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From high-end tourism to one of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects, strange things are happening at the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, which could still kill plenty of people.
Awesome photo with this Newsweek story on a new, self-cleaning tape inspired by gecko feet.
A single toe stuck to a wall is all a gecko needs to support its entire body weight. These tiny lizards have evolved microscopic hairs on their feet that exploit intermolecular forces to help them defy gravity on all kinds of surfaces: smooth or rough, dry or wet, clean or dirty. That’s why the gecko is the muse for science’s next generation of adhesives, and one such technology could be coming soon to a hardware store near you. A new gecko-inspired tape developed by a team of engineers at Carnegie Mellon University is super strong, cheap, and cleans itself with multiple uses, easily shedding dirt particles that limit the reusability of conventional adhesives, like those used in Post-It notes
The emotional bond between soldiers and the machines they serve with is getting complicated. (via I [Heart] Robot])
Photo credit: Ralph Orlowski/Getty
"A fugitive doesn’t need a suitcase full of cash to survive on the lam. He just needs a thumbdrive full of bitcoins."
So what are bitcoins, and how are they funding the escape of Edward Snowden? Read it here.
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Apple’s Macintosh PC Introduced On This Day In 1984
Newsweek January 30, 1984
This probably blew some minds back then: ”To remove an unwanted file, for example, one uses the mouse to drag an icon of a tiny file folder across the screen to an image of a garbage can; to erase the file, one uses the mouse to point to a command to “Empty Trash.”
Another look at Syria’s web traffic drop-off, from Google, which reports: “All Google services inaccesible.”