每日英語跟讀 Ep.794: About technology - Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam
Three years ago, artist Simon Weckert noticed something unusual at a May Day demonstration in Berlin：Google Maps showed there was a massive traffic jam, even though there were zero cars on the road.
Weckert realized that it was the mass of people, or more specifically their smartphones, that had inadvertently tricked Google into seeing gridlock on an empty street.
Weckert borrowed phones from friends and from rental companies until he had acquired 99 devices, which he piled into a little red wagon. Over the course of a day, Weckert would walk up and down a given street, towing his smartphone-packed wagon behind him.
Weckert says his wagon would create a long red line in the app, indicating that traffic had slowed to a crawl—even though there wasn’t any traffic at all.
Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee 凍存大腦：俄羅斯公司收費提供永生之路
When Alexei Voronenkov’s 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life.
It is one of 71 brains and human cadavers - which Russian company KrioRus calls its "patients" - floating in liquid nitrogen in one of several metres-tall vats in a corrugated metal shed outside Moscow.
They are stored at -196 degrees Celsius with the aim of protecting them against deterioration, although there is currently no evidence science will be able to revive the dead.
"I did this because we were very close and I think it is the only chance for us to meet in the future," said Voronenkov who intends to undergo the procedure, known as cryonics, when he dies.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1350353 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1352636