Tumblr has today quietly ticked over the 100 million blog mark, with those blogs containing some 44.6 billion posts… This marks significant growth over the last year, of somewhere around 50 million blogs since April of 2012, when it crossed 50 million for the first time.
(via The Next Web)
Finger Lakes, New York. Glaciers clawed them into the earth as they retreated during the last Ice Age.
This is an idea worth spreading: Allan Savory explains his counter-intuitive insight on how to halt desertification and reverse climate change.
This makes me laugh every time I see it
I know this has already made the rounds on the blogosphere, but I couldn’t help posting it myself. This chipmunk the greatest “oh sh**!” reaction likely to ever be caught on film. You have to check out the short clip from the BBC’s documentary Africa, which shows you why the chipmunk reacted like he did; it may have had to do with being stared down by a cheetah.
After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world.
Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others. Read more…
Let’s hope Congress does not flinch as it begins the debate about immigration reform because the future is passing through security – in the wrong direction. It leaves the United States on every departing airplane carrying a foreign born student who has graduated from an American university with an advanced degree in the sciences, technology, engineering and math. The majority of these people want to stay in the United States but because of existing immigration laws, they have no choice but to leave.
In Silicon Valley, which has always been blind to any attribute other than ability, everyone knows that the remarkable achievements of the foreign born have led to the formation of companies such as Google, Intel, Sun Microsystems, nVidia, Yahoo! PayPal and scores of others that are less well known. Of the last eleven early stage companies that have allied themselves with Sequoia Capital, seven have had immigrants among their founding lineup. This is not a sudden or recent phenomenon; it has been the leitmotif of our business since the 1970s. However, the number of startups would be even higher if we weren’t ejecting foreign-born students and if we welcomed their contemporaries who have been educated overseas. Today, it is impossible to satisfy Silicon Valley’s appetite for engineers and scientists with people born in America.