Kottke links a great video, "Wanderers", narrated by Carl Sagan: "a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and how it might appear to us if we were there." Excellent.
Bertalan Mesko: IBM Watson is the stethoscope of the 21st century. "If AI can improve a chess player, it can improve a physician as well." IBM have been casting about for commercial applications where Watson delivers value; expert decision support like advising physicians seems to be one of them. Onward!
This is quite amazing: "In Paterson, New Jersey only 19 kids who took the SAT’s are considered college ready. This means that they scored at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the standardized test, and this number is truly shocking considering how large the school district is." So, is the problem the schools, the parents, or the students themselves? Well... "the Paterson school district said that they no longer use SAT scores to gauge students’ success."
In response to the announcement that the next America's Cup competition will take place in Bermuda (despite the current victors Team Oracle are from America), the Horse's Mouth notes "my gosh, there's no place to sail in the USA". I think Bermuda is a perfectly fine venue, but watching those cats scream across San Francisco Bay in the last 'Cup was pretty cool.
I just recently had a chance to see "The Theory of Everything", the new movie out about Stephen Hawking (it's pretty good ... worth the watch), and so found this story most interesting: Giving Stephen Hawking a Voice. Incredible that he was able to write books only by moving a muscle in his cheek.