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The Sci-Tech Stash

Publications worth reading:

Last but not least, HandWikia wiki encyclopedia of science, technology and computing.

See also: the climate collection, as well as links tagged science and tech.





What do cars and ships have in common? You have to steer them:

Speaking of which:

Shipping disaster


The leap second’s time is up: world votes to stop pausing clocks (18 November 2022)
How, and whether, to keep atomic time in sync with Earth’s rotation is still up for debate.
So, decision makers are willing to do this because it's too complicated for computers, but still won't drop DST after years of public outcry? It's as if, wait for it, science isn't in the service of people and never was.
A Centuries-Old Physics Mystery? Solved (6 October 2021)
Technion researchers have found an effective solution to the famous age-old, three-body problem in physics.
Thirty years of ‘against measurement’ (2 December 2020)
Despite its many successes, physicists are still struggling to nail down a coherent interpretation of quantum mechanics, as it best represents “reality”. Jim Baggott explores the arguments first put forth by John Bell three decades ago, and looks at theoretical and experimental evidence accumulated since

In other news:

And some really old stuff:

Material science

Robots and AI

Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him (9 November 2023) Malfunctioning sensor system blamed for technician's death at Korean food plant

Ghost Robotics unveils autonomous robot dog armed with assault rifle (15 October 2021) You... realize ED-209 was showing you what not to do, right, tech manufacturers? That was the whole damn point.

Children Beating Up Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System (6 August 2015) What scares me is that none of those researchers seems to know the first thing about bullying. There's no mention of it; no awareness of the issue, or the psychology behind it. Nothing. Didn't they ask anyone with actual knowledge of child behavior? (Via Slashdot).


All the hominins made tools (3 December 2023) A study of associations between stone tool evidence and fossil hominin remains shows that a wide range of species made stone artifacts.

Archaeologists Discover 1.2 Million-Year-Old 'Workshop' in Mind-Blowing Find (27 January 2023) The discovery pushes the timeline of obsidian tool use back by an astonishing 500,000 years.

Discovery of Turkish 11,400-year-old village challenges ideas of when and why humans first settled down (17 November 2021) Excavations at monumental site Karahan Tepe, near the Turkish-Syrian border, suggest that society was established before the dawn of agriculture

The White Sands discovery only confirms what Indigenous people have said all along (24 September 2021) Turns out, Native Americans have been there for even longer than recently extended estimates.

And some really old ones:



(For more, read Live Science The Most Interesting Articles, Mysteries & Discoveries.)



Space probes


The Moon Is Rusting, and Researchers Want to Know Why (2 September 2020); can't help but notice that the data was collected by Indian and Japanese space probes, then analyzed by NASA. Missing from the picture: the European Space Agency. When was the last time we did anything except launch commercial satellites?

And a trio of articles occasioned by the anniversary of the first Moon landing:

In our dreams, where it belongs. Dream all you want, our life is down here.


Plaidophile: On chronic pain (21 June 2018)



See also: Tips for cold (21 January 2019)


See also: regular coverage in Science.


Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong (19 September 2018): For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It's time for a new paradigm.

On a related note: 5 Things I Miss About Weighing More Than 300 Pounds (21 March 2014) — yes, it's humor.

Neurology and psychology

Why ADHD Isn't Just for Kids (22 November 2021) ... and how some get better at managing it with age.

Lead: America’s Real Criminal Element (February 2016, via Slashdot) The hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.

Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results (27 August 2015) Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test

Genetics and cancer

Italian Gene Holds Hope for Unclogging Arteries (17 October 1994) A mutant protein found in one family appears to ward off heart disease despite a high-fat diet. Researchers buoyed by animal trials