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This is one of the most annoying things about Excel.
Excel's default settings are causing scientific screw-ups
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Huh. International cricket in the US. Near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to be specific. Who woulda thunk?

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AUSTIN, Tex. — On the first day of classes at the University of Texas in this city that revels in its own oddball creativity, students protested a law allowing concealed handguns on state college campuses by carrying something they thought was just as ridiculous and out of place: Thousands of sex toys.

That's awesome. Well played. I guess that brings a new meaning to "hook 'em, horns."
At a rally against a state law allowing concealed handguns on campuses, protesters wave sex toys and say they consider the move obscene.
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Maybe this college generation will be the turning point in changing some of the "ridiculous" laws we have passed. 

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Good piece on the remaining fragments of the US that still carry out capital punishment regularly.
As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What this new geography tells us about justice in America.
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This is good news, I think. I experienced the beneficial effects of the PhD student union in the Netherlands, and I hope the grad students in the US can improve their situations.
Grad students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are school employees, the NLRB rules.
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I now cringe whenever I read or hear “make X great again” for some X.

In some contexts, it's like the old clichéd conundrum, “Have you stopped beating your wife?”

In other words, it's like a loaded question – Are you going to make X great again? – and a false dichotomy – X is either great or not great – rolled into one.
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The Department of Education on Thursday banned ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, from enrolling new students who rely on federal loans and grants, curtailing the company’s access to millions of dollars in revenue.

It's getting difficult for for-profit institutions to continue taking advantage of students and their access to government money.
The Department of Education has curtailed the for-profit company's access to millions of dollars in federal financial aid, a potential death blow for the publicly traded company.
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It's only the end of government funding for ITT. Constructive researchers will now have to be dependent on other types of income.

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This guy blends in very well with the background brush. If we hadn't seen him walking earlier, I don't think we would have known he was there.
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Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode ...
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Leonard Guarente is certain he’s succeeded where doctors (and quacks) before him have failed. His pill will either extend lives or tarnish his career.
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I'm a PhD student in Computer Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I've been in school for most of my life. One of these days, I'll figure out what I'm going to do once I get out.
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Haskell to JavaScript by David Lettier
lettier.github.io

Using Reflex-FRP, we generate a stylized push button interface widget written in Haskell and playable in a web browser.

Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories
www.bloomberg.com

With Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, the Google co-founder looks to the skies.

How to use Realm for Android like a champ, and how to tell if you’re doi...
medium.com

I’ve been using Realm for a long time (since v0.81.1). I’ve been keeping track of a lot of breaking changes, and have seen quite a few…

Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design
www.propublica.org

From automobiles to software, poorly designed products just might kill you.

A Neighborhood of Infinity: Dimensionful Matrices
blog.sigfpe.com

Introduction. Programming languages and libraries for numerical work tend not to place a lot of emphasis on the types of their data. For exa

This election isn’t just Democrat vs. Republican. It’s normal vs. abnormal.
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There are some differences in politics that transcend ideology. This is one of them.

Dana da Silva
www.thedailyvox.co.za

Yumna Moosa, a graduate of the University of Cape Town, was working as an intern to earn her qualification as a medical doctor when she expe

Realm is a mobile database: a replacement for SQLite & Core Data
realm.io

Most of Realm is open-source, but the secret sauce behind Realm's platform is the Core DB engine written from scratch in C++. In this talk…

Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository
cacm.acm.org

Google's monolithic repository provides a common source of truth for tens of thousands of developers around the world.

Dependent types in Haskell: Progress Report
typesandkinds.wordpress.com

It was drawn to my attention that there is an active Reddit thread about the future of dependent types in Haskell. (Thanks for the heads up,

bash - brew upgrade breaks terminal, requiring reset - Ask Different
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When I run brew upgrade in my Bash shell, it breaks the terminal display (in both iTerm2 and Terminal) such that I can't see anything I type

Low-Back Pain: Causes, Care, and Consequences « Science-Based Medicine
www.sciencebasedmedicine.org

Low-back problems are one of the most common reasons for visits to doctors’ offices and the most common cause of disability among persons un

Teaching Students Logic Improves Their Logical Reasoning Skills - Daily ...
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Newflash: teaching students logic improves their logical reasoning skills—at least according to some new research. You may be thinking, “duh

Behind the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision, More Than a Decade of Priv...
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Research funded by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and others not only helped spur the nation’s top court to strike down key parts of

ISIS via WhatsApp: ‘Blow Yourself Up, O Lion’
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A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation and shows the crucial imp

Mark Otto on Twitter: "New @github font day! "
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@mdo @github Hmm, my caching is switched off and I'm still looking at Helvetica. Is it an A/B-test? Mark Otto · 13h13 hours ago. Mark Otto @

Could the Zim government really have shut down WhatsApp? An expert weigh...
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It is definitely within the powers of a government to block cellphone users' access to a specific app, such as WhatsApp, and there are diffe

Decent food and drinks. I don't drink coffee, so I couldn't tell you how it is.
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I only visit Bethal occasionally from Pretoria, and I like this shop better than the big-box shops like Builders and Cashbuild for things like electric plugs, adapters, lightbulbs, etc. The staff are pretty knowledgeable and helpful.
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Relatively quick and easy to rent a camera flash.
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These people know their produce and their customers. (And, fortunately, they don't confuse the two.)
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Great place to see birds of all sorts, and non-bird animals, too! Kids love it.
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