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A 'Hack' logo, made of 7,600 LEGO bricks in 24 hours

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 02:55
Alice Lee created this absolutely stunning typographic study in LEGO for Dropbox’s 2014 Hack Week. Read the rest
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:50
Dave Knott writes: Scientists from the University of Maryland say they have turned thin air into an "optical fiber" that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables. As described in the research, this was accomplished by generating a laser with its light split into a ring of multiple beams forming a pipe. Very short and powerful pulses from the laser are used to heat the air molecules along the beam extremely quickly. Such rapid heating produces sound waves that take about a microsecond to converge to the center of the pipe, creating a high-density area surrounded by a low-density area left behind in the wake of the laser beams. The lower density region of air surrounding the center of the air waveguide has a lower refractive index, keeping the light focused, and allowing the higher-density region (with its correspondingly higher index of refraction) to act like an optical fiber. The findings, reported in the journal Optica, have applications in long range laser communications, high-resolution topographic mapping, air pollution and climate change research, and could also be used by the military to make laser weapons.

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Categories: The Essentials

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:50
Dave Knott writes: Scientists from the University of Maryland say they have turned thin air into an "optical fiber" that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables. As described in the research, this was accomplished by generating a laser with its light split into a ring of multiple beams forming a pipe. Very short and powerful pulses from the laser are used to heat the air molecules along the beam extremely quickly. Such rapid heating produces sound waves that take about a microsecond to converge to the center of the pipe, creating a high-density area surrounded by a low-density area left behind in the wake of the laser beams. The lower density region of air surrounding the center of the air waveguide has a lower refractive index, keeping the light focused, and allowing the higher-density region (with its correspondingly higher index of refraction) to act like an optical fiber. The findings, reported in the journal Optica, have applications in long range laser communications, high-resolution topographic mapping, air pollution and climate change research, and could also be used by the military to make laser weapons.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Vinyl record recycled into lamp

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 02:41
Sandman "up cycled" a vinyl record and camera tripod into a neat studio lamp! (via Laughing Squid)
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Saving Room for Cats: a Tumblog of Greatness

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 02:40

"Men love to take up so much space and spread their legs while sitting down but it's because they're saving room for cats! Duh!" savingroomforcats.tumblr.com.

[HT: theremina.tumblr.com]

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Microsoft: We're building ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 02:31
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker

+Analysis Microsoft has cracked open its annual and Q4 results, the first end of year results under brevity-challenged chief executive Satya Nadella.…

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Access over 15,000 Marvel digital comics for 99 cents

from News.com - 24 July, 2014 - 02:27
Clear your calendar. For the next month you can treat yourself to Marvel Unlimited's massive online comic library for just under a buck.






Categories: Open Source

Sixth grader's internet-famous science project misleadingly promoted as "new"

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 02:17

This is scientist Zack Jud, posing with a lionfish he caught in a estuary river in 2010 — four years before 6th grader Lauren Arrington, who is now being credited with the discovery.

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Summer reading list: kids' books and YA

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 02:17
Being a compendium of some of my most popular kids' book reviews from the past year, from Glorkian Warrior to Alan Mendelsohn Read the rest
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BMW i8: Hot Hybrid (pictures)

from News.com - 24 July, 2014 - 02:14
BMW has caught the world's attention with their first hybrid supercar. XCAR takes a closer look at the i8 and runs down the key specs.






Categories: Open Source

Donate to Noisebridge hacker space!

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 02:10

My favorite hacker space, San Francisco's Noisebridge, is seeking donations via Indiegogo to fix its electrical system, repair tools, create a new audio/video workspace, and generally upgrade the facility! Read the rest

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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 02:07
blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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