Airplanes are SOOOOOOO germy

Plus, who doesn't love bikes?
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When was the modern bicycle invented?

Hint: Over 100 years before Queen’s classic bicycle race occured!


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Wild new 'Theory of Everything' could finally unite physics and evolution | Science Alert

“Physics is a marvelous framework for understanding how the Universe works, but there are a few gaps in its coverage. One of those is evolution. Although biology should fall in line with physical theory, as most things do, that theory so far has not been able to predict evolution, and the emergence of traits and culture. On the basis that it ought to be able to do so, an international team of scientists led by theoretical physicist Sara Walker of Arizona State University and chemist Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow has found a way to bridge that gap. They've called their new framework 'Assembly Theory', and say that it could help search for life on other worlds.”

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Just how germy are airplanes? We put one to the test | Washington Post

“On a flight from Cancún to Orlando, I didn’t notice any bodily fluids caked on the seat or coursing down the aisle, a relief after several recent incidents involving excretions. But gross organisms are not always visible. Most likely, I was sitting in a pool of germs. With a quick swab test, I confirmed this suspicion.”

AI offers improved civility for polarizing online conversations | New Atlas

“Online conversations now play a central role in public discourse. But comment sections on social media platforms and digital news outlets are rife with discussions that have devolved into arguments, threats, and name-calling, particularly where the discussion concerns a divisive topic. Now, researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Duke University have developed AI that can moderate online chats, improving their quality and promoting civility.”

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Twitter's unexpected retreat as it partners with Google Display Network | Digital Information World

“Twitter, or should we say ‘X’ now, has decided to collaborate with the Google Display Network in a plot twist worthy of a Shakespearean farce. This surprise union follows a 59% drop in Twitter's ad revenue, making it a real-life drama. Let's unravel this unusual couple's collaboration, peppered with humor, and see if they can rekindle Twitter's ad flame.”

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The answer: The answer: 1817

The answer: 1817

The History Channel tells us: “A German baron named Karl von Drais made the first major development when he created a steerable, two-wheeled contraption in 1817. Known by many names, including the ‘velocipede,’ ‘hobby-horse,’ ‘draisine’ and ‘running machine,’ this early invention has made Drais widely acknowledged as the father of the bicycle.”