Google innovation in the Big Apple
If you're looking for a quick Google fix this week, Information Week is dealing. Start off by learning more about Larry Page's pet innovation projects. Apparently, the Google co-founder thinks there is a real market in under-developed parts of the world for ultralight planes capable of traveling at
up to 90 mph. Then, in an article called New York Gets Googled, Information Week explains how New York is turning into a hub of innovation and creativity, all because of, well, Google. (With all due respect to Messrs. Brin and Page, I think that New York has always been a hotbed of innovation and creativity.)
For the ultimate in Google porn, check out the image gallery of the Googleplex East - a former Art Deco building in New York City that now houses the second-largest concentration of Googlers in the world. More than 500 Google engineers, salespersons and support staff hang out here. There are gratuitous pictures of the Google reception area, the Google gaming area, the Google cafeteria, a Google whiteboard and, of course, the Google Dilbert specials.
Anyway, for more on Larry Page's talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, check out the photos of Larry Page over at CNET News.
[image: Entering the New York City Googleplex]
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
It turns out the human scalp has an olfactory receptor that seems to play a crucial role in regulating hair follicle growth and death.
- Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
- This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
- The treatment could soon be available to the public.
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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