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16 Sep, 2018  •  View in browser
Weekend feels like victory.
I had a superb week. Things keep getting bustling at work but it's thrilling. More on it soon. Hope you had a great week too!

This week, a few humans found the World's oldest brewery (in a cave), a mixed reality video released to depict a disaster, and got to know that there's a term called Angel Flight, which is sometimes used to refer to an aircraft that is transporting fallen soldiers.
Must read
🏈 The curious case of the National Football League. It’s the largest single entertainment property in the U.S., a $14 billion per year attention-sucking machine with a steady hold on the lives of tens of millions. And its future is now in widespread doubt.
🚶 The male feminism camp. A reporter went to a “male feminism camp” (yep) this summer where “women teach men” on topics ranging from relationships to blockchain technology. It’s an $895 three-day men’s wellness retreat designed “to increase emotional literacy among men.
🔫 How game apps have been collecting kids' data. Dozens of companies now track consumers on their phones to build behavioral profiles that help tailor the ads they see. Two of the largest are AdMob and MoPub.
🤖+🍕 Human-AI collaborated pizza. Hundreds of artisan pizza recipes from various food blogs and recipe websites, and then they trained a recurrent neural network to generate new ones.
🔥 Burning man’s mathematical underbelly. It’s mostly an art festival, but attendees are impressively fascinated with science and math.
🔋 This little dutch company makes big batteries. An early investor in Booking.com and Uber plans to spend $2 billion on a network of factories that will make batteries for boats, trains, and mining equipment.
👀 A day inside a metabolic chamber. Why we have different responses to extra calories and weight — is one of the greatest mysteries of modern medicine.
🚁 The story of helicopter commuting. Fifty years ago, a helicopter company called New York Airways whisked passengers from the rooftop of the iconic Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan to any city airport in just 10 minutes.
👨‍⚕️ How your doctor will be able to wirelessly track your health. MIT professor Dina Katabi is building a gadget that can sit in one spot and track everything from breathing to walking, no wearables required.
🏂 How sports became us. Dollar-wise, the sports industry in the U.S. is surprisingly small, about the same size as the cardboard-box industry. So why does it make so much noise? Because it reflects — and often amplifies — just about every political, economic, and social issue of the day.
Fun facts 
😵 Japanese train drivers and conductors purposely point at all the signs they pass as a way to keep focus and prevent accidents. The technique is called shisa kanko and has been in use for more than 100 years.  Link.
🙄 The Andromeda galaxy is approaching us at about 110 kilometers per second and will collide with our galaxy in about 4 billion years. Link.
😮 Up until the 18th century, books were considered so valuable that they were often chained to bookshelves. Link.
😱 When Pokemon Go first came out, it increased U.S. activity levels by 144 billion steps in just 30 days. Link.
😳 Yousuf Karsh, the photographer of the scowling Winston Churchill portrait took the photo after snatching Churchill's cigar while he was smoking it. Link.
Free ideas
💡 A whatsapp bot to which you can forward a message and it will reply back with its authenticity.
💡 A "move on" button on digital ads so advertisers will stop trying to sell me stuff I have already bought.
💡 A restaurant/cloud kitchen where they cook anything I wish to eat without a pre-decided menu.
💡 Automated unsubscribe links for promotional text messages which posts to telecom authorities after a certain volume.
💡 A gym that costs like $500 a month but pays you back each time you go there.
That's all! I'll see you next week. Do follow Velocity (@velcty) on Twitter, if you haven't already.
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Gaurav Baheti
@gbaheti
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