:n/e/t/surf: SMSNewsletters Are The New Black
La lettre d’info électronique, une relique du passé, associée aux connections dial-up et aux modems qui crépitent, fait son grand retour. Avec panache.
Emily Turrettini pour Bilan.
textually.orgIkea placemat comes with a pocket for your cell phone
Where is the appropriate place for your cellphone while you dine? A reasonable person would say out of sight and turned off, but Ikea knows better and has decided to cater to our bad habits.
According to DigitalTrends, Ikea's new SITTNING Fall collection includes a placemat with a pocket for storing your smartphone while you eat.
Mr. Carson would be horrified.
3DPrintingSmithsonian to Kickstart Museum Preservation, Starting with Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit
Today, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has launched its first-ever Kickstarter campaign, titled Reboot the Suit, to preserve human history with 3D scanning and more. 3D Printing Industry reports.
Asking for $500,000, the museum has already raised more than a fifth of its goal to conserve the iconic spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first person to set foot on the Earth’s moon.
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The Good DroneTo Collect Whale Snot, Scientists Are Turning to Drones
Scientists have invented a way to learn about whales while removing the need to harass them in the process. It’s called Snotbot. [via Discover Magazine]
Snotbots are custom-built drones created in partnership between Ocean Alliance and Olin College of Engineering. They hover in the air above a surfacing whale and collect the blow (or snot) exhaled from its lungs. Snotbot then returns that sample back to researchers a significant distance away.
Having a lung lining sample is crucial. With it we can see virus and bacteria loads, analyze DNA, and look for environmental toxins that have been absorbed into the whale’s system. Perhaps most importantly, we can test for levels of hormones, which gives us information on the reproductive cycles and stress levels of these creatures as they are increasingly impacted by human activity in their natural habitats.