5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • A new dating app lets you look into someone's eyes for 15 seconds. Flutter was designed by a Los Angeles–based CTO and marketing expert out of disappointment at other dating apps that didn't lead to lasting relationships. "We have found in our research that when you look into the eyes of someone for 15 seconds, your brain is able to signal certain emotions, giving you those butterflies or that not-so-interested feeling." — Flutter
     
  • NFL star Tom Brady is officially off the hook as federal judge overturns his suspension. The federal judge reversed the ruling because he found the NFL did not give the New England quarterback "adequate notice of the potential penalty for the misconduct he was accused of and it had been denied sufficient access to the NFL’s investigative files." Unless there is an appeal on behalf of the NFL, Brady will play in the Patriots’ opening game September 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. — The New York Times
     
  • Now you can bring home your very own Star Wars BB-8 droid. The collaboration between Disney and robotics startup Sphero can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet. Using your iPhone like a remote, you can roll the Star Wars droid around the room and even give it voice commands. You can also "watch BB-8 broadcast holographic messages recorded by other users." — TechCrunch
     
  • Coffee snobbery just went next level with a $22,000 espresso machine that lets you make the perfect shot. Slayer is the "only commercial espresso machine that lets a barista choose exactly how much water hits the beans in a given moment." The coffee machine isn't the only one in this top-tier category, with other brands, such as La Marzocco, Nuova Simonelli, and Synesso, starting at more than $17,000. Would you pay that much for coffee if you could? — Bloomberg
     
  • The world is running out of water, according to NASA. Two twin satellites, called GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment), launched in 2002 have been measuring many of the Earth's resources, especially fresh water. In the last couple of weeks, GRACE studied the "world's 37 largest aquifers," and more than a third are "being used at unsustainable rates" and being "drained far faster than natural processes can restore them." The satellites have also shown that the lack of water in California is worsening. — Business Insider

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