Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
To improve safety, insurers should jump on the self-driving car movement and instead of shutting the car down, simply re-program it to drive to the nearest used car dealer. Instant cash for the lucky (previous) owner! Savvy used car dealers will have a used bike section to equip the newly carless pedestrian.
First Recorded Observation of Freshwater Fish Preying On Birds In Flight
You can learn more about the African tigerfish on the Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/206410/details
Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed
There isn't a demand for a million musicians, a million basketball players, or a million writers. There's a demand for millions of shelf stockers, but there's 10's of millions of people who are capable of doing the job.
I wonder how much of that is true. It seems to me that there is plenty of demand -but- getting exposure is another story. It's similar to writing apps. Tons of developers write apps but only a few make it big. Some of that, of course, is due to those apps being really good. But it's also because large companies can get their brand out there and sell it. Notice how the app stores feature big brands like Disney. A better solution to music and almost every other industry would be adjusting the business environment to promote discoverability by "buyers". Social media helps with this, but we need more creative ways to find good new music, books, apps, etc.
LG Announces Mass Production of Flexible OLED Phone Displays
When will someone take this technology and make us a full page (8 1/5 x 11 inch) tablet? This seems like an obvious thing to do with a display tech that is lighter, flexible, and strong. I want something to read pdf files without having to find a magnifying glass.
Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing
Ha, good one. But it would be interesting to look at relative increases in insurance to see if flood insurance in NY, for example, has increased proportionately than, say, fire insurance.
Is It Time To Commit To Ongoing Payphone Availability?
What about keeping them but enhancing their usability? For instance, combine them with other forms of information services - city info, etc. Or perhaps some corporate partnerships like movie rentals. The phone part would be separate to keep that available if someone else was searching for the latest Star Wars flick...
Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues
Just opt out people. As has been pointed out before, if enough people would just elect to bypass this mess, then the machines would be gone.
Well, then you might as well go all the way:
News for SlashBiCurious nerds. Stuff that lathers.
After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica
This is mainly due to the fact that there is no "stable" Wikipedia -- things change so quickly that citing Wikipedia makes it very difficult for anyone to actually look up whatever you were citing. If there were "snapshots" that were widely distributed, say at the end of each year, one could simply cite those snapshots.
There is actually, an effort to change some of this. The Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), which imports Wikipedia articles about species, has a process underway where curators will be able to edit a Wikipedia article, mark it as "curated", and then have that expertly reviewed article available for reference. Think of it sort of as an EOL branded version of the article, lending more weight to its accuracy. The main article can still continue to be edited and changed.
Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
One simple way to use less water in agriculture is to employ hydroponics. These systems can use up to 90% less water than traditional farming. Another point is that the development of better (cheaper/more efficient led lighting) is beginning to tip the balance in terms of economics since produce can now be grown indoors 24/7.
What's an Effective and Inexpensive Way to Monitor
This was intended to be a submission under Ask Slashdot.
Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement
I agree... Facebook with the whole "follow your life" path that they seem to be taking are alarming many users who already have some concern about privacy but are on Facebook because everyone else is. I've switched to Google+ because of the way Facebook, and now its partners, are pushing people around.
50 New Exoplanets Found, Billions More Await
No, no! [glances nervously towards the heavens...] It's not super! It's disgusting. A wasteland really. Move along now... Nothing to see... [further reflection...]
Hey, wait a minute! Maybe our greedy oil-fueled societies are, in fact, a master plan by informed politicians - who are protecting us via a "nothing to support life here" policy...
Polymer Gel Shows Promise For Smaller, Cheaper Batteries
It wouldn't be nice to invade Canada either.
Polymer Gel Shows Promise For Smaller, Cheaper Batteries
I'm still waiting for an acceptable electric car option, but in the meantime, I've order a CurrenMotor C124 electric scooter for my commute. I'll be posting about my experiences on visforvoltage.org when I get it (hopefully about 7 weeks).
Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?
My suggestion is a field trip to Costa Rica...:-)
E Ink Demos New Displays, Gadgets At IFA 2011
No kidding... just make something with an 8.5x11" equivalent screen and I'll be there with my checkbook. I'm tired of waiting!
Editing Wikipedia Helps Professor Attain Tenure
This is good to hear. At the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), a website that is aggregating scientific information for all 1.9 million named species, curators are encouraged to edit Wikipedia content where it is appearing on a species page. One challenge, of course, is getting academics to devote valuable time to this type of service work. Institutional recognition for these contributions seems to be on the increase as alternative forms of academic contributions become more widespread.
The education group for EOL (education.eol.org) is also encouraging instructors of biology related courses to use the EOL LifeDesk tool as a way for their students to make contributions to science through the writing of species accounts. The species accounts can be published to EOL. This exercise is both motivating and rewarding for students who have a chance to make a real contribution rather than writing a more typical term paper that will likely be thrown out when the course is complete.
Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones
As a Canadian citizen, I cry foul. A real Brazilian would have said "football", not "soccer". Now, if you don't mind, I have some skates to sharpen.
Ask Slashdot: Online Science For 8th Grade Students?
The Learning and Education group for EOL is working on a set of tools and applications designed to make EOL more accessible and useful for education audiences. EOL itself is an amazing (and growing) international effort to bring together biodiversity information from around the world on one website, with a webpage for every described species on Earth. EOL is open and free with all content licensed under the Creative Commons.
Check out http://educaiton.eol.org/ for more info on how students and teachers can use EOL... There is a "build your own fieldguide" tool that is just about ready for public release. Some sample guides are currently available to show you the idea.
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