The Human Telegraph

Share This Post

Francisco Salvá not only made significant contributions to the field of medicine, but he also explored the use of electricity in long-distance communication. While early telegraph machines used automatic mechanisms to spell out messages, Salvá used human subjects to hold the wires instead. His exploration didn’t stop there—he also experimented with electric telegraphy using cables submerged underwater. This gave Salvá the opportunity to present his first report to the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona decades before further innovations in electric telegraphs emerged during the 1830s. Read full article here

More To Explore

Research

Improving media literacy could boost trust towards the news, IMPRESS report suggests

The UK media is regulated by the likes of IPSO and Ofcom. The report by press regulator IMPRESS highlights the link between low levels of media literacy and trust in the news. The study found that three quarters of those who did not know if journalists were regulated did not trust the news. It suggests that improving media literacy is one way to stem the erosion of trust, and shows that audiences have an appetite for information on news processes. Stakeholders need to collaborate in order to rebuild trust in the news, and independent media is well placed to do this. Read full article here

Human Interest Story

Lawsuit Claims Microwave Mac and Cheese Takes Too Long

Kraft Heinz is facing a new lawsuit from a Florida woman claiming that their microwavable Velveeta Shells and Cheese cups do not actually take only 3.5 minutes to prepare, as advertised. Lead plaintiff Amanda Ramirez’s lawsuit alleges that the four steps required to prepare the meal means that it takes longer than 3.5 minutes, and has asked for at least $5 million in punitive damages. Kraft Heinz have defended the allegations, but the case will likely take more than 3.5 minutes to resolve. Read full article here

Do You want to embrace intellectual freedom and join our premium users?

FASCINATING READS, SUMMARISED

The occasional email full of conversation-worthy content