Do you know about the Unabomber, aka Ted Kaczynski? He was a man that sent bombs in the mail all around the US, killing three people and injuring 23. Now something about him that struck me as extremely strange was his motives were to stop the spread of modern technology. He was an anarchist that […]
Oh the Antivaxers are at it again!
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01423-4 This is an article from Nature about the concerns raised by officials over the antivaxer movement around the world. I find these people fascinating, especially when they fight a against a system that will potentially save them.
Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers
https://theconversation.com/science-fiction-builds-mental-resiliency-in-young-readers-135513 A very nice little article in reading by Ester Jones from The Conversation. But the critical thinking and agile habits of mind prompted by this type of literature may actually produce resilience and creativity that everyday life and reality typically do not.
Scientists Buzzing Over Virgin Birth and Genetic Mystery That’s Been Solved – SciTechDaily
https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-buzzing-over-virgin-birth-and-genetic-mystery-thats-been-solved/ An interesting article from Science daily.
This AI poet mastered language to write like Shakespeare.
https://spectrum.ieee.org/artificial-intelligence/machine-learning/this-ai-poet-mastered-rhythm-rhyme-and-natural-language-to-write-like-shakespeare THIS IS IT. The penultimate moment of human creation, imagine what the ancients would have thought about this milestone in technology. Think about it, we humans pride ourselves with our endless creativity and capabilities of poetic mastery. What does this mean? Insane to think that a machine can emulate the most prolific poet in […]
Archaeologists discover 41,000 year old yarn crafted by Neanderthals
Quote about now
His ordinary awareness persisted in the singular flow of now, reflecting a universe of uncertainties. Children of Dune -F Frank Herbet A beautiful sentence I read.
PBS “The Gilded Age” (2018) – Meet the titans and barons of the late 19th century, whose extravagance contrasted with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. The disparities between them sparked debates still raging today, as inequality rises above that of the Gilded Age.
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/gilded-age/ Wonder if this will become a topic of contemporary thought during these dark times.
TIL: Certain ant species commit suicide to protect their territory. As stinging wasn’t effective against some predators, they evolved the ability to self-sacrifice to kill one or more enemies. They wrap themselves around an opponent & explodes, releasing sticky corrosive material killing both.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autothysis Imagine for an second if we humans had the same defense mechanism.
One of my absolute favorite videos on YouTube.