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Lewis Hamilton, Child Star

F1 fans have heard the story of how Lewis Hamilton rose from karting to F1, meeting McLaren boss Ron Dennis along the way. Here's a video that actually shows this some ten years ago.

by Christopher Heiser on October 8 15:22

Once Again, We're Wrong

The rapid advance of science and technology seem to lull us into the sense that we're very close to understanding the world we live in. But time and time again, this hubris-fueled notion is disproved. Until recently, it was thought that the bottom of the deepest oceans was relatively unpopulated. So researchers designed a special camera to investigate the depths:

We thought the deepest fishes would be motionless, solitary, fragile individuals eking out an existence in a food-sparse environment. But these fish aren’t loners. The images show groups that are sociable and active—possibly even families—feeding on little shrimp, yet living in one of the most extreme environments on Earth.

There's a saying that truth is stranger than fiction. What we really mean is that the imagination of humans is woefully inadequate to anticipate the universe around us.

by Christopher Heiser on October 8 15:15

Celestial Beauty

If you're ever unclear about how important the Hubble Space Telescope is, take a few minutes to explore the Hubble Heritage Gallery that captures the most intensely beautiful pictures of our cosmos. There's so much out there.

by Christopher Heiser on October 8 15:07

Locked Away

Dr. Kahle sent us this story of a boy who was paralyzed in an accident, but learned to communicate using implanted sensors in his brain. It's one of those stories that gives you a tiny glimpse into the complex world of sadness, fear, and hope that consume families of severely disabled children.

by Christopher Heiser on October 8 15:03

Chair Upgrade

After a decade of undisputed dominance in the way-too-expensive office chair market, Herman Miller released the Embody Chair, the sequel to the incredibly successful Aeron. Personally, I think this new design lacks the elegance of the Aeron, but there are supposedly improvements in ergonomics as well as being more environmentally conscious. At $1,600, It'd better be.

by Christopher Heiser on October 8 14:46
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