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March 11, 2015

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8:36 PM | Say NO to politicians, OA included
There are politicians everywhere. These guys find ten reasons to modify only slightly a bad thing, preaching this incremental improvement to satisfy some of us and winking to those happy to not change. These guys who find ten blends for each incremental change and they speak politely and technically with fellow politicians about which of … Continue reading Say NO to politicians, OA included →
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3:56 PM | What Happens Inside the Quantum Wave Function?
Many things can “happen” inside a quantum wave function, of course, including everything that actually does happen — formation of galaxies, origin of life, Lady Gaga concerts, you name it. But given a certain quantum wave function, what actual is … Continue reading →
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1:34 PM | The Thing You Didn't Know About Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles
Arun Chaudhary in The Forward: A camera operator who actually listens sounds like some impossibly perfect romantic partner, but viewing the Maysles’ work through this lens is an incredibly useful exercise for anyone with even a passing interest in documentary...
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12:29 PM | ‘To Explain the World,’ by Steven Weinberg
Sam Kean in the New York Times: Steven Weinberg doesn’t think much of Plato or Pythagoras. Nor does he hold René Descartes or Francis Bacon in ­especially high regard. But in his new book on the origins of science, “To...
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12:23 PM | Whales on the Wrong Side of the World
Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: In May 2010, a whale showed up on the wrong side of the world. A team of marine biologists was conducting a survey off the coast of Israel when they spotted it....
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12:20 PM | Fear of a Muslim Planet
Grayson Clary in The New Inquiry: American author Robert Ferrigno doesn’t pussyfoot. Explaining his vote in the 2004 presidential election, he told Slate, “I’ll be voting for Bush because his approach to stopping the people who want to kill my...
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12:14 PM | Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village
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11:42 AM | Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes
Tessa Hedley in The Guardian: The 1950s are still close enough to touch: just around the corner of our past, linked to us through living memory. The core of Virginia Nicholson’s new book, about women’s lives in the UK in...
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11:36 AM | Conflict resolution: Wars without end
Dan Jones in Nature: It was 2000, recalls Coleman, head of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University in New York City. He had broken his foot and decided to spend his convalescence at...
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10:56 AM | ‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip
Christopher Caldwell in WSJ: At its simplest level, the strip is about the friendship between a bright 6-year-old misfit (Calvin) and his pet tiger (Hobbes). Its “trick” is that Hobbes is a lifeless stuffed animal when others are present and...
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10:43 AM | #JeNeSuisPasLiberal: Entering the Quagmire of Online Leftism
David Auerbach in The American Reader [h/t: Marco Roth]: We live in an age where the most “radical” book of economics to make a splash, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, explicitly distances itself from Marxism on numerous occasions,...
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10:42 AM | http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/3quarksdaily/~3/YjSIH3NvZQk/selected-ashaar-from-ghalib-1-that-was-one-mans-failure-not-gods-rule-come-let-us-too-join-an-expedition-t.html
Selected Ash’aar from Ghalib 1 That was one man’s failure, Not God’s rule. Come let us too Join an expedition to Mount Sinai. What if he unveils! 2 What sapience, Ghalib, What eloquence, what lines! We could name you a...
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7:20 AM | Piketty on the Euro Zone: 'We Have Created a Monster'
Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Pauly interview Thomas Piketty in Spiegel: SPIEGEL: You publicly rejoiced over Alexis Tsipras' election victory in Greece. What do you think the chances are that the European Union and Athens will agree on a path...
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12:45 AM | Are submissions on fluoridation worth it?
Like most people I struggle to find the energy when representative and government bodies call for submissions. But I did make the effort recently when Medsafe called for submissions on their proposed clarification of how fluoridating agents are defined in the … Continue reading →

March 10, 2015

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2:39 PM | GOP senators don ‘Kick me” sign; Iranian official obliges
Jay Bookman in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Forty-seven Republican senators have signed onto a remarkable letter to Iran’s leadership, in which they warn that the United States could and probably would break any deal that is reached by President Obama as...
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2:33 PM | The German Silence on Israel, and Its Cost
Omri Boehm in the New York Times: Look at the media in nearly any country on any given day and you will find that there is no shortage of opinions on Israel and its policies. So when a respected public...
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2:28 PM | In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory
Natalie Wolchover in Quanta: Thirty years have passed since a pair of physicists, working together on a stormy summer night in Aspen, Colo., realized that string theory might have what it takes to be the “theory of everything.” “We must...
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1:53 PM | Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk"
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12:30 PM | People who could really break the internet
Andrew Conway on Cloudmark Security Blog (via The Browser): Credit: The Oatmeal The first place you might consider attacking would be the DNS root name servers. These control the very top level of DNS, and without them no server on...
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10:48 AM | LOLITA'S LOATHSOME BRILLIANCE
Robert Macfarlane in More Intelligent Life: Humbert Humbert, literature's best-known paedophile, calls it his “joy-ride”. For a year he tours the back-roads of rural America, with Lolita, who is 12, as his coerced companion and his regular victim. Together they...
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10:41 AM | Protection Without a Vaccine
Carl Zimmer in The New York Times: Last month, a team of scientists announced what could prove to be an enormous step forward in the fight against H.I.V. Scientists at Scripps Research Institute said they had developed an artificial antibody...
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6:58 AM | inventing impressionism
Craig Raine at The New Statesman: Here are some chairs I noticed. An empty chair at the natural optical centre of Degas’s Dance Foyer of the Opera at rue le Peletier (1872), occupied by a fan and a puddle of...
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6:54 AM | On the St. Matthew Passion
Ethan Iverson at Threepenny Review: Classical music is often bedeviled by the simple question “How do you make an audience truly engaged without pandering?” Peter Sellars’s staging of the St. Matthew Passion was one of most successful answers I’ve ever...
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6:52 AM | 'Them Poor Irish Lads' in Pennsylvania
Breandán Mac Suibhne at the Dublin Review of Books: And so it was that some four or five generations came of age around Glenties and Castlederg, Ballyconnell, Ballinamore, Boyle, and Crossmolina dreaming of places like Summit Hill, Mauch Chunk and...

March 09, 2015

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11:29 PM | All chemical reactions needed for a molecular computer
I’ve updated the molecular computer demo and I’ve created a new demo page where you can see all chemical reactions needed for building a molecular computer. If you are interested please read and play with both demos. The purpose of the demo is simple: if anybody would identify real chemical reactions between small molecules and … Continue reading All chemical reactions needed for a molecular computer →
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4:04 PM | From Child Preacher to Adult Humanist
One of the best experiences I had at last year’s Freedom From Religion Foundation convention was listening to this wonderful talk by Anthony Pinn. (Talk begins at 5:40.) Pinn, growing up outside Buffalo NY, became a preacher in his local … Continue reading →
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5:55 AM | Of Relativity and the Other Man
by Tasneem Zehra Husain Some time in 1919, or so the story goes, Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington was asked whether it was true that only three people in the world understood relativity. Apparently, he thought for a moment and then...
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4:50 AM | This Essay is Still not about American Sniper or Even the Travesty of Boyhood Not Winning Best Picture
by Akim Reinhardt Last month I offered about 2,000 words on the meaninglessness of life. "Life is meaningless," I said. "Nothing matters, nothing at all." I suggested that "meaning and truth are just illusions that humans chatter about incessantly because...
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4:45 AM | Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: A Most Violent Year and the Clinton Email Scandal
by Matt McKenna A Most Violent Year is a disappointing movie. The performances are good, the cinematography is beautiful, but the film adds up to a lot of nothing. For all the pregnant pauses, for all the threats of violence,...
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4:40 AM | Perceptions
Zbigniew Rybczyński. Tango, 1981. More here and here. Thanks to Ryan Moritz.
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