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February 02, 2015

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8:39 PM | 1990s-style saurians: the contenders
I'm a bit prone to tucking away wacky drawing contests in my posts, which the cynical among you might take to be my way of measuring exactly how many people are reading them all the way to the end. But that's a terrible thought, and you are quite awful and horrid people for contemplating it. On the contrary, it's simply the case that I'm well aware of the great many talented artists we have among our readership, and love to encourage them to produce the sort of glorious, preferably very amusing […]
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8:35 PM | CHF Remembers Carl Djerassi
In a 1985 interview with CHF’s Center for Oral History, Carl Djerassi said, “I feel like I’d like to lead one more life. I’d like to leave a cultural imprint on society rather than just a technological benefit.” Djerassi, who died January 30 in San Francisco at the age of 91, certainly has achieved both of his aims. Being forced to leave his native Austria in 1939, Djerassi embarked on a career and life in science centered in the United States. His manifold […]
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8:35 PM | CHF Remembers Carl Djerassi
In a 1985 interview with CHF’s Center for Oral History, Carl Djerassi said, “I feel like I’d like to lead one more life. I’d like to leave a cultural imprint on society rather than just a technological benefit.” Djerassi, who died January 30 in San Francisco at the age of 91, certainly has achieved both of his aims. Being forced to leave his native Austria in 1939, Djerassi embarked on a career and life in science centered in the United States. His manifold […]
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4:50 PM | 650-Year Drought Triggered Ancient City's Abandonment
A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts.
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4:27 PM | My Internet presence
Given the fact that I have somehow gained a substantial number of new subscribers to the Renaissance Mathematicus and an even larger number of new followers on Twitter I thought it might be apposite to explain my various Internet activities. … Continue reading →
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4:05 PM | Explainer: How Powerful is the United States?
With the size of its economy and its high-tech military, the United States is generally considered the most powerful nation on Earth. But how long can it remain that way? Trace explains the limitations that curb U.S. power.
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3:24 PM | Geomorphologic Groundhog Day !
We don’t know how much wood a woodchuck would chuck if he could chuck wood, but we know how much sediment he moves per year…Biogeomorphology, also referred as ecogeomorphology or sometimes as zoogeomorphology, is the study of the links between ecology and geomorphology, or in simple terms between life-forms and landforms. Such interactions range from simple tracks left by an organism in the landscape to the complex cycles of energy and matter transfer (like for the element […]
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2:20 PM | Bronze Statues May Be Last Remaining by Michelangelo
Two sculptures that languished in obscurity for more than a century may be the only surviving bronze works by Michelangelo.
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11:17 AM | About Nobel laureates and chocolate, correlations and unreliable data
Is the number of Nobel laureates by country correlated with chocolate consumption? This chart has quickly become very popular on the internet since its publication in 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Visually, the little flags seem to be aligned on an imaginary line showing the amazing correlation between the number of Nobel laureates for 10M inhabitants and chocolate consumption in these countries. Before realizing that it was a parody, many articles, […]
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3:55 AM | #365 papers, part 2!
I’ve joined a group of folks on Twitter who have vowed to read roughly a paper a day, and will summarize my reading here occasionally.  Part 1 can be read here.  Links are provided for those with university access who … Continue reading →
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