The Baffler,  November 7, 2014

Daily Bafflements



• Today’s Headline Without Context, from Engadget: “Tiny robotic scallops can swim through blood and eyeball fluid to fix you up.”

• Today’s Quote Without Context, from the Spectator: “And for those who can’t manage the group sessions, there’s a handy app called HeadSpace which enables you to do mindfulness on the go from your smartphone and now offers a bespoke service. The app was invented by Andy Puddicombe, a fortysomething former Buddhist monk with a degree in circus arts.” (Via Zachary Davis.)

• Here’s the Guardian on the battle for water in California, between farmers and frackers: “Water could end up being the new gold, or the new crude oil.”

• The FBI has accused an ex-employee of SpaceX of running Silk Road 2.0. “According to the FBI, Blake Benthall’s online drug bazaar was netting millions of dollars worth of bitcoin every month while he simultaneously worked at SpaceX,” reports Valleywag.

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