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Postmodern eating with the Jap art of unnecessary devices

The uselessness this time stems from the shortness of the guard: Any splash from your mouth might be captured, but dangly noodles remain a real threat to your wardrobe. Also, why does my forehead need the same protection? I’ve seen this chindogu before — but besides acknowledging who wore it best, it fits with the…

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SXSW 2018: A Look Support at the Sixties PLATO Computing Machine

Photo: Paul Tenczar/University of IllinoisIn the 1960s, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana—Champaign developed a computer system that they hoped would expand access to education. They envisioned instructors using the system to build lessons, and students stationing themselves at machines—whose touchscreen plasma displays had a distinct orange glow—to complete coursework. But something unexpected happened. As…

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Hyper-setting edifying gasoline engines, subsequent-gen wind generators, and further early-stage wonders

Enlarge / A crop monitoring robot: Like a Roomba, but with more sensors and responsibility. Megan GeussNATIONAL HARBOR, MD—Last week’s ARPA-E summit was full of big ideas about the future of energy, and nowhere was that more evident than on the summit’s show floor. In the basement of the sprawling Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center,…

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Tesla Is Going via a Crucible

Jim Chanos, the short seller famous for betting against Enron, has said he thinks Tesla Inc.’s stock is “worthless.” Chanos got some new evidence this week that may support his short sales against Elon Musk’s car company. A string of executives have headed for the exits, including a surprising number from the company’s finance team,…

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Breaking a Wine Glass in Python By Detecting the Resonant Frequency

For 50 days straight between January and March of this year, I wrote a creative programming sketch in Python every day. On day six, I tried to write a program to detect the resonant frequency of a glass, and break it. As you can see below, my desktop computer speaker wasn’t quite loud enough to…

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A Unique York city honest positioned a moratorium on crypto mining

Why Plattsburgh, New York? It’s simple: the small town has the “cheapest electricity in the world,” as Mayor Colin Read told Motherboard. Mining involves using high powered computers to solve complex problems, and thus be rewarded with cryptocurrency. It generates a lot of heat and uses an inordinate amount of electricity. It makes sense that…