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A slideshow of various rich New Yorkers' sweet rooftop pads.
Via Cynical-C Blog.

Man builds working Batman: The Dark Knight Tumbler batmobile thingy on his own with bare hands, using only the DVD as reference.

Tiny sub-virus (?) that attacks bigger virus discovered, proves viruses are a form of life.
Like a bacteriophage, or a virus that attacks bacteria, except this attacks other viruses.

Member of Saudi Religious Police has been accused of having six wives, which is two over the limit by Saudi sharia (Islamic) law.

How magic teaches us about human cognition, and how it manipulates it.
"Our picture of the world is kind of a virtual reality... it's a form of intelligent hallucination." The benefit of these sorts of cognitive shortcuts is that they allow us to create a remarkably rich image of our environment despite the fact that our two optic nerves have roughly the resolution of cell-phone cameras. We don't have to, for example, waste time making out every car on the highway to understand that they are, indeed, cars, and to make sense of how they are moving - our minds can simply approximate from the thousands of cars we have already seen in our lives. But because this method relies so heavily on expectation - not only to fill in the backdrop around us but to determine where to send what psychologists call our "attentional spotlight" - we are especially vulnerable to someone who knows our expectations and can manipulate them, someone like a magician. "In magic," says Teller, half of the well-known duo Penn & Teller and one of five magicians credited as coauthors of the Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper, "we tend to take the things that make us smart as human beings and turn those against us."
Entire article here.

Cracked: 5 scientific theories that will make your head explode.

Athletes and fitness buffs have better brains.

WIRED: 10 green concept cars that are way out there.

Apple can remotely disable apps installed on your iPhone. As much as I love Apple, I'm not surprised :(

Jupiter and its moons may be plotting to explode and trigger a nuclear winter or even wipe out all life on Earth. Scientists have been observing as the star-like gas planet developed two new red spots, or giant storms five and ten times the size of Earth, and one of its moons flipped over to its side, its icy poles trading places with its equator, among other freaky shit.

New Google network box for offices can scan ten million files.

Exploring the myths and contradictions of coffee.

25 examples of clever and creative navigation in website design.

12 popular modern myths busted. Examples: It takes seven years to digest gum / The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space / A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian / etc.

The Large Hadron Collider fires up for the first time tommorrow, creating tiny black holes and causing paranoid people with inadequate science education to freak out and believe the world will be destroyed. Yeah, we should be so lucky.

About a dude that had sex with 400 cows. He also tortured and sometimes killed them.

Spam king sentenced to four years in prison.

Also, I want a good subject title for these link farm offbeat news bizarre oddities posts that have become a nightly habit for me by now. Any suggestions?

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