Not actually giant viruses but rather viruses that have longer than usual gene sequences approaching that of living beings.
Elephants are afraid of bees, it seems, leading to an innovative and sustainable solution, the beehive fence. Who knew? This approach is so intriguing it makes me want to try it out. Now, if I could just find some beehives…and elephants.
An interesting angle on digital privacy, from the point of view of the devices which hold so much of the secrets of our lives.
Finally done with In My Father’s Court and now it’s time for another book. I have my eye on Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea but I should probably give memoirs a break. Instead I’m going to take on Ric de Ungria’s Habagatanon, his book of interviews with six contemporary Davao writers. These just happen to be people I know and am on first name basis with (and I am also in the book, believe it or not.)
This dovetails with a project I’m currently embarking on, a set of interviews with young Davao writers, the first of which is with Genevieve Mae Aquino.
The Economist explains why governments have overestimated the economic returns of higher education. It’s not just about what you learn, it’s about status, it seems.
By now it should be clear that I have a little project running with regard to this column. Instead of random topics, I’ve been sticking to one theme across these past few weeks. That theme just happens to be the dangers of social media.
I started with my experiences in shedding my social media accounts and the resulting mental freedom that the decision afforded me. Then I covered how some tech executives who were instrumental in the success of these social media companies were beginning to have serious second thoughts about what they had created. This was followed by the effects of overexposure to technology on children. I rounded it out with a piece on the physical effects of our gadgets and suggestions on how, based on my own experiences, to detoxify from social media.