Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Quantum Cable

"The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel"

Brutal Typos

Fergil Mills: "Ever catch a typo so brutal it leaves you scarred, even though you fixed it?"

Some of the responses in the comments are pure comedy gold. (Via J.M.)

Chinese Anger Rooms

"All the rage -- Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room'"

Monday, January 14, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

21st Century Parenting

"Parents are using GPS ankle monitors to track their teenagers like criminals":
It can be embarrassing for a teen to wear an ankle monitor when they’re not serving a sentence or out on bail, admits [Frank Kopczynski, the owner of Tampa Bay Monitoring], adding that “you may have to wear slacks or looser jeans,” which tends to get uncomfortable on the beach. However, he said, an embarrassed child is better than someone’s daughter “running off with a guy who’s going to eventually take her to a motel and beat her ass.”

...Along with the 95-decibel siren, if a teen is out past curfew, their parents can call Tampa Bay Monitoring’s office, and Kopczynski or one of his employees will activate the ankle monitor’s speaker and tell the child it’s time to get home or the police will be called. Hearing “this god-like voice out of nowhere” is generally effective, said Kopczynski; since the system is two-way, staff can also monitor the teen covertly.

...Kopczynski, meanwhile, told Quartz he is looking toward the college market as a possible expansion opportunity for alcohol monitoring devices, which track the wearer’s blood alcohol level through their sweat.

Alternate Periodic Tables

"The periodic tables we almost had"

Translucent Waves

"Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings"

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Blocking Political Critics

"Politicians can't block their critics on social media, appeals court rules "

Ethereum Classic Theft

"Almost $500,000 in Ethereum Classic coin stolen by forking its blockchain":
Rollback attacks are often referred to as 51-percent attacks, because, in theory, they require an attacker to control a majority of the CPU power generating a blockchain. Such an arrangement violates a core requirement of any blockchain-based currency: it allows a single entity to write the contents of its universal shared transaction history.

Slime

"The science of slime."

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Laws Of The ER

Rada Jones, MD: "68 laws of the ER".

I, of course, liked:
64. Sage's First Advice: Skip the CT if the patient with abdominal pain is eating McDonald's.

Galactic Collision

"The Milky Way Could Crash Into Another Galaxy Billions of Years Earlier Than Predicted"

Sony's Mystery Lab

"Inside Sony's mysterious lab, 30 researchers pursue unique projects"

Monday, January 07, 2019

Hacked Photosynthesis

"Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops". (Via H.R.)

More DNA Crime Fighting

"The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics"

Fire From Moonlight?

"Can you use a magnifying glass and moonlight to light a fire?"

Friday, January 04, 2019

Complaining Made Easy

"Button offers instant gratification for those plagued by airplane noise":

Barbara Deckert has a new weapon in the war against airplane noise — and she’s not afraid to use it.

Every time a plane flies over her suburban Maryland home, rattling her windows and setting her teeth on edge, she presses a small white button and feels a tiny sense of triumph. That’s because with one click, Deckert has done what could have taken her hours to do a few months ago — she has filed a noise complaint with officials at the Maryland Aviation Administration.

Thanks to the ingenuity of a software engineer from Southern California, Deckert and hundreds of others with similar beefs, and the Airnoise button, have an easy way to register their annoyance with the jets that fly over their homes.

“It’s a fabulous tool,” Deckert said. “Clicking that button is really psychologically satisfying.”
Officials at airports from Seattle to Baltimore said Airnoise has led to a dramatic spike in complaints. At Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, officials are almost certain Airnoise is the reason complaints surged to 17,228 in August from 2,692 the previous month. In San Diego, more than 90 percent of the complaints came through third-party apps like Airnoise.
(Via Tyler Cowen.)

Happiness Tips

"Secrets of Happiness from the Oldest of the Old"