5,200 days in space

Tom Reading, Science Leave a Comment

This. What an astonishing achievement and one we should continue to support and build upon. It’s a little strange when you think about it: Just about every American ninth-grader has never lived a moment without astronauts soaring overhead, living in space. But chances are, most ninth-graders don’t know the name of a single active astronaut—many don’t even know that Americans are …

Hyperbolic discounting

Tom Business, Reading, Science Leave a Comment

Humans are rubbish at time management and one of the reasons is our poor ability to understand how we make choices on short and long scales. The example in the piece is choosing a meal two weeks ahead versus two minutes ahead: we go healthy until we actually come to choose. Two useful pieces of advice to overcome this: Make …

Parachute RCTs

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Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials Lovely piece in the BMJ. Thanks to @charlesarthur for the RT. Results We were unable to identify any randomised controlled trials of parachute intervention.  

Food steganography

Tom Reading, Science 1 Comment

This is beyond awesome. Steganography is the art of hiding something in something else. It is most often used to refer to hiding information in digital images in such a way that the image is not altered to the human eye. This is useful because viewers don’t know there is an encrypted message in the image as they would if they looked at encrypted text. …

Israeli desalination

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Some amazing stats on water use in Israel following the worst rainfall in years. This is massive. 30% of potable water from desalination rising to 40% in 2015 90% of waste water recycled for agricultural use Max $500 each year for a family’s needs for desalinated drinking water http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/1.596270

If you can’t end it one way…

Tom Reading, Science Leave a Comment

More excellent spurious correlations. Surprised to see divorce rates falling, even slightly. Now to do some research and find out my assumptions they are rising everywhere are mistaken. Divorce rate in Alabama correlates with Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation.


Tom Science, View Leave a Comment

I’m not sure what it is showing: “effective” connectivity anyone? It doesn’t matter. Flying through your own brain seeing its activity in real-time is remarkable. I usually “feel” I am thinking at the front and sides of my head. The video suggests otherwise.