Solar Electric Robot Chariot (video)

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Machinist Bob Schneeveis along with Grant Grundler made the Solar Electric Robot Chariot. Powered by the Sun, the chariot is pulled by an anatomic machine that walks on wheels to lengthen its stride. Machined almost completely out of metal, the mechanics of this art car are shown at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011.

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Differences

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Featuring Johnnie Fresh and Blue the Great

Directed and edited by Matthew Hayes and Blue the Great

MUSIC
“The House Negro and the Field Negro,” by Malcolm X
“Thief’s Theme,” by Nas

Archival footage courtesy MGM, Paramount Pictures
“Zabriskie Point,” directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
“The Parallax View,” directed by Alan J. Pakula

Special thanks to:
WAR
Unkommon Kolor
Fresh Connection
Adrian Tyus
Olu Bliss
Johari Huggins
T.J. “Tank Top Services” Foster
Erin Jordan
The Marcus Graham Project

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Wheels for Education

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The LeBron James Family Foundation kicks off its new program Wheels for Education.

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Afro Cookies

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My Life…

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LIL WAYNE- HOW TO LOVE

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500 People in 100 Seconds! (video) stop-motion

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This is super dope, look at the picture the people are holding as well, this video is amazing.

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Pose (video)

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Here, Yolanda Dominguez enlists a bunch of women to poses in public in the same weird “fashion poses” seen in magazines all over the world. This is so Dope, she wanted to be a model, so Pose!

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The New York Times Hurricane Irene tracker map

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The New York Times probably has the best Hurricane Irene tracking map available. And judging by its current tracking info, it looks like Saturday evening will just be a night of heavy rain and not much else. There’s clearly no hurricane coming to NYC. Maybe some flooding, but that’s about it.

Make sure you check out the neat satellite image overlay of the storm.

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“No arms, No legs, No worries!” — Nick Vujicic

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We complain about the little stuff, this is powerful, Nick was born with no legs and no arms, but still is awesome!!! He travels the world and preaches the gospel

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Giant rat killed by pitchfork in Marcy Projects

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It sounds like an urban legend: giant mutant-looking rats roaming a city housing project.

Only there’s a picture.

A photo making the rounds shows Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera minutes after he speared the humongous rodent with a pitchfork at the Marcy Houses.

It’s covered in white fur and looks well-fed. It appears to be about three feet long, including its hideously dangling tail.

And Rivera, 48, says it’s not the only one. He insists that while he was filling a rat hole last week, three came running out – but he was only able to nail one.

“I hit it one time and it was still moving,” Rivera said. “I hit it another time and that’s when it died. I’m not scared of rats but I was scared of being bitten.”

Naomi Colon, head of the Marcy Houses Tenant Association, said there have been sightings of the outsize rat for at least six years.

“The residents have told me that they’ve seen it running around with other rats. She lived with them. She ran into the same hole they ran in.”

Animal experts who viewed the picture identified the animal as a Gambian pouched rat, which is a fairly common pet rat.

They’re nocturnal, can grow to three feet and four pounds or more, and live seven or eight years.

Imports have been banned since 2003, when they were blamed for a monkeypox outbreak that sickened 100 people in the United States.

Dr. Paul Calle, director of zoological health at the Wildlife Conservation Society, said the Marcy Houses specimen was probably an escaped or discarded pet who decided to join the regular rat race.

“They are a very social animal and live in big groups in the wild. Our Norway rats are the closest big rodents it could accompany,” he said.

They can even be trained to sniff out landmines or even tuberculosis. “They’re pretty remarkable animals,” Calle said.

Tenants fear that the Gambian rat has been breeding with the Norway rats and spawning a super-breed of rodents – but zoo officials say not to worry.

The imported rat probably wouldn’t mate with local rats, and it couldn’t reproduce if it did, because each is from a different genus, Calle said.

Residents say that while the monster-sized rat may be the stuff of horror movies, the run-of-the-mill rats are an even bigger nightmare at the project where Jay-Z grew up.

“Even the cats are afraid of the rats. They get together and gang up on the cats, said resident Stephanie Davis, 44.

Pam Davis, 43, added, “They’re here day and night. We don’t dodge bullets. We dodge rats.They’re so big, they should charge them rent.”

The New York City Housing Authority had no immediate comment.

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SEPT 1ST: Grand Opening of Brooklyn Terrace w/ Talib Kweli & Mos Def }]Follow @BKterrace for entry[{

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“The Brooklyn Terrace, Brooklyn’s newest rooftop lounge, is now the hippest place to meet. Located on the 26th floor of our Brooklyn hotel, you can soak up incredible views of Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge, and Ellis Island. The chic décor offers modern style and unique seating venues for gathering with your friends and colleagues. The spacious rooftop outdoor terrace is offers great views and a chance to enjoy fresh air and your favorite cocktails.” – Bk Terrace

Come Thru!!! 26 stories above Brooklyn, drink specials, cool vibe,Good Music, why not. See you there.

Thursday Night September 1st 2011

216-228 Duffield Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

For entry
Follow @Bkterrace for more updates and info.

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A STEVE JOBS TIMELINE

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See it all here, and peep his first tv appearance [Read more…]

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Farmed Salmon Threaten Wild Stocks With Deadly Sea Lice

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Via The Huffington Post

Farmed salmon present a serious threat to the survival of wild salmon stocks in the form of tiny sea lice, according a new study by Martin Krkosek of the University of Otago in New Zealand. He and his team of researchers have been studying sea lice and salmon for years, and have made headlines in the past for demonstrating the link between sea lice in farmed salmon and spillover infection of wild salmon — and the latest study is their most unequivocal yet.

That link is much-disputed, but the stakes are high. Some have said that, if sea louse infections continue to spread, they could lead to mass extinctions among wild salmon. A fully grown salmon can survive a sea louse infection with relatively superficial injuries to gills, fins and skin. But just two or three of the critters can cause enough damage to kill a juvenile salmon. Infestations have been known to result in 80% mortality in stocks of wild juvenile salmon.

Wild salmon do naturally get sea lice. But it is rare, in the wild, for their prevalence to be high enough to cause a mass outbreak. It’s only in the close quarters of aquaculture that sea lice often grow exponentially. As one paper on the topic puts it, “crowded conditions facilitate parasite and disease transmission within the farm, and enable exponential population growth of pathogens and release to the surrounding environment.”

The fish farming industry has been slow to accept the idea that its activities could be harming wild salmon. But even if the industry, biologists and regulators all agree that the threat is real, it’s a unclear what the solution would be.

There is a drug, Slice, that is an effective antidote to sea lice, but some believe it could be environmentally deleterious and encourage drug resistance among sea lice. (According to Krkosek, many sea lice have already developed resistance to Slice in Norway and New Brunswick.) One helpful change would be the universal adoption of closed containment systems for salmon farming, and the tapering-off of net farming. But that could drive up the price for the farmed meat and present technical challenges.

More globally, as Krkosek told the Huffington Post in an e-mail, it may be necessary to shift aquaculture away from carnivorous fish like salmon and towards vegetarian fish like tilapia. “Carnivores like salmon yield a net loss of fish supply because they require large inputs of wild fish in the feed,” he said.

News stories like this, on the challenges and risks presented by, it seems, every kind of fish, can make it seem choosing sensible seafood daunting. But the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainability Guide, though it has its detractors, remains generally reliable. It acknowledges the difference between salmon farmed in nets, which it recommends avoiding, and those farmed in tanks, which it endorses.

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In Memory Of Aaliyah Haughton A Decade Later

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Where were you on August 25, 2001? I’m sure most of us can recall every single detail of what we were doing, when we received the tragic news. A decade ago we lost one of the most influential entertainers our generation has ever seen. I remember sitting with my friends thinking “this cannot be true”! Aaliyah??? No, no, no…there is no way this is accurate! Ten years later, I share this same feeling. Rest In Paradise Aaliyah.

 

 

 

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Learn about a Raptor Jurassic Park Style

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Dope video showing Jurassic Park infographics. Learn something.

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Purse Blog: Lanvin Clutch

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If I saw this clutch in someone’s hands and didn’t know any better, I’d assume it was the vintage find of a lifetime. The dusty teal lizard accented with tortoise shell gussets and weathered brass hardware looks like nothing else on the market right now, and the combination is beautiful in a subtle, restrained, well-edited way that’s genuinely hard to come by.

Lizard Box Clutch, $2127 via Matches

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Audi A7 3.0T takes on the Mercedes-Benz CLS550

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The decision was made to review these “four-door coupes” not only from the driver’s perspective, but from all four seating positions….

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