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Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study
"Research finds 20cm rise since start of 20th century, caused by global warming and the melting of polar ice, is unprecedented" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Urban Homestead Honey - At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City - http://www.urbanhomesteadhoney.com/article...
Urban Homestead Honey - At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City
Urban Homestead Honey - At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City
"By precisely optimizing every input and output and creating customized designs, MIT’s CityFarm is an attempt to create a soil-free urban farming system that gets it right. Caleb Harper, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, hopes that the open-source CityFarms project can one day be replicated all over the world. The project is a finalist for Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design awards, which will be announced on October 15th “No one has proven an economically viable model for these kind of plant environments,” says Harper. “What I’m trying to do is kind of be the Linux for these environments-- the person that creates the common language for this new area of food production.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How've they solved the energy problem with artificial lighting? - Spidra Webster
Solar? - Todd Hoff
Former NSA director had thousands personally invested in obscure tech firms | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Former NSA director had thousands personally invested in obscure tech firms | Ars Technica
"New financial disclosure documents released this month by the National Security Agency (NSA) show that Keith Alexander, who served as its director from August 2005 until March 2014, had thousands of dollars of investments during his tenure in a handful of technology firms. Each year disclosed has a checked box next to this statement: "Reported financial interests or affiliations are unrelated to assigned or prospective duties, and no conflicts appear to exist." Alexander repeatedly made the public case that the American public is at "greater risk" from a terrorist attack in the wake of the Snowden disclosures. Statements such as those could have a positive impact on the companies he was invested in, which could have eventually helped his personal bottom line. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Not all that surprising, but there really ought to be greater accountability for these sorts of conflict-of-interests. - John (bird whisperer)
This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/design...
This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy - CityLab
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"Want to be green and also live in the architectural equivalent of an Alex Grey painting? Then perhaps this concept house from Margot Krasojevic is for you: It rises out of the ocean like a twisting mechanical hallucination and runs on the power of waves." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
An Oasis in the American Desert - http://www.geofflawton.com/fe...
An Oasis in the American Desert
Tucson could harvest rain water and reestablish its river system instead of bringing salty water 300 miles from the colorado river. Which requires a huge carbon producing power plant. - Todd Hoff
Fascinating exploration of swales built during the depression. The swales capture water and produce impressive amounts of organic matter. It produced an oasis. An example of how good design can harness water and produce lush green fertile land. Without maintenance. - Todd Hoff
These systems are self irrigating. Self replicating. Soil fertility continues to increase. Which is much better than the irrigated agriculture. - Todd Hoff
The swales could have been much longer and they would have had an enormous effect. Giving production for minimal energy input. - Todd Hoff
Rise and Shine - What kids all around the world eat for breakfast. - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/interac...
Rise and Shine - What kids all around the world eat for breakfast. - NYTimes.com
Rise and Shine - What kids all around the world eat for breakfast. - NYTimes.com
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This sounds so unhealthy compared to cereal and donuts: Here, Koki eats green peppers stir-fried with tiny dried fish, soy sauce and sesame seeds; raw egg mixed with soy sauce and poured over hot rice; kinpira, a dish of lotus and burdock roots and carrots sautéed with sesame-seed oil, soy sauce and a sweet rice wine called mirin; miso soup; grapes; sliced Asian pear; and milk. - Todd Hoff
"Sugar is the notable exception to “food neophobia,” as researchers call that early innate fear. In utero, a 13-week-old fetus will gulp amniotic fluid more quickly when it contains sugar. Our native sweet tooth helps explain the global popularity of sugary cereals and chocolate spreads like Nutella: Getting children to eat sugar is easy. Teaching them to eat slimy fermented soybeans, by contrast, requires a more robust and conservative culinary culture, one that resists the candy-coated breakfast buffet." - Todd Hoff
"A government-run website promoting tourism boasts that every day the Dutch eat at least 750,000 slices of bread topped with the chocolate sprinkles called hagelslag (‘‘hailstorm’’), making it the country’s most popular bread topping." - Todd Hoff
My favorite breakfast is thin wholewheat pancakes lathered in melted salty butter, eggs over easy fried in bacon grease, crisp fatty bacon, fresh cut strawberries bathed in cinnamon. Oh, I would add home fries fried to brown with edges nearly burnt, but alas, that's not in the cards. - Todd Hoff
Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle:
Evolving organisms are like visitors to the metabolic library. Gene deletions and gene transfer allow them to walk through the library, to step from one metabolic text to another, often an immediate neighbor. All of a text’s neighbors form a neighborhood in this library, and such neighborhoods are as important for evolution as a city neighborhood is for people’s lives. - Todd Hoff
Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/design...
Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti - CityLab
"Using that method, the Griffith University professor Maxime Aubert and his team were able to determine that the Sulawesi paintings are, at minimum, 39,900 years old. Which makes their minimum age at least 2,000 years older than the minimum age of the oldest European cave art. (While the paintings are strikingly similar in content—human hands, animals teetering on stick-like appendages—they are also strikingly different in style. The Indonesian images "look ‘line-y,’ almost like brush strokes," Alistair Pike, the archaeologist who identified what was preciously considered the world’s oldest cave art, in Europe, told Nature. Early European images, on the other hand, "look dabbed, almost like finger paint.")" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
God ‏@TheTweetOfGod 1m1 minute ago Scientists have discovered Indonesian cave paintings that are 40,000 years old. To put that in perspective, the universe is 6,000 years old.
That's Not My Problem - I'm Renting Them - http://highscalability.com/blog...
Bajeezuz! Trouble at the Koolaid Point — Serious Pony - http://seriouspony.com/trouble...
"Physical Assualt: the online attack on the epilepsy forums, where the trolls crafted flickering images at a frequency known to trigger seizures in those with “photosensitive” epilepsy. Think about this. People went to the one safe space they knew online — the epilepsy support forums — and found themselves having seizures before they could even look away. (Nobody was ever charged.)" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
To take down a terrorist network it's key to determine the network structure and then destroy influential central nodes. - Todd Hoff
Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair | ArchDaily - http://www.archdaily.com/553311...
Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair | ArchDaily
Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair | ArchDaily
Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair | ArchDaily
"A group of architecture students from Ball State University, together with professors Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, have transformed a post-industrial landscape in Muncie, Indiana, into a new destination for the city’s local art fair with the construction of the Underwood Pavilion. The parametric tensegrity structure, made from 56 lightweight, self-shading modules of Elastan fabric, provides visitors with refuge from the sun and framed views of the surrounding landscape." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
What the Garbageman Knows - http://www.newyorker.com/magazin...
What the Garbageman Knows
"In Cairo, my family lives on the ground floor of an old building, in a sprawling, high-ceilinged apartment with three doors to the outside. One door opens onto the building’s lobby, another leads to a small garden, and the third is solely for the use of the zabal, or garbageman, who is named Sayyid Ahmed. It’s in the kitchen, and when we first moved to the apartment, at the beginning of 2012, the landlady told me to deposit my trash on the fire escape outside the door at any time. There was no pickup schedule, and no preferred container; I could use bags or boxes, or I could simply toss loose garbage outside. Sayyid’s services had no set fee. He wasn’t a government employee, and he had no contract or formal job. I was instructed to pay him whatever I believed to be fair, and if I pleased I could pay him nothing at all." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I Am Groot - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Fish failing to adapt to rising carbon dioxide levels in ocean | Environment - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Fish failing to adapt to rising carbon dioxide levels in ocean | Environment
"Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behaviour of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment, research has found. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that elevated CO2 levels affected fish regardless of whether their parents had also experienced the same environment. Spiny damselfish were kept in water with different CO2 levels for several months. One level was consistent with the world taking rapid action to cut carbon emissions, while the other was a “business as usual” scenario, in which the current trend in rising emissions would equate to a 3C warming of the oceans by the end of the century." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Instagram Improved their App's Performance. Here's How. - http://highscalability.com/blog...
I thought this quite interesting. Guess not. - Todd Hoff
Oddly How Facebook Makes Mobile Work at Scale for All Phones, on All Screens, on All Networks has taken on a second life being retweeted that very far outside my typical readership. Interesting to watch. - Todd Hoff
It's cool that non-games devs care about performance. I mean, obviously in some other areas they do, but I have long believed, probably unfairly, that most PC software devs and mobile too, don't really care about performance... in part because of things like "let's just do everything in HTML5". - Andrew C (✔)
The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/health...
The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture - The Atlantic
"ROC MORINOCT 6 2014, 10:15 AM ET 6 inShare More pml2008/Flickr “In the Second World War,” Samuel Zook began, “my ancestors were conscientious objectors because we don’t believe in combat.” The Amish farmer paused a moment to inspect a mottled leaf on one of his tomato plants before continuing. “If you really stop and think about it, though, when we go out spraying our crops with pesticides, that’s really what we’re doing. It’s chemical warfare, bottom line.” Eight years ago, it was a war that Zook appeared to be losing. The crops on his 66-acre farm were riddled with funguses and pests that chemical treatments did little to reduce. The now-39-year-old talked haltingly about the despair he felt at the prospect of losing a homestead passed down through five generations of his family. Disillusioned by standard agriculture methods, Zook searched fervently for an alternative. He found what he was looking for in the writings of an 18-year-old Amish farmer from Ohio, a man named John Kempf.... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How Clay.io Built their 10x Architecture Using AWS, Docker, HAProxy, and Lots More - http://highscalability.com/blog...
Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Say About the Economy is Wrong | Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/politic...
Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Say About the Economy is Wrong | Rolling Stone
Tim Lott – Zen Buddhism and Alan Watts - http://aeon.co/magazin...
Tim Lott – Zen Buddhism and Alan Watts
"But then, I shouldn’t have been surprised. What Alan Watts taught, above all else, is that everything is transitory. Everything comes and goes. Watts himself did not exist in a perpetual state of spiritual bliss. He died an alcoholic. He had been a lifelong heavy drinker. His later life was not easy — in the last years, he cut a Dickensian figure, working desperately to support his seven children and, presumably, his two ex-wives (by the time he died he was on a third). But he was by no accounts an ‘unhappy’ drunk. He never expressed guilt or regret about his drinking and smoking, and never missed a lecture or a writing deadline." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Could sending ebola infected people to the US be a terrorist attack?
Unlikely, while Ebola is scary there are many "better" ie more easily transmitted. - WarLord
Which is why it's a good strategy. - Todd Hoff
It's a possible scenario. - Sean McBride
Yes. Unfortunately it is a vector that can be weaponized. Infected humans. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
So we should have a war on humans? - Todd Hoff
As a misanthrope I welcome any new acolytes to the cause. - Mark H
What are my first steps Mark? - Todd Hoff
I think we're all doing just fine screwing everything up left, right, and centre as it stands; keep up the good work people. - Mark H
Then it sounds like I should move up the hierarchy quite quickly. Finally, something I'm good at...being bad. - Todd Hoff
[ISIS to Attack US with Ebola? Jihadists 'to Send Infected Militants' to America to Spread Disease: Reports - http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isis-at...] - Sean McBride
Let's Talk About The Weather - Modern Farmer - http://modernfarmer.com/2014...
Let's Talk About The Weather - Modern Farmer
"Ever wonder where your weather forecast comes from? Head on over to the Weather Research and Forecasting — WRF, or “worf” — Model website (wrf-model.org). Here, on this open-source weather prediction system designed, according to their website, “to serve both atmospheric research and operational forecasting needs,” you can find real-time weather predictions. Pictured, for instance, is the severe storm potential predicted for July 25 and 26, 2014, live when this magazine went to press. Other options include predicted precipitation and wind. The WRF is a result of more than 20,000 scientists and researchers from over 130 countries around the world who, using data both real and simulated, predict the weather." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Feedback loops: How nature gets its rhythms - Anje-Margriet Neutel - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Growing Hazelnuts for Biofuel Production - eXtension - http://www.extension.org/pages...
Growing Hazelnuts for Biofuel Production - eXtension
"Hazelnuts, also known as filberts (Corylus spp.), are a perennial tree crop that have been grown for many years in Mediterranean environments as a tree nut for food. Because of its adaptation to less productive soil and its high quantity and quality of oil, the species may hold potential as a biofuel crop if current disease problems that limit its adaptation can be overcome. This article is written for information purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to plant hazelnuts for biofuel production. Hazelnuts, unlike soybeans and other traditional oil crops, have not been grown commercially for oil for biodiesel, and more research, both agronomic and economic, is needed." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome | Coursera - https://www.coursera.org/course...
"Imagine if there were an organ in your body that weighed as much as your brain, that affected your health, your weight, and even your behavior. Wouldn’t you want to know more about it? There is such an organ — the collection of microbes in and on your body, your human microbiome. Watch Intro Video" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For October 3rd, 2014 - http://highscalability.com/blog...
I wonder when life extension hits and there are fewer youngins around, who will do our protesting then? Maybe we'll program robots to protest for us. #gohongkong
Then the police will just go through with steam rollers and create a new road way. Further increasing the revenue of the robotics manufacturers.. I think I need to go buy more stock in iRobot. - Me
Our robots will be non-violent. Surely their horrific death and sacrifice will move hearts and minds towards change? - Todd Hoff
Who will we tell to get off our lawns? - Amit Patel
It's robots all the way down. - Todd Hoff
Will I have a robot to tell other robots to get off my robot-mowed lawn? - Amit Patel
It's an infinite regress. Full employment for all robots. - Todd Hoff
I think most of those robots will be unemployed when they design and train their robot replacements. - Amit Patel
Where do you think the parts come from for the new robots? - Todd Hoff
Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You – Are We Doing It Wrong? | Collective-Evolution - http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014...
Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You – Are We Doing It Wrong? | Collective-Evolution
"Ekirch’s research found that we didn’t always sleep for an average of 8 hours straight. Instead we would sleep in two shorter periods throughout the night. All sleep would occur within a 12 hour time frame that started with 3 or 4 hours of sleep, followed by being awake for 3 hours or so and than sleeping again until the morning." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Anyone try this? - Todd Hoff
I think i'd do better this way - Steve C Team Marina
I tried my own version a couple of years ago when I could make my own hours. It didn't work well as some things suffered. Mainly I would suggest you think about those that live with you and how they will be affected by your hour changes. I chose to try to keep the same hours as others so I could still interact with them. (Which is absolutely crazy if I think about it as I dislike most people.) - Me
Are you Finish? - Todd Hoff
Hear Allen Ginsberg Teach "Literary History of the Beats": Audio Lectures from His 1977 & 1981 Naropa Courses | Open Culture - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
Hear Allen Ginsberg Teach "Literary History of the Beats": Audio Lectures from His 1977 & 1981 Naropa Courses | Open Culture
"It’s not often one gets the opportunity to take a course on a major literary movement taught by a founding member of that movement. Imagine sitting in on lectures on Romantic poetry taught by John Keats or William Wordsworth? It may be the case, however, that the Romantic poets would have a hard time of it in the cutthroat world of professionalized academic poetry, a world Allen Ginsberg helped create in 1974 with the founding of his Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, almost twenty years after he brought hip modern poetry to the masses with the wildly popular City Lights paperback edition of Howl and Other Poems. (Here you can listen to the first recording of Ginsberg reading that famous poem.)" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
You can tell this was from a different time. They had more time back then. - Todd Hoff
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