Thursday, December 19, 2013

Interesting Tech News.

Okay, things just got weird. And boozy.

Chemical signaling for text messaging? Using...evaporated vodka?

If I'd included this in a story I'm not sure anyone would buy it, although I do wonder how much information is really being passed around a beehive.

Either way, it's an intriguing experiment: http://www.rdmag.com/news/2013/12/researchers-send-world%E2%80%99s-first-text-message-using-vodka

In other news: Sequencing of the Neanderthal genome provides more evidence of crossbreeding between them and modern humans, but also evidence that they inbred. A lot. Perhaps their groups were smaller than humans - but the woman sequenced was probably the child of siblings. Or maybe they practiced brother-sister marriage in some situations? Who knows...I suspect if we could make a time machine, we'd discover Neanderthal society and customs to be just as wonderfully complex as our own.

Oh, and dogs can recognize their owner's face when projected on a television screen. So much for my dad telling me over and over that the dog couldn't really see the television and it was just coincidence that our border collie liked to watch "One Man And His Dog."