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Pet My Coat, It Is Frightened

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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

Okay, I was just reading a Wired article about some Australian scientists that are trying to grow a “stitchless [and] victimless” leather coat from living human and mouse cells. You can find the article here. They are using the mouse cells for connective tissue and using human bone cells to try and create a firmer outer skin for the coat.

Okay, they are also doing a lot of other weird stuff through this sort of creative cell growth, and some of it is a little creepy, but I cannot help thinking this is pretty cool. I mean creepiness aside, it is pretty amazing that we are capable of something like this and that it is working.


Suppressing Old Memories Key to Learning New Ones
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This article from Ars Technica covers some interesting new research on the science of memory, and why our memories deteriorate over time. It is because we push them out of the way in order to integrate new ones.
Scientific American: Brains Not Required for Cognition
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Rowan Jacobson, in this month’s issue of Scientific American, has written an article that is chock-full of mind-blowing implications for how we understand cognition, memory, and cellular development. I highly encourage you to read the whole thing, but here are just a few examples.
Migrating My Site to Hugo
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I feel like “migrating to a different static site generator” is the new “installing a new Linux distro.” It’s something nerds do for almost no reason besides curiosity, boredom, and perhaps no small amount of masochism.