Get your tickets now... NASA confirms the date of the final shuttle launch
So there’s one only one more American shuttle launch ever, and if you want to see it, the date of launch right now is set at July 8th. Of course, there’s always a high possibility of a delay, and probably by the time you read this, tickets will be hard to come by, but you can always head down to Cape Canaveral for free and watch from the outskirts.
If any IHCers manage to get down to Florida for this event, send us any photos or whatnot. It’s a historic moment and a sad one at that.
One woman's story of finally getting the nerve to go topless in NYC
Just because it’s legal in New York City for women to go topless doesn’t mean that most will. Unfortunately, it’s not like all the hot girls just come into NYC and whip their tops off because they’ve been waiting their entire lives for the chance. There’s still fears of being stared at or getting bitched at by prudes among many other things. But one woman decided to go topless in New York for the first time and decided to tell her tale.
In case you were wondering, which I’m sure you were, Shia Shaquonda LaQueefa confirmed in an interview with Details magazine that he and Megan Fox were getting all nasty in the sheets while they were both working on Transformers.
Wet fingertips may have evolved to become pruny because it gives us better grip
For a long time, the prevailing wisdom on why fingertips became pruny when soaked for too long was simply “oversaturation”. But this doesn’t explain why other body parts don’t puff up and get extra-wrinkly when wet. And then there are studies showing that fingertip pruning is controlled by the nervous system, not an automatic reaction to water. One scientist now thinks that the pruniness is an evolutionary adaptation to give us more grip in wet conditions.
With all the fuss that everyone’s always making in Washington about pinching pennies and saving money, it’s a little odd that there’s $1 billion in currency just collecting dust in Federal Reserve vaults because nobody wants it. $1 billion in dollar coins that are part of the presidential dollar coin program started in 2007 to once again, try to get Americans to change out paper for coinage.
Google launches Google Plus, a Facebook-ishesque type social sharing tool
Yesterday, Google did more than just add a black menu bar to the top of Google.com, Google Reader and Gmail. They also launched the beta of Google Plus, their long-rumored Facebook-like (kinda sorta) social sharing service. Or solution (I hate it when people say that). Or what have you.
Everybody’s hopping on the free-to-play bandwagon, and now WoW is, too. Sort of. As the biggest gesture to attract new players yet, Blizzard announced yesterday that for new players, you can play for free until level 20.
Daily Discussion: The best place on the internet for stupid comments?
Normally, when I’m on news sites looking at news, I don’t bother to read the comments section, as it just sort of ruins the experience. But for some reason lately, I’ve been reading comments on CNN and the derp is overwhelming. I’ll admit that at times, I facepalm at comments left on IHC, but compared to CNN and plenty of other places, you guys look like a bunch of Nobel prize winning geniuses. I mean that as a compliment.
Short film of the day: "Scenes from the Suburbs" by Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze has finally released his 28-minute short film Scenes From the Suburbs online on Mubu. The short is a collaboration with members of the recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire — Bandleader Win Butler wrote the film with his brother William Butler, and the Amblin-esque story follows a group of suburban kids during a dystopian summer where “military control of their town makes the lazy days more aimless than ever.”
Researchers create acoustic cloaking to make ships invisible to sonar
Relevant, your honor.
Modern technology has made radar damn near useless, and now researchers have developing a cloaking system for ships that make them nearly invisible to sonar by using “sound shields”— strategically placed plastic sheets with holes in them that divert sound around an object without deflecting back.
PTSD’s a hell of a thing, and even with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, there’s still going to be plenty of PTSD to go around for a while. There are various therapies to deal with the problem, and it is a very serious problem for many. For one female Marine, she found an unusual way to cope— with violent sex.
Ancient Romans were using livewells to keep their fish fresh long before anyone previously thought
It used to be thought that the livewell was a relatively recent invention— before that, if fishermen wanted to keep their catches fresh and alive, they would drag them behind the boat in nets or on lines. But of course the problem with that method is that you’re going to lose some either through fish getting away or fish being eaten off your line. As it turns out, the Romans had developed livewells with circulating water long before anyone previously imagined.
Telltale’s Back to the Future point and click adventure game has been out for a little while now, but the fifth and final chapter of the story dropped late last week, making it a good time to review the whole thing. To the DeLorean!