Tiny post office in a tree hole

The spirit of Boo Radley lives on in the hole of a tree growing in the hills above Berkeley, CA. Gareth says, "Lea Redmond, of Leaf Cutter Design and the World's Smallest Postal Service, did a photo illustration for Borg Like Me. She created a Lilliputian post office in a tree hole in the Berkeley Hills. She left it set up and it's still there 7 months later! People have not destroyed it; they've been ADDING to it and leaving mail for the fairies (it IS a post office, after all)."

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Valley girl "upspeak" is a global phenomenon

This month's issue of Los Angeles magazine takes a look at the 1980s, with stories about the movies, songs, fashions, and cultural trends that defined that decade in LA. One trend that didn't fade away with ankle warmers and the Memphis Group design aesthetic is valley girl speak. My two daughters are living proof, and the "upspeak" style (ending every sentence as if it were a question) has spread around the world.

Invasion of the Valley Girl: What started as a grating geographic anomaly has crept into the mainstream Read the rest

NRA's top lawyer was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's mother in 1964

The cover story for Mother Jones this month is about Bob Dowlut, NRA's general counsel, "who for 30 years has been the architect of the National Rifle Association's legal and cultural agenda." (Gawker) Read the rest

Space alien movie music

On BBC Radio 3's "Sound of Cinema," host Matthew Sweet shares terrific film music from movies about extraterrestrials. (via @chris_carter_) Read the rest

Touchless trash cans in a loop

Touchless trash cans caught in an infinite loop. The laughter is infectious! (@rynbtmn) Read the rest

Why do we bite our nails?

Over at Mind Hacks, Tom Stafford looks at the scientific literature around onychophagia, aka nail-biting: Read the rest

Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?

(Sigh) "Jimmy Kimmel Pedestrian Question: Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?" (Christ, what an asshole.) Read the rest

Telerobotic baseball fans

Korea's Hanwha Eagles baseball team have installed rows of telerobot "fans" in the stadium that are controlled by remote spectators. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)

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How stoned is too stoned to drive?

The US government is analyzing data from what it claims is the biggest study on how pot affects how you drive. The participants in the study at the University of Iowa vaporized marijuana (smoke-free campus!), drank, both, or had a placebo and took the wheel of a driving simulator.

"When it comes to cannabis, it's a lot trickier than when it comes to alcohol," says Colorado State Trooper JJ Wolff. "I can't tell you if one joint is going to make you high to the point where you can't drive. That's a really hard question to answer at this point. ... "The safest thing to do right now: If you are going to drink any amount, don't drive. And if you are going to consume any amount of cannabis, don't drive."

"Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive" (USA Today) Read the rest

Sierra Leone doctor who treated scores of Ebola patients dies of Ebola

Virologist Sheik Umar Khan is credited with treating over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

Scientists investigate radio wave "bursts" from space

Two different radio telescopes have now picked up fast "burst" signals that seem to originate outside our galaxy.

Let's cut to the chase: Is it aliens? Read the rest

Corpse under motel bed for 5 years

UPDATE: Duh! It was fake!

Police in Mount Laurel, New Jersey found a young woman's corpse under a motel bed and it reportedly had been there for at least five years. A guest discovered the body when searching for the TV remote.

“I clean that room every day. I noticed a smell several times, and told my manager,” hotel housekeeper Anita Rodriguez told Empire News. “He told me to just use extra Febreeze in the room and it would go away eventually. I always hated cleaning that room.” Read the rest

Drone video of downtown Los Angeles

Ian Wood's beautiful drone footage of downtown Los Angeles. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

Former NSA chief to profit from patented hacker detection tech, charging clients $1M a month

Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Administration, is filing for tech security patents related to his work running the NSA. Read the rest

Eye-tracking heatmaps

"Men focus on a baseball player's torso more than women, who look only at the face."

Dear Business Insider,

That is not a torso.

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How to solve the problem of plastic in the ocean

Ocean scientists Kim Martini and Miriam Goldstein explain, in detail, why the well-meaning ideas of 19-year-old Boyan Slat won't work and show you what you can do now to help stop plastic pollution. Read the rest

A really fantastic science show on TV

I recently stumbled across Time Scanners, a tech-heavy, pop-science reality show. And, get this you guys, I learned things. I know. From TV. It's crazy. Read the rest

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