Stealing robots

Plus, New York needs to get spongy.
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What culture invented surgical instruments?

Hint: It wasn’t Nurse Ratched.


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New York needs to get spongier—or get used to more floods | Wired

“Two years after the remnants of Hurricane Ian dumped up to 10 inches of rain on New York City in just two hours, the metropolis is once again inundated today by extreme rainfall. It is one of the many cities worldwide grappling with a counterintuitive effect of climate change: Sometimes, it will get wetter, not drier.”

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In Defense of the Rat | Hakai Magazine

“Rats today are widely seen as filthy, thieving vectors of deadly diseases like plague and hantavirus. They raid our food supplies, gnaw electrical wires, invade our homes, and undermine critical infrastructure with their burrows. No one knows how much rats cost people worldwide each year, but the total is likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars—and possibly much more. … In a world at war with the rat, a defense of the enemy might seem hopeless. … A growing body of research paints a picture of the accused that is far less vile than has been portrayed, and that may even charm the jury.”

Halloween fun or enormous waste issue: are pumpkins bad for the environment? | Green Matters

“One of the staples of fall is the pumpkin, an iconic orange fruit that pairs perfectly with pie or your choice of a horror movie. But the real horror movie every year is the amount of waste that occurs around early November when the Halloween festivities are over, and the transition from fall to winter is imminent. Are pumpkins bad for the environment? Surely, a plant that's home-grown without pesticides or on a farm to be picked up can't be all that bad, right? Here's what you need to know.”

No, you don’t need a brand-new iPad. Here’s why | StackSocial

Every year, Apple comes out with an updated iPad model, boasting new features that no one really asked for and promising that it’s the “best version yet!” The reality is that, for most of us, all we really need to power through our day is a standard tablet that’s got decent storage and processing power. And that’s exactly why shopping like-new over brand-new is the way to go. Instead of spending hundreds, you can now get a refurbished iPad Air on sale for a limited time for only $130. [Ad]

Dudes arrested for trying to steal entire uber eats delivery robot | The Byte

“In a fresh display of our looming panopticon, an investigation has revealed that the camera on an Uber Eats food delivery robot has been used to convict two men accused of trying — and ultimately failing — to steal said robot.”

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Trivia Answer: The ancient Egyptians

Trivia Answer: The ancient Egyptians

According to the Discovering Egypt page: “The Edwin Smith Papyrus shows the Egyptians invented medical surgery. It describes 48 surgical cases of injures of the head, neck, shoulders, breast and chest. It includes a list of instruments used during surgeries with instructions for the suturing of wounds using a needle and thread. This list includes lint, swabs, bandage, adhesive plaster, surgical stitches and cauterization. It is also the earliest document to make a study of the brain. The Cairo Museum has a collection of surgical instruments which include scalpels, scissors, copper needles, forceps, spoons, lancets, hooks, probes and pincers.”