Being a new parent (or any kind of parent) can be a challenge, so here’s a neat new-ish website that you might want to follow, which lists all the latest kids’ products on the market, which are bumped to the top of a list based on community popularity. This is neat, because it gives you a real sense of what other parents like.
Buy a banana and it will almost certainly be descended from one plant grown at an English stately home. But now we face losing one of the world’s best-loved fruits.
This is an ongoing concern, in no small part is related to mono-culture, which means not enough diversity in a growing area. More common effect of this include limited flora for bees to pollinate, extinction of certain other plants necessary to sustain local ecosystems.
Beards, Bacteria, and the Search for New Antibiotics
There is a lot of talk in the media about the antibiotic apocalypse, which revolves around increasing resistance of bacteria to all existing antibiotics on the market. This could set medicine back by 100 years, and allow now commonplace illnesses to seriously decimate populations.
By using cloud computing, and remote processing power, incredibly complicated and detailed special effects – essentially recreating a whole city – which otherwise would have taken a thousand years using a single computer.
The video is super interesting and gives a great view of how complicated the process is.
Music for Cats – have stranger things happened?
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger…
Cassette tapes could be making a comeback despite being all but killed off by CDs in 1990s.
As a musician, this is fascinating. Of all the formats that have been replace by new technology, cassettes are arguably the ones that should stay dead. They are easily affected by other electronics over time, they are easy to break, and the sound quality deteriorates over time. Sure, LPs (records for you kids out there) have the same issue for quality due to physical wear, but this is mitigated a bit by the less portable nature of LPs.
Even more baffling is the idea that bands are carting around not only cassettes, but recorders/players to rehearsals and gigs!
The Dancehall Doctor who uses Music to Promote Health