"Both the velomobile and the electric bicycle increase the limited range of the cyclist — the former optimises aerodynamics and ergonomics, while the latter assists muscle power with an electric motor fuelled by a battery.The electric velomobile combines both approaches, and so maximises the range of the cyclist — so much so that it is … Continue reading Electric Velomobiles
"Evolution is a nice, big idea. It connotes the glacial pace of an unmeditated act unfolding upon species, concepts, and ecosystems. It certainly doesn’t usually get branded as a feeling. But a couple months ago I felt this thing. Maybe a little like what a mommy feels when her fetus kicks the wall crossed with … Continue reading The Power and Pitfalls of Adderall: Daring to Be Disinteresting
"'Once formed,' the researchers observed dryly, 'impressions are remarkably perseverant.'" —Elizabeth Kolbert, "Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds." The New Yorker. February 19, 2017. Be careful what you believe.
"Even before Barr releases the report, those planning on reading it would do well to reflect on what it is — and what it is not. It is, by regulation, a report on the prosecutions and declinations the Mueller team took during their tenure. It is not supposed to be, contrary to many claims, a … Continue reading How to Read the Mueller Report
"'This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart complete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,' Professor Dvir said in a press briefing on Monday at the university.""Israeli Scientists 3D-Print A Tiny, Live Heart Made With Human Tissue" NoCamels.com. April 15, 2019.
"Salafistes is, from start to finish, a gruesome film. Originally shot in Timbuktu after the town fell under jihadist control in 2012, the documentary takes place over the course of four years—first, with live footage of life under Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali; later, using propaganda videos from the Islamic State in … Continue reading Salafistes
"The daughters are to stay at home. The wife, more so. The dead are never accompanied to the cremation grounds by women. We aren’t allowed. Not in our custom.And so, we went to the cremation grounds — Ma and her daughters, to cremate our father, her husband. I took Ma’s hand and guided her from … Continue reading At the Maacher Bazaar, Fish For Life