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September 05, 2014

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4:05 AM | Teaching how to teach Bayes's Theorem (& covariance recognition) -- in less than 2 blog posts!
Adam Molnar, in front of graphic heuristic he developed to teach (delighted) elementary school children how to solve Riemann hypothesisThe 14.7 billion regular readers of this blog know that one of my surefire tricks for securing genuine edification for them is for me to hold myself forward as actually knowing something of importance in order lure/provoke an actual expert into stepping forward to set the record straight.  It worked again!  After reading my […]
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2:50 AM | http://planet3.org/2014/09/04/10304/
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NeGCo2YvuA&w=560&h=315]

September 04, 2014

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11:02 PM | Nice Interview with Kevin Trenberth
here [more]
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10:46 PM | Chomsky Jeremiad
Noam Chomsky invokes the Owl of Minerva, climate change, and middle eastern politics, and doesn't see a good outcome. [more]
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9:28 PM | mt Speaks in Austin Noon Sunday – WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HARD PROBLEM
Seen on Austin EcoNetwork: The world has had a couple of generations of stability and a global economic system has emerged that has many benefits. Meanwhile, global sustainability problems like climate change have emerged which are technically solvable but which the current world finds very difficult to cope with. This talk will outline the scope of the problem, examine why the usual solutions we have developed to our problems are so ineffective against it, and discuss how we can move […]
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9:15 AM | Political psychology according to Krugman: A degenerative research programme if ever I saw one ...
As I said, I no longer watch the show "Paul Krugman's Magic Motivated Reasoning Mirror" but do pay attention when a reflective person who still does tells me that I've missed something important.  Stats legend Andrew Gelman is definitely in that category.  He thinks the latest episode of KMMRM can't readily be "dismissed."   So I've taken a close look.  And I just disagree. My reasons can be efficiently conveyed by this simple reconstruction of the tortured path of […]
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6:52 AM | Lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women in England report poorer health and worse experiences of healthcare in the NHS
Our analysis of 27,000 responses to the national GP Patient Survey finds gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely to report communication problems and have less trust in their GP...

September 03, 2014

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8:27 AM | mH2 – the future of mental healthcare
Mental healthcare is often described as the Cinderella of medicine – overlooked, disparaged, and generally neglected. In the UK, mental healthcare is the single biggest item on the NHS budget (£12.16bn in 2010/11), but in practice this means that only about 11% of the overall spend is allocated to deal with 23% of the disease ...read more
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7:53 AM | Croatia’s northern county, Međimurje, misses out on knowledge hub that could have aided development
A recent mess-up with an EU grant was a big setback for development in Croatia’s northern county, Međimurje, a leadership forum heard last week. There had been plans for the development of a knowledge centre within the building complex that already houses the Technology and Innovation Centre in Čakovec (TIC), which could have contributed to decentralised development and supported local people and entrepreneurship. Instead, poor management of the grant by Croatia’s central […]

September 02, 2014

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10:40 PM | David Roberts
is back.
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3:24 PM | A new chapter
I wanted to pass along some personal news: I’ve taken a position starting today with SpaceNews, as a senior writer there. I’ll be writing there on a lot about what you’ve seen here and elsewhere: space policy, commercial space, and related topics. It’s a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the excellent [...]
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4:52 AM | Ice Loss Acceleration
An article by Tim Radford in the Guardian reports that since 2009, ice volume loss in Greenland has increased by a factor of about two, and in the West Antarctic ice sheet by a factor of three. [more]

September 01, 2014

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6:19 PM | Hey, I’ve moved!
I’m here now.
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3:31 PM | "Krugman's 'magic motivated reasoning mirror' show"-- I've stopped watching but not trying to learn from reflective people who still are
So here is an interesting thing to discuss.  A commenter on the What's to explain? Kulkarni on "knowing disbelief" post made an interesting connection between “knowing disbelief” (KD) and the “asymmetry thesis.”  The occasion for his comment, it’s apparent, was not or not only the Kulkarni post but rather something he saw on the show “Paul Krugman & the Magic Motivated Reasoning Mirror,” in every episode of which Krugman looks in […]
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8:26 AM | Care plans and care planning: a rare event?
Have you seen a care plan recently? Despite a massive effort, we didn't see many in our national evaluation of care plans and care planning. Our new paper reports the findings of this work, summarised here.
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4:37 AM | Paper submitted to Recomputability 2014: “Share and Enjoy”: Publishing Useful and Usable Scientific Models
Last month, me, Ben Hall, Samin Ishtiaq and Kenji Takeda (all Microsoft Research) submitted a paper to Recomputability 2014, to be held in conjunction with the 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2014) in London in December. This workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for academic and industrial researchers, practitioners and developers […]

August 31, 2014

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1:30 PM | What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Border Cosplay Edition
Via TPM: A border patrol agent fired several shots at an armed militia member while chasing a group of immigrants Friday near Brownsville, Texas… …the man was wearing camouflage and was carrying either a rifle or shotgun.   The self appointed guardian of the galaxy was lucky — the border patrol officer (like most people) […]
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1:35 AM | Counting warheads
Two researchers associated with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have published their research on the number of nuclear warheads possessed by countries worldwide, together with data on where they have been deployed based on various sources. The best part is their paper is available for free, and from the looks of it many of the […]

August 29, 2014

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11:57 PM | Shifting Baselines and the “New Normal”
A powerful essay by Dawn Stover in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explains how the expression "the new normal" contributes to the problem of shifting baselines. [more]
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2:45 PM | Who is a science writer?
August 28 was Orientation Day at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, where I’ve enrolled with the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) for the 2014 fall term. It was an exciting day for many reasons. The first such moment was meeting the wonderful people who are to be my classmates for the […]
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2:29 AM | And now, a tweet from our sponsor
This is a guest post contributed by Anuj Srivas, tech. journalist and blogger, until recently the author of Hypertext, The Hindu. “Once every hundred years, media changes,” social media king Mark Zuckerberg declared at a Facebook advertising event seven years ago. “The last hundred years have been defined by the mass media. The way to […]
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2:04 AM | Venice LA
via Scientific American
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1:35 AM | Why Scientists Don’t Share Data
Data hoarding is real enough, but yhe idea that data hoarding is some special postnormal flaw in climate science is either uninformed or vicious. Forbes has a brief article that may offer some clues. [more]

August 28, 2014

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4:28 PM | House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending
A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In a letter released by the committee Thursday morning, [...]
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4:27 PM | "Is politically motivated reasoning rational?" A fragment ...
From something in the works ... My goal in this paper is to survey existing evidence on the mechanisms of culturally motivated reasoning (CMR) and assess what that evidence implies about the relationship between CMR and rational decisionmaking. CMR refers to the tendency of individuals to selectively credit diverse forms of information—from logical arguments to empirical data to credibility assessments to their own sensory impressions—in patterns that reflect their cultural […]
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2:59 PM | WTF Is Wrong With These People?
By these people, I mean (some) male gamers: Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes that tend to be written in service […]
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12:37 PM | Kristen: Doctor of Chiropractic, former cheerleader, GA Tech and Atlanta Hawks
Meet Kristen at the DragonCon parade on Saturday, August 30!
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12:37 PM | Kristin: Doctor of Chiropractic, former cheerleader, GA Tech and Atlanta Hawks
Meet Kristen at the DragonCon parade on Saturday, August 30!
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8:30 AM | Meet the Science Cheerleaders at DragonCon this weekend!
When the annual Dragon*Con parade rolls through Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, August 30, four Science Cheerleaders will be cheering for science and leading parade spectators in citizen science activities! They’ll be marching with other citizen science evangelists including Pamela Gay from CosmoQuest, and the Free Thought Society. Stick around on Sunday when our pals at the Atlanta Science Festival engage fans in a research project we’re launching with ECAST (Expert and […]
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8:08 AM | I’m a teapot
Great to see Google adhering to standards and finally implementing RFC 7168: The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol for Tea Efflux Appliances (HTCPCPT-EA), published at the start of April this year. From §2.3.3: TEA-capable pots that are not provisioned to brew coffee may return either a status code of 503, indicating temporary unavailability of […]
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