A glorious new website will turn any Twitter feed into works of incredible poetry. Poetweet is super simple: Just enter the name of any Twitter handle, select the type of poem you would like the tweets to be converted into and wait a few moments while some robotic literary genius crafts them into a surreal work of prose. Say goodbye to at least an hour of productivity today ... Discuss
Brandon Stanton, the founder of the popular photography blog Humans of New York, was so inspired by a recent visit to a Brooklyn middle school, that he decided to do something to help the students. Stanton talked to a young student at the school who praised principle Nadia Lopez saying, “She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”
The conversation impacted Stanton so much that he launched a crowd-funding campaign that will allow kids from Mott Hall Bridges school to visit the campus of Harvard University. Stanton explained, “Since many of her scholars have never left New York, [Lopez] wants them to know what it feels like to stand on the campus of one of the world’s top schools, and know that they belong.” With a week still to go, the “Let's Send Kids to Harvard” page has already brought in more than $1 million ... Discuss
Maybe you've heard, maybe you haven't, but RELEVANT actually has a podcast. If you're listening to it, you're definitely aware that it's worth your time. If you're not listening, well, we just don't know what to tell you. You'll come to your senses eventually. But starting this week, we're launching a new feature: Video Extracts. Basically, we'll take a few highlights from each podcast and post it on YouTube, to delight your eyes just as much as it already soothes your ears. We are hoping to move into all five senses eventually, but we're starting here. Enjoy ... Discuss
Tech company SplashData has released its annual list of the “Worst Passwords” of the past year (otherwise known as the 25 most common), and just like 2013, “123456” topped the list. The company compiled the list by looking through databases of leaked security information from 2014. Coming in second place was the impenetrable cipher composed of strange digital characters that make up the code “password”. Some other terrible passwords include “qwerty,” “monkey,” “dragon,” “baseball,” “access,” “shadow,” “superman” and most ironically, “trustno1” ... Discuss
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a truly insane new metal that is so hydrophobic that it actually, literally repels water. It has to been to be believed, which you can do in the video below.
There are endless applications, from airplanes that won't freeze to iPhones that won't get wet. Even better, researchers can use this metal to create 100 percent efficient water retention systems in developing nations where water is scarce. If you want to hear more about the actual science behind the metal, the University of Rochester have put together this explainer video but, hang on, because there are some mighty big words in it ... Discuss
The findings of a new study from the University of Missouri seem to indicate that we may have become a little too dependent on our phones, and that being separated from them may even cause “serious psychological and physiological effects.” Researchers had groups of volunteers complete a series of puzzles while they measured their heart rates and blood pressure. When the participants were told they had to hand over their iPhones (because of “Bluetooth interference” with the equipment), the team observed a “significant increase in anxiety” and overall performance on the tests got noticeably worse.
One of the researchers explained in a press release, “The results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of ourselves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.” Though, considering there’s a high likelihood that you’re reading this on an iPhone, the findings may not come as much of a surprise ... Discuss