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11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

11 for '11: Stephen Pinker

This month’s installment of our 11 for '11 series of big picture conversations on the issues of our times. Today, we talk with Harvard experimental psychologist Stephen Pinker about his new book, Better Angels of Our Nature, about the history of violence, and why it's declined

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Crowd That Lifts a Car to Rescue Guy Is Basically Like Voltron, Minus the Colorful Armor

Crowd That Lifts a Car to Rescue Guy Is Basically Like Voltron, Minus the Colorful ArmorBy Brady Carlson on Friday, September 16, 2011  

Remember Voltron, where these anime characters would merge their robots together into one super-powered "defender of the universe"? Faced with a man trapped under a car - one that happens to be right next to a burning motorcycle - this crowd in Utah lifts in sync and saves a motorcyclist's life.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

SureFlap Electronic Bouncer Lets Your Cat In, Keeps Other Kitties Out

Are cats supposed to go outside again? If so, the SureFlap smart pet door might come in handy - everytime a feline heads over to your door, SureFlap tries to read its microchip ID. If it's your cat, the door opens up; if not, you'll probably be up all night listening to a strange cat howling on your front porch.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Double Stop Motion Video Piques My Brain, Then Makes It Hurt

In the smartphone video era, making a 90 second YouTube video can take as little as 90 seconds.

Or it can take about a zillion hours, as the folks who made this exhaustively detailed and clever stop-motion video probably had to do.

Excuse me, I need to go rest my brain now.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Today in the News, 15% Happiness, 10% Surprise

Waxy Dan via Flickr/Creative Commons

Don't let the site's name fool you - The Emotional Breakdown is not a blog about someone's life falling apart, but a site that analyzes the emotional mood of photos on a given website (the default is the Guardian's "24 hours in pictures" site, but you can choose others). It gives a percentage breakdown of the moods found in those photos, from angry to happy to sad to surprised, giving us another way to take the temperature of each day's news

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Down With the (40,000 Watts of) Bass!

This woman is surprisingly cheerful about the fact that the nearby 40,000 watts of Phat Bass are frying her ears and everything in between them.

I do like how the bass reanimates her hair, though.

[Gizmodo]

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Sensor Can Detect "Undetectable" Date-Rape Drugs

Andreas H. Lunde via Flickr/Creative Commons

Date rape drugs like Rohypnol and GHB have no odor or taste, they dissolve quickly in liquids and they don't linger in your system - in other words, they're very hard to trace. Which makes the new date rape drug sensor from researchers at Tel Aviv University such an interesting development.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Sick of Celebs? Teach Your TV To Mute Their Names

Sick of Snooki? Can't keep up with the Kardashians? Don't know what the heck Lindsay Lohan is up to? Don't want to know what the heck Charlie Sheen is up to? Matt Richardson's  "Enough Already" device lets you program words you don't want to hear on TV anymore, and mutes the sound before "Violent Torpedo of Truth" ends up going through your speakers yet again

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11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue August 16, 2011

11 for '11: Eliza Griswold

This month’s installment of our 11 for '11 series of big picture conversations on the issues of our times. Today, we talk with poet and journalist Eliza Griswold, about her book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. Griswold spend seven years traveling the band of the globe called the 'tenth parallel,' the latitude about ten degrees above the equator where two worlds collide.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Fake Online Reviews Cower in Fear at New Fake-Detecting Software

JohnConnell via Flickr/Creative Commons

Part of my job at NHPR is to moderate web comments. We get quite a few, so it takes time, but it's not too tough to spot spam, seeing as how real posters rarely post 701 times in a row about essay writing services.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Here's What's Awesome Today...

Wanna stay in my Awesomator loop? Then check these links out:

Google Plus - first impressions, where it can make an impact, what comes next.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20082013-93/more-hints-of-google-gaming-crop-up/

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon July 25, 2011

The Bike That Can Read Your Mind

flow_br via Flickr/Creative Commons

Psychic bikes? Not quite (though Psychic Bikes would be a great name for a Robert Pollard side project). But the concept bike here is brainwave-powered. If you need to shift to a different gear, you think it and the neuro-sensing helmet sends a signal to the gear mechanism. The bike changes gears - no levers required.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Sat July 23, 2011

....Better Than I Ever Did.

I'm still standing.

A few months ago, we aired a segment with this super smart guy who basically said that sitting down all day is killing us...literally. I don't want to die. So I decided to try standing at work, using this incredibly snazzy standing workstation I borrowed from a company called Ergotron.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Your Very Own Batphone - Or, A Phone You Can Use To Track Bat Populations

The Itsy Bitsy Spider via Flickr/Creative Commons

Ok, you don't get to wear a cape, and you don't get a butler named Alfred, but you can have a Batphone of your own and become a superhero - to endangered bat populations, anyway.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Your Face Looks Very Helvetica Today

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