Won't you please, please won't you be my neighbor? NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star.
Kepler-186f is a planet about ten percent bigger than Earth that orbits within the habitable zone of its star. The light there is dim and orange,
and it only gets about a third of the sunshine we do, but that may be enough for life. If you go outside tonight, there might be someone 500 light years away looking back at you...
posted by Kevin Street at 4:55 PM - 5 comments
How Americans Die
- a visual tour through surprising trends in mortality among Americans in the last several decades
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:59 PM - 15 comments
Yupanqui's gorgeous and meaningful songs have been covered by musicians, worldwide.
Yupanqui's are songs about life, revolution, the worker, and everyday things (like a workers cart). Give a listen to some of his songs (and their covers) - even if you don't understand a word of Spanish, you will be rewarded lilting melody and the soul of a true musician/poet. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae at 3:58 PM - 0 comments
is a series of advertising mock-ups which imagines modern products with the aesthetics and production of 1970s consumer electronics. Faux-wood paneling, angular fonts, and more orange than you can shake a stick at.
posted by codacorolla at 2:50 PM - 14 comments
When his parents went out of town, 16 year old Corey Worthington threw a party. When 500 people showed up, things got out of hand. Eventually the police were called, who mobilized units including their air wing & canine teams to quell the disturbance (for which Corey is being billed $20,000). And in the aftermath, Corey gave this awesome interview
posted by scalefree at 2:37 PM - 40 comments
"This is specifically challenging in science fiction and fantasy, where there are often so many ways to heal someone–from super-science to ancient sorcery. And yet there are issues with miracle cures in fiction. For one thing, they rob disability of its narrative power. For another, they play into the problematic narrative that people with a disability somehow “deserve” it." -- Elizabeth Bear talks about writing characters with disabilities in science fiction and fantasy
in a guest post for Sarah Chorn's Special Needs in Strange Worlds column
In this SF Signal column, Sarah Chorn explores how fantasy and science fiction treat disability, through reading lists
, author interviews
and the examination of characters with disabilities like Tyrion Lannister
posted by MartinWisse at 2:24 PM - 5 comments
"The post-attack intelligence on Turkey did not make its way to the White House. ‘Nobody wants to talk about all this,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘There is great reluctance to contradict the president, although no all-source intelligence community analysis supported his leap to convict. There has not been one single piece of additional evidence of Syrian involvement in the sarin attack produced by the White House since the bombing raid was called off. My government can’t say anything because we have acted so irresponsibly. And since we blamed Assad, we can’t go back and blame Erdoğan.’"
A report by Seymour Hersh alleges
that Turkish PM Erdoğan's National Intelligence Organization is responsible for last August's sarin attack in Syria, in an attempt to force Obama's hand on air strikes. [more inside]
posted by p3on at 2:11 PM - 17 comments
in 2048 style.
Not quite just another 2048 clone.
(of which there have been many many many versions
, most discussed here
This version follows the fusion path
of a main sequence star challenging you to create a stable isotope of iron
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:05 PM - 18 comments
Novelist Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87.
A giant of Latin American literature, he had struggled with lymphatic cancer and likely dementia (previously
) in his latter years. To honor his memory, The Paris Review
has reposted their interview
with García Márquez from 1981, the year before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
posted by Cash4Lead at 1:41 PM - 85 comments
An army of NYPD cops on Thursday evicted
a homeless man
from his Manhattan Bridge
" — which was complete with a gas heater, hot sauce and beer.
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 1:12 PM - 39 comments
Ladies and gentlemen, I share with you today – the latest beat from off the street, the mashup sensation that’s sweeping
the internet nation. It's DJ Faroff’s latest groovechild Mash Machine
, starring the Godfather of Soul, the Doors, dueling riffs from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and
AC/DC. With special guest appearances from the Soul Train line dancers, the Pink Panther and a cowbell.
posted by jason's_planet at 12:58 PM - 9 comments
Ever wish you could actually take classes in Charms, Transfiguration, and Potions from Hogwarts for real? Now you can!
posted by divabat at 12:02 PM - 34 comments
Wired on how Matt Fraction's Sex Criminals
manages to be a comic book, about sex, that isn't completely awful.
posted by Ipsifendus at 9:54 AM - 18 comments
Apparently created in a schism over a TV Tropes
policy of content restrictions imposed by their advertising contract, All The Tropes
covers much the same ground in a more conventional wiki inteface (Mediawiki).
posted by Herodios at 9:50 AM - 44 comments
Ambient Dark Souls.
Virtual field recordings from the world of Dark Souls.
posted by neuromodulator at 9:29 AM - 18 comments
NOAA's Okeanos Explorer
) is currently exploring the Gulf of Mexico
. Today, they're exploring a 19th century shipwreck! Watch the discoveries on three live streams
posted by mudpuppie at 8:41 AM - 16 comments
The most recent story in ProPublica's Living Apart: Examining America's Racial Divide
series is "Segregation Now
," which focuses on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, city school district "and its fleeting experience with the challenges and virtues of integration." But beyond Tuscaloosa, "almost everywhere in the United States, the gains of integration have been eroded. And nowhere has that been more powerfully and disturbingly true than in the South – once home to both the worst of segregation and the greatest triumphs of integration. Freed from the federal oversight that produced integration, schools districts across the 11 former states of the Confederacy have effectively re-instituted segregation for large numbers of black students, in practical terms if not in law.
" [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:37 AM - 83 comments
Meet the Lego Pilot
the globe from the flight deck.
posted by Xurando at 8:21 AM - 0 comments
From the mind of cartoonist KC Green
) comes The Ballad Of Dark Homer
, a stranger take on our favorite animated family.
posted by The Whelk at 7:11 AM - 11 comments
The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back
- She notes that her hourly wage of $7.50 is less than a Wendy’s combo meal: “I make less than the Baconator.”
posted by anastasiav at 6:45 AM - 146 comments
A couple's final journey. "Chris MacLellan and Bernard Richard Schiffer never exchanged “for better or for worse” vows. As a gay couple, marriage wasn’t an option in Florida. Instead, they lived together and loved each other for 11 years.
posted by HuronBob at 3:33 AM - 26 comments
Chinatown Sartorialist. "We saw them at Portsmouth Square and frantically made a beeline for them, both in a brown, earthy palette with matching cheetah sweaters and furry hats."
posted by spamandkimchi at 10:44 PM - 25 comments
The Ket from the Lake Munduiskoye
(2008, 30 min.) The Ket people
are an indigenous group in central Siberia whose population has numbered less than two thousand during the past century. Although mostly assimilated into the dominant Russian culture at this point, a couple hundred of them are still able to speak the Ket language
, the last remaining member of the Yeniseian language group. Recent scholarship
has proposed a link between Ket and some Native American language groups.
posted by XMLicious at 9:15 PM - 7 comments
British Pathe releases 85K videos to YouTube.
An archive of film from the late 1800s onward is now available on YouTube.
posted by bitmage at 7:29 PM - 21 comments
"Academics restart work
to unlock secrets of mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia on edge of the Siberian Arctic. The 34 shallow graves excavated by archeologists at Zeleniy Yar throw up many more questions than answers. But one thing seems clear: this remote spot, 29 km shy of the Arctic Circle, was a trading crossroads of some importance around one millennium ago."
posted by ChuckRamone at 6:25 PM - 18 comments
The world of video game music has blossomed in recent years, enough to support live concert tours
and bestselling albums
. But while most such work is licensed or contracted out to third-party composers, a rare breed make their living at a single company, imbuing entire franchises with their unique sound. And apart from Nintendo's venerable Koji Kondo
, there is perhaps no dedicated gaming composer more renowned than Martin O'Donnell
. From humble beginnings writing the jingle for Flintstones Vitamins
, O'Donnell and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori
joined developer Bungie in 1997, penning music for Myth
, and most notably the Halo trilogy
-- an iconic blend
of sweeping orchestral bombast
, haunting choirs
, and electronic ambience
that became one of the most acclaimed and successful gaming soundtracks of all time. O'Donnell also helmed Bungie's audio department, managing voice actors
, sound effects
, and an innovative dynamic music engine
, and was most recently working with Paul McCartney
on the score for the upcoming Destiny
. So it came as a surprise today when it was announced MartyTheElder was being terminated without cause
(flabbergasted reaction: HBO
). With O'Donnell following Joseph Staten
, Frank O'Connor
, Marcus Lehto
, and other Bungie veterans out the door, what might this mean for the company and its decade-long plan for Destiny? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 6:04 PM - 25 comments
Try to win a staring game
against Dali (or a campbell's soup can or a giraffe) in this free staring game on the iPhone.
Or have characters from The Office stare at you instead, in The Office Stare Machine
posted by mysticreferee at 5:16 PM - 4 comments
“Right before I went into high school, my parents enrolled me in a couple of social skills classes to prepare me for the change,” she tells me.
“They taught me how to behave in certain social situations, like when girls go into the washroom together, or how to behave when you get invited to a party, or when you want to ask someone on a date. That’s where I think the classes switched from being useful to being controlling.”
posted by Mistress at 3:25 PM - 20 comments
Last month, Beverage Industry published their 2014 US Beer Category Report
, and Dylan Matthews at Vox.com has compiled the numbers into their favorite thing: charts! There's a few interesting details, but the biggest one is that not only is Bud Light one out of every five beers purchased in America, but sells more than all import, craft, cider and malt beverage sales combined.
posted by Punkey at 3:24 PM - 64 comments
When it's time for some mellow craftiness it's time for Bob Ross. But what if you want to know how many times his paintings included palm trees? Cumulus clouds? What if it's time to apply some good ol' fashioned conditional probability to his oeuvre? Then this
is the place to go.
posted by mr. digits at 1:30 PM - 19 comments
"This is the petty tyranny of inconvenience — just as the heroine believes that her individual comfort somehow justifies the enslavement of roughly a hundred other human beings, romance readers feel it’s inconvenient and uncomfortable to reflect on the ways the genre not only has marginalized but continues to marginalize not only characters, but also readers and authors of color. This book was not written by an obscure self-published writer with a small niche audience. Sandra Hill is a New York Times bestselling author, a genre mainstay for the past two decades; she is still writing books set in the contemporary South, though I am certainly not going to read them." -- Romance author Olivia Waite reviews Sandra Hill's Frankly My Dear
, set on a sugar plantation in 1845 Louisiana, as part of the blogging from A to Z challenge
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 1:08 PM - 38 comments
That Time The CIA And Howard Hughes Tried To Steal A Soviet Submarine
| You may recall this (previously) epic post about this subject
, but it is time to update the story with recently declassified documents
(PDF: Search it for the term "Azorian" and you'll find some 200 pages of info.) Or just read the first link for the Cliff's Notes.
posted by spock at 12:16 PM - 40 comments
These machines were always too darn hard ....
a 3-year-old boy feared missing by his mother was found safe and sound inside an arcade claw machine in Nebraska on Tuesday.
posted by GhostRider at 10:42 AM - 58 comments
Ferry with 470 Passengers Sinks off Korea Scores still missing,
many of them high school students on an excursion. According to comments on the Marmot's Hole
Korea blog, passengers were told to wait in their cabins rather than gather on deck. Video from Japanese Fuji television.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:31 AM - 55 comments
The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms
"The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else, and the unique behaviors we perform stem from a complex psychological stew of shame, self-awareness, design, and gender roles. "
posted by xingcat at 10:08 AM - 103 comments
Victorian Prudes and their Bizarre Beachside Bathing Machines.
If you were a beachgoer in Georgian or Victorian times, more specifically, a female beachgoer, your day at the seaside would’ve likely had all the fun sucked out of it by a little invention known as the bathing machine.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 8:49 AM - 46 comments
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