Archive | August 2016

Watch what it might be like living with a climate change denier

Being that this is the internet, you’ve no doubt spotted comments lurking on social media that shout “CLIMATE CHANGE IS A FRAUD” and so-on. Or watch politicians on claim NASA has manipulated temperature data for the last couple of decades, on national television.

But can you imagine *living* with a climate change denier?

Fortunately, the folks from Australian comedy group Collective Noun have imagined it as an amusing, rather than frustrating encounter, from the denial of burnt toast to an over-filled tea cup.

Deny everything!

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This entry was posted on August 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Grab ties up with traditional cab company to edge out Uber

As Grab jostles to edge Uber out in Singapore, the Asian company is arming itself with one thing Uber hasn’t really got — traditional cabs.

On Thursday, Grab announced that it will properly onboard 7,000 drivers from the Trans-cab company onto its platform, bumping up the number of cabbies familiar with its ride-booking app.

Grab’s app is already available for interested cab drivers, but a formal effort by the taxi company and Grab to get drivers on will likely provide a boost to the number of cabs that Grab can pair with passengers looking for a ride.


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This entry was posted on August 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Scientists find unusual donut shapes hiding behind the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great wonders, but scientists have been surprised to find something equally spectacular lurking behind it.

A team from James Cook University, the University of Sydney and the Queensland University of Technology have uncovered an ancient, little known reef off the coast of northern Queensland.

Using LiDAR technology, the researchers were able to map vast fields of the mysterious reef, populated by giant donut-shaped rings. Known as Halimeda bioherms, the rings are around 200 to 300 metres (656 to 984 feet) wide and up to 20 metres (66 feet) thick. Because they sit in deeper water, people boating or diving on the reef are unlikely to notice them. …

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This entry was posted on August 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Google uses AI to build a better cucumber farm

Artificial intelligence technology doesn’t just have to solve grand challenges. Sometimes, it can tackle decidedly everyday problems — like, say, improving a cucumber farm. Makoto Koike has built a cucumber sorter that uses Google’s TensorFlow machi… …read more      

AT&T’s new distracted driving ad has an incredibly sad, eerie plot twist

For a full three minutes, AT&T’s latest PSA-style ad lets you think it might be the one distracted driving message that doesn’t end in tragedy.

A cheerful father dutifully ignores his buzzing phone as he drives three laughing young girls to the pool — each vibration ratcheting up the underlying suspense.

Then along comes an apparition of a cryptic little boy to dash any hopes of a drama-free drive with a do-gooder dad.

After some idle small talk, the kid asks the dad if he wants to check his phone, but the dad says he’d never do so with a kid in the car. …

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This entry was posted on August 31, 2016, in Mashable.

First Indigenous female MP in history sworn in amid traditional song

A prominent Indigenous rights activist and politician has officially become Australia’s first female Aboriginal MP, giving her maiden speech in the House of Representatives Wednesday.

The Wiradjuri woman and former teacher was “sung in” by fellow Wiradjuri women in a powerful display of traditional culture.

Delivering her first speech as Labor member for the New South Wales seat of Barton in Sydney’s south, Burney donned a kangaroo skin cloak featuring her clan totem, the goanna, and her personal totem, the white cockatoo, which she described as “the noisy messenger bird.” …

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Watch a watermelon bounce from huge drop, thanks to spray-on stuff

Ever wondered how to ensure a watermelon doesn’t break into a million pieces while dropping it from a tower that’s 45 metres (147 feet) high? This might be the solution for you.

The good people from experiment-loving, Australian YouTube group How Ridiculous have put together a video in which they coat a watermelon with the super-strong protective spray called Line-X, to see if it would be able to survive after a big fall.

It does. It even bounces like a bouncy ball! But the inside of the fruit tells a different story.

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Oscar winner and ‘Harry Potter’ alum Jim Broadbent headed to ‘Game of Thrones’

LOS ANGELES — Harry Potter alum and Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent has landed a role on next season of Game of Thrones.

The British actor, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001 for his role in Iris, was also nominated for an Emmy for playing the title role in the series Longford.

He has also appeared in Time Bandits, Brazil and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Entertainment Weekly first broke the news.

It’s unclear what character he will play in the next season of the hit HBO show. However, according to EW, the role is “significant.” …

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This entry was posted on August 31, 2016, in Mashable.