June 29, 2011 Chinese Crackdown on Dissidents Human rights groups say that the current crackdown on voices of dissent in China is the worst since the Tiananmen Square massacre 20 years ago. It is believed the uprisings across the Middle East jolted the Chinese leadership, prompting them to make detentions before similar protests could be planned in that country.
June 28, 2011 Virtual Supermarket: Shopping in Subways With Your Phone Mega supermarket chain Tesco has created a virtual store in Seoul subway stations in which the displays and merchandise are exactly the same as the stores. Customers scan the desired product with their smartphone and it then appears in their online cart. The products will be delivered to their door "right after you get home."
June 27, 2011 Suit Simulates Pregnancy A
new dress created by Takuya Iwamoto from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and his team simulates the weight, temperature, movement and heartbeat of a fetus. The team hopes the system will help men better to understand what a woman goes through during pregnancy.
June 24, 2011 One Year of the Moon in 2.5 Minutes This animation shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2011, at hourly intervals.
June 23, 2011 Douglas Rushkoff: The Future of Transparency Douglas Rushkoff — the prolific author, media theorist, and thinker — discusses the troubling topic of transparency. We all want it, but do we even know how to go about getting it? Can our old media system — our myths and brands — even translate to the new transparent media landscape that the Web demands?
June 20, 2010 The Speed Camera Lottery — The Fun Theory The winning idea of the fun theory award, submitted by Kevin Richardson, USA. Can we get more people to obey the speed limit by making it fun to do? This was the question Kevin's idea answered and it was so good that Volkswagen, together with The Swedish National Society for Road Safety, actually made this innovative idea a reality in Stockholm, Sweden.
June 16, 2011 Renata Salecl on Individual Choice Fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, Professor Renata Salecl shows that individual choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.
June 9, 2011 Mind Your Step / Street Illusion Mind your step is a large scale 32 x 18 meters street illusion in Stockholm at Sergels torg made by Erik Johansson. It will be on the square between June 7-11, 2011.
June 8, 2011 Inbox Influence Inbox Influence is a new tool from the Sunlight Foundation that allows you to see the political contributions of the people and organizations that are mentioned in emails you receive. This easy-to-use tool can be used for researching influence background on corporate correspondence, adding context to newspaper headlines or discovering who is behind political fundraising solicitations.
June 7, 2011 Dr. Gabor Maté on Global Panel's Call to End Drug War A high-level international panel has concluded the so-called "war on drugs" has failed and that governments should consider legalizing substances, including marijuana. The Global Commission on Drug Policy is comprised of 19 members, including several former heads of state. The Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House has refuted the findings of the commission's report. Democracy Now! interviews Dr. Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician and best-selling author of four books including, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction." "On any level you care to name, the war on drugs is a failure," Dr. Maté says.
June 3, 2011 What an Astronaut's Camera Sees An intimate tour of Earth's most impressive landscape as captured by astronauts with their digital cameras. Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA's astronaut team describes the special places that spacemen focus on whenever they get a moment.
June 2, 2011 Raw Foods Raid: The Fight For the Right To Eat What You Want This summer armed government agents raided Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California health food co-op. What were the agents after? Unpasteurized milk, it turns out. Raw milk raids are happening all over the United States. The Food and Drug Administration warns that raw milk consumption can cause health problems, but a growing community of raw foods enthusiasts are ignoring government recommendations and claiming that they are getting tastier, more nutritious food by going raw.