Author Archives: Alexander Szewczak
Pluto’s moon Charon (technically a binary partner) was first discovered 40 years ago, on June 22, 1978, by U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer James Christy. Like Pluto, it was known only as a blurry smudge until the New Horizons flyby in 2015. … Continue reading
The recent blowout financial results from the FANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) reminded me of Marc Andreessen’s bold prediction about software companies. Seems more and more relevant with every passing quarter: 1) Every product or service that can become software … Continue reading
Think about that for a moment. Certainly fits with what most city downtowns are like — swarms of both tourists (rare visitors) and the people who work (or live) there. Empirically the number of visitors scales inversely as the square of … Continue reading
The basic idea behind this robot is straightforward. It’s a tube of soft material folded inside itself, like an inside-out sock, that grows in one direction when the material at the front of the tube everts, as the tube becomes … Continue reading
World’s first cable-free elevator travels horizontally and vertically, driven by maglev technology. Link here.
Not surprisingly, the biotech hubs cluster at the top. Boston leads at $1.9B, New York $1.4B, Seattle, Philadelphia and Baltimore all coming in around $900M each. Somewhat surprising is how high Boston ranks relative to San Francisco ($680M). Consolidating San Francisco, Stanford, … Continue reading
Just one autonomous car out of 20 vehicles can significantly alleviate traffic congestion, according to research from the University of Illinois. The culprit behind many traffic jams is the variability in speed of human drivers — waves of excessive braking and … Continue reading
Handpainted scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy, with a link to a cool documentary on 1980’s special effects from Industrial Light and Magic. Interesting recent gallery exhibit and some interviews with Tara Donovan. See also this, and for a comprehensive look at her work, just … Continue reading
Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm. Retailers are using artificial-intelligence software to set optimal prices on thousands of items a day, sometimes as often as every hour. Watch This Robot 3D Print a Building Out of Spray Foam. … Continue reading
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