Friday, October 31, 2014

No Google Glass In Movie Theaters

"Wearable recording devices like Google Glass officially banned from movie theaters":
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), which maintains around 32,000 screens across the US, have updated their joint anti-piracy policy to officially ban the use of wearable recording devices while watching movies.

The Stradivarius Affair

"It isn't every day that a street criminal -- a high-school dropout with two felony convictions -- is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical"

Haunted Poster

"Watch This Haunted Poster Come To Life and Scare the Hell Out of People".  Click through to see video!

Lowe on Google Pill

Derek Lowe: "Google's Nanoparticle Diagnostic Ideas". (Via H.R.)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Google Pill

"Google Working on Pill That Searches for Illnesses"
[T]he pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.  As many as 2,000 of these microscopic "nanoparticles" could fit inside a single red blood cell to provide doctors with better insights about what is happening inside their patients.

The Fourier Transform, Explained in One Sentence

"The Fourier Transform, explained in one sentence"

Language Tree

Beautiful Indo-European language family tree. (Click through to see full size.)

Religion and ET

What different religions say about extra-terrestrial life.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Future Of The Book

"From Papyrus to Pixels: The Future Of The Book"

Skydive Record

Alex Knapp: "Google Executive Breaks Record With Near-Space Skydive".

And he didn't need to use the, "I feel lucky" button!

Interpretation Only Genetic Services

"How a Wiki Is Keeping Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Alive".

The big question is whether regulators will attempt to shut them down:
Now a question is whether Promethease and sites like it could, or should, be the next target of regulators. Lennon believes his service is outside the FDA’s reach, because it doesn’t offer a spit kit or perform DNA tests itself but instead operates like a “literature retrieval service,” presenting a version of what’s in the science journals. Regulate us, says Lennon, and you’d have to shut down WebMD and Wikipedia, too.

Reached by MIT Technology Review, the FDA said it has authority to regulate software that interprets genomes, even if such services are given away free. The agency does not comment on specific companies.

Don't Name Your WiFi Hotspot Something Stupid

ABC News: "LAX flight delayed after WiFi hotspot name prompts concerns".

Just as it's probably a poor idea to crack a joke in the TSA security line about bombs or terrorism, you shouldn't incorporate it into your WiFi hotspot name.  Otherwise you might get more up close and personal with the blue-gloved hands than you anticipated.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Clone Your Dog

"For $100,000, You Can Clone Your Dog"

Hearing Restored in Noise-Deafened Mice

"Hearing Restored in Noise-Deafened Mice". (Via Howard R.)

Harvesting Marble

"You Probably Never Realized How Marble Is Harvested, But It's Beautiful"

Chess Piece Survival Rates

"Chess Piece Survival Rates".  Now you know which poor pawn is the "red shirt" of the chessboard.

Click on image to see full size version. (Via Marginal Revolution.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

[Off Topic] Hsieh Forbes Column: Why You Should Be Concerned But Not Fearful About Ebola in NYC

[Off topic] My latest short post at Forbes: "Why You Should Be Concerned But Not Fearful About Ebola in NYC".

This is obviously going to be a rapidly-developing story.

Asimov On Creativity

"Isaac Asimov Mulls 'How Do People Get New Ideas?'" Great hitherto unpublished essay from 1959.

Google Launches Inbox to Reinvent the Email App

Mashable: "Google Launches Inbox to Reinvent the Email App"

The Secret History Of Invisible Ink

"The secret history of invisible ink". One tidbit from the article:
During World War I, we learn, a British intelligence officer decided that the finest invisible ink available was semen. “Obviously,” Macrakis writes, “the best way to produce semen at the office was through masturbation.” The brilliant officer’s name was Mansfield Cumming.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Suspended Animation In Space Travel

Update: The Popular Science website may have been hacked. The original link is generating a security warning, so I've taken down the post.


"RocketSkates, which are exactly what they sound like: Motorized skates can travel up to ten miles, can replace your bike."  Click through to watch the video.

Equal Population Mapper

"As Many People Live In L.A. County As In The Whole State Of Michigan, Basically".

More at the interactive "Equal Population Mapper".

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fusion Skepticism

MIT Technology Review: "Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?"

Reversible Laser Tractor Beam

"Physicists create reversible laser tractor beam". (Via Krastio Atanassov.)

The Economics of the Mafia

"Organized Crime Pays". Even in the Mafia, there's the !%. (Via Marginal Revolution.)
In many ways, joining a criminal organization is a lot like getting a job at a law firm or another large institution: You start out making barely enough to live, but you know that you’re paying your dues. The tasks, at the beginning, are routine and sometimes humiliating, but your assignments will become more prestigious as you become wealthier and more important. The $2,500 a month that a picciotto earns today could become millions of dollars if he becomes a boss—a process that, with luck, might take only a few years. There’s a certain logic as well to becoming a Mafia hit man—killing someone will almost certainly further your career ambitions, because you can’t become a Mafia boss if you don’t have both military talent and economic vision. If you are simply a soldier or only a white-collar professional, you can never be a boss...