Friday, May 17, 2019

Year In Space

NYT: "Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same."

Compared to his twin brother who stayed on Earth:
DNA mutated in some of his cells. His immune system produced a host of new signals. His microbiome gained new species of bacteria. 

Many of these biological changes seemed harmless, disappearing after he returned to Earth. But others — including genetic mutations and, after his return, declines in cognitive test scores — did not correct themselves, provoking concern among scientists.


Thinking About Coffee

"Just thinking about coffee can improve your focus, researchers say"

14-Digit Phone Numbers

"Japan plans to create 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers as 5G era nears"

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Deepest Hole

"The deepest hole we have ever dug"

Twisted Graphene

"How Twisted Graphene Became the Big Thing in Physics"

Bank Comics

"New Comic Books from the Federal Reserve Bank".

One sample below:


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tolkien Biopic

"Birth of Middle Earth: Tolkien biopic explores beloved author's early years"

New Viruses

"Almost 200,000 Never-Before-Seen Viruses Were Just Discovered Hidden in Our Oceans "

Google Privacy

"Limit How Long Google Keeps Your Data With This Overdue Setting"

Friday, May 10, 2019

DOD And UFOs

"What The Hell Is Going On With UFOs And The Department Of Defense?"

Beer Crisis

"'English and Irish fans drink the most': Japan is warned of a Rugby World Cup beer shortage"

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Japanese Precision Walking

"Shuudan Koudou Is the Japanese Art of Synchronized Precision Walking":
If you want the really good stuff, skip to ~1:35 in the first video to watch two columns of quick-walking students march backwards through each other. Whoa.

Video link #1.



Video link #2

High Resolution Update

"Color-Changing LEDs Pave the Way to Impossibly High Screen Resolutions"

Monday, May 06, 2019

Indoor Waterfall

"'You forget you're in a building,' says Israeli-Canadian architect of giant airport waterfall". (Via Marginal Revolution.)

Competitive Air Guitar

"The profound and peculiar sport of competitive air guitar"

Friday, May 03, 2019

Viable Digital Newspaper

"Want to see what one digital future for newspapers looks like? Look at The Guardian, which isn't losing money anymore."

Three key components to their strategy:

1. Make your money in digital, not print
2. Make your money from readers, not advertisers
3. Make more money than you did before

Fire Extinguisher In Space

"New concept for novel fire extinguisher in space"

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Selling Empty Air

"You Can Buy a Tin of Air to Commemorate the End of the Heisei Era".  I applaud the entrepreneurial spirit.

Apple Miracle

"Apple Watch lost at sea for 6 months returned to owner in working condition". (Via H.R.)

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

UK Surveillance Update

NYT: "UK Police Have a Message for Crime Victims: Hand Over Your Private Data".

Three noteworthy points stood out to me:

1) If you don't voluntarily surrender your phone/data, the police may not investigate the crime against you.

2) If the police find incriminating evidence against you for an unrelated activity, they can prosecute you. Because you surrendered your phone "voluntarily".

3) They may keep your phone "for weeks or even months".

OTOH, the police promise to use their power only for good, not for evil. So there's that.

Neutron Stars

"Say Hello To Neutron Stars, Your Worst Nightmare"