Link: You’re Cooler Than You Think: 98.6 Temperature No Longer the Norm https://www.kqed.org/science/1954750/youre-cooler-than-you-think-98-6-temperature-no-longer-the-norm
A look at "precariously balanced rocks" (PBRs) and what they say about the recent geology of the area (i.e., "There be no earthquakes here recently.")
Make sure you take the 🆓 #Firefox 72.0.1 update today. Better security at no cost to you! #security #cybersecurity
Link: Group raises nearly $16 million to buy Alder Creek giant sequoia grove https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2020-01-08/alder-creek-giant-sequoia-grove-save-the-redwoods-league-purchase
"Easter Island's Monoliths Made the Crops Grow" - literally. Dust and fragments from the quarry added much-needed minerals to the soil around it, making it the most fertile area of the isolated island.
For those of you looking for a ray of sunshine right now https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/us/ruth-bader-ginsburg-health.html
"Scientists give cuttlefish 3D glasses and shrimp films for vision study" https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/08/scientists-play-shrimp-films-to-cuttlefish-in-3d-vision-study (there's a cute photo of a cuttlefish wearing red/blue stereo glasses, which turns out to work)
Quote: « “A lot of people said it wasn’t going to work,” Wardill said. “They said they’d rip the glasses off. They said there’d be ink in the tank.” »
Translation: "Fools! We showed them all!"
people were talking about the millennium bug recently, well it turns out a lot of the fixes just delayed the problem to 2020
"Programmers wanting to avoid the Y2K bug had two broad options: entirely rewrite their code, or adopt a quick fix called “windowing”, which would treat all dates from 00 to 20, as from the 2000s, rather than the 1900s. An estimated 80 per cent of computers fixed in 1999 used the quicker, cheaper option."
"Those systems that used the quick fix have now reached the end of that window, and have rolled back to 1920. Utility company bills have reportedly been produced with the erroneous date 1920, while tens of thousands of parking meters in New York City have declined credit card transactions because of the date glitch."
Link: Restart the presses: California’s oldest weekly newspaper saved https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-07/restart-the-presses-californias-oldest-weekly-newspaper-saved
No eyes? No problem. Brittle star expands boundaries of vision
A brittle star species native to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico lacks eyes, but can still see, according to scientists who studied this creature that expands the boundaries of the sense of sight in the animal kingdom.
Preparedness, food, question
So I'd like to keep an emergency food supply.
Sources I've read say that the best way to do that is just buy more of whatever non-perishable food you normally eat.
But my household... doesn't actually use canned/dry food all that much outside of rice and beans? So I'm a little bit at a loss.
Link: Blight wiped out the American chestnut. Parallel efforts are close to bringing it back.
Link: A Blizzard of Tumbleweeds Trapped Cars on a Highway in Washington State https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tumbleweed-traffic-jam
Cambridge Analytica, voter manipulation
"More than 100,000 documents relating to work in 68 countries that will lay bare the global infrastructure of an operation used to manipulate voters on “an industrial scale” is set to be released over the next months"
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