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Nathan Fong
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The results sound pretty good! Some of the clips where the algorithm had fewer musical constraints were actually more varied and interesting - the constraints seemed to homogenize the final results.
http://transprose.weebly.com/clips.html
Sit back and listen to the music generated by a computer program that measures the “emotional temperature” of novels
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1) It could happen
2) Amazon owns a patent on it
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Nearly all chicken is contaminated, a lot of it antibiotic resistant. So... buy organic (just as high contamination, far less likely to be resistant strains). Watch out for cross-contamination during prep. Don't undercook. Good luck!
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Yeah, I'd like to have seen the breakout of resistant strains in organics. I like the logic, but want the data on how big the difference is (because cross-contamination can come at different points, e.g. slaughterhouses). The article just has one, not totally convincing line:

"Chickens without antibiotic resistance to salmonella and other dangerous pathogens can’t pass antibiotic-resistant bugs on to you, says Robert Lawrence, M.D., the Center for a Livable Future Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health."
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Big data will make farming more environmentally responsible and easier to regulate, but will lessen the sense of place cherished by the local food movement.
Big data will make farming more environmentally responsible and easier to regulate, but will lessen the sense of place cherished by the local food movement.
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Right - the data matters less than what you do with it, and whether the data even allows for useful inferences (bigness isn't sufficient).
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If you care about selection bias in surveys, please fill out this quick single question survey about selection bias. 
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Can your blizzard do this?
 
The Upper Michigan Blizzard of 1938
Image Credit: Bill Brinkman; Courtesy: Paula Rocco
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140122.html

Yes, but can your blizzard do this? In Upper Michigan's Storm of the Century in 1938, some snow drifts reached the level of utility poles. Nearly a meter of new and unexpected snow fell over two days in a storm that started 76 years ago tomorrow. As snow fell and gale-force winds piled snow to surreal heights; many roads became not only impassable but unplowable; people became stranded; cars, school buses and a train became mired; and even a dangerous fire raged. Fortunately only two people were killed, although some students were forced to spend several consecutive days at school. The above image was taken by a local resident soon after the storm. Although all of this snow eventually melted, repeated snow storms like this help build lasting glaciers in snowy regions of our planet Earth.
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Save the bees, save the strawberries
Abstract Pollination improves the yield of most crop species and contributes to one-third of global crop production, but comprehensive benefits including crop quality are still unknown. Hence, pollination is underestimated by international policies, which is particularly alarming in times of agricultural intensification and diminishing pollination services. In this study, exclusion experiments with strawberries showed bee pollination to improve f...
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I like this part (from MR):
"By popular demand Elsevier has given us a link to our research article, Firearms and Suicides in US states (pdf), that should work for everyone until late January."
http://elsarticle.com/18AQUBF
In the year since Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster rifle to gun down 20 children in Newtown, Conn., the discourse on gun control has focused on mass shootings and homicides. That’s not surprising: Terrible events dominate the cable news cycle, and murders get reported every day in our nation’s newspapers....
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The problem with this is that there is really no accurate data on suicides in the first place.  Men in particular will usually pick a method of suicide they know won't be written up as suicide by police, the favorite being having a couple of drinks and driving into a bridge abutment or other immovable object.  This is both to avoid being remembered as a suicide and to ensure life insurance will pay off.  Compounding the matter, police and coroners are often reluctant to label deaths as suicides, preferring "accident" or "misadventure", for similar reasons.
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Interesting Gifs from Planet Money.
Some countries are getting old. Others are staying young — and getting much bigger.
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I'm interested in food issues, science news, and the social sciences. I do applied economics research in marketing.

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  • Stanford University
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