As anyone who has ridden the subway knows, the air down there is unpleasant. New research done in Canada shows that air pollution levels in Toronto’s subway system are ten times greater than those above ground. It’s a troubling realization for subway-goers, but there are ways to keep these underground systems clean.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He was generally referred to as Ed Murrow. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States. During the war he assembled a team of foreign correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys.
A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, Bill Downs, Dan Rather, and Alexander Kendrick consider Murrow one of journalism’s greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.
More so than ever, we as a society have the tools and technology to provide independence and incisive reporting.
Some of our favorite quotes from Murrow…
“To be persuasive we must be believable, to be believable we must be credible, to be credible we must be truthful.”
“Most truth’s are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”
“It can get a lot of things done (on television).”
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”
“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
“The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.”
“Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.”
“No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”
“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.”
“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”
“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
“During the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. If this state of affairs continues, we may alter an advertising slogan to read: Look now, pay later.”
“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”
The RTNDA Speech is good too…
There is an Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY
This year’s Edward R. Murrow awards are making the rounds, here’s a few Ladyada and I found.
Good night and good luck.
A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence program: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting “nefarious” genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago.
eVolo is an architecture and design journal focused on technological advances, sustainability, and innovative design in architecture. They announced the winners of their 2017 skyscraper competition, Via Evolo
eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Skyscraper Competition. The Jury selected 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions from 444 projects received. The annual award established in 2006 recognizes visionary ideas for building high- projects that through the novel novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.
The FIRST PLACE was awarded to Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski from Poland for the project Mashambas Skyscraper. The design proposes a modular and scalable skyscraper conceived as an educational center and marketplace for new agricultural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The design seeks to increase farming opportunities and reduce hunger in these regions.
Alicia, a.k.a. VertVixen, crafted some impressive Lich Queen armor that she wore at the most recent BlizzCon. She 3D modeled and 3D printed ninety percent of the costume. She used Zbrush for the modeling portion of the project. Her digital mannequin is rather clever; she has a scan of herself a friend took of her using a Kinect. VertVixen says it’s not a perfect form, but she can use it as the base for her designs. Tested goes into the process of the build in the above video, and you can see things like the digital 3D models.
You can more of VertVixen’s work at her website.
Star Trek: Discovery is delayed yet again. A beloved Next Generation actor was reportedly offered an insulting amount of money to appear on the show. It lost a showrunner with a well-deserved fan base of his own. And CBS has made poor marketing decision after poor marketing decision. So, how screwed is this show?…
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The New York Times Magazine has an interesting story out today about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fake news, and Facebook’s role as the world’s most prominent information distributor. It’s all part of Facebook’s ongoing public relations freak out surrounding the prevalence of fake news and hoaxes spread on the…
Here at Andium we’re super excited to have finally moved into our new office space. We’ve been decking it out with walls covered in whiteboards, new shiny tech, and all the comforts of home. It especially started to feel like home when we placed a handful of these green leafy friends throughout the space!
Only we forgot to water them… within a week or so our leafy friends started to look like this…
We’re an IoT company, we’re better than this. How come our plants aren’t internet connected! Hopefully before it’s too late for this little guy I put together a solution using our anduinoWiFi shield and IFTTT. Time to give our plants a voice!
If you’ve got a green thumb you’ve probably already stopped reading, but if you’re like me and need to give your plants the ability to digitally beg for mercy and scream for some water then you’re in the right place.
To give your plants a voice you’ll need an Arduino Due, or Zero, an anduinoWiFi shield, (or any other WiFi connected Arduino that can speak to Adafruit IO) and lastly a ‘Capacitive Soil Moisture Sensor’. Oh, and a glass of water. (Give it to your plant when we’re done, they’ll thank you via e-mail now)
Here at Adafruit, we sell all of these amazing components, but we couldn’t find a good way to interact with them over the internet. There are certainly a lot of great services out there for datalogging, or communicating with your microcontroller over the web, but these services are either too complicated to get started, or they aren’t particularly fun to use. So, we decided to experiment with our own system, and that is how Adafruit IO got started.
To make it easy for people to get started using Arduino or ESP8266 we have starter packs with just about everything you may want to connect to the internet, with known-working WiFi modules!
ESP8266 Huzzah Kit
CC3000 Huzzah Kit
When you see Gal Gadot kicking ass (again) as Wonder Woman later this summer, you should try to remember there’s a pretty good chance that you’re seeing the actress doing her crazy stunts five months pregnant.