Mealworms could gobble up our big plastic problem - Futurity

Mealworms can eat plastic and Styrofoam without taking on their toxins, which means they could safely become food for animals.

Drugs that quell brain inflammation reverse dementia

Leaky filtration system in brain contributes to cognitive dysfunction in aging as well as disease

this phrase caught my attention: "enminded matter"

Do We Have Minds of Our Own?

The strange, startling, and competing explanations for human—and possibly nonhuman—consciousness.

and here's another book overview about Consciousness. Panpsychism (which I agree to) is mentioned. Yep, even a book about consciousness has some sliver of consciousness. meta! :)

I'm enjoying this beer with green tea! NJ Ninja from Departed Soles! Jersey City is the best!

Hmm...I was just visiting MIT the other day, and they come up with this:
Gen, A New AI Programming Language That Thrives On Automation, Flexibility And Speed

Learned of two types of Yeast to make beer: Ale and Lager. I am more of an Ale guy and I thought it's Ale Yeast at the bottom because it's 'heavier', but ale yeast is actually at the top!

If you're in Boston, don't miss the Sam Adams brewery tour! I enjoyed it!

Visiting Massachusetts and saw this little guy in the morning. He's dark brown or maroon with a small patch of white at the tip of his wings.

This kinda makes sense. I noticed that my reliance now on Google maps for driving directions has made my memory of roads and routes poorer than when I used actual maps back then, pre-internet days.
The Internet Is Literally Changing The Structure And Function Of Our Brains

Lol! I'm not surprised!
Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live - how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this. What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit. New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls - bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion. The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull...

As a previous member of The Planetary Society, I am excited for this:
One legacy of Carl Sagan may take flight next week—a working solar sail

"We are carrying on a legacy that has been with us since the founders."

Growing up in the Philippines, I only heard of 'tales' of rocks that are alive and grows. But now the discovery of these rock-eating worms is totally rad.

This is good news. 'Landmark' Discovery in Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges.
in cancer drug development, a new way to synthesize in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed up research into these molecules, including a planned clinical trial in humans.

Interesting read. Now I want that slime :)

How crocheting rescued math

Normally, when you think of nature, you do not think of structure. But the work of people like mathematician and science writer Margaret Wertheim will convince you otherwise.

Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf

A Japanese shrub’s unique foliage arrangement leads botanists to rethink plant growth models

I am no longer a fan of Caterpillar. Yes, that maker of construction machineries. Why? Because they're stupid. Suing a cafe over the word 'cat'.
I'd have no sympathy for this company when they go down. It shows how lack of innovative minds make them do petty things. Instead of making mechs to innovate, they do this foolish thing.

I'd like to visit this farm one of these days.
Farming takes to the rooftops in Sunset Park
The roof-farming movement is coming to the neighborhood.

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