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Friday, November 27, 2020

In This Edition:
Cloud Calendar, Ireland's only dinosaur fossils, holiday dinner transmission, semantic scholar, Indistinguishability Obfuscation & Blindboy on procrastination!

Ireland's Only Dinosaur Fossils

Image: University of Portsmouth

The only dinosaur fossils ever found on the island of Ireland have now been confirmed as coming from two seperate dinosaurs. The fossils, confirmed by a team from National Museums NI, University of Portsmouth, and Queens University Belfast, come from a Scelidosaurus and a Sarcosaurus.


Holiday Dinner Transmission

Image: Five Thirty Eight

Five Thirty Eight have written a piece describing how easily COVID-19 can spread during multiple Thanksgiving dinners. Things to keep in mind for Christmas dinner.

Semantic Scholar

Image: Semantic Scholar

Semantic Scholar is an academic search engine that uses AI to generate TL;DR; summaries of papers.

Indistinguishability Obfuscation

Iamge: Samuel Velasco/Quanta Magazine

Indistinguishability Obfuscation (iO) is a crytographic protocol which was thought to be impossible until Aayush Jain and his advisor Amit Sahai from UCLA, together with Huijia Lin from the University of Washington, published a paper acheived IO using standard security assumptions. The purpose of iO, as I understand it, is to allow two pieces of the same data to be encrypted with all but one element being different, e.g. a key, and it would be impossible to determine the difference by comparing the two encrypted results. Quantim magazine have a fascinating long read on the discovery, including the workarounds carried out to achieve sub degree 3 multi-linear maps.

Podcast of the Week: Blindboy on Procrastination

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In his podcast this week, Blindboy gives some great tips about how to manage procrastination and your mental health, as well as how to deal with unhelpful anger. Listen from 14 mins in to hear about dealing with procrastination.

About Found This Week

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.
The first 104 editions were published on Medium before this site was created, check out the archive here.

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

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