Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Link roundup

1. LAT:

Five high schools that had all-weather sports fields installed by the Los Angeles Unified School District during the last five years are replacing the turf because of what a district official says are defective materials (the fields are melting).
2. Wired:
A FEW YEARS ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical tree species in small, geodesic greenhouses. Some he allowed to grow in the kind of environment they were used to out in the forest, around 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Others, he subjected to uncomfortably high temperatures. Still others, unbearably high temperatures—up to a daily average temperature of 95 F and a peak of 102 F.
Winter wanted to see how they would do.
3. William Gibson:
70K Ashley Madison bots now quietly, urgently discussing means of surviving the pending demise of Ashley Madison
4. "The logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games has been scrapped after allegations that it was plagiarised."

5. "How We Are Your Friends and Other August Flops Were Maimed by Bad Marketing."

6. Mega Man and Kirby Nendoroid figures available for preorder. Also available is the ridiculous Survival Suit Batman.

7. One of today's 99 cent deals is the novel Alien: Out of the Shadows, which shows Ripley's adventure between Alien and Aliens. Also, Amazon sells the famous Vine goose.