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Another timely reminder that economics is far too serious to be left to the economists.
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Are trees our best friends?
"The Toronto data shows a similar link between tree cover and cardio-metabolic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. For the people suffering from these conditions, an extra eleven trees per block corresponds to an income boost of twenty thousand dollars, or being almost one and a half years younger."
A new study found that an additional ten trees on a given block corresponded to a one-per-cent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. Credit Illustration by Tim Lahan
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Perhaps a good analysis of the greek crisis, as seen from the point of view of game theory -- and how this approach can fail hopelessly when the assumptions it is based on are wrong.
Was Yanis Varoufakis's strategy built on persuading people that he was insane?
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No he wasn't pretending to be mad. He just saw the way things were going and said "fuck it!"
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"A new study finds that two common drugs—an antidepressant and a treatment for Parkinson’s disease—can influence moral decisions."
Not so surprising in view of recent related news, but still interesting.
Serotonin and dopamine drugs may change willingness to inflict harm on self and others
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Another false positive -- in physics.
"the BICEP2 measurements of B-mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) was caused not by the presence of primordial gravitational waves, but by obscuring dust inside our own galaxy"
Physicists have announced that last year's much-publicized 'discovery' of gravitational waves embedded in the 'echo' of the Big Bang was a misstep.
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Why 2015 will be a key year for physics, in particular because experiments at the LHC should either prove or (almost) disprove Susy (super-symmetry). In non-technical terms, for non-experts.
IN MARCH, after a two-year shut down for an upgrade, the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will reopen for business. The rest...
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+Alexis Naveros I agree but what to do with all the seemingly arbitrary constants that are built into our theories?
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Technology Review has a full report on online learning, with a dozen articles. The focus is turning away from helping student learn, to getting data on the way they learn to help teach them in other, offline ways. And who knows what else could be done with this data...
Technologists and venture capitalists are betting that the data online learning generates will reshape education.
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Good news (perhaps): according to this analysis, the number of autism cases is not increasing nearly as much as the number of reported cases.
Study argues that an uptick in cases in schools is mostly caused by changing diagnoses
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For those getting tired of University politics in the US, or in Europe -- bigger questions concerning universities in India.
This is not the first time that a ruling Indian government has interfered in academic matters. The record of noninterference of the previous Congress government was far from impeccable. And yet the extent of intervention has become both unprecedented and often politically extreme under the present regime.
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Fascinating story.
 
Walter Pitts was used to being bullied. He’d been born into a tough family in Prohibition-era Detroit, where his father, a boiler-maker,…
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Open position: PhD candidate

We expect to have one open position for a PhD candidate starting on Sept 1, 2015 or possibly Oct 1, 2015.
This is a 3-year contract, with one additional year possible, for a total of 4 years.
The research work will be conducted in one of the following areas:
3-dimensional hyperbolic geometry, including open questions on the geometry of quasifuchsian or convex co-compact hyperbolic 3-manifolds,
3-dimensional anti-de Sitter (AdS) geometry and its relations to Teichmüller theory,
discrete or polyhedral geometry, including rigidity questions for non-convex polyhedra or hyperbolic manifolds with polyhedral boundary.

This is a relatively priviledged position, with several attractive features:
excellent working conditions in a young, active and dynamic department,
good support for travel to workshops, summer schools, etc,
low teaching load (45 to 60 hours/year)
a competitive salary.
For more informations contact me (by email): jean-marc.schlenker@uni.lu.
Open position: PhD candidate. We expect to have one open position for a PhD candidate starting on Sept 1, 2015 or possibly Oct 1, 2015. This is a 3-year contract, with one additional year possible, for a total of 4 years. The research work will be conducted in one of the following areas: ...
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"Prior to Edison [...], sleep had been divided into two distinct segments, separated by a period of night-waking that lasted between one and several hours. The pattern was called segmented sleep."
This night-waking is for many of us a good time to think.
People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?
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