Decoding the language of flowers has been a decades-long challenge. But that changes today. Thanks to great advancements in artificial intelligence, Google Assistant on phones and Google Home is now able to understand tulips, allowing translation between Tulipish and dozens of human languages.
Your Daily Cup of Culture...
Here's The 20 things I found on the internet worth sharing today. Your Daily Cup of Culture can be fun, serious, thoughtful or just some great new song or something to buy. If not, you can get your money back.
1. Ad of the Day - Sometimes the moments that never happen, matter the most. Introducing the New Volvo XC60. The Future of Safety:
2. "Mind-Boggling" Science - Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons in three weeks.
3. Cutting Edge Fear - Computers that can perfectly mimic the human voice? Hyper sensitive surveillance cameras? Advances like these are already a reality, and need to be regulated now. These are the technologies that should scare us.
4. "I Am Groot." - A Canadian man set a Guinness World Record for Most Marvel Comic Tattoos.
5. International Corner - Iceland is a remote island about the size of Kentucky. It has a population similar to St. Louis, Missouri. It is a gun loving country. But Iceland has not had a shooting murder since 2007.
6. "Allez McEnroe!" - Cheering John McEnroe in Paris Never Gets Old
7. Feel - A high school baseball player in Minnesota is gaining a lot of attention. Once he struck out a friend on the opposing team to win a game, he decided his friendship was more important than a celebration:
8. New Song of the Day - "Seventeen" by Welles
9. Obligatory Coffee Link of the Day - These are the world's most expensive coffees.
10. Pucker Up! - Sonic kept its world and is now serving a sweet and sour pickle-flavored slush.
11. The TV Tourist - Meet the woman who likes to vacation where her favorite tv shows are set.
12. Hitting On All Cylinders - Meet 8-Year-Old Drummer Yoyoka who's giving a whole new meaning to "Hit Like A Girl". So great:
13. Vacation Travel Log 2018, Stop #1 - San Francisco Travel Tips To Self for Next Time -
- Stay in much quieter and slower paced Sausalito NOT San Francisco.
- Bring more warm clothes. Residential Homes in S.F. do not have air conditioning. Because they do not freaking need it.
- Avoid touristy Piers and stay away from seagulls. They attack and will work in pairs to steal corn dogs.
- Buy the Muni Mobile Pass again to ride all city transportation easily including trollies. DO NOT NEED CAR in San Francisco.
- Big City Scavenger Hunt was cheap fun and a great way to see many landmarks.
- Stay in Italian North Beach Neighborhood and eat at Mama's for breakfast every morning.
- Start training one year out for bike ride across Golden Gate Bridge.
- Have a real conversation with kids before coming here again about San Francisco's homelessness problems.
14. On The Road To The World Pastry Cup 2019 - Belgium wins silver medal at European Pastry Cup.
15. Hostile Architecture - Think your city doesn’t like you? You’re right. The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile
16. Game of the Day - My kids absolutely loved Cuphead when it came out last year...and now there's a sequel of sorts in the works:
17. Shhhhhhh... - Librarian Shaming is a place for librarians to get things off their chest anonymously, and enjoy some commiseration from their peers.
18. Sweet Extension - Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Will Remain on Netflix for “Months to Come”.
19. Dying Wish-ful Thinking - 7 Futuristic Things To Do With Your Body When You Die
20. The Last Drop - Artist of the Day is Seoul-based artist Lee K.:
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Kick The Habit...There's An App For That
The Hold App cures digital addiction by rewarding users for avoiding their phone.
How Bout Them Apples?
MIT Technology Review's annual list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies is a must-read every year. The editors seek out technologies they believe will have a profound effect on our lives. Making the list for 2018:
ARTIFICIAL EMBRYOS SENSING CITIES 3-D METAL PRINTING
A.I. IN THE CLOUD DUELING NEURAL NETWORKS
BABEL-FISH EARBUDS ZERO-CARBON NATURAL GAS
PERFECT ONLINE PRIVACY GENETIC FORTUNE-TELLING
MATERIALS' QUANTUM LEAP
Read the details on all ten here.
The Most Unknown
The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know? By introducing researchers from diverse backgrounds for the first time, then dropping them into new, immersive field work they previously hadn’t tackled. The film is Motherboard's first feature documentary.
A Less Than Perfect Dynamic Tripod
Call it reverse evolution as kids around the world lose the ability to hold a pen correctly.
David Lynch Teaches Typing
Do you have five minutes? Then master writer-director David Lynch can teach you how to type. Developer Rhino Stew has just unleashed an excellent parody of Lynch’s work in the form of an early 1990s style typing program.
Researchers are developing a camera that can see through skin which will make it easier for doctors to diagnose a wide range of health conditions. Dermatologists are not overly impressed with the new technology.
"Clean Meat" Is Coming
The Frustrated Pharmacist
Why can't your pharmacist tell you that your $20 prescription could cost only $8? All of that may be about to change.
Sadly, Bulletproof Clothing
"From bespoke suits to safari jackets, the new breed of bulletproof clothing is comfortable and undetectable."
Inside America’s Growing Bulletproof Clothing Industry: Retailers are offering ballistic apparel to wary US citizens, and it’s not cheap.
Circadian Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Rather than jar ourselves awake with an alarm, we prefer this gentle sunrise digital clock, good for heavy sleepers and kids alike. Helps with mood and circadian rhythm modulation.
And in a related note...Late Sleepers Rejoice! Science says you should never apologize for sleeping in...here's why.
A Newfangled Intervention Called Community
"It could, if the results stand up, be one of the most dramatic medical breakthroughs of recent decades. It could transform treatment regimes, save lives, and save health services a fortune. Is it a drug? A device? A surgical procedure?" The Guardian: The town that's found a potent cure for illness – community.
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- What color is a tennis ball?
- Leonardo da Vinci, The Engineer: The Science Behind Mona Lisa's Smile
- ICYMI: The Top 11 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better In 2017
- A Washington teen made a Rubik's Cube for the blind
- Mosquito on mosquito crime: Miami released millions of modified mosquitos to fight Zika
- That's Just Weird: No one knows why your eardrums move when your eyes move.
- A Fitbit for...Sex?
- DO NOT PANIC, but there's a mutant crayfish that clones itself and it's taking over Europe