In a disturbing repeat of last year, Japanese whalers returned to port Friday with the carcasses of 333 minke whales on board. Since 1986, a global moratorium has banned the hunting of whales, but Japan claims the killings are being done for “scientific research.” This is nothing new—Japan has been exploiting this scientific research loophole in the international whaling moratorium for years. Specifically, the Japanese fisheries ministry says, “The purpose of this research is to carry out a detailed calculation of the catch limit of minke whales and study the structure and dynamics of the ecological system in the Antarctic Ocean.” Based on the fleet’s most recent expedition to the Southern Ocean, it concluded: “Since a majority of both the males and females taken were mature, this indicates that the species is reproducing healthily.” Advertisement Unfortunately, Japanese “scientists” had to butcher 333 minke whales over … [Read more...] about Japanese Fleet Slaughters 333 Whales in the Name of ‘Science’
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I know plenty of news outlets are calling this thing a flying car, but let’s be clear here: this isn’t a flying car. It’s a drone you and some of your pals can ride in. It’s not designed to drive on the roads like a car, and then transform into an air vehicle, which makes sense, because it’s not a flying car. The demo happened in Abiko, Japan, in a cage at NEC’s test facility, where it hovered about 10 feet above the ground for about a minute. The use of the cage and the tether on the drone makes the demo feel more like NEC captured some exotic and dangerous animal and is displaying it to the public, who can thrill to its mighty buzz: The drone runs on batteries, and is remarkably light, weighing only 331 pounds. Japan’s government is supportive of flying car development, and Japanese venture capitalists have started a special fund, called the Drone Fund, to support such projects. Advertisement Kouji Okada, NEC’s head of the … [Read more...] about Japanese Electronics Company NEC Demos A Flying Car That’s Not Really A Flying Car
Last year, we wrote about the troubling problem of Airbnb rentals with hidden cameras, spying on guests. (Back in April, a family even found a hidden camera live-streaming their stay at an Airbnb in Ireland.) But in our latest edition of Hack or Wack, we ask another important, related question: Would you willingly book a cheap hotel or Airbnb, knowing you’d be live-streaming your entire stay on YouTube? Well, this scenario is not a hypothetical one—one hotel-owner based out of Fukuoka, Japan is allowing guests to stay at his rental property for just 100 yen, or $1 if they’re willing to stream their experience live on the hotel’s YouTube page, which currently has over 6,000 subscribers. Commenters can chat directly with the guests during their trip and as they stream, too. Advertisement There are certain rules and boundaries built into the dealWashington Post, a microphone can be enabled for those guests “thrilled by being watched,” and I guess, … [Read more...] about This Japanese Hotel Charges $1—If You Live-Stream Your Stay
Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavors: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s favor, so it’s worth paying some attention. The open-source AMP for email (read: Gmail) allows for marketers, newsletter editors and others to include things like calendar appointments, fill out forms, or send RSVPs directly in a message, per the Next Web. The intent is for Google to offer more functionality for tasks that might have previously required clicking out to other websites or cloud applications. Per the Verge, other applications might include live-updating widgets with functions like scrolling through Pinterest posts directly in your Gmail inbox. Advertisement This does look cool, but what’s important is that Google has a head start on a new, … [Read more...] about Google’s Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac and is also considered to be one of the water signs. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Merkur Scorpio rocks a V8, but does its price mean the seller is all wet? Froggy may have gone a courtin' miss mousey - uh huh - and wanted to slip her some tongue, But had he done so in yesterday's frog-like Qvale Mangusta she may have turned him down as fast as did the 68% of you who deemed it to be Crack Pipe. Not even its fancy-pants top could overcome the Olive Garden-ness of that odd-ball Italian. Advertisement One of the more memorable Simpsons characters, Hank Scorpio was an evil genius with ADHD, who also had a penchant for flamethrowers. Contrastingly, with the Merkur Scorpio, Ford was happy just to dominate the U.S. sales charts for hatchback executive saloons.That of course, at the time of its release was a category made up of. . . well, the Merkur Scorpio. Unfortunately, Americans like big hatchbacks about as much as they like burning bags of … [Read more...] about For $2,800, what’s your sign?