I've lived in NYC since birth, so you might think I wouldn't have a hard time with noise. It's always been part of my life, but restaurants used to be a lot quieter than they are now. The noise isn't just an annoyance; in some places it can reach dangerous levels, according to standards set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The noise is generated by the restaurant's sound system and people talking, in an acoustic setting too often designed to exacerbate and reflect, rather than absorb noise. Bare floors and … Read more
How close would you want to get to a lion with your camera for that perfect shot? It turns out that one way to capture the terrifying beasts -- and produce spectacular images -- is with a mini roving robot.
National Geographic lensman Michael "Nick" Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled camera robot and a MikroKopter mini UAV to photograph a pride of lions in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
After they got used to the machines, the cats generally ignored them while Nichols and Williamson shot 242,000 images and 200 hours of video, mostly from a modified Land Rover. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Lady Gaga strips down naked for Marina Abramovic's Kickstarter art project.
- New York pizza robbed of top ranking in TripAdvisor's "Best US Destinations for a Pizza Pie."
- Copyright lawsuit targets cover songs on YouTube.
- "Game of Thrones" piracy is "better than an Emmy," says Time Warner CEO.
The National Security Agency created a "secret backdoor" so its massive databases could be searched for the contents of U.S. citizens' confidential phone calls and e-mail messages without a warrant, according to the latest classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
A report in the Guardian on Friday quoted Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, as saying the secret rule offers a loophole allowing "warrantless searches for the phone calls or emails of law-abiding Americans."
That appears to confirm what Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in … Read more
When you stare into the inky depths of a cup of coffee, you see a mystery. Just how much caffeine is lurking in there? A team of scientists has developed a way to find the answer with Caffeine Orange, a caffeine detection kit.
Caffeine levels are detected using a lab-on-a-disc. The user places a sample of the coffee into a chamber on the disc and spins it. This extracts the caffeine in the liquid and allows for measuring it.… Read more
The National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting e-mails and other text communications that are sent internationally or are received from foreign sources, a new report claims.
The NSA's e-mail data-collection efforts include both those who communicate with potential overseas targets, as well as anyone who might cite a particular individual or something even partially related to that person, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing intelligence officials with knowledge of the agency's work.
The NSA has long conceded that it's tracking the communications of foreigners who might pose a threat to the U.S. However, the … Read more
In the dead heat of summertime here in Georgia, it's nearly impossible to walk more than 10 paces without a hungry mosquito latching onto you. Bloodcurdling footage, captured by French researchers, delivers an extremely close view of what exactly happens when a skeeter strikes -- and after watching, you may never want to go outside again.
Let's get this out of the way first: The following horrifying videos -- full of mosquito mouth parts moving in ways you probably never imagined -- aren't a high-tech peepshow designed to freak you out.… Read more
The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.
FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.
Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as "port reader" software, which have not been … Read more
It's important for dentists to know what you put in your mouth when they're trying to fix your teeth. Lollipops, coffee, booze, cigarettes -- all of these things can damage your teeth, but your dentist can't give you accurate advice if you tell fibs about your habits.
A new sensor, though, could let your dentist know what you're doing without you having to own up to it. Created by a team of researchers at National Taiwan University's Department of Science and Information Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering, it fits in your mouth and can tell the difference between eating, drinking, speaking, and coughing, with 93.8 percent accuracy. … Read more
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport he's been staying in for over the last month.
Snowden's attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, told the BBC on Thursday that his client received the papers required for his safe passage into Russian territory. The attorney also presented to the media a scanned copy of Snowden's papers, allowing him to stay in the country for a period of one year. The attorney said that Snowden has been granted political asylum for that period of time, according to the Russia Times.
Since the end of June, Snowden has been … Read more