Latest stories - David Pescovitz

9 Hours Ago   No, this isn't a concept design for a Space: 1999 reboot but rather an illustration of the new moon rover in development by Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

9 Hours Ago   This incredible offshore fortress and defense gun tower at Pembroke Dock, South West Wales, UK is for sale. It was built in 1851 and "designed to be operated by one officer and 33 men." Offers above £70,000 will be entertained.

9 Hours Ago   Trying to see the world through someone else's eyes is a great way to build empathy and understanding between people. Turns out, this approach -- when taken literally -- also works with robots.

11 Hours Ago   After all the hoopla surrounding the new and creepy Cats movie trailer, this delightful 1986 PSA from the American Lung Association may provide some relief. (via r/ObscureMedia) Read the rest

12 Hours Ago   Scientists have used laser light to activate neurons in a mouse's brain so the rodents "sees" non-existent lines. The technique, called optogenetics, switches on and off neurons that have been previously genetically engineered to be light-sensitive.

Yesterday   UK educator and photographer Brendan Barry converted a shipping container into a large format film camera. Inside is a self-contained darkroom to develop the photos along with a gallery to display them.

Yesterday   Researchers from the University of Chicago and Sony are developing a wearable electrical muscle stimulation system that boosts your physical reaction time without making it feel like you've lost control of your body.

Yesterday   Oregon governor Kate Brown signed a bill that excuses public school students for taking "mental health days" just as they are excused for other illnesses. The bill was spearheaded by youth activists.

Yesterday   Since 2013, Chicago artist Jim Bachor has turned potholes on the city streets into mosaics. At WGN9, he writes: What got me going with mosaics originally was the durability.

Yesterday   In 1959, MAD Magazine released a delightful 45 RPM single from Alfred E. Neuman And His Furshlugginer Five titled "What—Me Worry?" The B-side is the fine instrumental "Potrzebie." Read the rest

6 Days Ago   At Barcelona's international airport, police arrested a Colombian gentleman who arrived from Bogota with half a kilogram of cocaine under his toupée. According to a Reuters report, "The man attracted police attention as he looked nervous and had a disproportionately large hairpiece under his hat.

7 Days Ago   Fifty years ago today, a Saturn V rocket launched with Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. On July 19, Armstrong became the first human to step onto the moon.

7 Days Ago   Throwflame, the Ohio-based supplier of flamethrowers, announced the TF-19 WASP Flamethrower Drone Attachment designed for the DJI S1000 drone. The WASP contains a one gallon fuel tank for 100 seconds of flame with a 25-foot range.

7 Days Ago   Endless casts of land crabs have invaded a neighborhood in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Apparently heavy rains have driven the crustaceans to seek shelter in people's homes.

7 Days Ago   The US House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that orders the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to "conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975." The amendment was spearheaded by New Jersey Republican Rep.

8 Days Ago   Director Kevin Smith wrote Clerks III more than a decade ago but it was never made, the director has said, because Jeff Anderson, who plays Randal, wasn't game.

8 Days Ago   UK TV host and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly and her crew were diving off the southwestern coast of England as part of their Wild Ocean Week initiative when they met this magnificent and massive barrel jellyfish.

8 Days Ago   At Queensland, Australia’s Mount Isa, kayaker Martin Muller spotted a python devouring a whole crocodile. The nonprofit GG Wildlife Rescue posted Muller's evidence of the impressive feast to its Facebook page.

8 Days Ago   Title sequence for "Hopper, P.I." by Eddie Spuhghetti. Read the rest

8 Days Ago   Signal processing engineer Stéphane Pigeon created this captivating Gregorian chant generator. It enables you to simply "conduct," mix, and process the sacred a cappella songs heard in the monasteries of the Roman Catholic Church since the 9th century.

11 Days Ago   In celebration of the 50th anniversary of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Mattel has announced a "David Bowie" Barbie doll. On Amazon, it's priced at $50. From the New York Times: It’s a notably androgynous look for a doll that epitomized the stereotypes of feminine appearance in its earlier iterations.

11 Days Ago   Now on Airbnb: gonzo journalism master Hunter S. Thompson's guest cabin on his infamous Owl Farm compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. Eventually, the late writer's wife Anita intends to turn the property, including their living quarters, into a museum and writer's retreat.

11 Days Ago   "Well, I'm a gum chewer, normally. But when I heard about these ticket things of Wonka's, I laid off the gum and switched to candy bars, instead.

11 Days Ago   On January 26, 1972, a suspected bomb exploded on board a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 and the debris of the plane rained down on mountains in the former Czechoslovakia.

12 Days Ago   Well, it's not the Iron Maiden or the Brazen Bull, but the treadmill of today's fitness centers does have a "tortuous history" as Dan Kopell writes at Wirecutter: Inventor William Cubitt subscribed to the “no pain, no gain” philosophy.

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