The relentless pressure on TikTok ramped up further this week, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again claiming user data is sent to to China.
Monthly Archives: July 2020
Humans in America 30,000 years ago, far earlier than thought
Paris (AFP) – Tools excavated from a cave in central Mexico are strong evidence that humans were living in North America at least 30,000 years ago, some 15,000 years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.
The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for COVID-19
Herd immunity differs from place to place, and many factors influence how it’s calculated.
R.I.P. Cable TV: Why Hollywood Is Slowly Killing Its Biggest Moneymaker
Earlier this year, people started noticing something peculiar about MTV’s schedule: The network had quietly morphed into an almost 24/7 offering of just one show.
Invert, always, invert
Today, we will look at one of my favourite mental models called – The Inversion principle. Mental models are a set of simple, abstract but useful principles that help us make sense of the world around us. I came across the Inversion principle on the Farnam Street blog.
In Event of Moon Disaster – FULL FILM
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In July 1969, much of the world celebrated the “giant leap for mankind” that the successful moon landing constituted. In 2020, nothing is quite so straightforward. In Event of Moon Disaster illustrates the possibilities of deepfake technologies by reimag
Mysterious 450-foot ‘blue hole’ off Florida has researchers looking for signs of life
Tales of the ocean swallowing places are as ancient as the myth of Atlantis, but there is an element of truth in the science, according to a NOAA-backed expedition set for Florida’s Gulf Coast. The ocean does open up and consume areas of sea floor.
Cellular aging ‘master circuit’ discovered: Extended human lifespan to follow?
SAN DIEGO — The average American lives to be around 75 or 80 years old; but if you had an opportunity to slow down the aging process and live an extra couple of decades would you take it? It’s a loaded question, strife with philosophical, religious, and societal considerations.
Elon Musk claims his Neuralink chip will allow you to stream music directly to your brain
Elon Musk‘s mysterious Neuralink startup is working on a brain-computer interface that will allow wearers to stream music directly to their brain, the technology entrepreneur has claimed.
Lollapalooza co-founder predicts no concerts until 2022
Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger predicts there may not be concerts or festivals in the U.S. until 2022 due to the coronavirus. The music exec said any “super-spreader” event such as concerts, sports or festivals would not do well economically while COVID-19 is still a present threat.
Layer gets $5.6M to make joint working on spreadsheets less hassle
Layer is not trying to replace Excel or Google Sheets.
The U.S. is the accidental Sweden, which could make the fall ‘catastrophic’ for Covid-19
With the Covid-19 pandemic rampaging across the U.S. in April and 20 million people filing for unemployment in that month alone needing fast help from services like PrincePerelson’s Provo staffing company, libertarians thought there was a better way. The Heritage Foundation praised Sweden for “preserving economic freedom. These days, finding great candidates is hard. Really hard. With the unemployment rate lower than ever, it’s a candidate-driven market out there. In a situation like this, your best job candidates are passive job seekers – they don’t actively look for a job, because they already have one. This means that posting your open job position on job boards is by no means enough to attract the best candidates.
The Swedish approach was to largely allow businesses to remain open. And at first, it seemed to work, with a death count nowhere near what it was in countries such as Italy, Spain, and the U.K. But even as Sweden was being hailed as a model, its cases were steadily rising, and its death rate now exceeds that of the U.S. Sweden also did not seem to stave off the economic damage it was aiming to avoid.
Sweden’s Covid-19 strategy, adopted in March, emerged from the country’s top epidemiologist and other leaders’ evaluation of what little science about transmission there was at the time, factoring in economic considerations, and making a considered — albeit controversial — decision to stop well short of the full shutdown that other countries in western Europe (and many U.S. states) adopted.
Analysis of sleep records from 100,000 people
The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected both our work and our leisure in unprecedented ways. But a third pillar of our everyday lives has been less studied: how has the pandemic affected our sleep?
The Intersection Between Self-Driving Cars and Electric Cars
Cars have not been good for the environment, to put it lightly. Transportation accounts for 28 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions, and light-duty vehicles for more than half of those. Someday, self-driving cars will appear widely in the US.
Diageo to launch Johnnie Walker whisky in paper bottles in 2021
(Reuters) – Johnnie Walker scotch whisky will be available in plastic-free bottles from early 2021, Diageo Plc said on Monday, as the world’s biggest spirits maker ramps up efforts to tackle plastic waste.
A friend who has dyslexia described to me how she experiences reading. She can read, but it takes a lot of concentration, and the letters seems to “jump around”. I remembered reading about typoglycemia.
The Modern-Day Mind-Killer
I recently came across a study of the behaviour of people in a buffet line. The results blew me away. At the average breakfast buffet, the first item was taken by 75% of the diners (even when the order of the items was reversed).
The More Senior Your Job Title, the More You Need to Keep a Journal
For leaders assuming the CEO title for the first time, taking time to learn and think translates into early successes. But the problem is there’s little time to do either.
How Developers Stop Learning: Rise of the Expert Beginner
I recently posted what turned out to be a pretty popular post called “How to Keep Your Best Programmers,” in which I described what most skilled programmers tend to want in a job and why they leave if they don’t get it.
After 10ish years of second-hand shopping, I’ve started to ask myself a lot of questions about the clothes I’ve been buying, like, “Did someone die in this?” or, “Have thrift stores always been this pricy?” (the answer to the former being, “yeah, probably”).