Monday, March 31, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Medical Suspended Animation

"Doctors will try to save the lives of 10 patients with knife or gunshot wounds by placing them in suspended animation, buying time to fix their injuries"

Not Your Father's Sand Castles

"These Sand Castles Are Actually Castles Carved on Grains of Sand". (Via H.R.)

6-Way Book

"A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books". (Via C.M.)

Negotiation Styles Around The World

"25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World". (Via F.G.)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Contact Lenses With Night Vision

"Contact lenses with night vision could be on the way thanks to graphene breakthrough"

Elephant Dung Coffee

The most expensive coffee in the world is elephant dung coffee, at $1500 per kilogram. (Via Marginal Revolution.)

Why Roller Coaster Loops Are Never Circular

"Why Roller Coaster Loops Are Never Circular"

Sharing Cascades on Facebook

"The Curious Nature of Sharing Cascades on Facebook"

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

From a few months ago: "The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel".

(Personally, I think Arabic numerals should also be on the list.)

2048 Game

This has been making the rounds lately: 2048.

I assume no responsibility for your lost productivity. (Via Francisco G and Howard R.)

How Animals See the World

"How Animals See the World". (Via Diana.)

Flying Through Turbulence

"How risky is flying through turbulence?"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Never Turn Your Back on BIG CATS!

Video: "Never Turn Your Back on BIG CATS!" (Via Diana.)

Acoustic Wonders of the World

Acoustic Wonders of the World

Shutterstock Business Model

"In contrast to many other startups, Shutterstock’s business model of get paid first, pay out later helped to make it instantly profitable."

New Paperclip Designs

These are not your father's paperclips.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tolkien Translation of Beowulf

"JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait". (Via R.A.)

Daily Affirmations with Skeletor

"Daily Affirmations with Skeletor".

Lots more here!

Unexpected Google Search

"Man Googles himself, finds he's among 'Most Wanted,' and promptly surrenders"

Brain Hacking

Brain Hacking: "Home experimenters are building rigs to send currents through their heads".

(Note: I don't necessarily endorse any of these techniques.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Questioning Newsweek Story on Nakamoto

Mike Hearn criticizes Newsweek's supposed identification of the Bitcoin creator, arguing that their journalism was sloppy. (Via J.S.)

Cleaning Hospital Rooms

"Canadian invention to clean hospital rooms may save 10,000 lives a year". (Via Howard R. and Instapundit.)

Time Interview With Jonathan Ive

"Apple's design chief helped transform computing, phones and music. The company's secrecy and Ive's modesty mean he has never given an in-depth interview -- until now." (Via J.Z.)

Google Smartwatch?

Slate: "Google Is Out to Rule the Smartwatch World"

Related story: "Android Wear: 5 Key Points From Google's Wearable Strategy"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

50-Cent Paper Microscope

Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope.


"Airpnp: It's like Airbnb, but for toilets"
We've all been in a situation where nature calls at a crowded event and an empty toilet is nowhere to be found. Airpnp is an experimental service that aims to solve this problem -- by letting residences and businesses rent out their bathrooms to people in their immediate location who need to use it...
Update: Link was broken -- fixed now!

Candy Crush Math Is Hard

Candy Crush Saga is actually a hard math problem.

The Golden Ratio and Starship Design

"The Geometry of Starship Design -- Star Trek"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reverse Oreos

"The hilarious truth of how Oreos are unmade and extracted for materials". (Via Howard R.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What Happens To Your Prosthetics After You Die?

"What Happens To Your Prosthetics After You Die?" (Via M.B.)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Face Behind Bitcoin

Newsweek claims to have tracked down the mysterious "Satoshi Nakamoto" who created Bitcoin. His real-life name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto.

Light Posting Still

Admin note: Light blogging schedule likely continuing for the rest of the week.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Batman Curve

"Batman Curve". (Via Brian S.)

Heart Implants Printed to Order

"Heart Implants, 3D-Printed to Order"

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Star Trek Into Darkness" Deleted Scenes

Star Trek Into Darkness deleted scenes.

These may explain some of the oft-discussed plot holes.

"Aliens" Cast Reunion

"Aliens" cast reunion.

This is from a few years ago. But you get to see what Carrie Henn ("Newt") looks like as a 35-year old woman. (She's now a schoolteacher in Northern California, married with one daughter.)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

More Light Posting

Again, posting will be lighter than usual the rest of the week due to other obligations.

O'Reilly Responds to Raymond

Tim O'Reilly: "Reflections on Eric Raymond's 'Myth of the Fall'"

The Chemistry of Sriracha

"The Chemistry of Sriracha"

Sunday, March 02, 2014

13 Old English Words We Should Still Use Today

"13 Wonderful Old English Words We Should Still Be Using Today". (Via Tyler Cowen.)

Update: Link was broken, now fixed!

The Seven Keymasters

"Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security"

Antimatter Beam

"CERN has made a beam of antimatter. It will not be used as a disintegrating death ray, but to study symmetries and invariants." (Via Rand Simberg.)

5 Best Answers From Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent

"The 5 Best Answers From a Fascinating Q&A With an Ex-TSA Agent"