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Interesting accusation: "these phantom cars are part of a 'visual effect' that Uber uses to emphasise the proximity of drivers to passengers. Not surprisingly, the visual effect shows cars nearby, even when they might not actually exist"
The little black cars that appear when Uber starts up are fake, researchers have claimed
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Wonder if they are cheaper!!
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Interesting article about the dangers of concluding too much from limited data. It seems like what's missing here is the prior probability of a good outcome before doing the surgery?
The data release by ProPublica is a reservoir of Simpson’s paradox. This means when the data says “bad surgeon,” the surgeon might, in fact be a Top Gun.
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Yes. But there are known risk factors that could be corrected for.
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"To protect their investments, more and more parks are buying insurance for their high-risk animals. The biggest wild life insurance company in South Africa, One Financial Services, charges $700 a year to insure a rhino against poaching."
A rhino can cost a wildlife park more than $20,000 at auction — but its horn alone can be worth 10 times that much. Many parks and wildlife reserves are buying insurance to protect their investments, and that means an unusual requirement: poisoning the rhinos' horns to ward off poachers.
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Computer Program Able to Recognize Hand Drawn Sketches Better Than Humans

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/ai-sketch-a-net-object-recognition-2279/.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have built the first computer program that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than humans.

The research will be presented at the 26th British Machine Vision Conference on Tuesday 8 September 2015.

Image: The program could successfully identify a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans. Image credit: Mathias Eitz, James Hays and Marc Alexa.

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The last earthquake of roughly magnitude 9 in the Pacific Northwest happened 75 years before the United States existed. One day, possibly in the not-too-distant future, the Earth’s crust will again convulse in a megaquake. What will happen then will dwarf any natural disaster our country has ever experienced. This...
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An informative essay that makes a strong argument against anti-GMO mythology, but raises some complications. Some quotes from the article:

"This paradox pervades the anti-GMO movement: alarmism about any possibility of harm from Bt crops, coupled with relentless flacking for the Bt spray industry."

"One result of this paradox—GMOs under attack, while biopesticides flourish—is that you can think you’re eating less Bt, when in fact you’re eating more."

"While bug-resistant GMOs have led to lower use of insecticides, herbicide-tolerant GMOs have led to higher use of weedkillers."

"The more you learn about herbicide resistance, the more you come to understand how complicated the truth about GMOs is. First you discover that they aren’t evil. Then you learn that they aren’t perfectly innocent. Then you realize that nothing is perfectly innocent."
Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products nearly tripled. Whole Foods will soon...
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If GMO = got more organics !!
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"[Scientists] took tissue samples from three healthy people who had died in their twenties in accidents. From those samples, the scientists isolated 110 neurons and surveyed their genomes.  In those neurons, they found a similar pattern to the one they saw in their dishes of stem cells. Forty-five out of the 110 neurons had either extra copies of DNA or missing segments. Again, none of the neurons shared the same mutations. That finding means it’s unlikely that the neurons share mutations that arose in a single neuron early in development. Instead, new mutations kept emerging as the brains matured and neurons divided.

"Far from being a rare, dangerous fluke, in other words, mosaic neurons turn out to be abundant in our brains."
It's not exactly true to say that each of us has our own genome. We have genomes. Some of us, known as chimeras, have genomes from more than one person. The cells of children linger behind in their...
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Very,very very interesting indeed. Deserves more pondering and re-reading, very interesting and intriguing. Thank you +Brian Slesinsky 
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From the article: "At the 1961 meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), French astronomer Audouin Dollfus was able to restore tranquillity in the astronomical community with a serene move. Moscoviense worked as a name, he said, because Moscow is, in fact, a 'state of mind'."
Nomenclature rules can disrupt planetary scientists' fun, but they serve a purpose.
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From the article:

"A recent study set out to find all well-documented cases in which the raw data from a randomized trial had been reanalysed. It found just 37, out of many thousands. What’s more, only five were conducted by entirely independent researchers, people not involved in the original trial.

"These reanalyses were more than mere academic fun and games. The ultimate outcomes of the trials changed, with terrifying frequency: One-third of them were so different that the take-home message of the trial shifted."

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"Independent reanalysis can improve the results of clinical trials, and help us not go down blind alleys, or give the wrong treatment to the wrong people. It’s pretty cheap, compared to the phenomenal administrative cost of conducting a trial. And it spots problems at an alarmingly high rate.

"And yet, this kind of independent check is almost never done. Why not? Partly, it’s resources. But more than that, when people do request raw data, all too often the original researchers duck, dive, or simply ignore requests."
Major flaws in two massive trials of deworming pills show the importance of sharing data — which most scientists don't do.
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"It has not been possible to captures images of the entire sunlit side of Earth at once since Apollo 17 astronauts captured the iconic Blue Marble photograph in 1972. While NASA has released other blue marble images over the years, these have mostly been mosaics stitched together with image processing software—not a single view of Earth taken at one moment in time."

"Once the instrument begins regular data acquisition, new images will be available every day, 12 to 36 hours after they are acquired by EPIC. These images will be posted to a dedicated web page by autumn 2015."
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For people who think ten hundred words are too many.
Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication.
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In Icelandic, a compass is a direction-shower, and a microscope a small-watcher.

Umm... I'm pretty sure "microscope" means "small watcher" too. :P
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From the article: "When fire officials initially rushed to contain the blaze, air support was stymied by aerial gawkers. After spotting five drones in the area, they were forced to halt flights by aircraft sent to extinguish the flames. At least 20 cars were destroyed in the fire."
Five drones flying over a wildfire in Southern California prompted fire officials to delay initial efforts to use aircraft to suppress the fire Friday.
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