“Limitless” Potential [infographic]

May 25, 2011 |  by  |  Movies  |  2 Comments
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The recent Bradley Cooper vehicle, “Limitless,” is still making rounds in many theaters, presenting a tantalizing picture of unlimited potential. Sure, for Cooper’s Eddie Morra, that potential comes by way of a small clear pill known as NZT with a laundry list of negative side-effects, but watching Morra transform from a greasy loser to a sparkling genius is like a Cinderella story (with a lot of guns, blood hungry loan sharks, and dying junkies). As the credits rolled, I wondered how much accuracy there was to the movie’s science. Today’s infographic tackles the myth that we only use 10% of our brains, the actual possibility of an NZT-like drug, and other brainy tid-bits. (For another awesome infographic on the brain, see the previously posted 15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Brain.)

The middle section gives an interesting numerical snapshot of the brain. According to the infographic, the brain weighs 3 lbs. and contains 100,000 miles, yes miles, of blood vessels. The bottom portion examines the current possibility of several key “Limitless” plot points. Just how likely is a drug that unlocks a hidden cache of brilliance? At this point, it looks like much of the plot is rooted in a combination of science and science fiction.

Whether the movie’s science is 100% plausible or not, “Limitless” is definitely worth a watch. If nothing else, it presents a compelling scenario: at what price would you take unlimited personal potential? [Via]

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The Cost of the Playstation Network Shutdown [infographic]

May 24, 2011 |  by  |  Gaming  |  No Comments
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Luckily, I happen to be an Xbox fan and didn’t have to worry about my identity being stolen. Playstation really screwed up and their customers are not happy campers. I hope Sony has learned their lesson about digital security and will not let it happen again. [Via]

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How Netflix Destroyed Blockbuster [infographic]

May 23, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  7 Comments
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Once upon a time there was a store named Blockbuster, ruler of all video rental stores. No one had a kingdom bigger than Blockbuster, not even Hollywood Video. This time was a simpler time, a time when years went by between a movie being in theaters and being released on VHS. Yes that’s right this is the time of the VHS and of late fees. However as time passed there had to be a change, people wanted DVDs and would no longer accept the cursed late fees.

However as time passed and these reforms would become the smallest of Blockbuster’s worries. There was a new light rising in the world of the internet, Netflix and their much cooler red color. Netflix new what the people wanted, they wanted their movies delivered to them and they wanted as many as they could get in while paying a set price each month. As Netflix expanded its library it expanded its grasp on the movie and television watching crowd as well. So there after came instant streaming and total domination. Leaving Blockbuster with nothing to do but surrender and claim bankruptcy.

Today’s infographic entitled How Netflix Destroyed Blockbuster shows just how popular Netflix has become and how far Blockbuster has fallen. Once having drawn in $6 billion dollars in revenue, Blockbuster now owes millions to companies like Fox, Warner Brothers, and Sony. With their radically different business model and youthful appeal Netflix showed how a small company can come in at any time and take out a giant. [via]

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Research in Motion’s Uncertain Future [infographic]

May 20, 2011 |  by  |  Tech  |  2 Comments
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RIM’s Blackberry cell phones have taken over the business communication world. The majority of government employees use Blackberrys and hundreds of companies supply their workers with RIM devices. Although the iPhone and Android smart phones are gaining market share, RIM is continuing to create the ultimate workaholic device.

I’ve had a curve before and I really enjoyed it. The downside is that I couldn’t see past texts, but the fast typing made up for it. I coud write essays on my Blackberry, whereas iPhones’ auto-correct would change every other word I wrote to something completely different. Writing important e-mails on my iPhone was a timely hassle. Now that my iPhone is out of commission I’ll be switching back to my old Blackberry Curve. I’ll get to see if I can handle my app absence.

Blackberry’s are also very durable. I could drop my Curve all day long and it wouldn’t change a thing compared to my iPod Touch that broke the very first time I dropped it. iPhones all require a case, but most will cling to the inside of my pocket and are way too bulky. Blackberry’s simple classy design makes it fit in with an office environment.[Via]

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Eating Insects [infographic]

May 19, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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I don’t know about you, but crickets are one of my favorite midday snacks. Not only are they cheap, but they are so readily available, everywhere. While I only kid, there are cultures in which eating insects is widely accepted. Not only are insects a cheap source of protein, and apparently rather tasty one, they are the most eco-friendly meat.

Although insect meat as an alternative to that of cows, pigs, and other livestock may be a little too radical for some, it shows some promise in lowering various greenhouse gasses. According to today’s infographic the meat industry contributes to 65% of Earth’s Carbon Monoxide, 35-40% of Methane, and about 9% of CO?. All numbers that could be diminished if we just started farming insects. How many of you would be willing to give up livestock for insects? [via]

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