Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain

If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

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Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project

Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

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Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist

A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

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Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From

On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

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The Decline and Fall of the American Mall

For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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If These Goats Don’t Make You Smile, Nothing Ever Will

It’s a goat’s world, we’re just living in it. There are some things in the world there simply isn’t enough of: chocolate, puppy dogs, rain forests, flowers, mountains, sunshine, poetry, and goats bouncing around. Despite years of practice, The Airspace has yet to conjure a mountain from the movement of the tectonic plates (five of […]

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American Workers Are Unhappy, And That Probably Won’t Change For A While

According to a recent survey of blue- and white-collar workers by The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review, only 21 percent of workers feel that they’re able to concentrate on more than one thing at a time. Around 30 percent said they do not have opportunities to do what they most enjoy at work. A […]

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Data Knows Best: Greatest TV Shows Get Ranked and Graphed

Every argument is better with charts and graphs. Sometimes a little linear regression can provide more insight than a long-winded report. GraphTV tests that theory by plotting the ratings of popular television shows. It all started with Breaking Bad. Data guru Kevin Wu was watching its fifth and final season and couldn’t help but think […]

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A Coin-Inspired National Spirit, Hopefully

The Lakota Nation, a group of seven Native American bands in North and South Dakota, voted to make a Bitcoin-like crypto-currency called MazaCoin their official currency, according to Forbes. Programmer and Lakota activist Payu Harris believes that the coin will help the Lakota people gain sovereignty over their land. “To be a truly independent state […]

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Smartguns and the Promise of Progress

With the recent Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (and the 44 school shootings since) still relatively fresh in our collective minds, and with Congress empirically unable to do anything to stop gun violence at all, it seems slowing, if not stopping, the gun violence epidemic has fallen on a strange coalition of gun manufacturers, Silicon […]

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