JPL has built an AI-controlled autonomous quadcopter drone. They put it through its paces on a racing course against a pro pilot. The human opponent still came out three minutes ahead, but it’s still impressive considering the drone generated the map entirely by itself.
Einstein’s formula for happiness, written as a tip to a bellboy:
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”
Study compares the number of neurons among carnivorans. Verdict: dogs have more neurons, and this means “…dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”
New discovery today: jetpens.com, selling Japanese stationery and art supplies.
A whirlwind tour of analog computers, including some of which use fluids for computation.
Tails is a security-oriented live Linux distribution with built-in Tor client and encryption tools.
‘Surprisingly accurate’ models of political leanings based on cars in a neighborhood. This bothers me a lot. A whole lot.
A researcher found that kidneys can smell and that this ability is exclusively used by gut bacteria in feeding, in turn helping to regulate blood pressure. Mind blown.
From the 1950’s: an analog computer designed for solving differential equations. To program it, the operator needed to rewire patch cables. It used high voltages, though, and could sometimes caused a shock.