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2015-12-25 23:58:50 (24 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Learning LaTeX. Ugh.

Most reshares: 9

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2015-12-27 05:20:15 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

Small hydro is a good addition to the energy mix.

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2015-11-22 08:48:15 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

This will be very interesting.

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2016-04-18 19:56:09 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I'm looking for bad descriptions of chaos from the popular press for my students to critique. Anyone know any good ones? 

I'm looking for bad descriptions of chaos from the popular press for my students to critique. Anyone know any good ones? ___

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2016-03-31 16:36:31 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Say it isn't so!

Say it isn't so!___

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2016-03-31 16:32:40 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

You know you're living in the 21st century when...

You know you're living in the 21st century when...___

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2016-03-26 06:31:30 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-03-26 04:13:06 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Some good news.

"If you are a power-hungry emerging market in Africa or South America, for instance, you can put up a wind farm in six to nine months, or a solar plant in three to six months.

"However, if you want to put up a coal-fired power station, it is going to take three or four years. A nuclear power plant is going to take substantially longer than that."

Some good news.

"If you are a power-hungry emerging market in Africa or South America, for instance, you can put up a wind farm in six to nine months, or a solar plant in three to six months.

"However, if you want to put up a coal-fired power station, it is going to take three or four years. A nuclear power plant is going to take substantially longer than that."___

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2016-03-26 04:10:47 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

A cool conversation with Steven Pinker.

A cool conversation with Steven Pinker.___

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2016-02-09 20:20:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Just donated to 'Be a Sea Turtle Hero'. Give $1. Change a lot. https://onetoday.google.com/p/02yabuce

Just donated to 'Be a Sea Turtle Hero'. Give $1. Change a lot. https://onetoday.google.com/p/02yabuce___

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2016-01-22 20:57:27 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-01-22 20:55:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Zika virus may cause Guillain-Barre syndrome in some cases. 

Zika virus may cause Guillain-Barre syndrome in some cases. ___

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2016-01-21 05:31:31 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Both a fascinating human story and an example of the complexity of biology.

SREBP1 has long been known to manage fat storage. After a meal, SREBP1 is helping each of your cells decide whether to use the fat that just arrived for fuel or store it for later.
Lefai’s team found, in animals, that a buildup of SREBP1 in the cell can lead either to extreme muscle atrophy or extreme muscle growth. And that was something Jill was interested in. She sent Lefai a two-line email with a question about his work. He thought it was from a scientist or Ph.D. student and responded.
Soon, Jill told Lefai about her own history, and suggested that it is possible that he discovered the actual biological mechanism that makes her and Priscilla so different — SREBP1 interacting with lamin.

Both a fascinating human story and an example of the complexity of biology.

SREBP1 has long been known to manage fat storage. After a meal, SREBP1 is helping each of your cells decide whether to use the fat that just arrived for fuel or store it for later.
Lefai’s team found, in animals, that a buildup of SREBP1 in the cell can lead either to extreme muscle atrophy or extreme muscle growth. And that was something Jill was interested in. She sent Lefai a two-line email with a question about his work. He thought it was from a scientist or Ph.D. student and responded.
Soon, Jill told Lefai about her own history, and suggested that it is possible that he discovered the actual biological mechanism that makes her and Priscilla so different — SREBP1 interacting with lamin.___

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2016-01-20 08:24:41 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Zoo animals playing musical instruments.

Zoo animals playing musical instruments.___

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2016-01-16 23:15:49 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

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2016-01-16 20:02:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

In France, pleasure, or “plaisir,” is not a dirty word. It’s not considered hedonistic to pursue pleasure. Perhaps a better translation of the word is “enjoyment” or even “delight.” Pleasure, in fact, takes the weight of a moral value, because according to the French, pleasure serves as a compass guiding people in their actions. And parents begin teaching their children from very early childhood in a process called the education of taste, or “l’éducation du gout.”

In France, pleasure, or “plaisir,” is not a dirty word. It’s not considered hedonistic to pursue pleasure. Perhaps a better translation of the word is “enjoyment” or even “delight.” Pleasure, in fact, takes the weight of a moral value, because according to the French, pleasure serves as a compass guiding people in their actions. And parents begin teaching their children from very early childhood in a process called the education of taste, or “l’éducation du gout.”___

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2016-01-03 05:50:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Invasive carp and international diplomacy.

Invasive carp and international diplomacy.___

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2015-12-31 03:03:11 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Being poor in the US sucks more than being poor in other rich countries.

Being poor in the US sucks more than being poor in other rich countries.___

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2015-12-29 00:54:29 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A lovely essay about bad coffee.

A lovely essay about bad coffee.___

2015-12-28 02:44:25 (1 comments; 8 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

A student asks how to do a very basic programming homework question (with no evidence of having done any work) and forgets to specify the language. Hilarity ensues.

A student asks how to do a very basic programming homework question (with no evidence of having done any work) and forgets to specify the language. Hilarity ensues.___

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2015-12-27 21:53:23 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

In fact, pasta itself is probably the most famous example of this sort of cultural appropriation. It was originally a failed Italian attempt to copy Chinese noodles (as is Japanese ramen, actually). Aren't you glad we have pasta? Aren't you glad we have ramen? You can thank cultural appropriation.

Good read: Cultural appropriation is great! http://bit.ly/1JA2gTh
by Noah Smith #economics___In fact, pasta itself is probably the most famous example of this sort of cultural appropriation. It was originally a failed Italian attempt to copy Chinese noodles (as is Japanese ramen, actually). Aren't you glad we have pasta? Aren't you glad we have ramen? You can thank cultural appropriation.

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2015-12-27 05:20:15 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

Small hydro is a good addition to the energy mix.

Small hydro is a good addition to the energy mix.___

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2015-12-27 02:53:57 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Best wrong number ever.

Best wrong number ever.___

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2015-12-27 02:52:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

A terrific essay by +Yonatan Zunger.

I saw this image and realized that, while what it says is both true and false, it is most important when it is false. Sometimes, the cost of being a decent human being is in fact one's whole life – and those are the times when the price is most worth it. So I spent some time thinking about this, and writing some more.

h/t +Noel Yap for sharing the image which got me thinking.___A terrific essay by +Yonatan Zunger.

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2015-12-26 05:05:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2015-12-25 23:58:50 (24 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Learning LaTeX. Ugh.

Learning LaTeX. Ugh.___

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2015-12-25 04:09:09 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

For projects where there is some sort of "benefit sharing," where the community has some stake in the success of the project, NIMBY complaints all but disappear. This is one reason why renewable energy has spread so fast, and enjoys such enormous public support, in Germany: fully half the country's renewable energy is owned by individuals and co-ops, not big companies or utilities. (In Denmark, 75 percent of wind power is owned by citizen cooperatives.)

For projects where there is some sort of "benefit sharing," where the community has some stake in the success of the project, NIMBY complaints all but disappear. This is one reason why renewable energy has spread so fast, and enjoys such enormous public support, in Germany: fully half the country's renewable energy is owned by individuals and co-ops, not big companies or utilities. (In Denmark, 75 percent of wind power is owned by citizen cooperatives.)___

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2015-12-21 07:41:06 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

This might end up being more practical than golden rice. 

This might end up being more practical than golden rice. ___

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2015-12-20 06:13:45 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A modern version of Powers of Ten (well, the first half). Truly awesome.

A modern version of Powers of Ten (well, the first half). Truly awesome.___

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2015-12-20 05:04:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

A very friendly orca and the relationship between humans and nature.

A very friendly orca and the relationship between humans and nature.___

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2015-12-19 23:40:35 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

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2015-12-18 08:08:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2015-12-05 18:45:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2015-12-03 05:05:57 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2015-11-26 01:22:34 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Carroll ∧ Turing

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  As you probably know Lewis Carroll was a nom de plume, used for his children's fiction writing, by the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. And, that in his day job, Dodgson was an Oxford Logician and Mathematician and the Alice stories are sprinkled with logical and mathematical puzzles. Martin Gardner pointed these out for readers in his famous companion piece, ^The Annotated Alice.

What isn't as widely known is that Dodgson, as Carroll, also wrote non-fiction for children. Carroll's The Game of Logic and the later, more advanced Symbolic Logic were intended to give children a way of reasoning mechanically, given a few rules a game board and tokens.

Now, in this celebratory year, it has come to lightth... more »

Carroll ∧ Turing

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  As you probably know Lewis Carroll was a nom de plume, used for his children's fiction writing, by the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. And, that in his day job, Dodgson was an Oxford Logician and Mathematician and the Alice stories are sprinkled with logical and mathematical puzzles. Martin Gardner pointed these out for readers in his famous companion piece, ^The Annotated Alice.

What isn't as widely known is that Dodgson, as Carroll, also wrote non-fiction for children. Carroll's The Game of Logic and the later, more advanced Symbolic Logic were intended to give children a way of reasoning mechanically, given a few rules a game board and tokens.

Now, in this celebratory year, it has come to light that as a young man Alan Turing borrowed some of Carroll's books from the school library and that perhaps this means that Lewis Carroll may have influenced Turing's thinking about mechanical computation. Turing's famous paper On Computable Numbers was published six years later.

Who knows whether Turing was aware that Carroll, whose two Alice books he was reading, had had a home a mere mile from where his parents were living. The Sherborne library entry provides yet another convergence between the two British-born, Oxbridge-educated, permanent bachelors with sui generis demeanors, questioned sexualities, and occasional stammers, interested in logic and mathematics.

But there’s more. What of the third book that Turing checked out of the Sherborne library at the same time? Leavitt finds the third book remarkable because the title, The Game of Logic, presages Turing’s later work in logic and the foundations of computer science. What Leavitt doesn’t seem to be aware of is that it is no surprise that this book would accompany the Alice books; it has the same author. Carroll published The Game of Logic in 1886. It serves to make what I believe to be the deepest connection between the two mathematicians, one that has to my knowledge never been noted before.

More here: (article) http://goo.gl/eAQN1r

Game of Logic (virtual book): https://goo.gl/osELWu

Symbolic Logic (virtual book): https://goo.gl/lZMWCr

Alice in Wonderland in Pictures: http://goo.gl/E2AHyr

Alice Manuscript: (virtual book): https://goo.gl/nsxZwW

You can hear an abridged Alice in Wonderland read by playright, author and Oxford alumnus, Alan Bennett
Here: (each episode is only 15 mins.) http://goo.gl/NwfYrj

These should be available online worldwide without restriction but only for one month after the most recent broadcast. They are easiest to play on a computer (with Flash*) although they will work on iOS (with or without the iPlayer app) and once the BBC media player http://goo.gl/oHuhfM is installed, they will work on Android too.
 
*There is now a beta for the HTML5 radio player.  It can be activated here: http://goo.gl/Ag30aB

^ Commemorative expanded The Annotated Alice (library book:) http://goo.gl/gsBzJf

More on the expanded book: http://goo.gl/4aYCjc

150th Anniversary Events and Publications: http://goo.gl/vmBfOq

Image: The White Rabbit by Tenniel https://goo.gl/lRxNGG___

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2015-11-22 17:35:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

It's interesting to think about the reliability of the forecast for each time scale.

The farther out you go, the more accurate it gets___It's interesting to think about the reliability of the forecast for each time scale.

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2015-11-22 17:25:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Your gills were magnificent.

Your gills were magnificent.___

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2015-11-22 08:48:15 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

This will be very interesting.

This will be very interesting.___

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2015-11-22 05:42:04 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Now there's a problem you don't expect to read about.

Now there's a problem you don't expect to read about.___

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2015-11-22 05:26:36 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

Ecosystems as computers, maybe?

Ecosystems as computers, maybe?___

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2015-10-17 19:11:36 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

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2015-10-13 20:02:05 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'm totally new to 3-D printing. My friends and I recently assembled a Prusa i3 kit (manufactured by Sunhokey) and my first test print, which was supposed to be a cube with an open top, looked like this. (The cantilevering is in the Y direction.) A bit of very basic manual bed leveling with a bubble level didn't change much, if anything. What could this be and how might I fix it? For software, I'm using RepetierHost running on Ubuntu 14.04.

I'm totally new to 3-D printing. My friends and I recently assembled a Prusa i3 kit (manufactured by Sunhokey) and my first test print, which was supposed to be a cube with an open top, looked like this. (The cantilevering is in the Y direction.) A bit of very basic manual bed leveling with a bubble level didn't change much, if anything. What could this be and how might I fix it? For software, I'm using RepetierHost running on Ubuntu 14.04.___

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2015-10-08 04:07:32 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

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2015-10-08 04:05:08 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

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2015-10-08 04:02:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Studying the deepest trenches is cool but not enough to understand trench ecology. 

Studying the deepest trenches is cool but not enough to understand trench ecology. ___

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2015-10-08 03:59:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2015-10-04 06:47:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

There's a Russian saying that your first pancake is a lump. Apparently, your first 3-D printed cube is a weird cantilevered thing. Cool, though!

There's a Russian saying that your first pancake is a lump. Apparently, your first 3-D printed cube is a weird cantilevered thing. Cool, though!___

2015-10-04 04:46:24 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Recommendations for To-Do List Software
I'm looking for good to-do list software that integrates with Gmail (in Firefox; I don't like Chrome) and has multiple lists, subtasks and an Android app. Google Calendar integration would also be nice.

Google Tasks almost fits the bill, but you can't see all your lists at once. Todoist was good until they stopped supporting Gmail integration. (The Firefox app takes up way too much real estate on screen.) I'm now trying out Remember the Milk and really like it except for the once-daily limitation on syncing in the free version. I'm willing to pay, but $25 a year??? Does anyone have recommendations?

Recommendations for To-Do List Software
I'm looking for good to-do list software that integrates with Gmail (in Firefox; I don't like Chrome) and has multiple lists, subtasks and an Android app. Google Calendar integration would also be nice.

Google Tasks almost fits the bill, but you can't see all your lists at once. Todoist was good until they stopped supporting Gmail integration. (The Firefox app takes up way too much real estate on screen.) I'm now trying out Remember the Milk and really like it except for the once-daily limitation on syncing in the free version. I'm willing to pay, but $25 a year??? Does anyone have recommendations?___

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2015-10-01 02:36:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2015-09-29 03:51:04 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

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2015-09-27 03:18:55 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Even if your knowledge of agriculture is, like mine, pretty much limited to reading Little House books, you know that the busiest times on the farm were spring planting and fall harvest. So why summer vacation?

Even if your knowledge of agriculture is, like mine, pretty much limited to reading Little House books, you know that the busiest times on the farm were spring planting and fall harvest. So why summer vacation?___

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2015-09-23 05:51:14 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

There are some people whose reputation seems to vary in inverse proportion with the frequency with which they open their mouths.

Seriously, how did he turn into this much of a dick? 

There are some people whose reputation seems to vary in inverse proportion with the frequency with which they open their mouths.

Seriously, how did he turn into this much of a dick? ___

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2015-09-22 03:06:21 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

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