LG Wallpaper TV

LG has unveiled an array of devices to make smart homes even smarter – including a radical ultrathin TV than can be hung on the wall with magnets.

The ultrathin LG Signature OLED W television is just 2.57mm thin in the 65-inch model, and mounts seamlessly to the wall to create the experience of ‘looking through a window into another world.’

The company is set to market the device, which as yet has no price or release date, as a ‘wallpaper’ TV. read more

Purple Rocks on Mars

It might be known as the red planet, but a new image captured by the Curiosity rover shows the Martian landscape speckled in purple.

It was taken on lower Mount Sharp, where purple-hued rocks can be seen scattered across the ground.

According to NASA, the colour is suggestive of the diversity in the rocks’ composition, and a similar phenomenon has been seen in other areas where the rover detected hematite.

It might be known as the red planet, but a new image captured by the Curiosity rover shows the Martian landscape speckled in purple. It was taken on lower Mount Sharp, where purple-hued rocks can be seen scattered across the ground
It might be known as the red planet, but a new image captured by the Curiosity rover shows the Martian landscape speckled in purple. It was taken on lower Mount Sharp, where purple-hued rocks can be seen scattered across the ground

WHY THEY’RE PURPLE 

The image was taken on November 10, during Curiosity’s 1,516th Martian day (or sol), of work.

In this season, winds keep the rocks mostly dust free, revealing their vibrant colors.

According to NASA, the colour is suggestive of the diversity in the rocks’ composition, and a similar phenomenon has been seen in other areas where the rover detected hematite. 

This stunning view was captured with the Mastcam’s right-eye camera, and three frames were stitched together.

It shows a span of roughly 15 compass degrees, with the left edge pointing toward the southeast.

Higher layers of the region can be seen in the distance – and the rover will soon be headed there during its future explorations.

The image was taken on November 10, during Curiosity’s 1,516th Martian day (or sol), of work.

In this season, winds keep the rocks mostly dust free, revealing their vibrant colors.

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Smart-Tint Glass


Kinestral's Halio glass can tint on command or in response to programmed triggers
Kinestral’s Halio glass can tint on command or in response to programmed triggers(Credit:Kinestral)

With glass an increasingly popular material for architecture, companies are experimenting with ways to balance its ability to let light in with the need for a little privacy. Glass that tints itself on demand has cropped up in sunglasses and cars, and is beginning to creep into buildings with electrochromic windows. Now, Kinestral has unveiled a new system of smart-tinting glass called Halio, which can be adjusted manually or set up to switch automatically. read more

New Samsung Robotic Vacuum

The Samsumg Powerbot VR7000 is compatible with the Amazon Echo
The Samsumg Powerbot VR7000 is compatible with the Amazon Echo(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung Electronics will be debuting its latest Powerbot vacuum cleaner, the VR7000, at CES next week. The VR7000 is not only 28 percent slimmer than previous Samsung robotic vacuums, but can be operated by voice commands using Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. read more

The Unsettling of Settled Science

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The only thing settled about science is that it seems never to actually be settled. Yet we stupid people in flyover country who have the nerve to question the “scientific community,” are constantly told how wrong we are.

As we are not intelligent enough, we must therefore relinquish our common sense to the smart people who are more than willing and ready to step in and educate us. Check that. They don’t actually educate us. Rather they just demand we comply because…you know…the science is settled.

Obviously this is the way it is regarding global warming, or climate change. If you don’t believe the science is settled, you are labeled a denier, like some kind of heretic. But it’s not just the science of global warming that the experts claim is settled. Other “settled” sciences have mysteriously become unsettled.

Almost two years ago, March 2015, I wrote an article entitled, “The Silliness of Settled Science.”

In it I chronicled a host of supposedly “settled” sciences such as drinking milk will build strong bones due the calcium in it. Turns out this was not settled. The latest science claims the opposite. Yet for decades we have preached to our children to “drink your milk.” read more

Why Dim the Lights Before Takeoff

A pilot has revealed the real reason flight attendants always dim the lights on a plane for takeoff and landing.

The cabin is darkened as a safety precaution in case there is an accident, according to British pilot Patrick Smith.

‘Dimming the lights allows your eyes to pre-adjust to darkness’ said Mr Smith, author of Cockpit Confidential.

Patrick Smith, an airline pilot from the UK said the real reason lights are turned down is for the safety of passengers in the event of an accident (stock image) 
Patrick Smith, an airline pilot from the UK said the real reason lights are turned down is for the safety of passengers in the event of an accident (stock image)

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Is Star Trek Coming to Life?

Star Trek has long offered a utopian vision of a future where technology has allowed humankind to move beyond the conflicts of its past.

When it first aired in September 1966, the sci-fi classic depicted a universe where people of all races, colours and creeds took to the stars to seek out new life and new civilizations and to boldly go where no man – or woman – had gone before.

But how close are we to realising the once ultra-futuristic technology featured in the Star Trek universe?

Star Trek has long been a byword for science fiction, offering a utopian vision of a future where technology has allowed mankind to move beyond the conflicts of its past. Experts believe many of its technologies may soon become a reality

Star Trek has long been a byword for science fiction, offering a utopian vision of a future where technology has allowed mankind to move beyond the conflicts of its past. Experts believe many of its technologies may soon become a reality

WARP DRIVE

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Podcast – Obama Says Country Will be Browner – French Woman Engaged to a Robot

Like Mayor Ray Nagin said after Hurricane Katrina, that New Orleans will be a “Chocolate City,” outgoing (thankfully) president Obama tells NPR that regardless what happens, America will be a “Browner Country.”

A French Woman named Lilly has expressed her love and devotion to her robot partner, whom she 3D printed herself. She says she is love with her Robot and wishes to marry it. Who didn’t see this coming. read more