This week in Tech Reads: how data from Apollo 12 debunked the "skydiver meteorite," facial recogniti
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This week in Tech Reads : how data from Apollo 12 debunked the "skydiver meteorite," facial recognition software that performs better than the human brain, a literary easter egg on Amazon's Kindle, and more, more, more!

  • Philip Metzger explains how Apollo 12 discoveries proved that the "meteorite" caught on video whizzing by a Norwegian skydiver was actually just a regular rock from earth. [ The Planetary Society ]
  • Casey Newton explains the trashy, provocative "also on the web" links placed at the bottom of so many online articles-and why they might soon disappear. [ The Verge ]
  • Lisa Miller profiles Ann Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, which seeks to solve humanity's health and aging woes by decoding the secrets hidden in our DNA. [ New York Magazine ]
  • Gideon Lewis-Kraus follows the story of Boomtrain, a Silicon Valley company struggling to make it in the bizarre, venture capital-fueled startup world. [ Wired ]
  • Benjamin Montet explains how, in certain circumstances, pilots can fly fast enough to arrive on time even after a delayed takeoff-though only when the conditions and timing is right. [ FiveThirtyEight ]
  • Robin Sloan reveals the subtly hidden reference to a Neal Stephenson novel tucked into the URL of every Kindle user's "Manage My Kindle" page. [ Medium ]
  • Kim Zetter explains how shockingly easy it is to hack electronic hospital equipment, in potentially deadly ways. [ Wired ]
  • David Auerbach takes us back to the early days of the Internet chat wars, when MSN Messenger, AOL/AIM, Yahoo, and ICQ duked it out for messaging superiority. [ n+1 ]
  • Olivia Solon tells the intriguing and bizarre story of Jack Parsons, a revolutionary engineer and one of the fathers of rocketry, whose fascination with the occult may have led to him being "written out" of NASA's history. [ Wired UK ]
  • Physics arXiv Blog explains the new algorithm that can recognize human faces better than humans can. [ Physics arXiv on Medium ]

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