Hey folx! It’s time for the September 2021 edition of 5 Interesting Things. It’s a short round up of things I’ve found that are: potentially actionable, inspiring, thought-provoking. Let’s get to it!
Human augmentation: where it’s at and where it’s headed – Sure, it feels kind of funny to talk about futuristic augmentations to the body at a time when we’re fighting a rather large contingent of anti-science in the middle of a pandemic, but looking at where we’re going helps me cope with the present. (And indeed, I wrote a book about this sort of thing). This is a round up of current and upcoming technologies that will affect what it means to be human.
Making honey without bees and milk without cows – Food is going to be very different in the future. This is one way things might change. As Spock would say: fascinating.
How to design a sailing ship for the 21st century? – This magazine has some interesting, thoughtful pieces on how sometimes simpler, tried and true technologies can be more effective. This article talks about how it’s difficult to design a carbon neutral sailing ship.
This Pipe Transfers Heat 100x Faster than Copper – A short video on a metal that’s super efficient at heat conduction. A handy technology given our fast heating world.
DNA jumps between animal species – An astonishing piece revealing just how much we still have left to learn. If Mr. Robinson was given career advice today, it would be: “One word: genetics.”
That’s it for this month. What did you like in this list? What didn’t you like? Answer in the comments below.