So remember how pizza can prevent cancer? Well, in further proof that science loves us and wants us to be happy, NASA has been funding a 3D food printer, and the first item on the menu is everybody’s favourite flat round thing.
This contraption, which appears to run on some kind of science, works by combining cartridges filled with the basic building blocks of food, eg. basic powders and oils. The long life-spans of the cartridges means they are suited for space travel. Like the categories of pizza and astronaut weren’t already cool enough on their own.
Here’s a video which gives a brief explanation:
I, for one, am excited about the possibilities of this technology and its potential to put pizza in our faces at any time – even on Mars. Although no one appears to be talking about using this marvelous pizza machine for, oh, I don’t know, ending world hunger, or something. Pizza for astronauts is certainly a worthy cause, but getting basic protein to areas affected by famine? Apparently not.
So we were all pretty skeptical when American Congress decided to declare pizza a vegetable back in 2011 due to it’s tomato content or something (clearly botany needs to be a bigger part of the curriculum) (and what about pizza with a pesto- instead of a tomato-base? WHAT THEN, ‘MURRICA?). I mean, vegetables are supposed to be good for you, right? And as much as I hate bad-mouthing pizza, it’s, well, not, right?
This year’s pizza news happily involves science and not having cancer. Italian researchers (insert ‘vested interest’ joke here) have been putting out the word that pizza can drastically reduce your risk of certain kinds of cancer. As someone who believes that pizza is an acceptable food for all of the meals, I am welcoming this news with arms – and mouth – wide open.
GET IN MAH BELLEH, YOU CANCER-CURING TRIANGLES OF DELICIOUSNESS, YOU.
(We here at Gay Geek accept no responsibility for stomach ache and other related issues of trying to pizza your way to health. Even though it totally works like that.)
I will admit, I was sad to hear that Pluto had been demoted. The poor chump had been on the outside the whole time looking in, and they finally once and for all classified him outside the little posse of planets in our solar system.
However, he did get a shiny new title in compensation: dwarf planet. So he’s actually moved from bottom of the stack of planets and become one of the largest of the known dwarf planets. He’s a big player in his ne posse. To me, it seems like he’s got his happily ever after, really. Here’s others in this new classification of objects in our solar system:
[image by Space.com]
For those out there who aren’t astro geeks and have no idea why Pluto is no longer a planet, it’s because prior to the classification of celestial bodies in 2006, the term “planet” didn’t actually have a clear definition. This wasn’t exactly an issue until in 2003, Eris was discovered just behind Pluto – and it was seen to be larger than Pluto. The new resolution from the IAU (the International Astronomical Union) – who has the legal and scientific authority to make such a definition – defined planets, dwarf planets and other bodies in our solar system as follows:
Since little Pluto wasn’t quite big enough to knock Eris out of the way (or the other objects in the belt of asteroids it sits in) he and Eris got deemed dwarf planets by this new definition.
And that’s how Pluto went from lowly tiny planet, to pretty damned big dwarf planet. You’re awesome Pluto, always will be.
This little interactive infographic is designed to make you realise just how small, and just how big you are. The ranges of sizes in the Universe are a true marvel and this is a fantastic way to exhibit that marvel. Enjoy!
You can also check out their “sequel” with even more scalable fun!
- Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, NBA All-star Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.
I would argue they’re today’s rockstars, for the mainstream population. Sure, most of us geeks know that coding isn’t half as hard as the average Joe thinks it is, but to the average Joe, like this video says, it’s like a coder is a wizard. I’ve always said I would definitely date someone who considered themselves a wizard. A coder who called himself a wizard? Yeah, I’m there.
I remember I took an Information Systems class in my final year of University – and I only took it because I knew I was going into Computational Physics in the next semester and had absolutely no clue as to how to code. It was eye-opening to be shown how a computer thinks – the logical steps it goes through when you give it commands. It’s in English words, but the syntax is completely different. Being a writer at heart, and studying creative writing at the same time, meant that it was the most intriguing thing in the world.
When I got on to Computational Physics, I got fully lost inside the coding world. I started ending Facebook statuses with semi-colons. I started taking longer to say things to people because I had to consciously rearrange the words. Towards the end though, I started to pull back out (I kinda had to…had other subjects for which I had to write essays!) and it started to settle into being a new language that I could turn on and off. Learning code is like learning a new language – they’re even called coding languages. But languages can be hard to maintain if you’re not speaking them all the time right? And who speaks these languages? Everything these days: your iPhone, your computer, your bedside speakers, your high-tech oven, your elevator. Everything is programmed and everything needed someone to write that program. It’s quite literally universal language.
And like most languages, they’re easier to learn when you’re younger. So if you are in school, then make a point of asking about coding classes. If they don’t have any in your school, maybe show your IT teachers this video, and they might just be spurred into starting something up.
But no matter what your age, no matter who you want to be, where you want to work, or how you want to go about your life – coding is a skill that will always come in useful. Even in the most basic things – like programming a macro in Microsoft Word or Excel to get it to automatically do a task you do everyday in the office. I did this for my boss once and she was floored.
It makes a difference. Go learn. It’s worth it.