Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Whitehead Institute has used genealogy data to build the world’s largest family trees.
Time Magazine, Science & Space, published online a map showing a state-by-state rating of personality and temperament. It reportedly maps the American mood.
USA Today listed a few of their favorite apps for booking a hotel room at the last-minute.
Glassdoor published a (2013) list of their choices for top 25 companies for career opportunities.
30 billion light years from Earth, this very old galaxy — z8_GND_5296, reported on in Nature.com — is the farthest ever seen. It’s NEWWorthy. BBC News reports on the subject below.
USA Today’s Fly Guy gives his opinion on the difference between first and business class on airplanes.
Quartz reports on the Briggo coffee kiosk. Customers can order their coffee with a smartphone ahead of time and then pick up their drink when they arrive. Below is a video on the subject.
Slate reports on a new kind of camera that captures scents rather than images. GeoBeats reports on the subject on YouTube.
According to MIT Technology Review blog researchers at Indiana University using Twitter data “…have examined the way trends emerge in cities across the US…The top five sources of trends are: Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Washington, Seattle and New York… See the article to find out which cities have the most trend followers.
Note that this post is not sponsored by Twitter.
Smartphones have a variety of uses. Now MIT Technology Review blog notes that they are being used to map noise pollution with Ear-Phone. To be fair, this is not necessarily a new technique for mapping noise pollution. Sony researchers in Paris were apparently looking at using smartphones and a participative approach to measure noise pollution back in 2008. I’m not sure how similar Ear-Phone and Noisetube are. See more in the video below.
TV Guide Fan Favorites on Facebook is taking votes (for just a few more days) for the Fan Favorites TV Guide Cover.
The Scientist reports on a new kind of antibiotic called peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PPMOs). Oregon State University (OSU) says that “In animal laboratory tests against A. baumannii… PPMOs were far more powerful than some conventional antibiotics like ampicillin…” OSU has additional information on their website.
Caption: Scanning electron microscope image of A. baumannii, with maps of its genome (outer circle) and alien island sequences (inner circle – red).
Credit: Courtesy of J.Carr/CDC; T.Gianoulis and D.Massa/Yale
According to Computerworld, researchers at MESA Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in The Netherlands and The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg, Germany have developed a storage medium that they claim can store data that will last from a million to a billion years.
According to the NBC News science editor, a free-floating planet has been found by astronomers using a telescope on Haleakala.
Computer models that accurately simulate real life are invaluable to chemists. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was awarded “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”. One outgrowth of this and related work is that animal rights groups are funding research in computer models to help eliminate at least a portion of future animal testing.
Engadget reports that HBO is now offering individual episodes and seasons for a fee via Google Play for shows like “The Newsroom” and “Game of Thrones”.
According to CNet, Samsung is the first phone manufacturer to launch a curved smartphone. Below is CNET’s video showing the new Samsung Galaxy Round and its teeter-totter (press and roll) feature.
Many of the fares below have to be booked by October 10, 2013, but some can be booked later. These are the websites I found for searching on the fares. I cannot guarantee that they all work, and many of the fares will probably be gone soon.
American Airlines discount deals for December 2013 and January 2014
Allegiant Airlines deals for the holidays (late 2013).
United Airlines holiday deals 2013 (for some reason when you click on ‘View Fares’ it puts in 2012, so you’ll need to change that in the form to search on fares).
Delta Airlines holiday deals 2013.
Southwest Airlines holiday deals 2013.