Wednesday, April 04, 2018

New DNS Benchmark App!
The Great Steve Gibson, updates his famous DNS Benchmark tool.

CloudFlare announces new free DNS onedotonedotonedotone!


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Looking for Planet 9 - Lee Billings

There is even a “citizen science” Web site devoted to letting anyone—even you, dear reader—pore through WISE images for the elusive planet. And behind all the observations a vast and diverse ecosystem of numerical simulations hums along on powerful supercomputers, trying to further narrow the search for Planet Nine by modeling its gravitational effects on the solar system across multibillion-year timescales.
“We are carpet-bombing the sky to see what falls out,” Gerdes says. “Two years on, the first thing we can say about Planet Nine is that it’s not low-hanging fruit, but we’re still shaking the tree.”

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time to buy ETH?

After several lows and highs since the peak back in December, is it time to buy Ethereum?

Chart above from Coinbase

Atacama skeleton of Chile - Genome Research CSH

Here, we present the detailed whole-genome analysis showing that Ata is a female of human origin, likely of Chilean descent, and its genome harbors mutations in genes (COL1A1, COL2A1, KMT2D, FLNB, ATR, TRIP11, PCNT) previously linked with diseases of small stature, rib anomalies, cranial malformations, premature joint fusion, and osteochondrodysplasia (also known as skeletal dysplasia).

Abstract here

Research pdf here

Sunday, March 04, 2018

The 8 Million Species We Don’t Know - Sunday Review - EO Wilson

"The most striking fact about the living environment may be how little we know about it. Even the number of living species can be only roughly calculated. A widely accepted estimate by scientists puts the number at about 10 million. In contrast, those formally described, classified and given two-part Latinized names (Homo Sapiens for humans, for example) number slightly more than two million. With only about 20 percent of its species known and 80 percent undiscovered, it is fair to call Earth a little-known planet."

NY Times

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Libby -- > New mobile app

Hostile Design in Urbania

But where is the line drawn between hostile architecture that seeks to favor one class of people over another, and practical urban planning that aims to keep all people safe? “All urban architecture or urban design has a level of control built into it,” says Petty, citing pedestrian crossings and sidewalks as features that guide the behavior of the public. “But then you’ve got a point where that kind of controlling becomes direct, explicit, and targeted against certain groups and not others.”

The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile - Atlas Obscura