If X can release a new album after 35 years, I guess I can do a new blog post about it. It’s pretty good. I especially liked Angel On The Road. Listen to and get it at Bandcamp (click on the player below).
Decentralized, leaderless revolution.
What’s uncanny about this, to me, is how much it echoes a model of distributed action imagined a few years ago by Adam Roberts in a novel called New Model Army — a novel I wrote about here. Roberts imagines a near-future world in which New Model Armies (NMAs) — collectivized and non-hierarchical organizations of mercenaries — have become major players on the European political scene. The novel’s protagonist associates himself with one of those NMAs, called Pantagral.
Drawing design inspiration from the skin of stealthy sea creatures, engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a next-generation, adaptive space blanket that gives users the ability to control their temperature. The innovation is detailed in a study published today in Nature Communications.
I embedded the audio of this below (it’s from All Things Considered) but here’s a link to the article: The Affluent Homeless. Could this be our distributed, sharing future? I find it interesting that not everyone needs to own things. I would love to see an in depth article on this trend.
Consuming a daily modest amount of high-fructose corn syrup — the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage daily — accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors in mouse models of the disease, independently of obesity, according to new research.