"I've set myself the modest task of trying to explain the broad pattern of human history, on all the continents, for the last 13,000 years," says Jared Diamond, author of the deeply provocative books Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997), Collapse (2005), and The World Until Yesterday (2012) that span geography, anthropology, and ecology. I'm honored that tomorrow (Friday, 11/8) I'll have the opportunity to interview Diamond on stage at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! The event starts at noon and the JCCSF has kindly provided us with the special code BOING that will give you a 50% discount on tickets. I hope to see you there! "Jared Diamond with Boing Boing's David Pescovitz"
A better understanding how a sperm swims its way toward an egg could help inform new treatments for male infertility. Researchers from the University of York have now come up with a mathematical formula to model how large numbers of moving sperm interact with fluid they’re swimming through. From the University: By analysing the head […]
Dr Gale Ridge is a public entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where an average of 23 people a day call, write or visit; an increasing proportion of them aren’t inquiring about actual insects, they’re suffering from delusional parasitosis, and they’re desperate and even suicidal.
Biologist Nipam Patel and his team at UC Berkeley study how butterflies develop wing shape and color by performing surgery on caterpillars, creating translucent windows in their cocoons.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the sides? You can save big on your novelty […]
The Lightning port has thus far resisted the cruel fate that befell the headphone jack, and despite rumors that it may be disappearing come iPhone 8, for the present and foreseeable future, Lightning cables are a hot commodity for iPhone users. As such, we must make do in this strange time in which long, glorified […]