo Company, which Agfa took over in the 1970s.

There has been a “lot of interest from Tesla enthusiasts throughout the world” since the property was listed, O’Hara said, but also from a local developer looking to build apartments on the site, and there has been talk of a retail complex.

It was interest from other parties that caused the urgency in creating the fundraising campaign, with the Tesla Science Center warning ahead of the Indiegogo campaign that it needed the funds “in the next six weeks”. Thanks to the generosity of, at the time of writing, more than 11,500 donors on Indiegogo, it looks like the money will be raised in significantly less time than that.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2012

The room-temperature maser relies on a crystal of organic molecules excited with an optical laser.

NPL

"Before there were lasers, there were masers: systems that amplified microwaves instead of light. Solid state masers are used in a variety of applications, including deep space communication, but they've never been as popular as lasers, in part because they have to be cooled to near absolute zero in order to work. Now a team of British physicists have built a room-temperature maser using some spare chemicals and a laser they bought off of eBay. The new device is 100 million times as powerful as existing masers and might revolutionize telecommunications."

link to the proper paper is at the bottom in the references part, with a good description of results. Here is a direct link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v488/n7411/pdf/nature11339.pdf

Solid state laser diodes got us optical media, fibre optics, 3d scanners, etc, because they're not fragile, big, and expensive like gas lasers. Gas masers are big, expensive, and fragile and need specialized technicians to keep running. Solid state masers you can take out in the field. You can put them in a hand-held device. Plus it's cheap. Really cheap. I just looked up the cost of p-Terphenyl and it's $165 for 100 grams of scintillation grade. That's a lot of crystal, and the dopant is $64 for 100mg. While that's a lot more expensive than platinum, it's a dopant - you only need a tiny amount in a crystal, on the order of .05%. 100mg of dopant can tint 200g of p-Terphenyl.

Applications? It will revolutionize microwave comms and broadcast links. Microwave tower links are everywhere but the problem is there are so many and interference is a huge issue. A tower-to-tower maser link is not going to be as prone to spreading and causing interference and doesn't require the power of current microwave links. Broadcast and comms engineers are already salivating at the prospects. And that's just one application.

http://rlv.zcache.com/the_oatmeal_mousepad-p144117223782865995envq7_400.jpg

"The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman is once again collecting money for a good cause. This time, he's collecting money for the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe to purchase the original location of the Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, New York so that it can be rebuilt into a Tesla Museum. The fundraiser, titled Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum has already started."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pepsi showing poor sport humour and ability to follow through with its contest withdraws competition for new pepsi name after "hitler did nothing wrong" came number 1

A screenshot of the

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Soft drink giant Pepsi has taken down a website where customers could vote on the name of their new flavour after it was swamped with internet pranksters.

The "Dub the Dew" marketing campaign asked users to suggest names for its new green apple flavoured Mountain Dew.

Users of the infamous online forum 4chan quickly took up the challenge, overwhelming the campaign with votes for names such as "Diabeetus", "Moist Nugget" and "Fapple".

The site was taken down and voting was disabled after the name "Hitler did nothing wrong" topped the list, Hypervocal reports.

While 4chan is best known for its acts of mischief, or trolling, the community has also earned a vigilante reputation.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/08/11/158570034/a-new-species-discovered-on-flickr

What a dick. Photographer goes through this trouble and Winterton names it as his own.

"He told me, 'I've got one in a container on my kitchen table — what should I do with it?' " Winterton says.

The new species was dubbed Semachrysa jade — not after its pale green color, but after Winterton's daughter.

One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye.

It was a close shot of a green lacewing — an insect he knew well — but on its wing was an unfamiliar network of black lines and a few flecks of blue.

A shot of an unknown species of green lacewing, posted on Twitter, caught the eye of insect biosystematist Shaun Winterton.

EnlargeGuek Hock Ping/ZooKeys

Winterton, a senior entomologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has seen a lot of bugs. But he hadn't seen this species before.

"I sent the link to a few colleagues of mine," Winterton told The Picture Show. "They hadn't seen it either. And I realized: This thing's new."

Excited, Winterton emailed Guek Hock Ping, the photographer who had posted the pictures of the unclassified lacewing on Flickr, a popular photo-sharing site.

Guek had noticed the insect while hiking the jungles of Malaysia, taken the photos, and then watched it fly away.

Winterton was disappointed. Without an intact specimen, there would be no way to confirm that this was in fact a new species.

A diagram of the forewing of a Semachrysa jade lacewing with its distinctive markings.

EnlargeShaun L. Winterton/ ZooKeys

A diagram of the forewing of a Semachrysa jade lacewing with its distinctive markings.

A full year later, Winterton received an email from the photographer; Guek had returned to the region of the original sighting and found another lacewing with the same wing pattern.

"He told me, 'I've got one in a container on my kitchen table — what should I do with it?' " Winterton says.

The specimen was sent to Steve Brooks, an entomologist at the Natural History Museum in London. Brooks confirmed that the lacewing was new to science. He also found a matching specimen that had been sitting in the museum's collection, unclassified, for decades.

The new species was dubbed Semachrysa jade — not after its pale green color, but after Winterton's daughter. It was introduced to the world in the latest issue of ZooKeys, a scientific journal focused on biodiversity. In keeping with the digital nature of their discovery, Winterton, Guek and Brooks wrote the paper from three different continents using a Google document.

The moral of the story? The world is full of potential naturalists, Winterton says. More and more people using high-quality cameras that capture the kind of detail scientists need for identification, and they are sharing these photos online.

"There's thousands of images a minute uploaded on Flickr," he says. "I think there are many more discoveries forthcoming, particularly as more people are getting out into the field."

Semachrysa jade is named after the daughter of the man who helped discover it.

Friday, August 10, 2012
orangutan 500x312 Smoking Orangutan to Be Pulled from Zoo picture

A 15-year-old orangutan at the Taru Jurug Zoo in Indonesia catches the attention of many because of her unique vice for smoking cigarettes.

However, because most visitors continued to throw lit cigarettes into her cage, the primate’s health has continuously been deteriorating.

As a result, zoo personnel plan to relocate Tori, along with three more of her kind, away from the public, to preserve her life.

Tori’s smoking may serve as amusement for others, but the Indonesian government can’t just let her life be at risk.

Other Indonesian zoos are also being watched closely by the government because of the rising number of animal deaths in the country.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

 

Portal 2 Companion Cube Ice Tray at ThinkGeek
The Portal 2 Companion Cube Ice Tray at ThinkGeek, much like the Star Wars themed ice cube trays, allows you to create a frozen piece of the Portal video game universe, in the shape of Companion Cube. It is available to purchase at ThinkGeek. We have previously written about ThinkGeek and their online store that is packed full of geeky gear.
You found yourself some water, which was surprisingly difficult, but it’s warm. Hot, actually, because it came from a cooling tank for the incinerator. The incinerator reminds you of your old friend Companion Cube. While you’re reminiscing, GLaDOS calls out and says she has a surprise for you. She leads you to the freezer and shows you something that brings a tear to your eyes: a tray of Companion Ice Cubes. Your drink won’t scald you any longer and you finally have a friend at the party.
Portal 2 Companion Cube Ice Tray at ThinkGeek
Portal 2 Companion Cube Ice Tray at ThinkGeek
images via ThinkGeek

 

http://shutupandtakemymoney.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/awesome-icecubes.html

Batman

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The Dark Knight's bat-logo
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Brain

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Not as squishy as the real thing
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Bullets

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Best part: when closed, the tray is identical to an AK-47's magazine
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Centipede

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Only included this one 'cause that kid freaks me out
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Chess

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You can actually play Chess with these, but only for speed rounds!
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Dinosaur Bones

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T-Rex and Triceratops
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Doctor Who

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Includes: Dalek, K-9, the TARDIS, Cyberman, and the Eccleston/Tennant series logo
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Gun

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Shaken, not stirred
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Han Solo in Carbonite

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C'mon, you saw this one coming, right?
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LEGO Brick

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Look almost good enough to build with
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LEGO Minifig

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LEGO Minifig, aka LEGO guy, aka Miniman
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Marvel Heroes

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Can't make them all out, but I see Cap's shield and Iron Man in there
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Mickey Mouse

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The corporate logo to end all corporate logos
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Pac-Man

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Every arcade should have these
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Pi

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The mathematician's ice cube
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Pirate

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Skull & Crossbones
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R2-D2

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Best. Ice. EVER.
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Robots

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Robots, complete with wind-up key
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Space Invaders

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Space Invaders
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Stewie

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Stewie from Family Guy
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Superman

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Superman (not available until November 2011)
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Swords

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Add a little swashbuckle to your beverage
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Tetris

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Tetris ice cube tray
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Toy Story Alien

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The green aliens from the Toy Story movies
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UFOs and Asteroids

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UFOs and Asteroids
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Vampire Fangs

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True Ice
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