Camel and goat eyes are ovals to better control light input and are horizontal for a 'panoramic view' that blocks light from above and below. Cats and predators are vertical slits for judging distance without moving the head. Cats eyes alone have ~9x more control over light than humans. theconversation.com/revea…
Certain random number generators use internal thermometers for input as the small fluctuations in CPU temperatures is extremely unpredictable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
All speakers can work as microphones and vice-versa; if you plug your headphones into a mic input, you can speak into them and use them as a microphone. The inverse is true as well. digitaldjtips.com/2014/05…
Ralph Bakshi originally wanted "Cool World" to be an R-rated horror film and had a decent script. Paramount Pictures instead interfered with the film's production by making it PG-13 and changing his script without his input, resulting in the film's extremely poor BO and critical performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
There were TWO pandemics running together during WW1. ”Encephalitis Lethargica” affected 5M and killed over 1,5M. The patients were conscious – yet not fully awake; they would sit motionless, totally lacking initiative, affect or desire; they registered the inputs with profound indifference en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Human is not good at generating random number, so much so that a machine has the high ground when it tries to predict your inputs loper-os.org/bad-at-entro…
If your headphone plug has 1 stripe, it's mono; if it has 2 stripes, it's stereo; if it has 3 stripes, it's stereo and also passes microphone input geeksmate.io/rings-on-the…
There was a Russian adaptation of Married...with Children that remade (almost) all original episodes, plus a hundred more with fan input and the American writers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Humans hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than they see so that everything that they perceive with their ears is coloring every other perception they have, and every conscious thought they have. Sound gets in so fast that it modifies all the other input and sets the stage for it. npr.org/sections/health-s…
After Warner Bros. execs suggested adding a third character to "Pinky And The Brain," writers responded to the unwanted input with the episode "Pinky & The Brain And...Larry" which featured a third, superfluous mouse named Larry that added nothing to the plot but repeatedly saying "I'm Larry" uproxx.com/tv/pinky-and-t…
Born-blind people actually dream of visual content. That's because auditory and tactile inputs can create virtual images in their brain, and that images can be revealed in their dreams. sciencedirect.com/science…
Today I learned about people who cannot feel fear due to a rare genetic disorder called Urbach-Wieth disease, which damage the amygdalae in the brain. The amygdala serves as a go-between for the parts of the brain that interpret sensory inputs and those that initiate fearful responses. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Eyepatch is not only for people that lost or have damaged eye. But it is also used to correcting Amblyopia - a disorder that caused the brain fails to process inputs from one eye and over time favors the other eye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
In most ordinary people, our two ears are not equally good at processing verbal input: there is a right ear advantage (REA) that makes us perceive verbal input from this side more clearly hearingreview.com/inside-…
Humans hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than they see so that everything that they perceive with their ears is coloring every other perception they have, and every conscious thought they have. Sound gets in so fast that it modifies all the other input and sets the stage for it. npr.org/sections/health-s…
After a screening of the film The Elephant Man, studio executives recommended the surreal scenes be cut. Producer Mel Brooks responded: "We screened the film to bring you up to date as to the status of that venture. Do not misconstrue this as our soliciting the input of raging primitives." tcm.com/this-month/articl…
Marine fog inputs appear to increase methylmercury bioaccumulation in a coastal terrestrial food web nature.com/articles/s4159…
Although there is no specialized sensory organ for time, our perception of time nevertheless depends on the rate of change in different sensory modalities. In the absence of sensory input, e.g. under anaesthesia, the sense of time is often lost or impaired. royalsocietypublishing.or…
When Canada considered changing the name of the Northwest Territories in 1996, the public was asked for their input. Although various aboriginal names were considered, β€œBob” became the second most popular choice. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
The Octavia was an effects pedal designed for Jimi Hendrix by his sound technician, Roger Mayer. It reproduces the input signal from a guitar one octave higher and/or lower in pitch, and mixes it with the original and added distortion fuzz. It can be heard in guitar solos on the song Purple Haze en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
Headphones can be hijacked and used as a microphone, even headphones that don't have an inbuilt microphone for calls. This even works if the port is output-only, as hackers can get around this and change output to input. Researchers can get two computers to 'talk' to each other like this. researchgate.net/publicat…
IBM sold a smartphone with a touchscreen display input that could send emails and run third party apps in 1994 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
The creator of "The Sims" had played a game called "Little Computer People", developed by Activision, in which you play a character going about its daily routine. he also received valuable input from said game's creator when developing "The Sims". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
"dolphins in the ocean" can swim "more than 50 miles an hour" with "little power input." "Research . . . appears to show that the dolphins do this by twitching their skin in such a way as to discourage the formation of turbulent vortices and turbulence which leads to drag and power dissipation." apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/ful…
In the time before user accounts and passwords, computers used physical locks & keys to prevent keyboard input, access to the hard drive, or other unauthorized access. youtu.be/y0zZqHOZq7M
Today I learned about Nara Dreamland, a theme park that sought to be Japan's Disneyland and even had some creative input from Walt Disney himself. It operated from 1961 to 2006, at which point it sat abandoned for a decade, before finally being demolished in 2017. youtube.com/watch?v=iU6GC…
Today I learned of Forward Compatibility, the ability of a system to accept input intended for a later version of itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Because our brain has to wait to process sensory inputs from the outside world at the same time, tall people may live further in the past than short people. vice.com/en_us/article/qj…
Tom Clancy actually had a good deal of input on the games that bear his name. Including making Sam Fisher fail if he kills a civilian. theguardian.com/technolog…
A professor proposed a policy of automatic retaliation that would serve to end rocket attacks on Israel. If a rocket was fired at Israel an automated missile would fire at a arbitrary spot in Gaza without human input, meaning if militants rocketed Israel they would also be rocketing themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dah…
In a 2-step process, neurons in one area of the brain learn the representation of the stimuli, and another area categorizes that input so as to ascribe meaning to itβ€”like first seeing just a car without a roof and then analyzing that stimulus in order to place it in the category of convertible. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
In the human brain, input from your genitals gets processed next to input from your feet. This may explain the prevalence of foot fetishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
The reason water feels as it feels when it touches the skin is actually a complex electro-chemical reaction. The sensory inputs are a combination of the pH of your body and the water, the temperature of your body and the water, atmospheric pressure, and molecular polarity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
There is the machine which consists of twelve pairs of worms and gears. The input gear makes 4 revolutions in a minute and the output gear thus makes 1 revolution in 2.3 trillion years and is embedded in a block of solid concrete. This machine represents time frames astrophysicist deal with. makezine.com/2012/04/25/a…
HDMI-CEC, the feature that lets your HDMI devices talk to each other, switch TV inputs, and pass information back-and-forth (like your TV remote to control your PS4), comes from the french SCART video connector of the 1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCA…
Today I learned of a mechanism from Ancient Greece, similar to an analogue computer, where you could input data and it would give you the planets and stars positions, and could foresee eclipses and moon phases. antikythera-mechanism.gr/
The City of Adelaide, South Australia has a "Bus Railway" system that needs no input from drivers. youtube.com/watch?v=r4u1t…
Walking requires minimal input from brain meaning that even when the spinal cord is severed we can still perform the basic cycle of gait at variable speeds while suspended on a treadmill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Modern cars measure the tire-pressure by sensing individual tire rotation and comparing it to speed and other sensory inputs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
In 2006, 1/3 of all stocks traded in the USA and EU were traded electronically by specially designed algorithms without any human input. Today, it is estimated that around 70% of stocks traded in the US and EU markets are bought/sold by algorithmic programs, with some markets pushing 80%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alg…
Computer Magazines In The 1980s Had Video Game Code That You Could Input Into Your Computer To Play A Given Game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
The Speak & Spell earned an IEEE milestone in 2009 for being the first device to use an integrated circuit to process digital inputs into speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
There can be up to an 80 ms delay between visual and auditory input and your brain will synchronize the signals to make it appear as one event youtube.com/watch?v=oA8R3…
The old Nickelodeon show "Gullah Gullah Island" was actually based on a real island community descended from former slaves, and developed with input from some of the tribe members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
The crew of United Flight 232 after losing 1 of 3 engines and all flight controls managed to crash land the plane using only throttle inputs to steer it to a runway. 185 of the 296 souls onboard survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Six nations, plus the EU, are collaborating on building the world's first nuclear fusion power plant in France. It aims to achieve 10 times input to output energy ratio, and may totally revolutionize the energy industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITE…
A "domino computer" was once constructed, that could add two three-bit inputs and produce a four-bit output. It was made of dominoes standing on end, and relied on timing and precise placement when they were knocked over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
CAPTCHAS combine a control word and a suspicious word to help with digitising books. If you input the control correctly your input for the suspicious word is used to assist in the digitising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReC…
The computing term "booting" is short for "bootstrapping," which refers to a self-starting process that proceeds without external input (in this case, loading the basic software into the memory of a computer after power-on, esp. the operating system which will then load other software as needed) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
What we think is "objective reality" or "seeing is believing" is really a fabrication of our brains reacting to multiple inputs, including the context, and can be quite objectively untrue (i.e., an illusion), and it is impossible to escape the illusion. ted.com/talks/beau_lotto_…

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