Monthly Archives: August 2013

Who Gives Asylum?

Interesting discussion here on HN: Guys, I am in Syria (specifically in Damascus). Seems war is rolling out. Most of the people are moving to border regions but I cant and I am a programmer worked as a remote dev … Continue reading

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This Is Your Brain On GPS

With the option to use GPS to do our wayfinding for us, it might seem like we don’t have much need for mental maps anymore. But according to Veronique Bohbot, a neuroscientist affiliated with McGill University and the Douglas Institute … Continue reading

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$5 Challenge – Are We Allowed To Break Rules In School?

What would you do with $5? Via Quora. The best performing teams actually ignored the $5 and just went out and made money. And at least one Quora commenter takes exception to this ‘rule breaking’: While it may be a clever … Continue reading

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Leaded Gasoline Makes Murderers?

Here’s a claim I hadn’t heard before but seems to be fairly well established: lead poisoning increases rates of violent crime and when you take lead out of gasoline, violent crime drops. Here’s Yglesias: When I read the New York Times writing … Continue reading

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What Mathematicians Do (hint: it’s an art)

Here is a great piece (pdf): Why don’t we want our children to learn to do mathematics? Is it that we don’t trust them, that we think it’s too hard? We seem to feel that they are capable of making … Continue reading

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MOOCs Can Be Hard, Too

So a bunch of people failed a MOOC: The problem: More than half the students in the first batch of online courses failed their final exams. Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun, a machine-learning legend at Stanford and Google, told the AP that … Continue reading

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The Animal Kingdom Fattens and So Does the Shiller P/E

Animals are getting fat: Cats and dogs, for example, both increased in weight.  Female cats increased in body weight at a rate of 13.6% per decade and males at 5.7% per decade. Female dogs increased in body weight at a … Continue reading

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