Rocketboom’s The Bloop, Ant Crusher meets Lizard, The morality & ethics of Auto-driving cars
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Benford’s Law of Newcomb: In data sets, the number “1″ naturally occurs more frequently than any other number. Frank Benford, Simon Newcomb, Falsified Greek Erozone data
A method for living without breathing air, Tweets to the Pope via, Is the Inglewood Police Chase video real? The Rocketboom Institute for Internet Studies dispels the myth.
New tests are being run to determine if our universe is being operated by a computer program. John Conway’s Game of Life, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? by Nick Bostrom, Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation
Tell Waaramel, Tallest buildings 6 years ago from Rocketboom, Burj Khalifa in the UAE reaches 829 meters, 2716.5 feet, China’s “Sky City” claims it will reach 838 meters, 2749.3 feet (in just 90 days), The Magnolia Tension-leg oil Platform, Mount Everest , Mount Chimborazo, Launch Loop, Space Elevator
For today’s Humanwire episode, Ruud Elmendorp follows a mobile planetarium designed for teaching astronomy to young school children in Kenya. Sponsored by AT&T.
Mayan Jungles – Flickr photo of Tikal by Pedro Szekely, Rate of Travel maps via Flowing Data, Archetecural Airborne Robots by Raffaello D’Andre, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, Yemen Water Crisis, Humanwire
So named by building developers for being the one stubborn nail that just wont go down, nail house holdouts are on the rise in China. Zhejiang holdout, Yangjiaping, Chongqing holdout, Guangzhou, Guangdong holdout
Marine biologist Craig McClain suggests the presence of trillions of plankton influenced votes in favor of Obama for the 2008 US Presidential election. Rocketboom breaks it down and presents a follow-up showing the same theory extended to the 2012 election, too. Robert Krulwich; Craig McClain.
Rocketboom takes to Washington Square Park in New York City to survey mobile phone preferences in the growing war between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Which do you prefer? iPhone or Android? FAQ: “Sounds like they were holding a biased poll… only asking android users why.” We asked a lot of iPhones users why too,(…)
The Bloop is the loudest sound ever recorded on Earth. In the summer of 1997, The Bloop was repeatedly recorded far off to the west from the southern tip of South America near 50 Deg S; 100 Deg W. The origin of the sound and others like it remain unknown. http://goo.gl/bR6Ar *Note: “The Bloop” is(…)
In a strange turn of events, Sweden has run out of garbage and been forced to import new garbage to fuel the country’s waste-to-energy incineration program. http://goo.gl/A3UMP
Hurricane Sandy broke at least 9 records. NYC ‘s Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie opted to vote for Obama based on the Presidents’ handling of the storm. Mitt Romney explained that he does not believe there is anything we can do to minimize the effects of climate change on humanity. Google’s(…)
The Voyager I, launched in 1977 is the furthest human made object from the sun. In its journey towards interstellar space, more evidence suggests that the Voyager has exited the solar system. NASA’s Voyager Site. The Golden Record attached to the outside of the Voyager is a time capsule etched with a multimedia presentation of(…)
Drones are the new military theater (horses and bayonets, no so much). New America Foundation of drone attacks in Pakistan. Related Headlines: CIA seeks expansion of drone fleet, U.S. Deploying Surveillance Drones Near China, UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan, France to send drones to West Africa, How Russia and Georgia’s ‘little war’ started(…)
The now famous Gangnam Style brought in over $15 Million in direct revenue for PSY within just the last three months, including music sales, ad sales, concert tickets, tv appearances and commercials. Rocketboom breaks it down. Official Gangnam Style video, Will Gangnam Style hit #1 on Billboard? Will PSY & new partner Scooter Braun manage(…)
Christopher Columbus day is also Lief Erickson day which is also Supernova Day and Thanksgiving Day (amongst other days). UNESCO notes five World Heritage sites that are undergoing damage, including devastation of the famous Aleppo Market, Space X lifts off, has friend in NASA MoHawk Guy, What is the probability that the sun will rise(…)
This video: Rocketboom captures David Blaine’s performance with tesla coils at Pier 54 in New York City, October 5th – Oct 8th. While it’s fair to say that Blaine is an expert at pushing his body to the limits, we are unclear how his latest stunt requires any more than endurance for standing and staying(…)
In the early 2000s, NASA invested heavily into solar sail propulsion systems with deployable booms as a means of low cost space travel. In 2010, NASA deployed a nano-sail in low Earth orbit while Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the world’s first interplanetary solar sail, “IKAROS” (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun)(…)
Iron Man, as portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man movies and The Avengers, a.k.a Tony Stark, was inspired in part by Elon Musk Links: Elon Musk Bio, Interview with Musk on his sale of Paypal, Tesla Motors, Tesla Motors on YouTube, SpaceX, SpaceX on YouTube, Hyperloop evacuated tube transport with solar power and maglev technology,(…)
Iran vs Israel, Syrian Uprising, Russia and China vs. United Nations, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the UN, Prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, President of the US Barak Obama, On the future of the Middle East
The Grand Supercycle is the wave of reach over time that ideas travel. What memes (or ideas) spread but do not follow the Grand Supecycle?
In today’s Across The Internet, Keghan interviews Chris Torres (aka PRGuitarman), creator of the Nyan Nyan Cat image, from across the internet. See also: Rocketboom’s breakdown of the Nyan Nyan Cat meme.
Olaus Wormius. Destroyer of myths.
Hero Dogs Of 9/11 celebrates the dogs in service at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, and the days, weeks and months that followed. Produced by Kenn Bell at DogFiles. For the extended version, see http://thedogfiles.com