Jonathan Bartlett: The First Law of Automation

The worst trap that people who are pursuing automation fall into is the desire to automate everything. That’s usually a road to disaster. Automation is supposed to save time and money, but it can wind up costing you both if you don’t carefully consider what you automate.

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Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought — ScienceDaily

The discovery in China of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic shakes up widely accepted theories of plant evolution.

Source: Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought — ScienceDaily

Developing Country Issues at COP24 … and a Bit of Good News for Solar Power and Carbon Capture

We humans are an interesting species … instead of seeing eye-to-eye, we are inclined to see eye-to-nose.  We focus on the present and ourselves, particu

Source: Developing Country Issues at COP24 … and a Bit of Good News for Solar Power and Carbon Capture

Why You’ll Still Need Wifi When 5G Is Everywhere, According to the Wi-Fi Alliance

Good news for fans of getting stuff fast—all of us, then—because a new version of wifi is just around the corner. Wi-Fi 6 is going to be better than current wifi in every regard, and the body behind it just published a paper extolling its virtues, emphasizing that, yes, we will still need good old wifi internet connections even after 5G arrives.

Source: Why You’ll Still Need Wifi When 5G Is Everywhere, According to the Wi-Fi Alliance

Planets with oxygen not necessarily good candidates for ET life? 

Researchers have found that the presence of oxygen in a planet’s atmosphere may not be a strong indicator of life: Simulating in the lab the atmospheres of planets beyond the solar system, researchers successfully created both organic compounds and oxygen, absent of life.The findings, published D

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