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Plus: How dollar stores make money

Aesthetics

Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers

A satisfyingly simple solution to a sticky situation: want more bees? Plant more wildflowers! This is a great example of subtly changing our use of public space to improve outcomes.

This San Francisco Statue Is Doubling as a Beehive

I initially saw this posted with a title like β€œBeehive takes over statue,” but the truth is equally interesting: the piece was designed to support a beehive!

AI Generated Art Scene Explodes as Hackers Create Groundbreaking New Tools

Very cool art coming out of this scene. Finally, AI does something useful! (sarcasm)

What Are We Going to Wear?

The fashion forecasting industry may be forever changed after the pandemic.

Alias-Free GAN

These videos are eerie. Take a look.

Culture

The Best DJ Mixes Of The Year 2020 - Mixmag

Yeah, it’s way after the start of the year, but this is still worth a browse.

The Cultural Borders of Songs

On the musical tip, this site shows a map of β€œwhat song is #1” all around the world. Very interesting to see the similarities and differences!

Here are the finalists to be included in Emoji 14.0 this September

New Emoji incoming, prepare yourself.

Science YouTuber Wins $10,000 Bet With Physicist

Pretty wild bet between an internet personality and an Actual Scientist. I won’t spoil the ending, but one of them won, and the video is worth a watch!

The economics of dollar stores

TL;DR: Dollar stores are not actually a better deal, but they take advantage of our perception to seem like they are.

The Delusional Scam of the Self-Help Book Industry - Ed Zitron's Where's Your Ed At

A controversial claim from another Substack writer (with an excellent publication title, I might add)… Are self-help books, business ones especially, a scam? I’m inclined to say yes, after reading this.

Tech

The military is funding a "living pharmacy" scientists can stick inside you

The device combines genetically engineered cells and bioelectronics to generate tiny proteins called peptides. Peptides naturally occur in the body, but the device, implanted subcutaneously in the arm or other part of the body, would allow the wearer to control the timing and doses to administer targeted, personalized peptide therapy.

Mass-produced floating nuclear reactors use super-safe molten salt fuel

Even in the worst-case scenario of a terrorist bombing, molten salt nuclear fuel simply hardens into rock, vastly reducing the consequences of an accident while making these next-gen reactors cheap, effective and small enough to put on floating barges.

Biohackers Figure Out How To Make Insulin 98% Cheaper

Would you buy hyperlocal insulin if you were diabetic? This development is part of the trend of DIY biohacking, so I expect to see more β€˜garage labs’ in the near future.

Twitter hired a team of tech critics to build ethical AI

It actually makes a lot of sense to hire the folks who are most critical of your product to help it get better.