Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending April 12, 2014)
Stimulation Restores Some Function for 4 Paralyzed Men
The video and interactive graphic help round out the hopes and hows of USA Today’s story on an experimental treatment for people with spinal cord injuries.
—Susan Young, biomedicine editor
The Sooam animal cloning facility has cloned hundreds of dogs, cows, and other animals. Nature asks whether its successes can also revive the career of Woo Suk Hwang, the South Korean stem-cell researcher convicted of fraud.
Land Rover’s Transparent Hood Is Technology from the Future: Video
Land Rover has made a “transparent hood” using a web of cameras to project an image onto the windshield of the area just in front of and beneath the nose of a car.
—Shaun Calhoun, senior software engineer
Q&A: EMA on Oculus Rift, Sci-Fi Punk, and Social Media Dystopias
Great interview with Erika M. Anderson, better known as EMA, whose sophomore record, The Future’s Void, came out this week.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Meet Charles O’Rear, the Man who Shot the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ Wallpaper
A chance pic of a cloudy day in wine country has become one the world’s most recognized photographs.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It
Much love for virtual currency. I am still not so sure, though.
—J. Juniper Friedman
Twitter Gives a New Look to User Profiles
Seeking more users, Twitter redesigns itself to look more like Facebook.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business
The Depth of the Problem
Engaging WaPo graphic shows just how deep three miles is. Challenge to retrieve Malaysia airlines black box.
The Big Patent Lawsuit Settlement Memo You’re Not Supposed to See
Universities hiring patent trolls to prosecute patent estates.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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