Today is July 16th and I have a few interesting anniversaries to share with you all: Apollo 11 was launched (1969), Comet Shoemaker 9-Levy began to collide with Jupiter (1994), the first nuclear bomb was detonated in the Manhattan Project (1945), AND the world’s first parking meter was placed in Oklahoma City (1935). Thanks, Wikipedia!
Today is also National Hot Dog Day
and International Juggling Day, but you don’t have to celebrate those at the same time. International Juggling Day was LAST month. I guess I’ll have to console myself with my hot dogs.
- Make the World Better – Pamela Gay gave one of the best talks at TAM2012 on scientific activism, harassment, trolls, and issues involved around being a woman in science. She received a standing ovation. (If you only click on one link, make it this one.)
- Diet Pill Company Threatens to Sue Medical Expert – “A Melbourne lawyer is calling for a change to Australia’s defamation laws after a diet pill company threatened to sue a medical expert who criticised its products. The company, Undoit, claims its pills can reverse the effects of junk food.” From Jack99.
- Catch Me If You Can – “When Robert Wood Jr. disappeared in a densely forested Virginia park, searchers faced the challenge of a lifetime. The eight-year-old boy was autistic and nonverbal, and from his perspective the largest manhunt in state history probably looked like something else: the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.”
- Carl Sagan’s Reading List – “Few are the heroes of modern history more ‘successful’ and inspired than the great Carl Sagan, and his 1954 reading list, part of his papers recently acquired by the Library of Congress, speaks to precisely this blend of wide-angle, cross-disciplinary curiosity and focused, in-field expertise […] .”
- The Most Important Tech Company You’ve Never Heard Of – “A Delaware-based company that didn’t exist 20 years ago has quietly become one of the major players in surveillance infrastructure — but they’ve been so under the radar that leading online privacy and security expert Chris Soghoian, a fellow at the Open Society Foundations, calls them the ‘Keyzer Söze of surveillance.’ Meet Neustar, one of the most important companies you’ve never heard of.”