Each week I come across a lot of great videos, articles, and random things that I want to share but aren’t well-suited to a full article. Afterthoughts are weekly posts that collect all this extra stuff for your weekend reading/watching/listening/laughing pleasure.
Again, sorry for the delay, I’m hoping to be all caught up by next weekend. Being at CES accumulating saved articles without having time to read them all really threw me for a loop.
- A wire 4 atoms wide by 1 atom high was created that can conduct electricity just like copper. Surprisingly, the resistance of the extremely thin wire isn’t as high as scientists (and my high school physics textbook) thought it would be, suggesting that Moore’s Law will continue and supercomputers the size of dimes could be created, maybe: The Verge
- Using “optical superchannels”, researchers at the NEC Corporation set a record for transmitting data over 10,000 kilometers at a rate of 1.15 Terabits per second (or 144 Gigabytes per second). Combining multiple superchannels, they got speeds of 4 Tb/s (500 GB/s)! When will we get those kinds of internet speeds? Who knows: The Verge
- Facebook News Feed ads have arrived!: Gizmodo
- The number of Earth-sized planets in our galaxy (compared to giant ones like Jupiter) is greater than scientists expected. Good news for alien life searchers: Gizmodo
- If you’re looking for a clear explanation of what all this “SOPA” and “PIPA” legal stuff is about, watch this (But before you do, know that it’s quickly losing support and will likely be rewritten): Devour
- Christopher Walken reads Where the Wild Things Are with insightful commentary (the tree in the water really doesn’t make any sense): Devour
- Vote for Vermin Supreme, the friendly tyrant, and get a free pony. I don’t know: Devour
- To promote their new braille menus, Wimpy Burger made 15 burgers with sesame seed braille bumps and sent them to a few blind institutions. Good idea. Great story. Perfect marketing: Devour
- Microsoft Research created a touchable 3D hologram (using a classic mirror illusion). The spinning Earth demo is the coolest: The Verge
- “Yay Buffering!” (Stuff nobody says): Devour
- Watch a 30-story building be constructed in just 15 days: Devour
- The confusing and complicated system of primaries and caucuses clearly explained using stick figures, photos, and monocles: Devour
- Scary crosswind plane landings. Good videos to remember during your next turbulent landing: Gizmodo