Inventors transform Dutch boy’s dead rat into a flying dead rat drone

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A 13-year-old Dutch boy wasn’t prepared to say goodbye to his dead pet rat — so he transformed it into dead pet rat that flies.

According to BBC, Dutch inventors Arjen Beltman and Bart Jansen helped Pepeijn Bruins bring energy back to his rodent friend, which had been euthanized after falling ill to cancer. The inventors’ previous creations include “the world’s first stuffed, radio-controlled flying cat” and a flying dead ostrich.

Footage of their work will air in the UK on the Channel 4 program, All Creatures Great and Stuffed on Sept. 10. In the meantime, you can watch a dead rat fly in BBC‘s video and in these handy GIFs.

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Tinder Is Raising From Benchmark At A Valuation North Of $750 Million

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tinderhq Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 billion. Silicon Valley investors have been circling the fast-growing, two-year old company for… Read More

Coursera President Daphne Koller: 2014 Is The Year MOOCs Will Come Of Age

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daphny-koller4 This morning at Disrupt SF, Coursera’s president Daphne Koller pushed back against the notion that her company is a for-profit education company: In her view, Coursera is instead a for-profit technology company. TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois pressed Koller on the completion rates the average class on her platform sees — only 5 percent of people that enroll in a future… Read More

Microsoft is killing the Nokia and Windows Phone brands

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Microsoft is planning to stop using the Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season in its marketing materials. GeeksOnGadgets has obtained an internal Microsoft document that details the company’s guidelines for its own brands, and The Verge can confirm the material is authentic and accurate. “As part of our phased transition, we will drop the manufacturer name [Nokia] from product references during the Holiday campaign,” reads one of the slides. Microsoft is also planning not to use the Windows Phone logo in promotions and commercials, instead it will be replaced with just Windows.

Windows will take the place of Windows Phone, with Lumia for phone models

Although the death of the Nokia brand is understandable given that…

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Stephen Colbert already knows what the next Apple Watch will look like

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If the history of smartphones has taught us anything, it’s that screens will always get bigger. Stephen Colbert knows it too, and while talking about the Apple Watch on his show last night, he showed off an early depiction of what might come next: the Wrist Pad. We may not have something quite so monstrous just yet, but for now the Apple Watch already accomplishes plenty. As Colbert puts it: “It’s finally cool to wear a calculator watch.”

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Rocket Internet Confirms It Will Hold An IPO Later This Year

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Rockets by Flickr user Steve Jurvetson After much speculation, German super-incubator and clone factory Rocket Internet has confirmed that it plans to launch an initial public offering later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet intends to raise up to $970 million in the IPO and plans to use the proceeds to “finance its future growth through the launch of new businesses and [provide] further equity capital… Read More

Disrupt SF Social Contest #3: Selfie Disrupt

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tc-disrupt-2 Do you have the courage to break rules in the name of innovation? Drastically rupture the status quo? Do you want to see tech done better? Are you really, really good at taking selfies? We want to see what “disrupt” really means to our readers. That’s why we’ve created a three-part social media contest for you to show us just how creative you can get. Today, Day 3… Read More

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 DAS Review

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Seagate’s premium storage brand, LaCie, has been introducing a wide variety of Thunderbolt 2 products since late last year. Today, we are seeing the launch of a hybrid direct-attached storage (DAS) unit with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 connections in the d2 Thunderbolt 2. The differentiating aspect is the availability of a full-speed PCIe SSD add-on which adds another storage module at the expense of the USB 3.0 port. We took the unit for a spin using our Windows-based Thunderbolt 2 setup. Read on to see how the unit performs.

Jeff Goldlblum sings the lyrics to the Jurassic Park theme, forgets to play melodica

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Jeff Goldlblum continues to charm the millienials who will forever remember him as Dr. Ian Malcolm. On last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, he sang the non-canonical lyrical version of the Jurassic Park theme. If you wish to sing along, the lyrics are as follows: “In Jurassic Park — scary in the dark — I’m so scared that I’ll be eaten.”

Goldblum, who has a lovely voice, no question, does commendable work with the tune. But if I were to nominate one or two ditties for best rendition of the Jurassic Park theme, I’d select the following YouTube videos. Warning, the second video has some language NSFW.

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What are Netflix, Tumblr, and others doing for today’s net neutrality protest?

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Are you planning on watching some movies tonight on Netflix? Or posting a photo to Tumblr? Or backing a crowdfunded project? You’re going to see a lot of spinning wheels. As fall elections heat up and the FCC prepares to close the public comment period on its Open Internet proposal, a cluster of major sites and a number of more minor ones are urging visitors to contact Congress and the FCC and express support for reclassifying broadband internet under the “common carrier” rules that govern…

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With Stash Data Center, Atlassian Brings Git To Large Enterprises

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Stash Data Center beta - Multiple Nodes With Stash, Atlassian has been offering a Git-based code-management solution for quite a while now. Up until now the company was mostly going after relatively small teams with this service, but today it is launching Stash Data Center, its Git solution for large enterprises. Unlike the regular Stash service, Stash Data Center can run on a cluster instead of a single server. Thanks to this,… Read More

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