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
On the surface of it, ska bands and improv troupes have little in common, outside of both being brands of entertainment that are more fun to produce than consume. But that might be enough right there, as the creators of the Holding Court Podcast have discovered. They've started a Tumblr called "Ska or Improv" and all you have to do is decide whether you're looking at a ska band or an improv troupe. Not a game for the faint of heart, as it's virtually impossible without resorting to a reverse Google image search. You can do that if you want (AV Club says one of the ska bands is calling itself "Skashank Redemption," so consider yourself warned) but it's probably just more fun to guess and leave it a mystery as to how many you actually got right ... Discuss
Serial may be over, but the snowball started by its investigation into the case of Adnan Syad, who was jailed for the murder of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, continues to roll. After Jay Wilds gave a brand new account of just what happened on the day of Hae's murder, the prosecutor in the case spoke to the Intercept. The prosecutor, Kevin Ulrick, took serious issue with Serial's investigation, claiming he hadn't even been contacted by Serial's producers until the season was nearly over. The Intercept agreed, calling Serial's attempts to contact Ulrick "the most troubling thing" about the program. However, Serial is fighting back big time, and they make a pretty strong case.
We reached out to Kevin Urick multiple times, at multiple locations, during the winter of 2014, about nine months before the podcast began airing. Urick did not respond to any of those interview requests ...In the end Kevin Urick ...declined to be part of the podcast.
You can read Serial's full statement on their Twitter account ... Discuss