Taylor Swift used facial recognition at a concert in 2018 to identify known stalkers. The photos were taken at a rehearsal clip photo booth and transmitted to s control center for processing, without the fans knowledge rollingstone.com/culture/…
Most people with Chocolate allergies are actually allergic to the roaches present in them and not the chocolate itself . FDA deems up to 60 Insect Parts in 100 gm of Chocolates as safe for consumption as anything less than that would require more expensive processing and pesticide use. nbcnews.com/healthmain/ch…
Today I learned about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a series of nuclear reactors and processing labs with a history of meltdowns and fires that resulted in radiological releases 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The incident in 1959 was so bad they opened control room loading doors to vent contamination. thebulletin.org/2019/02/a…
When Apple released the LaserWriter printer in 1985 it had a built-in programming language, its own RAM and used the same CPU as the original Macintosh, but running at a higher speed. Because of this, the LaserWriter printer had the most processing power in Apple's product line at that time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
In the early 70s Chrysler would produce unordered cars and store them at the "sales bank". The company then coerced the dealers into buying these cars under threat of such actions as not processing warranty claims or misplacing custom orders. allpar.com/corporate/bios…
Individuals who get "chills" from music have differently wired brains than those who don't- more nerve fibers connect their auditory cortex (the part of the brain that processes sound) to their anterior insular cortex (the region involved in processing feelings). smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Rather than inciting people to anger or violence, research has found that loud and chaotic music such as metal and punk is β€˜a healthy way of processing anger’ theguardian.com/music/201…
Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of β€œmultitasking” trains the brain. thebrainstorms.io/blog/br…
Today I learned about the phenomenon called "pseudoneglect" - the tendency to skew visual processing to the left. When asked to find the middle of a line, people will almost always choose a spot just left of center, regardless if they are right-handed or left-handed. thepsychologist.bps.org.u…
Professional athletes have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning unpredictable, complex dynamic visual scenes that are void of any specific context. These remarkable mental processing and learning abilities are critical elements for world-class performance in sports. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Apollo 11 was landed on the moon using a computer that had 1300 times less processing power than iPhone 5s. igotoffer.com/blog/how-po…
Owls have a reputation of being wise due to their large eyes, but are not smart enough to be trained - unlike parrots, hawks, and pigeons. They still have a complex brain, but it spends much of its time processing information from its optic nerves. scienceiq.com/Facts/WiseA…
A serial killer in Canada was disposing of his victims’ bodies in a meat processing factory he owned and sold the remains to the community as food. theglobeandmail.com/amp/n…
In 2019, Australian meat producers voted on guidelines for speaking to the public: "The word slaughter is not appropriate for our industry as we are processing animals through the various stages that end up for food." theland.com.au/story/6291…
The standard test image used in image processing is a photograph from playboy magazine of a Swedish model called "Lenna". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Tanforan Racetrack, 10 miles south of San Francisco, was used as an internment camp & forced detention processing center of Japanese Americans during WWII. It’s now a shopping mall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Getting goosebumps from music is a rare condition that actually implies different brain structure. People who experience goosebumps from music have more fibers connecting their auditory cortex and areas associated with emotional processing, meaning the two areas can communicate better. academic.oup.com/scan/art…
Some Chinese are now unable to write some characters by hand but can type it out on a computer. Among Chinese speakers, anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of computers for word processing is mounting a slow but steady assault on their ability to write characters by hand wiedenhof.nl/ul/chtk/nieu…
In 1985, the most powerful supercomputer on Earth had 1.9 GFLOPS of processing power... One Nintendo GameCube has 9.4 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Drums with the "80s sound" is using a technique called gated reverb, an audio processing technique that is applied to recordings of drums to make the drums sound powerful and "punchy," while keeping the overall mix clean and transparent-sounding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
The Dowling-Neven law observes that the number of qubits in a quantum computer doubles every six months, and so the quantum processing power is increasing at a double exponential rate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
If you look at your phone just before going to sleep, your brain is still processing those last few emails for at least another 15-20 minutes. Blue light emitted by devices may interfere at night with sleep cycles, meaning you’ll sleep better by reading a book instead discover.rbcroyalbank.com…
There's a rumour in Africa that the Chinese are processing their dead in spam sold on the African markets. The rumour is spread with an accompanying picture from a Resident Evil promo. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
The US allows US chickens to be shipped to China for processing and then shipped back to the US without notifying consumers the chicken came from China. wired.com/2013/09/china-c…
In 1957 at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility near Denver, inside the plutonium processing building, a fire started in an area designed to be fireproof releasing radioactive smoke into the air. Plutonium soil samples taken in 2019 are still five times higher than the cleanup standard. theatlantic.com/national/…
That Moores law states that the number of transistors per square inch doubles every 18 months not the processing power of the hardware webopedia.com/TERM/M/Moor…
The Cray-1 released in 1976, the first supercomputer to become widely known in popular culture, offered 80 MHz processing speed at a cost of $5-8 million. 33 years later, the iPhone 3GS offered 600 MHz processing for $700. theclever.com/15-huge-sup…
Today I learned about Sans Forgetica - a font designed to help you remember text better when studying and reading.The 'desirable difficulty' you experience when reading it prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing. sansforgetica.rmit/
In an experiment, students who used laptops had substantially worse understanding of the lecture than those who did not. The researchers hypothesized the lecturer’s words flowed right to the students’ fast typing fingers without processing in their brains cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/sit…
There is no trash collection on most of New York City’s Roosevelt Island because a pneumatic tube system sends 10 tons of garbage a day from trash cutes in buildings to a trash processing plant at 60 mph. nyti.ms/1Hlt8Uk?smid=nytc…
The processing power of the conscious mind is estimated to be 50 bits/s. britannica.com/science/in…
"field corn" although primarily grown for livestock fodder, is consumed by humans in products like grits, corn oil, and corn syrup, and is also edible before commercial pre-processing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
Children exposed to marijuana in the womb are better at visual motion processing. uwaterloo.ca/news/news/vi…
Today I learned about french bees who ate M&M shells from a nearby Mars processing plant and produced a thick blue honey. reuters.com/article/us-fr…
Aluminum beverages cans are made from two parts each from a different alloy and the molten down cans are not suitable to be recycled into either parts without further processing. green.blogs.nytimes.com/2…
All types of tea come from the same basic plant, the Camellia Sinensis plant. The differences between teas arise from processing, growing conditions, and geography. teasource.com/pages/types…
In 1942, a company in St Louis, MO began processing radioactive material for use in the Manhattan Project. The waste was illegally dumped in a landfill in a residential area in St. Louis, and a SubSurface Smoldering Event (the landfill is on fire) is encroaching on the nuclear waste. hbo.com/documentaries/ato…
Blind people, who have suffered damage to the visual processing region in their brain, can still detect facial expressions. This is because conscious sight and visual perception work independently. nature.com/news/2009/0909…
In 2007, Quality Pork Processing, a Hormel supplier, had an outbreak of a rare neurological disorder to workers in and around the brain machine. None have fully recovered. minnpost.com/politics-pol…
Following two radiation criticality accidents, a Soviet nuclear processing facility started a program to investigate criticality safety. The safety program was discontinued after less than a year when 3 of its scientists died in a criticality accident. orau.org/ptp/library/acci…
When Apple's LaserWriter printer was introduced in 1985 it had more processing power than any other Apple product including the Macintosh computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Apple iPhone 6 has more processing power than the NASA Apollo guidance computer zmescience.com/research/t…
The box jellyfish has 24 eyes, two of which are capable of seeing color, and four parallel information processing areas that act in competition. This makes it one of the few creatures to have a 360-degree view of its environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
Today I learned about Pascalization or High Pressure Processing that preserves and sterilizes food using pressure. stopfoodborneillness.org/…
Eli Whitney, inventor of the Cotton Gin, created the economic systems that both started and ended the American Civil War. The Cotton Gin reduced the labor time and cost of processing Cotton, returning Slavery to a profitable enterprise at the time. He later would create Mass Manufacturing. pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamer…
Up until 2004 NASA used AMIGA computers for processing telemetry for their spacecrafts. mos6502.com/friday-commod…
The computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor were all demonstrated for the first time in what is the called the "mother of all demos" back in 1968 youtube.com/watch?v=yJDv-…
Ray invented the Dolby Noise Reduction System in 1965, a form of audio signal processing for reducing the background hissing sound on audio tape recordings. The first film with Dolby sound was A Clockwork Orange in 1971 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
We spend roughly 40 minutes of each day blind due to Saccadic Masking. Your brain pauses visual processing whilst your eyes are in use scienceabc.com/humans/wha…
In 2015, Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments (a credit card processing company), caused an uproar by paying his employees a minimum salary of $70k. He has been called everything from a socialist to a hero to a crusader. inc.com/amp/80935.html
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' family controls the Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the largest agricultural processing and shipping conglomerates in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Slaughterhouses and meat processing plants require poultry with a white or very light undercolor to produce carcasses without the typical "hair", which colored chickens have, that necessitates singeing after plucking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Bees can recognize and remember human faces and they use the same technique humans do called configural processing, piecing together components of a face to form a recognizable pattern. They can also remember the faces they have seen from different view points. nytimes.com/2010/02/02/sc…
Florence High School in Texas has a complete meat processing laboratory and full-service meat market en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
The red juice that often collects in a package of red meat is not blood, nearly all blood is removed during processing. The red liquid, instead, is a mixture of water and a protein called myoglobin articles.mercola.com/site…
In Withnail & I, despite playing a raging alcoholic, Richard E. Grant had a health condition to prevent him processing alcohol. He'd never been drunk before the film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Those with congenital amusia (the hereditary β€œtone-deafness” present in 4% of the population) display an impaired ability to identify & imitate sentences that contain changes in pitch among words - a.k.a. someone’s β€œtone of voice”. This suggests amusia can subtly impair language processing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
The most accepted theory on how AIDS was first transmitted to humans is that a Bantu hunter, while processing a newly killed, and infected, chimpanzee, got cut himself and got the animal's blood into his body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga%…
After the 1880 US census took 8 years to compile and publish, the slow process prompted Herman Hollerith to suggest a system of electromechanical tabulators to tally the numbers. With the use of mechincal computers, the count for the 1890 census was announced six weeks of processing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/189…
Color-blindness in humans happens when a person has two visual processing cones instead of the usual three. There is a flipside, that there are people who have a condition known as Tetrachromacy, where someone has four cones, potentially allowing them to see more of the visible spectrum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
The term mothership is from the whaling trade when small, fast ships were used to chase and kill whales. The dead meat from several boats was then brought back to the larger, slower ship for processing and storage until the return to land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
, due to "processing gains" we get nearly 45 gallons of refined petroleum products from one 42-gallon barrel of crude oil, because refined products have a lower specific gravity than crude oil. brillpetco.com/refining.h…
West world was the first film to use digital image processing, in 1973. They used it for the low resolution 'thermal vision' of the robots. youtube.com/watch?v=vOCNe…
GCHQ complained "...a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person", which means staff processing images harvested from millions of webcams around the world keep being faced with genitals. theguardian.com/world/201…
Some people have Auditory Processing disorder and are only able to hear a few words in a sentence, but do not have a hearing impairment. tacanow.org/family-resour…
When Sony removed Linux from the PS3 in 2010, the US Airforce were left with a $663,000 processing cluster of 1700 PS3 units that they could no longer repair or maintain. arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
George R.R Martin still writes using a DOS-based word processing application released in 1978. (WordStar 4.0) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_s…
Many beers are not vegan because they use fish bladders to accelerate processing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isi…
VISA (the credit card processing company) is actually a recursive acronym that stands for Visa International Service Association. It is the parent company of all the regional Visas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Cats brains have amazing surface folding and a structure that is about 90% similar to ours. Their cerebral cortexβ€”part of the brain responsible for cognitive information processingβ€”is more complex in cats than in dogs, and cats have some 300 million neurons, as compared to 160 million in dogs. psychologytoday.com/blog/…
Food fillers are additives that help bulk up the weight of a food with less expensive ingredients, which helps keep the price down. Fillers are mainly found in the meat processing industry. Using meat fillers and extenders can lower the cost of meats by 10% to 30% recipes.howstuffworks.com…
In 2010 the fastest supercomputer in the entire US Defense Department was made of 1,760 PlayStation 3s, 168 separate graphical processing units and 84 coordinating servers. gamasutra.com/view/news/1…
Singing birthday cards have more processing power than the combined computers of the Allied Forces in World War II. time.com/time/magazine/ar…
Right-handers prefer to sit on the right side of the movie theater to optimize neural processing of the film. digest.bps.org.uk/2009/12…
Cashew shells are highly toxic and contain a corrosive substance that has caused permanent injures to the hands of those who work in processing them. telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr…
If you stare at yourself in a mirror 1.5m away, you're looking at yourself 10 nanoseconds in the past (ignoring visual processing time) books.google.co.uk/books?…
Lenna, is a 512x512 cropped image from 1972 Playboy is one of the most used digital images and has been used in digital image processing since 1973. It is so widely used that Lenna is also known as the "First Lady of the Internet". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Pigs can learn to use mirrors to find food, which scientists say is a sign of complex cognitive processing and likely some level of self-awareness wired.com/2009/10/pigs-an…
Pistachio β€œnuts” are actually seeds of plum-like fruits whose flesh is removed during processing. topfoodfacts.com/history-…
US and UK Coinstar kiosks have an option to donate to charities, including the American Red Cross, and will not charge a processing when donating to a charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
As a result of processing crude oil in Canada, oil refiner Syncrude has created a ziggurat of waste sulfur that is over 100ft high and covers 25 acres... cen.chempics.org/post/116…
Microsoft Word's domination was sudden. As late as 1995, WordPerfect had more than 50% of the worldwide word-processing market. By 2000 the Microsoft product had 93-95%, even more than Windows's 85% market share. nytimes.com/2000/09/21/te…
Aluminum processing takes 5% of the US power production. Recycling aluminum uses around .25% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
Color vision in human eyes is a result of 3 signal pre-processing filters, which is why you can't see reddish-green or blueish-yellow colors blog.asmartbear.com/color…
Today I learned of Joel Ifergan, who bought a lottery ticket with the winning numbers 13 tenths of a second before the sales deadline. Due to delays in the computer processing it was not registered for another 7 seconds. His numbers won, but he was denied his share of the jackpot. upi.com/Odd_News/2015/01/…
Today I learned of Dr Temple Grandin, an autistic woman, doctor, professor, author and speaker who revolutionized cattle handling in the 1990s by making the process more humane. More than 50% of the cattle processing facilities in the US and Canada use equipment designed by Grandin colostate.edu/features/te…
When computers began to replace typewriters from the 1970s, genre writers were among early adopters, but many high-brow writers resisted word processing for decades. newrepublic.com/article/1…
The term GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) was popularized by Nvidia in 1999 after it marketed the GeForce 256 as "the world's first GPU" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
That, following Moore's law, in 2057 a normal desktop PC will have the processing power of all human brains that ever existed de.sodahead.com/living/20…
When introduced, the iPhone 1 was "the exact equivalent of a Cray XMP supercomputer from twenty years ago that used to cost ten million dollars. It’s got the same operating system software, the same processing speed, the same data storage, compressed down to a six-hundred-dollar device. " sunbelife.gitbooks.io/bec…
The computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon had only 2 MHz of processing power, 4 KB of RAM, and 72 KB of ROM, less than that of a modern calculator. Minutes before landing, the processor became overloaded due to extra tasks performed by the landing radar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
RAM sticks can be cryogenically frozen and successfully analyzed. If a machine or server is actively processing secure data, this exploit would allow burglars or law enforcement to easily capture the unencrypted data in mere seconds of physical access. zdnet.com/article/cryogen…
The Apollo Guidance Computer, or AGC, had just 64KB of memory and only 0.043 MHz of processing power. consumerreports.org/cro/n…
Westworld, the original film written and directed by Michael Crichton in 1973, was the first movie to use digital image processing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
George R.R. Martin, the author on whose novels Game of Thrones is based on, writes his novels on an offline DOS machine that runs WordStar 4.0 - a word processing program from the 1980s. washingtonpost.com/news/t…
It is possible to donate spare processing power on your computer to help the CERN's LHC process data. lhcathome.web.cern.ch/LHC…
In 1979 the US Treasury inadvertently defaulted on $122m, because of a word processing error. The error was quickly fixed and though $122m was a tiny fraction of the $800bn in debt it had the mini-default raised the cost of borrowing by 0.6%, or $6bn a year. bbc.com/news/business-244…
The box jellyfish has 24 sets of eyes, two of which can see in colour, and four parallel information processing areas supposedly making it one of the few creatures to have 360-degree vision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
Spicy is not a flavor. It is your tongue processing pain.That’s why you can feel it if you touch your eyes, nose and various other body parts after handling spicy foods. absorbiter.com/2014/03/sp…

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