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10 Sep 15:25

Phantom intersections, traffic snakes, and the simple solution to traffic

by Jason Kottke

What causes traffic? Mostly the poor reaction times of humans driving cars. Even a simple lane change can cause traffic to back up for hours. What’s the solution? (Hint: it rhymes with “health diving stars”.)

See also intersections in the age of driverless cars.

Tags: cars   driverless cars   traffic   video
10 May 18:35

What happens when you look at the sun through a telescope

by Mark Frauenfelder

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TV astronomer and author Mark Thompson uses a pig eye he got from his local butcher to demonstrate what happens to people who make the mistake of looking at the sun through a telescope.

23 Feb 04:01

A new season of Planet Earth is coming

by Jason Kottke

Ten years after the debut of the original show, the BBC is doing a six-episode second season of Planet Earth. They've been shooting it for the last three years using ultra-HD cameras and David Attenborough will return as host.

"I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so," said Attenborough.

Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC TV channels and the iPlayer, said that the new series has taken three years to shoot taking advantage of significant advances in filming technology since Planet Earth aired a decade ago.

The first season of Planet Earth is on Netflix in the US, but the Blu-ray is only $40 and the picture is so much better...worth it if you somehow haven't seen it and still have a BR player.1

  1. I still buy Blu-ray for a few things, stuff that needs crisp 1080p w/o streaming compression artifacts. Last purchase was Princess Mononoke.

Tags: David Attenborough   Planet Earth   TV
25 Nov 18:49

College Buys $219,000 Table

by Hamilton Nolan

College Buys $219,000 Table

Administrators at New Jersey's Kean University have purchased a $219,000 conference table.


14 Jul 18:59

Rikers Island Is a Brutal Hellhole for Mentally Ill Inmates

by Andy Cush

Rikers Island Is a Brutal Hellhole for Mentally Ill Inmates

A new report from the New York Times elaborates on what became painfully evident after two recent deaths on Rikers Island: New York's most notorious prison is a violent, terrifying place, especially for people with mental illnesses.