Miscellaneous #12

Laser Cyanotypes of Ralf Jacobs

Cognitive Science and the Different Kinds of Computation

Tech giants are axing their experimental projects. That could cost them in the end.

New CRISPR-based tool inserts large DNA sequences at desired sites in cells

What does Meta AI’s Diplomacy-winning Cicero Mean for AI? Hint: It’s not all about scaling

The 1991 Plan to Turn Space Shuttle Columbia Into a Low-Cost Space Station

A CIA program in the 1960s—Project AQUILINE—wanted to build unmanned spy planes

The Forgotten ’80s Home Robots Trend

Computers are for Girls: A deep dive into early home computer ads.

What the Heck is Post-Positivism?


Real peer review has never been tried

China’s ‘paper mills’ are grinding out fake scientific research at an alarming rate

The Iranian Plant Paper Mill

“Wait a second, these are not real error bars”


Famous Fluid Equations Are Incomplete

Two mathematicians prove that under certain extreme conditions, the Navier-Stokes equations output nonsense.


With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it

Ancient Egyptian mummification was never intended to preserve bodies

A crew of Canadian service dogs sat in a theater to watch a live performance of “Billy Elliot: The Musical.”

Bizarre Beliefs: Animated Horse Hairs

How to Recognize a Werewolf, c. 1340 and How to Cure a Werewolf, 6th century

Remastered earthrise image from Apollo 17, 1972 flight film (via Andy Saunders):

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