Ikea has announced a new line of furniture that will allow you to charge your phone without plugging it in, thanks to a partnership with the Wireless Power Consortium. The new Home Smart line of accessories—including items like bedside tables, coffee tables and lamps—will come equipped with wireless charging stations that will let you quickly charge Qi-compatible tablets and phones. Though not all major phones work with the charger technology, Ikea will be selling custom covers for iPhone and Samsung devices to make them chargeable with the Home Smart line ... Discuss
Do aliens exist? Blink-182's Tom DeLonge thinks so. Bill Clinton wouldn't be surprised if they do. And now, in a new photograph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, we learn that aliens not only exist, but they left the lights on. This image is of the dwarf planet Ceres, in an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and the two points of light emanating from it have scientists puzzled. Well, they say they're puzzled. Of course, they're probably getting paid off by the big dogs at Area 51.
"This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but we will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations," says Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission. Right. Sure. A "volcano-like origin."Definitely not the first wave of space invaders from the great beyond. Got it. Discuss
Diversity is finally coming to the world of emoji. The Atlantic explains, “The next system update for Apple Mac and iOS devices will let users type emoji with a variety of skin tones … Each human-like emoji, from the smiley face to the thumbs-up, will be available in one of five skin tones.” As this fascinating online piece from the magazine outlines, the Unicode Consortium (who controls the tiny images) hasn’t historically offered many options for representations of different ethnicities. But, the upcoming operating system update will likely use the latest draft of the Unicode standard, that was created in response to a demand from users: “People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone.” It looks like emoji users are finally getting their wish ... Discuss
For decades, parents have had an ace to play when it comes to their kids getting tattoos: "Do you really want that when you're 70 years old?" It's a good card, but it's on the verge of being toothless. A 27-year-old Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University in Halifax named Alec Falkenham is putting the finishing touches on a cream that can painlessly remove tattoos. What's more, he estimates the cream will cost something like $5 per treatment. Falkenham isn't yet sure how many treatments it will take to totally erase a tattoo, but he says it won't be many. From Mental Floss:
The tattooing process works by injecting ink into the skin, which stimulates an immune response in which cells called "macrophages" move into the area and "eat up" the ink. Although some of the macrophages carry ink away from the surface of the skin into the lymph nodes, others remain behind, darkened from "consuming" ink. These pigment-filled macrophages are what we see as a tattoo. Falkenham's cream works by inciting another round of macrophages to consume the colored ones and carry them, along with the ink, into the body's lymph nodes and away from the visible surface of the skin.
So there may be hope for these people yet. Parents, time to start finding a new way to talk your kids out of getting a tattoo ... Discuss
And the Facebook founder knows how to make it happen
At this point, it might feel like Mark Zuckerberg has digitally connected the entire world. Facebook has about 1.35 billion users—about 20 percent of the world’s population. But that’s not enough for Zuckerberg, who has set his sights on a new goal: total global connectivity. Read More