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Friday, November 15, 2019

In This Edition:
Uisce Salach, Project Silica, acoustic trap display, the quantum talk, Zín Dátheangach, The Game Changers and a 1984 C-64 easter egg!

Project Silica

Image: Jonathan Banks, Microsoft

Microsoft and Warner brothers have create a pilot long term storage project called Microsoft Project Silica. The project uses a slide of 3 inch by 3 inch glass silica to store 75.6GB of data in 100+ layers of 3D voxels. The pilot project archived the 1978 Superman film onto a slide which will last 1000+ years.

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Acoustic Trap Display

Image: YouTube, Guardian News

Researchers at University of Sussex have developed an Acoustic Trap Display to create a holographic interface. The display uses an array of ultrasound speakers to levitate a white bead at fast speeds within a 3 dimensional plane. A laser array lights up the bead at high speed which tricks the eye into seeing a 3D display.

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The Quantum Computing Talk

Image: smbc-comics.com

Check out this hilarious comic by SMBC about a mother giving her son the embarrassing quantum computing talk.

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Zín Dátheangach / Zine Two Tongues

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Zín Dátheangach / Zine Two Tongues is a bilingual English and Irish e-zine created by Clodagh McGinley that includes interesting interviews with interesting people. Subscribe and view the archive here.

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Movie Review: The Game Changers

Image: Netflix

This week I watched The Game Changers on Netflix and I was blown away. Ever since encountering How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger and NutritionFacts.org, I've learnt that plant protein is far healthier than animal protein. Watching The Game Changers really contextualised this in terms that everyone can understand, using professional athletes to illustrate just how inhibiting a meat based diet can be for their performance. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dottie Bausch and a large group of Tennessee Titans NFL players, among others, attest firsthand at how their health and performance improved when they switched to a plant based diet.

The film describes the science behind why animal and plant proteins are different and how your body digests both. Also discussed is the huge tole the agricultural industry is having on the climate. An experiment with a group of FDNY firefighters is shown where they went meat free for 7 days and saw huge drops in their cholesterol and blood pressure levels after just one week. Another experiment that stood out was with a group of players from the Miami Dolphins who were given meat burritos for breakfast on day one and bean burritos on day two. After each meal they gave blood which was processed in a centrifuge to seperated the plasma. After the meat meal their plasma was cloudy and after the bean meal their plasma was completely transparent!

 

 

Commodore 64 Easter Egg

Image: YouTube, 8-bit show and tell

In 1984, the band Prodigal embedded a Commodore 64 easter egg program in their vinyl album Electric Eye. Check out this video by 8-Bit Show and Tell who extracts the program from vinyl to tape and loads it onto a C-64!

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Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in London. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com

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