I love this $4 silicone skull pancake mould

This silicone skull is great for eggs or pancakes. Kids love breakfast at my house. Read the rest

Internet-connected hospital drug pumps vulnerable to remote lethal-dose attacks

Researcher Billy Rios (previously) has extended his work on vulnerabilities in hospital drug pumps, discovering a means by which their firmware can be remotely overwritten with new code that can result in lethal overdoses for patients. Read the rest

Filmmaker Uwe Boll blames everyone but himself for failed Kickstarter

Uwe Boll, a low-budget filmmaker who adapts videogames into movies, has a potty-mouthed message for everyone who didn't give him money on Kickstarter: "Fuck yourself... I have enough money to play golf until I'm dead." Read the rest

Man builds impressively dangerous laser shotgun

This fellow made a 40W laser shotgun that is quite powerful and, yes, ridiculously dangerous. Read the rest

Four dogs, one tennis ball

See video here.

There's some kind of geopolitical lesson to be learned here. Read the rest

Debunking Batteriser's marketing claims

Electrical engineer David L. Jones explains why claims made on behalf of The Batteriser--a gadget promised to get up to 8x life out of alkaline batteries--are nonsense.

The Batteriser is a really neatly designed product (apart from the shorting issue), I love the miniturisation technology in it, and I’ll be buying some once it goes on sale to check out how they have done it. And yes, it can and certainly will work on some, perhaps many products and get some extra life out of it. But the 800% claims are demonstrably untrue, and unfortunately this is what every media outlet ran with. They took a blue sky marketing estimate and ran with it because it made a great story. There was no basic fact checking. All the electronics engineers who immediately questioned the claims were right in doing so, it’s trivial to prove there are issues with even the most basic of engineering due-diligence. There are just way too many downsides and unanswered questions on this product. I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see until they start shipping so we can get one and actually test it.

Just get Eneloops, civilian. Read the rest

Trailer for The Martian starring Matt Damon, directed by Ridley Scott

Here's the trailer for The Martian, based on the excellent novel by Andy Weir about an astronaut stranded on Mars. It's coming out in November.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

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EMU brings racist mascot out of retirement

In an odd move, Eastern Michigan University, proudly claiming to be among the first universities to retire an offensive racist caricature, brought the same red faced mascot back as a "historic tribute." Read the rest

Apple announces Apple Music and native Watch apps

Its own News app and updates to OS X and iOS filled an unusually-packed lineup of new software

Sculptor Ron Mueck's hyperreal humanity, on exhibit in Winnipeg

The breathtaking, hyperreal sculptures of Ron Mueck are on display at Canada's Winnipeg Art Gallery until October 4, 2015. Read the rest

“There’s a lot of death out there.” California's sea lions are starving

National Geographic shares yet another story on California's mass sea lion starve off. Read the rest

Internet users care about their privacy but have given up on safeguarding it

It's not a fair trade, and everyone knows it.

Kickstarting Maker History: a time-travel curriculum for kids

David Hunter (creator of the zombie currciulum units) has a new idea: teaching English, science, history and math through curriculum units that ask kids to pretend to be time-travellers. Read the rest

I drive a car with license plates that read “DRUNK.” Weird things happen as a result.

Boing Boing's publisher has a set of vanity plates that provoke interesting responses from adults and kids alike.

Pool Party policeman named; video of him abusing teens was added to "Police Training" playlist

A Texas cop, filmed pulling a gun on children outside a pool party, has been named as Patrol Supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt. Moreover, a "police training" playlist linked to this name has been found on YouTube—and the latest entry is the one of him.

Casebolt was exposed on Twitter by the local Fox Affiliate after his ranting, abusive behavior was exposed over the weekend. The department had suspended him after the video surfaced, but did not disclose his identity.

Gawker's Brendan O'Connor reports that "decase73" did not take down his social networking profiles fast enough to stop the internet finding out about his "Police Training" youtube playlist, stocked with videos of cops brutalizing members of the public and showing off their toys and tactics.

Decase73’s Youtube playlist features a dozen videos with titles like “Man Attacks Baltimore Police Officer,” “Man Sucker-Punches Cop Gets Kicked in the Face,” and “Chief tells the TRUTH that Black People don’t want to hear.” All would appear to reflect a mindset that police officers are entitled to use any and all force necessary to subjugate those they ostensibly protect and serve.

Yesterday, the video of Casebolt manhandling a teenage girl and pointing his gun at two boys was added to the playlist.

The authenticity of the profiles hasn't been confirmed. They were all taken down soon after Casebolt's identity was made public. Read the rest

Video: Young woman screaming that America needs God

Watching this makes me feel very uncomfortable, because it is the culture of most of the presidential candidates most likely to win in the next U.S. presidential election. Read the rest

Spend the night on robotic beds that roam around a London art gallery

Prefer to appreciate fine art in bed? You are in luck: Carsten Höller's latest installation features two motorized beds that slowly travel through London's Hayward Gallery over the course of the night. Read the rest

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