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Interesting Reading #505 – Make perfect french fries, The problem with iPad apps, Freegans, hackers, half-human hybrids, Super-reactors and much more…

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The Burger Lab: How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries – “To be absolutely honest, I’ve never been able to make fries as good as theirs (shhhhh!). Sure, my thick-cut pub-style fries are super-potatoey and fantastic, and when I’m in the mood for them, my seasoned steak fries can’t be beat, but for thin, super-crisp fries (I’m talking the kind that only appear in fast food restaurants and French bistros under the name frites)? I’m always better off running down to the take-out window than bothering to fry them myself at home. Until now…”

Sony developing eye-tracking, lifelogging glasses – “Lifelogging is the act of recording a continuous feed of information automatically as you go about your daily business. This requires a new device to be worn in order to capture video and/or images at regular intervals. Although some solutions clip on to your shirt, Sony has decided to integrate its lifelogging system into a pair of glasses. Better yet, the system also includes eye-tracking so you not only get a log of the locations you travelled through, but also what specifically you looked at all day…”

Could a car be your new best friend? – “Scientists at Stanford University in the US are attempting to turn the car into a friend for life, by getting it to talk to you in a way that puts you in a good mood for safe driving…”

Flight Simulator but with you as a Plane – “If anybody out there have a desire to fly like a superman we have the right news for you as Rafael Mizrahi has build a flight simulator that gives you the experience of flight by putting you in the simulator as the plane itself… “

The Shortest Possible Game of Monopoly: 21 Seconds – “After our recent attempt to play the shortest actual game of Monopoly on record, we started to wonder about what the shortest THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE game of Monopoly would be. That is, if everything went just the right way, with just the right sequence of rolls, Chance and Community Chest cards, and so on, what is the quickest way one player could go bankrupt? After working on the problem for a while, we boiled it down to a 4-turn (2 per player), 9 roll (including doubles) game. Detail on each move given below. If executed quickly enough, this theoretical game can be played in 21 seconds (see video below)…”

Largest Supercomputers to Simulate Life on Earth, Including Economies and Whole Societies – “Scientists are planning to use the largest supercomputers to simulate life on Earth, including the financial system, economies and whole societies. The project is called “Living Earth Simulator” and part of a huge EU research initiative named FuturIcT…”

Tastes Like Chicken: The Quest for Fake Meat – “The desire to eat meat has posed an ethical question ever since humans achieved reliable crop production: Do we really need to kill animals to live? Today, the hunger for meat is also contributing to the climate-change catastrophe. The gases from all those chickens and pigs and cows, and from the manure lagoons that big farms create, are playing a part in global warming. So the idea of fake meat has never been more alluring. What if you could cut into a juicy chicken breast that wasn’t chicken at all but rather some indistinguishable imitation made harmlessly from plant life?”

Simona de Silvestro Scary Fire 2010 Indy Car Series at Texas Motor Speedway:

Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price – “Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information…”

Fastest High Speed Train Rolls off Production Line in China – “The world’s fastest high speed train has just been unveiled in Changchun, the capital of the northeastern province of Jilin in China. While there are maglev trains that travel at higher top speeds, Chinese officials say the average operating speeds of the new “380A” will make it the fastest train in the world…”

BP says it sees some progress in capping gulf well, collecting oil – “BP executives said that their efforts to capture the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico have begun to work and that a containment cap placed over the damaged well Thursday night sucked up about 441,000 gallons of oil — on Saturday, up from around 250,000 gallons on Friday. That oil was diverted to a waiting ship…”

Zuckerberg’s Bizarre Facebook Insignia Revealed, And What It Means – “To much media fanfare, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg removed his signature hoodie at D8 conference Wednesday, revealing a strange Illuminati-like diagram printed on the blue silk lining. Interviewer Kara Swisher took one look at the bizarre garment and remarked, “What are you in, some kind of cult?” ” See also: What does Facebook’s cult insignia really signify?

Unlimited Energy from the Past… – “At the beginning of the Cold-War era, America focused it’s nuclear programs on Breeder reactors that produced materials for weapons, as did the Soviets. When the Oil Crisis hit in ’72, all newly built reactors fell in line with this objective, and Uranium has dominated since.
As a result of this Tipping Point, the best Energy Alternatives were sidelined up until just recently. During a Nuclear Renaissance, we’re free to correct past mistakes, and re-examine Thorium as the safer, cleaner fuel of the Future !”

Animal-Human Hybrids Banned in Some States – ” Dren, the half-human, half-animal hybrid set to terrorize Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley in the new movie “Splice,” is pure science fiction, but politicians across the country aren’t taking any chances. In the last month Ohio and Arizona have both passed laws forbidding research of animal human hybrids…”

Crowd Science Reaches New Heights – “Today, data sharing in astronomy isn’t just among professors. Amateurs are invited into the data sets through friendly Web interfaces, and a schoolteacher in Holland recently made a major discovery, of an unusual gas cloud that might help explain the life cycle of quasars—bright centers of distant galaxies—after spending part of her summer vacation gazing at the objects on her computer screen…”

The Freegan Establishment – “Kit is a freegan. He maintains that our society wastes far too much. Freeganism is a bubbling stew of various ideologies, drawing on elements of communism, radical environmentalism, a zealous do-it-yourself work ethic and an old-fashioned frugality of the sock-darning sort. Freegans are not revolutionaries. Rather, they aim to challenge the status quo by their lifestyle choices. Above all, freegans are dedicated to salvaging what others waste and — when possible — living without the use of currency. “I really dislike spending money,” Kit told me. “It doesn’t feel natural.””

Hacker explains why he reported ‘Wikileaks source’ – “Mr Lamo says that he was responsible for reporting Specialist (SPC) Brad Manning to the military authorities after the analyst boasted to him that he had handed over thousands of classified documents and classified military video to whistle-blower site Wikileaks…”

Lunokhod: Reflections on a Moon Robot – “It may look like some sort of cute alien robot, but it was created here on Earth, launched to the Moon in 1970, and now reflects laser light in a scientifically useful way…”

Genetically modified food around the world – “There are a number of common genetically modified foods currently on the market. Depending on where you live and the labelling laws around GM foods, you might want to avoid some of these foods unless they are specifically labelled as being free of GM ingredients…”

Depression rates around the world

Mom finds her kidnapped kids via Facebook

Open letter regarding iPad development – “This letter is addressed to the loyal customers of Camera Bits who have been pleading for us to create an “app” for the iPad from Apple (an “app” being something less than an “application” of course). Many people think that an app for the iPad (or iPhone etc), even a simple one, is a “no brainer” and are disappointed that we haven’t done this already. We are kindly pestered by this daily and thank you for all of the attention and suggestions! Well, it isn’t that simple and I will explain why in only three pages…”

SpaceX Rocket Achieves Earth Orbit on First Flight – “They’ve done it again. Space Exploration Technologies launched its Falcon 9 rocket into earth orbit on its inaugural flight today, a key milestone in the startup’s plan to take cargo into space once the last of the space shuttles retires…”

Airlines Work to Catch Up to the Digital Age – “Airlines have made great technological leaps in recent years, allowing passengers to check in from home or download boarding passes on their smartphones. But if you’ve ever been stranded at an airport during a raging thunderstorm, chances are you will end up standing in a long line watching a gate agent typing furiously on an outdated computer…”

Electronics Store Opening Stampede :

Don Norman at IIT Design Research Conference 2010 – “In this talk, deliberately intended to be controversial. I examine some of our most cherished beliefs. Examples: design research helps create breakthrough products; complexity is bad and simplicity good; there is a natural chain from research to product….”

Whites in state ‘below the replacement’ level – “California’s white population has declined since 2000 at an unprecedented rate, hastening the day when Hispanics will be the state’s largest population group, according to newly released state figures…”

Dear AT&T: Soon We’ll All Be Data Hogs – “The demise of the wireless carrier’s all-you-can-eat unlimited offering is bad news for the small percentage of bandwidth hogs who, with their piggish downloading and streaming, are slowing Ma Bell’s robust network to a crawl. OK, laugh–but just a little. Because it’s true, even on wired broadband networks, that a tiny portion of subscribers gobble up most of the bandwidth. But with the expected surge in video applications for wireless devices, we’ll all be data hogs soon enough…”

Lego war vehicle:

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