Tag: SCIENCE

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Dec 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
A crashed advertisement reveals the code of the facial recognition system used by a pizza shop in Oslo… (source)

TYPOGRAPHY

The story of Oi!

The story of the design of two typefaces, started to highlight the perception of "public" and "private", and how one of these evolved in a boooooold project.

SCIENCE

Dark Matter Winners And Losers In The Aftermath Of LIGO

Back in 2015, the dark matter situation was pretty straightforward. All of that changed now, with the announced detection of gravitational waves, courtesy of merging black holes and neutron star pairs.

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Sunset – by Elia Contini (source)

RECRUITING

No, I have no side code projects to show you

“When I said I have no side projects to show, what they heard – what interviewers hear – is: I am not the best. I am not a passionate developer. I don't spend the necessary time to keep on top of my education and skills. That development is just a job.”

SCIENCE

Solar storm of 1859

The solar storm of 1859 was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm during solar cycle 10. A solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would cause widespread disruptions and damage to a modern and technology-dependent society.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Antarctica from space (source)

WORKPLACE

From an internal Basecamp announcement re: pings/IMs

“Recently in Basecamp we noticed some internal behavior around pings (direct/instant messages) that we didn’t like. We decided to post an internal announcement detailing the problem as we saw it. We also suggested ways to improve the efficacy of a ping, and reduce the burden of empty notifications for everyone.”

SCIENCE

New frontier for science as astronomers witness neutron stars colliding

Extraordinary event has been ‘seen’ for the first time, in both gravitational waves and light – ending decades-old debate about where gold comes from. Also, watch the video animation here.

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

There are 16 circles in this picture. Can you see them?
(check also all the other incredible illusions here)

PROGRAMMING

The Shocking Secret About Static Types

The popularity of TypeScript has really exploded recently. But can it be that TypeScript solves a problem that it doesn’t actually solve — at least, not to any significant degree?

SCIENCE

This weird moon of Saturn has some essential ingredients for life

Two new studies add to the mounting evidence that Titan — Saturn's moon of clouds, lakes and complex organic chemistry — could be home to life.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Jun 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Best statistics question ever (source)

RECRUITING

What if companies interviewed translators the way they interview coders?

“We are looking only for the best A players, who have a strong foundation in all the required aspects of the job. Let’s get started, here I have some introductory questions tailored for the position. Question number one: how did the Arabic invasion in the Iberian Peninsula between the years of 711 and 1492 affected the Spanish language?”

SCIENCE

How a humble cockroach rewrote the history of New Caledonia

From a biological point of view, New Caledonia can no longer be considered as a kind of Noah’s ark. Instead, its different groups of organisms appear to be quite recent and result from a combination of dispersal over oceans and local evolution over 37 million years.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Mar 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

David Letterman (source)

INTERVIEW

David Letterman on Life After TV, Late Night Today, and the Man He Calls Trumpy

“You know, I think we’re just about out of time.” – “You’re talking to a man who has nothing to do. When we’re done, I’ll be calling you.”

SCIENCE

How to Design a Particle Accelerator

How do you go about designing a particle accelerator? Suzie Sheehy discusses how they work, what form they take, and what champagne means to an accelerator physicist.

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Feb 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
For Luciano – Out of the Blue by Nick Blake (source)

SCIENCE

Heisenberg's Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years

The physicist famous for the uncertainty principle made a prediction – on how light propagates through a vacuum – that's never been tested on Earth. But rare objects in deep space are confirming it.

LANGUAGES

Kotlin by examples: Class and Properties

Daniele Bottillo, who spoke recently at WEBdeLDN about TDD on Android, shares his experience on using Kotlin.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Jan 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Natural History Museum – London (source)

MACHINE LEARNING

Saving you bandwidth through machine learning

Google has developed a new technology called RAISR, to produce great quality versions of low-resolution images. They have been able to use up to 75 percent less bandwidth per image.

SCIENCE

An Ancient Toy Could Improve Health Care in the Developing World

One of the most important machines in modern medicine can now be made with little more than paper, string, and tape.

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Jan 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
One of the amazing shots of Bastien Bonnarme, surfer, lifeguard and photographer. (source)

SCIENCE

Mystery of Prince Rupert's Drop at 130,000 fps

Look first at this video, and then at the follow-up, to discover the incredible properties of a Prince Rupert's drop. Just so you know, it's just a drop of glass.

DEVELOPMENT

10 things we changed in the technology team in 2016(ish)

Andrew Walker explains the changes he made in 2016 as technology director at Made by Many. And it's not been only about technology.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Welcome to the future! 🙂 (source)

BOOKS

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

Peter Gasston reviews John Higgs’ book, Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century. It’s a history not of countries and politics, but of philosophy, art and science, relativity, relativism, modernism, individualism, nihilism, sci-fi, chaos, pop, capitalism, postmodernism…

SCIENCE

Smallest sliver of time yet measured sees electrons fleeing atom

For the first time, physicists have measured changes in an atom to the level of zeptoseconds, or trillionths of a billionth of a second – the smallest division of time yet observed.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Nov 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
"5th November in full force" – Elliot Jay Stocks (source)

SCIENCE

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' May Be Pulling Our Solar System Out Of Whack

Astronomers are more confident than ever that a huge ninth planet remains undiscovered – because it’s probably tilting the Solar System.

DESIGN

50 Shades of #FAFAFA

A moderately inappropriate look at silly things designers do and don’t do.

My favourite? «Name your layers. “Tom.” “Batman.” Whatever. Just give them a name.»

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Oct 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Waldsassen Abbey Library in Bavaria, Germany – (source)

SCIENCE

The science of naming

There are stories about how perfect names have come to business owners in dreams, in visions, on sailing trips or, in the case of Steve Jobs, at farmers markets. While these lucky few were blessed with moments of creativity, for most of us mere mortals naming isn’t an art – it’s a science.

LONDON

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: Urban Heart Surgery

The BBC produced a three-part documentary series which took the public behind the scenes of Europe’s largest infrastructure project as it constructs a new rail line through the heart of London.

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Sep 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
The driver of history (source)

SCIENCE

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space, time and particles are fundamental constituents of nature. It's simply mind-blowing!

SECURITY

CloudFlare, SSL and unhealthy security absolutism

Via Alessandro Nadalin
You see the green lock in the navigation bar of your browser, so you think your communication is encrypted, no one can intercept it and you're safe. Think twice.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Sep 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Wildlife Photographer of the Year at London's Natural History Museum. (source)

CSS

Modern CSS and interactive email

Probably one of the most impressive (and crazy) presentations of the year, run entirely in an email client.

PS: and if you want to see it live, it will be at From The Front next week 😉

SCIENCE

Could Dark Energy Be Caused By Frozen Neutrinos?

A new explanation for the “dark energy” in the Universe. This time it could be even possibly testable scientifically.

Readings for Lunch — [ 15 Jul 2016 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
In these days of Pokemon mania, I find this game – made with only a sticker attached to a window – simply amazing. (see the full video here)

COMPANIES

Satya Nadella just fixed Microsoft’s biggest problem

Despite the click-bait title, this is a very interesting article about Microsoft is tearing down silos and how is transitioning – slowly but resolutely – to a post-Ballmer commercial era.

SCIENCE

Functioning 'mechanical gears' seen in nature for the first time

The finding demonstrates that gear mechanisms previously thought to be solely man-made have an evolutionary precedent. Scientists say this is the "first observation of mechanical gearing in a biological structure".