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Coffee: You're drinking it wrong

The short version: morning cortisol levels peak between around 8-9am. Coffee consumption during peak cortisol production periods mean you get less of a buzz, and develop more of a tolerance/addiction. So one possibility: it's best drinking coffee outside of the periods of the day where your cortisol typically spikes. This is all very confusing to me and I'm going to pour a cup of coffee and watch it again.

From ASAP Science, by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown. They have a book.

[Thanks, RJCJR]


Watch the POV shots from the Mad Max films

George Miller, director of Mad Max, Max Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road, is a master of the POV shot.

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What does it really mean for a planet to be "habitable"?

Yes, last year astronomers discovered Kepler-186f, an Earth-size planet orbiting within the "habitable zone" of a star, but you shouldn't pack your bags for the high frontier quite yet.

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Chicago prankster makes awesome flyers comparing artists to rats

artistsrats A Chicago based artist/rat spotted this excellent prank flyer on a phone pole in Chicago. He has so far managed to avoid eating any of the artist bait that's been left out for him and his kind.

Here's the one story to read to learn about Silk Road


Joshuah Bearman wrote an epic story about the rise and fall of the black market commerce site Silk Road. He dug deep to produce a fantastic, enthralling story. Here's what he told me about it:

This was a challenging story to write, because it was an ongoing federal investigation, with a pending trial, but I (rather luckily) managed to get inside both the Silk Road, the various law enforcement agencies trying to bring it down, and people close to Ross, to understand him more. It was always a good story, but as it unfurled just got more layered and exciting. The piece is 20,000 words! Longest thing Wired has ever published. And in two-parts, which they've never done. I wrote this thing like a non-fiction novella, and people seem to be responding to it well, even the cliffhanger and waiting for Part 2.

The Rise and Fall of Silk Road, Part 1

Image: Tomer Hanuka

Amazon launches free same-day delivery in select U.S. cities for Prime members

How can Amazon afford to deliver same-day for free? Apparently by using child labor. Adorable, pan-ethnic, perfectly-coiffed child labor.

How can Amazon afford to deliver same-day for free? Apparently by using child labor. Adorable, pan-ethnic, perfectly-coiffed child labor.

The new free, same-day delivery service is available to Amazon Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas around the USA. Why? It removes the biggest challenge brick-and-mortar retailers still present to the ever-expanding empire of Jeff Bezos: instant gratification.

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Learn about the latest self-tracking tech at the 2015 Quantified Self Expo in SF, 6/20/2015

QS15/Activate Expo Trailer from Erica Tanamachi on Vimeo.

In 2007, my friends Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly founded the Quantified Self. The purpose is to investigate and share technologies and practices to help people understand themselves. This June, QSers from around the world are gathering for a massive show and tell. The one-day expo is just $25 for the full day.

The Quantified Self Exposition will open its doors on June 20, 2015, at Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco, with 30,000 square feet of amazing exposition space highlighting the wearable devices and apps that give you intimate and direct feedback about yourself, from how you sleep, eat, and exercise, to what triggers fear and joy.

The Quantified Self Exposition is for everyone interested in understanding where technology is going and how it's affecting our lives. If you're an inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, doctor, nurse, athlete, entrepreneur, journalist, designer, policy maker or just interested in how sensors, data, and “very personal computing” can be used to understand ourselves and the world around us, please join us for this amazing event. From advanced sports performance to nutrition, emotion, learning, and health, the Quantified Self Exposition is about discovery!

Artist turns neglected potholes into ice cream treats


Tired of the ugly and burdensome potholes that clutter the streets of Chicago and Jyväskylä, Finland, mosaic artist Jim Bachor decided to do something about it. Using hand-cut pieces of glass and marble, Bachor fills the wretched holes with whimsical mosaics of popsicles and ice cream cones. Any mosaic artists looking for a project here in pothole-strewn Los Angeles?

Bring your 3D printers to Meltdown comics for a Dan Clowes toy-printing event

clowes-1Professional toy designer Ryan Whearty has come up with several cool 3D designs featuring the Meltdown Comics mascot, which was designed by cartoonist Daniel Clowes. To celebrate the Daniel Clowes book launch event at Meltdown in Los Angeles on June 5th, the store is inviting owners of 3D printers to bring their machines to the store and participate in a group toy-printing session.

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Electronic devices made from oversized wood LEGO bricks

Love Hultén built elegant electronic music machines, a video game system, and other devices from handcrafted oversized wooden LEGO bricks.

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Dragon's Lair running on a Sinclair ZX81

The ZX81 was a remarkably inexpensive home computer released in the early 80s, notable for the charm of its low-end tech and the expertise required to glean even limited results.

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Star Trek TNG ties

Give Dad the red one: $30, also comes in gold and blue.

L'Oreal's 3-D printed human skin may help burn victims (and test cosmetics)


Margaret Rhodes reports on the company's "3-D bioprinters that will spit out dollops of skin into nickel-sized petri dishes."

What happens when a casino kicks out a card counter

Blackjack is an unusual casino came: skilled players with excellent memory can deny the house its edge. This is obviously a problem for casinos: it's an essential table game, but they can't very well just give away money. So they evict players who they suspect of using mnemonics or other "card counting" strategies that enhance their odds.

In this video, a "blackjack apprentice" named Colin captures hidden-camera footage of a casino pit boss sternly informing him that he is too good at the game to be allowed to continue playing it in that fashion.

If you're expecting to see the guy bounced roughly through the doors, though, you're in for a surprise. The pit boss is friendly and polite, and explains acceptable and unacceptable playing strategies--"Once you put a bet out there, you play that limit."--at fascinating length.

Colin is one of the Pros from Blackjack Apprenticeship, as well as the subject of the documentary "Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians." While filming for the documentary, he was followed by undercover cameras to capture what a real backoff is like. After counting cards blatantly for half an hour, this is what the casino did...

Super-Awesome Sylvia's new book about Arduino


BB pal Super-Awesome Sylvia, the teenage maker superhero, has released a fantastic book, "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Simple Arduino."

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Terrifying video of Blanco River flood tearing into Texas home

CNN reports on high waters and extreme weather that have taken at least 35 lives in Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico.

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Cat licks air when paper crinkles

ORE Agency report "my cat's strange reaction to crinkling plastic wrapper." This cat should hang out with Charles, of Charles Has a Licking Problem fame.