Sunday, May 31, 2009

"10 Strange Species Discovered Last Year"
"NASA List of books, movies, television shows, and music maintained on the International Space Station (ISS) for recreational/off-duty consumption".
Ariel Rabkin is glad that the US controls the internet.
The science news cycle. (Via IPList.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Admin note: GeekPress will be on hiatus for the rest of the week due to external obligations.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Why the Elevator Floor Is So Interesting"
"How IBM Plans to Win Jeopardy!"
Paleolithic pornography.
"Can You Die From Lack of Sleep?" (Via BBspot.)

Monday, May 25, 2009

How the internet preserves military morale.
"Businessman hunts down thief in his helicopter"
Klingon anti-virus.
"Joke review boosts T-shirt sales"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Admin note: GeekPress will be taking a brief Memorial Day holiday hiatus. We'll be back Tuesday, May 26!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Medical alerts with tattoos.
Desktop computing taken literally. (Via Instapundit.)
Is the GPS satellite system "close to breakdown"? (Via IPList.)
"High-Speed Cameras Reveal the World Inside Time"

Monday, May 18, 2009

"Japanese 'Origami Airplane' Enthusiast Breaks World Record for Longest Paper Plane Flight"
Ira Matetsky on how Wikipedia is run.
Winners of 2009 Best Visual illusion of the Year Contest. (Via BBspot.)
"Microbot controls swarm of bacteria":
...The solar panel-equipped device sizes up to about 300 x 300 microns, and using a sensor to detect nearby pH levels, it's been shown as capable of controlling a swarm of 3,000 bacteria using electromagnetic pulses.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"The math behind estimating seasonal flu deaths."
"The Spatial Distribution of the Seven Deadly Sins within Nevada and Nationwide." (Via Cool Infographics.)
"Can air injected into the bloodstream really kill you?"
"Illusion Cloak Makes One Object Look like Another"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How dangerous are Tasers?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Long exposure photograph shows Roomba coverage algorithm. (Via Boing Boing.)
Artificial sound for electric cars.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stretchable displays.
"Can you really kill a man by gluing his anus shut?"

Monday, May 11, 2009

More on Wolfram's Alpha.
US Navy submarines are guarding the internet.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Air Force version of Windows.

Update: Bruce Schneier points to this response from Microsoft claiming that there are factual errors in the story.
Admin note: Posting may be light the rest of this week and next week due to external obligations.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

"How an Intern Stole NASA's Moon Rocks"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

"Mission Impossible: The Code Even the CIA Can't Crack" (Via Howard Roerig.)
I want this swine flu mask.
Things our grandkids will never understand. (Via Tom Stone.)
Off topic: has just published my latest OpEd on health care policy, "Health Care Reform vs. Universal Health Care".

Monday, May 04, 2009

"A Brief History of Geeks"
Spotting flu fevers with thermal imaging.
"How Google's book-scanner cleverly corrects for the curvature of an open book"

Sunday, May 03, 2009

"The iPhone Prosperity"
Eating chocolate improves your mathematical ability.
Comedian Louis CK puts technological change in perspective.
"It's time to move beyond those squiggly letter tests"

Saturday, May 02, 2009

People cannot distinguish dog food from pâté:
...In a double-blind test, subjects were presented with five unlabeled blended meat products, one of which was the prepared dog food. After ranking the samples on the basis of taste, subjects were challenged to identify which of the five was dog food. Although 72% of subjects ranked the dog food as the worst of the five samples in terms of taste (Newell and MacFarlane multiple comparison, P<0.05), subjects were not better than random at correctly identifying the dog food.
Here the link to the original paper.

(Via Neuroworld.)