You had me at "Hello"! It turns out our opening words speak volumes – people take less than a second to form an impression of someone's personality based on their voice alone.
But I needed help with some aspects of install, so I read the comments
I wonder which type of beta-casein we have available around here...
Located at the Southwestern tip of the island you will find a fascinating illusion.
When viewed from above, a runoff of sand and silt deposits creates the impression of an ‘underwater waterfall’.
Satellite views (as seen in the Google Maps screenshots below) are equally dramatic, as an underwater vortex seemingly appears off the coast of this tropical paradise.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/1gMTlQk
#Mauritius #IndianOcean #Travel #Island
New research from Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University demonstrates for the first time that there is a close relationship between body perception and the ability to remember. For us to be able to store new memories from our lives, we need to feel that we are in our own body. According to researchers, the results could be of major importance in understanding the memory problems that psychiatric patients often exhibit.
The number pi or π (approximately 3.14159265) is well known as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Although π is an irrational number, meaning that it cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction, it is possible to express the number as an infinite series.
One of the simplest such series is π = 4 – (4/3) + (4/5) – (4/7) + (4/9) – (4/11)... The standard techniques of calculus can be used to prove that this series converges to π. Unfortunately, the convergence is very slow, meaning that one needs to write down a large number of terms to approximate π with any degree of accuracy.
The Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) found some approximations to π that are much better than the above series. The formula for the infinite series at the bottom of the picture is due to Ramanujan. It converges so quickly that each successive term in the series computes a further eight decimal places of π. To give you some idea of how accurate the formula is, the approximation given by just one term is 9801/(sqrt(8)x1103), which works out as about 3.14159273001. This is accurate to eight significant figures, and has the first six decimal places correct!
This is a very impressive approximation from a mathematician who worked before the era of computers. Perhaps not surprisingly, Ramanujan's contemporaries were curious about where he got his ideas. The answer is quite interesting: while dreaming, he received visions of scrolls of complex mathematical content from his family goddess, Mahalakshmi of Namakkal.
Although he died at the age of 32, Ramanujan left behind a large number of mathematical results, and some of the best modern methods for computing π are based on his work. Ramanujan did not write up proofs for many of his results, although most of them turned out to be both correct and original. However, he left behind four famous notebooks of rough ideas, one of which was lost until 1976. These notebooks have inspired many papers by later mathematicians attempting to prove Ramanujan's results.
The Wikipedia page on approximations to π: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approximations_of_%CF%80
The Wikipedia page on Srinivasa Ramanujan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan
A popular post by from Halloween 2013, showing the first infinite series I mentioned, carved into a pumpkin: https://plus.google.com/102744407669548081722/posts/frJVPykwpWV
A popular post by me from August 2013 about π, featuring the digital art of Cristian Ilies Vasile: https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/8AFefDCfV4h
(Disclaimer: I am from the UK, where March 14th is 14.3, not 3.14. Call me irrational, but I don't think that pi day is a real thing.)
Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product —if we judge the United States of America by that— that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage.
It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl.
It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armoured cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials.
It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
— Robert Kennedy (University of Kansas, March 18, 1968)
When do we learn?
When we label "developing" or "emerging" what amounts to millennia-old civilisations (like India and China) only because of a specific stupid measure of economic growth (confusing extraction and destruction with growth)…
When seeds from a previous crop don't count for GDP, but copyrighted Mosanto seeds do count for GDP…
When water from the natural water cycle doesn't count for GDP, but bottled water does count for GDP (regardless the pollution associated with its extraction)…
…the pursuit of higher GDP is a dangerous mental fabrication.
I'm very mindful not to keep pushing long videos your way, but please take the time to watch this Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013: Vandana Shiva - Growth = Poverty (59'13'': 40' + Q&A) (h/t via )
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