Can All of the World’s Data Really Be Locked Safely Inside DNA?
Researchers believe all the digital information in the world could be kept in the “amount of liquid in a case of wine”; smartphones have turned humans into “deadwalkers”; meanwhile, Paul Ryan unintentionally highlighted the need for raising the minimum wage in his first speech as speaker of the House. These discoveries and more below.
Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries In two recent experiments, a team of computer scientists at the University of Washington and Microsoft, and a separate group at the University of Illinois, have shown that DNA molecules can be the basis for an archival storage system potentially capable of storing all of the world’s digital information in roughly nine liters of solution, about the amount of liquid in a case of wine.
Eyes Down, Minds Elsewhere, ‘Deadwalkers’ Are Among Us You have seen the zombie-like creatures walking among us. In fact, you may be one of them, moseying along with your eyes fixated on that tiny screen that rests in the palm of your hand.
What Really Happens When You Get Shot Staff Sergeant Nick Lavery wasn’t only the most physically imposing Green Beret on our team, he was the most physically imposing soldier any of us had ever seen.
Watch People React to Hearing Violent Bible Verses They Think Are From the Quran The young folk over at Dit Is Normal (not a typo), a prankster show out of the Netherlands decided to prank people concerning the Christian Bible.
Donald Trump Wants to Ban the internet, Will Ask Bill Gates to ‘Close It Up’ Speaking as he called for a ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering the US, Mr Trump dismissed claims that ‘closing up the internet’ would be a freedom of speech issue.
The Attack That Broke the Dark Web—and How Tor Plans to Fix It Law enforcement has been complaining for years about the Web “going dark,” saying that encryption and privacy tools are frustrating their ability to track criminals online.
University Slashes Thousands of Journal Subscriptions, Spurring Faculty Fears Faculty members are crying foul over Memorial University of Newfoundland’s decision to eliminate thousands of journal subscriptions next year to cut costs.
Is Gollum Good? Turkish Judge Consults ‘TV Expert’ to Find Out Is “Gollum” a villain or a victim? This burning question currently occupies the minds of analysts and justices on a much politicized case in Turkey.
Print Is the New ‘New Media’ Print is beautiful. It can’t notify you when a work email arrives, can’t be tweeted mid-sentence, and won’t die without a charger. Even better, it’s finite.
When Does Aggregation Cross the Line Into Theft? Aggregation – the sourcing of content from around the internet for publication on your own site or social media channel – has ever been more important for publishers than it is now.
Most of the World’s Judaica Isn’t Made by Jews Much of it comes from the Far East. Should we care?
The Smartphone Is Eating the Television, Nielsen Admits TV viewership peaked in the 2010 season and has been falling ever since.
Rabbi’s Miracle Cow Threatens ‘Apocalypse’ at al-Aqsa In his Jerusalem office, Rabbi Chaim Richman has steeped himself in an unlikely mix of 2,000-year-old Judaic tradition and the latest in American cattle-breeding technology.
The Roots of Anti-Mizrahi Racism in Israel The founders of the state, Jews of Ashkenazi origin raised on European ideas, viewed ‘Oriental Jews’ as backward and primitive from the moment they began arriving en masse on Israel’s shores.
Paul Ryan Just Accidentally Made a Great Case for Raising the Minimum Wage In his first major speech as speaker of the House, Ryan inadvertently made one of the strongest arguments for lifting the wage floor.
Degrees of Ignorance: The Decline of General Education I was nearly 30 the first time I met an example of the new breed — a University of Michigan graduate who knew nothing beyond what was necessary to pursue his trade.
Trump and the Joys of Hatred Explaining the nihilist candidate’s brutish appeal.
World Leaders Decide How Hot the Planet Will Be In late November, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide reached 400 parts per million (ppm).
What This Washington Reporter With Autism Wants You to Understand Not a year out of college and less than two months into my job at National Journal, I did something that I almost immediately regretted.WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
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