Yellowstone Bears Eat 40K Moths a Day in August

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Bears climb high above timberline in Yellowstone National Park to feed on moths that come from farmland many miles away. The most common moth in the west is called the miller, and it is the adult of the army cutworm. Researchers are just now starting to ...

Satellites Taking Pictures of Rockets Carrying More Satellites

At Planet, we launch new satellite flocks regularly. For years, we ’ve been talking about getting that perfect shot from space of a rocket mid-flight; and as our on-orbit fleet has grown in size, the odds of one of our satellites being in the right ...

Give in to Procrastination and Stop Prefetching (2013) [pdf]

Abstract –Generations of computer programmers are taught to prefetch network objects in computer science classes. In prac- tice, prefetching can be harmful to the user ’s wallet when she is on a limited or pay-per-byte cellular data plan. Many popular, ...

Open Bazaar – decentralized Bitcoin marketplace

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OpenBazaar is currently for Desktop only. Email yourself a reminder link to download on Desktop. Create a store. Sell whatever you’d like. Reach a new audience. Get paid in Bitcoin.

Using Hilbert Curves to 100% Zelda

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tl;dr: I used Hilbert Curves to make it quicker to walk through a list of locations on a map, so I could could fully complete a video game. As you probably know recently the question of what the best Zelda Gameis was finally settled by Breath Of The ...

Rocket Propellant from Lunar Soil

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In the 1980's, NASA was using liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen as a baseline propellant system. While the oxygen could be obtained by processing lunar soil, the liquid hydrogen would have to come from earth. This would be a major logistical ...

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

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True bilingualism is a relatively rare and a beautiful thing, and by “true,” I mean speaking two languages with the proficiency of a native — something most of us will only dream of as we struggle with learning languages in school and beyond. Continue ...

The Vietnam of Computer Science (2006)

(Two years ago, at Microsoft ’s TechEd in San Diego, I was involved in a conversation at an after-conference event with Harry Pierson and Clemens Vasters, and as is typical when the three of us get together, architectural topics were at the forefront ...

GoblinCore-64: Scalable, open architecture for data intensive HPC

org.apache.cocoon.ProcessingException: Failed to process reader at <map:read type="BitstreamReader"> - jndi:/localhost/ttu-ir/sitemap.xmap:265:78 at <map:select type="browser"> - jndi:/localhost/ttu-ir/sitemap.xmap:255:68 ...

Fullstack Academy (YC S12) is hiring developers who love teaching

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Fullstack Academy is the premier software development school located in New York City and Chicago. Y Combinator-backed, our school has garnered the attention of Forbes, TechCrunch, and Business Insider, among others. The reputation of our school is ...

Twilio – Why there's no API for crossing the chasm

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This is an essay about go-to-market strategy and market development. It’s also an essay about company culture. Specifically, it ’s about how the market focus and culture that helped a company reach significant heights can rapidly transform from critical ...

Extremely Fast MySQL Backup and Restore Using Mydumper/Myloader

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Mydumper and Myloader are utility software programs that allow you to perform extremely fast and reliable multi-threaded MySQL backup and restore which is written in the C programming language. It was…

The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses

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More than a quarter billion people today are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the World Health Organization estimates, and more than 850,000 of them die every year as a result. Although an effective and inexpensive vaccine can prevent infections, ...

I hacked my body for a future that never came

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I realized that my sixth sense was failing when I stopped noticing the magnetic fields of my laptop. In fall 2012, I implanted a rare earth magnet in my right ring finger. Magnets were one of the...

The idiot's guide to special variables and lexical closures (2003) [pdf]

Variables and bindings To understand special variables we have to start by understanding variables in general. A variable is a place that is denoted by an identifier where a value can be stored. In some programming languages (like early dialects of BASIC ...

E-Commerce as a Jobs Engine? One Economist’s Unorthodox View

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Retailing is dead. Sales clerks are losing their jobs by the thousands. The employment picture for young people with only a high school education is going to get even worse. And all this is happening because of and its ilk, which are driving ...

Bilingual Education: Potential Brain Benefits

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Part of our ongoing series exploring how the U.S. can educate the nearly 5 million students who are learning English. Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard ...

Generating Art with Code: A Handbook to “Little Planet Procedural”

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This is a handbook meant to explain the concepts and execution behind the "Little Planet Procedural" project, my directed study midterm project. As some background, the project is meant as a case study of how code can create diverse and ...

Why OpenBazaar Token Doesn’t Exist

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If you ’re even remotely interested in the world of cryptocurrencies, then you ’re aware of a relatively recent phenomenon called ICOs (also called token sales). These ICOs happen when developers of a project announce their intention to create a ...

The ages of distraction

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The rise of the internet and the widespread availability of digital technology has surrounded us with endless sources of distraction: texts, emails and Instagrams from friends, streaming music and videos, ever-changing stock quotes, news and more news. ...

Cryptoeconomics: Paving the Future of Blockchain Technology

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There’s no point in being nuts if you can’t have some fun with it. — “John Nash”, A Beautiful Mind (2001) Page through the articles on blockchain today and you will see healthy discussions over its applications and endless debates over the future price ...

Zigfrid – A Passive RFID Fuzzer

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Zigfrid is the end result of my RFID tinkering. Since I will most definitely forget most things described here in the (very) near future, I share this for those few who might find it interesting. Please be warned: This is not a toy. It is completely unreliable, untested, malicious tool, which ...

Converting floats to strings

Much has been written about converting floating point numbers to strings: Bruce Dawson has lots to say, David M. Gay's venerable dtoa is a classic, and Florian Loitsch's relatively recent grisu paperis worth studying. Often the problem is framed ...

Bitcoin Cash Starts Trading

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ViaBTC opened trading of Bitcoin Cash (BCC) for CNY today, after allowing their customers to split their bitcoin right now with 1 BTC being 1 BCC and 1 BTC_Frozen. BCC can then be traded for CNY with some 1,600 bitcoins traded at the time of writing, ...

16-Bit VM in JavaScript

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A little while ago I started working on a 16 bit virtual machine running in node. I'd been watching these amazing series of videos from Ben Eater about how he build a fully functional 8 bit computer from scratch, and wanted to see if I could put into practice some of the things I'd learned.…

An Interactive Map of Ulysses’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey

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The Odyssey,story map,map tour,history,journey,travels,odysseus,map of the odyssey

GitLab 9.4 Released with Related Issues and Web Application Monitoring

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Surprise is harder to achieve when you do everything in the open. But working in the open gives us the power to tell you why we're shipping what we're releasing today and how this release is setting up GitLab for something even better in ...

Robots from Gurgaon-based GreyOrange

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Robot wars: Amazon has Kiva, Alibaba has Geek+, and there’s GreyOrange for the rest Chickpet is one of the oldest bazaars in Bangalore, dating back to the 16th century. The roads are chock-a-block with everything from carts and trucks to a sundry cow. ...

Flowmatic (1957) [pdf]

UNIVACFLOW-MATICis the most far-reaching development ever offered for automatic computer programming. It provides, for the h t time, a means whereby the flow chart of the systems expert can be translated automatically, at electronic speed, into the language ...

The Strange Similarity of Neuron and Galaxy Networks

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Christof Koch, a leading researcher on consciousness and the human brain, has famously called the brain “the most complex object…By Franco Vazza & Alberto Feletti