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Magnificent color postcards tout the glaciers and fjords of 1890s Norway

Svolvaer, Lofoten. Image: Library of Congress These postcards of the mountains, fjords, glaciers and towns of late 19th Century Norway were created by the Detroit Publishing Company using the Photochrom process. Invented in the 1880s by an employee of a Swiss printing company, Photochrom was a painstaking and time-consuming technique for applying color to black-and-white images The process involved coating a tablet of lithographic limestone with a light-sensitive emulsion, then exposing it to sunlight through a photographic negative. This caused the emulsion to harden in proportion to the tones of the negative, creating a fixed lithographic image on the stone. Read more… More about Travel , Norway , Photochrom , History , and Retronaut

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Robot with sense of touch to allow surgeons to operate remotely

During keyhole surgery, surgeons typically rely on sight as they remotely control the delicate operation.  A new robot promises to give them one important extra sense: touch. The invention, revealed Wednesday at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Melbourne, Australia, is called the HeroSurg. Created by a team at Australia’s Deakin University, as well as Harvard University, the robot may look a little terrifying but its inventors hope it will make operations safer and more accurate. SEE ALSO: Humans may prefer expressive robots to competent ones, study finds Unlike most current keyhole surgery tools, the robot uses haptic feedback to deliver a sense of touch to the operator, as well as 3D images so the surgeon can see where their instruments are placed. Read more…

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Here are the top 5 takeaways from Elon Musk’s big Mars speech

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has never been shy about his ambitions to save humanity by making it a multiple planet species.  For more than 10 years, the billionaire has championed the idea that humanity’s best hope for survival is by extending our reach into the solar system.  During a speech in Guadalaraja, Mexico on Tuesday, Musk finally laid out SpaceX’s vision for getting people off Earth and establishing a city — filled with everything from pizza parlors to fueling stations — on Mars. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk’s SpaceX reveals its ambitious plan to settle Mars “History is going to bifurcate along two directions. One path is we stay on Earth forever and then there will be some eventual extinction event,” Musk said  during the speech before the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Read more… More about Space Exploration , Mars , Nasa , Elon Musk , and Space

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Look out, Samsung: Alcatel’s Idol 4S is respectable, affordable and all about VR

As if Xiaomi and Huawei eating Samsung’s lunch in the smartphone market wasn’t already enough trouble, now the Korean electronics giant has to worry about Alcatel. Announced at Mobile World Congress in February, Alcatel’s finally revealed a release date and U.S. pricing for the Idol 4S, the follow-up to the well-received Idol 3 .  Unlike other smartphones playing in the $300-400 price range (like the OnePlus 3 ), Alcatel is positioning the Idol 4S as more than just a smartphone — it’s an experience. Part of that experience is the packaging, which doubles as a VR headset. SEE ALSO: Alcatel’s $250 Idol 3 is a Nexus by another name — and that’s great Read more…

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Cultural Revolution propaganda posters encouraged patriotism and hygiene

1971 “Speed Up Agriculture Using Modern Machinery.” Image: David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images Lasting roughly from 1966 to 1976, the Cultural Revolution was a period of enormous societal upheaval in China, as Communist Party leader Mao Zedong sought to restore ideological purity and a revolutionary spirit to the country. The decade was marked by purges and power struggles at the upper echelons of government, and the mobilization of masses of young people to enforce Maoist thought. One of the primary vessels for disseminating instructions and models of behavior was propaganda art. Vivid posters were created to inspire citizens to put forth their labor towards agriculture, industry and national defense, as well as concerns such as hygiene and family planning. Read more… More about Cultural Revolution , Propaganda , History , China , and Retronaut

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HTC Vive announces $10 billion VR Venture Capital Alliance

 VR technologies are going to be requiring a shit ton of capital as they look to make the crossover from R&D phases to mass market adoption. HTC is certainly looking to do its part to make sure that the headset technologies it is building have a broader ecosystem to fall into. Today, at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, HTC Vive announced a $10 billion initiative to put… Read More

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1943: Harlem through the lens of legendary photographer Gordon Parks

Image: Gordon Parks/Library of Congress These photos of Harlem were taken by Gordon Parks, a young photographer for the Office of War Information who would go on to become one of the most renowned photographers of the twentieth century. Born in 1912, Parks left home at the age of 15 and bought his first camera in a pawn shop at 25. He made a living as a portrait and glamour photographer in Chicago while simultaneously capturing compassionate images of black life on the city’s South Side. His work on the South Side led to a job in the Farm Security Administration’s famed documentary photography program, and later the OWI Read more… More about New York , History , Harlem , Us World , and Us

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Taylor Swift and other big names join the music industry’s campaign against YouTube

 The music industry is ramping up its campaign against YouTube. Musicians, including Katy Perry and Billy Joel, sent a petition earlier this year to the U.S. Copyright Office to amend the U.S. Copyright Act. Now there’s an open letter to Congress signed by stars like Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and U2 expressing a similar sentiment. Music labels like BMI, Sony Music and Universal… Read More

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Why Britain is beating the U.S. at financial innovation

 Legislation allowing ordinary American investors to invest in the shares of startups and small businesses was first introduced in the U.S. Congress in 2011. Despite bipartisan support and the approval of President Obama, it is only now becoming a reality. Read More

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