Artificial Rhino Horns

From Slashdot.

Black Rhinoceros horn material sells for $65,000 per kilo. The rhinos are rare, which helps up the price, but the horn is also prized “as a fever-reducer, a cosmetic, an aphrodisiac, a hangover care. And so people highly value it in the Vietnamese and Chinese cultures. So we are trying to reduce that value by increasing the supply,” says Jennifer Kaehms of Pembient, a company that’s working to make artificial rhino horns that are not only chemically indistinguishable from the natural variety, but are 3-D printed to look the same. The idea is that if they can flood the market with human-made rhino horns, it will cut poaching — which is a big deal because there are only about 5,000 black rhinos left in the whole world.

Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast

Google is now selling $15 dollar ethernet adapter specifically for Chromecast. It’s for people who have unreliable WiFi connections, which is big damper if you’re streaming movies. The ethernet adapter comes with a power supply and a USB port where you connect the Chromecast device. In addition, the ethernet adapter will also provide power to Chromecast. At the moment, the ethernet adapter is only available in the USA, and is already sold out. Will you get one when it becomes available?

Online Radio Ads

I don’t have a stereo receiver at home. On occasion, I like to listen to a local radio station online via iTunes. My biggest gripe are the ads. Do radio stations really need to play 15 minutes of ads before I hear the actual show? The only reason I stuck around was to find out how long the ads would run. 15 minutes of ads! You got to be kidding me. No one has that kind of patience just to hear a radio show. So now, I have this policy. If I hear ads, I simply switch stations. I know radio stations have to make money, but 15 minutes. Annoying if you ask me.