Life on Earth started almost immediately after it cooled, but it took 2bn years - half of Earth's history - before photosynthesis arrived. Shortly afterwards we got multicellular life. Energy from sunlight was the difficult bit. #science
Modern architecture in a modern church: https://essexchurches.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/basildon-st-martin-of-tours-2/
The 50-Year Newspaper: "What would happen if, instead of us getting news updates multiple times a day, what if we only got news updates every 50 years? Things would look really different." https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=574662798 #podcast
A pentaquark is a particle made of 5 quarks. The #LHC has been investigating the most common arrangements of the quarks inside it. https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/lhcb-results-add-clues-to-pentaquark-mystery #science
We were interviewed about RustPython: https://www.pythonpodcast.com/rust-python-interpreter-episode-207/
A picture of the enormous black hole at the centre of our galaxy https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/black-hole-picture-captured-for-first-time-in-space-breakthrough #space
Chemists unhappy that contamination is everywhere. http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2019/03/26/stirring-bar-contamination #chemistry
Which programming languages use the least electricity? https://thenewstack.io/which-programming-languages-use-the-least-electricity/
I'm sure you're all aware of William Shatner's singing career. If not, today's your lucky day https://youtu.be/ainyK6fXku0
Home made pizza. Secret ingredient: Lloyd Grossman Tomato and Basil sauce. Yeah, it's supposed to be for pasta, but it works really well as a tomato sauce here too. #cooking
Sharks are older than trees. 🦈
The first plant species which can be considered a real tree is known as Archaeopteris, and it evolved about 350 million years ago.
The first sharks evolved 50 million years before that!
Studying lava in a laboratory setting https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/the-geologists-who-control-lava/ #science
A useful tool for Robot Operating System users. https://hackaday.com/2019/03/31/ros-gets-quick-sensor-debugging-in-the-terminal/
Original tweet: https://twitter.com/hackaday/status/1112308607889145856
Driverless vehicle news: Circle Line trains are fully automated between Hammersmith and Latimer Road. http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/2019/03/look-no-hands.html #London #TfL
Where is the most average bus stop in the UK? https://dbatley.com/blog/2019/03/average-bus-stop.html
The #StopBrexit petition will now actually be discussed in parliament, recognising the huge number of signatures it has received.
To watch the numbers without overloading the site, use https://www.livefrombrexit.com/petitions/241584
@Floppy More important question: do you *really* want to auto-deploy this? If we're talking SQL, we're talking exclusive lock. Which is super-happy fun times. Waits for anything currently using the table to finish, but while waiting causes all new queries to wait. Those queries may take locks on other tables. Setting statement timeout would deal with some of that, maybe.
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