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215 gunshot victims, arriving four to a car, in one night, in one ER. A Nevada emergency doc tells how he managed the ER on the night of the worst mass shooting in US history. (Warning: contains descriptions of injured people and trauma medicine).
A Visual Explanation of the Relative Toxicity of Opioids. Fentanyl is so lethal, it requires new procedures for first responders. Carfentanil though is in a class by itself. There are concerns it can be used as a WMD.
The browser that Mozilla built jumps into a new chapter on November 14th. saying this is pretty big jump as they're giving Firefox release 57 the moniker "Quantum". [more inside]
How Generative Music Works: A Perspective by Tero Parviainen (Put on headphones, uses mouse/keyboard/touch)
Awesome Twitter Thread Of “Nice Allegations” About Celebrities Gives Us Hope "It’s rough out there emotion-wise, as day after day seems to arrive with fresh allegations that expose many of our famous faves as awful abusive creeps. So this Twitter chain wherein people share happy stories of fun celebrity encounters and anecdotes feels like balm for our wounds." [more inside]
In July, 1990, photographer Peter Widing snapped a perfect shot of three young football (soccer) players. In 2006, his friend and colleague Christian Daun first saw and became obsessed with the photograph, half-joking with Widing about tracking the three unnamed boys down. In May, 2016, Widing took his own life, shattering Daun's understanding of things and sending him down the journey they'd never taken. By July, 2017, he'd found the boys, now grown men, and learned about where their own lives had led.
Let it be known that Ashley Volk had loved Sam Siatta since elementary school, the age of True Love Always in sidewalk chalk. She loved him before he joined the Marines and went to war, before he descended into depression and alcoholism upon his return, before he was convicted on a felony charge for a crime he did not remember through a blackout fog. [more inside]
Could the Romans have had their own Industrial Revolution?
November 15, 1977 marks 40 years since the release of the Saturday Night Fever Original Movie Sound Track Album [YouTube full playlist]. The globally music defining album's run of hits actually started in 1975 when the Bee Gees released "comeback track" Jive Talkin' which reached the top of the charts in several countries and and was included on the album even though it was cut from the final film. [more inside]
When I look back on not only the wasted time in Puerto Rico, but the couple of unproductive years around it I see it differently now. When I wasn’t beating myself up for not being productive enough, I was thinking about and interacting with the world. I was laying the first stones of a new foundation, a new way of thinking about networked culture, and even about our place on this planet. Instead of getting things done I was learning, smiling at people I didn’t share a language with, and cross-connecting the notions of my brain and the experiences of my life. via
"These micro quasi-brains are revolutionizing research on human brain development and diseases from Alzheimer’s to Zika, but the headlong rush to grow the most realistic, most highly developed brain organoids has thrown researchers into uncharted ethical waters....In the previously unreported experiments implanting human brain organoids into lab rodents, most of the transplants survived....More notably, the human organoids implanted into mice connected to the rodent’s circulatory system, making this the first reported vascularization. And mature neurons from the human brain organoid sent axons, the wires that carry electrical signals from one neuron to another, into “multiple regions of the host mouse brain,” according to a team led by Fred “Rusty” Gage of the Salk Institute".
I’ll get straight to the point: you know what hasn’t been done before? A public vote, in the digital age, to see what is the most memorable piece of Canadian television. You know what we’re going to do? That. Right now.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is on the phone again. You going to get it this time? In 1992 the UCS issued the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity. Now, 25 years later, many things have changed. They've gotten worse.
That time that Brian Eno was a member of the worst orchestra in the world. (You may know them from that one Youtube video).
Million of Muslim soldiers came to fight in the savage trench warefare. Most people have no idea that there were any Muslims at all fighting on the western front for the allies but a new foundation has begun getting the story out and more people are going to the French national cemetery to visit the graves. The new foundation has a link in this article but most of its introduction is in the news story. It's definitely a story that should be better known.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Chaïm Soutine painted a series of portraits of service personnel at hotels and restaurants around Paris. These helped launch his career (though he's perhaps better known today for his paintings of meat and having posed for Modigliani). Now the portraits have been brought together in an exhibition at London's Courtauld Gallery. Soutine's distant cousin, Stanley Meisler, has written about his life and his tragic death under the Nazi occupation.
Bruce Yeany's Youtube channel has some great build-your-own classroom and home demos for physics, such as physics marble tracks, and sand pendulums and Lissajous patterns.
Stephen Malinowski of the Music Animation Machine creates beautiful animated visualizations of classical music, which enable viewers to see repetition, variations on a theme, structure, complexity, and other interesting properties of music. [more inside]