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Heavy objects and closed doors are no match for these flying robots | Stanford School of Engineering
​FlyCroTugs are small drones outfitted to pull objects up to 40 times their weight and navigate tight spaces — an ideal combination for search and rescue missions.
articles  drones  robots 
1 hour ago
Without a Proof, Mathematicians Wonder How Much Evidence Is Enough | Quanta Magazine
A new statistical model appears to undermine long-held assumptions in number theory. How much should it be trusted when all that really matters is proof?
articles  math  research 
1 hour ago
PLV8 Documentation
PLV8 is a trusted Javascript language extension for PostgreSQL. It can be used for stored procedures, triggers, etc.
javascript  databases  postgres 
1 hour ago
How Tech Bros Fell in Love With Baking Bread - Eater
How the Silicon Valley set fell in love with sourdough and decided to disrupt the 6,000-year-old craft of making bread, one crumbshot at a time
articles  food  bread  cooking  gender 
1 hour ago
Before the canon: the non-European women who founded philosophy | Aeon Essays
Philosophy was once a woman’s world, ranging across Asia, Africa and Latin America. It’s time to reclaim that lost realm
articles  History  women  philosophy 
1 hour ago
James Meek reviews ‘Breaking News’ by Alan Rusbridger · LRB 6 December 2018
Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger
articles  media  internet  journalism 
1 hour ago
7-Eleven Is at War With Its Own Franchisees Over ICE Raids - Bloomberg
The company has been battling its store owners for years. It seems to have found a new tool: U.S. immigration authorities.
articles  immigration  capitalism 
1 hour ago
Facebook pondered, for a time, selling access to user data | Ars Technica
Ars simply copy-pasted a 2017 court document into a text editor to reveal redactions.
articles  facebook 
1 hour ago
The “Woke” Men Who Still Want Housewives – Jessica Valenti – Medium
Men who claim to believe in equality often aren’t willing to live it
articles  ideas  gender 
1 hour ago
Earth Engine Data Catalog  |  Earth Engine Data Catalog  |  Google Developers
Earth Engine's public data catalog includes a variety of standard Earth science raster datasets. You can import these datasets into your script environment with a single click. You can also upload your own raster data or vector data for private use or sharing in your scripts.
datasets  earth  google 
yesterday
Scientists Learn the Ropes on Tying Molecular Knots | Quanta Magazine
As chemists tie the most complicated molecular knot yet, biophysicists create a “periodic table” that describes what kinds of knots are possible.
articles  knots  bioengineering 
15 days ago
A Proof About Where Symmetries Can’t Exist | Quanta Magazine
In a major mathematical achievement, a small team of researchers has proven Zimmer’s conjecture.
articles  geometry  math 
15 days ago
Prepping for a Flood of Heavenly Bodies | Quanta Magazine
Just as mathematics transformed physics from a philosophy into a science, data and computation are transforming science today, says Mario Jurić. He’s leading the push to get astronomy ready for the torrents of data that are about to flow.
articles  astronomy  astrophysics  data 
15 days ago
Archiving web sites [LWN.net]
As it turns out, some sites are much harder to archive than others. This article goes through the process of archiving traditional web sites and shows how it falls short when confronted with the latest fashions in the single-page applications that are bloating the modern web.
articles  internet  archiving  scraping 
15 days ago
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.
articles  economics  millenials 
15 days ago
Harvard Converts Millions of Legal Documents into Open Data
The Caselaw Access Project, from the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School, went live Oct. 29 and aggregates millions of state and federal cases on a free website.
articles  legal  data 
15 days ago
Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
In Durham, North Carolina, abandoned factories are becoming tech hubs and microbreweries. But building a shared commitment to its most vulnerable citizens could be a trickier feat of redevelopment.
articles  community  gentrification  urban_planning 
15 days ago
Introduction • MuckRock
ALPR is a mass surveillance technology that spies on every driver on the road, and logs their location, regardless of whether they are suspected of being involved in a crime
articles  surveillance  cars 
16 days ago
Ottessa Moshfegh On The Five Fragments That Shaped Her Work
The writer Ottessa Moshfegh on the line between sensitivity and sentimentality, the universal experience of sadness, and the influence of Nirvana.
articles  writing 
16 days ago
Sci-Fi Writer Greg Egan and Anonymous Math Whiz Advance Permutation Problem | Quanta Magazine
A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying for at least 25 years.
articles  math  algorithms 
16 days ago
The State of the Bookstore Union
The Strand, New York City’s largest independent bookstore, is owned by a millionaire — and the booksellers who work there are all broke.
articles  books  labor 
16 days ago
The Reddit Forum That Guesses Who You Are Based on What’s in Your Fridge | The New Yorker
The insides of refrigerators, the subject of a subreddit called Fridge Detective, have long been the subjects of voyeuristic fascination.
articles  culture  internet 
16 days ago
Working Through the Pain at Tesla | Reveal
Inside Tesla’s factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers
articles  labor  test 
16 days ago
A Very Good Man by Jianan Qian - Guernica
How funny to hear Grandpa Zhang say something other than, “I’ve got candies!” He seemed very excited to have some duties at last. When I stuck my head out of my window to greet him, he put on a serious look and shouted, “The typhoon’s coming. Close your windows, little Qin! Stay safe.”
fiction 
16 days ago
California conservatives and the intellectual engine of Trumpism - Vox
The California GOP got wiped out in the midterms. But the heart of California-style conservatism is stronger than ever.
articles  politics  california 
16 days ago
Your toaster may know more about you than you think | Stanford School of Engineering
As internet-enabled devices carry more sensitive user information, a new system aims to protect privacy.
articles  privacy  data 
16 days ago
How will San Francisco’s skyscrapers fare after the next Big One? | Stanford School of Engineering
Civil engineers are working with the city to mitigate disruption and lost economic activity should downtown buildings be damaged.
articles  engineering  sanfrancisco 
16 days ago
​Small, fast, energy-efficient memory to spur new computer applications | Stanford School of Engineering
‘Spin-orbit torque’ technology is designed for data-intensive computing applications like artificial intelligence and machine learning.
articles  computers  materials 
16 days ago
Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover | Quanta Magazine
Through exacting geometric calculations, Philip Gibbs has found the smallest known cover for any possible shape.
articles  math  geometry 
16 days ago
Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries | Quanta Magazine
Stem cells seem to retain memories of old injuries to improve future healing. When that system goes wrong, chronic inflammation can result.
articles  stem_cells 
16 days ago
In Lagos, Space For My Thoughts To Fly - Guernica
On nomadism, toxicity, and the question of home.
articles  nigeria 
16 days ago
All I want for Christmas is a 90% efficient solar panel – pv magazine USA
NovaSolix hopes to use carbon nanotubes to capture a broader portion of the sun’s electromagnetic spectrum, a process they hope will yield a 90% efficient solar cell at a tenth of the cost of modern solar modules.
articles  solar  energy  materials 
16 days ago
Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’ - The Ringer
Twenty-five years after the historic performance that became the band’s best-selling final album, we talked to producers, directors, musicians, and fans present for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s greatest performance
articles  music  culture 
16 days ago
The City I Love Is Destroying Itself
Nicole Antebi interviews historian David Dorado Romo about the fight to preserve the oldest barrio in El Paso from the City itself.
articles  texas  culture 
16 days ago
Universal Quantum Phenomenon Found in Superconductors | Quanta Magazine
Experiments suggest that exotic superconducting materials share a “strange metal” state characterized by a quantum speed limit that somehow acts as a fundamental organizing principle.
articles  physics  quantam_mechanics 
16 days ago
Why Changing-Look Quasars Appear to Vanish | Quanta Magazine
Quasars powered by supermassive black holes have been unexpectedly vanishing. Scientists have started to figure out why.
articles  astrophysics  physics 
16 days ago
Heather Dewey-Hagborg | Stranger Visions
In Stranger Visions I collected hairs, chewed up gum, and cigarette butts from the streets, public bathrooms and waiting rooms of New York City. I extracted DNA from them and analyzed it to computationally generate 3d printed life size full color portraits representing what those individuals might look like, based on genomic research. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly left behind, the project was meant to call attention to the developing technology of forensic DNA phenotyping, the potential for a culture of biological surveillance, and the impulse towards genetic determinism.
art  dna  genetics 
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