Weekly Roundup – December 9th 2016

What I’m reading, watching, enjoying this week.

  1. Dr. Alan Watkins – How to be brilliant everyday
  2. Australian boys recreate life-saving drug
    • The Sydney Grammar boys, all 17, synthesised the active ingredient, pyrimethamine, in their school science laboratory. “It wasn’t terribly hard but that’s really the point, I think, because we’re high school students,” one boy, Charles Jameson, told the BBC.
  3. Hooked for Life
    • Kids as young as 6 years old were encouraged to pick a team of NFL players each week and compete for the most fantasy points with other kids across the country. And the prizes were extraordinary. Between 2008 and 2015, weekly winners of NFL Rush Fantasy could receive an XBox One or a $1,000 scholarship. For several years, the season-long grand prize was a $10,000 scholarship.
  4. Amazon is opening a grocery store with no cashiers
    • We’re getting closer to a future where we don’t ever have to talk to another human we don’t want to.

      Amazon announced on Dec. 5 that it will open a grocery store in Seattle, Washington, in early 2017, where customers will be able to walk in, pick up the items they want to buy, and walk out. To achieve this, Amazon will launch an app called Amazon Go (also the name of the store) which hungry customers will use to register that they’re in the store.

    • Interestingly, IBM made a video of such a thing a decade ago.
  5. Building a prison-to-school pipeline
    • Formerly incarcerated undergrads started a group on campus to offer mentoring, support, and advocacy to other onetime inmates.