"...Another study argued that eliminating coal pollution in northern China would raise average life expectancy there by nearly five years. (By contrast, wiping out all cancer would increase US life expectancy by just three years.)" Wow. Most of the rest of the article is about the numerics showing that coal is here to stay.
In this rather amazing comment we learn how to maintain fortresses suffering from overpopulation by cats or dwarves. (The actual article is crap, touching barely a thousandth of the glory of Dwarf Fortress.)
Another great kottke find. (2.5min) It seems a stretch to call a ~1mm^2 magnet a "robot", when all its motive power comes from the magnetic circuit board it's traveling on, but if they can pick up and transfer building materials (and execute precision maneuvers at 19Hz!) I guess it's a good name? Reminiscent of an Amazon warehouse, scaled down 1000x. A Day in the Life of a Kiva Robot
TIL about a historical event known as the Auspicious Incident. (The actual incident isn't as interesting as the name.) What other great names should I be throwing around, like the Defenestration of Prague and the incomparable Diet of Worms?
I liked most the first bit of this: have one group of kids practice throwing balls into a bucket 3 feet way, another into buckets 2 and 4 feet away. After a few weeks, who's better at the 3 foot test? The second group.
The headlines (and, it appears, the blurbs at the top) are usually outside the authors' control. In this case, the article is an excerpt from a book, except the headline which was written by the folks at Salon.
Brilliant twist on the holiday: pack an emergency bag of your most necessary belongings, just for practice and to get your thinking. Then compare bags with family and guests. (By the always excellent +dahlia lithwick .)
My husband is a worrier. He worries about natural disasters and climate change and political meltdown and fiscal collapse, and he’s had a box of emergency supplies under the basement stairs since after 9/11. (A few years ago we discovered that he had stashed chocolate liqueur in the emergency preparedness...