The holidays are all wrapped up and the show must go on. This week the guys are back, talking tech and speculatin’ on plenty of things they’re absolutely not qualified to speculate on.
Do you even science, bro?
Jacob brings a couple of amazing science facts – courtesy of NASA’s Chief Technologist, Dr. David Miller. Chiefly this – which absolutely blows his mind; in 1995 we absolutely knew of the existence of 9 planets (which is now only 8 thanks to NDT), but in 2015 we have confirmed and know of over 2000 extra-solar, rocky planets that might be Earth-like. Listen for some more amazing facts about what we know now that will blow your mind!
Going to the movies…
Jacob had a chance to catch Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie – The Hateful Eight – and talked about it in a spoiler-free way. So if you were curious, but didn’t want anything spoiled, here’s your chance.
And speaking of movies – both Jacob and Jeff are very intregued by an odd little film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman called Anomalisa. It’s beautiful in a very unique and unusual way – just check out the trailer:
(or get it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DT6QJaS2a-U)
And… Jeff wonders what the heck happened to horror movies? There are two coming out and they’re both rated PG-13! Where are the good old R-rated gore-fests? Give us our unnecessary boobies with a side of machete hackin’ good times, Hollywood! Bring back the R-rated horror flick!
Get yer funk on!
Some code wizards out there have faithfully recreated a Roland 909 drum machine entirely in HTML5 – and have put it on the interwebz where *you* can play with it ’til your heart’s content. Seriously, don’t head over to the site unless you have, like, a solid half-hour to waste. http://html909.com/
Netflix has a problem – one of bandwidth. That is, it takes A LOT of bandwidth to stream all of those episodes of Jessica Jones to a whole Internet hungry for drunken justice. So they’ve undertaken to re-encode their entire streaming library! They plan to slim things down by an average of 20% while saying they’ll manage no noticeable changes in picture quality. Hopefully they can pull it off, same themselves some money on bandwidth charges, and make even MOAR new content for us!
Global CO2 emissions expected to decrease in 2015
A Stanford-led study claims that we might have hit global peak emissions of COs in 2014.
The study by the Global Carbon Project, in “Nature Climate Change”, predicts that annual global carbon dioxide emissions may have dropped slightly in 2015 compared to the years before. Over the past few years, emissions have increased 2 to 3 percent each year, but not so for 2015, according to Rob Jackson, who led the team at Stanford University saying, “In 2014, global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels grew by just 0.6 percent. This year we expect total emissions to flatten or drop slightly, despite strong growth in gross domestic product worldwide.”
This economic correlation is the most important part of the whole projection because usually any reduction in emissions are accompanied by a dip in productivity. But economic production hasn’t decreased globally—in fact, GDP increased by 3 percent.
What changed in 2015? China’s big shift away from coal-fired power, report co-author Corinne Le Quéré of the University of East Anglia says in the Stanford release: “After a decade of rapid growth, China’s emissions rate slowed to 1.2 percent in 2014 and is expected to drop by 3.9 percent in 2015.”
The researchers presented their findings at the UN’s COP21 summit, but urged that this does not mean our climate problems are solved. If anything, the findings highlight the need for action to amplify some of the downward trends in emissions. It’s also important to note that the study is just a projection at the moment, the data won’t be finalized until 2016. But this is very good news indeed—and will help the summit to end on a hopeful note.
Inkjet prints that are smaller than a Retina pixel!
Crazy scientists at Zurich University and a startup company called Scrona have developed a technique called 3D NanoDrip printing. The process uses nanoparticles that emit light of a very specific color which build the images from R, G, and B layers.
The printing process creates a picture at a resolution of 25,000 dots per inch! The resulting picture measures just 80 microns by 115 microns, covering an area of just 0.000014 square inches. Or, about the same size as one pixel on your iPhone. Wowza!
What we love
Jeff loves Bethesda Game Studios’ new single-player epic; Fallout 4
Jacob loves his 4-port USB 3 hub: http://amzn.to/1JJf3mf
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