Thursday, May 28, 2009

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

Wednesday, May 27, 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.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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

Friday, May 22, 2009

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

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 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"

Tuesday, May 19, 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.

Monday, May 18, 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"

Friday, May 15, 2009

How dangerous are Tasers?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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

Monday, May 11, 2009

Parody iPhone ad.
Will Wolfram's Alpha save Google from anti-trust regulators?

Friday, May 08, 2009

Air Force version of Windows.

Update: Bruce Schneier points to this response from Microsoft claiming that there are factual errors in the story.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Admin note: Posting may be light the rest of this week and next week due to external obligations.
"How an Intern Stole NASA's Moon Rocks"

Wednesday, May 06, 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.)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Off topic: has just published my latest OpEd on health care policy, "Health Care Reform vs. Universal Health Care".
"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"

Monday, May 04, 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.)

Friday, May 01, 2009

"Politicians and Journalists Unclear On Fractions"
Siamese Rubik's Cube. (Via BBspot.)
Michael Malone predicts: "Who Will Be Tech's Next Winners and Losers?"
"Ultrasound Imaging Now Possible With Smartphone"
Computer lie detection with automated analysis of facial micro-expressions.