Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Escaping Viruses

"A Brief, Terrifying History of Viruses Escaping From Labs". (Via M.H.)

Dancing Robot

Wired: "Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot".  (Via H.R.)

Nobody Lives Here

"Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population"

(Green = unoccupied; click through to see larger version)

USB Type-C

"USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful"

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Other Captain America Movie

"The other Captain America movie -- this 1973 Turkish version in which he teams up with a Mexican wrestler and fights evil Spiderman".

I'm guessing this wasn't authorized by Marvel Comics.

DNA Analysis Of Dollar Bills

WSJ: "Scientists are discovering a surprising number of microbes living on cash"

From the article:
In the first comprehensive study of the DNA on dollar bills, researchers at New York University's Dirty Money Project found that currency is a medium of exchange for hundreds of different kinds of bacteria as bank notes pass from hand to hand.

By analyzing genetic material on $1 bills, the NYU researchers identified 3,000 types of bacteria in all—many times more than in previous studies that examined samples under a microscope. Even so, they could identify only about 20% of the non-human DNA they found because so many microorganisms haven't yet been cataloged in genetic data banks.

Easily the most abundant species they found is one that causes acne. Others were linked to gastric ulcers, pneumonia, food poisoning and staph infections, the scientists said. Some carried genes responsible for antibiotic resistance.

"It was quite amazing to us," said Jane Carlton, director of genome sequencing at NYU's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology where the university-funded work was performed. "We actually found that microbes grow on money."
(Via Marginal Revolution.)

Professional Actors Reading Yelp Reviews

Professional actors reading Yelp reviews.

I especially liked this one and this one (below):


Old: Selfie.
New: Dronie.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Anamorphic Illusions

"5 Anamorphic Illusions"

Floating NYC Neighborhood

"How NYC's Newest Neighborhood Will Float Above an Active Train Yard". (Via H.R.)

Fast Chinese Eyes

"Faster eye responses in Chinese people not down to culture, study suggests". (Via Dave J.)

Beyond Quantum Computing?

Scott Aaronson: "Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?"