There's a new page about my favorite illustrators, a page about my web games (in Java, so it's difficult to get them to run in browsers nowadays), I've added a cake recipe (in Swedish), and there's a new image in the portfolio.
I've made some corrections to the site code; some minor functions are still missing, but as of this update, the site seems to be working more or less as it should, and I'll start concentrating on adding more content.
Also: It turns out I had forgotten to include the file responsible for saving portfolio image ratings. Go rate my portfolio images!
I received a package today! For the first time in a long while, I've ordered comics from Yesasia and Amazon, including Åsa Ekström's new book about culture clashes and misadventures in Japan. Now all I need to do is to learn these stupid languages.
I decided to switch to a new layout before everything was ready, partly to force myself to finally get it done, and partly to stress myself out for no good reason. Come back in a week or so, and I'll have much more content up. You should probably be celebrating Christmas now anyway.
“The results from our randomised experiment suggest that computer devices have a substantial negative effect on academic performance,” the researchers concluded, suggesting that the distraction of an electronic device complete with internet access outweighed their use for note-taking or research during lessons.
The research had an unusual twist: the students involved were studying at the West Point academy in the US, where cadets are ruthlessly ranked by exam results, meaning they were motivated to perform well and may have been more disciplined than typical undergraduates.
Research published last year by the London School of Economics found that banning mobile phones improved outcomes for low-achieving students, and had no significant impact on high-achievers.
Pilot-wave theory, or Bohmian mechanics, is an alternate way to describe quantum mechanics, in which every particle has an actual, definite location, even when it’s not being observed. A paper from 1992 claimed that particles, in Bohm's theory, would have to follow absurd trajectories as they traverse the double-slit experiment.
But in a paper published in Science Advances, Steinberg and his colleagues describe what happened when they actually performed the experiment. They found that the photon trajectories aren’t surrealistic after all — or, more precisely, that the paths may seem surrealistic, but only if one fails to take into account the nonlocality inherent in Bohm’s theory.
Sugar doesn't melt, it undergoes thermal decomposition, which breaks it down into something new: caramel.
“In fact, caramel is so unlike sucrose, C12H22O11, that its nature can't be expressed by a single chemical formula. Instead, it's a mixture of caramelan (C15H18O9), caramelane (C12H9O9), caramelen (C36H48O24), caramelene (C36H25O25), caramelin (C24H26O13), and over a thousand other compounds "whose names," one scholar lamented in 1894, "science seems to have invented in a fit of despair."
In a 300°F (150°C) oven, granulated sugar will caramelize slowly. With only one hour of toasting, it mellows with a complexity totally unlike plain sugar. Within three hours, thermal decomposition liberates enough water that the sugar begins to clump as stronger caramel notes develop, changes that intensify into hour four.
Because water is a by-product of caramelization, deeply caramelized sugar is super clumpy, but these chunks are highly porous and easily demolished in a food processor, giving you granulated caramel that behaves like sugar in recipes, but tastes like caramel.
“Will it be warmer than 70-degrees near the Golden gate bridge after 5pm the day after tomorrow?” Kittlaus asked onstage. Viv was ready with an answer that time and to each of the bizarrely specific questions that would follow.
“In 2013, Kindt recruited subjects who were very afraid of spiders. She instructed the participants to approach a terrarium that held a tarantula inside. Most of the participants struggled even to look at it. After two minutes, Kindt took them to another room and gave them either propranolol or a placebo. A few days later, Kindt put them back in the room with the spider. Every single participant in the propranolol group was able to approach the tarantula and, even more incredibly, reach out and touch its hairy abdomen with a finger. A year later, the propranolol group still reported levels of spider fear so low they would not have qualified for the study in the first place.
An autonomous flying camera that can hover in place or follow you at a distance.
Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants.
The difference between the occupations in which men and women work has recently become the single largest cause of the gender pay gap. One study shows, when women enter fields in greater numbers, pay declines — for the very same jobs that more men were doing before.
A striking example is to be found in the field of recreation — working in parks or leading camps — which went from predominantly male to female from 1950 to 2000. Median hourly wages in this field declined 57 percentage points. The job of ticket agent also went from mainly male to female during this period, and wages dropped 43 percentage points.
The same thing happened when women in large numbers became designers (wages fell 34 percentage points), housekeepers (wages fell 21 percentage points) and biologists (wages fell 18 percentage points).
An optometrist from British Columbia has invented a bionic lens which replaces your original ones, and which lets you see "three times better than 20/20 vision."
Anyone who gets this bionic lens surgically implanted would never get cataracts, since the eye’s natural lenses, which are prone to decay, would have been replaced with these artificial ones. And this is much safer than laser surgery, which involves burning away healthy corneal tissue and also results in other complications, like problems with glare and trouble driving at night.
The bionic lens will first be tested on animals and then blind human eyes. It could be available as soon as 2017.
“Trump told Chris Cuomo in a post-debate interview that the IRS might be coming after him because he's a "strong Christian." Set aside for the moment how this unchurched libertine was able to rebrand himself as a "strong Christian." What about the preposterous claim that he is being persecuted by the IRS because he is a devout member of the country's dominant religion? Republicans simply aren't in any position to criticize this ludicrous claim because they have spent years telling their voters that this sort of thing happens all the time - to Christians, conservatives, everyone the liberals at the IRS hate.
As for the Wall, of course, in the real world net immigration across the US-Mexico border has actually gone into reverse in recent years. More are leaving than coming. But in the Republican/Fox news world, hordes of feral Mexicans are still streaming across the Southern border - them and a layering of ISIS death squads who fly from Ankara to Belize and then walk to the Arizona border.
All Trump did was say openly, clearly, more coherently what Republicans were already saying themselves.
A total of 57 systematic reviews, containing 176 individual studies, focused on 68 different health conditions - and found there to be no evidence homeopathy was more effective than placebo on any.
“I had begun the journey with an ‘I don’t know attitude’, curious about whether this unlikely treatment could ever work… but I lost interest after looking at the 57 systematic reviews which contained 176 individual studies and finding no discernible convincing effects beyond placebo.
David Holz speaks on the cutting edge of VR input, including some next-gen software developments.
When a glacier melts, melt water is dumped into the ocean. But the gravitational attraction that the ice sheet exerts on the surrounding water diminishes, so the sea level falls in the vicinity of the melting ice sheet. If the Greenland ice sheet were to catastrophically collapse tomorrow, the sea level in Iceland, Newfoundland, Sweden, Norway — would fall. But the farther you get away from Greenland, the greater the price you pay. The sea level in most of the Southern Hemisphere will increase about 30 percent more than the global average. If the Antarctic ice sheets melt, the sea level will rise more than you’d expect in the Northern Hemisphere.
A one-day event where participants conceptualize and create projects that have no value whatsoever, resulting in creations like the following: