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CES 2013: Samsung Unveils An ‘Entertainer’s Fridge’: Samsung has expertise with consumer electronics, including TVs, laptops and cameras and they also develop appliances. Now they’re combining the two areas by putting an LCD display into a fridge.

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8 Commonly Misused Words 

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Bill Nye is hosting a show about kids who sent experiments to space on the International Space Station. The show is LIVE on YouTube now!

LIVE from the Space Station: Gotta-See Video

Sounds like a nice little party. Ukelele’s. Guac. People. You in? Who wants to go?



Well, I just invited 20,000+ strangers to a picnic.

If you haven’t heard of it, The Listserve is an amazing experiment out of ITP where one person a day from the list is chosen to send one email out to everybody. I got picked a couple days ago.

Most of the time, people tell stories or give life advice or share recipes. I thought it’d be interesting to take it beyond the screen and bring it into a different medium: PICNICS.

Here’s what I wrote:

Hello, stranger.

My name is Nicole. I live in Brooklyn, NY, work at Kickstarter, and I like knitting, tiny instruments, and avocados.  I’m interested in internet communities, but what really tickles me is bridging that terrifying gap between cyberspace and meatspace.

So, let’s try something.

On Sunday, August 26th at 1 pm EST, I am going to be at the following coordinates:


(Note: If you’re using an iPhone, Google Maps does a weird thing where sometimes it shows you an incorrect pin on a path nearby, which isn’t the right place, but it should show the correct pin on a computer. If it looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s correct. Email me for details. Or leave it up to fate.)

I will bring a blanket, a kite, a ukulele, and food. You will be there too, bringing your friends, your dogs, your friends’ dogs, cookies, napkins, instruments, brown-bagged beer, and anything or anyone else you’d like. It’s entirely possible that it’ll just be you and me, sitting awkwardly around a bowl of browning guacamole. Or maybe it’ll be you and me and 20,915 of our closest internet friends. Who knows?

I have a mole under my eye and I’ll be wearing red.

See you soon.

Nicole He
Brooklyn, NY

I’ve gotten about 80 emails in 30 minutes, so it seems like it won’t just be me and a couple friends knitting under a tree. (I’ll try to respond to everyone, but it’ll probably take me a bit!)

And since I’ve already invited most of the internet, I think I should take this opportunity to invite everyone to this thing, even if you aren’t on The Listserve. You too. I’m inviting you.

As for more verbal directions to getting to those coordinates, here they are: if you enter Prospect Park from Grand Army Plaza, you’ll see a huge field. Walk across the field until you see a line of trees on a hill. I’ll be there with a picnic blanket I just ordered on Amazon.

So, see you Sunday, internet?

So cool!

It’s Friday night! Perhaps you have need of a bottle of wine for a nice evening out (or in)?  Don’t fret. We at the Discovery News tumblr page have found a way to help you pick. If it looks complicated, that’s because it is.


Infografica dedicata al vino

Fact & Fiction in 2011’s Sci-Fi Films

How do the year’s crop of Sci-Fi films match up against science fact? We have the answers right here.

Meet the Real Jean-Luc Picard

Jennifer Oullette takes a look at the inspiration behind the character on Star Trek.

How Futurama Gets Science Right (Sort Of)

Bender, the hard-drinking, kleptomaniac, aspiring folk singer robot, sure hates to work about as much as he loves himself. In the episode “Benderama,” Bender avoid doing “two things” — folding two sweaters — by simply doing one thing: making two smaller copies of himself using a new invention by the Professor.

To make the smaller clones, however, Bender has to ingest an equal amount of matter from which to build the mini-Benders. Complications ensue when the mini-Benders make their own copies in an infinite series that threaten all of Earth’s resources.

This scenario is actually based on a doomsday scenario dubbed “gray goo” first proposed by author and nanotechnology expert K. Eric Drexler. In his book “Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology,” Drexler examines a scenario in which automated nanotechnology created self-replicating machines that would eventually use up all of Earth’s resources.

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Music is Coming to Facebook

Tech rumors have whirled for a few years now that Facebook is getting close to integrating music into its social networking platform, and now the site has finally confirmed the gossip — sort of.

Thanks to a keen-eyed programmer who spotted some tell-tale music-related coding in the download link for Facebook Video Chat in early July, company sources leaked out word in late August that Facebook will pump up the jams after its f8 Conference on Sept. 22.

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In the movie Contagion, panic ensues as an unknown illness threatens to become a global epidemic. To make this scenario as accurate as possible, producers consulted with real life virus hunter Dr. Ian Lipkin.

Is there a real killer virus out there?