Monthly Archives: May 2018

This virtual cadaver could help solve the medical shortage of dead bodies

At Montpellier Medical University in France, researchers are using 3D scanners to create “virtual cadavers” in hopes of solving the worldwide shortage of dead bodies. Cadavers have long been in high demand, but in recent years, the shortage has worsened. The number of medical programs is growing, so demand is going up, according to The Economist. At the same time, supply is going down because better communication means fewer unclaimed bodies. Donating is still taboo in some parts of the world, and the ideal cadaver — young, […]

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The WD Black 3D, our favorite NVMe SSD, drops under $100 in an unprecedented sale

If you absolutely, positively need the fastest storage possible, few options topple the blistering speed of an NVMe SSD. There’s just one problem: The cutting-edge, gumstick-sized drives typically cost far more than hard drives and even standard SATA SSDs. But not today. As part of Amazon’s huge one-day PC hardware sale, the 250GB Western Digital Black 3D—our favorite NVMe SSD—is available for $93.49, a $26.50 discount from its usual $120 cost. The 500GB model is also on sale for its lowest price ever. At $200, it’s about […]

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Does cannabis kill brain cells?

We asked Dr. Mooney, Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, if there is any truth behind the question, “Does cannabis kill brain cells?” Join us as we clear the haze of confusion around many of the myths surrounding marijuana on Weed Wise.

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John Cameron Mitchell’s latest film blends Neil Gaiman, punk, and teen aliens

Neil Gaiman’s short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties captures a feeling a lot of teenage boys may have at some point: the fear that girls their age are utterly alien, operating on a completely different wavelength. Gaiman just makes that insecurity literal, with a teenage boy awkwardly trying to interact with girls who are actually aliens. John Cameron Mitchell’s film adaptation makes the metaphorical literal in a different way. While his version draws heavily on Gaiman’s 1970s suburban London setting (and on Gaiman’s own […]

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New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia will discuss its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips

Despite months of swirling rumors and the recent two-year anniversary of the GTX 10-series’ arrival, Nvidia has never hinted that a new generation of GeForce graphics cards even exists, much less announced a potential release window. But it wasn’t in doubt, and now it’s official. Stuart Oberman, Nvidia’s vice president of GPU ASIC engineering, will host a presentation on “Nvidia’s Next Generation Mainstream GPU” at the annual Hot Chips processor conference on August 20, as first noticed by Videocardz. Chip makers show off their latest and great […]

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Resourceful dog owner finds the absolute best use for a label maker

You might be under the impression that label makers are boring, but if you put your mind to it labels can be fun, informative, and fashionable.  Not convinced? One brave New Yorker will change your mind. On Wednesday, Twitter user @KatraHigher shared two photos of some shoes she saw while walking in New York City. At first glance they seem like ordinary flats, but if you take a closer look you’ll find the left shoe is a bit damaged and displays a beautiful label. The zoomed-in shot […]

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How to use predictive text keyboards for AI-generated comedy

I’ve been a big fan of Botnik Studios, the comedy group responsible for internet gems like the neural network-generated Coachella lineup poster containing bands like “Billions of Mario.” They’ve been putting out consistently great parodies of Scrubs scripts, ads for beef, and handsome names for boats, each of them made using a predictive text keyboard. I was curious about what exactly this meant and how I, too, could utilize AI to create viral hits, so I called up Botnik Studios CEO and former Clickhole writer Jamie Brew […]

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Amazon’s huge one-day PC hardware sale has graphics cards you can actually afford, and more

Amazon’s going for it again. The online retailer is running a huge PC hardware sale for today only, and there are some stellar deals to be had for computer enthusiasts of all sorts—but especially for gamers. Some of these deals wouldn’t be bargains in a perfect world. But in this alternate universe where we’re barely crawling out of the great graphics card crisis, the return to standard pricing definitely counts as a win. With that in mind, our first highlight is the Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Mini […]

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Lottery Wins on Christmas Were a Glitch, So South Carolina Won’t Pay

Thousands of lottery players in South Carolina thought Christmas was their lucky day. Starting at 5:51 p.m. last Dec. 25, gas stations and convenience stores across the state dispensed a steady stream of what appeared to be winning tickets. Some customers caught on to the anomaly and bought as many as they could. Nicole Coggins, 36, of Liberty, S.C., was one of them. “We figured we’d buy a reliable vehicle and take the kids to Disneyland,” she said, adding that she and a few other family members […]

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Birthday video takes an unexpectedly lewd turn thanks to Snapchat’s dino filter

There are birthday videos and then there are birthday videos that will live on the internet forever. Twitter user @sammillzz was using Snapchat’s dinosaur filter while her dad blew out his birthday candles when things took, uh, a very unexpected turn. Behold. Well then.  The video has spread everywhere, as you would expect a video of a man who appears to tossing an augmented reality T. rex‘s salad would.  In a follow up tweet, Sierra noted her dad’s feelings about the video and its widespread popularity.  With […]

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