Rob Beschizza

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Video camera attached to car wheel

It's exactly what you expect. Wait an hour or so if you've just eaten!

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Soldiers swindled

The Atlantic's Rebecca J. Rosen writes about predatory lenders, such as USA Discounters, who extend expensive credit to soldiers, sue them in courts they cannot appear in, then garnish their wages.

Smoke, Slingshots, and Spongebob: the Middle East crisis in photos

Startling shots from Gaza, Israel, and elsewhere depict despair and outrage at a seemingly-intractable crisis.

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What is public?

Anil Dash on the fragile reality of what is and is not public, and how within it a reasonable expectation of privacy may remain, in some contexts.

232 "teeth" removed from boy's mouth

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A boy in India was brought in with swelling in his right jaw; doctors removed a myriad of tiny, toothlike growths caused by a condition called composite odontoma.

The Mumbai Mirror reports on the seven-hour operation.

Around a month ago, he complained of severe pain and his family feared he suffered from cancer, the boy's father, Suresh Gavai, said.

"I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai," Gavai said, adding the surgery, conducted on Monday, was covered under the state government's health insurance scheme for the poor, Rajiv Gandhi Jeevdayi Arogya Yojana (RGJAY), which would have otherwise cost him around Rs 40,000 in a private hospital.

Arare medical condition, composite odontoma, has only been known to affect the upper jaw of the patients. "According to medical literature available on this condition, the condition has been known to be found in the upper jaw and a maximum of 25 teeth have been extracted from the tumour. But in Ashiq's case, the tumour was deep in the lower jaw and we removed more than 232 teeth," said Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of the dental unit at J.J. Hospital.

On the Origins of Sriracha

It was invented by Thanom Chakkapak in the seaside town of Si Racha—that sauce, however, isn't quite the same as the stuff you know and love.

Antisurveillance face camouflage

Adam Harvey's "Computer Vision Dazzle" is designed to keep facial-recognition computer algorithms from seeing the real face. But how to wear the dazzle for days while going about everyday life?

Why Math teaching never improves

"The trouble always starts," writes Elizabeth Green, "when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it."

Japan eyes 2020 robo-Olympics

"In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. This is where it begins, meatsacks.

If London builds a new mega-airport, what happens to Heathrow?

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There's something pleasantly old-school about the futurism in these paintings of how Heathrow airport could be turned into a less horrific environment for human beings--and creepily modern, what with all the drones.

Forget not the Aird of Sleat, Londoners.

Gadget waterproofing kit

$30, and your phone becomes waterproof, or, rather, "Anti-wet". Any takers?

Impervious is an invisible nano spray with molecules 1000x smaller than a human hair with super-hydrophobic properties. When applied externally to your device, Impervious protects against spill damage and screen scratching. When fully applied to the outer & inner components of your device, Impervious is classified as IPX 7. We currently only offer full waterproofing kits for the iPhone 5, 5s and 6. When applied, your device can be submerged in (1) meter or (3) feet of water for up to 30 minutes (We do NOT recommend)..

[via BGR]

Cop suspended after threatening to "knock out" bystander during arrest

A police officer in Staffordshire, England, was suspended from duty this week after threatening a bystander during an arrest.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that cops were dealing with a rowdy group of late-night revelers in the city of Hanley. When a woman began filming the arrest of her boyfriend, however, she was approached by a bobby and "verbally abused."

Video footage shows an officer saying "Do that to me again and I will knock you out." It's not clear what she had done, though the officer seems to suggest a punch was thrown his way--or why being knocked out would be an appropriate response to it.

"I'm not knocking the police and the policeman we first spoke to was really nice," the 22-year old filmer told a reporter. "After this all happened he spoke to us and he was really calm. But I don't know where that one particular guy came from and I don't know why he threatened me."

"Ukraine fighter jet took out MH17" debunked

If they did it, they didn't use an SU-25. [Locklin on science]

Crap logo ideas

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An amusing, but telling collection of generic logo concepts, trite design elements and hackneyed type. [gtgraphics.org; Archive.org cache; via]

Hit songs, analyzed by their contemporary obscurity

"Come Down, Ma Evening Star" was a huge hit in 1903, but you'd be forgiven for not knowing it. But time has not been kind to the hits of Clay Aiken, either. [via Kottke]

Let's see if we can get the official youtube video of Clay's 2003 #1 hit "This is the Night" to 5,000 views by sundown! (It's at 4,954, though, so I'm not sure I fancy its chances.)