NEWWorthy shutting down December 2017

Well, it’s been fun blogging on NEWWorthy for 5 years.  Readership hasn’t grown as I had hoped, though, so it’s time to shut down NEWWorthy.

Sometime in December 2017, this site will no longer be accessible.  Feel free to explore all my blog entries before then.  I may move the NEWWorthy Awards to my author site and author blog, and continue adding new awards annually.  If you like NEWWorthy, you can still get a bit of NEWWorthy-ness on my Pinterest board called NEWWorthy.

If you have been intrigued by the science, technology, and health articles I have blogged about here, you might like to keep up with MIT Technology Review, CNet, ComputerWorldScience News, The Scientist, NASA, The Planetary Society, and many of the other magazines and journals I have mentioned in my blogs here on NEWWorthy.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your 2017 and on into the future.

All the best, Richard S. Levine, NEWWorthy editor

NEWWorthy Awards 2016

NEWWorthy Awards 2016 again asks what was NEWWorthiest for the year in inventions, discoveries, events, and other new-related categories. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for 2017. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy.  Whether it’s new research in robotics or the latest new happenings in entertainment and travel — not to mention our new category: politics — we’ll be taking a look at it.

My own tiny contribution to what’s NEWWorthy in 2016 was “Family Tree Solitaire“, a new kind of card game for Android and Windows devices.  Over 400 people have tried it out on their phones, tablets, or computers.

Happy 2017!  Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2016…

ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – Only rarely does a show like “Game of Thrones” come along with a vast storyline and huge popularity.  Even rarer is when a cliffhanger occurs which causes just about everyone — including those who barely know the show or don’t even watch it — to want to know what’s going to happen.  “Who Killed J.R. Ewing” or how “The Sopranos” or “M*A*S*H*” ended were those kinds of events.  In 2016, it was “Is Jon Snow Dead?

Honorable Mentions – The Tampa Bay Rays were the first major league baseball team to play in Cuba in 17 years and Cleveland Cavaliers: First NBA team to win championship after being down 3-1 in the finals.

NEWWorthy WORD(s): Winner – Virome.

Honorable Mentions – (Plant) nanobionics and post-truth.  Although not technically words, new science emojis are also NEWWorthy in 2016.

FINANCE: Winner – The cost of solar and wind energy is competitive with coal and gas.

Honorable Mentions – Home values, Apple may owe 13 billion euros in taxes, and the Fed raised interest rates again.

SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – Experimental Ebola vaccine shows promising results

Honorable Mentions – Thermo by Withings(TM)  (Part of Nokia) takes temperature without touching skin.

SCIENCE: Winner – Gravitational waves discovered

Honorable Mentions – SkyCool Systems cools buildings using the sky.

TECHNOLOGY: Winner – Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo

Honorable Mentions – Artificial Imagination, Pizza ATM, Bot Economy slowly replaces apps, and Microsoft technology that recognizes words in a conversation as well as a human does.

MATHEMATICS: Winner – Prime numbers may not be as random as previously thought

TRAVEL: Winner – “One way out of Florida spring car rentals” is often a favorite on NEWWorthy travel.

Honorable Mentions – “2016 new hotel listings” on NEWWorthy and the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

OLDWORTHY: Winner – The R70i Age Suit can make you feel OLDWORTHY.  It can also teach you a thing or two about understanding aging.  It was a popular post on NEWWorthy this year.

POLITICS: Winner – This is a very new category, so the first winner will be selected for 2017 next January.  For now, here are a few honorable mentions.  If you’d like more information, on these are any other topics above without links, search on the terms in NEWWorthy or on the internet.

Honorable Mentions – Fake News, Post-truth, Robot Political Speech Writing, Election hacking, and Electoral College.

NEWWorthy Awards 2015

NEWWorthy Awards 2015 asks what was NEWWorthiest for the year in inventions, discoveries, events, and other new-related categories. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for 2016. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy.  Whether it’s new research in science or the latest new happenings in entertainment and travel — not to mention, the U.S. election campaigns and debates — we’ll be taking a look at it.

Happy 2016!  Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2015…

ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – Breaking Borders television series.  With all the conflict in the world, how wonderful to see a TV series that attempts to bring representatives of all sides of a conflict to dinner.  Educational too.

Honorable Mentions – Disney’s animal kingdom to get Avatar’s Pandora; Star Wars newest film; First computer player of almost perfect poker

NEWWorthy WORD: Winner – Augmented Reality (AR) as featured with Hololens and Magic Leap devices.

Honorable Mentions – Microbiome , Deep Learning , Deliverbots, Crowd Programming

FINANCE: Winner – The Fed finally raises rates

SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – Vaccine for Dengue

Honorable Mentions – Swift Prime emergency therapy for stroke; World’s first blood test to detect lung cancer

SCIENCE: Winner – First FDA approved genetically modified animal

Honorable Mentions – Video of action inside cells; First 3d printed drug to reach U.S. market;  First observation of Asteroid Day brings awareness; Deep Drill for planetary exploration

TECHNOLOGY: Winner – Intel’s Optane (much faster SSDs)

Honorable Mentions – Robo Brain learning for robots; Loudspeaker fire extinguisher; Space Elevator patent;

TRAVEL: Winner – Photos without barriers

Honorable Mentions – Micro-hotels; Smelly Maps; Marriott buys Starwood

OLDWORTHY: Winner – Pong enters world video game hall of fame

Honorable Mentions – Childhood’s End was a three night television series on the SYFY network based on science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s award winning 1953 novel.  Philip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” (1963) was made into a television series on Amazon Prime; Germanium makes a comeback

Who knew hard science fiction is comedy or musical?

On my author’s blog, I commented on the Golden Globe nomination for “The Martian” as Best Comedy or Musical.

I suppose I should consider this OLDWorthy, since other science fiction movies — “Cocoon” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, neither of which won the award — have been nominated in the Best Comedy or Musical category for a Golden Globe in the past.   But take a look at Wikipedia’s list of movies they consider to be hard science fiction, which is what “The Martian” was meant to be.  Some if not many of these were nominated for some kind of Golden Globe award.  Some even won.  But were any in the category of Best Comedy or Musical?

I haven’t fully checked the list yet, but my initial finding is that “The Martian” seems to be the first hard science fiction movie nominated in this category for a Golden Globe.  That makes this NEWWorthy.  Of course, it’s not if you consider “Cocoon” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” hard science fiction.  Wikipedia lists both of those in the category of comedy-drama, among other genres.

USA Today in the video below seems to agree that the Golden Globes have made an interesting choice in nominating “The Martian” in this category.

Weight of Awards

Awards are OLDWorthy.  Yet if you search on awards for literature, art, or entertainment, you might get the impression that they are not all that old.  Most awards mentioned started in the late 1800’s — such as the Nobel Prize — and later.  The Academy Awards started in the 1920’s.  So while it is obvious that people have probably given other people some kind of prize or award throughout history, most modern award lore on the internet is typically about the last 100 years or so.

That said, I was curious how much each major award weighs.  I mean, have you watched people win an Oscar and tightly grip it so they would not drop it?  It’s pretty heavy.  So, in honor of the recent awards season,  here are some of the weights I found.

Oscar is 8.5 pounds according to Wikipedia.

Golden Globe is 5.5 pounds according to CBS News.

Emmy is 6 pounds 12.5 ounces (or about 6.8 pounds) according to Wikipedia.

The Grammy is 4 pounds 6.4 ounces (or about 4.4 pounds) according to Country Hound.

According to Playbill, the Tony is 3.5 pounds as of 2010, unless it has changed since then.  Before 2010 it was only 1.5 pounds.

The Nobel Prize Medal averages about .386 pounds, according to Wikipedia.

NEWWorthy Awards 2014

Again we had a fun and busy year putting together the NEWWorthy blog in 2014.  It’s time to list some of the best articles, inventions, discoveries, and events reported here in each major category on NEWWorthy in 2014. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.

Technology had a particularly big year in 2014, with several innovations.  We had a hard time picking the winner and had to list a number of honorable mentions that seemed worthy.  Jibo, even if lacking the ability to wash/dry/iron clothes, proved that there’s demand for a family robot.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for 2015. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy.  Whether it’s new research in science or the latest new happenings in entertainment and travel, we’ll be taking a look at it.

What’s coming in 2015? Who can tell, but we suspect there will be more talk about Deep Learning, U.S. elections 2016, ‘omes (as in proteomes, microbiomes, and genomes — for under $500?), Pluto, getting to Mars, and wearable computing (goggles, headsets, fitness bands, watches, etc.).  Perhaps “the fog of things” will make the dictionary in 2015.

Happy 2015!  Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2014…

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ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – “Rory McIlroy accidentally gives cholla to a fan” — this may become classic golf footage someday;  Honorable Mentions – What’s upworthy.com?; If HuvR tech were real…; Jurrasic Park” might have been wrong about birds

FINANCE: Winner – Could we soon see better logistics?; Honorable Mentions – Veggie Burger fakes meat; To BOX, or not to BOX — still a hot topic in early 2015 before their IPO; AARP’s new Guide for Tipping;

SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – Alzheimers memory loss reversed? — even a possible small step forward could be huge; Honorable Mentions – Top 10 innovations 2014 – The Scientist — The $1000 genome; Transplants with hearts that have stopped beating; Compound emotions — 15 new emotions identified

SCIENCE: Winner – Nanomotors manipulated in living cells; Honorable Mentions – Necrobiome on CSI?…Human interactome map; Synthetic DNA replicated within living bacteria; Human genome origami; CRISPR gene editing

TECHNOLOGY: Winner – Bots with magnetic personalities; Honorable mentions – To Hybrid or not to Hybrid; First orbitable flight with legs…landing legsCovert and mathematically invisible; Big Data makes the dictionary; The fog of things; Simply Brilliant (.org, that is); World’s first ‘family robot’ – Jibo; A comet walks Rosetta; MOM orbits Mars; World’s first 3D printed cars

TRAVEL: Winner – One way car rental deals; Honorable mentions – Delta’s miles for money; 2014 Atlantic storm names; Hitchbot;

OLDWORTHY: Winner – Sailing stones finally observed; Honorable mentions – Welwitschia, one of a kind; Smokey at 70; Titanosaur;  Intellivision Flashback – and the comeback of other old video game consoles

NEWWorthy Awards 2013

We’ve had a fun and busy first year putting together the NEWWorthy blog in 2013.  Now, as we reach the end of the year, it’s time to list some of the best articles, inventions, discoveries, and events reported here in each major category on NEWWorthy in 2013.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for the new year. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy.  For example, at the end of 2013 Computerworld reports that France’s Carmat said “it had carried out its first implant of an artificial heart that can beat for up to five years“.

What’s coming next year?  Who can tell, but we suspect there will be more talk about Fed tapering, Healthcare.gov, budgets, space exploration and meteors, microbiomes and viruses, quantum computing, new computer form factors, artificial body parts, artificial intelligence, travel apps, travel deals, video games and game consoles, and things that are old.  Happy 2014!

Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2013…

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ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – “TV Guide Magazine: 60 Years of Covers“; Honorable Mentions – “Project Drive-In” and “Veronica Mars movie funded at Kickstarter“; Best Movie – “A Boy and his Atom by IBM researchers“; Word – Nocializing

FINANCE: Winner – “No taper!…“; Honorable Mentions – “Computer simulations reveal benefits of random investment strategies…” and “Twitter files for IPO” and “Microsoft buys Nokia devices and phone businesses“; Word – Crowdfunding

SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – “Healthcare pricing information“; Honorable Mentions – “Worlds first approved bionic eye” and “Human genes can’t be patented“; Words – Nocebo and microbiome

SCIENCE: Winner – “Meteorite falls in Russia“; Honorable Mentions – “China lands rover on the moon” and “India launched its first mission to Mars“; Word – heliotail

TECHNOLOGY: Winner – “MIT Technology Review’s 10 breakthrough technologies 2013“; Words – phabletglogging, big data, and verifiable computing.

TRAVEL: Winner – “Laptop travel usage declines“; Honorable Mentions – “One way car rental deals from Florida in 2013” and “The Love Boat to be scrapped“; Words – travel apps and social reservations

OLDWORTHY: Winner – “The U.S. is producing more oil than it imports“; Honorable Mentions – “Interactive gravestones” and “Worlds biggest family trees“; Words – Floppy music