While at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project physicist Richard Feynman sought out a hobby for amusement, but what no one might have expected though is his choice of safe cracking. Professor Roger Bowley discusses how Feynman studied the mechanical setup of the safe locks at Los Alamos and went about ‘cracking’ them in this fascinating video.
Over the weekend an early build of Windows Blue leaked onto the internet and is providing an interesting peek at the newest version of Internet Explorer. The new version comes with a tab syncing feature and surprisingly enough is masquerading as Firefox (Gecko). Microsoft has also made additional changes to the User Agent String for the browser.
Have you ever wondered why we see optical illusions? Is it because our ‘complex’ eye structure is unable to process them for some odd reason or is there another underlying cause? Learn ‘how and why’ we see optical illusions in this great TEDEducation video from Mark Changizi.
Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Mozilla is pondering stripping customization options from Firefox, a botnet has been stealing millions from advertisers with fake mouse clicks, the next Xbox may require an “always on” internet connection, and more.
Last year we shared a wonderful collection of river wallpapers with you and today we are back with more. Float away with the currents on your desktop with the second in our series of Rivers Wallpaper collections.
Yesterday Apple joined a host of other companies that offer two-step verification in response to the increasing level of security threats to user accounts. Those of you who have been setting up two-step verification across the board for your online accounts can now add your Apple ID to the ‘completed’ list.
Alarm clocks…the bane of every working person’s morning. Nothing is quite as irritating or anger inducing as the sound of an alarm clock interrupting a person’s ‘ever so sweet’ sleep. There is always the temptation to hit the snooze button and sleep just a little bit longer, but does that actually help or hurt you more in the end? Find out the answer to that burning question in this great video from AsapSCIENCE.
Why does the human body age in the first place? Do you think internal factors, external factors, or a combination of both have an effect on cell damage and repair? Learn more about how the aging process works and why in this terrific explainer video from AsapSCIENCE.
If you have come to rely on not being forced to upgrade too quickly when using non-LTS versions of Ubuntu, then your luck has finally run out. Starting with the 13.04 ‘Raring Ringtail’ release the 18 month support period for non-LTS releases will be cut in half to 9 months.
Modern technology makes it easy to navigate our planet’s oceans, but think for a moment about ancient cultures such as the Vikings. How did they manage to navigate across great spans of water with such accuracy? While you are thinking of history did you know that our ancestors experienced a particular health problem that is the number one cause of death in the developed world today? Learn more about both ‘mysteries’ in this great video from SciShow!
This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Dropbox has bought popular e-mail app Mailbox, most PC security problems are a result of unpatched third-party Windows apps, Google Now has started arriving in Chrome-Chrome OS, and more.
The vastness of space is filled with wonders beyond compare, all waiting for those who would explore and seek out its endless beauty. Take your iPhone into the depths of space with the first in our series of Outer Space Wallpaper collections.
Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue, but also red and orange at certain times of the day? Did you know that ‘blue’ is one of the last colors that cultures choose a word for? Learn more about colors of the sky, why we see the colors we do, and more in this terrific video.
Yesterday Google announced a new round of ‘spring cleaning’ that will see more services and features closed throughout 2013. This latest round will bring the total number of features or services closed up to 70 since the ‘spring cleaning’ initiative began in 2011.
Yesterday Dropbox released a new version of their desktop client that makes monitoring your account’s activity and sharing files easier than ever…all from a quick access menu. If you are an avid Dropbox user, then you will definitely want to grab a copy of the latest version!
Strange things occur when an object travels close to the speed of light. Time and distance are both affected by motion as that object moves along the line of sight in the direction it is moving. Got your curiosity piqued? Learn more in this fascinating video discussion about relativity, time dilation, and the Lorentz contraction from Sixty Symbols.
Do you know what antimatter is or believe in its existence? What do you think its impact is or could be on the matter that is so ‘obviously’ prevalent throughout the universe? Learn what is known about antimatter thus far and what scientists are doing to learn more in this great video from SciShow.
Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as new malware is posing as a security warning from the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Google is redirecting Picasa Web Albums users to Google+ Photos, Java’s new malware protection comes undone due to old-school attack, and more.
Railways serve many purposes in our everyday lives such as transporting people, raw materials, finished products, and more — all while keeping our cities and us inter-connected. Travel these ‘roads’ of steel on your desktop with the second in our series of Railway Tracks Wallpaper collections.
When we sit down to eat fruits and vegetables, we usually do not think about the intricate process involved in the growth of that food. Learn more about photosynthesis and its relationship with carbohydrates, starch, and fiber — and how the air we breathe is related to the food we eat in this TedED video by Amanda Ooten.
Microsoft seriously upset consumers this past month when the new licensing terms for Office 2013 were revealed. At that time the license did not allow for the transfer of Office 2013 to another PC unless a PC failed under warranty. Now, after ‘passionate’ feedback on the new licensing terms from consumers, Microsoft has relented and will allow transfers to other PCs every 90 days.
Do you believe there is gravity in space or do you think space is gravity-free? The answer might surprise you! Learn more about gravity and how it affects all objects in space with this terrific explainer video from SciShow.
Oracle has just released an emergency patch to fix critical vulnerabilities that malware authors have been exploiting in last month’s Java releases. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should install this update as soon as possible.
How familiar are you with matrices? Did you know that they are used all around us in business, economics, cryptography, physics, electronics, and computer graphics? Learn how matrices work, how to work with them, and more in this fascinating TedEd talk by Bill Shillito.
Our first edition of WIG for March is filled with news link coverage on topics such as some new Macs are unable to reinstall Mountain Lion, Facebook is giving advertisers more opportunities to target users, Pandora has capped free mobile listening at 40 hours a month, and more.