Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ranking of Thanksgiving Sides

"A definitive ranking of Thanksgiving sides".

Includes the crucial Availability Theorem and Leftover Theorem.  (Click through to see all the graphs.) 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Light Posting

Admin note: Posting may be light for the rest of the week due to the US holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

[Update: Typo fixed!]

[Off Topic] Hsieh Forbes Column: "How Mandatory Calorie Labeling Hurts Consumers"

[Off Topic] My pre-Thanksgiving Forbes column is up, "How Mandatory Calorie Labeling Hurts Consumers".

If the FDA wants a "War On Bacon", I know what side I'm on!

Full Duplex For Cell Phones

"Simple Circuit Could Double Cell Phone Data Speeds". (Via H.R.)

When Should You Book That Flight?

"So when should you book that flight? The truth on airline prices"

Robot Bartenders

"I spent a weekend on a cruise ship staffed by robot bartenders"

Real Life Spider-Man Gloves

"Watch This Scientist Climb a Wall in Gecko-Inspired Spider-Man Gloves"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Interview With Sculptor Michael Wilkinson,

Linda Cordair interviews sculptor Michael Wilkinson.

Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beer

"Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beer"

NYT On Randi

The New York Times has a nice in-depth profile of James Randi, magician and defender of reason. Randi has done a magnificent job over the years debunking bogus paranormal claims.

Lawyers Using Fitbit Data In Personal Injury Cases

Forbes: Lawyers have started using Fitbit data in personal injury cases.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10 Science Fiction Tropes We Will Never Get Tired Of

"10 Science Fiction Tropes We Will Never Get Tired Of"

Zoom Into A Computer Chip

"Zoom into a computer chip: Watch this video to fully appreciate just how magical modern microchips are".

As the article notes, this isn't even a state-of-the-art advanced chip.

Daily Aspirin May Not Prevent Heart Attacks

"Daily Aspirin May Not Prevent Heart Attacks"

London Taxi Driver Test

NYT: "The Knowledge, London's Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS". (Via G.B.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Navy Laser

"US Navy Deploys Its First Laser Weapon in the Persian Gulf":
The laser can be adjusted to fire a non-lethal dazzling flash at an incoming vessel so they know it’s there “all the way to lethal,” [Rear Admiral] Klunder said. The laser’s range is classified. 

Interview With Mark Weir (Author Of The Martian)

Ars Technica has a great interview with Mark Weir, author of The Martian.

This was one of my favorite summer SF reads, and I'm glad it's being made into a movie.  (Via Howard R.)


Pixar Animation Math

"Interested In The Math Of Pixar's Animation? This Video Is Must-Watch"

NZ Gets No Respect

"World Maps Without New Zealand"

Monday, November 17, 2014

How Did The Enigma Machine work?

"How did" the Enigma machine work?" A nice clear, nonmathematical explanation.

Here's the graphic from the article, below (click through to see full sized).  And a positive review from IEEE of the upcoming movie, The Imitation Game.

Sonar Watch

"Researchers Develop $60 Sonar 'Watch' to Help Blind People Navigate". (Via Howard R.)

How Much Does Google Glass Distract You While Driving?

"How Much Does Google Glass Distract You While Driving?"

Smart (Or Too-Smart) Bombs?

NYT: "Arms makers have crossed into troubling territory: They are developing weapons that rely on artificial intelligence, not human instruction, to decide what to target and whom to kill."