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Joke of the Day

A Texan and his wife were on a trip to New York City.

She had just finished showering to dress for dinner and noticed that she had neglected to pack her bras.

She asked her husband to go down to the dress shop in the lobby and pick up a couple of 36-C bras.

He said, “Ah’l go down raht now.” So he put on his ten gallon hat and went to the shop. read more

Dogs are Smarter than We Think

If you’ve ever wondered why your dog seems to know exactly where you’ve hidden their treats, scientists may have an answer.

Austrian researchers have found canines are clever enough to know when their owner is looking at food – and where they are looking.

They say the discovery shows a previously unproven ability for dogs to see things from their owner’s point of view – a key skill of social intelligence.

Austrian researchers say the discovery shows a previously unproven ability for dogs to see things from their owner's point of view - a key skill of social intelligence.
Austrian researchers say the discovery shows a previously unproven ability for dogs to see things from their owner’s point of view – a key skill of social intelligence.

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Qube Tents for Social Camping

Qubes add a new dimension to camping
Qubes add a new dimension to camping (Credit: M2C Innovation)

The social campers over at M2C Innovation are back doing what they do: building modular tents that link up into full-blown campsite communities. The last time we checked in, they were focused on domes, but now they’ve moved on to Qubes. The new Qube tents are quick-setup blocks that offer enough height to stand up inside. Like Pods, these modular tents connect together with tunnels and create larger tent communities. They’re also more affordable than M2C’s original tents and are proving quite popular on crowdfunding. read more

DARPA’s Prototype X-Plane

An artist impression of the full-scale design
An artist impression of the full-scale design (Credit: DARPA)

After several years of development DARPA has successfully completed flight-testing of one of the most novel, and odd-looking, aircraft designs we’ve seen in some time – the sub-scale electric X-Plane.

After calling for an innovative new approach to an aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities, DARPA awarded its Phase 2 contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in early 2016. Aurora’s design includes 24 electric ducted fans, 18 on the main wings and six on the smaller front canards. Both the main wings and the canards are designed to tilt upwards for vertical takeoff before rotating to the horizontal for regular flight. read more

Joke of the Day

A white-headed old man shuffled into a downtown bar holding his head up high. His hands shook as he took the “Piano Player Wanted” sign from the window and handed it to the bartender.

“I’d like to apply for the job,” he said. “I was a Navy F-8 pilot. I learned to play the piano at Officers’ Club happy hours, so here I am.”

The barkeep wasn’t too sure about this doubtful looking, old guy, but it had been quite a while since he had a piano player and business was falling off. So, why not give him a try. read more