Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Antarctica's first-ever Pride celebration, Olafur Eliasson's debut building, underwater data, lawn flamingoes and more

1. Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center One cylinder comprising 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage has been dropped by Microsoft off the coast of Orkney in Scotland. The goal is to see if the tech giant can save energy by cooling in the sea. And the location was chosen as the French-built cylinder will draw power from an undersea cable and the Orkney’s renewable energy …

Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center

One cylinder comprising 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage has been dropped by Microsoft off the coast of Orkney in Scotland. The goal is to see if the tech giant can save energy by cooling in the sea. And the location was chosen as the French-built cylinder will draw power from an undersea cable and the Orkney’s renewable energy supplies. The experiment, known as …

Good, Bad, and Terrible GDPR Emails

Today is Day Zero for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which is the European Union’s new privacy regulations—the new policy for any companies that use European residents’ personal information. The most visible result of this has been the countless emails you have probably been receiving, the majority beginning with, “We value your privacy…” FastCo has gathered what they are calling the good, the bad and …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Creating a healthier coffee, "kissing garlic," a tattoo-inspired restaurant interior and more

1. 360-Degree Photos of Chernobyl 30 Years Later 30 years ago, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred. Reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant in Russia (then the Soviet Union) exploded, killing workers and many in the surrounding area. Though the area is still contaminated by radiation, this hasn’t prevented vines, trees, shrubs and animals from taking over the facilities through its …

Artist R Luke DuBois’ Eye-Opening Data Portraits

At this year’s TED conference, artist R Luke DuBois shared with the audience a few of his latest works. While he doesn’t paint, draw or take photos, DuBois can weave together incredibly complex portraits of his subjects through unconventional applications of programming and code. In one project, he downloads millions of dating profiles to map out the way people speak about themselves across the country. …