Facial recognition technology is taking over airports: Your face is your new boarding pass


Traveling through the world’s airports has never been simple. Just this week, the Trump Administration announced a new procedure in which visa applicants must provide years worth of social media history, among other hassles. But a new technology may help get passengers on their way more quickly, and maybe even reduce stress if it works properly and passengers are ok with its privacy implications. 

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Facial recognition technology is coming to an airport near you.

JetBlue announced a plan to use the face scanning technology in lieu of traditional boarding passes. The airline is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport.  Read more…

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Pink planes and painted cows: The weird side of World War II


Venus the bulldog, mascot of the destroyer HMS Vansittart.

Image: Imperial War Museums

These images are drawn from Weird War Two, a new book from the Imperial War Museums that explores the stranger side of the Second World War.

From the squad of apes Churchill deployed to Gibraltar based on a superstition, to the Nazi plot to kill British command with exploding chocolate bars, to the POWs who built a glider to escape prison, the book catalogues the bizarre, baffling, and ingenious ways that people dealt with an unprecedented global conflict.

Salvo the “Paradog” completing a parachute jump during training. Dogs accompanied D-Day troops dropped behind enemy lines, sniffing out mines, traps, and troops. They were given two months’ intensive training, including how to angle themselves in the air —”forepaws up and rear legs down.” On the day of the drop some dogs had to be encouraged out of the plane with the aid of a two-pound chunk of meat. Read more…

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The future of the Earth is in grave danger, but at least it’s iced coffee season, baby!


The other day, President Donald Trump officially pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord. This, of course, carries horrifying and dangerous implications for the future of Earth, but hey, at least it’s goddamn motherfucking iced coffee season, baby! Oh, hell yeah! 

With the United State’s announced withdrawal from the global treaty, many other countries could soon follow suit, which will almost definitely result in devastating effects on the global climate. But for at least the next three months, you can totally go grab an iced coffee and just take a load off! Go ahead and hit up a local coffee shop, grab that iced drink we all know and love, and just chill out!  Read more…

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Music festivals: expectations vs. reality


The dusty winds of Coachella have blown across thousands of flower crowns, which means music festival season is officially upon us once again.

If you’ve never been to a music festival, we would highly recommend it. There’s nothing else quite like spending multiple days in a row with nothing more to worry about than what stage you are going to drift to next, self-assured in the knowledge that you are about to see anywhere from three to ten famous musicians live in the span of just one weekend.

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But be warned. Music festivals are also not what the carefully staged Instagram pictures would have you believe. We want to make sure you know exactly what you can and cannot expect from your music festival experience. Knowledge is power and in this particular instance that knowledge can be used to make sure you don’t walk away from the main stage filled with disappointment. Read more…

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The real meaning of all those emoji in Twitter handles


Emoji have become Twitter’s very own digital bumper stickers or laptop decorations. The tiny images next to your handle are yet another way to express yourself online.

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An image is worth a thousand words, after all, and an emoji certainly adds more intrigue than explicitly stuffing your political preferences into your handle. Emoji are readily available and allowed (and searchable) in Twitter handles, and they are popping up everywhere.

Twitter emoji indicate who you are, who you want to be, and how you want others to think of you. But first you have to know what the emoji even mean, so we asked people who use the images in their online identities. Read more…

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Universal basic income experiments are popping up all over Europe


More Europeans are about to get some free money in the name of economics research.

The European Union is funding a new universal basic income experiment in Barcelona alongside similar tests in Helsinki and the Dutch city of Ultrecht.

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Around 1,000 low-income households in one of the city’s poorest districts will be randomly selected to receive monthly payments of between €400 ($450) and €525 ($590) for two years. All told, the three programs will cost the EU €13 million ($14.7 million).

The study is the latest in a series of research efforts launched across the globe in recent months to put the policy to the test in a real-world setting.   Read more…

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Self-driving cars could create a massive new $7 trillion economy


The race to create self-driving cars is on—but what happens when they’re everywhere and nobody has to drive?   

That could lead to a “passenger economy” worth $7 trillion by 2050, according to a new report by Intel and analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

While the name of the potential new market is lame, the amount of cash it’s estimated to drive is not: the study predicts self-driving cars will free up 250 million hours of commuting time per year, providing the backbone for a thriving $800 billion industry by 2035, when the study predicts fully autonomous vehicles will begin to proliferate globally.  Read more…

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Link-saving site Delicious is dead. But let’s remember the good times.


Delicious must have saved so many links in its nearly 14 years on this planet. 

The bookmarking web service was slowly fading away the past few years, but on Thursday, it officially entered the great beyond. Social bookmarking competitor Pinboard announced it acquired Delicious. By June 15, the old site will be in read-only mode, so users won’t be able to save new bookmarks.

RIP Delicious.

RIP Delicious.

But before we completely forget about the social bookmarking pioneer that arrived in 2003 as del.icio.us, let’s remember the good times it brought us all.

anyone remember https://t.co/YK1iGjfUI0

— David Kaczynski (@davidkaczyn) May 22, 2017 Read more…

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The ‘blood boy’ doctor doesn’t seeeeeeem like a vampire


The blood of America’s teenagers supposedly has the power to make you young again. 

No, this is not the plot of a horror movie, but the belief of a California doctor studying the little-known field of parabiosis— and you better believe Silicon Valley is eating it up. 

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The rough idea behind the science, which has been tested in mice and is now undergoing human trials, is that by transfusing plasma from a healthy young individual to an older person doctors might be able to reverse the latter’s symptoms of aging. Read more…

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Mysterious figure walking across a golf course perplexes the internet


There’s no doubt about it — people love a good internet mystery.

A seemingly innocent gender reveal video has started an entertaining conversation after someone noticed a mysterious figure in the background. 

Check out the course in the background of this clip after this father-to-be hits the ball and reveals that his future child will be a son.

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Some people suggested the figure moving across the course was possibly a giraffe. 

There is a giraffe running across the field lol

— Casin Rymel (@rymel_casin) June 1, 2017

Ok I’ve watched this 10x and am 99%sure that there is a giraffe running across the course https://t.co/JBJY3hTXcY

— ➵Aymond, Megan (@aymond_) May 31, 2017 Read more…

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