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Newsletters 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.


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Ikea 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.

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Mr. Carson would be horrified.


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Smithsonian to Kickstart Museum Preservation, Starting with Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit
3D-scan-Neil-Armstrongs-suit-for-3D-printing-on-Kickstarter.jpgToday, 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.

quotemarksright.jpgAsking 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.

As it stands, the 21-layer spacesuit is among the museum’s most fragile artifacts, stored in a climate controlled storage area where, despite every measure to protect it, the suit’s material has slowly begun to decay and its colors fade. On top of that, this storage unit is necessarily restricted to public access. But, with its $500k, the Smithsonian will conduct chemical analysis, CT scans, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, and other processes, along with consultations with the original designers of the suit, to ensure that it is preserved “down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface.”

Once complete, the Smithsonian will display the suit on the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, July 20, 2019, before being transferred to their Destination Moon exhibit, which will open in 2021.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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The Good Drone

To Collect Whale Snot, Scientists Are Turning to Drones
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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.

quotemarksright.jpgHaving 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.

In the “BS” era of data collection (Before Snotbot), the standard way of getting a data sample of a whale (living outside captivity) involved chasing an extremely acoustically sensitive mammal with a loud motorboat and subsequently shooting it with a sampling dart from a crossbow.

By using Snotbots, the whale never knows the data is being collected. The custom-built drones fly well above the surface of the water and into the blow, the subjects are never touched or approached closely.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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