Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Legal Definitions Of Sandwich

"5 Ways to Define a Sandwich, According to the Law"

Naming Diseases

The convoluted politics of naming new diseases.

Retro Phone

"Good call: The Nokia 3310 returns".

Counterpoint: Ars Technica doesn't like it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dinosaur Killer Update

"Why these researchers think dinosaurs were minutes away from surviving extinction"

Weakening Consent Requirements for Human Research

NYT: "Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission".

I totally get that asking permission and jumping through IRB hoops is a pain in the butt. OTOH, I'm also wary of researchers adopting the attitude of, "My work is so important, and 'the knowledge gain is precious' that I don't need no stinkin' consent from subjects."

Secrets Categorized

"What kinds of secrets does the average person keep?"

Monday, May 22, 2017

New Hottest Chili

"Hottest chilli pepper in the world accidentally created by Welsh farmer".

From the article:
Originally intended to be a thing of beauty rather than a sensory beast, the peppers measure a formidable 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale, ahead of the 2.2 million achieved by the Carolina Reaper...

Experts believe that anyone who attempted to swallow one of the chilli peppers would be at risk of death from  anaphylactic shock.

AI Paint Color Names

"An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong". (Via H.R.)

Google AI Chip

"Google Reveals a Powerful New AI Chip and Supercomputer"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Free Wolfram

"Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science is now available online for free"

3D-Printed Ovaries

"Mice With 3D-Printed Ovaries Successfully Give Birth"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Light Posting Notice

Admin note: Posting may be lighter than usual the rest of the week because of external obligations.

da Vinci Instrument

"After 500 years, Leonardo da Vinci's music machine is brought to life". More info here. (Via H.R.)


"The ability of attackers to exert malicious control over brain implants ("brainjacking") has unique challenges that we address in this review, with particular focus on deep brain stimulation implants..."