fun facts

The Microsoft Excel world championship.

“Over the weekend, ESPN broadcast a replay of a recent esports event that saw the world’s most advanced Microsoft Excel users go head-to-head in a knockout tournament.” I watched a bit of this and frankly was a little lost because […]

fun facts

Bird–building collisions in the United States.

“We reviewed the published literature and acquired unpublished datasets to systematically quantify bird–building collision mortality and species-specific vulnerability. Based on 23 studies, we estimate that between 365 and 988 million birds (median = 599 million) are killed annually by building […]

big ideas

AlphaFold reveals the structure of the protein universe.

A year after Google’s DeepMind team released AlphaFold, an AI system that can determine the shape of any protein from its sequence, comes this: “[W]e’re now releasing predicted structures for nearly all catalogued proteins known to science, which will expand […]

under the microscope

To fast or to feed?

There isn’t any solid research about whether fasting helps the human body fight an infection. But there was a study published Cell in 2016 that found mice fared better against bacteria while fasted, and against viruses while fed — specifically with glucose. | learn […]

to your health

Amazon and One Medical.

A deep dive into the recently announced acquisition of “the O.G. tech enabled primary care platform.” One tidbit I was missing is that half of One Medical’s revenue in Q1 2022 came from Medicare. | learn more