ICYMI in Tech and science: Books, stories, and videos for the weekend
A list of in-depth stories, newly released books, and videos that provide insight into a particular topic. What else do you need?!
Weekdays are busy and hectic. There’s hardly any time to get some reading done, and long articles are saved for reading later while relaxing on the couch at the weekend. But in case your reading list is short this weekend, we have compiled a list of stories, videos, and a few books to make your weekend comfier. Instead of looking around for what to read, check out these links and we assure you that you will be contented.
We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. We covered the event with stories like ‘Remembering Apollo 11 Moon landing through images’ and ‘Apollo 11 Space Mission: Google celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with a Doodle’.
We also talked about lesser-known facts about the moon landing in the second story.
In this story published by The Verge, the author talks about the dust kicked off because of the landing of a spacecraft. It is very dangerous and can even cause damage to the spacecraft.
And since it’s the weekend, you will also be scrolling through a few apps to order shoes, clothes, groceries, food and more online.
This story might help you know about the dark side of the sales hosted by many of the retail websites. The story is a collection of stories that points us towards the darker side of the ‘Prime Day’ sale by Amazon.
If you want to know more about how retail websites fool us, you should read about ‘Dark Patterns’. Information related to this can be found in this story ‘Dark Pattern: How retail websites are playing games with you’.
Now, let's watch a few videos:
This video by BBC talks about how YouTube has played a major role in spreading the growing conspiracy theory related to Flat Earth.
Gene editing is becoming common day by day. Recently a Chinese scientist gene-edited two babies without permission or authorisation from the scientific community. What if these kinds of events become common? What is the dark side of gene editing? Watch this TED talk where author and entrepreneur Rob Reid talks about it:
Quantum computing is getting popular and is expected to solve problems that are beyond the capacity of normal computers. Interested in knowing more about it? Read this article by Quanta Magazine.
We also covered a recent development that’s a step ahead in connecting two Quantum computers. Read more about connecting two Quantum computers here.
Now, before we end, here is a book on my reading list that I hope would be interesting for you as well.
The book titled 'Machines Like Me: A Novel' is written by British author Ian McEwan. Set in 1983, 25 androids – 12 ‘male’ Adams, and 13 ‘female’ Eves are released to the public; one owner finds himself in a complex love triangle with his girlfriend and android Adam.