24 February 2015

Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers!

Glenny talks about the history and evolution of computer hacking and suggests a novel way to protect our systems: hire the hackers to do it.

Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers!

18 February 2015

"Kraken" by Wendy Williams

"Behold the Squid!" That is not said nearly enough. Williams delves into the world and science of squid including much of the research we are doing concerning them. She also includes many interesting insights into the life of these fascinating animals.

Interesting tidbit: Neurosurgeons and scientist frequently learn how to extract neurons from common squid because they have a comparatively large neuron that is easy to extract (and the squid and common enough to make good test subjects).

Another interesting tidbit: The colossal squid has bioluminescent patches behind its eyes that shine light out, like headlights in the cold ocean deep.

10 February 2015

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

Norton opens with "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right," then proceeds to talks about some novel research into correlations between money and happiness.

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

04 February 2015

"Simplexity" by Jeffrey Kluger

Kluger has collected a variety of interesting research regarding the operations of complex and simple systems. There are a lot of very interesting connections between these systems.

Interesting tidbit: Mammals, regardless of size, live an average of 1 billion heartbeats.