For the first time in a while, yeah.
The intersection of two sets. If you recognize most of these (I did), take a drink.
There's a team in Austria that's been running the famous two-slit experiment for a while, but with ever bigger and bigger particles -- like, molecules. It's tricky for a couple of reasons. One is, the bigger the particle, the shorter its "wavelength" -- so you need ever narrower slits to get diffraction. Another problem is, a molecule, unlike a single atom, can emit thermal photons. If it emits those photons en route to the detector, that will give away its location and cause the wave function to collapse. So it's very finicky work.
Unfortunately, firing a living organism through an interference grid is unlikely to ever happen. That's because the wavelengths required get ridiculously shorter: to get diffraction of a bacterium would require a slit so narrow its width would be down around the Planck length. Oh, well.
Awful library books. Most of these seem to be just old, but a few are indeed awful.
Two articles, short and longer, about how menus manipulate your mind. That thing you do where you buy the second-cheapest wine? They know that trick, and that's where they put the stuff they want to move. I particularly liked this bit:
There's also an art to presenting menu prices. Among the mistakes
Kharasch has seen are menus that align prices in a column on the right,
leading customers to use the "shop-by-price method." "No matter how
nice the descriptions, it forces customers to look at the prices first.
The eye tends to go straight to the prices," he says. "And don't put
the prices from most expensive to least expensive. People figure that
Paul agrees that the placement of the price is critical. "I like to position the price at the end of the description, in the same type, the same boldness and without a dollar sign. This approach helps the reader focus on the product — not the price. Even the dollar sign makes the guest a little more aware of the price."
A bacterium found on Easter Island produces a compound that makes mice live longer. (Okay, there are a lot of ways to make mice live longer. Still.)
One man wants to build a toaster from scratch.
I haven't lived in the US since 2001. But I instantly recognized every comic on this list of awful newspaper comic strips that should be euthanized right now. (And I totally agree. If "Cathy" was ever funny, it stopped being so a long long time ago.)
Speaking of stuff from my youth, did anyone ever explain why Leonard Nimoy was driving that limo? I can remember being a student in London, listening to this, and wondering just what a UB40 was. (It's an unemployment card. Sorry.) The pouty cute one who's flirting with Nimoy? Is 50 now. Oh, you 1980s.
(Us? I've got odds and ends of work, and the kids are just starting their summer vacation, and we're leaving for the US in two weeks. We're good.)