Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-01-20

  • Tree Profile: Aspen – So Much More Than a Tree – National Forest Foundation
    One aspen tree is actually only a small part of a larger organism. A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right, including sufficient sunlight. In a single stand, each tree is a genetic replicate of the other, hence the name a “clone” of aspens used to describe a stand.
  • Amazon.com: The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War eBook: Joanne B. Freeman: Kindle Store
    In The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress.
  • Arborists Have Cloned Ancient Redwoods From Their Massive Stumps – Yale E360
    A team of arborists has successfully cloned and grown saplings from the stumps of some of the world’s oldest and largest coast redwoods, some of which were 3,000 years old and measured 35 feet in diameter when they were cut down in the 19th and 20th centuries. Earlier this month, 75 of the cloned saplings were planted at the Presidio national park in San Francisco.

    They tried to escape but we would not even let them die.

  • Virtual Reality Quarterback Training | BurstVR
  • The History of Teaching Machines
    from Audrey Watters

  • Life Without the Tech Giants
    It’s not just logging off of Facebook; it’s logging off the countless websites that use Facebook to log in. It’s not just using DuckDuckGo instead of Google search; it’s abandoning my email, switching browsers, giving up a smartphone, and living life without mapping apps. It’s not just refusing to buy toilet paper on Amazon.com; it’s being blocked from reading giant swaths of the internet that are hosted on Amazon servers, giving up websites and apps that I didn’t previously know were connected to the biggest internet giant of them all.