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Hacked & Burned: GIFing your selfies, the first Bitcoin ATM and the telescopic contact lens

GIF of the Week: Ben DeHaan

Prosthetic Knowledge has rendered Ben DeHaan's 'Uncured' series in GIF form. DeHaan uses photographic portraits untreated with UV light, making the photo ink unstable. DeHaan captures the subsequent decay through timelapse photography.

Bonus: Make a GIF of your selfies with this 'Face to GIF' website

Tumblr of the Week

Kick back and reflect on Murmuration, the festival for drone culture, which drew to a close over the weekend 

Internet Explorer -  Matthias Dörfelt

Generative art is a well oft returned to by digital artists. Here Matthias Dörfelt has paired it with the intransigently analogue, yet charming, flipbook animation format to create randomly generated, low fi and tangible, 'vines'.


Hardware of the Week – Quantum Computer

Scientific experts have been circumspect on whether the D-Wave quantum computer (snapped up by NASA, Google and Lockheed Martin) was actually computing using quantum mechanics (quantum computing is fascinating but to surmise might do it an injustice. Check out this overview for the skinny on the basis, should you be curious. USC researchers have settled the matter, declaring that the superfast computation enabled by D-Wave's computers is legitimately quantum, and not some clever computational sleight of hand.

Wetware of the Week: Telescopic Contact Lens

Extreme Tech gives us the run down of the gob smacking science behind the first contact lens that let's your eyeball do optical zoom, just like SLR cameras. The only (relatively) minor catch is that to trigger your zoomed in vision you must first don a set of (for now, 3D) glasses which activate the zoom in feature (by changing the magnetic polarity of your contact lenses!).

Website of the Week 

Part clever cryptography and undertaken in the spirit of steganography, AdLeaks is a novel solution for whistleblowers burdened with sensitive information. The Free University of Berlin and Steven's IT have created an Ad Leaks networks that utilises the 'advertising network' principle (behind many of the 'banner ads' delivered alongside your favourite web content) as a covert system for leaking information

Technomony of the Week pt 1

Bruce Sterling rounds up the frankly staggering number of dead crytpocurrencies

Speaking of Bitcoin a legit (non art installation) Bitcoin ATM is set to roll into production later this quarter.

And in other news, noteworthy only for its potential to be a digital transaction milestone, PayPal have committed themselves to working out how to pay in space (and as such, it's relevant only to the tiny portion of the population rich enough to consider this a quandary). Paypal's payment pow-wow may be one of the first major reconsiderations of digital transactions since Bitcoin first started stirring. 

Technomony of the Week pt 2: Don't Panic, Get a plug-in!

The people behind the (brilliantly named) Turkopticon now have a browser plug which empowers the legion of digitally distributed (and frequently monetarily shafted) mechanical turk labourers to engage in HIT (human intelligence task) sousveillance. The Verge tells the tale of unionised digital nomads

Science discovery of the Week: Anti Matter Gun

Scientific tinkerers at the University of Michigan have converted a tabletop laser into a functional antimatter gun. It's quite the achievement: they've managed to create positrons using a far smaller apparatus than previously thought possible.

Geek of the Week: AmputeeOT assembles own prosthetic leg from lego

Lego and whimsy go hand in hand, even when it's an enterprising amputee playing around with an alternative medium for prosthetics.

Events of the Week

A double header here, and two events whose import has been heightened by the ongoing fallout from Edward Snowden's NSA revelations. Ongoing at present is the The Fórum Internacional Software Livre (FISL): the largest free & open source software (FOSS) festival in Latin America.  Free software protects the rights and liberty of the user above all else. This years FISL is hosted in Brazil which, along with Venezuala and Argentina, has previously endorsed free software at all levels of society: from governmental to cultural. And this weekend SIGINT festival, the annual gathering hosted by Chaos Computer Club kicks off, with 'storming the clouds', 'network neutrality' and making & fabbing all part of the festivities.