Farmers want to use gene drive, with the aim to eradicate the spotted-wing drosophila fruit fly. This is a scary prospect because, as I’ve posted before, the gene drive targets species-wide changes but because of its virulent nature could have unintended consequences.
- Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society (The Verge)
- You don’t realize it but you are being programmed (Quartz)
- Ex-Facebook exec’s regrets on ripping apart the social fabric (NY Post).
The history and sociology of high-tech transport does not bode well for Hyperloop. The lesson here being, introduction of any new mass technology, especially for transportation, has unintended consequences, especially when many important factors (such as cost) are ignored.
Dice Become Ordered When Stirred, Not Shaken. Rotational forces can put dice into ordered patterns. This experiment was done with 25,000 dice. Mind blown.
This article gives an overview of the process by which a band makes it ‘big’, i.e., going from playing small venues to stadium-sized concert halls. The odds aren’t very good. Of 7,000, less than twenty make it. Aside from that life lesson, the data visuals on this piece are excellent.
Researchers have identified additional genes associated with homosexuality in men. The genes are expressed in chromosones 13, 14, and 8.
This is old news but anyway: education platform Edmodo was hacked last May. This is relevant because certain colleagues at my former employer had a subversive love affair with Edmodo, availability of a local platform notwithstanding. Oh well….