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"Hitchhiking robot hitchBOT, created by researchers in Canada, has been damaged beyond repair, ending its first American tour. The robot had previously traveled safely across Canada and parts of Europe."
Hitchhiking robot hitchBOT, created by researchers in Canada, has been damaged beyond repair, ending its first American tour. The robot had previously traveled safely across Canada and parts of Europe.
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I'll guess some kind soul took it to Elfreth's Alley (the oldest continuously inhabited city street in the US, I seem to remember) after finding it down on Race Street.  Possibly got a little too close to the kind souls from Camden, NJ (that was Sarcasm.)

Trivia:  Race Street used to (like 200 years ago) be Sassafras Street.  However it was so straight that young folk used to race their horse drawn cars up and down it, and eventually it just became known as Race Street.
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"Thanks to technology we can preserve the past and bequeath it to the future. The manuscripts will be freely available to everyone on the Vatican Library website and the world’s knowledge will truly become humanity’s heritage.”

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website.
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Yes, we do a little Latin. This is pretty neat!
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"The attack requires both the targeted computer and the mobile phone to have malware installed on them, but once this is done the attack exploits the natural capabilities of each device to exfiltrate data. Computers, for example, naturally emit electromagnetic radiation during their normal operation, and cell phones by their nature are “agile receivers” of such signals. These two factors combined create an “invitation for attackers seeking to exfiltrate data over a covert channel,” the researchers write in a paper about their findings."

"The research builds on a previous attack the academics devised last year using a smartphone to wirelessly extract data from air-gapped computers. But that attack involved radio signals generated by a computer’s video card that get picked up by the FM radio receiver in a smartphone."

"The new attack uses a different method for transmitting the data and infiltrates environments where even smartphones are restricted. It works with simple feature phones that often are allowed into sensitive environments where smartphone are not, because they have only voice and text-messaging capabilities and presumably can’t be turned into listening devices by spies. Intel’s manufacturing employees, for example, can only use “basic corporate-owned cell phones with voice and text messaging features” that have no camera, video, or Wi-Fi capability, according to a company white paper citing best practices for its factories. But the new research shows that even these basic Intel phones could present a risk to the company."
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In 1822, a stork with an arrow through its neck taught us that birds migrate.

While the bird was found in Germany, the arrow originated in central Africa, providing the first evidence of seasonal migration in birds. The German word "pfeilstorch" ("arrow stork") describes storks injured by arrows during their seasonal journeys between Europe and Africa—twenty-five pfeilstorch have been found to date.

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zoological-collection-of-the-university-of-rostock
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It's a little hard to believe they didn't know about migration, even if they didn't know how far they went. In the US, migrating birds used to darken the sky.
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Student life in North Korea

Alessandro Ford went on a gap year with a difference - he was the first western student to study at Kim Il Sung university in North Korea. So what did he learn?
Alessandro Ford went on a gap year with a difference; he went to Kim Il Sung university
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The US' wealth is squandered on nonsense instead of improving the quality of life of its people.
 
"My husband and I were so accustomed to American Reality that when he was offered an opportunity to work in Switzerland, we both thought about travel and adventure — not about improving our quality of life. It hadn’t occurred to us that we could improve our quality of life simply by moving. But without realizing it, or even asking for it, a better life quality came to us. And this is why, now that I’m back, I’m angry my own country isn’t providing more for its people." (Vox):

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/21/8974435/switzerland-work-life-balance
The Swiss understand work-life balance in a way Americans completely miss.
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I don't listen to this podcast regularly, but I did see a recommendation for a recent two-parter and they were pretty funny. 45 (parts 1+2) with Paul F. Tompkins as H. G. Wells​ interviewing a very bombastic L. Ron Hubbard (channeled by Andy Daly).
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All of these make sense.
 
Excellent set of principles for digital government. Echoes those put forward by the UK Government and by Code for America, but articulated by former staffers from the White House and a key staffer from the Republican-controlled Congress. Getting digital government right is something both parties ought to be able to get behind!
The 2016 presidential candidates like to talk about innovation, and they're currently debating the tech- fueled 'gig economy.' Those are important issues, but when it comes to how government meets the digital world, there's a crucial component they're not talking about.
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In English, something “makes sense”. For Germans, though, “es hat Sinn” (it has sense) or “es ist sinvoll” (it’s sensible). The German is actually more logical. How, as in English, is something sensible actually making sense? The question is unanswerable; language is weird, and idioms especially. But nonetheless, many Germans are starting to say es macht Sinn, a loan-translation straight from English. Germans are proud of being thoughtful and logical; the idea that making sense is something they would have to borrow from the English might give a traditionalist the shivers.
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Illuminated Calligraphy

Simply beautiful.

"Breton works silently in secluded urban environments and against dimmed architectural backdrops to execute perfectly rehearsed motions that translate on film to both abstract and literal Arabic handwriting. With its sweeping tails, loops, and punctuated diacritic dots, it’s difficult to imagine any other language more suited to the transcription of human body movement into written language."

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La beauté- The beauty. Arabic calligraphy. Tetouan, Morocco, 2015. Calligraphy by Julien Breton aka Kaalam. Photography by Cisco Light-painting. Artist Julien Breton aka 'Kaalam' is a master of photographic light painting, turning full-body gestures reminiscent of dance movements into the
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