One of my biggest dreams was to visit NYC. I was excited when I finally had the opportunity to explore the city on my own. A friend of mine recommended me to see the Empire State Building. The skyscraper is one of the landmarks of the city. There are many rumors and stories that people tell, but one of them was quite remarkable.
“When someone drops a penny off the Empire State Building and it hits you, you will die from the impact!”
After hearing this I was afraid and stayed well clear off the pavements around the famous building. I didn’t want to die because of a penny!
What do you think? Fact or fiction? Let’s find out!
In the last 30 days or so we have had a number of scientific papers appear that add whole new layers of complexity to the current understandings of Human Evolution and distribution of Hominid ancestors and modern humans.
You can get further juicy details here
Furthest from us in time is a new contender for a missing link from Apes to Hominids with the interesting nickname of
In the first chapter of Smarter Than You Think, the author (Clive Thompson) narrated the story of the rise, fall and rise of Kasparov, a chess grand champion. The main takeaway depicted a battle between the past and future. In 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat the world champion, Kasparov, in a game of chess. The defeat was devastating and media houses termed it the evil triumph of AI over the brain.
But Kasparov did something beautiful after that. He learned the ways of the supercomputer. Partnered with the AI and gave birth to what’s now called Advanced Chess.
Software is eating the world. And to be spared, one needs to pander to its desires, master it and in turn, use to it achieve one's goals.
That’s why it's saddening when you see entrenched traditional system fight in futility against innovation.
Office workers revolting against co
I am quite certain that almost everyone knows this sentence: “Put on warm clothes when you go out or you will catch a cold!”. My mother used to yell this at me every winter and I refused to listen. The next day I did regret my decision and was sick in bed. Begging for some of her delicious soup she kept telling me she was right. I hate it.
Was she? Did she really know I will get a cold simply by not putting on my jacket? Well, after this episode of Myth of Fact you will know better! Let’s go.
First of all, we need to know what causes a cold. Generally spoken, a cold is caused by viruses, so called Rhinoviruses.
Viruses are small particles that can be considered parasites. To be accurate we must distinguish between a virion and a virus.
While my wife and myself were in Las Vegas for the #factorysteemit trip to the Supercross final we decided to vist the Real Bodies exhibit at Balleys.
I'm not going to lie and say i wasn't a little freaked out by the show but i think they have done some amazing work.
This one really blew my mind. I'm a designer and i think this one really is done very beautifly.
Very powerful and classic human poses. I'm sure we are all familiar with this?
I know this show is controersial to many people, myself included. You are torn between the science, the art and the fact that these were once people like you and i.
Consider the beauty of peacock's tail. How elaborate the colors. How magnificent they spread across space so they can capture attention. Nonetheless, this creature is entirely defenseless against predators. With no flight ability and quite sluggish on the ground, it becomes an easy prey for just about anything. Yet, the peacock, is one of the most successful species that ever existed. We know this because 99.9% (or more) of all the species that ever walked on this planet are now extinct. So how this fancy bird managed to survive among the elite?
Every species, including humans, employs specific mechanisms to strategically manipulate their environment. The peacock chose an elaborate design so it can breed as much as possible. Fucking its brain out and having as many descendants as possible was at some point the only weapon it had for ensuring propagation of its genes.
Now, we wouldn’t call that the peacock acts dece
Imagine you could carry specific data everywhere - it would always be with you, it would be within you!
What sounds very much like a science fiction movie plot is actually real life:
Their goal is to have a storage system based on DNA working inside a data center until the end of this decade.
The aim is to have a “proto-commercial system in three years storing some amount of data on DNA in one of our data centers, for at least a boutique application" said Doug Carmean at Microsoft research.
After the proto-commercial in 3 years, a fully operational model should be completed within about 10 years from now - at least that's the goal.
The reason is that shrinking the s
The journalists were required t
Today I am going to try something different. I am going to write an extremely brief post about a cool topic, no long detailed background section (that will be reserved for my weekend posts), no extensive data discussion, no detailed breakdown. This is a brief report!
The authors were doing some experimentation to try to tackle sterility. There are a lot of reasons why someone can become sterile: you could be born that way, or perhaps had cancer and received chemo therapy or radiation therapy. What if we could use stem cells to allow people who are sterile, to re-gain their reproductive abilities? Wouldn't that be amazin
Iodine is an essential nutrient; the body does not make iodine, so you have to consume it. However, the modern food supply is no longer a reliable source of iodine, and 95% of Americans are deficient in it! This leaves the organism susceptible to the detrimental effects from exposure to harmful elements.
Because we live in an increasingly toxic world, iodine supplementation is especially crucial. Pharmaceuticals, food, water, and air contain high levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic, and the halogens chlorine, fluorine, and bromine.
The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
- Ansel Adams
Today by God's kindness I am headed off to RTMC, the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference up near Big Bear Lake.
Unless something very important comes up, I attend this conference every year.
Observatory Under the Stars
I absolutely love wandering around and
kicking the tires of projects — telescopes of all imaginable and in some cases, never before imagined kinds, as well as support equipment like mounts, computers, cameras, lenses, etc.
There is a group of "go