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Light Stopped for 1 Minute

Extreme Tech: Back in 1999, scientists slowed light down to just 17 meters per second, and then two years later the same research group stopped light entirely — but only for a few fractions of a second. Earlier this year, the Georgia Institute of Technology stopped light for 16 seconds — and now, the University of Darmstadt has stopped light... Read more

Baseball Advanced Media

Fascinating article by Ben Popper on MLB’s Advanced Media division: The latest expression of this boundless initiative is Statcast, a big data approach to sports that only a major league nerd could love. High-speed cameras and radar installed in every stadium capture the game in three dimensions and allow for real-time tracking and tabulatio... Read more

The World Wide Advertising Web

Great excerpt from a LWN.com article: Krekel quoted former Facebook researcher Jeff Hammerbacher, who said: “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That Sucks.” Instead of spending time on “getting us into space, flying cars, or whatever”, the best minds in IT are focused on how to get people to clic... Read more

Minimalism in Web Design

Kate Meyer: Unfortunately, some designers misinterpret minimalism as a purely visual-design strategy. They cut or hide important elements in pursuit of a minimalist design for its own sake—not for the benefits that strategy might have for users. They’re missing the core philosophy and the historical context of minimalism, and they risk incre... Read more

Realizations of Rounded Rectangles

Great article from UI and Us: Nänni confirmed my theory: “You are absolutely right. A rectangle with sharp edges takes indeed a little bit more cognitive visible effort than for example an ellipse of the same size. Our “fovea-eye” is even faster in recording a circle. Edges involve additional neuronal image tools. The process is therefore sl... Read more

Testing Critical Software

Gene Spafford: In the late 1980s, around the time the Airbus A340 was introduced (1991), those of us working in software engineering/safety used to exchange a (probably apocryphal) story. The story was about how the fly-by-wire avionics software on major commercial airliners was tested. According to the story, Airbus engineers employed th... Read more

Tim Cook on Privacy

TechCrunch has a write up on Tim Cook’s Speech from EPIC: We believe the customer should be in control of their own information. You might like these so-called free services, but we don’t think they’re worth having your email, your search history and now even your family photos data mined and sold off for god knows what advertising purpose. ... Read more

Material Design’s Floating Action Button

Teo Yu Siang in a great post on Medium: FABs are circular buttons that float above the UI and are “used for a promoted action,” according to Google. They act as call to action buttons, meant to represent the single action users perform the most on that particular screen. And because of the bold visual style of Material Design, FABs are st... Read more

Google Photos

Google yesterday announced Google Photos which, among other things, has an extremely impressive search feature: …with a simple search you can instantly find any photo—whether it’s your dog, your daughter’s birthday party, or your favorite beach in Santa Barbara. I have only used it for a few minutes but I can already tell how incredibly us... Read more

Google Knows Water

Benedict Evans on Google’s evolving business: The key change in all of this, I think, is that Google has gone from a world of almost perfect clarity – a text search box, a web-link index, a middle-class family’s home – to one of perfect complexity – every possible kind of user, device, access and data type. It’s gone from a firehose to a rai... Read more

5,200 Days in Space

Fascinating article on the lives of astronauts onbord the ISS: Sleep position presents its own challenges. The main question is whether you want your arms inside or outside the sleeping bag. If you leave your arms out, they float free in zero gravity, often drifting out from your body, giving a sleeping astronaut the look of a wacky ballet d... Read more