Google driving “trick”

Google has invested years and many millions of dollars developing a self-driving cars. And their progress has been remarkable: Those who have ridden in Google’s self-driving cars (always with a human driver in place and ready to take over, of course) have reported that the robotic cars drive so well they’re downright boring: they drive smoothly, safely, and one could even say intelligently.
But it turns out there’s a little trick involved, in fact the more I think about it the more I’m inclined to call it a very BIG trick, and the Google-bots’ ability to drive well could reallly be much more limited than it seems. This article from The Atlantic explains — click on the photo of the Google-bot car for the details.

Gluten: What you think…

… may all be wrong.

At least in the case of glucose intolerance, the same researcher that stirred up much of the brou-ha-ha about the dangers of gluten may have now found evidence to the contrary — or at least that much of the fear is very much misplaced. In fact, it’s looking like much of the the glucose sensitivity everyone was panicked about may not exist at all.

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Doctorate in Eggery

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Do you know how to boil an egg?
“Of course I do,” you reply.

But in fact NO YOU DON’T, a least not like J. Kenji López-Alt of SeriousEats.com’s Food Lab knows how to boil an egg. In what would surely qualify as a PhD.-level thesis on how to achieve the ultimate boiled egg, Mr López-Alt explains and illustrates more than I ever thought was known about the art and science of boiling an egg, not only simple questions such as whether to start with warm or cold eggs (always cold if possible) to what happens at the molecular protein level of the egg membrane during cooking. Amazing.

In the end you’ll probably know more about boiled eggs than you ever thought could be known (or perhaps ever wanted to know), but you’ll certainly know how to make the best boiled eggs ever. Worth reading, it really is.

Enjoy, and pass the salt, please.