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Haunting Photos of Saturn Moons Snapped by Cassini Spacecraft

NASA’s workhorse Saturn orbiter Cassini has just beamed back stunning new views of the ringed planet’s dazzling moons, including the probe’s closest-ever pass over the ice geysers of Enceladus.

The new photos reveal the plume of water ice and vapor that springs from the south pole of Enceladus — Saturn’s sixth largest moon — as well as the pockmarked surface of Dione and the tiny oblong shape of Janus.

Cassini made a close flyby of Enceladus on Tuesday (March 27), swooping within about 46 miles (74 kilometers) of the moon’s surface. This moon is one of the few known geologically active places outside Earth in the solar system.

CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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The ships of Battlestar Galactica, immortalized in thousands of LEGO bricks

LEGO enthusiasts Garry King has a simple mission — to build the spacecraft ofBattlestar Galactica out of thousands upon thousands of tiny plastic bricks. So far, he’s constructed a sizable fleet of Colonial and Cylon craft.

Let’s start with his most recent craft, William Adama’s Battlestar Valkyrie from Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. This ship is 10 feet long, weighs 110 pounds, and is built out of 42,341 LEGO bricks.

[Garry King via Brothers Brick]

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Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

With Carnegie Mellon’s cloud-centric new mobile app, the process of matching a casual snapshot with a person’s online identity takes less than a minute. Tools like PittPatt and other cloud-based facial recognition services rely on finding publicly available pictures of you online, whether it’s a profile image for social networks like Facebook and Google Plus or from something more official from a company website or a college athletic portrait. In their most recent round of facial recognition studies, researchers at Carnegie Mellon were able to not only match unidentified profile photos from a dating website (where the vast majority of users operate pseudonymously) with positively identified Facebook photos, but also match pedestrians on a North American college campus with their online identities. The repercussions of these studies go far beyond putting a name with a face; researchers Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, and Fred Stutzman anticipate that such technology represents a leap forward in the convergence of offline and online data and an advancement of the “augmented reality” of complementary lives. With the use of publicly available Web 2.0 data, the researchers can potentially go from a snapshot to a Social Security number in a matter of minutes

The Internet never forgets a face. Read more at The Atlantic

theatlantic:

Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

With Carnegie Mellon’s cloud-centric new mobile app, the process of matching a casual snapshot with a person’s online identity takes less than a minute. Tools like PittPatt and other cloud-based facial recognition services rely on finding publicly available pictures of you online, whether it’s a profile image for social networks like Facebook and Google Plus or from something more official from a company website or a college athletic portrait. In their most recent round of facial recognition studies, researchers at Carnegie Mellon were able to not only match unidentified profile photos from a dating website (where the vast majority of users operate pseudonymously) with positively identified Facebook photos, but also match pedestrians on a North American college campus with their online identities. 

The repercussions of these studies go far beyond putting a name with a face; researchers Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, and Fred Stutzman anticipate that such technology represents a leap forward in the convergence of offline and online data and an advancement of the “augmented reality” of complementary lives. With the use of publicly available Web 2.0 data, the researchers can potentially go from a snapshot to a Social Security number in a matter of minutes

The Internet never forgets a face. Read more at The Atlantic

(via mabelmoments)

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A new app shows where L.A. chefs are eating.

Wouldn’t that be at home? I mean, I’m no chef but am a pretty good cook and I find I like my cooking over most restaurants. Granted, I’m not going out to $50/person places but still, if I can make the same thing cheaper and it tastes better, I’m going to stay home. And that way, I don’t have to be around all those people, either. Bleah!

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A new app shows where L.A. chefs are eating.

Wouldn’t that be at home? I mean, I’m no chef but am a pretty good cook and I find I like my cooking over most restaurants. Granted, I’m not going out to $50/person places but still, if I can make the same thing cheaper and it tastes better, I’m going to stay home. And that way, I don’t have to be around all those people, either. Bleah!

(Source: Los Angeles Times, via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)

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