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[R]adar was pretty powerful. German pilots engaged in bombing runs over Britain, many of which occurred at night, under cover of darkness. But these advances in radar technology allowed the British Royal Air Force (RAF) to shoot down a large number of German planes — more than German tacticians believed likely. So the Germans went looking for a cause, in hopes of neutralizing or replicating it. The British provided one: carrots. The RAF told newspapers that some pilots were better shots at night than during the day. As the story went, the thing that set them apart was that the night-flying aces ate extra carrots in an effort to improve their vision in the dark. —
Now I Know – Seeing Orange
The reason we all think carrots improve night vision was a campaign to fool the Germans in WWII. A ruse too far?
How Common Is Your Birthday?
Does this mean we should think about moving term start to June rather than Sept to stop so many younger, ‘less developed’ children in an academic year?
Jason Trigg [is] a programmer who went to work for a hedge fund because he figures it’s where he can earn the most – and thus give the most away. — Join Wall Street. Save the world.
Should you really start eating insects?
Plug Versus Pump -
The bulk of electric charging may happen at home, but if you want to take a journey of more than the range of your car (which can vary based on weather) or make several shorter trips without sufficient time between, you still end up with nowhere to charge, and if you can find somewhere, a very long wait to do so.
The record of poverty reduction has profound implications for aid. One of the main purposes of setting development goals was to give donors a wish list and persuade them to put more resources into the items on the list. This may have helped in some areas but it is hard to argue that aid had much to do with halving poverty. Much of the fall [in poverty] occurred in China, which ignored the Millennium Development Goals. At best, aid and the MDGs were marginal. —
Poverty: Not always with us
The same as I’ve been saying: aid rarely helps, certainly long term. Getting a country stable and investing in infrastructure to help it grow its economy is much better.
And, really, who can blame businesses for not modernizing their processes to use inkjet, laser or thermal printing? They’ve only had a couple of decades to think about it. —
12 Obsolete Technologies Americans Still Use
Show me an inkjet or laser that will match the cost per page and the longevity of a dot matrix (AKA impact) printer and then people might upgrade.
For when the One Great Scorer comes
To mark against your name,
He writes - not that you won or lost -
But how you played the Game. —
Alumnus Football by Grantland Rice
I’m not a massive poetry fan, but one of my favourite bits.