Our friend Joshua Foer, memory champion and author of the fantastic book "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything," shows how he stores incredible amounts of useful (and useless) information in the memory palace in his head.
Robots have a hard time making their way across uneven, unstable terrain. Read the rest
Beijing, China. If this fascinates you, so long as you are not sitting in it, I highly recommend Tom Vanderbilt's fantastic book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)."
Below, Tom's presentation at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity 2013 conference.
If you're an '80s or '90s kid, you will remember the originals. Read the rest
MIT researchers used high-speed cameras to reveal raindrops' aerosol effect that releases petrichor, the earthy fresh smell of rain. Read the rest
After three years' worth of court battles, Propublica has won a court order forcing the NYPD to release details of its X-ray surveillance vans, whose radiation risk has never been independently studied or verified (much like the notorious pornoscanners, which were supposedly harmless, but which turned out to be sources of dangerous radiation). Read the rest
"[S]ome CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009," said CIA spokesman Dean Boyd. In other words, yes, the CIA did break into Sen. Feinstein's computers that her staff had been using to write a report of the CIA's torture program in secret overseas prisons.
Since it is highly unlikely that anyone in a position of power at the CIA will be held accountable, the incident will serve as a green light for the CIA to do this again and again with impunity.
The Russian space agency has lost control of a satellite containing geckos involved in sex orgy porn. Read the rest
Stunning cephalopod tresses, crafted by hand. Read the rest