Sunday, 15 September 2013

News from Around the World (15/9)

Insect with Natural Mechanical Gears - A pair of biologists from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., discovered that juveniles of the species have an intricate gearing system that locks their back legs together, allowing both appendages to rotate at the exact same instant, causing the tiny creatures jump forward.

 Physical money vs digital currencies - The market for replacements is so fragmented that it’s hard for any one alternative to break out, especially because un-copyable digital money—a problem solved at least partially by crypto-currencies like bitcoin— requires operating within an ecosystem. Physical money is its own platform wherever anyone acknowledges its value (a dollar is a dollar anywhere in the world) but digital currencies require a collective conscious adoption of a new platform—special software to log into the network, for example.

Breathtaking Photo Spheres - Some really nice 360-degree photos.

The unhappiness of Facebook - Kross found that the more people used Facebook in the time between the two texts, the less happy they felt—and the more their overall satisfaction declined from the beginning of the study until its end. The data, he argues, shows that Facebook was making them unhappy.

Masterpieces Repainted In 8-Bits - Not sure if Leonardo Da Vinci would be pleased with it. I prefer the original masterpieces.