Archive | March 2017

This game is teaching particle physics to five-year-olds

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Five-year-olds and particle physics don’t usually go in the same sentence together.

But the guys that made Angry Birds is trying to change that with the launch of Big Bang Legends, its new game that introduces particle physics concepts to kids.

“Five years ago we’d joke that one day we’ll teach quantum physics to five-year-olds,” said Peter Vesterbacka, co-founder of Lightneer, speaking at the game launch in Singapore on Thursday.

Vesterbacka was formerly with Rovio, the Finnish game firm that won fame and fortune with Angry Birds. Together with other Rovio alums, Vesterbacka …

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.

Funny or Die takes on the absurdity of rape kit testing in ’80s spoof

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Generally speaking, it’s a terrible idea to joke about rape kits.

But Funny or Die, natch, has found a way to make satirical comedy out of the way police departments handle the DNA evidence collected after a sexual assault.

In the 1980s spoof unveiled Thursday, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is Linda, a woman with a very practical solution (wink, wink) for a co-worker who has to convince the police department not to destroy the DNA evidence from her sexual assault before it’s tested for a potential match.

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.

People are making fun of Airbnb’s new Chinese name

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The ink has barely dried on Airbnb’s new Chinese name, but the jokes have come fast.

To launch Trips in China, U.S. home-rental company showed off a new name to match, Aibiying.

It says Aibiying (爱彼迎) means to “welcome each other with love.”

But the Chinese think it sounds awkward, and isn’t easily understood.

One Weibo user griped that it’s hard to pronounce two similar-sounding syllables one after the other.

He also added that Aibiying sounds more like “to love to fulfill requests” or worse, “to love Bing” — Microsoft’s search engine’s Chinese name is “Biying.” …

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.

India says no to most of Apple’s demands

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Apple is not getting any special treatment from the Indian government.

Despite the company’s imminent plans to begin manufacturing iPhones in the country, the Indian government remains committed to not folding to the Cupertino giant’s demands.

When asked if the government has accepted the iPhone maker’s demands, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha (Council of States) that the ministry has said “no” to “most” of them.

Apple has put up an “…

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.

Geez, this forearm-sized shrimp will take up most of your barbie

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Here’s a shrimp that’ll require a pretty big barbie on which to throw it.

More accurately, it’s a giant leader prawn. And it just so happens to be as large as a human forearm and weighs 300 grams (10 oz).

The crustacean was captured in Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, where it was photographed by Kai Thomas and sent to ABC News. Just look at the damn thing.

“That’s a pretty significant prawn,” Austral Fisheries northern division manager, Andrew Prendergast, told the news outlet, adding that it was rare to catch prawns larger than 300 grams. …

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.

A whole state in India is giving all college students free internet access

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Indian state governments are joining technology giants and central government in pushing internet connectivity to more people.

The latest instance of this comes from the eastern Indian state of Bihar, where the government has announced free Wi-Fi access to college and university students.

The chief minister of the state, Nitish Kumar urged the students to make good use of the free internet. “The objective is to provide free Wi-Fi facility to help youths to move ahead in life and to become digital smart,” he told …

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.

People are heartbroken over Alaska Airlines’ decision to retire Virgin America

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It might be time to book yourself onto a Virgin America flight before the brand goes away forever.

Late on Wednesday, Alaska Airlines announced that Virgin America’s will disappear in 2019.

After buying Virgin last year in a $2.6 billion merger, Alaska has promised to retain the “flair” that fans associate with Virgin, such as free in-flight entertainment, colourful mood lighting and upbeat music while boarding.

But apart from the frills, other aspects of Virgin will fade away. Of most material worth to travellers is Virgin’s frequent flyer plan, which will soon go. …

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Mashable.