Why we have blind spots – and how to see the blood vessels inside your own eye!

Here’s a great explanation of how the human eye works, and explains some of the odd effects you may have known – our blind spots and being able to view the optic blood vessels.

Medical

Gadget Autopsy – Smart Watch Dissected

From our friends at Viking we have an infographic that dissects Smart Watches. It’s just incredible what we can do with technology today when you think about this Smart Watch phenomenon and the experiences it lights up in such a tiny package.

Gadget Autopsy - Smart Watches

Gadgets / Devices

Best Casino Games for Geeks

Crown Casino

Geekiness and casinos go hand in hand. Most geeks have an aptitude for numbers and an instinctive understanding of probability, as well as the ability to make rational decisions instead of incorrectly assuming that if they’ve had a bad run, “their luck is about to change”. This understanding most likely comes from many years of playing video games. As much as we like to curse Dark Souls, we understand that the game is just a set of code — it isn’t deliberately out to get us, and the only way to change the outcome is to change what you are doing.

If you want to apply your video game skills to casino gaming, then there are a lot of different options that you can try. Poker is the most obvious of the games for geeks, since based on true skill and not chance but if you fancy trying your luck, there are a lot of ways that geeks can have fun at an online casino.

Casino Games for Geeks
Let’s take a look at some of the best casino games for those of us who are more geek-inclined.

Blackjack

Blackjack
Perhaps the best geeky game at Full Tilt Casino is blackjack. There are a lot of different versions, including single-player and multiplayer variants. European blackjack is a good starting point if you’re new to the game and ss you gain experience you can try more fancy versions, such as the double-deck blackjack variant. Blackjack is one game where a skilled player has a chance of beating the house. If you learn the rules and learn to keep track of the cards that you’ve already seen, you can do well over the long haul.

Roulette
Roulette is a thrilling and dramatic game that everyone should experience at least once in their life. Check out the European-style roulette tables at the online casino to see what everyone is talking about.
Those with geeky inclinations can perform well at the table, if they subscribe to the theory that mathematical probability could give you the edge over the house.

Super Slots
Slot machines are a lot of fun to play, especially if you can find an online video slot machine with a theme that you like. There are themed slot machines based on everything from your favourite bands to TV shows, movies, superheroes and ancient mythology. Video slot machine games can have a huge number of paylines, awesome graphics, high-quality sounds and in some cases interactive segments.
The best thing about slot machine games is that you can drop in and out of them as you please. If you enjoy playing video games and want something that you can mess around with on your phone or on your computer during your lunch break, then slots are a good choice. They are simple, fun and can pay out well if you get lucky. What better way to spend your time?
Those who like to study games will also suggest that there is a way of predicting which symbols will appear on which line. Once again, the geeks amongst us could find a way to succeed.
These are just a few of the games that can be played online where studying patterns, counting cards or employing the science of probability might just give you an edge over the house.

Games

Geek News Links June 2014

NEWS 

Scientists Create Shatterproof Phone Screens [MDConnects]
Too many of us are carrying shattered phones because screens we can’t afford new screens. However, scientists from the University of Akron may have discovered a solution to save fragile phones their dilapidated doom.

World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ [ScienceAlerts]
A solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia, has generated “supercritical” steam at a pressure of 23.5 mpa (3400 psi) and 570°C (1,058°F). CSIRO is claiming it as a world record, and it’s a HUGE step for solar thermal energy.

Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Nature]
Premature hype over gravitational waves highlights gaping holes in models for the origins and evolution of the Universe

How El Niño temporarily slows the Earth’s rotation [arsTechnica]
The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a major source of year-to-year variability in Earth’s average surface temperature and, it turns out, its rotational velocity.

Engineers build nanomotor that can fit inside a human cell [ScienceDaily]
Engineers have built the fastest, smallest and longest-running nanomotor to date. The nanomotor is capable of drug delivery on a nanoscale. One day, nanomotors could lead to the development of tiny devices that seek out and treat cancer cells.

Check out the best deals for gadgets, gearbest cool gadgets [GearBest]
Great deals on Android Phablets, Phones, Tablets, tons of A/V gear and more.

News Links

Six Life Lessons From Marvin The Paranoid Android

Marvin the Paranoid Android - Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

To celebrate the life and work of Douglas Adams, as we must always do on May 25, we should all make an effort to be better, cleverer people, taking the words of one of his finest, noblest characters as direct inspiration: Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Here’s an example of those lessons from BBC America:

A ‘Can Do’ Attitude:
Arthur: “Marvin, any ideas?”
Marvin: “I have a million ideas. They all point to certain death.”

Trillian: “Marvin… you saved our lives!”
Marvin: “I know. Wretched, isn’t it?”

Marvin: “I’ve calculated your chance of survival, but I don’t think you’ll like it.”

Just geeky