Category Archives: Science & Technology

Netflix Is Giving Bill Nye a Talk Show!

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is returning to television!!!!!!!!!

Nye has an exciting new science show courtesy of Netflix, our quality television overlords. The new series will be called “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

The official synopsis, from Netflix: “Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

Nye released a statement about the new series:

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science. Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

“Bill Nye Saves the World” is set to premiere on Netflix in Spring 2017.

 

Pixar Teams Up With Khan Academy to Offer Free Animation Lessons

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Khan Academy, one of the leading companies that offer free courses in a wide array of subjects, is teaming up Pixar to launch Pixar in a Box. The new initiative will be a free public course that teaches users about the technical, design and production techniques used to create Pixar animated films.

The courses included in Pixar in a Box will be taught by Pixar professionals and include coding a character, creating crowds, and character modeling. To see the full circular and begin learning, click here.

The Rings Around Saturn Are One Giant Optical Illusion

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Saturn is one tricksy planet. For centuries scientists and well most of us saw the rings around the seventh planet in our solar system and noticed they were different widths. Since the discovery of the planet, astronomers have thought Saturn’s various “halos,” comprised of small particles made up of water ice and traces of rocky material, range in size from micrometers to meters.

This idea lasted up until recently when researchers uncovered a surprising fact based on the weight of the rings. After coming up with a formula to measure the spiral density waves captured during NASA’s Cassini mission inside the ring, the scientists converted the data to weights. From there they discovered that despite the various appearances of Saturn’s rings, their individual weights were all essentially the same.

It seems that what we thought we knew about the rings were actually just an optical illusion though they don’t know how that illusion is actually working or happening.

PicoBrew Lets You Brew Beers From Major Craft Breweries at Home

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Sometimes we just don’t want leave the house but we want our favorite craft beers, amiright? Now, thanks to PicoBrew you can brew your own beer of your favorite brews.

This year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company debuted their homebrewing system capable of making a number of popular brews right on your countertop, and fast.

PicoBrew was originally on Kickstarter. They had another homebrewing system called Zymatic. This version however lets you brew specific brews along with creating your own recipes. Even better, the breweries are allowing PicoBrew and you make their beer at home rather than getting upset that you aren’t buying their bottles from the store. The brewery earns a royalty of the sale, and you get your beer. Big names in craft beer such as Rogue, 21st Amendment, and Abita have already signed up.

PicoBrew is currently accepting preorders, with plans to ship some of its first orders in May. The device retails for $699.

Get The 12th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver as a TV Remote Control

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If you are a “Doctor Who” fan and have always dreamed of owning a functioning sonic screwdriver, then ThinkGeek has an answer for you. A programmable remote control! Granted it is a little bit expensive but it works with a flick of the wrist and will make you feel like a legit Time Lord.

Modeled after the 11th and 12th Doctor’s version of the tool, the remote looks just like the prop from the show but can be programmed to learn control codes from any regular TV remote. It works by using gestures: rotate clockwise and counterclockwise to adjust the volume; flick up and down to change channels; and, pull back to open the DVD player.

Each gesture triggers a Sonic Screwdriver sound effect and the tip lights up.

Get Over a Breakup in 30 Days with New App

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Have you had a recent breakup? Are you still in the “can’t get off the couch phase?” They have an app for that. Rx Breakup, developed by Stila cosmetics founder Jeanine Lobell and relationship therapist Jane Reardon, promises to help the heartbroken get over a breakup in 30 days.

The free app is designed to give people daily tasks so that they do not end up on the couch watching “30 Rock” in their pajamas, eating hot fries while obsessively checking your phone for a text message from your ex and Facebook stalking their updates.

Within the next 60 days the pair will be launching an accompanying social network component for their app, Rx Breakup.

But the app also gives you an outlet to be social with other people going through what you are experiencing. That way your Facebook isn’t full of wallowing while all those happy couples you are friends with look at you with pity.

Lobell tells Yahoo that the app will allow users to post funny pictures or quotes.

“It’s also a way to track other people,” Lobell tells Yahoo. “You can search other people who are on day five, for example, so you can talk to people who are going through the same thing.”

Lobell goes on to explain that the goal of the app is to provide advice for those going through a breakup in a way that is like talking to your girlfriend or best friend. Reardon hopes users will gain a healthy relationship with oneself.

“OK, this relationship didn’t work out, but it doesn’t mean your relationship with yourself can’t work.,” Reardon tells Yahoo. “That’s the most important thing, is to have a relationship with yourself.”

The app also features illustrations from British Vogue illustrator, Jo Ratcliffe.

The app, Rx Breakup, is available on the iPhone and other Apple devices.

Nitrogen-Infused Coffee the New Coffee Craze

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Like coffee needs anything to make it better but regardless someone felt the need to add nitrogen to it. Apparently, it is being added to coffee in n place of carbon dioxide to prevent oxidation – much like nitro beers.

Nitro infused coffees are creamier with a foam head giving it an appearance similar to beer. Nitrogen bubbles are smaller and denser than those of carbon dioxide, resulting in a smoother, richer consistency.

 

Mike McKim, founder of Cuvée Coffee, tells Eater that his shop was the first place to offer its 71 Classic Blend in nitro taps and was the first to offer nitro coffee in a can.

Recently, more coffee shops have also begun adding nitro coffee on tap and in cans. Quite a hipster revolution.

Manhattan pop-up shop, Mighty Brew Bros., created a drink called the Nitro Pop, a glass of nitro coffee garnished with a coffee popsicle, and a Nitro Float, composed of nitro coffee and vanilla ice cream. San Francisco company, Highwire Coffee Roasters, offers a Howling Wolf nitro coffee that is designed to emulate the taste and mouth-feel of a Stout beer with notes of chocolate, barley, malts and orange peel.

These coffees are actually pretty tasty though and are highly recommended by this site.

Cher’s Computer Closet From Clueless is Now Real!

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Cher Horowitz from Clueless should be your fashion icon. If she isn’t you should at least envy her computer closet that helped her pick out outfits every morning. That iconic peice of equipment was famous in and of itself after hte film came out.

Using the computerized wardrobe, Cher was able to search through her clothes and virtually try on an outfit before ever venturing inside her closet, the machine saving her from committing a major fashion crimes like mismatching or wearing white during the wrong time.

However, apparently, computerize closet is now a thing!! This week marks the 20th anniversary of Clueless, so in honor of the date,  the British online-shopping website Metail has created a quasi-replica of Cher’s online closet ”#CherWears.” Visitors can take an online quiz to see if their personality matches the stylings of Cher, Dionne, Tai or Amber, or simply pick one of the 4 virtual models that are reminiscent of the film’s characters. From there, the user inputs their weight, height, bust, waist and hip measurements in order to see the virtual model’s figure transform to the user’s body type. Forbes reports that the body-type match technology is about 92% accurate.

The clothing in the vitual closet are available for purchase from websites like ASOS, Topshop, Bohoo and H&M meaning they are actually kind of affordable. Some of the items look like they are even copies of the characters outfits including Cher’s sleek ensemble she dons while apathetically attending gym class.

 

Apple Watch Sensor Impacted by Tattoos

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If you are one of the fancy pants people who are getting an Apple Watch right now, be careful that you also do not have a wrist tattoo. It has been found by several users of the schmancy device that one of the device’s features, the heart rate monitor, is affected by certain changes or defects in a person’s skin – such as tattoos.

The sensor uses technology called photoplethysmography, its the skin with green LED and infrared light to monitor the blood flow during and between heart pumps. The tattoo makes it difficult for sensor to get accurate readings.

According to the support page on Apple’s page:

“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”

There is a bypass. Wearers can connect their Apple watches to an external heart rate monitor via Bluetooth.

Polaroid Reveals Tiny Printer for Your Smartphone Photos

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Polaroid isn’t being completely left behind in the new age of digital smartphones and DSLR’s. The company has revealed a new printer for your smartphone photos and even better it fits right in your pocket. The Zip Instant Photoprinter is just what you need and like the Polaroid camera of yore it is instant and it is hip.

Using the new photo printer, all you have to do is connect via Bluetooth, load in the specialty paper, and print — no ink cartridge required. Check it out here on Photojojo!

Seriously, the fact that there is no ink cartridge is the best part. I can’t express that enough. Plus when you take those group selfies at the park (or wherever people take them these days) you can print them out and give them to everyone involved!

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