Monthly Archives: November 2016

My picks, 2016-13

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Predicting the range of droplet sizes for sticky fluids Additive Manufacturing with Metals What’s harder to understand, a human brain or the universe? Big Ideas for future NSF investments Marie Tharp: Uncovering the Secrets of the Ocean Floor Predicting the range of droplet sizes […]

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

Reprinted from Brain Pickingsby Maria Popova Life, like the universe itself, tolerates no stasis — in the absence of growth, decay usurps the order. Fluid reflections on keeping a solid center. I remember my first awareness of mortality as a child in Bulgaria. I was nine and my father was relaying an anecdote from his […]

H.L. Mencken on Reclaiming Democracy from the Mob Mentality That Masquerades for It

Reprinted from Brain Pickingsby Maria Popova This fear of ideas is a peculiarly democratic phenomenon… nowhere so horribly apparent as in the United States, perhaps the nearest approach to an actual democracy yet seen in the world. In a recent conversation with the smartest person I know, she suggested that society might have a certain […]

Building Ultra-reliable software

Reprinted from NASAWhy Is Formal Methods Necessary?The Design Error Problem We are very good at building complex software systems that work 95% of the time. But we do not know how to build complex software systems that are ultra-reliably safe (i.e. . Why Is Formal Methods Necessary? Digital systems can fail in catastrophic ways leading […]

My picks, 2016-12

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Creativity – Microsoft Research Talks How the Human Ear Works Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented The Nazi Engineer Who Created the First Ballistic Missile Nuclear War & Fermi Paradox – Mutually Assured Destruction Creativity – Microsoft Research Talks The […]

My picks, 2016-11

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Pomegranates reveal its powerful anti-aging secret DARPA’s Space Surveillance Telescope: How It Works Fossilised dinosaur brains What are harmonics? Ultrasound Treatment Stops Parkinson’s Tremor Pomegranates reveal its powerful anti-aging secret École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Scientists have managed to prove pomegranates anti-aging potential: […]

Brightening the Future through Brain-Controlled Bionics

Reprinted from DARPAby Marine Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II Ever since the first war ever recorded by human beings, paralyzation and amputation of extremities has been a common occurrence. The answer to this problem was usually found in the form of prosthetics or artificial limbs. The oldest documented prosthetic can be traced back to somewhere […]