Long Before Trump, We Were Obsessed With Presidential Hair
- After then President Abraham Lincoln was shot, surgeons saved clippings of his hair as keepsakes.
- When Abraham Lincoln was shot, the operating surgeons saved pieces of his hair, including some surrounding the bullet wound, as a way to remember him.
- In fact, Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia currently houses hair samples from the first twelve presidents, plus a clipping from one living president.
- All of the dead presidents’ clippings come from Peter Arrell Browne, a lawyer who gathered these and other hair samples in the 1800s to study the relationships between different races (this was a 19th-century preoccupation among educated white men).
- Browne wrote directly to sitting presidents, retired presidents, and the families of dead presidents, says Peck, who is also a senior fellow at the academy.
- Still, Peck is interested in expanding the Academy of Natural Sciences’ collection with samples of living presidents’ hair—including Trump’s.
Lennox Capital joins red-hot micro-cap brigade
- Sydney-based Lennox Capital Partners, which is backed by Challenger and run by a pair of former Macquarie Investment Management stockpickers, is the latest to join the micro-cap brigade, launching a new fund this month.
- Lennox Capital portfolio manager James Dougherty says there are significant synergies in running small-cap and micro-cap funds side-by-side.
- Lennox Capital co-manager Liam Donohue says the average size of stocks is $350 million, while the average in its small-caps fund – which is up 26.4 per cent net of fees since inception last April – and Australia's small ordinaries index is closer to $1.4 billion.
- Ben Griffiths, co-founder of successful small-caps investor Eley Griffiths Group, launched his micro-cap fund last March to coincide with investor appetite in stocks outside the top 200.
- Mr Wilson says his $200 million-odd micro-cap fund gets the benefit of being part of a larger funds management group, including heightened access to companies and deals.
A worm species called Thelazia gulosa was found in the eye of a woman
- A worm species called Thelazia gulosa was found in the eye of a woman.
- Over the next few weeks, 14 worms emerged from Beckley's eyes.
- Right away, parasitologist Richard Bradbury and his team at the Parasitic Diseases Branch went to work, trying to figure out what they were.
- At first, Bradbury thought the creature was a species of eye worm they've seen before in California and Utah, called Thelazia californiensis.
- "There have been about 10 cases of this worm since 1930," Bradbury says.
- In the end, Bradbury identified the culprit: the cattle eye worm, Thelazia gulosa.
- This family of worms causes pus to pour out of the cow's eye.
- The critters hang around much longer and can cause permanent scarring, Bradbury says.
- So, basically, a fly spit the worms into Beckley's eye?
Why the NBA is betting big on virtual reality
- Verizon says that 5G will be 100 times faster than 4G, which addresses one of the key issues in virtual reality technology: latency.
- After Beal found the rhythm on his shot, Anthony Davis joined him in virtual reality.
- Earlier this week at the Recode conference, Silver was part of a forum for something called mixed reality, which is a hybrid between the real and virtual worlds.
- Its most marketable commodity is the game experience, which is different live in arenas than it is on television.
- Those broadcast rights have an expiration date attached, and there’s no telling where the market for live sporting events will be in 2025 when the current agreement expires, or even how we’ll consume the games.
- We’ll be experiencing the game through his eyes in real time, like we’re right there on the court with him.
The Quorn revolution: the rise of ultra-processed fake meat
- With artful use of additives and hi-tech ingredients in the food manufacturer’s cabinet – factory flavourings and colourings, milk proteins, tapioca starch, palm oil, pea fibre, firming and gelling agents and so on – it seems that many of us will take chameleonic Quorn at face value as a dead ringer for everything from steak and bacon to gammon, chicken supreme and hot dogs.
- The composition of this plant burger is in many respects similar to other meat lookalikes – water, protein powders, edible glues, factory flavourings, synthetic vitamins – but it is distinguished by its trailblazing use of soy leghemoglobin (SLH), a vat-grown, genetically engineered form of the heme iron found in the root nodules of soya bean plants.
- Impossible Foods says this novel ingredient gives the Impossible Burger its “bloody”, meat-like taste and colour.
China’s great leap forward in science
- “Deng Xiaoping sent many Chinese students and scholars out of China to developed countries 30 to 40 years ago, and now it is time for them to come back,” says George Fu Gao of the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing – who himself gained a PhD at Oxford before studying at Harvard.
- And despite the ethical issues surrounding such research (many countries ban it, including the UK), the magnitude and cost of the work already undertaken reinforces a sense that if China sets its sights on a particular scientific or technological target, nothing will get in its way.
- In January, Chinese researchers announced that they had sent data securely encrypted using the rules of quantum mechanics via satellite to Vienna in Austria – a demonstration of the potential of a “quantum internet” that Dutch quantum physicist Ronald Hanson of the Technical University of Delft describes to me as “a milestone towards future quantum networks”.
Geraldine Buckingham, the Aussie doctor leading BlackRock's $US6 trillion charge
- In January this year, investment firm BlackRock set an industry record by surpassing the $US6 trillion of assets under management mark.
- BlackRock owns shares in almost every company on the planet, while institutional investors controlling tens of trillions of dollars rely on its Aladdin risk management system.
- That came as two firms – BlackRock and Vanguard – were seizing on the global shift towards low-cost investing and exchange traded funds, winning hundreds of billions of funds from so-called active managers.
- But the size and scale of these two players, and the broader exchange traded funds industry, has led to concerns that the world's investment assets have become too concentrated.
- She also dismisses suggestions that since most of the world's institutional investors use their Aladdin risk management software that they will all think and act the same way in a panic, exacerbating market adjustments.
State launches Aetna probe after stunning admission
- But when Washington's clinic asked Aetna to pre-authorize a November 2014 infusion, Aetna says it was obligated to review his medical record.
- Aetna defended Iinuma, who is no longer with the company, saying in its legal brief that he relied on his "years of experience" as a trained physician in making his decision about Washington's treatment and that he was following Aetna's Clinical Policy Bulletin appropriately.
- Jones, the California insurance commissioner, said he couldn't comment specifically on Washington's case, but what drew his interest was the medical director's admission of not looking at patients' medical records.
- Murphy said when he and other doctors seek a much-needed treatment for a patient, they expect the medical director of an insurance company to have considered every possible factor when deciding on the best option for care.
Airport Controllers Trade the Tower for a Screen-Filled Room
- That’s what airport officials at the airport say would have been necessary for them to be able to safely control the movement of planes on the ground, taxiing to and from gates and runways at the recently expanded airport.
- Pilots don’t have great visibility out of the cockpit windows, so they rely on ground controllers to tell them which gate to taxi to, where to hold, which path to take, and to warn them of other vehicles like fueling trucks or passenger busses crossing active taxiways.
- The result is that windowless building, inside which ground controllers take in feeds from 66 CCTV cameras, and FAA radar data that includes each plane's location and call sign.
- When a plane is ready to leave its gate, ground controllers first make sure it’s safe to move.
What Is Up With Those Pentagon UFO Videos?
- (WIRED was unable to verify that Elizondo worked on AATIP, but Harris does confirm that he worked for the Defense Department.) The AATIP team, Elizondo says, took strange-sighting reports from pilots, as well as associated data like camera footage and radar returns, and tried to match them with known international aircraft signatures.
- The Community of Interest page says the videos come from the Defense Department, have gone through the official declassification review process, and have been approved for public release.
- Those chain-of-custody files aren’t public, but To The Stars did show WIRED some paperwork suggesting that the videos had gone through the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review (DOPSR), which is one part of the DOD’s document release procedure.