The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

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The technology (above: c. 1947 advertisement for Carrier) that was initially envisioned as a tool to enhance industrial productivity is now a near necessity for American homes and transportation. ( Fotosearch / Stringer, Getty Images)

Source: The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

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These Influencers Aren’t Flesh and Blood, Yet Millions Follow Them – The New York Times

From Calvin Klein to KFC, the rise of the computer-generated influencer on social media.

After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars – The New York Times

Images of the Starlink constellation in orbit have rattled astronomers around the world.

Trump’s transportation secretary used her profile to help her family’s business interests in China, NYT reports

I wonder if Trump got a cut, not just of this, but other administration members’ rackets.

According to an NYT investigation, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has “repeatedly used her connections and celebrity status in China to boost the profile” of her family’s shipping company. This has resulted in the company seeking benefits from the expansive industrial policies in Beijing.

Illusion of Value

Illusion of Value

It costs more to make a penny than it’s worth. The materials, manufacturing, and distribution add up to 1.5 cents for each cent, and at an estimated 13 billion pennies made each year, the mint loses almost $200 million a year on them.

For Flickr Friday’s “Illusion” and Macro Mondays’ “Copper” challenges.

Japan is set to be the new main source of rare earths

Japan looks to replace China as the primary source of critical metals, with enough of several elements to supply industries for hundreds of years.

Source: Japan is set to be the new main source of rare earths