After years of development battles, reams of scientific papers and another round of Japanese-American competition in electronics, the era of the megabit chip - a computer memory chip capable of storing one million bits of information - has begun. ...
Ajit PaiOn this date in 1986, newspapers reported that with its Model 3090, @IBM was the 1st computer manufacturer to use a megabit chip--that is, a memory chip capable of storing one million bits of information. A major landmark in the US computer industry.
A federal judge in Virginia ordered that Lindh can't view extremist videos online and must get permission to obtain an internet-capable device.
Ajit Pai"John Walker Lindh, the American man who pleaded guilty to fighting for the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks, is slated to be released from prison next month under terms restricting his internet access."
An Oregon Sheriff's office entered a home bathroom prepared to confront a burglar. Instead, they found a trapped robotic vacuum making a ruckus.
Ajit PaiA woman called police, saying someone was locked in her bathroom. Police came and repeatedly told the suspect to come out. No response. So after 15 minutes, cops entered with guns drawn--and saw a "very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba."
A national movement to ban plastic bags is gaining steam, but these restrictions may actually hurt the environment more than help it. Human nature, hard truths, and what kind of bag to use anyway?
Ajit Pai.@NPR@planetmoney’s @elliswonk: plastic bag bans “may be hurting the environment more than helping it.” And: “Plastic haters, it's time to brace yourselves. A bunch of studies find that paper bags are actually worse for the environment.”
Pet owners and non-pet owners are equally happy (or unhappy) but among pet owners, there is a big difference.
Ajit Pai🐕 > 🐈? 2018 General Social Survey suggests dog owners “are about twice as likely as cat owners to say they’re very happy.” Previous study: “Dog owners tended to be more agreeable, more extroverted and less neurotic than cat owners.”
With a powerful personal story and real-world banking experience, Jelena McWilliams is shaking up the FDIC.
Ajit PaiShe came to America from war-torn Serbia in 1991 as a teenage exchange student with $500 to her name. Today, Jelena McWilliams is the Chairman of @FDICgov, agency that protects American consumers’ $13.4 trillion in deposits. Her inspiring story here
The hook-and-loop tape's moment in the sun came after others were free to copy it
Ajit PaiOn this date in 1978, the patent held by French electrical engineer George de Mestral for a hook-and-loop fastening product expired. Its name was based on a combination of the words velvet and crochet--"velcro." A history by @KatEschner in @SmithsonianMag
Ajit Pai20 years ago today, "The Matrix" was released. The classic film featured a compelling story, a spectacular look, many innovative effects like "bullet time," and a host of memorable lines ("There is no spoon," "He is the one," "Free your mind").
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. The 12-year-old...
Ajit Pai“He’s a true survivor, and it’s a testament to the American spirit.” Dog lost after jumping out of owners’ truck as they fled Northern California wildfires reunited with them after >3 months. Family members think he survived by hunting skunks.
He led the team that seized the Nazi architect of the Final Solution in Argentina and later handled the American spy Jonathan Jay Pollard.
Ajit PaiRIP, Rafi Eitan: intelligence officer had role in major events in Israeli history, most notably 1960 capture of Eichmann, 1981 bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor, & retribution against terrorists who killed Israeli athletes at 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Emmy Noether was a great woman mathematician. She created one of the most beautiful and profound theories showing how our most fundamental conservation laws of energy, angular momentum, linear momentum and charge can be derived from corresponding...
Ajit PaiWhen she died--only two years after fleeing Germany, following Nazi policies to expel Jews from the academy--Albert Einstein wrote that she was "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began."
India News: Amid sprawling acres of standing sugarcane crop in west Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, a small patch of strawberry plants laden with ripe fru.
Ajit PaiAmidst a community of “debt-ridden [sugar] cane farmers” in Uttar Pradesh, India, “a Class X dropout who claims to have stumbled upon the unique idea of strawberry farming on the internet, is earning a fortune.” H/T @SuB8u@timesofindia last year
Ajit PaiRIP, Julia Ruth Stevens: last surviving daughter of @Yankees legend & @MLB@baseballhall member Babe Ruth was 102. An ambassador for his legacy, she said, "[a]s long as there is baseball, Daddy's name is always going to be mentioned. He was one of a kind.”
For better and for worse, robots will alter humans’ capacity for altruism, love, and friendship.
Ajit Pai.@NAChristakis on #AI and “the ‘social suite’: a crucial set of capacities we have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, including love, friendship, cooperation, and teaching.” Experiments show AI’s possible effects on interaction/cooperation.
With the Lenten season fully in swing, Catholics are immersing themselves in 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries.
Ajit PaiFollowing example of 17th century monks, Iowan brewed and fasted on dopplebock beer for 46 days during Lent. He was hungry at first, but then “I found myself operating in a tunnel of clarity unlike anything I’d ever experienced.” H/T @PiusOP@cnalive
A new look at how dinosaurs fared before the catastrophe may also help scientists better understand responses to modern climate change.
Ajit PaiWhat if an asteroid hadn’t hit the earth 66 million years ago? "Would [dinosaurs] still have gone out not with a bang, but a whimper?" A new study from @imperialcollege/@ImperialRSM suggests that dinosaurs were thriving during the late Cretaceous period.
The first session of the U.S. Congress is held in New York City as the U.S. Constitution takes effect. However, of the 22 senators and 59 representatives
Ajit Pai230 years ago today, the U.S. Congress met for the 1st time. The primary task was adopting the Bill of Rights—which the new Congress did in September 1789, after which North Carolina and Rhode Island became the final states to ratify the Constitution. history.com/this-day-in-hi…pic.twitter.com/SQht59LdR3
Concorde, the world's first supersonic airliner, completed a "perfect" 27-minute maiden flight, reaching a modest 300mph at 10,000 feet.
Ajit Pai50 years ago today, Concorde, the world's first supersonic airliner, launched a French-built prototype of the supersonic transport (SST) from Toulouse. During its 27-minute maiden flight, it reached 300 mph and 10,000 feet.