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I love pockets! Would that both genders could share my enjoyment.
The iPhone 6 may be the great catalyst in including this oft-ignored aspect of women's fashion.
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Sorry, I think STEAM is stupid... STEM had a modicum of utility as a political buzz word to encourage focus (and hopefully funding) on one area of education, but adding A for Arts, has a "me too" quality that quickly just makes the conversation about improving education---something Americans keep talking about while defunding it (at least higher education) at the same time.

Moreover, while I think design and the arts are very important and sometimes undervalued in our economy---Apple (as a prominent example) proved that---I don't have the impression that the current economy is clamoring for more designers/artists/musicians the way it is for people who can program, do statistical analysis, or mathematical modeling. I think one can just look at employment rates and median salaries to see that. Thus, I think the whole idea is fundamentally misguided.
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I hear you. I've seen attempts to make the connection less tenuous by saying the 'A' is "Arts and Architecture" but ultimately it still seems tacked on. And while I completely agree that we shouldn't get tunnel vision and neglect the arts, it does need to be a separate effort, or the whole thing becomes meaningless.

Frankly, while STEM benefits from being addressed from the bottom up (getting kids interested), fostering a culture that appreciates art needs to start from the top down. We live in a world where people expect (and often get) artists to work for free because it's a labor of love, or "for exposure". Kids don't need to be taught art to be interested in it; they need to have viable careers as adults if they have that interest naturally. PAY ARTISTS if you want them to be lumped in with tech careers. TEACH CHILDREN if you want them to love science and math as much as they love art.
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A fun read, which encourages one to reflect on various medical claims that break news only to gradually fade away or be directly overturned...
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This just seems sensible to me...
When salaries are transparent, it changes the dynamic between workers and the boss — and among workers themselves.
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Here are some ads in a magazine I subscribe to... Somehow, I don't think I am in their target audience.
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Ha. I suspect this particular science magazine does have an older demographic of subscribers, since I started reading my grandmother's subscription and no I've talked to seems to have heard of it.
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Some (lousy) photos of eff zero last Thursday. Good show! Sorry about cymbaling your head, +evan cohick .
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I found this to be an interesting read... In particular, it emphasizes a point that I like to make that the very premise of higher education is not very well thought out in our modern society. The goals and mission statements of universities are often nebulous and frankly bizarre.
The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it.
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I thought it was a rule that if your map does not have a compass rose, then North is up (and not say rotated approximately 60 degrees clockwise). Sigh.
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I don't want to embarrass the people involved, so I won't link to it, but this a PNG displayed on a website; unless I was supposed to read their website with my head tilted, I think it's just wrong. Although, this suggests a hilarious "fix": they could just rotate all of the text etc around the map 60 degrees.
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Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is more than just a global warming denier. He’s a conspiracy theorist (calling warming a “hoax”) and, shockingly, hugely funded by the oil industry. Reading things he’s said about global warming is like perusing a denier’s playbook of nonsense. So this story comes as no surprise...
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Yeah, I was also (pleasantly) surprised to realize Senator Whitehouse is currently our senator.
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I'm quite proud to usher in the 4th of July hep-th/ listing with this paper.
Abstract: Using relative entropy, we derive bounds on the time rate of change of geometric entanglement entropy for any relativistic quantum field theory in any dimension. The bounds apply to both mixed and pure states, and may be extended to curved space. We illustrate the bounds in a few ...
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 +Burkhard Schwab  and I were amused how

"...it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history." (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stephen-hawking-transcendence-looks-at-the-implications-of-artificial-intelligence--but-are-we-taking-ai-seriously-enough-9313474.html)

becomes

"Stephen Hawking Says A.I. Could Be Our 'Worst Mistake In History'"

I also like how all of the media coverage completely ignores the other three distinguished authors. Apparently, you can be a Nobel laureate, but if you write anything with Stephen Hawking (who is not a Nobel laureate, by the way) you will be completely ignored by the mainstream media.
The world's most famous physicist is warning about the risks posed by machine superintelligence, saying that it could be the most significant thing to ever happen in human history — and possibly the last.
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more news from the front...
A little over two years ago, the Cost of Knowledge boycott of Elsevier journals began. Initially, it seemed to be highly successful, with the number of signatories rapidly reaching 10,000 and inclu...
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