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Jim Lillie

Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

Achieving Tech-Life Balance in Private

Onward, a new app, helps overusers of technology change their relationships to online platforms ranging from dating apps to gambling to video games to pornography.

According to the Web site for the app, nearly 90% of committed Onward users experienced a reduction in their use of online platforms. And, the testimonial adds, "Most stopped using entirely."

What exactly qualifies as technology overuse? If a user can answer yes to any of several questions, chances are there's an overuse situation. Some of those questions include the following:

Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Badger Vs. Bovine = No Contest

To be fair, the bovine in question was already dead. But the badger's feat proved nonetheless impressive.

Weighing in at a fraction of his adversary -- one estimate pegged the cow as being four to five times the badger's size -- the badger managed to bury the entire cow carcass over a five-day period.

It all happened in the Great Basin Desert of Utah, reports LiveScience, and just happened to be caught on a time-lapse video that had been set in motion to observe the antics of birds that pick at carcasses.

Turns out that the badger's efforts to dig a hole around the dead cow and then bury it had reportedly never been seen before in a wild setting.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:00

Flowers that Bloom with Your Movements

The 3,000-flower display, known as the "Flower Mirror," responds to human movements by blooming as people pass in front of it.

A Japanese department store, Daimaru, has installed 800 motors in a major display window. The engines' collective job: To sprout a layer of darker flowers over the lighter colored varieties.

As Mashable reports, "Each time someone walks past, sensors detect their silhouette, and the corresponding flowers open in bloom."

The display also has the capability of mirroring back a variety of pre-programmed patterns, shapes, or texts -- like a set of letters which, one at a time, spell out the name of the store itself.

Measuring 16 by 10 feet, the display was installed in honor of the department store's 300th anniversary. Its life was fairly short, lasting only until the end of March at the store's Kyoto and Tokyo outlets.

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