Big Tech &
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says she is stepping down (2 minute read)
Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down from her role as Chief Operating Officer at Meta. Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008 and helped turn the company into an advertising juggernaut. Javier Olivan will take over as COO this fall. Sandberg will now be able to focus more on her philanthropic work. She will continue to serve on Meta's board of directors.
Looking Glass might have just invented the GIF’s 3D successor (6 minute read)
Looking Glass is a company that is trying to make holograms effortlessly portable, just like GIFs. The Looking Glass Block is a new image format that lets people see inside a 3D scene even if viewed on a normal flat screen. They can be viewed on any modern web browser. Blocks can be scaled to any device of any resolution. Examples of Blocks can be viewed in the article.
World's largest plant: 112-mile-long seagrass found off Australian coast (2 minute read)
Researchers from Australia have discovered a plant that covers a total area of 200km2. The researchers took samples of seagrass shoots from the area and examined genetic markers and found that it was all a single plant. It is estimated to be around 4,500 years old. The giant seagrass meadow appears to be extremely resilient. It can survive in an environment that would be typically highly stressful for most plants.
Scientists May Have Found a Way to Inject Oxygen Into The Bloodstream Intravenously (3 minute read)
Scientists have found a way to inject oxygen directly into the bloodstream. The new technique works by channeling an oxygen-laden liquid through a series of nozzles that get smaller and smaller. The bubbles end up smaller than red blood cells, so they won't block blood vessels. These bubbles are coated with a lipid membrane before being added to blood. The technique was able to lift blood oxygen saturation levels in mice from 15% to over 95% in just a few minutes. The technique is still a proof of concept and has yet to be tested on people.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Neon (GitHub Repo)
Neon is a serverless alternative to AWS Aurora Postgres. It separates storage and compute to make on-demand scalability possible. Neon adjusts the number of resources dedicated to the compute according to the workload. It is fully compatible with Postgres.
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Magical SVG Techniques (14 minute read)
SVGs have become popular due to their scalability, flexibility, and how lightweight they are. This article takes a look at SVG techniques such as SVG grids, fractional SVG stars, masks, grainy SVG gradients, and more. It provides links to SVG tools and resources for further learning.
Musk to Tesla and SpaceX workers: Be in the office 40 hours a week or quit (6 minute read)
Elon Musk sent out memos telling Tesla and SpaceX employees to work in the office for at least 40 hours per week or leave the company. Employees must work at an office where their colleagues are located and not a remote branch office unrelated to their job duties. Exceptions will be reviewed by Musk directly. Twitter recently told its employees that they can make their own decisions about where they want to work. The company has warned that it may experience a departure of employees before Musk's deal to buy the Twitter is closed.
Murena, the privacy-first Android smartphone, arrives (4 minute read)
The Murena One is a high-end privacy-focused smartphone that runs the open-source /e/OS Android fork. /e/OS has almost all of its Google services removed and replaced with MicroG or other services. It features Google-free apps and it can run most Android apps. The phone has an eight-core processor, 4GB ram, 128GBs storage, and a 6.5-inch display. It features a 25-megapixel camera for selfies and three cameras with 5, 8, and 48-megapixels on the back. The Murena One will launch in June in the US, Canada, Europe, the UK, and Switzerland for $369.