Teen’s invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds

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Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student’s invention. She won a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds.

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Everybody, remember this face.
Remember this name.
If this becomes a commonly used & highly lauded discovery, at some point a White guy is going to take credit, even if he has to word it like “Improved upon a previous…”
No no no
Fuck that guy.
Remember this brown girl.


What about her name? I keep seeing this all over my dashboard, but I’ve never seen it with her name in the actual post and not just in the link.

Eesha Khare. That’s who she is. Not just “Nameless-brown-girl-who-made-something.”


(Reblogged from microphoneheartbeats)

I have, for my sins, been a superhero reader for 3 decades now, and I do not think I will ever, ever understand the appeal of the “retold origin” story.


Just a quick thing I thought I should say about UKIP.
I am very, *very* far from being a UKIP supporter — the facts that I am married to an immigrant, campaigned for same-sex marriage, and believe referenda are the enemy of the representative democracy that I think is the single most important tool for progress imaginable, would I hope make that clear.
However, I do know UKIP supporters, and even members. Some are friends of mine, while others are people I would gladly emigrate to avoid.

And one thing I do know about UKIP support is that a *lot* of it is based on a perception that there is a sneering, metropolitan pseudo-liberal elite that dominates the discourse in this country, and that mocks the concerns of ordinary people. That perception, more than anything else, is what drives the party’s support.

I think, though I could be wrong, that the sharing on social media of “memes” poking fun at their posters and taking as read that the people who see them are in agreement both that UKIP’s values are wrong and that anyone who supports them must be a bad and stupid person is *PRECISELY* the sort of thing that encourages people to turn to them. You’re doing their recruiting job for them.

In some cases, and at some times, mockery of one’s political opponents is a tactic that works. I think it will backfire horribly in this case.

I agree that metropolitan coverage of UKIP has played strongly into UKIP’s hands, and I agree that mockery of UKIP often doesn’t engage with who the party are (but every party has its stereotype, such is politics). But I think the tactical mistake hasn’t been mockery, it’s been taking them seriously.

I don’t think mockery, which UKIP use an enormous amount themselves, is ever intended to persuade - it’s explicitly intended to exclude and shame an out-group and shore up an in-group. But it’s also a kind of political sonar - a way of working out whose assumptions about who counts as ‘ordinary people’ are winning the metropolitan argument (which UKIP politicians are entirely engaged in). UKIP would like a world in which their own mockery - their jokes about “bongo bongo land” or women getting back to the kitchen - was acceptable. Failing that, a world in which jokes about them were less acceptable would also be a sign of progress (in their eyes). So they keep saying the unsayable in order to check if it’s still unsayable. And their opponents keep mocking them to make sure they’re still mockable. In both cases, unfortunately, I think the ground is shifting. But it’s shifting because of an acceptance that UKIP are not a joke, not because of an insistence they are one.

Mockery isn’t going to persuade any UKIP voter to switch, and you’re right that it might persuade dissatisfied floaters to switch to them. But taking them seriously will surely persuade MORE voters to switch to them, because it gives them more credibility as a voice of “ordinary people” and gives more credibility to their nasty definition of “ordinary people”.

(Reblogged from andrewhickeywriter)

Amanitas - “Loft De Beni”

This is Chile’s latest entry in the Pop World Cup, against Cameroon.

If you like it, you can vote for it here.

Numerica - “Vas-y Moto”

This is Cameroon’s latest entry in the Pop World Cup, against Chile.

If you like it, you can vote for it here:



I made a Totorrarium to keep me company in my office.

You guys, this lives in our office now!  We are super-excited.

(Reblogged from pippaalice)
But the core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text. Text has had an amazing run, online, not least because it’s easy and cheap to produce. When it comes to digital storytelling, however, the possibilities — at least if you have the kind of resources that Fusion has — are much, much greater. I want to do immersive digital stuff, I want to make animations, I want to use video, I want to experiment with new ways of communicating in a new medium. I can do all of that at Fusion.

From Felix Salmon’s essay about why he’s moving from Reuters to start-up TV channel Fusion.

"Text has has an amazing run, online, not least because it’s easy and cheap to produce." Goddamn, that line alone makes me so angry. The arrogance, the dismissiveness.

(via graemem)

meatspace tick millennials tick Bitcoin tick passionate tick cord-cutters tick digital natives tick Upworthy tick data-viz experts tick give it away for free tick digital storytelling tick

An economics writer in his early 40s suddenly starts talking off-the-shelf techspeak and wants to “do immersive digital stuff”.

I heard that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables.

"the cable companies are going to want the Fusion brand on their lineup because that’s the only way they’re going so seem relevant to anybody under the age of 32"

I heard that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars.

(Reblogged from graemem)