In the latest episode of Science Friction, host Rusty Ward looks at on-going attempts to combine material with human skin to remove the need for cumbersome body armor, beginning with the work of Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi, who is working with scientists to weave spider-silk into skin.
Smartphone accessory maker Urban Armor Gear put its iPhone 6 case to the test by sending it up into 101,000 feet into the stratosphere, where the temperatures dropped as low as -79 degrees before it came tumbling down to Earth. While the attached parachute helped slow the descent, the flight rig holding the GoPro cameras and phone together didn’t fare as well on impact as the iPhone case.
San Francisco-based video game developer Dino Ignacio took it upon himself to create a supercut of the various user interfaces found throughout 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The supercut features far more than just software, including moments where characters interact with doors, knobs, buttons, and more.
Fark founder Drew Curtis has launched what he calls a citizen candidate campaign for Governor of Kentucky. He is running alongside his wife, Heather Curtis, as Lieutenant Governor. Curtis announced his candidacy on January 23, 2015 at an event held at the Chase Brewing Company in Lexington, Kentucky.
A recent episode of the Fark series WTFark explains Curtis’ candidacy and its stated goal of disrupting the American two-party system. Curtis is raising funds through his campaign site where he is also posting relevant information.
We have a theory that we’re about to see a huge change in how elections and politics work. Across the country, we have seen regular citizens stepping up and challenging the status quo built by political parties and career politicians. They have been getting closer and closer to victory and, here in Kentucky, we believe we have a chance to win and break the political party stronghold for good.
photo via Scott Beale
Mario Wienerroither (previously) of the DIGITALOFEN audiobakery recently stripped all the music out of the music video for the Beastie Boys‘ hit song from 1987, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)“. Wienerroither then dubbed over the music video with all sorts of wild sounds and voices.
The original “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” music video for the sake of comparison:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created an extremely thorough post detailing the many dangerous items it seized at airport security checkpoints across the United States in 2014. With more than 653 million passengers (up nearly 15 million from 2013) screened during the year, 2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags–a 22% increase from the year prior.
Top 10 Airports for Gun Catches in 2014
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 77
Denver International Airport (DEN): 70
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 50
Tampa International Airport (TPA): 49
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 49
Nashville International Airport (BNA): 48
Orlando International Airport (MCO): 47
The TSA also maintains an ongoing Instagram account highlighting such seizures.
images via TSA
According to Deadline, actress Julia Roberts has acquired the rights produce and star in a feature-length film adaptation of Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, a touching documentary by filmmaker Dana Nachman that explores and celebrates Miles Scott (aka “BatKid“) and his Make-A-Wish Foundation adventures throughout San Francisco.
To celebrate the birth of his 40th grandchild, Will it Blend host Tom Dickson puts a set of neodymium magnet sphere toys (popularly known as Buckyballs) into the blender for some fiery–and smokey–results. While Dickson warns viewers not to “breathe in the smoke,” the spheres have actually been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission over choking concerns.