Science and Technology links (June 24th, 2018)

  1. Video gamers may soon be paid more than top pro athletes. Meanwhile, if you want to stand out in a crowd of university professors, point out that you are a fan of videogames.
  2. You can get your whole genome sequenced for $500.
  3. Machines can learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube “without human knowledge”.
  4. In most countries in the world, there are more cellular subscriptions than there are human beings. In the worst case (Afghanistan), there is 0.6 cellular subscriptions per person.
  5. More than 70 per cent of Australian men are now considered overweight or obese.
  6. There have never been more hives of honey bees; there are about 90 million in the world compared with about 60 million 50 years ago. In Europe and the UK, we are near to a record number of hives.
  7. Too much physical training can lead to bone loss.
  8. Heart disease is rising in India. We do not know why.
  9. The placebo effect does not exist or is much weaker than usually claimed.
  10. Vitamin K2 makes bone stronger.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the Université du Québec (TELUQ).

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