Reddit Restores WWII Veteran’s Damaged Navy Photo
Back in April, at the request of his 87-year-old grandfather, Redditor stevieboy1984 turned to the /r/PicRequests subreddit to see if anyone could clean up a scanned JPEG image file of his grandfather’s World War II-era photo taken during his service in the Navy as a submarine sonar/radar operator. After a number of people offered their photoshop wizardries to help its restoration, stevieboy1984 showed his grandfather six variations before handing him a framed version of top commenter unhi’s submission. Below’s a video of the big reveal. Grab a box a tissues, manly tears are coming.
Near-Earth Objects Have Different Names for Different Sizes
In the wake of last Friday’s meteor event in Russia and the asteroid fly-by, graphic designer Tim Lillis has released this neat infographic explaining the proper lexicon of near-Earth objects by their size.
After New York Times reviewer James Broder wrote a scathing review of the Tesla Model S electric car, Tesla Motors founder Ebon Musk fired back with damning data logs claiming that Broder’s review was a “fake.” Following this exchange, CNN decided to do a repeat of the entire trip and managed to complete the drive from Washington D.C. to Boston with plenty of battery life to spare.
the whole point of the NYT review was that it was in very cold weather. The CNN test was made during quite milder weather, so having different (better) results is no surprise. Seems the CNN test is a very bad candidate at refuting the NYT test’s data.
UK Scientists Print Human Stem Cells with a 3D Printer
A group of scientists in the UK and Scotland have successfully printed human stem cells using a “valve-based cell printer” which utilizes bio-inks to fabricate clusters of viable stem cells that can become any type of cell in your body.
Computer Programmer Fired For Outsourcing His Job to China
The lead developer of a U.S. critical infrastructure company was caught redhanded outsourcing his assignments to a Chinese consulting firm for a fifth of his six-figure annual salary. An analysis of his work computer revealed that he spent much of his work day surfing websites like Facebook, Reddit and eBay, while receiving praise for work being done by the contractors overseas.
Roads innovation in the Netherlands
The Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde teamed up with the infrastructure management group Heijmans to replace the traditional paint used on roads with a photoluminescent powder that will glow in the dark. Additionally, the roads will light up with snowflake indicators when the temperature drops below freezing to warn drivers of icy conditions. These new highway designs are expected to debut by the middle of the year.
A Comparative Study of Electrical Outlets
Top row: United Kingdom ; India/Pakistan/South Africa ; Israel ; Denmark
Middle row: China/Australia ; France ; Germany/South Korea ; Russia
Bottom row: Italy ; Canada/United States/Mexico ; Japan ; Switzerland/Brazil
Africa for Norway
Anxiety: Catalina Ferro delivers a hilarious ode to the anguish of anxiety at the NYC Urbana Poetry Slam back in June — her Anxiety Group is funny.
In-Cubicle Entertainment: for those of you chained to a desk all day, plug in your headphones and stream just the audio from your favourite movies, TV shows, and stand-up specials.
Media Sh*tstorm: This is the story of Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist who did a study on brain signals for projected images. When the study was published, he made a video, at one point suggesting the applications in the future, like dream recording.
And suddenly, the media went nuts. “Dream Recording” was the number one headline, and Cerf was powerless to stop it — even getting calls from Apple and Christopher Nolan.
The entire story is fascinating, but you can jump to around 3:50 to go right into the madness.
[death + taxes]
Clever Amazon reviewers are enlisting sarcasm as a weapon against Bic’s idiotic For Her line of pens. Here’s one of the classics:
For years I had dreamed of penning a masterpiece and yet, when it came to that blank piece of paper the harsh offensive masculinity of the pen was just too intimidating. Finally it seems someone has actually considered what it is like to be female in this cruel world and how easily our little minds can be intimidated and denied the opportunity to do our life’s work. Five stars.
Ever since webcomic XKCD made Every Major’s Terrible (below), fans have been making musical adaptations for the genius parody of college indecision (and Gilbert & Sullivan).
This is probably the best. If he doesn’t mention your major, you’re probably better off.