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My daughter is getting interested in healthy living. I've stopped following it as much as I used to (though my need to know has gone up). Anyway, she mentioned a new idea that has the ring of truth.
There is a lot of debate about what is a real paleo diet. Very varied has to be part of the answer, otherwise we wouldn't have conquered the whole world so easily. Some think we ate more animal products than we now do, but that seems the reverse of what I would presume.
The new proposal is that we used to, until recently, get a lot more of our plant food in a form where the cell walls are not broken down. This fits with a couple of facts:
(1) We know type 2 diabetes is a disease of the top part of the gut, since putting in a bypass for that part of the gut cures diabetes instantly (even though the patients don't lose weight for a relatively long time). This is the natural part of the gut to be designed to deal with cell walls, and we can well imagine that it is not designed for the refined food we eat.
(2) Fruit seems to be beneficial for health, even though it has a lot of stuff that other theories claim as bad, such as sugar. But we do eat fruit mostly raw, with the constituent cells intact.
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in http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/rosetta.pdf: "... Feynman’s idea that antiparticles are particles going backwards in time".

Doesn't that explain the preponderance of matter over anti-matter. At the big bang the matter went our way and the anti-matter went the other way. :-)
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It is nice to see economists trying to think about energy, but how can he not mention Liebig's Law of the Minimum, which says "whatever is in short supply is important and everything else is abused". Before the Industrial Revolution, energy is in short supply, wages are driven to the floor. Since then well trained labour is in short supply and energy prices are driven to the floor (and we have the rise of the middle class). This century we have a precarious balance...
http://www.debtdeflation.com/blogs/2016/08/19/incorporating-energy-into-production-functions/
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In my latest blog post I notice that making holes into first class citizens gets us pretty close to doing some interesting things that have been associated with logic programming languages.
In the previous post I introduced the idea of negative types which are the type of holes. The most common way to introduce them is by backquote-identifer: `three = 3 Here `three has inferred type -Int, and the hole is imme...
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It will be better to be saved by China than not be saved at all. Still, I'd like democracy to win this one.
http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/08/fail-safe-molten-salt-nuclear-reactors.html
Over the next two decades China hopes to build the world’s largest nuclear power industry. Plans include as many as 30 new conventional nuclear plants (in addition to the 34 reactors operating today) as well as a variety of n...
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Evolution shaped our love of money! Who knew? I love Nick Szabo's writing.
"Artifacts of wealth: patterns in the evolution of collectibles and money", current blog entry at http://unenumerated.blogspot.com.au/
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Mervyn King gives a very nice overview of brexit and Europe's problems.
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/08/18/which-europe-now/
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http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/beyond-the-coal-rush-part-1:-the-march-of-coal/7782022#transcript

Love this picture from East Germany. The coal mine with a windmill in the background...
Tom Morton visits Germany, India and northern NSW where plans are underway for new and bigger coal mines. Local people are fighting back, to save their traditional lands, their ancient villages, animal corridors and rich agricultural lands, all of which are threatened by the ongoing march of coal.
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There was never a land bridge to Australia, so that proves movement over the sea 47000 BP. So not surprising people got to America that way much later. I reckon the people who left Africa were much more water-oriented than those who remained. And bingo, we see few people of African origin in the water events at the Olympics, but they will soon be dominating the athletics.
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/08/time-to-scrap-the-idea-that-humans-arrived-in-the-americas-by-land-bridge/
Bering Land Bridge fossils show a lifeless area until long after humans hit the Americas.
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And I note that David Brin has said positive things about nuclear power, and has stopped suggesting that efficiency improvements will have a major impact. His (former?) pal Lovins must be annoyed. The nice thing about Brin is that even when wrong you know he is listening to all sides of the argument.
http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/08/until-coal-oil-and-natural-gas-are.html
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I thought the following interesting claims should be checked out:
* Solar has grown by about 30% per year. But that would still take many decades to displace coal
* World energy usage will probably triple by 2050.
* Adopting solar or wind above 10-20% would destabilize the energy grids.

until I got to this illiterate and unbelievable nonsense:

"Wind literally is being blocked for electricity. Blocking enough wind and that is directly and significantly effecting climate."
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I am reminded that Jane Austen is thought to have died from (bovine) TB from cow's milk. Mammals pose extra dangers to us because of their similarity.
http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/08/use-of-fire-might-have-helped-make-tuberculosis-a-killer/
Early man's use of fires may have created ideal conditions for TB to spread.
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I've just done 3 blog posts with some dodgy ideas about the world's current problem identifying truth and expertise.
Katherine Viner, writing in The Guardian, gives a comprehensive overview of the way social media and tailored news is disrupting the truth (https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/12/how-technology-disrupted-the-truth). It...
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I updated the 3rd of the posts with a bit about how it related to the 2nd.
http://grampsgrumps.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/the-true-believers.html
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Preserving Antibiotics, Rationally — NEJM
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Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Preserving Antibiotics, Rationally

Signed languages can do so many things spoken languages can’t | Sarah Kl...
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The deaf community is no utopia, but it does offer an alternative language, culture and social life to those who choose to be a part of it

Thorium: An Alternative Source Of Energy?
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Commodities Analysis by Adam Taggart covering: . Read Adam Taggart's Commodities Analysis on Investing.com.

Mathematics Rising » Beauty, Passion and Computation
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I listened to a couple of interviews with Gregory Chaitin on the Closer to Truth website. They may have been part of TV episodes that I have

Claims of misuse of ‘hopefully’ etc make my blood boil, literally
theconversation.com

Recently on The Conversation, Baden Eunson argued that the current uses of “hopefully”, “literally” and “begs the question” were prime examp

Misty Adoniou
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There are a few key pieces of grammatical knowledge that can make an immediate difference to the quality of children’s reading and writing.

Food Irradiation Can Save Thousands of Lives Each Year | ANS Nuclear Cafe
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Excellent report, Lenka. I would only add that having the “label” on irradiated foods causes anxiety in the radiophobic demographic, which i

Cheap Nuclear -- UC Berkeley's Per Peterson Pursues Radical New Design w...
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What is the best design to make next generation nuclear reactors safer and cheaper? That's the question everyone from Bill Gates to the Chin

White paper leaves carbon questions unanswered
www.smh.com.au

Economists and environment groups have rounded on the Abbott government’s Direct Action climate change policy after key details of its centr

Tom Wigley: Why nuclear power may be the only way to avoid geoengineering
bos.sagepub.com

Next Section Abstract In this interview, climate scientist Tom Wigley says that waiting to take significant action on climate change makes i

How we know so much about asteroids…#ARKYD
www.planetaryresources.com

We know more about asteroids, than the Earth beneath our feet.

Modeling Financial Instability
www.debtdeflation.com

This paper will be published in a forthcoming book on the crisis edited by Malliaris, Shaw and Shefrin. In what follows, I derive a correcte

"Energy in Australia" book
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Graham Palmer, a regular BNC community member, has published a new book. It is titled "Energy in Australia: Peak Oil, Solar Power, and Asia'

Schneier on Security: Consumer Manipulation
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Consider, first, confusion by design: Las Vegas casinos are mazes, carefully crafted to draw players to the slot machines and to keep them t

OPUS 500: A retrospective
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This is, and I don’t really believe it myself, the five hundredth post here at the Renaissance Mathematicus. This is generally regarded as a

What made Canada become a country with the highest incidence of inflamma...
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (which includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease [CD]) emerged and dramatically increased in the

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