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Most comments: 30

2015-03-10 14:48:39 (30 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Yes, there is ample supply of people supporting  rote memorization for its own sake and antiquated skills... at least as long as they are taught to children...

Most reshares: 7

2015-02-18 16:38:48 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Yes... better funded researchers write more papers... but how much does it cost to increase the productivity of a researcher by 10%?

Most plusones: 41

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2015-04-25 21:30:08 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Now, here is an anticapitalist that I can relate with...

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2015-07-04 17:09:31 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Ah! The freedom of being a tenured professor! You know what I am doing this beautiful Saturday? I could be swimming with my kids, I could be hiking, I could be reading a novel... But no. What I am doing is working on a grant application. I am totally free... in the way I work through this boring stuff... 

Ah! The freedom of being a tenured professor! You know what I am doing this beautiful Saturday? I could be swimming with my kids, I could be hiking, I could be reading a novel... But no. What I am doing is working on a grant application. I am totally free... in the way I work through this boring stuff... ___

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2015-07-04 03:20:46 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Wow. Exciting stuff!

on the plan to sequence all icelanders, to find patterns of disease.___Wow. Exciting stuff!

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2015-07-04 02:51:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Bionic eyes are here and getting better, much better 

Bionic eyes are here and getting better, much better ___

2015-07-03 17:21:00 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-03 12:58:55 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If we do not make radical medical progress, by 2050, Alzheimer's care will cost as much as defence in the US...

If we do not make radical medical progress, by 2050, Alzheimer's care will cost as much as defence in the US...___

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2015-07-02 12:25:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We will soon (2017) create and give synthetic blood made out of stem cells 

We will soon (2017) create and give synthetic blood made out of stem cells ___

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2015-07-02 12:18:51 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Fascinating read: 

Fascinating read: ___

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2015-06-30 17:35:05 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Fascinating biology!

Fascinating biology!___

2015-06-26 18:32:40 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"""Google has committed an investment up to $600 million into Calico  to do anti-aging research and, as Time magazine puts it, to “solve death.” Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma and Sergey Brin (among others) have funded “Breakthrough Prizes for scientists who make discoveries that extend human life. Its $3 million payouts — given to six scientists each year — dwarf similar awards, including the Nobel Prizes, currently about $925,000.” Thiel himself has invested in 25 biotech companies and has funded gerontologist Aubrey de Grey with $6 million, partly for the work of the Methuselah Foundation, whose near-term goal is to make “90-year-olds as healthy as 50-year-olds — by 2030.”"""

"""Google has committed an investment up to $600 million into Calico  to do anti-aging research and, as Time magazine puts it, to “solve death.” Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma and Sergey Brin (among others) have funded “Breakthrough Prizes for scientists who make discoveries that extend human life. Its $3 million payouts — given to six scientists each year — dwarf similar awards, including the Nobel Prizes, currently about $925,000.” Thiel himself has invested in 25 biotech companies and has funded gerontologist Aubrey de Grey with $6 million, partly for the work of the Methuselah Foundation, whose near-term goal is to make “90-year-olds as healthy as 50-year-olds — by 2030.”"""___

2015-06-26 17:18:52 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-24 22:53:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Could your brain repair itself?   (with help, it might do just that in 20 years)

Could your brain repair itself?   (with help, it might do just that in 20 years)___

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2015-06-23 18:16:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"(...) with the growing aging population and increasing technological capabilities, [treating aging as a disease] is achieving an ever greater prominence. Eventually, the question whether aging should be considered “a treatable disease” may be reduced to technological capacity and semantics. While degenerative aging, that is the accumulation of structural damage, impairment of metabolic balance and functioning, may be seen as a disabling and deteriorative process that requires prevention and treatment, using advanced biomedical technology; the achievement of healthy longevity may be its cure." (Stambler, Front. Genet., 05 June 2015)

"(...) with the growing aging population and increasing technological capabilities, [treating aging as a disease] is achieving an ever greater prominence. Eventually, the question whether aging should be considered “a treatable disease” may be reduced to technological capacity and semantics. While degenerative aging, that is the accumulation of structural damage, impairment of metabolic balance and functioning, may be seen as a disabling and deteriorative process that requires prevention and treatment, using advanced biomedical technology; the achievement of healthy longevity may be its cure." (Stambler, Front. Genet., 05 June 2015)___

2015-06-22 20:00:56 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Science as taught in elementary school: "What is the percentage of water on Earth?" (That is the totality of the question in my son's exam. No context to speak off.) The correct answer is 97%. Whatever that means. Rote memorization strikes again!

Science as taught in elementary school: "What is the percentage of water on Earth?" (That is the totality of the question in my son's exam. No context to speak off.) The correct answer is 97%. Whatever that means. Rote memorization strikes again!___

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2015-06-19 17:10:40 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Yep. Well put.

Let's face it - any other syndrome that caused the sorts of effects that age does on our bodies would be considered a plague. But we're used to it, and it happens to everyone, and it happens slowly. Does it have to be that way? The history of medicine is a refusal to play the cards that we've been dealt, and there's no reason to stop now.___Yep. Well put.

2015-06-10 21:46:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

How many computer scientists are there in the whole world? Use whatever definition you find convenient.

How many computer scientists are there in the whole world? Use whatever definition you find convenient.___

2015-06-09 21:19:38 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Since biologists do not know what aging is, I decided to frame it as a computer science problem.

Since biologists do not know what aging is, I decided to frame it as a computer science problem.___

2015-06-04 21:52:33 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Question from a math book for kids: a building was built in 125 BC and destroyed in 404 AD. How long did it last? The answer in the back is 529. Fine. They did 404 - (-125). But I thought there was no year 0?

Question from a math book for kids: a building was built in 125 BC and destroyed in 404 AD. How long did it last? The answer in the back is 529. Fine. They did 404 - (-125). But I thought there was no year 0?___

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2015-05-31 12:56:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We live in the future...

Meeting the person who received your brother's face in an transplant. Amazing story. ___We live in the future...

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2015-05-30 13:04:43 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Got to love science! I like how the principal investigator is called "white lion".

I would love it if this proves to be effective. Yesterday I shared the article about new lenses that give augmented sight. This would be a much bigger deal. The thing I see as most significant is that they didn't find higher rates of mitochondrial DNA mutation in the older cells. That is key, because undoing mutation like that would be extremely hard. This option actually provides much better treatment options.___Got to love science! I like how the principal investigator is called "white lion".

2015-05-25 19:43:57 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Downloading 2.5 GB to get the latest LaTeX distribution on my Mac...  I know that 2.5 GB is nothing in 2015... but it still sounds like a lot of what should just be a collection of scripts and fonts. And it is still takes several minutes. #firstworldproblem  

Downloading 2.5 GB to get the latest LaTeX distribution on my Mac...  I know that 2.5 GB is nothing in 2015... but it still sounds like a lot of what should just be a collection of scripts and fonts. And it is still takes several minutes. #firstworldproblem  ___

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2015-05-25 18:16:42 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Why you should go see Tomorrowland with your kids (despite the so-so reviews)

Why you should go see Tomorrowland with your kids (despite the so-so reviews)___

2015-05-20 21:35:52 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I think that I talk about Seth Roberts several times a week, and I still go back to read his blog post. He had a lasting influence on me. This being said, and I swear that I am very respectful... Does it sound possible that his latest diet changes might have had something to do with his early death? He was fairly young and not in particular bad shape... He seemed convinced that eating lots of animal fat was good for his heart... but was it? Has there been some discussion on this? I should say that I have not followed him in this particular path so I have no vested interest. I think that this inquiry is in the spirit with which Seth lived... that is, you have to ask the right questions...

I think that I talk about Seth Roberts several times a week, and I still go back to read his blog post. He had a lasting influence on me. This being said, and I swear that I am very respectful... Does it sound possible that his latest diet changes might have had something to do with his early death? He was fairly young and not in particular bad shape... He seemed convinced that eating lots of animal fat was good for his heart... but was it? Has there been some discussion on this? I should say that I have not followed him in this particular path so I have no vested interest. I think that this inquiry is in the spirit with which Seth lived... that is, you have to ask the right questions...___

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2015-05-18 23:14:06 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

An amazing true story... If I could achieve a fraction of this...

An amazing true story... If I could achieve a fraction of this...___

2015-05-08 05:35:25 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

On age-related cognitive decline...

On age-related cognitive decline...___

2015-05-07 02:40:53 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

There is prior work on everything if you dig deep enough. 

Let that not discourage you: originally is overrated.

There is prior work on everything if you dig deep enough. 

Let that not discourage you: originally is overrated.___

2015-05-05 14:47:30 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Life is full of counterintuitive results if you just look at the surface...

Life is full of counterintuitive results if you just look at the surface...___

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2015-05-01 22:11:43 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Interesting take on Greece. I agree that default can be right.

Interesting take on Greece. I agree that default can be right.___

2015-04-29 20:50:20 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I predicted tablets would overgrow the PC. Looks like I was dead wrong in my prediction. That's not surprising. What is surprising is that we have already entered in an era of decline for tablets (in favour of phablets, a category that did not exist when I made my prediction). I do not think anyone was predicting years ago that iOS tablets would start declining in 2015.

I do not envy vendors who must play the market.

I still hold that PCs are the wrong tool for most office workers.

c.c. +Greg Linden 

I predicted tablets would overgrow the PC. Looks like I was dead wrong in my prediction. That's not surprising. What is surprising is that we have already entered in an era of decline for tablets (in favour of phablets, a category that did not exist when I made my prediction). I do not think anyone was predicting years ago that iOS tablets would start declining in 2015.

I do not envy vendors who must play the market.

I still hold that PCs are the wrong tool for most office workers.

c.c. +Greg Linden ___

2015-04-29 20:37:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I ended up on go.microsoft.com and I somehow thought that Microsoft had adopted Google's Go as a backend language. 10 years ago, this would have been insane... but today? Could happen.

I ended up on go.microsoft.com and I somehow thought that Microsoft had adopted Google's Go as a backend language. 10 years ago, this would have been insane... but today? Could happen.___

2015-04-27 22:35:10 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This should be common knowledge. It is not.

This should be common knowledge. It is not.___

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2015-04-25 21:30:08 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Now, here is an anticapitalist that I can relate with...

Now, here is an anticapitalist that I can relate with...___

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2015-04-23 22:35:25 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Stop panicking already...

Stop panicking already...___

2015-04-20 14:08:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Chatting is nice, but to get the real work done, you sometimes need to be on your own...

Chatting is nice, but to get the real work done, you sometimes need to be on your own...___

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2015-04-20 02:17:32 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Really? Grown men crying because of a scifi movie trailer? Last time they made a good Star Wars movie, I was a kid.

I need more of these ___Really? Grown men crying because of a scifi movie trailer? Last time they made a good Star Wars movie, I was a kid.

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2015-04-18 15:21:29 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

If I ever agree to wear something so ridiculous for professional reasons, please kill me.

TIL that the Canadian Supreme Court consists entirely of Santa Clauses.
(The article itself is not particularly interesting, I'm just showing off the picture.)___If I ever agree to wear something so ridiculous for professional reasons, please kill me.

2015-04-08 14:26:43 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Should we go back in time when there was less "inequality"?

Should we go back in time when there was less "inequality"?___

2015-03-25 15:34:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

How can you compute intersections faster?

How can you compute intersections faster?___

2015-03-13 19:19:52 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I have this android phone (HTC One). We use the access point app to make a Wifi point appear. Nope. Nothing appears, and I have several different computers that should be able to see it. How do I  debug this problem? Yes, we rebooted the phone.

I have this android phone (HTC One). We use the access point app to make a Wifi point appear. Nope. Nothing appears, and I have several different computers that should be able to see it. How do I  debug this problem? Yes, we rebooted the phone.___

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2015-03-11 00:28:12 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

"Benoit was never taught the alphabet and never learned multiplication tables past fives. Even today he claims not to know the alphabet, so that it is difficult for him to use a telephone book. (...) He solved problems with great leaps of geometric intuition, rather than the "proper" established techniques of strict logical analysis. For instance, in the crucial entrance exams he could not do algebra very well, but still managed to receive the highest grade by, as he puts it, translating the questions mentally into pictures. (...)"

"Benoit was never taught the alphabet and never learned multiplication tables past fives. Even today he claims not to know the alphabet, so that it is difficult for him to use a telephone book. (...) He solved problems with great leaps of geometric intuition, rather than the "proper" established techniques of strict logical analysis. For instance, in the crucial entrance exams he could not do algebra very well, but still managed to receive the highest grade by, as he puts it, translating the questions mentally into pictures. (...)"___

2015-03-10 14:48:39 (30 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Yes, there is ample supply of people supporting  rote memorization for its own sake and antiquated skills... at least as long as they are taught to children...

Yes, there is ample supply of people supporting  rote memorization for its own sake and antiquated skills... at least as long as they are taught to children...___

2015-03-09 20:40:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Thinking out loud about what we should teach our kids instead of having them run through long divisions by hand...

Thinking out loud about what we should teach our kids instead of having them run through long divisions by hand...___

2015-03-09 19:44:05 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

They call it the "Canadian way", but... seriously... if you enter a store and the owners are away, are you going to loot it? Even from purely selfish point of view... would you risk your reputation by grabbing stuff off the shelves? Who needs tire-related stuff so badly?

They call it the "Canadian way", but... seriously... if you enter a store and the owners are away, are you going to loot it? Even from purely selfish point of view... would you risk your reputation by grabbing stuff off the shelves? Who needs tire-related stuff so badly?___

2015-03-06 17:22:11 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Honest question from my 11-year-old: is Gmail the same thing as email?

Honest question from my 11-year-old: is Gmail the same thing as email?___

2015-03-05 20:24:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

GitHub is getting spam now... it has clearly caught on. Next: we need spam detection for programming projects.

GitHub is getting spam now... it has clearly caught on. Next: we need spam detection for programming projects.___

2015-03-02 15:21:34 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

We need more of these kind of studies : 

" The use of online videos and flipped classrooms is a natural fit for many CS courses, especially in the introductory sequence, and the use of these techniques is growing. However, the benefits of these techniques depend heavily on student preparation before class meetings. This paper presents tests of the effectiveness of basic multiple choice quizzes as gateway checks in a flipped classroom by looking at the impact they have on student grades. (...) Ignoring aptitude and learning approaches, statistical analysis of the student grades did not support our hypothesis that the gate-check video quizzes would be beneficial. "

c.c. +Mark Lewis 

We need more of these kind of studies : 

" The use of online videos and flipped classrooms is a natural fit for many CS courses, especially in the introductory sequence, and the use of these techniques is growing. However, the benefits of these techniques depend heavily on student preparation before class meetings. This paper presents tests of the effectiveness of basic multiple choice quizzes as gateway checks in a flipped classroom by looking at the impact they have on student grades. (...) Ignoring aptitude and learning approaches, statistical analysis of the student grades did not support our hypothesis that the gate-check video quizzes would be beneficial. "

c.c. +Mark Lewis ___

2015-02-25 18:30:05 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-19 20:04:51 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

My sons are 9 and 11 years old. I would like to expose them to interesting mathematical problems. I found a few competition problems, but they are often not that exciting. Any pointers?

My sons are 9 and 11 years old. I would like to expose them to interesting mathematical problems. I found a few competition problems, but they are often not that exciting. Any pointers?___

2015-02-18 16:38:48 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Yes... better funded researchers write more papers... but how much does it cost to increase the productivity of a researcher by 10%?

Yes... better funded researchers write more papers... but how much does it cost to increase the productivity of a researcher by 10%?___

2015-02-04 15:24:39 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

It looks like Chinese hackers are currently attacking lemire.me and shutting me down. So not only am I blocked in China, but they now want to get me off the Internet for good... I'd really want to know what I did to offend them. I am not, in any meaningful sense, anti-China. I actually know little about China.

It looks like Chinese hackers are currently attacking lemire.me and shutting me down. So not only am I blocked in China, but they now want to get me off the Internet for good... I'd really want to know what I did to offend them. I am not, in any meaningful sense, anti-China. I actually know little about China.___

2015-02-03 18:36:42 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

How I view intelligence...

How I view intelligence...___

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