Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
St. Louis Arch May Take Serious Tech to Clean
The City of Saint Louis is trying to find the best way to clean the Gateway Arch. The 600’+ monument was constructed in 1965 to commemorate westward expansion, and has not been cleaned since. Reports sent to the city suggest a variety of possibilities including laser-equipped drones, rappelling, and a variety of other possibilities. A decision has not yet been reached regarding how to move forward.
Cryptocurrency is Now Worth More Than All US Currency in Circulation
The volume of cryptocurrency is now worth more than all US dollars currently in circulation. Let that soak in. The statement is, however, a bit misleading as the majority of US currency is not in the form of cash but in various liquidities. It’s grown larger than those as well. One possible concern, however, is that this unhinged growth could be creating a bubble.
Scientists Try to Find Out Why Cats Love Sitting on Squares
For reasons we have never known, cats prefer sitting on squares, almost as if they’re drawn to them like catnip or iPhone cables. A recent study investigated this phenomenon. Boxes, baskets, trash bins, nothing is off limits. While they didn’t discover “why,” they did find out that cats will even sit on illusions, pictures, or drawn squares.
Study: Driving Behavior Can Indicate Dementia
Scientists have found a link between driving behavior and dementia or mild cognitive impairment. When combined with basic demographic information, it can predict with 88% accuracy. The number of short trips, the length of trips, and hard braking even can be strong signs.