Friday Links!From Jonathan Arnold, and if ever wondered about bollards, you've hit the jackpot: What Are Bollards, and Why Are They So Beautiful?
From Wally, and the possibilities are fascinating: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Next, and this is a lovely story: An open letter to our local diner: Thank you for welcoming our autistic son. This is both silly and very clever: What you do when a dying car alarm drops a beat. This is very funny: More Ecologist confessions. I welcome our new robot overlords: 3D printer produces robot that gets up and walks away. You really need to watch this: HP Lovecraft Insurance. I had no idea this ever happened: How Black Pepper Won Europe From a Better Pepper.
From Steven Davis, and this is absolutely brilliant and very painful to read: Hiroshima (August 31, 1946). Also, and this is extraordinary, it's The urushi bicycle project.
From C. Lee, and this is very funny: Luckily for English speakers, machine translation still can’t match a native’s touch. Next, and this is both interesting and sad, it's They flee North Korea, only to be adrift in the South. Next, and this is fascinating: Panama Papers: Inside The Technology That Made It Possible To Tell The Story Of The Biggest Leak In History. One more, and it's a lovely story: Tokyo violin maker’s apprentice fulfills lifetime dream at 81. This is incredibly provocative and quite interesting: Extremism’s Strange Bedfellows.
From Ken P., and this is quite incredible: Sweet drug clears cholesterol, reverses heart disease—and was found by parents.
From Shaun, and this is just amazing: The next big thing in space is really, really small: ASU's SunCube FemtoSat will open space exploration to everyone, with launch costs as low as $3,000 for low-Earth orbit.