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Monday: August 1, 2011

Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.

As usual, it's humanity that messes things up. When flipped by a machine, coins come up heads a solid fifty percent of the time, and tails the other fifty percent. Put the fate of the coin in grubby human hands and the odds tip slightly in favor of the side that faces up just before the coin is flipped. The side that was face up at the beginning of the flip has a fifty-one percent chance of landing face-up at the end. Humans are not as precise as machines, and so the coin rotates around several axes instead of one.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:37 PM | Tags (9) | coin | toss | io9 | odds | science | flipped | human | error | machines |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 20, 2010

NASA to send first humanoid robot out into space later this year.NASA to send first humanoid robot out into space later this year.

The robotics aren't quite advanced enough yet to send an actual android that is advanced as the ones you've seen on Star Trek - but it's a start. As to when these robot astronauts will turn on their masters and decide to destory all of our satellites - anybody's guess.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 1:14 PM | Tags (8) | data | humanoid | launch | nasa | robots | shuttle | space | startrek |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: February 16, 2010

Six human character flaws that actually managed to save the species.Six human character flaws that actually managed to save the species.

Basically every scientific or creative breakthrough in human history can trace its roots to some sweaty palmed caveman sitting alone in his hut fretting about whether the other cavemen think he's cool.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 6:49 AM | Tags (6) | cavemen | cracked | flaws | humans | species | traits |  | Discuss (3) |  | facebook | twitter | 45 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 7, 2009

A gallery of this year's most amazing scientfic images just for you.A gallery of this year's most amazing scientfic images just for you.

Have a peek at sixty-two images showcasing a myriad of scientific amazement your optic delights. Turns out that capillary networks make for some interesting photography. Who knew?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:22 PM | Tags (6) | science | robots | humanoids | popsci | photography | photos |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 28, 2009

Ten things that Google has taught us.Ten things that Google has taught us.

Without vision, even the most focused passion is a battery without a device. 'Don't be evil' is a vague incantation. But Page and Brin's effort to make 'all the world's information available,'and to first and foremost serve users, is a vision.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:26 AM | Tags (10) | google | teachings | cnn | fortune | passion | drive | team | culture | human | factors |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 23 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 14, 2009

The future of human spaceflight as discussed by a panel of eight experts.The future of human spaceflight as discussed by a panel of eight experts.

It's about preparing way for where people are going to be in future. Science is a tertiary benefit. People weren't excited about landing on the Moon because learned about the early geology of Earth. They were excited because we landed on the damn moon.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 4:45 PM | Tags (9) | future | human | space | flight | panel | experts | discussion | popularmechanics | committee |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: October 9, 2009

A world of cow heads through the bovine eye of Photoshop.A world of cow heads through the bovine eye of Photoshop.

A Happy Photoshop Friday to you all. Moo.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 7:51 AM | Tags (7) | bovine | cows | funny | heads | humans | moo | somethingawful |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: October 8, 2009

CNN takes a look at who translates better: humans or machines.CNN takes a look at who translates better: humans or machines.

Some interesting tidbits as to how Google and Facebook have differing strategies in regards to proper translations on the web. I give Facebook a lot of nerd cred for still keeping 'pirate' up as an alternative language.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:28 AM | Tags (7) | cnn | facebook | google | humans | machines | technology | translation |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: October 6, 2009

Six natural disasters caused by human stupidity.Six natural disasters caused by human stupidity.

...it was a bit difficult for Texaco to sidestep the mystery of the suddenly salty lake and giant-ass waterfall that wasn't there before, and were forced to pay out over $40 million dollars, an amount of money that ensured the oil industry would never again cause an environmental disaster.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 7:43 AM | Tags (6) | cracked | disasters | human | mistake | scary | stupidiy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 53 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 10, 2009

Yes, elephants can out-eat humans quite easily when put to task.Yes, elephants can out-eat humans quite easily when put to task.

Who knew?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 5:09 PM | Tags (6) | circus | contest | dumb | eating | elephants | humans |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 7, 2009

Twitter suggested for Nobel Prize.Twitter suggested for Nobel Prize.

Co-founder Biz Stone has said Twitter Inc. is less about the triumph of technology, and more about the triumph of humanity.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 3:46 PM | Tags (5) | nobel | twitter | technology | triumph | humanity |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 29, 2009

Software not yet smart enough to sort out human relationships.Software not yet smart enough to sort out human relationships.

World-Check doesn't rely on automated tools to build its database. That responsibility lies with analysts employed by World-Check to sift through primary sources of information to identify high-risk individuals and document their connections and relationships with other people.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:16 AM | Tags (4) | humans | interesting | relationships | software |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


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