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Meet the newest peacock spiders: ‘People still get excited when they see them’

This photo isn’t fake.

These tiny, dazzling spiders are 100 per cent real — and scientists have just discovered another five species and sub-species in Western Australia.

They’re called peacock spiders and self-described peacock spiderman Jurgen Otto has spent years discovering and photographing them.

When he first spotted one of the unique creatures in bushland near Sydney about a decade ago, he said he almost stepped on it.

I took a photograph and then later I went home, looked at it on the computer and was just blown away, Dr Otto said.

When I started with all this, there was not a single picture or video of a peacock spider on the internet.

Nine years later now, you get many thousand hits when you type peacock spider into Google.

The reaction of people when they see the latest finds remains the same.

One could think that the novelty of this would all have worn off by now, but people still get excited when they see them, he said.

Each new species is a complete surprise — the patterns and colours of each species are so different and so unpredictable, you never know what the next one and its display and courtship dance will look like.

Most of the five discoveries were spotted in south-western WA, but peacock spiders can be found across southern Australia.

Dr Otto estimates there are now more than 60 species and sub-species of Australian peacock spiders. Thirty-nine of them were named by himself and fellow spider expert David Hill — via ABC News

Design

British MoD engineer Allen Millyard, has a brilliant habit of building the wildest motorcycle specials on the planet. Amazingly enough, Millyard builds these OEM-looking monsters in a small garage workshop with little more than hand tools. The lucky owner of this 883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special is Pip Davidson — a die hard 2-stroke fan. The joining of the engine cases is just seamless, making this one of the great double-take bikes, which you could mistake for OEM before your brain registers the width of the engine. Of course, the performance is anything but stock — the 883cc 5-cylinder, 2-stroke Kawasaki Triple produces 109 rear wheel horsepower — via BikeBound

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Geometric Pattern: 3D Cube / Red Wolf

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Wildlife

Burgers’ Zoo is now home to five Golden Jackal pups. Until recently, they have been safely tucked away with mum in their underground den, which makes it difficult for keepers to pinpoint their exact birthdate. They are now spending more time above ground and keepers estimate them to be about three-months-old — via ZooBorns

Craft, Entertainment

Godzilla is unique, there’s no one like him, maybe he can not throw his nuclear rays but his evil eyes come from the deepest of Mordor — via Etsy

Design

Max Ma Yicheng runs 2LOUD Custom out of Taipei, Taiwan and has a talent for metal shaping and finding a great line. His skills are on full display on this pretty-in-pink custom, built in the classic Japanese style and based on a 2016 model Kawasaki W800. It starts with the hand-made fuel tank, designed with a slimming effect, and a front neck tunnel that’s reminiscent of classic enduros — via Bike EXIF

Design

Bunker Custom Cycles of Istanbul have a client who requested an elegant war machine look, and builders Mert and Can Uzer have obliged in spectacular fashion — via Bike EXIF

Politics

Trump’s Media Pals Are Busy Creating a Left-Wing ‘Threat’ to Balance Out the Awful Racist Right-Wing Hordes That Threaten Civil Society

In these dark days, an intergenerational warning is in order: Antifa folks, be wary. They are coming for you.

Some of us have seen this movie before. In my generation, when I was a teenage member of MSU’s SDS in the late 1960s, I remember the guy who was always yelling, Kill the pigs, and encouraging us to burn down the ROTC building on campus. In later years, I heard from old SDS colleagues that when they sued the police, they learned that the outspoken guy was a police officer and his friends were informants.

For my dad’s generation, the right-wing takeover of a protest movement happened in Germany generations ago, so most Americans don’t even recognize Marinus van der Lubbe’s name. But the Germans remember well that fateful day 84 years ago: 27 February 1933. And many of them are looking at the confrontations in our streets and worrying.

It started when the government, struggling with questions of its own legitimacy and the instability of its leader, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. Historians are still debating whether the terrorist was a mentally incompetent young man manoeuvred into place to take the fall for the crime, or was an actual communist ideologue (of limited intellectual means and probably schizophrenic; that seems to be one thing most agree on).

But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation’s leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the people claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted — via AlterNet.org

Entertainment

Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, ahead of the opening of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator , told the Times that Pratchett had wanted whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all — via The Guardian

Design

A Harley-Davidson dealer handed this 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750 over to Austria-based NCT Motorcycles, with a mandate to rework it into a raffle prize for the upcoming 20th annual European Bike Week — via Bike EXIF

Wildlife

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is excited to announce the 23 May birth of a Pallas’s Cat kitten. The kitten’s birth marked the second live offspring ever produced with artificial insemination in Pallas’s Cat — via ZooBorns

Art

Geometric Pattern: Circle / Red Wolf

Geometric Pattern: Circle: Pink/Purple (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Circle: Blue/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Geometric Pattern: Circle: Red/Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

This 1980 BMW R100 RT rolled into Willie Knoll’s Clutch Motorcycles workshop as a 1980s tourer, and left as a classy, pared-down street tracker. In the metal, you’ll probably first notice the flip-flop Daytona Paradise paint, which changes colour with the light — but there are plenty of other subtle details that shine — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes / Red Wolf

Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes: Aqua (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Simple Nested Cubes: Grey (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes: Orange/Red (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes: Blue/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art, Entertainment

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining / Red Wolf

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Orange/Red ( Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Purple/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

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Pastel Flower Patterns / Red Wolf

Pastel Multi Flower Pattern (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Pastel Blue Flower (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Pastel Green Flower (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Pastel Red Flower ( Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Pastel Purple Flower (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

This Norton Atlas has all the goodies you’d normally see on one of Reinhard Neumair’s racers, with one notable exception—it meets Germany’s strict TÜV laws. That’s because the owner wanted a race replica that he could also ride on the streets — via Bike EXIF

Art

Fruit Icons / Red Wolf

Raspberry (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Blackberry (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Orange Slice (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Apple (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

BARC Architects were asked by their clients, a professional couple with a love of architecture and interior design, to create a family house that was simple yet bold, would encourage outdoor living and maximise their garden views. The exterior of the home, which is located in Plymouth, England, is a mixed palette of cedar, black zinc, stacked slate and white painted render — via CONTEMPORIST

Wildlife

The Minnesota Zoo is excited to welcome a new male Puma kitten, named Landslide, to their Medtronic Minnesota Trail exhibit — via ZooBorns

Design

Architecture studio tenfiftyfive have recently completed an addition to an old heritage house in Melbourne, Australia — via CONTEMPORIST

Technology

In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet’s core

When the Chinese government wanted to keep its users off Facebook and Google, it blocked the entire country’s access to the US companies’ apps and sites. And when citizens started using third-party workarounds — like Tor, proxies and VPNs — to get around those blocks, it moved to quash those, too.

So a handful of researchers came up with a crazy idea: What if circumventing censorship didn’t rely on some app or service provider that would eventually get blocked but was built into the very core of the internet itself? What if the routers and servers that underpin the internet — infrastructure so important that it would be impractical to block — could also double as one big anti-censorship tool?

It turns out, the idea isn’t as crazy as it might seem. After six years in development, three research groups have joined forces to conduct real-world tests of an experimental new technique called refraction networking. They call their particular implementation TapDance, and it’s designed to sit within the internet’s core.

In partnership with two medium-sized US internet providers and the popular app Psiphon, they deployed TapDance for over a week this past spring to help more than 50,000 users around the world access the free and open internet — the first time such a test has been done outside the lab, and at such a large scale.

The researchers announced the test in a paper presented at the annual USENIX Security conference earlier this week.

In the long run, we absolutely do want to see refraction networking deployed at as many ISPs that are as deep in the network as possible, said David Robinson, one of the paper’s authors, and co-founder of the Washington-based tech policy consulting firm Upturn. We would love to be so deeply embedded in the core of the network that to block this tool of free communication would be cost-prohibitive for censors  — via CBC