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If you're a Cancer researcher/expert who would like to make a contribution to our battle to save the world from global warming, you might like to help one of the greatest contributors on our side, Professor David MacKay.
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I love reading stuff like this, even though I have only the vaguest idea what any of it might be about: https://www.physicsforums.com/insights/emergence-from-the-superpoint/. The mind boggles at how much stuff one has to keep in one's mind at once, to have had any chance to detect all these alternate versions of the same fact and make all the connections between them. I don't have the skills to distinguish this (presumably) correct stuff from stuff like http://vixra.org/pdf/1508.0157v1.pdf, which is presumably incorrect in various ways since it is published in the "we'll take anything", backward-arxiv. However the author of the latter clearly also knows a lot and has made a lot of (real or imaginary) connections between things. One nice thing about the latter paper is that it makes specific predictions about the LHC-2 runs and says he'll abandon his theory if the predictions don't come true. Now that's Science.
  In the previous article we saw that the generalization of super-Lie algebras to homotopy super-Lie n-algebras (super L-infinity algebras) has been found, decades back, to be at the heart of supergravity and M-theory — somewhat secretly so, in the dual guise of “FDA”s. Lie algebras are infinitesimal symmetries. Super Lie algebras are infinitesimal supersymmetries. Lie …
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Good (possibly great) Mathematics is better than bad Science. And I wasn't meaning to suggest that it was a bad idea to do the Mathematics. There are many ways which it might inspire or lead to Science in future, apart from its intrinsic contribution to Mathematics. It would be fun to see an amateur have a win, but maybe the time when that is possible is behind us.
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Lots of cheap energy can solve our problems:
http://atomicinsights.com/atomic-show-241-rachel-pritzker-philanthropic-problem-solver/
and also create new ones:
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/03/when_technology.html
which is a worry because of extremists on left and right who are attracted to violence, even when hopeless:
https://plus.google.com/+AndreasSchou/posts/hn13cHz2UxH
John Michael Greer: It’s not ethics but pragmatics that I want to discuss, because whether or not revolutionary violence is justified in some abstract… - Andreas Schou - Google+
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David Brin quotes Rebecca Solnit: “People who told me back in 2000 that there was no difference between Bush and Gore never got back to me afterward.”
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/lessig-for-president-lets-struggle-free.html
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       "Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep til noon" - Mark Twain. There is apparently no greater leader on climate change than Germany. Here is some evidence. This country ...
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I'd love to see Thorium explored, but this was also a good book on efforts towards sustainability in the UK.
http://www.withouthotair.com/download.html
Or if you want to read it in HTML just go to the root URL.
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"Running Probabilistic Programs Backwards" looks really interesting. It claims to provide a nice (but probabilistic) system for estimating errors in calculations using approximate numbers (which is most Scientific computing).
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1412.4053v2.pdf
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Vitamin D supplement studies show little or no benefit (for most folk). Yet good vitamin D levels are associated with good health. Could be because it is a marker for sun exposure (which could just be a marker for getting outside doing stuff). It is the duty of government to provide comprehensive medical research that is independent of the food and pharma industries.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/calcium-vitamin-d-supplements-necessary/6720616#transcript
New research from New Zealand suggests they might not be.
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It is important that public key algorithms be expanded to include compound algorithms. This means that a signature is valid if two (or more) algorithms all confirm the signature. This can include trusted 3rd party algorithms, so that signatures are only dependent on either the maths or the trusted 3rd party being secure. [Multiple math algorithms aren't necessarily much safer due to the links between them]. Public key endpoints should be identified by a secure hash of the public key, rather than the key itself, allowing keys to get big and forcing attackers to get hold of some communication before they hack on the key. This stuff was in the key2key project proposal.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/08/nsa-preps-quantum-resistant-algorithms-to-head-off-crypto-apocolypse/
Quantum computing threatens crypto as we know it. The NSA is taking notice.
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Wow! If this story is successfully suppressed by Murdoch and pals then the USA will be seen to not be immune from Plato's (Aristotle's?) belief that democracies have a limited lifespan until renewed by revolution.
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Get ready for the most cheating in a U.S. federal election in modern times.  This will happen for two reasons. First: "legal cheating" such as… - David Brin - Google+
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It's OK we have plenty of legal ones that are easily available.
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Why do people further from the equator do worse, even after if they have the same vitamin D levels? There are many possible confounding factors, but the obvious conclusion is: vitamin D from sunlight works better then ingested and/or more intense sunlight in shorter bursts is better than more diffuse sunlight in longer bursts.
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/blog/research-provides-further-evidence-that-vitamin-d-and-sun-exposure-play-a-role-in-multiple-sclerosis-08-2015/#
A recent survey investigated whether vitamin D supplementation, latitude and sun exposure are related to health outcomes of multiple sclerosis.
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+Cathy O'Neil  (mathbabe) is going into the futurism business, with a specific aim of countering the male high-tech-oriented practioners. I doubt if she'll read my comment on here g+ account. Here it is for the record:
Congratulations. If you want to counter male visions of the future you might remind them that most males are redundant (due to insanely excessive sperm production). More seriously on the issue of life extension: we have a grandparenting instinct, we don't have a great-grandparenting instinct. On the environment: cheap energy got us into this mess, but only cheaper (new nuclear) energy will get us out. But it needs to be done with vision because the next ramp-up in cheap energy will also bring more big problems ("Oh look, every angst-ridden teenager can destroy half the world").
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I expected Clarke and Voges to do better. The loss of Harris was a killer. Maxwell + 4 quicks looks even more like the right option after the failures of Watson and Mitchell Marsh. Smith needs to bowl himself more now that he's captain. 

It seems that McDermott has to take some of the blame for our bowlers waywardness. McGrath has criticised the changes to Hazlewood's bowling and i hope that means he is interested in the coaching job.
My pick for the Australian Test team is: Warner, Rogers, Smith, Clarke(c), Voges, Maxwell, Nevill(wk), Johnson, Harris, Starc, Hazlewood. The list of players unlucky to miss out is huge: Fawad Ahmed. A Test-quality wicket-ta...
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Thorium: An Alternative Source Of Energy?
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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
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Recently on The Conversation, Baden Eunson argued that the current uses of “hopefully”, “literally” and “begs the question” were prime examp

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

Modeling Financial Instability
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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

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (which includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease [CD]) emerged and dramatically increased in the

The Venn Diagram of Christmas Traditions
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I love Christmas. I love everything about it, apart perhaps from the predictable fundamental Christians bleating on about the so called War

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