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A Clever Google Algorithm Could Make 4K Video Half the Size

Viewers of Silicon Valley will appreciate the earth-shattering importance of compression algorithms. To most everyone else, it’s a geeky bit of math that’s of no particular interest. But when Google promises an algorithm that can cut the bandwidth needed to stream a video in half, things get a little more interesting. » 8/31/15 11:55pm 13 minutes ago

In Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-18M Spacecraft Awaits Its Journey to the Stars

Here’s a low-angle look at the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft, vertical on the launch pad in the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket will blast off on Wednesday carrying astronauts from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Denmark to the International Space Station. » 8/31/15 11:09pm 59 minutes ago

Once Again, Anonymous Sources Claim Apple Will Produce Its Own Movies

According to a report on Variety, citing the usual collection of anonymous sources, Apple is considering a move into producing its own TV and movies. This rumor is as new as the rumors about Apple producing a TV, or a touchscreen iMac, or (insert consumer tech product here). But could this year be THE YEAR? This is… » 8/31/15 9:46pm Yesterday 9:46pm

Back to the Future summarized in 1.21 minutes is still gigawatts of fun

Back to the Future is the best movie series ever. That’s obvious. And this 1.21 minute summary of the trilogy by Burger Fiction is the best movie summary ever done in 1.21 minutes too. Just watch it. It’ll make you want to pop on the movie and see Marty and Doc galavant in different points in history all over again. » 8/31/15 8:56pm Yesterday 8:56pm

Cute animation video explains how smart dolphins actually are

We always hear that dolphins are smart but how smart are they actually? Lori Marino explains for Ted-Ed in this cute animation and it’s almost stunning how intelligent they are. Their encephalization quotient (brain size to body size) is second only to us dumb humans and goes into detail how they can pass down… » 8/31/15 8:20pm Yesterday 8:20pm

Daredevil kid rides a train while on top of the roof of the train

Taking the train is my favorite form of transportation because unlike a car, I don’t have to drive or get stuck in traffic and unlike an airplane, I don’t have to go through security and be crammed in impossibly tiny spaces. But I only like it when I’m inside the train. This kid, who’s completely nuts and probably has… » 8/31/15 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

What It's Like To Fly America's Biggest Jet, The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

One of Foxtrot Alpha’s readers, Ben Brown, flies the Pentagon’s biggest jet, the mighty Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. He has taken the time to give us a detailed view of not only what it takes to become a C-5 pilot, but what it is like being part of the complex logistical ballet that allows the C-5 to move massive cargo all… » 8/31/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died yesterday at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favorite books… » 8/31/15 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

One Chart That Shows How Much Money Ashley Madison Made Using Bots

Earlier today, I reported that Ashley Madison’s source code reveals a concerted effort to create an army of thousands of female bots called “engagers” to coax men into paying more for the site’s services. Now we have a chart from the company’s leaked emails that shows how much money they made from the bots. » 8/31/15 6:26pm Yesterday 6:26pm

This GIF is Amazing, But Those Aren't Self-Driving Cars

Over the past month, this video of traffic at a busy intersection has gone viral. People are sharing it as a demonstration of self-driving cars on the road. And while there’s some truth to the general idea that cars will be able to caravan and avoid each other much better in the future, that’s not what this video… » 8/31/15 6:20pm Yesterday 6:20pm

Stick 6,000mAh of Battery Power in Your Pocket For $10

This 6,000mAh battery pack features a svelte design and a second USB port, which is a rarity at this size. Obviously, there are bigger battery packs out there, but this looks like a great option if you want something pocket sized. [Lumsing 6000mAh Ultra Slim Portable Power Bank, $10 with code EQVL973P]… » 8/31/15 6:15pm Yesterday 6:15pm

Apple TV Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

It’s been a long time coming, but the prophets appear to agree: Apple is finally ready to reinvent TV. But! Instead of a releasing a long-rumored Apple television set, which would be a longshot, the Cupertino company will likely showcase a radically improved version of its stodgy set-top box. It’ll be great for gamers » 8/31/15 4:35pm Yesterday 4:35pm