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Monday
Aug282017

How Horses Got Their Hooves

[NyTimes] : "All four-limbed, land-based vertebrates came from a common ancestor with legs that ended in five toes. Over time, many animals lost some of their digits: Hippos, rhinos and camels have four, three and two toes on each leg. But only one living group of animals ended up with a single toe per foot: …"

Sunday
Aug272017

DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

[Link] : In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery could only store up …
Sunday
Aug272017

Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness

[NyTimes] : "For several years, I've led tree walks in Washington, D.C. I start by asking participants who they are and why they want to spend precious hours looking at trees. My students are nearly all highly educated, successful people who work impressive jobs, speak multiple languages and effortlessly …"

Sunday
Aug272017

Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated

[NyTimes] : "Not long ago, after interviewing a venture capitalist onstage, I announced to the audience that we would take questions but no pitches. The first person at the microphone asked the investor to fund his start-up. I cringed as the second person started to pitch, too. Our educational event had quickly …"

Sunday
Aug272017

Preparing for Hajj With a Case of ‘Dad Brain’

[NyTimes] : "It's midnight, three days before I leave for my first hajj, the five-day religious pilgrimage that's among the most meaningful experiences in a Muslim's life. When I arrive in Mecca, I'll join nearly two million believers who've traveled from Virginia, Kabul, and everywhere in between: a …"

Sunday
Aug272017

Johnny Goes to College

[NyTimes] : "I am about to travel cross-country in a fully loaded station wagon with my ex-husband. We are taking our only child to college in Colorado, where he will be starting his first year, and we are doing this as a family.<p>We are not the winners of our neighborhood's competition for the best divorce, but …"

Sunday
Aug272017

Russian Tanker Completes Arctic Passage Without Aid of Icebreakers

[NyTimes] : "A Russian-owned tanker, built to traverse the frozen waters of the Arctic, completed a journey in record time from Europe to Asia this month, auguring the future of shipping as global warming melts sea ice.<p>The Christophe de Margerie, a 984-foot tanker built specifically for the journey, became the …"

Sunday
Aug272017

Charles R. Bentley, 87, Pioneer of Polar Science, Is Dead

[NyTimes] : "Charles R. Bentley, who in the 1950s led a team of scientists that measured the West Antarctic Ice Sheet for the first time, and who later explained the mechanics of the fast-moving ice streams that drain the sheet, died on Aug. 19 at his home in Oakland, Calif. He was 87.<p>The cause was …"

Sunday
Aug272017

MakerStudio ARKit

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Saturday
Aug262017

Gut Bacteria Can Fluctuate With the Seasons

[NyTimes] : "In Tanzania, not far from the Serengeti, live the Hadza, a community of about 1,300 people. For such a small group, they attract a lot of scientific attention.<p>Many of the Hadza live solely on the animals they kill, along with honey, berries and a few other wild foods. For the first 95 percent of …"

Friday
Aug252017

As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check

[NyTimes] : "In the last five years, dozens of schools have popped up offering an unusual promise: Even humanities graduates can learn how to code in a few months and join the high-paying digital economy. Students and their hopeful parents shelled out as much as $26,000 seeking to jump-start a career.<p>But the …"

Friday
Aug252017

Amazon Plans to Lower Some Prices at Whole Foods

[NyTimes] : "SEATTLE — The era of Whole Paycheck, the derisive nickname for Whole Foods, may be drawing to a close. Amazon, which takes control of the upscale grocer on Monday, intends to slash prices the same day.<p>The significance of the move goes well beyond the price of organic avocados, baby kale and …"

Thursday
Aug242017

California continues to lead the US in renewable energy

[Link] : In 2006, California adopted aggressive legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting renewable energy production throughout the state. And since then, the state has been tracking its progress through its annual California Green Innovation Index report. The ninth report was …
Wednesday
Aug232017

Dear iPhone: Here’s Why We’re Still Together After 10 Years

[NyTimes] : "Dear iPhone: It's hard to believe we're still together after 10 years, which is eons in the tech industry.<p>What's the glue that keeps us together? For one, I rarely get lost now that I always have a GPS device in my pocket. After lots of practice with your camera, I've become a decent photographer. …"

Monday
Aug212017

Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — What happens in the San Francisco Bay every Thursday night does not look real or even possible, and it certainly does not look safe. Dozens of people skim across the waters at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, kites far ahead and their boards floating two feet above the chop of the …"

Sunday
Aug202017

The Rise of the Fidget Spinner and the Fall of the Well-Managed Fad

[NyTimes] : "Earlier this year, when Christine Osborne first realized that fidget spinners — those small devices that have, seemingly overnight, colonized playgrounds and classrooms — were going to become a huge hit, she felt a deep anxiety. This was surprising, because Osborne owns multiple toy stores in South …"

Sunday
Aug202017

Corey E. Thomas of Rapid7 on Why Companies Succeed or Fail

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Corey E. Thomas</b>, chief executive of <b>Rapid7</b>, a corporate network security company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. Were you in leadership roles or doing entrepreneurial things early on?</b><p><b>A.</b> My first job was as a janitor for local churches in Georgia, where I grew up. …"

Wednesday
Aug162017

Twitter’s dilemma: What to do with Trump

[Link] : "My use of Twitter is not presidential," said President Donald Trump on Twitter last month, before adding the kicker in emphatic all-caps: "it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL."<p>Yet, nearly seven months into his presidency, Trump has so flabbergasted the public with his tweets that there has been a …
Tuesday
Aug152017

Trump Shares, Then Deletes, Twitter Post of Train Hitting Cartoon Person Covered by CNN Logo

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — President Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person's head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later.<p>Mr. Trump has been under fire for how he …"

Monday
Aug142017

The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here

[NyTimes] : "If you're like me and the millions of other Americans who have canceled a cable television subscription over the past few years, you're probably familiar with the phenomenon I've started calling “the hunt.”<p>It goes like this: First, you decide to watch one of your favorite shows — HGTV's “Fixer …"