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Andrea Canidio
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Are we sure we live in an era of rapid technological progress?


Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones?
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One of the most interesting articles I read recently: all you wanted to know about the placebo effect. What I learned:

- The placebo effect works in reverse: if you think you are receiving a poison (when in fact you are not), you may actually die.
- The placebo effect works also in animals.
- The immunitary system associates harmless substances (i.e., sugar pills) with either drugs - in which case it triggers an immunitary response - or poisons - in which case it suppresses its normal immunitary response.

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One of the most interesting articles I read recently: all you wanted to know about the placebo effect. What I learned: * The placebo effect works in reverse: if you think you are receiving a poison (when in fact you are not), you may actually die. * The placebo effect works also in animals. * The immunitary system associates harmless substances (i.e., sugar pills) with either drugs - in which case it triggers an i...
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Knausgaard follows neurosurgeon Henry Marsh to Albania, where he performs a new type of surgery in which the patient is awake the entire time. "His job is to slice into the brain, the most complex structure we know of in the universe, where everything that makes us human is contained, and the contrast between the extremely sophisticated and the extremely primitive — all of that work with knives, drills and saws — fascinated me deeply. ...
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"I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV," 
An American woman who identifies as a member of a parody religion has won the right to wear a colander in her driver's licence photo. Massachusetts resident Lindsay Miller, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, had previously been told she could not wear the pasta strainer in ...
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My reply to +TheEconomist, on #bitcoin  and the #blockchain  
Last week the Economist joined the groups of blockchain enthusiasts, announcing that the blockchain will change everything. I fully agree with this forecast. However, contrary to what most people think, who will make profits – and if there are profits to be made – is far from obvious. What is the blockchain The blockchain is the technology that powers the bitcoin network. Think of a huge spreadsheet with two columns: a name (or an ...
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Amazon opened their first 3d bookstore:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/03/amazon-books-seattle-store-opened-university-village

And is thinking about starting a hyperloop water delivery system :

http://xkcd.com/1599/
We've almost eradicated polio. For World Polio Day, I drew a comic about the eradication efforts. You can see it on Bill Gates's blog. My new book of complex diagrams and simple words comes out Nov 24th. Water Delivery. |< · < Prev · Random; Next >; >|. Water Delivery ...
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"maybe, just, maybe" I should try some of this stuff in one of my classes. 
This more or less explains why I hate TED talks and never watch them.
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"Cryptography is not exactly my thing. But I really enjoyed this article. Basically, the NSA spent the last 20 years pushing for the adoption of a set of cryptographic standards called Suite B "the first public cryptography standard to include non-classified algorithms certified for encrypting Secret and Top Secret data."

Then, all of a sudden, in August the agency freaked out, and "updated the Suite B website to announce a rapid transition away from Suite B, and to a new set of quantum quantum-resistant algorithms in the coming years.""
Cryptography is not exactly my thing. But I really enjoyed this article. Basically, the NSA spent the last 20 years pushing for the adoption of a set of cryptographic standards called Suite B "the first public cryptography standard to include non-classified algorithms certified for encrypting Secret and Top Secret data." Then, all of a sudden, in August the agency freaked out, and "updated the Suite B website to announce a rapid tran...
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"Jesus had been taken care of, but Santa Claus was not so easily forgotten. Tracing his roots to St. Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Greek Christian bishop from Turkey, Santa was both explicitly Christian and very definitely not Aryan. Even so, Santa was so beloved that not even the Nazis felt that they could wage a war against him. Instead, they changed his name. Nazis argued that the white-robed and gray-bearded figure who came to people’s houses and gave them gifts on Christmas Day was really the pagan god Odin. Christians had merely stolen him, but now he had been reclaimed"
When the Nazis took power in 1933, Christmas was one of their first targets. Not even Santa was safe.
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"... how perceived hotness of professors affected their RateMyProfessors evaluations for teaching quality. As part of this exercise, Felton et al. ranked (Table 2 in their paper) the relative hotness quotients of 36 different academic disciplines"

http://themonkeycage.org/2009/01/hotness/
(This post is by Henry, but b/c of a technical glitch is being published by John Sides, who is entirely innocent of any blame for it.) Continuing our series of serious inquiries into whether academia in general, and political science in particular is a sexy profession, we actually have Real Social Scientific Data that we …
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Even the strongest security system may fail.
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Access to the Internet makes you overconfident.

Of course, not me!

Source: Journal of Experimental Psychology, http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/xge-0000070.pdf
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Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Organizations. I produce research papers, lecture notes and Team Up Start Up
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    Economics, 2005 - 2010
  • Bocconi University
    Economics, 1999 - 2005
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Kontakty + – Aplikace pro Android ve službě Google Play
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There Is A Huge Underground Farm Hiding 100 Feet Beneath London's Streets
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It's hard to find enough space for urban farms to grow enough local produce to feed a big city. Unless you put the whole farm below in an ab

Why Team Up Start Up | Team Up Start Up
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Innovations used to be produced by solitary inventors and entrepreneurs toiling on their own. But as the complexity of science, technology a

Favorite/Random Numbers
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Some people were asked to name their favorite number, others were asked to give a random number: More here. Via Justin Wolfers.

The Placebo Effect Is Real. Now Doctors Just Have To Work Out How To Use It
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A growing body of research shows that treatments ranging from sugar pills to the ritual of medicine really do improve patient health. Doctor

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Both sport and exams are about performance: you are expected to show up in a given place at a given time and do something very difficult. Th

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design
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From visual puns to the grid, or what Edward Tufte has to do with the invention of the fine print. Design history books abound, but they

10 Tips on Writing Well from David Ogilvy
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"Never write more than two pages on any subject." How is your new year's resolution to read more and write better holding up? After traci

3D Printing: Now Cheaper and Easier to Use Than Ever
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Someday, 3D printers may become as common as inkjet printers. Until then, there are affordable and easy ways to try them out.

Wind Shield: Invisible Air Umbrella Keeps You Dry in the Rain | WebUrbanist
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This compact gadget is designed to force an artificial wind up through its handle that shoots out the top and deflects incoming raindrops be

How to Be a YouTube Star and Beat Justin Timberlake in the Charts
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I wish I had been smarter when I was 23 years old. I did everything wrong: I felt like I needed a college degree. I…

xkcd: Math
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Orphaned currency, the odd case of Somali shillings
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A few weeks ago, David Beckworth egged me on to write about Somalian currency. I can't resist—it's a fascinating subject. The material I'm d

Bitcoin by MtGox Mobile
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Bitcoin by MtGox Mobile is the official mobile bitcoin application of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange. Please visit http://mtgoxlive.com/mobile

Consider The Equilibrium
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Bicycle “sprints.”  This is worth 6 minutes of your time. Thanks to Josh Knox for the link.

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Open Source Software for Scientific Research. Here is a list of open source software I use. They are free and, in my experience, they all pe

Dilbert on Multitasking
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| Peter Klein | Speaking of agency theory, today’s Dilbert deals with multitasking and, as usual, gets the problem exactly right: