Snoek may just be the fastest velomobile you can buy

Once in production, the Snoek should sell for about €8,000 (US$9,663).  Velomobiel.nl View 5 Images – By Ben Coxworth 2021 Jan 15 – Although velomobiles are known for being faster than bicycles, some of the more “practical” models can be rather ungainly. That doesn’t …

 

‘Kulning’: A hypnotic Swedish singing tradition

Singers of this ancient form of Swedish herd-calling corral farm animals with haunting melodies, drawing in cows, goats, sheep and ducks with each hypnotic note. – By Justin Calderón 2021 Jan 07 – Skallskog is a secluded farm without running water or electricity …

A Brief History of Peanut Butter

The bizarre sanitarium staple that became a spreadable obsession. Veteran food critic Florence Fabricant has called peanut butter “the pâté of childhood.” (Dan Saelinger) – By Kate Wheeling Smithsonian Magazine 2021 Jan/Feb – North Americans weren’t the first to grind peanuts—the Inca beat …

The History of Violent Attacks on the U.S. Capitol

While the building has seen politically motivated mayhem in the past, never before has a mob of insurrectionists tried to overturn a presidential election. An illustration of the British burning Washington in 1814 (Library of Congress via Wikicommons) – By Nora McGreevy SmithsonianMag.Com …

As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm

Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems. Legal prohibitions on the National Security Agency bar it from surveilling networks inside the United States. Credit…T.J. Kirkpatrick …

 

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ said goodbye 25 years ago.

Here’s why Bill Watterson’s masterwork enchants us still. The final “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, by Bill Watterson, published 25 years ago this week — departing in peak form. (Bill Watterson/Andrews McMeel Syndication) – By Michael Cavna 2020 Dec 31 – “A new year…a …

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

Phone calls. Web searches. Location tracks. Smart speaker requests. They’ve become crucial tools for law enforcement, while users often are unaware. Illustration: Tracy J. Lee; Getty Images – By Sidney Fussell 2020 Dec 28 – Michael Williams’ every move was being tracked without …

How the Federal Reserve literally makes money

The Fed is ‘making’ a lot of money. Alex Wong/Getty Images – By William J. Luther, Assistant Professor of Economics, Florida Atlantic University 2020 Jun 10 The Federal Reserve has vowed to provide up to US$2.3 trillion in lending to support households, employers, …

How Venetians Invented Health Care 

Venice’s small footprint, dense population, unusual governmental structure, and its devotion to trade was a unique combination that fostered innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.  – By Meredith F. Small 2020 Dec 06 – When Venetians invented quarantine in 1348, the government proclamation was based …

The science behind snowflakes

A snowflake is a small weather feature that can pack a big punch. – By Allison Chinchar, CNN meteorologist 2020 Dec 23 – Many are made up of just one single ice crystal while some, more elaborate snowflakes are comprised of as many …

Omnidirectional robot shoots out treats for home-alone pets

Rocki is remotely controlled over the internet, by pet owners viewing real-time video from the robot’s camera.  Rocki – By Ben Coxworth 2020 Dec 21 – Earlier this year, we heard about a pet-entertaining/treat-dispensing robot known as Pumpkii. Although its crowdfunding campaign was cancelled, …

Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem?

Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth. A doll representing the infant Jesus in St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan church in the town of Bethlehem. David Silverman/Getty Images – By Rodolfo Galván Estrada III, Adjunct Assistant Professor of the New Testament, Fuller …

Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine

The architecture of the modern web poses grave threats to humanity. It’s not too late to save ourselves. https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/video/upload/facebookdoomsday2.mp4 – Story by Adrienne LaFrance 2020 Dec 15 – The Doomsday Machine was never supposed to exist. It was meant to be a thought …

Snoek may just be the fastest velomobile you can buy

Once in production, the Snoek should sell for about €8,000 (US$9,663).  Velomobiel.nl View 5 Images – By Ben Coxworth 2021 Jan 15 – Although velomobiles are known for being faster than bicycles, some of the more “practical” models can be rather ungainly. That doesn’t …

‘Kulning’: A hypnotic Swedish singing tradition

Singers of this ancient form of Swedish herd-calling corral farm animals with haunting melodies, drawing in cows, goats, sheep and ducks with each hypnotic note. – By Justin Calderón 2021 Jan 07 – Skallskog is a secluded farm without running water or electricity …