Friday, April 28, 2017

3-D Printing With Metal

"The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing". (Via H.R.)

Restaurant Markup Analysis

"Should You Get the Guacamole on Your Burrito? A Price Analysis of Your Favorite Foods"

Big Planet

"What's The Largest Planet In The Universe?"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Set Photos from "The Last Jedi"

"See Rian Johnson's Stunning 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Photos"

Shipping Container Architecture

"Shipping container architecture -- in pictures"

Fitbit Data Helps Catch Accused Murderer

"A Fitbit Helped Police Arrest A Man For His Wife's Murder: The fitness tracker recorded the woman moving around her house for an hour after her husband told police she was shot by a home invader."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Foundation are launching an interesting new kind of news site, Wikitribune:
Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community of volunteers together. We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved.
I will be super-interested to see if this endeavour succeeds!

Doing Math Without A License?

"Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Law Prohibiting Mathematical Criticism Without a License".

Citizens should totally be able to publicly criticize the state's math without an engineering license. I'm glad the Institute for Justice is taking the state to court and I'm glad to be a financial supporter of IJ.

AI Radiology Update

"Artificial Intelligence May Help Diagnose Tuberculosis in Remote Areas".

I, for one, welcome my new x-ray-interpreting robotic overlords that will put me out of a job.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

DNA Testing For Identical Twin

Not-a-soap-opera-story: Judge rules on whether special DNA test allowed to distinguish which identical twin committed rape.

Short answer: No, the test is considered too experimental still.

NASA Images Galore

"Finally, NASA has its universe of images in one happy, searchable place". (Via H.R.)

Cheap Wine

"The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine".

Of course, if you don't want to look like a loser you can always order the "Second Cheapest Wine":

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ornery Landowners

"The World's Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdouts"

Amazon Disrupts Literary Translation Market

"Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche"

Can Criminal Intent Be Measured With Neuroimaging?

"Predicting the knowledge–recklessness distinction in the human brain".

I'm always a little bit cautious about stories discussing neuroimaging and the law. But this preliminary research looks intriguing:
This study uses neuroimaging and machine-learning techniques to reveal different brain activities correlated with these two mental states. Moreover, the study provides a proof of principle that brain imaging can determine, with high accuracy, on which side of a legally defined boundary a person's mental state lies.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

AI Medicine Update

"Self-taught artificial intelligence beats doctors at predicting heart attacks"

Russian Doomsday Device

"The Soviets Made A Real Doomsday Device In The '80s And The Russians Still Have It Today".

Curiously, the USSR "Dead Hand" doomsday system may have been for the Soviet nuclear commanders' benefit:
Dead Hand, it turns out, may not have been primarily a deterrent against the Americans launching a nuclear attack against the Soviets, but rather was a Soviet-built safeguard to prevent themselves from launching a nuclear attack unnecessarily.

Science of Smiles

"There are 19 types of smile but only six are for happiness"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Genetically Modified Astronauts?

"Engineering the Perfect Astronaut"

Smart Glasses

"These Smart Glasses Automatically Adjust to Your Eyes". (Via H.R.)

Underrated Places

"The Most Underrated Place in Every State"