A story of ants, aging and altruism#

Ants not only work hard and are prepared to lay down their lives for their fellow ants, they also take bigger risks for the good of the colony as they get older – and they can even assess how much time they have left in life.

An active, purposeful machine that comes out at night to play#

[The sleeping brain] seems first to distill the day’s memories before separating them — vocabulary, historical facts and dimes here; cello scales, jump shots and quarters over there. It then bundles them into readable chunks, at different times of the night. In effect, the stages of sleep seem to be specialized to handle specific types of information.

Passive voice is redeemed for web headings#

Selecting the first [two] words for your page titles is probably the highest-impact ROI-boosting design decision you make in a Web project. Front-loading important keywords trumps most other design considerations.

Doing the Leopard moan#

Yes, Time Machine is cool, Spaces is neat, but oh (moan!), the interface! What were these people thinking? Yes, you've got a rant inside you, waiting to howl to the moon, and so do I; it's a full moon right now, so let's take this opportunity to get it out of our systems (pun intended). Herewith, then, some things I just can't stand about Leopard.

The iPhone Dev Center#

The iPhone Dev Center "is your single source of information for designing, coding, and optimizing web applications for iPhone and iPod touch."

"Mute" irrelevant Gmail conversations#

If you're part of a long message conversation that isn't relevant, you can 'mute' the conversation to keep all future additions out of your inbox. By using the 'm' shortcut key, new messages added to the conversation bypass your inbox so that the conversation stays archived. If your address appears in the to or cc field, though, the conversation will pop back into your inbox ready for your attention.


Device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate#

It's been confirmed that "something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation. Put simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into 'reduced functionality' mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour."

I can't make this stuff up. Is it really that surprising that this quarter's Mac sales are up 34% over the year-ago quarter? I mean, really.

Google Reader mobile, you're killing me!

October 22, 2007

You now allow me to view 5, 10, or 20 items at a time through the Google Reader iPhone interface, yet when I choose the 20-item option, you take away my ability to mark items as read (except by actually clicking on them individually); the "mark items as read" link literally disappears (though I still get a "more…" link).

Anyone else seeing this? What gives?

Scientists a step closer to steering hurricanes#

The social and legal issues are daunting. If a hurricane were coming towards Miami with the potential to cause damage and kill people, and we diverted it, another town or village hit by it would sue us. They'll say the hurricane is no longer an act of God, but that we caused it.

The amazing talking Neandertals#

This week, Johannes Krause and colleagues [] announced that they had tickled FoxP2 out of two Neandertal specimens from El Sidrón, Spain. [...] Here's a FAQ about what they found.