This just in: Fat is out. Calories and added sugars are the new focus of the redesigned “nutrition facts” labels that will be present on all American food. The redesign is part of First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat child obesity.
What’s behind What’s App’s $16 million dollar acquisition?
In a word: mindshare. What’s App’s popularity in parts of the world whose mobile markets are poised to go ballistic in the very near future is what makes it such an appealing service. Whether it’s worth the $16M, remains to be seen.
Are you a direction-follower or an improvisario? This is one of the core learnings we gained from our youth when we played with Legos. Did you follow the directions and make the race car pictured on the box, or did you create say…an exhaust pipe and tire-topped pizza?
Problem is, these days, the Lego video game does not allow for the improvisation and creativity that good old-fashioned Lego blocks allowed for. Instead, the video game heir apparent to the humble Lego appears to be Minecraft. Read more in this great New York Times article: http://nyti.ms/1fem9iD
Global warming, now trackable on Google Earth. Just download this fantastic new layer just released by the good people at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. Read more about it here: http://slate.me/1gMPKpX
less than 12 million light years away, to be exact, something very exciting has occurred. A supernova with the preliminary designation of PSN J09554214+6940260 has gone off in neighboring Ursa Major. Scientists discovered it two weeks prior to reaching its peak brightness, which means that in two weeks an amateur observer might be able to see it with nothing more than a pair of binoculars. What will you be doing for Supernova Sunday?
With Sen.se’s Mother device, set to launch this spring, you get all of the mom-like reminders you may have been missing since moving out of the house in a cute, wirelessly-synced package. We know that nothing says failing at adulthood like running out of toilet paper, so having a little Mother in the house may not be a bad thing at all.
A British designer and self-proclaimed bio-couturist runs a consultancy called Biocouture, where she makes fabrics out of living things. The first material she adapted was bacterial cellulose and it strongly resembles leather.
Find out the ideal temperature for washing bacterial cellulose, how to make hats out of fungi, and more at: http://biocouture.co.uk
Could wireless routers have the capacity to kill? That was the question several Danish 9th graders sought to answer with a little experiment involving garden cress seeds and wireless routers. The result, though crude and in need of professional lab testing, is a little scary. The seeds placed next to the router were withered and mutated, whereas those in the router-free room grew healthily.
The latest from Japan: Neurocam. This rudimentary brain scanning camera relies on a head strap to read brainwaves and assign values to various things that catch the user’s eye. It creates animated GIFs of the things that pass a certain threshold of “interesting” and stores them on the wearer’s smartphone. The forecast for the future: lazy with a chance of privacy encroachment.
Looks like you have to be a rocket scientist to make the perfect Christmas sweater. This NASA engineer quit rocket science to devote his time entirely to the development of “hi-tech” sweaters. Check them out here: