Why Dogs Look Like Their Owners | Co.Design


In several studies over the past decade, behavioral scientists have found that some people look so much like their pets that outside observers can match them based on pictures alone.

via Why Dogs Look Like Their Owners | Co.Design | business + design.

Physicists pave the way for quantum interfaces


Under such conditions (temperature of rubidium atoms to one millionth Kelvin—to almost absolute zero), the atoms prefer to emit their light into the surface plasmons—and the researchers detected those photons.

“The process is very efficient, the atoms have a high cooperativity.” The light-matter coupling turned out to be easier in these experiments than with other methods, such as optic resonators.

“The new method can be used in the future to read and process quantum information which has been stored in the atom with little dissipation.”

via Physicists pave the way for quantum interfaces.

How Galileo Invented Time and Gave Rise to the Modern Tyranny of the Clock | Brain Pickings


Legend has it that in 1583, a nineteen-year-old student at the University of Pisa attended prayers at the cathedral and, while daydreaming in the pews, noticed one of the altar lamps swaying back and forth. While his companions dutifully recited the Nicene Creed around him, the student became almost hypnotized by the lamp’s regular motion.

No matter how large the arc, the lamp appeared to take the same amount of time to swing back and forth. As the arc decreased in length, the speed of the lamp decreased as well.

To confirm his observations, the student measured the lamp’s swing against the only reliable clock he could find: his own pulse.

via The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Time and Gave Rise to the Modern Tyranny of the Clock | Brain Pickings.

The Cartoon Lounge: Food Issues | The New Yorker


Research (still unpublished) shows that the amount of weight in the world, adjusted for population growth, remains constant.

If you lose weight, someone else gains that exact amount of weight. So your dieting is really unfair to your unsuspecting weight-linked doppelgänger, whose butt now looks big.

via The Cartoon Lounge: Food Issues – The New Yorker.

Living on Internet Time | The New Yorker


If we are indeed nostalgic for the weight of clock time, it is worth remembering that the standardized time that most of us know has only been around since the mid-nineteenth century. It was invented for the railroads.

Prior to the institutionalization of standard time, clocks were set using local meridians or local mean time, and they varied widely.

By setting all clocks with standardized deviations from a central meridian, such as Greenwich Mean Time—in 1855 in Britain, in 1883 in the United States—train schedules could make sense nationally; eventually, plane schedules could make sense internationally, as well, and so on.

via Living on Internet Time – The New Yorker.

What made the U.S. so powerful?


Throughout the ages, the U.S.’s remote location helped cherry-pick the immigrants. Other than Mexican immigrants, everyone else had to travel across oceans to reach the U.S. That made the inhabitants self-selected—the less ambitious ones were left behind.

via What made the U.S. so powerful?.

5 Russian imports that have enriched India | Russia & India Report


Perhaps the greatest source of Russian soft power for India comes from its great works of literature.

Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Alexander Pushkin have been household names in India for generations.

via 5 Russian imports that have enriched India | Russia & India Report.

How To Reinvent A $38 Billion Company | TechCrunch

Ericsson is reinventing itself not only as a mobile infrastructure and services provider, but also as a company prospering in the new intersection of telecom, IT and media.

via How To Reinvent A $38 Billion Company | TechCrunch.

Why India’s Proposal at the ITU is Troubling for Internet Freedom (Part 1) | MediaNama

.. governments must recognize the very obvious trust deficit they face, especially after Snowden’s revelations, and consider the implications of seeking traceability and identity/geolocation for every IP address, in a systematic manner.

The implications are for privacy, a right guaranteed by Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Privacy has been recognized by the UN General Assembly as applicable in cases of surveillance, interception and data collection, in Pream. §4 of its resolution The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age.

But many states do not have robust privacy protections for individuals and data. And while governments may state the necessity to create international policy to further effective criminal investigations, such an aim cannot be used to nullify or destroy the rights of privacy and free speech guaranteed to individuals.

via Why India’s Proposal at the ITU is Troubling for Internet Freedom (Part 1) – CIS India – MediaNama.

More tech firms move data centers to Europe | TheHill

Cloud storage companies have begun opening new data centers in the EU, responding to consumer demand to keep data away from U.S. soil after revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics.

via More tech firms move data centers to Europe | TheHill.