After the unprecedented damage to New York City’s transit system brought on by Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been looking into near-term solutions that could shield subway tunnels from flood waters come next storm season. It tested one of those safeguards yesterday for the first time by inflating a 30-foot plug (designed by the US Department of Homeland Security) that could effectively seal off New York’s subways in the event of a natural disaster.
In the old days when you could still find a video rental store in most towns, ordering a pizza for the evening’s movie was second nature for many families. Things have changed a bit in the Netflix era, but that combination still proves popular in many countries around the world. Brazil is among them, and to ensure that its customers continue to associate movie night with a warm pie, Domino’s is taking a unique approach. It’s joined up with 10 rental stores in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to distribute DVDs that smell like pizza after they’ve been played.
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“Please proceed to the front of the line. The next attendant will be with you shortly. When instructed, please present your identification and invoice. If you do not have those documents, we will be happy to help you. Simply proceed to the back of the line and see the next available attendant for assistance.”
Google today launched several new services for Glass — dubbed “Glassware” — including a Facebook app that lets you post photos to your timeline. Facebook’s efforts were led by Mobile Product Manager Erick Tseng, a former Product Manager on Android, after an early conversation with some old colleagues at Google. “They’ve done a great job creating, even at this early stage, an environment that made it quite simple for us to build this app,” he says. “We only had two engineers that worked on this — from the day we came up with idea with Google to today was just a few months.”
In 2009 J.J. Abrams reimagined Star Trek, turning Gene Roddenberry’s near-utopian vision into a high-octane summer action ride. Rather than simply creating a prequel, however, Abrams opted to fork the Trek universe with a bit of time travel trickery and some heavy lifting from Leonard Nimoy. The result was a massive hit that set the stage for a new series of adventures unencumbered by more than 45 years of canon.
Now comes Star Trek Into Darkness — but instead of taking advantage of that fresh start, the movie goes in the opposite direction. Leaning on its predecessors to an even greater degree than the 2009 reboot, it’s a film that that can be taken in wildly different ways depending on what the viewer brings to the table. If you loved the 2009 film, you’ll see more of the same wall-to-wall enjoyable summer action. If you have a strong attachment to earlier Trek films, however, you may walk out of the theater very angry.
“Everybody suddenly wanted digital camouflage,” O’Neill says. The problem was that “everybody didn’t know how to do it.”
In sheer numbers, these microbes and their genes dwarf us. It turns out that we are only 10 percent human: for every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes.Michael Pollan: Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome - NYTimes.com
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