Scientists have observed that fatter penguins fall down more often, but no one was sure exactly why. To figure out what the extra weight was doing to the penguins, a group of biologists from London’s Roehampton University conducted a meme-worthy experiment: making king penguins walk on a treadmill.
“The most difficult and tricky moment is when the treadmill first starts. Once the speed is set the penguins usually walk fluently,” biologist Astrid Willener, who authored the paper, tells Richard Gray for The Daily Mail.
Source: This Penguin on a Treadmill Shows How Waddles Work | Smart News | Smithsonian
If satire and Christianity are both rooted in the belief that humankind has fallen from grace, we can see why they make excellent bedfellows.
It was during a church dispute that Laurence Sterne first tried his hand at satire; when the resulting pamphlet was a success, he gave up his pulpit and devoted himself to writing Tristram Shandy.
Source: God Is Laughing at You – Pacific Standard
The nation’s first president was sent to office on the strength of 69 votes, cast by a few dozen members of the electoral college.
At the time, the Constitution gave only white, property-owning men the right to be an elector.
While all U.S. citizens now get to cast a ballot in a popular vote, not much else has changed in campaigning over the centuries.
Source: What Ten Artifacts from the Smithsonian Collections Can Tell Us About the Crazy History of American Politics | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian
Until quite recently, scientists thought that humans were born with a fixed number of brain cells. But new research has proven that hypothesis wrong.
Some areas of the brain, such as the hippocampus, which is needed to store memories, continue to gain new neurons through adulthood.
Source: The Exercise Regime That Gives You a Healthier Brain – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com
Gone is the draconian leader who sits behind his mahogany desk in the corner office and delegates task after task, and in is the leader who isn’t afraid to show vulnerability and actively solicit input.
Source: 4 Traits Of The Best Leaders | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
One of the areas showing significant growth is the area of hardware based emulation.
Lauro Rizzatti , a noted verification experts stated: “In 2016 and beyond, new generations of hardware emulators will be brought to market.
“They will have added capabilities that are more powerful than currently available, as well as support new applications.
“Hardware emulation will continue to be the foundation of a verification strategy in 2016. This isn’t so much of a prediction but a fact as standard designs routinely exceed the 100-million gate mark and processor, graphics and networking designs approach one-billion gates.
“Hardware emulation is the only verification tool able to take on and verify these oversized, complex designs. It’s also true as new capabilities enable emulation to be a datacenter resource, enabling worldwide project teams access to this remarkable verification tool. In 2016, this will become the new normal as project teams better leverage their investment in hardware emulation and work to avoid risk.”
Source: Technology Implications for 2016. | Systems Design Engineering Community
While China was focusing on seizing energy and food resources, the two rarely clashed.
But as China targets more advanced technology and brands to shift the economy away from low-end manufacturing, the companies from the world’s second and third-largest economies are more likely to clash, especially in high-value manufacturing segments such as high-speed railways.
Source: Hunt for foreign assets pits Japan Inc vs China | Reuters
As Charlie Munger likes to say, it is often wise to: “Invert!”
It would be fantastic if people like Madoff and his victims did not exist but as long as they do, you can learn from them who you don’t want to be and what not to do.
Source: A Dozen Things you can Learn from the Anti-Models that are Bernard Madoff and his Victims | 25iq
The willingness of debt investors to effectively pay governments to borrow also reflects increasing skepticism of central bank policies — and concern those very measures may ultimately do more harm than good to the global economy.
Even after central banks around the world spent trillions since the financial crisis on quantitative easing and dropped policy rates below zero for about two dozen countries, the market’s outlook for inflation globally is closing in on post-crisis lows.
Source: Fear and Loathing of Negative-Yield Debt: Bond Trader’s Dilemma – Bloomberg Business
“S&P clearly want to get out in front of the curve now,” said Per Hammarlund, the chief emerging-market strategist at SEB SA in Stockholm.
The downgrades mark a change from the past, and one that he welcomes. “Previously they waited. Now, it’s a different approach, and a more healthy one at that.”
Source: S&P Proves Unforgiving Toward Emerging Markets as Poland Gripes – Bloomberg Business