Because Quails Are Awesome

Happiness and Misery must inevitably increase with increasing Power and Knowledge. The translation from the one course to the other is essentially miraculous, while the progress is natural - James Clerk Maxwell

popmech:

Learn how to fix your busted headphones, smartphone screen and PC fan. 

3 Simple DIY Gadget Fixes

(via howstuffworks)

thisistheverge:

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it’s ready to get the phone into developers’ hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, might help the phone learn the shape of your home.

thisistheverge:

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it
Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it’s ready to get the phone into developers’ hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, might help the phone learn the shape of your home.

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slimewizard:

never not reblog

And then there’s good ol’ America

This actually makes me so angry. The truth is right here and people see it and brush it aside. We really could make things better. But no, America apparently wants to suck forever.

You know, America, if we spent some money investing in education instead of making sure the ultra-rich were even more ultra-rich, we could *actually* be the exceptional nation that we pretend to be.

Jeremy Clarkson talks about big cojones with James Blunt.

topgearmag

skunkbear:

World’s largest laser produces nuclear fusion!*

No, that’s not giant pencil. It’s the inside of a fusion reactor, where lasers are focused onto a tiny pellet of frozen hydrogen gas (image courtesy of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). Those photos at the bottom show the capsule that contains this fuel. Here’s a video that explains how the giant laser system (housed at the National Ignition Facility) works:

*Have we harnessed the energy of the stars? Not quite. Strictly speaking, while more energy came from fusion than went into the hydrogen fuel, only about 1 percent of the laser’s energy ever reached the fuel. The process still used a lot more energy than it generated.

Read all the details, from NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel, here.

Intense

(via npr)

topgearmag:

GREAT NEWS! You can now Navigate the Top Gear track on Google’s Street View 

Watch as The Stig accompanies Google’s Street View car around the Top Gear test track in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black.

Woot!