Archive for the ‘In The News’ Category

Efficency End To End

From The Economist: ENGINES on airliners are highly efficient when they are in flight, but not when operating on the ground. When a plane is taxiing under its own power, the engines burn vast amounts of fuel. A Boeing 747 can consume a tonne of fuel and emit several tonnes of carbon dioxide during an […]

Your Beverage Ice Is Dirtier Than Toilet Water

You may want to consider ordering your drink without ice next time you’re at a fast food restaurant (or any place): “I found that 70-percent of the time, the ice from the fast food restaurant’s contain more bacteria than the fast food restaurant’s toilet water,” Roberts told local station 10 News in Tampa. How did […]

Where Amazon Will Go Next

The other day Amazon’s Jeff Bezos admitted Amazon makes no money from the Kindle itself. That’s not as bad as it sounds. Jeff Bezos is referring to the hardware. Amazon sells content for the Kindle and that can make money. This is akin to shipping at cost and making money off the product you sell. […]

Looking At Cute Animals Can Boost Productivity

From the “you can’t make this stuff up department” over at LifeScience: Previous studies have shown that humans slow down their speech when talking to babies, and the Japanese researchers speculated that viewing the cute images may have had a similar effect — slowing the behavior of the students who saw the cute baby animal […]

Alzheimer’s A Metabolic Disease

Alzheimer’s a metabolic disease? From The Guardian: A large body of evidence now suggests that Alzheimer’s is primarily a metabolic disease. Some scientists have gone so far as to rename it: they call it type 3 diabetes. It will be interesting to see how this evolves. This could be a revolutionary finding.

“Sales are just like heroin”

JournalStar has an interesting article about pricing strategies and the psychology behind them. It’s always interesting to read about. We often view good buys not in terms of what they are, but relative to something else. If you can control what that “something else” is, you have a lot of control over consumers.

QOTD “Facebook is the Microsoft of social media”

Quote of the day goes to Paul Saffo for his opinion piece on Facebook: Facebook is the Microsoft of social media; used by everyone but truly loved by few. I’m not sure I 100% agree with the quote, however it does make a valid point about what not to be as a tech company with […]

Someone’s Got A Case Of The Mondays

According to scientists, the idea that people hate Mondays more than any other day of the week is partially unfounded. People hate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as well. Not terribly shocking. If I had to guess I’d ponder it would graph something like this: Peaks on Saturday, wanes on Sunday in anticipation of the ending weekend, […]

Operation: Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum

Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal started a campaign to raise money to purchase Wardenclyffe, perhaps the most iconic thing Nicola Tesla worked on aside from the Tesla coil itself. The building, built by no other than Stanford White, of Washington Square Arch fame. Like Inman, I’d argue Nicola Tesla is one of the greatest geniuses […]

Lost da Vinci Painting Found

We’ve seen stories like this before, yet it’s impressive still: For years it sat on a farmhouse wall gathering dust. And when Fiona McLaren redecorated, she didn’t even take the time to cover the apparently worthless painting in a protective sheet, so it got flicked in specks of paint. However, in an astounding twist it […]