I’ve posted it here because I think the Metafilter user comments are interesting and this whole area could provide some SPAUG meeting discussion topics.
Take a tour of the 323-metre long ship or find out how to anchor it. Find out how containers are loaded, or what’s in a lifeboat. Take a 360° tour of the Bridge, or the Engine Room. Maybe now you want to join the maritime industry? Or maybe you don’t? Could you handle rough seas or a snowstorm? Would it be worth it just so you could crawl along the Duct Keel or sail through the Suez Canal? Do not miss this incredible 30-day timelapse.”
“Summary: Average human lifespan has increased remarkably in the last century and continues to rise, albeit more slowly. Much of this rise is due to medical advances that postpone, treat or prevent certain age-related pathologies. Nonetheless, many older people face years of disability, with enormous human and economic costs. What are the prospects for human health spans and longevity? Recent advances in aging research have identified a few basic mechanisms that appear to drive aging in complex organisms, including humans. Judith Campisi from the Buck Institute of Age Research in Berkeley will discuss one of these mechanisms — a multifaceted stress response — and the prospects for interventions that have the potential to extend the years of healthy life by manipulating this response. She will also discuss the much-debated prospect of extending longevity or absolute years of life.” — http://www.cafescipa.org/
“Sure, other marchers have had some good signs – but these raised the bar”
See the photos and read the captions and article about the April 22, 2017 parades at the Murky News website: mercurynews.com
Read the full SJMN article at mercurynews.com.
“Huskey thinks his G-15 could be ordained as the first personal computer. It was small for its time, cheap for its time and designed to be used by one person. Although that concept of a personal computer is the same today, the G-15 is a far cry from the desk-top models available today at Macy’s for about $1,000.
For one thing, the G-15 is as big as two refrigerators. And instead of using computer chips, it uses 350 vacuum tubes that must warm up before the computer can be turned on. It has no display screen, just a Teletype that spits out what the computer was thinking.
The price: only $50,000. That’s about $222,000 in 1988 dollars, but it was absolutely a steal back when the cheapest computers sold for more than $1 million.”