Mozak: a game that crowdsources the detailed mapping of brain-cells

Mozak is a game where you score points for participating in the mass-scale, crowdsourced mapping of dendrites in scanned brains of humans, rodents, and other organisms. Read the rest

No evidence that Flynn complied with law, says House Oversight Chairman

The House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R) and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings said today that there is no sign that Trump's former national security advisor complied with the law when he failed to disclose payments he received from Russia.

From CNN:

Chaffetz and Cummings announced their findings to reporters on the Hill following a classified gathering of the committee in which they reviewed documents that Cummings described as "extremely troubling."

"I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz said, referring to whether Flynn received permission from the Pentagon or the State Department or that he disclosed the more than $45,000 he was paid for a speech he gave to RT-TV in Russia.

Also today: White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short refused the House Oversight Committee's request for documents relating to Flynn.

From The Week:

In a letter, Short said some of the requested documents were in the custody of the Department of Defense, not the White House. In the case of other documents, Short wrote that the White House was "unable to accommodate" the requests. Short's response arrived as the committee convened Tuesday to review its first set of documents on Flynn, provided by the Pentagon.

Previous documents released by the White House at the beginning of April revealed Flynn had not disclosed income he'd received from three Russia-linked firms. Flynn's lobbying company has also been found to have worked for a firm linked to the Turkish government while Flynn was serving as a top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign.

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What the Terminator says instead of "Hasta La Vista, baby" in the Spanish version of Terminator 2

In the Japanese version, he says "Cheerio then, love." Read the rest

Here’s how NASA tests Mars rovers on Earth

YouTube host Tom Scott explores the “Mars Yard” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where NASA simulates what it’s like on Mars for its rovers. Read the rest

John Green discusses mental health and social media curation

In this new Vlogbrothers video, John Green discusses his OCD and the ways in which social media shapes our perception of others and, in turn, our perception of ourselves. To hear Green discuss his mental health in more detail, check out this video he made on his 100 Days channel.

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Kids describe God to an illustrator

Cut enlisted an illustrator to help kids bring their personal images of God to life. Read the rest

Cat vs. boxes

“Cat Vs. Boxes” is an adorable animated short directed by Simon Tofield, designed by Liza Nechaeva, and animated by Michael Cotton-Russell and Emma Wakely. For more animated cat videos check out the Simon’s Cat YouTube channel. Read the rest

How to make homemade Zebra Cakes

Recreate a childhood treat without all the preservatives. Read the rest

Cat enjoys licking air going into vacuum

“The horror of the void became once again its own inverted retort.” ― Gellu Naum

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Bowler Ben Ketola sets world record with fastest 300 game

Bowler Ben Ketola (age 23) just broke the record for the fastest perfect game: 12 strikes in 86.9 seconds.

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Star Wars Rebels season four promises excitement

The final season of Star Wars Rebels looks intense.

We knew from the beginning of the series run that some of these characters would have to die before the timeline caught up with A New Hope. Rogue One made it clear how Star Wars deals with those situations.

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What do South Koreans really think of America?

From the Statue of Liberty and Chipotle to big boobs, Trump and racism, South Koreans tell us what they think of America – and Americans – in this episode of "What Asians Think of America" series by Asian Boss. Read the rest

You won't need a pilot's license to fly this flying car, available soon, and here's its first video

If you live near a lake in the US, you'll soon be able to zip across it in this Kitty Hawk Flyer. According to their site, the "ultralight aircraft," which is financially backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, will be available by the end of 2017. You won't need a registration or pilot's license to fly it, and the Flyer only takes minutes to learn how to operate it.

The final version of the Flyer won't look exactly like the prototype in this video, and the company hasn't yet come up with a price tag (at least not publicly). They explain that the Flyer, which is all electric, is not to be flown in cities, but rather "may be flown in uncongested areas in the US and is designed to be flown over fresh water." Thank god for that.

For now, brave souls can become a "member" of the Kitty Hawk Flyer for $100, which allows a 3-year membership to their community, a $2,000-discount off the retail price once that becomes available, and all kinds of other little perks like behind-the-scenes videos and previews not available to the rest of us. Read the rest

How to make a mallet from milk jugs

Peter Brown made a serviceable mallet from melted down plastic wood jugs.

HDPE is the plastic used in many household containers including gallon sized milk jugs. I melt down about 7 milk jugs and 3 powdered lemonade containers to get enough HDPE to make my mallet head.

The handle of the mallet is made from a cherry board and adds a nice warm contrast to the plastic! This mallet packs a punch and is quite heavy given it smaller size!

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Watch: nature documentaries are phony

Nature documentaries: the sound is fake, the scenes are concocted, some of the animals are computer animations, and the music is emotionally manipulative. But that's the only way we will sit through them, says Simon Cade, host and creator of this explainer video. Read the rest

On the "fakeness" of nature documentaries

Few are scandalized by the BBC adding sound effects to documentary footage, as it's somewhat obvious and the intent is to bring the viewer to a truth that might otherwise be obscured. A lot of other storytelling magic is at hand, though, not all of it so ostentatious. Simon Cade illustrates some of the techniques, among which editing is among the most powerful. Read the rest

Why are so many cartoon characters yellow?

The Simpsons, SpongeBob Squarepants, Minions, Pikachu are yellow. So are many, many other popular cartoon characters. Why? The answer lies at the intersection of psychology, color theory, and, of course, aesthetics. (ChannelFrederator)

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