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In the Mind of the Fractal King – Preview Issue: The Story of Nautilus – Nautilus

Circles, ellipses, and parabolas were my love when I was a young man, but are very rare in the wild. Galileo was absolutely right to assert that in science those shapes are necessary. But they have turned out not to be sufficient, merely because most of the world is of great roughness and infinite complexity.

via In the Mind of the Fractal King – Preview Issue: The Story of Nautilus – Nautilus.

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What happens when four guys try to cross the Atlantic…in a rowboat – Sportsnet.ca

Kreek hands his oars off to a crewmate and squeezes through the hatch into the tiny sleep cabin. He curls up on the waterproof padding that serves as the crew’s bed and is just starting to drift off when he feels a few splashes of water lick at him. The next moment, a flood rushes into the cabin, trapping him. Then the world turns sideways.

via What happens when four guys try to cross the Atlantic…in a rowboat – Sportsnet.ca.

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The Case for Why Marketing Should Have Its Own Engineers

For the last four years, Robbie Mitchell and his team have been inventing ways to describe an entirely new suite of education possibilities. As Knewton’s Head of Marketing and Communications, he has not only helped shape the company’s identity, but also the way it approaches marketing to get the most traction possible.

via The Case for Why Marketing Should Have Its Own Engineers.

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How a new HTML element will make the Web faster | Ars Technica

The speed bump won’t be because our devices are getting faster, but they are. It won’t be because some giant company created something great, though they probably have. The Web will be getting faster very soon because a small group of developers saw a problem and decided to solve it for all of us.

via How a new HTML element will make the Web faster | Ars Technica.

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NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones | The Verge

While the drone system would follow the same principles as full-fledged air traffic control, the NYT says its control center would be fully automated. Parimal H. Kopardekar, the NASA principal researcher managing the program, said that the first applications for the system would be in sparsely populated areas, performing such tasks as monitoring oil pipelines or crops.

via NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones | The Verge.

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Nobody Freaking Cares? With iPhone 6, Apple Makes NFC A Must-Have Mobile Payments Feature

Smartphones go from being the inconvenient way to pay to an easier one once you can just tap them on the terminal. Credit cards with NFC chips, like Mastercard PayPass are similar, but few merchants are issuing that type of card.

via Nobody Freaking Cares? With iPhone 6, Apple Makes NFC A Must-Have Mobile Payments Feature.