You Can't Beet This. It's 24-Carrot Gold.

Lettuce See the Future: Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory

Shimamura turned a former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory into the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs. The special LED fixtures were developed by GE and emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.

By controlling temperature, humidity and irrigation, the farm can also cut its water usage to just 1 percent of the amount needed by outdoor fields.

It's not New, so it's not Really News

Facebook messed with its users? I’m shocked, shocked.

Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment

Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users. Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased positivity or negativity of their own, thus answering the question of whether emotional states can be transmitted across a social network. Result: They can! Which is great news for Facebook data scientists hoping to prove a point about modern psychology. It’s less great for the people having their emotions secretly manipulated.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

‘You’re Invisible, But I’ll Eat You Anyway.’ Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

Here’s a link to Ed Yong’s piece this is based on.

It’s hard to really critique analysis based on a popular summary of research, but to me the explanation of using the earth’s magnetic field as a “rangefinder” seems lacking, since the foxes aren’t jumping a fixed distance to nab their prey. Still, however they are doing this it’s neat.

There’s an additional bit on kottke, showing acoustic location instruments (“war tubas”) which were used until radar took over. Cool.