I just reread a blog post recently recommended by @22 and wasn’t disappointed. The story about scurvy and lime juice (instead of lemon juice!), and the polar expeditions, and the limits of scientific progress – in human nature, in our social interactions, in the power of authority – all of it makes for great reading. As @22 said: «Perhaps the Maciej piece I most often think about is the one on scuvy vs lemon juice vs lime juice»
It’s long. It’s good.
Unable to find a good dessert starting with Q, Android has dropped the naming scheme for what is now just being called Android 10.
Hi hello good evening the rainforest is burning. If you're in the US, you might not know what you can do to help. Here's some ideas:
It's mostly "donate" and "sign petitions", but every bit helps until we find better collective actions.
Ernest Hemingway was laughed at for claiming he could write a terrifying tragedy using only five words. They stopped laughing after he wrote this on his napkin and showed it to them. Show more
Three billion devices run Java
Canada Unveils ‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact
Scientists hail it as perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever uncovered. You can’t even see its bones.
That’s because, 110 million years later, those bones remain covered by the creature’s intact skin and armor.
Hugo awards have been announced. If you need some more reading recommendations, it's a good place to look: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2019/08/2019-hugo-awards-announced/
Interesting story of a vanished disease called Devonshire colic, caused by drinking poisonous cider and relieved (in part) by soaking in the hot springs at Bath...
...because it turned out that the colic was actually lead poisoning from the cider-making equipment in Devon, and spending all day in water, like living in microgravity, causes bones to shed some of their mineral content.
Weird bug Show more
Weird bug I saw today. Looked like a moth as it flew past me, looks like a pair of twigs on the wall.
#iNaturalist suggests it *is* a kind of moth, possibly a plume moth of some sort. I don't think I've seen a moth whose wings roll up forward before.
Aha, I think I found it:
Godzilla 2000: Millennium
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