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Lexical distance among the languages of Europe

Submitted by oriol in interesting stuff at 2014-03-11 00:00:01 UTC

A chart showing the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe. more

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Nice visual explanation of the conditional probability

Submitted by oriol in interesting stuff at 2014-02-18 23:20:01 UTC

The animation shows the operation of the conditional probability easily. more



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The Moron Test (Android)

Submitted by oriol in mobile apps at 2013-12-23 09:10:01 UTC

Graduate from Moron to Genius as you tap, twist, and shake your way through these fun and tricky challenges! Master the game, then laugh as your friends and family struggle with these seemingly simple puzzles! The Moron Test is one of the most popular mobile games ever with millions of players worldwide. Five sections featuring hundreds of fun puzzles. more

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LINE: Free Calls & Messages (Android)

Submitted by oriol in mobile apps at 2013-12-23 09:00:01 UTC

There are no limits! Call and message as much as you want! LINE is a new communication app which allows you to make FREE voice calls and send FREE messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day! LINE has more than 130 million users worldwide and is used in over 230 countries! more

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WhatsApp Messenger (Android)

Submitted by oriol in mobile apps at 2013-12-23 09:00:01 UTC

WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. First year FREE! ($0.99 USD/year after) more

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Instagram (Android)

Submitted by oriol in mobile apps at 2013-12-23 08:50:01 UTC

Instagram is a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your Android. Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family. Share your photos in a simple photo stream with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world. more

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SwiftKey Keyboard (Android)

Submitted by oriol in mobile apps at 2013-12-23 08:50:01 UTC

SwiftKey replaces the touchscreen keyboard on your phone with one that understands how words work together, giving the world’s most accurate autocorrect - and predicting your next word before you press a key. The keyboard learns as you use it to make corrections and predictions based on the way that you write. It can learn from your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog to make its insights even more personalized. You can also enable up to three languages simultaneously, for true multi-lingual typing. Switch seamlessly between tapping and gesture typing with our new SwiftKey Flow feature. It com... more



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5 Reasons the English Language Makes No Freaking Sense

Submitted by par in interesting stuff at 2013-11-28 23:40:01 UTC

As much as we might judge people for their bad spelling, the truth is that English spelling doesn't make any goddamn sense. Just look at that sentence: Why is there an "n" but no "n" sound in "goddamn"? It turns out there's one perfectly good reason for that and many other eccentricities of the language, and that one good reason is actually a bunch of stupid reasons that are all shitty and terrible. Like... more

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Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing

Submitted by par in news at 2013-11-14 23:10:01 UTC

A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate their blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely. This finding has the potential to save millions of lives every year. The microparticles can keep an object alive for up to 30 min after respiratory failure. This has countless potential uses as it allows life to continue when oxygen more

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A digital map of DDoS attacks worldwide

Submitted by oriol in interesting stuff at 2013-10-23 21:20:01 UTC

The Digital Attack Map displays global DDoS activity on any given day. Attacks are displayed as dotted lines, scaled to size, and placed according to the source and destination countries of the attack traffic when known. more

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HELL NO: The Sensible Horror Film

Submitted by oriol in interesting stuff at 2013-10-17 18:50:02 UTC

Imagine a realm where the most horrifying terrors of the underworld emerge to wreak bloody vengeance upon any who... hmm? what's that? you wanna go literally anywhere else? yeah, good idea let's get out of here. more

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The core internet institutions abandon the US government

Submitted by labrint in news at 2013-10-12 23:40:01 UTC

A statement released by this group called for 'accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing.' more

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Hot spots: Global temperature rise

Submitted by aragorn in interesting stuff at 2013-10-11 14:10:01 UTC

On average, global temperatures will exceed historical norms as soon as 2047 and no later than 2069, according to new research by scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In some places, it will happen a lot sooner: 2020 in Manokwari, Indonesia, and 2023 in Kingston, Jamaica, the researchers predict. For Washington, it will be 2047. If concerted steps are taken to rapidly mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, the warmup will be slowed by decades. more

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The Godfather. ( Mario Puzo )

Submitted by anna in books at 2013-10-09 11:00:01 UTC

A searing evocation of the Mafia underworld, this novel introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that would be passed on from father to son. The novel stands out due to its exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition more

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Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

Submitted by labrint in news at 2013-10-08 17:20:01 UTC

Harnessing fusion (the process that powers the Sun) could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy. But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive. Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion. During an experiment, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel - the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world. more

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Amazing "quantum levitation" superconductivity video

Submitted by oriol in interesting stuff at 2013-10-04 23:10:01 UTC

Here's a magical demonstration of superconductivity from Tel-Aviv University. Superconductors are key to the future vision for high-speed maglev trains. more

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Electric Box 2 (Android)

Submitted by oriol in mobile apps at 2013-10-04 23:10:01 UTC

Electric Box 2 The web's most electrifying puzzle game finally lands on the Android! With 50 remastered levels making their mobile debut, Electric Box 2.5 will keep your brain challenged for hours. The goal of the game is simple: get power from the source to the target using tea kettles, laser beams, hamsters, hoverbots and more to complete mini Rube Goldberg machines. The Android game features modified levels from Electric Box 2 as well as brand-new puzzles created for this release. more

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World Map of road deaths

Submitted by par in interesting stuff at 2013-10-03 23:20:01 UTC

Interactive map where you can see the number of road deaths each year as a function of each country. It was made ​​by the Pulitzer Center using data from the World Health Organization. more

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Elysium (2013)

Submitted by oriol in movies at 2013-10-01 22:20:01 UTC

(Dir: Neill Blomkamp) In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will no... more

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Size Comparison - Science fiction spaceships compilation

Submitted by oriol in interesting stuff at 2013-10-01 22:10:01 UTC

This stunning illustration of Dirk Loechel collects images of many of the spaceships of the science fiction genre maintaining their scale relationship. more

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