Items of Interest

Movie Review: The Game Changers

This week I watched The Game Changers on Netflix and I was blown away. Ever since encountering How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger and NutritionFacts.org, I've learnt that plant protein is far healthier than animal protein. Watching The Game Changers really contextualised this in terms that everyone can understand, using professional athletes to illustrate just how inhibiting a meat based diet can be for their performance.

Acoustic Trap Display

Researchers at University of Sussex have developed an Acoustic Trap Display to create a holographic interface. The display uses an array of ultrasound speakers to levitate a white bead at fast speeds within a 3 dimensional plane. A laser array lights up the bead at high speed which tricks the eye into seeing a 3D display.

Project Silica

Microsoft and Warner brothers have create a pilot long term storage project called Microsoft Project Silica. The project uses a slide of 3 inch by 3 inch glass silica to store 75.6GB of data in 100+ layers of 3D voxels. The pilot project archived the 1978 Superman film onto a slide which will last 1000+ years.

Book Review: How To Lose A Country: The 7 Steps From Democracy to Dictatorship - Ece Temelkuran

How To Lose A Country is an excellent comparison of the stages involved, tactics deployed and effects felt by the rise of populism in Turkey versus the current political establishments and campaigns in the US, UK and other Western countries. Temelkuran delivers her material using a mix of stark analysis and gut wrenching emotion, weaved together in a tapestry of wit and grave importance. A fantastic read. If you use this affiliate link to buy the book on Waterstones.com, the commission will go towards running FoundThisWeek.com (thanks!).

Podcast Of The Week: The Blindboy Podcast - Science Week 2019

This week on his podcast, Blindboy interviewed Jerry Murphy and Clare Watson, two climate researchers working with the MaREI centre in UCC. The interview was part of Science Week 2019 and covers a range of topics about biofuel and how energy production can adapt locally in response to the climate crisis. The two scientists are currently working on a project on the Dingle Peninsula which uses locally produced biofuel to run a local transport bus.

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