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Researchers Try to Turn Robots Into MacGyver Robots are becoming more sophisticated every day, making seemingly far-fetched sci-fi novels look more likely than ever. Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing a robot that can use random objects it nds in its environment to complete tasks. The Ofce of Naval Research is funding their research with a $900,000 grant. Robopocalypse Travelers Fake Disabilities to Skip Airport Queues Passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) are entitled to free assistance, and are permitted to cut queues at the airport. An increasing number of air travelers are faking disabilities to skip queues at security, checkin and departure gates, according to airport and airline staff. Moral Imperative, The Real Thing

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Week of 10.8.12

Americans are Barmy Over Britishisms Crikey, Britishisms are everywhere. Theyre cropping up in the daily speech of Americans (particularly New Yorkers) of the tastemaking set who often have no more direct tie to Britain than an afnity for Downton Abbey. Hyper Culture

5 Ways Big Data is Transforming Everyday Life In his latest project, The Human Face of Big Data, Rick Smolan, shares more than 100 stories that reveal the concrete, mindblowingly powerful ways big data is changing how we consume energy, receive healthcare, monitor animal migration, track the weather and more. Quantied Self

Hackert0wn: The Worlds First Eco/ HackerVillage? Alpha One Labs co-founder SeanAuriti and a group of like-minded hackers have launched a campaign to build Hackert0wn, a Brooklyn hackerspace the likes of which the world has never seen. Hackdesign, Life Logic

Check Out This Epic Bat Cave Made Entirely of LEGO This giant Bat Cave made entirely out of LEGO was created by Wayne Hussey and Carlyle Livingston. The creators each spent 400 hours over three months building this 100-pound masterpiece, and estimate that they used a good deal more than 20,000 pieces. Kidult

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[VIDEO] Christopher Walken Reads "Honey Boo Boo"! Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell use their dramatic talents to reenact scenes from America's #1 childbeauty-pagent-coupon-queen-sketti-eatin' show, "Here comes Honey Boo Boo." 988,699 views Analyze, Sample, Remix [VIDEO] The Ohio State University Marching Band - Halftime 10-6-12: Video Games The Ohio State University Marching Band performed a halftime show with a video game theme. 9,344,330 views Refreshed Classics [VIDEO] "Eye Of The Sparrow" A Bad Lip Reading of the First 2012 Presidential Debate A parody video of the rst presidential debate. 1,456,164 views Absurdism

[VIDEO] Melissa Marshall: Talk Nerdy to Me Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it. 70,509 views Geek Chic

THIS WEEK IN HASHTAGS/TRENDING #CenterTheDebate, #BAAB, Game 5, Happy National Coming Out Day, #debates, #ReasonsWhyWeDontGetAlong, Nobel Peace Prize

UPCOMING EVENTS
10.11-14 NYC Comic Con 10.11-14 NYC Food & Wine Festival 10.14 Bald and Free Day 10.15-17 FT-12: World Future Trends Summit (Miami) 10.15 Cake Decorating Day

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