Researchers are developing robots to explore volcanoes, like the one on the Big Island of Hawaii that's flowing actively right now, threatening to slurp up homes in its wake.
"Pulpy Days," by Darrin Fullerton. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!) Read the rest
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Michael from Muckrock sez, "Through FOIA requests, MuckRock users have been helping keep watch on the watchers, and recently Todd Feathers's FOIA request to the DHS resulted 91 pages worth of the agency's social media searches, from the occult (seeking the "devil" in August) and creepy ("happy camp") to downright terrifying ("black market ebola")." Read the rest
A Florida judge ordered Anheuser-Busch to pay a $.50 a six-pack refund to anyone who bought their beer deceptively labeled as "Imported" and "Japan's Prime brew." Read the rest
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a bigger and sharper photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation".
Above: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature. Barack Obama said, “Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency, should he be confirmed as secretary of the Treasury.”
Visit Futility Closet to see the version of Lew's signature that's used on US Federal Reserve notes. Read the rest
Two years after the death of hacker, activist, and good human being Aaron Swartz, new video and a new way to bring life to his legacy of making the world a better place.
Scientists have discovered a "breakthrough" antibiotic in a sample of New England dirt that has shown great promise in the laboratory. They are calling it teixobactin.
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The experimental drug, which was isolated from a sample of New England dirt, is called teixobactin. It hasn’t yet been tested in people, though it cured all mice infected with antibiotic-resistant staphylococci bacteria that usually kills 90 percent of the animals, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. Bacteria appear to have a particularly difficult time developing resistance to the drug, potentially overcoming a major problem with existing antibiotics.
Surviving staff of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, announced they are going to print 1 million copies of the next issue, instead of the usual 60,000. Read the rest
In the 1960s, DC comics rebooted its moribund Batman franchise with the "New Look" comics, where Batman returned to his scientific detective roots. Across the ocean, manga master Jiro Kuwata was tapped to interpret the superhero for a Japanese audience, in stark black-and-white, and made Batman into something remarkable, prescient and unmatched. Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga
, DC is collecting, for the first time ever, the English translation of the Kuwata's full run.
When I visited Hiroshima, Japan with my family, I expected a lot of tough questions about the atomic bomb from my daughters. But I didn't expect to stumble upon one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at.