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The idea was to "prove" some health benefit of chocolate via flawed but feasible research then see how much attention they could drum up in the "scientific" press. They recruited people and randomly assigned them to 3 (small) groups. The groups were a control group, a low carb group, and a low carb + 1.5 oz of dark chocolate a day group. Then they took so many measurements they were likely to find something positive they could report.

With our 18 measurements, we had a 60% chance of getting some“significant” result with p < 0.05. (The measurements weren’t independent, so it could be even higher.) The game was stacked in our favor.

It’s called p-hacking—fiddling with your experimental design and data to push p under 0.05—and it’s a big problem. Most scientists are honest and do it unconsciously. They get negative results, convince themselves they goofed, and repeat the experiment until it “works”. Or they drop “outlier” data points.

But even if we had been careful to avoid p-hacking, our study was doomed by the tiny number of subjects, which amplifies the effects of uncontrolled factors. Just to take one example: A woman’s weight can fluctuate as much as 5 pounds over the course of her menstrual cycle, far greater than the weight difference between our chocolate and low-carb groups. Which is why you need to use a large number of people, and balance age and gender across treatment groups. (We didn’t bother.)
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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What would you do/teach with a Foldscope?
A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope--called a Foldscope--to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?
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"On fleek" is not a phrase I ever expected to have associated with Captain Picard. But Sir Patrick is a more complex man than the characters he plays.
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It appears that +SourceForge took over the control of the 'GIMP for Windows' account and is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP. They also locked out original owner of the account, Jernej Simončič, who has been building the Windows versions of GIMP for our project for years.

So far they haven't replied to provide explanations. Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for WIndows via its official Downloads page.
Source for version 2.8 (Stable). GIMP releases available from gimp.org and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system. For instructions, how to build GIMP from source code, please see this page.
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no clue. but they've got a long history of user / developer hostile behavior.

http://daltoncaldwell.com/an-audacious-proposal/

the company has changed hands several times. they used to be owned by the same parent company as think geek, which hot topic is apparently in the process of acquiring. but sourceforge itself was sold off to dice holdings about 3 years ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SourceForge#Acquisition

GIMP also has a history of not being very happy with sourceforge's less than white hat ethics.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/08/gimp_dumps_sourceforge_over_dodgy_ads_and_installer/

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My little bird friend showed up again this morning. He wasn't quite so close to my window. And he didn't hang out quite as long. But he still woke me up. Little bastard.
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Rare, intimate photographs of Frida Kahlo in love, in pain and with her pets

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Frida And Her Ducks, 1948-49   Recently, the New York Botanical Gardens recreated parts of the extensive tropical gardens from Frida Kahlo’s famous “Casa Azul” home in Mexico. It’s the first solo NYC presentation of her work in 25 years, and fans are thrilled to see her art in such an immersive, lush setting. In conjunction with the show, Throckmorton Fine Art is showing a rare collection of photos from Frida until September 12th, many of which a...
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Indy and Atlanta make the list. I know a few of you folks live in those metro areas. You can check your specific zip code on the site Ben links to.
 
Holy crap! Amazon offers free same day delivery now in 14 cities if you're a Prime member. Gotta spend over $35 on the order but still... this could be very bad for my board game habit. 

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Worldbuilding, 1890s style.

The urge to roleplay long predates role-playing.
Writing in 1897, Ida Farr Nelson remembered the last decade of family life in rural Goshen, New Hampshire, with happiness. Her sons Elmer, Arthur, and Walter, who were close in age and great friends, had been a joy to her, and her younger son Ernest was “the darling pet and...
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For +Travis Owens and any other emu-heads out there.
 
Wow. I used to be really interested in emulators and this post brings it all back.

#futureme
I'm sorry all my weblog entries seem to be variations of emulation, Internet Archive, Archive Team and Vintage Computing, but that's kind of all my life is right now anyway. (I'm also editing docum...
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All 25 episodes of ‘New Wave Theatre’ are online

Here’s the series in its entirety. Enjoy it before someone yanks it off of YouTube!
  A generous and kind soul uploaded all 25 episodes of New Wave Theatre the incredible local TV show that extensively covered the Los Angeles punk scene. The show ran from January 1981 to March 1983, and was abruptly stopped in its tracks when its host, Peter Ivers, was found beaten to death in his apartment. Within a few months of its premiere, the crucial USA Network program that aired late at night on Fridays and Saturdays, Night Flight, provi...
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Soon I can turn in my Geek Points for old Cleopatra Records compilations.
Mall staple Hot Topic is taking another chain under its umbrella for a $122 million price tag, announcing that it's acquiring Geeknet, Inc., parent company of online retailers ThinkGeek and ThinkGe...
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1999 would have been about the last time I purchased anything from ThinkGeek. Huh.

Maybe Charter Communications will buy them next.
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