Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Last Blockbuster

"There's now only one Blockbuster left on the planet"

Space Medicine

"Space Medicine in the Era of Civilian Spaceflight"

Noise Cancellation Update

"Scientists have discovered a shape that blocks all sound -- even your co-workers". (Via H.R.)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Supersonic Shockwaves

"NASA captures unprecedented images of supersonic shockwaves". (Via H.R.)

Google Is Watching

"Google Exec Finally Admits to Congress That They're Tracking Us Even with 'Location' Turned Off"

Hathaway Prank

"What Anne Hathaway's Prank On 'Ellen' Said About Pseudoscience"

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Humans Are Weird

"These Hilarious Comics Depict How Weird Human Habits Actually Are"

Good Doggie

"The First Dog Ascent of a 7,000-Meter Himalayan Peak"

Physics Of Knitting

"Physicists are decoding math-y secrets of knitting to make bespoke materials"

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Total Hipster Irony

Update on yesterday's MIT article on hipster culture: "A man threatened to sue a magazine for using his picture to show a generic hipster. But it wasn't him."

In other words, he was upset at being used as an illustration on how all hipsters look alike, but he mistake another hipster's picture for his own.

Update Your Chrome

"Google fixes Chrome zero-day exploit, security update rolling out to Mac, Windows, Android, & Chrome OS"

500-Mile Email

"The Case of the 500-Mile Email".  Here's the opening:
I was working in a job running the campus email system some years ago when I got a call from the chairman of the statistics department.

“We’re having a problem sending email out of the department.”
“What’s the problem?” I asked.

“We can’t send mail more than 500 miles,” the chairman explained.

I choked on my latte. “Come again?”

“We can’t send mail farther than 500 miles from here,” he repeated. “A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther.”

“Um… Email really doesn’t work that way, generally,” I said, trying to keep panic out of my voice. One doesn’t display panic when speaking to a department chairman, even of a relatively impoverished department like statistics. “What makes you think you can’t send mail more than 500 miles?”
Read the whole thing.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Friday, March 08, 2019

Bitcoin Hypnotist

"This hypnotist charges half a bitcoin for helping you remember your lost cryptocurrency password". (Via Tyler Cowen.)

Caesar Death Site

"Site Where Julius Caesar Was Stabbed Will Finally Open to the Public"

Art Thief Secrets

"The Secrets of the World's Greatest Art Thief"

Thursday, March 07, 2019


"The Deep Roots of an Italian Song That Sounds Like English -- But Is Just Nonsense
There’s a long tradition of songs that “sound” like another language without actually meaning anything. In Italy, for example, beginning in the 1950s, American songs, films, and jingles inspired a diverse range of “American sounding” cultural products.

The most famous is probably “Prisencolinensinainciusol,” a 1972 song composed by legendary Italian entertainer Adriano Celentano and performed by him and his wife, Claudia Mori. The song’s lyrics sound phonetically like American English—or at least what many Italians hear when an American speaks—but are clearly total, utter, delightful nonsense. You really have to hear it to appreciate it.

Bad Password

"Why 'ji32k7au4a83' Is a Remarkably Common Password"

Foldable Gorilla Glass

"Corning is working on truly foldable Gorilla Glass". (Via H.R.)