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  • Launch rockets into orbit using jet fighters

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Gear | Tech
    DARPA's new idea, they are planning to lauch rockets into low earth orbit using jet fighters. 
    "DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) within 24 hours of call-up, all for less than $1 million per launch. The current ALASA design envisions launching a low-cost, expendable launch vehicle from conventional aircraft. Serving as a reusable first stage, the plane would fly to high altitude and release the launch vehicle, which would carry the payload to the desired location. The program is moving ahead with rigorous testing of new technologies that one day could enable revolutionary satellite launch systems that provide more affordable, routine and reliable access to space."
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    Crayons shaped like Minifigs

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Crayons shaped like Minifigs
    Gear | Other
    These Minifig/Crayons are Cool!
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    'Bra art' by Louise Low Seok Loo

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Bra art by Louise Low Seok Loo

    Bra art by Louise Low Seok Loo
    Gear | Projects
    Louise Low Seok Loo, a Malaysian artist, uses thousands of bra cups to form sculptures and cover other objects. She had hoped to draw public curiousity and attention to her mission by displaying her ‘Bra Art’ on cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trishaws and hawker bikes.
    With such striking contradiction, I believe it will challenge the preconception of the general public towards women. It also questions the stereotype of women in their positions and stimulates women to rethink their roles in the society,” she said.
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    My Dad’s Story

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Gear | AD
    A little girl loves her daddy dearly, and admires him, too. Still, she knows more about her daddy than he realizes. She know he’s a liar.
    It looks like the ad agency that does those Thai Life Insurance ads got hired to produce this one for MetLife Hong Kong.
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    8 Sick Remedies That Actually Work

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Gear | Video
    Which of your sick remedies are actually helping?
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    America's wealthiest pet owners by zip code

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    America s wealthiest pet owners by zip code
    Gear | Pic
    Varick Media Management correlated people visiting pet-related websites to wealth by zip code. These are the 10 wealthiest, pet loving zip codes in the US.
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    Misconceptions about Crime

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Gear | Video
    This week, Elliott discusses some misconceptions about crime!
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    #PrivacyProject

    By Ben on Sun Feb 8 2015 |
    Gear | Video
    Some of the most popular apps on your smartphone ask for permissions that expose data to outside sources. We asked people on the street to read some of these permissions out loud so we could capture their reactions.
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    Gorgeous portraits of owls

    By Ben on Sat Feb 7 2015 |
    Gorgeous portraits of owls

    Gorgeous portraits of owls
    Gear | Pic
    The National Audobon Society's magazine has a gorgeous feature on photographer Brad Wilson's incredible portraits of owls of all kinds.
    "It’s hard to get animals to look at you like humans do,” he says. “That shot became my holy grail."
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    By Ben on Sat Feb 7 2015 |
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    Japanese army troops have built a giant “Star Wars” snow sculpture

    By Ben on Sat Feb 7 2015 |
    Japanese army troops have built a giant  Star Wars  snow

    Japanese army troops have built a giant  Star Wars  snow
    Gear | Pic
    The design features the villainous Darth Vader wielding an icy lightsaber, flanked by a posse of three Stormtroopers. Following the festival’s tradition, Japanese army troops built Snow Star Wars, as it’s called.
    "The Japanese military has been participating in the Sapporo Snow Festival since 1955, and considers the process of building sculptures up to 15 meters (50 feet) tall a training exercise. The weeklong festival, which runs until Feb. 11, is one of Japan’s largest winter events, expected to draw more than 2 million visitors this year."
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