Max Little, who gave the recent talk “A test for Parkinson’s with a phone call,” let us know that the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative has reached its goal of collecting 10,000 voice samples — which they needed to ensure the accuracy of their over-the-phone test for the disease. “It’s probably the fastest ever, large-scale Parkinson’s study,” Max tells us, adding that interested parties can keep calling. “The more data we get the better.” .
This restaurant in Los Angeles is offering diners a five percent discount on their bill if they agree to check their smartphone at the door. [Los Angeles Times] This news comes just as Time Magazine releases a poll that shows that three-quarters of people between the ages 25 to 29 sleep with their phones. [Time] .
Cartoonist Jim Toomey talks about creating his ocean-inspired comic strip, Sherman’s Lagoon. [Mission Blue] .
TED Fellow Jon Gosier is looking to raise $60K in 28 days to fund his film and book, The Cheetah Code, a look at Africa’s young creative class and its rapidly evolving technology sector. [Kickstarter] Jon borrowed the term ‘cheetah’ from the TEDTalk by George Ayittey “on Cheetahs vs. Hippos.” .
This week, the editor-in-chief of the University of Georgia’s The Red & Black student newspaper resigned, several top editors walking out with her. Their issue: “In less than a month, The Red & Black has hired more than 10 permanent staff with veto power over students’ decisions.” The editors have since established the site Red & Dead to give updates on the situation. [Metafliter] Perhaps the University of Georgia’s administration should check out Sasa Vucinic’s talk from TEDGlobal 2005, “Investing in free press.” .
Here, a fascinating look at the psychological factors barring us from tapping one of the most obvious sources to solve the global water crisis — waste water. [Fast Company] .
Anyone passing through New York in the next two weeks should check out Taryn Simons’ exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, as it closes September 3. [MOMA] Everyone else should watch her talk, “Photographing secret sites.” .
Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week: In case you haven’t seen it yet, To This Day is a beautiful collaborative project that combines spoken word poetry and a flurry of eclectic animations to raise awareness about bullying. Soon you, too, will turn out to be […]
Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs from this (and last) week: The true story of Kid President: Watch this behind-the-scenes video of everyone’s favorite new politician. [YouTube] And make sure to watch his pep talk, posted on TED last week. An absolute must-read by Michael Specter, on […]