Overall, I support using drones and robots for aircraft inspections, as long as the software that is evaluating the sensor feed is more capable than a person at spotting an issue. I’ve done these kinds of inspections, on hovercraft and airliners, and it can be mind numbing.
Saturn is losing its rings. The shepherd moons are keeping it together but the ice is slowing raining down on the planet and not being replenished. So be sure to take a look some times in the next … well, 100 million years.
The debate surrounding the definition of personhood isn’t new, but it also hasn’t proven to be very consequential in terms of its impact on the modern abortion debate. The introduction of artificial wombs could change all of that
America has a strange relationship with the small handful of drugs it’s collectively chosen to tolerate.
Journalism’s current standards for determining what is publishable are brittle and subject to manipulation by malicious actors.
One thing that annoys me is people conflating the far side of the moon with the “dark side”. These are not the same thing.
So … ten stellar collisions weren’t enough for you, huh? How about ten, ten colliding black holes! Hahahaha.
Does men’s dominance of Scrabble prove there’s no sexism in science? Eh, not quite.
You are trying to balance two environmental disasters against each other, with catastrophe looming on either end.
What companies (and the rest of us) can do to shore up our data security.
Want to hear me discussing astronomy in a bar?
A better understanding of the toll football takes on its players might convince you: American Football should be abolished.
No, a quarter of millennials are not experiencing PTSD because of the election. A few months after the election, college students were still a bit stressed by it. Which makes them like everyone else.
Gingerbread, obviously. And the Galaxy S3.
If our climate change approach comes at the expense of economic growth, it is neither the wealthy nor the white that will bear the cost.
Oscar Gordon’s Tech Tuesday covering Ammonia as fuel, making the Star Trek Tricoder, turning CO2 solid with a battery, Japanese innovation in space and baby elevators, cheap metal decontaminating water, simulated avalanches, and more
Animal-Based research is silent fraud, but new technology may be making this wasteful practice obsolete.
Are phone makers about to force their phones onto carriers?
Accusations sometimes exist, persist, or are dismissed due to the ambiguity of what we don’t know. In the future, we’ll know more of it.
And never code in plus, plus C
I am so ready for that mythical pleasant Arizona winter.
I’ve got a recycling post I’m working on, but finding time to do it justice is an issue. Until then, here are some recent links.
Move is done, we are settled, so I am back at it!
The straw ban isn’t the problem; the idea that the straw ban is some kind of bridge to solving bigger problems is. Because straw bans are easy; effecting real change is hard.
Oscar has been kinda absent the past few weeks. Here’s why.
I’m on vacation this week, so it’s a short set of links.
An anecdote about decision making in the information age.
RIP, Stephen Hawking
Due to two basic facts, universal time doesn’t solve a theoretical problem.
Everyone will remember the gimmick, but that is the sideshow.
This year will be a crucial one for the New York-based company.
A human-readable writeup of yesterday’s technology news.
I note the recent story about UFOs and consider burdens of proof required to convince of their existence and compare with burdens of proof in the debate over theism.
In which I also agree with Antonin Scalia.
So I recently discovered Steven Universe. I fully recommend it (it’s on Cartoon Network and Hulu). Some people on Tumblr, etc. get a little too into it, but it is quite smart. Don’t let the animation style make you think it isn’t.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US (or not in the US, but who celebrate it anyway). We are reprising our plan from last year, which is to meet up with some friends at the local Brazilian Steakhouse. My Portuguese is a little rusty, but I’m pretty sure the name of the place translates to “Meat Coma”.