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February 23, 2015

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9:36 PM | The Right Stuff of Emptiness
How ∅ versus {ε} can be a life-and-death difference Cropped from source Jeff Skiles was the co-pilot on US Airways Flight 1549 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport headed for Charlotte on January 15, 2009. The Airbus A320 lost power in both engines after striking birds at altitude about 850 meters and famously ditched in the […]

February 21, 2015

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10:33 PM | Of Binge Eating, Age, and Distress: Child-Adolescent vs. Adult Onset Binge Eating
I’m embarrassed to say that my knowledge around binge eating disorder (BED) is sorely lacking compared to my understanding of the prevalence, correlates, treatments for, experiences of, and recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and OSFED (I still prefer “ED NOS,” but I’ll go with DSM 5 here). I don’t think this knowledge gap is uncommon; I’ve seen BED mentioned as a passing note in many an article, despite a general awareness that BED is relatively […]

February 17, 2015

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8:24 PM | Ada the Amplifier
Plus updated links to our Knuth and TED talks Ada Lovelace was nuts. Some have used this to minimize her contributions to the stalled development of Charles Babbage’s “Analytical Engine” in the 1840s. Judging from her famously over-the-top “Notes” to her translation of the only scientific paper (known as the “Sketch”) published on Babbage’s work […]

February 07, 2015

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11:03 PM | Still A Brilliant Idea
An apology and correction Cynthia Dwork, Frank McSherry, Kobbi Nissim, and Adam Smith are the inventors of differential privacy, as formulated in their 2006 paper “Calibrating Noise to Sensitivity in Private Data Analysis,” in the proceedings of the 2006 Theory of Cryptography Conference. Today Ken and I want to talk about differential privacy again. Our […]

February 04, 2015

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7:50 PM | Beyond Thinness: Men, Muscularity and Eating Disorders
Eating disorder research tends to focus on girls and women. Which makes sense: eating disorders disproportionately affect women. However, it isn’t just the research on eating disorders that focuses on women: it’s the entire history of eating disorders as a diagnosis. The first descriptions of anorexia nervosa by William Gull and bulimia nervosa by Gerald Russell were both based primarily on observations of female patients (although Russell did include two men). Therefore, it’s […]
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