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Robotic CNC machines – cutting systems that use spinning tools to swipe through metal, wood, and plastic – are cool but ugly. Most of them are as big as a fridge and designed to carve out objects in a few minutes but none will sit quietly on your desk and do its business with aplomb and elegance. Now, however, there’s Carvey.
Carvey is the Form 1 of CNC. Designed to be a… Read More
Good news, cable subscribers: All 552 episodes of The Simpsons are now available to stream online and on smartphones and tablets. Say goodbye to the rest of your work week.
In addition to a special Simpsons World section of the FXNow app, SimpsonsWorld.com has the same content available. The portal offers fans a way to watch full episodes, see schedules of upcoming TV marathon airings, get behind-the-scenes tidbits and buy Simpsons merchandise. Read more…
Time just keeps flying by, as it’s already demo day for 500 Startups’s tenth batch of companies. We spent the better part of this afternoon watching the 29 companies in the accelerator’s latest batch put their best face forward for a group of investors at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, Calif., and we’ve rounded up the most exciting companies that presented. Read More
Lasrick writes: David Ropeik explores risk-perception psychology and Ebola in the U.S. “[O]fficials are up against the inherently emotional and instinctive nature of risk-perception psychology. Pioneering research on this subject by Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, and others, vast research on human cognition by Daniel Kahneman and colleagues, and research on the brain’s fear response by neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Phelps, and others, all make abundantly clear that the perception of risk is not simply a matter of the facts, but more a matter of how those facts feel. … People worry more about risks that are new and unfamiliar. People worry more about risks that cause greater pain and suffering. People worry more about threats against which we feel powerless, like a disease for which there is no vaccine and which has a high fatality rate if you get it. And people worry more about threats the more available they are to their consciousness—that is, the more aware people are of them.”
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Details about the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, which was curated by Lorde, have remained a secret since Lionsgate selected her for the job
But on Tuesday, we got a glimpse of the “Royals” singer’s handiwork when the track list popped up on iTunes. Republic Records also released the second song, “This Is Not a Game” (listen above), a collaboration featuring The Chemical Brothers, Miguel and Lorde
The soundtrack’s lead-off single, Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” landed last month
The track list below notably includes a Kanye West remix of “Yellow Flicker Beat,” as well as an unknown “Track 5″ that leaves us to guess which “various artists” will fill the slot (could it be a duet between the 17-year-old Lorde and her pal Taylor Swift? One can only hope) Read more…
Reddit births many brilliant ideas — including, apparently, how to teach tricks to stubborn cats
1. Make a circle.
2. Take a picture of your cat in said circle.
3. Upload that picture to Imgur.
4. Submit the picture to Reddit
Naturally, we had to find out for ourselves if it actually worked
BONUS: How Not to Make Your Cat Internet Famous
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Tinder users will soon be able to pay for extra features that may not be related to dating.
The company is slated to roll out an update in November that adds extra paid features, CEO Sean Rad said in an interview with Forbes.
Rad did not elaborate on what the app’s upcoming changes would be, but he said the current service, which matches users based on who’s nearby, would not change
“Our core offering that you have right now is always going to remain free,” Rad said. “Next month we’re going to release a few premium features that we’re totally excited about. It’s two things that our users have been asking for for a very long time and we think there’s a great opportunity for us to introduce these features and because we’re confident the value is there…we’re going to charge for it.” Read more…
An anonymous reader writes: After rumors broke last week, Magic Leap has officially closed the deal on a $542 million Series B investment led by Google. The company has been extremely tight-lipped about what they’re working on, but some digging reveals it is most likely an augmented reality wearable that uses a lightfield display. “Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world,” the company teases. Having closed an investment round, Magic Leap is now soliciting developers to create for their platform and hiring a huge swath of positions.
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the cost has averaged about $7.6 million a day since the bombing began in Iraq on Aug. 8. President Barack Obama expanded the campaign by authorizing airstrikes in Syria in late September.
The U.S. military also is flying large numbers of aerial refueling and surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria, and it has about 1,400 U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq. There are no U.S. troops in Syria. Read more…
Three teenage girls from the Denver, Colorado, area were stopped in Europe while possibly en route to join the Islamic State, the FBI said on Tuesday.
An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back home after agents stopped them in Germany. “The juveniles are safe and reunited with their families,” said spokeswoman Suzie Payne.
She didn’t reveal the identity of the girls or any other details.
Relatives told VOA News’ Somali Service that the three girls left the Denver area late last week and flew to Frankfurt
According to VOA, two of the girls, ages 15 and 16, are sisters of ethnic Somali origin. The third girl is reportedly from Sudan, and her age is unknown; one of the girls told German authorities that they were going to Turkey “to study.” Read more…