Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks


.. this is about a broader problem:

The erosion of the government’s ability to manage and sustain its nuclear “enterprise,” the intricate network of machines, brains and organizations that enables America to call itself a nuclear superpower.

via Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks.

First look at atom-thin boundaries


The team’s materials growth technique unlocked the ability to study the 1-D boundary and its electronic properties in atomic resolution.

Using scanning tunneling microscopy, spectroscopy and density-functional calculations, the researchers first obtained a comprehensive picture of spatial and energetic distributions of the 1-D interface states.

via First look at atom-thin boundaries.

The Legacy of Fear | NYTimes.com

To put it another way, only 10 percent of the people living in post-communist nations are living in a place that successfully made the transition to capitalism.

Ninety percent are living under failed transitions of one sort or another.

This fact is already yielding screwed up politics in places like Hungary and Russia and will shape the 21st century.

via The Legacy of Fear – NYTimes.com.

Dawn of Nuclear Arms, Declassified | NYTimes.com


The movie was viewed more than 100,000 times in just one day on Reddit, and received 700 comments.

Among the posted questions: Did the men know what they were doing?

via Dawn of Nuclear Arms, Declassified – NYTimes.com.

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain | NYTimes.com


So many large and small questions remain unanswered. How is information encoded and transferred from cell to cell or from network to network of cells?

Science found a genetic code but there is no brain-wide neural code; no electrical or chemical alphabet exists that can be recombined to say “red” or “fear” or “wink” or “run.”

And no one knows whether information is encoded differently in various parts of the brain.

via Learning How Little We Know About the Brain – NYTimes.com.

What The Guardian Gained By Redesigning Its Website In The Open | Co.Labs


The Guardian’s backend also employs strategy called swimlaning: decoupling crucial parts of the site’s architecture so they can be hosted and served separately.

For instance, photo galleries live in one place while news articles live in another. If one goes down, the other won’t be affected.

“One of the hardest challenges of this project is that we’ve essentially been rebuilding an aircraft while it’s in flight.”

via What The Guardian Gained By Redesigning Its Website In The Open | Co.Labs | code + community.

Middle East authorities are cracking down on audio that gets you “high” | Quartz

Binaural beats are audio files that are meant to induce a state of ecstasy. They include two tones at slightly different frequencies, and are listened to through headphones.

The audio is generally used to help with meditation, alertness, and even as a sleep aid.

But the producers of some tracks claim to induce the same effect as chemical drugs.

via Middle East authorities are cracking down on audio that gets you “high” – Quartz.

LOL if you must, but the internet is actually making English better | Quartz


What hope is there for future literary greats when wacky internet terms like “adorbs” and “LOL” make it into the most revered dictionaries?

Is the internet destroying the foundations of language?

via LOL if you must, but the internet is actually making English better – Quartz.

The Nor | All Cameras Are Police Cameras


The First London Wall was built in the late 2nd century by the Romans, in response to a political crisis.

Suspicion is a global variable. Once triggered it bubbles upward through the entire system.

via The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras.

America Shouldn’t Even Need a Right to Be Forgotten | New Republic

In American society, with narrow exceptions, we allow the relative significance of a piece of information to be debated in the marketplace of ideas, not removed from public consideration altogether—our belief is that the truth will emerge through competing views, and that neither the government nor any other party should decide for us, either through selection or omission, which information matters.

.. society is quick to anchor an individual’s identity to a single unfavorable trait, even when associated with long-ago events, and even when the person has since demonstrably changed. We do it all the time, and to entire classes of people.

via America Shouldn't Even Need a Right to Be Forgotten | New Republic.