New Trailer For The New Star Trek Movie – In Theaters Mary 17th
A man in Kokomo, Indiana who got a Netflix tattoo and posted a picture of it to Twitter was rewarded with a free one-year subscription to Netflix. Myron Robinson said he got the tattoo as an inside joke with his friends. He tweeted, “@Netflix put me on a commercial I love you guys.” Netflix then responded, “NO WAY! Free year for you.” The CEO of the company, Reed Hastings, also posted the story on his Facebook page. (FARK)
Facebook Isn’t cool Anymore???
An unscientific study finds that teens are getting tired of Facebook. In a survey of 40-students at a high school in Birminham, Alabama, only eight students listed Facebook as their most-used social network. For eleven respondents, Facebook wasn’t even ranked in their top three social networks– Instagram was the most popular social app by far. Even Facebook is aware of the issue, and acknowledged the problem in its annual 10-K report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commmission last month. Teens say they don’t like the high number of parents and relatives that now use Facebook, and that while Facebook is a good tool for organizing a study group or sharing photos taken at Prom, they don’t feel they need to see constant updates from friends who generally live in the same town and do lots of similar activities. (TIME)
Red Wine Pills
One scientist says that studies have shown a compound in red wine could have health benefits, and he’s planning on creating a “red win pill” that would be rquivalent to 100-glasses of the stuff. Australian biologist, David Sinclair, says that a recent study has settled that resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, can fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. Sinclair says the downside is that a single glass of red wine only contains low concentrations of the compound, but his pill would deliver 100-times the potency. He says the most promising versions of the drug are being tested on mice and humans, and appears to be safe in humans so far. (Fox News)
People Are Bad At Multi-Tasking
One British study finds that women generally believe they are better at multitasking than men, but the truth is that both sexes are bad multitasking. Professor Nick Chater of Warwick Business School says he conducted a series of experiments to find the answer, including asking people questions while they were doing something else, such as walking. He says he found that, “When we are trying to strain our memory or when we have to do something remotely difficult, we have to stop doing something else. Mental and physical energy is more connect than you imagine.” He says studies show any gender differences are small, with women better at multitasking in some circumstances and men in others. (Daily Mail)
A previously-unknown asteroid large enough to wipe out a big city if it had hit the Earth flew relatively close by us on Saturday (March 9th), passing some 600,000 miles away, about two-and-a-half times the distance of the Moon. The 460-foot-long asteroid, which is nearly eight times as large as the one that exploded over Russia last month with a shock wave that shattered windows and damaged buildings, was discovered just six days ago. Later on Saturday, another small asteroid passed about 17,200 miles from Earth, closer than the orbiting networks of communications and weather satellites. At the direction of Congress, NASA has been finding and tracking near-Earth objects that are 0.62 miles or larger in diameter, and it estimates about 95 percent have been identified. However, according to NASA, only about 10 percent of smaller asteroids have been discovered.
Seattle Bar Bans Google’s High-Tech Glasses — Which Aren’t Even Out Yet
A Seattle bar owner has banned Google’s high-tech augmented-reality eyeglasses, called Google Glass, even though they aren’t expected to be available to consumers until later this year. 5 Point Cafe made the announcement last week on Facebook, and owner Dave Meinert told MYNorthwest.com about it: “Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook and get a reaction, but part of it is serious because we don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar because it’s kind of a private place people go.” Google is still developing the glasses, which can take pictures, video and display directions and social conversations on the lenses.