How Long Do CDs Last?

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France says part of what they are trying to do here is determine the minimal conditions needed for libraries and archives everywhere to preserve CDs. “Smaller institutions don’t have the resources to control environments tightly,” she says. “One of the things we try to do is sort of look at how wide can that range be, as long as it doesn’t fluctuate too much. And [if] it’s stable, then that’s usually the best thing.” Unfortunately, this testing has also found that not all CDs are the same. Michele Youket, a Library of Congress preservation specialist, plays a CD of classical piano rhapsodies by Erno Dohnanyi. It crackles, and eventually the sound just cuts out.” w/ photos

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Where Does The Smell Of Rain Come From?

“That was very informative – didn’t know that Ozone actually had a smell. Weird how that rain in the video instantly reminded me right of rom-coms. Was almost waiting for a cheesy confession of romantic feelings.” — Walking Phrase

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The History Of Greyhound

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Greyhound has been busing Americans around for a century. It’s hard to believe that after all these years, the company is still riding high… Realizing that most iron miners were too poor to afford their own vehicle, Wickman decided to start transporting workers between Hibbing and Alice, a mining town two miles away. Cramming 15 passengers into his eight-seat “touring car,” the 27-year-old charged 15 cents a ride. On his first trip, in 1914, Wickman collected a grand total of $2.25. But 100 years later, that modest sum has grown into nearly a billion dollars in annual revenue.” w/ photos

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The Brief History Of Rum

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“Aged rums can be beautiful things, though. The best examples are as delightful to sip neat or over an ice cube as any whiskey. And compared to whiskey, they’re for the most part blessedly inexpensive; you can pick up quite a few world-class options for under $40. Eventually, the rest of the staff relented and agreed to taste some rums. As we sampled more and more brands, the rest of the team seemed to slowly come around on my “Rum is delicious!” stance. Or maybe they just got tired of me yelling “Rum is delicious!” and decided to nod politely. Either way, after extensive taste testing, we narrowed in on 10 brands that would be a great addition to any summer hootenanny.” w/ photos + video

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Pong: The Game That Was Never Meant To Be

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Pong was the video game industry’s equivalent of the Big Bang. Without it, it’s impossible to know where – or if – things would be today. That makes it all the more remarkable to hear that Pong was never meant to be seen by the public. Instead, the game started as a simple training exercise, according to the folks at TodayIFoundOut. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell assigned the idea to Allan Alcorn to let him get his feet wet in coding a game, since Alcorn had no game design or development experience at the time.” w/ photos

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The Internet Is Officially More Popular Than Cable?

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To be sure, the difference is minimal: 49,915,000 broadband subscribers versus 49,910,000 cable subscribers. But even assuming a huge overlap in those numbers from customers who have both, the primacy of broadband demonstrates a shift in consumer priorities. Nearly all the major cable companies added broadband subscribers over the past quarter, for a total of nearly 380,000 new signups. Cable subscribers don’t have to worry about TV as they know it going away any time soon. But cable is on its way to becoming secondary, the “nice to have” compared to the necessity of having broadband access.” w/ photos

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Brain Hacking Is Here

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“With a jolt of electricity, you might be able to enter a flow state that allows you to learn a new skill twice as fast, solve problems that have mystified you for hours, or even win a sharpshooting competition. And this just scratches the surface in terms of what we might be able to do to improve cognition as our understanding of the brain improves. With an implanted chip, the possibilities might be close to limitless. Researchers think that as we learn more about the brain, we’ll be able to use electricity to boost focus, memory, learning, mathematical ability, and pattern recognition. Electric stimulation may also clear away depression and stave off cognitive decline. We’ll eventually even implant computer chips that allow us to directly search the web for information or even download new skills — like Neo learning Kung-fu in The Matrix.” w/ photos

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