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William L. Weaver
Ranger. Scouting the Adjacent Possible.
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Bill Nye the Mechanical Engineer

I would love to have Bill Nye design my Car's Transmission, but please leave "Settled Science" to the Scientists and diagnoses of Delusional Disorder to the Psychologists.

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EVERYTHING is Perspective

Just because you can't see something, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. This is a hard lesson to learn.

Even the First Council of Nicea got it right in 325 A.D.

"We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible."

To scientists, observation is believing, but so is theory.

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Seven (7) Names for the Newly Discovered Planets

Scobee, Smith, Mcnair, Onizuka, Resnik, Jarvis, Mcauliffe

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After President Kennedy Lowered Taxes the United States Landed on the Moon

Anyone else care to let the Political Elite define Settled Science? 

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Time to Say a Prayer for President Trump as Witches Cast Spells for His Failure #MAGA

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Microsoft Office365 Embraces Collaboration through Microsoft Teams

This new way of workflow-driven working is reflected in what Microsoft is doing with Office 365. As we know, Office used to be a CD-ROM, a piece of software, a suite of applications (Word, Excel, etc.) even. But a couple of years ago Microsoft started describing Office as a complete platform in its own right i.e. substantial enough to build other smaller applications to function on top.

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Science has a Reader's Digest Problem

According to a survey published in the journal Nature last summer, more than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments.

Marcus Munafo is one of them. Now professor of biological psychology at Bristol University, he almost gave up on a career in science when, as a PhD student, he failed to reproduce a textbook study on anxiety.

"I had a crisis of confidence. I thought maybe it's me, maybe I didn't run my study well, maybe I'm not cut out to be a scientist."

The problem, it turned out, was not with Marcus Munafo's science, but with the way the scientific literature had been "tidied up" to present a much clearer, more robust outcome.

"What we see in the published literature is a highly curated version of what's actually happened," he says.

"The trouble is that gives you a rose-tinted view of the evidence because the results that get published tend to be the most interesting, the most exciting, novel, eye-catching, unexpected results.

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Life is a Game

Researchers at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business obtained player data for a popular first-person shooter game and built a model that measured customer engagement based on game play.

They found that players with different levels of engagement respond to different incentives for continued play. Using their model to match players—as opposed to the random matching commonly used in the industry—resulted in higher customer retention.

"We got excited about this not only because of the rich data, but because there is little research on game play behavior," said Puneet Manchanda, professor of marketing.

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Chemists Develop Artificial Photosynthesis

"Effectively, plasmonic metal nanoparticles act like little antennas that absorb visible or ultraviolet light very efficiently and can do a number of things like generate strong electric fields," said Henry Everitt, an adjunct professor of physics at Duke and senior research scientist at the Army's Aviation and Missile RD&E Center at Redstone Arsenal, AL. "For the last few years there has been a recognition that this property might be applied to catalysis."

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Good Programs Copy, Great Programs Steal

DeepCoder uses a technique called program synthesis: creating new programs by piecing together lines of code taken from existing software – just like a programmer might. Given a list of inputs and outputs for each code fragment, DeepCoder learned which pieces of code were needed to achieve the desired result overall.
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