The ProGo motor scooter promises two hours of riding time per 16.4oz propane canister. It has a 4-stroke engine and doesn't stink or make as much noise as a gasoline-powered scooter. It will soon meet its Kickstarter goal.
The viewpoint that humans in large groups are dangerous has informed the policies and tactics of governments and police forces for more than a century, and like many prescientific musings, much of it is wrong. David McRaney investigates in the latest episode of You AreNot So Smart. Read the rest
Gina Sheridan's I Work at a Public Library is a collection of true, weird experiences that public librarians have had with patrons. I read parts of the book out loud to Carla last night and we both chuckled.
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Fans of photojournalist Weegee will love this gritty collection of photographs, which was culled from the archives of William Randolph Hearst’s infamous tabloid newspaper. Known for sensationalized reporting punctuated by attention-grabbing pictures, the Herald Express was founded in 1931 and remained on the stands for thirty years. Sidelining national and international events, the paper featured local stories of crime and scandal including drug busts, murder, freak accidents, and all manner of “depravity.”
The photographs included in Local News are divided into chapters bearing titles such as, “Murderers,” “Victims,” “Scene of the Crime,” “Hold-up Suspects,” and “Cross-Dressers.” Each image tells a true LA noir story and the brief captions included are often just as shocking and strange as the pictures they accompany: “Dragged into court, called insane,” “Big man plays bookie in tiny cubicle,” “Shoes, necklace found on dead body,” and “Girl is freed after explaining why she wore Marine uniform trousers after drinking party.” As a native of Los Angeles who is interested in its seedy history, true crime, and all that is weird, I wish I didn’t already own this book so I could run out and buy it today.
From a post on the official Wikimedia Foundation blog: "It has always been important to the Foundation to make sure donating is as simple and inclusive as possible. Currently, we accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every country in the world, and today, we’re adding one more: bitcoin."
"String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
'Life: Magnified' is an exhibit of scientific images "showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times." Read the rest
The international citizen journalism group Global Voices invites you to join a today's "worldwide, multilingual tweetathon in support of the ten bloggers and journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia."
John Land and Janice Land. Booking photos via Montgomery County, MD, police. They are reported to have kept their autistic, twin adult sons locked up at night in their basement, which lacks a bathroom.
Coping with autistic adult children who have limited socialization ability is a daily challenge for parents. Read the rest
Drew Magary lead us on a wild chase, that doesn't end well, when The Rover crashes to earth. This Kindle Single is a fast paced adventure that had me to wondering what I'd do if an alien robot landed in my backyard.
In 2010, construction crews found the hull of a very old ship, buried at the site of the World Trade Center towers. Using dendrochronology, scientists now know how old the ship is and what city it was made in.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) totally owns Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have formally acknowledged the fact that climate change is real, and that carbon pollution is causing it.
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After months of lying to lawmakers and the American public, the CIA today finally admitted it hacked into the Senate staffers' computers to monitor their investigations of the intelligence agency's post-9/11 programs of harsh interrogation (we prefer to just call it torture) and a global network of secret prisons.
It's Las Vegas hacker convention season: Black Hat kicks off Aug. 2-7, and Def Con runs Aug. 7-10. This time around, National Security Agency leadership will be absent from the speaking rosters, in contrast with previous years.