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Old/new means for data transfer. Since it can be made barely audible, I can just feel the security holes coming. #wcpgw

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Rats who take marijuana during adolescence change not only their own gene expression for the rest of their lives but that of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Even if those are raised by parents who were never exposed to drugs. And this has behavioral consequences in making them more susceptible to addiction.

(I took an hour off work to hear Yasmin Hurd's lecture "High times for drugs: Epigenetic imprint, legacy and brain" http://neuroscience.mssm.edu/hurd/ - you'll be able to find the lecture on YouTube in a couple of days)

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"Science is an ongoing race between our inventing ways to fool ourselves, and our inventing ways to avoid fooling ourselves."

--http://www.nature.com/news/how-scientists-fool-themselves-and-how-they-can-stop-1.18517

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The newspapers here have been buzzing about #Powerball. So I did a quick calculation:

Given that the odds for a ticket are 1 in 292,000,000, I'd have to play a number every second for 42+ years without sleeping to have a 99% chance of winning. I could cut that down to 6 years if I were satisfied with a coin-flip. Even though the average ticket makes a profit, I won't bite.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1344709692+seconds
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1-%281-1%2F292000000%29%5Ex+%3D+99%2F100

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Sample lyrics "And we chordates have tails and gill slits and notochords" (where Handel wrote "And he shall reign forever and eh-eh-ver")

Don't miss it.

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From my co-worker today:
The first 90% of the project is not nearly as scary as the second 90%.

( See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-ninety_rule )

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Alzheimer's disease may be your brain getting moldy

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Cleaning out my inbox (I'm almost back to June), the following article seems prescient given yesterday's headlines:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/forget-greece-real-financial-crisis-happening-china-steve-blakeman

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This is making the rounds at work. It's not as easy as it looks.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kckcq_uv8dk9-W5rIdtqRwCHN4Uh209ELPUjTEZJDxc/viewform

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Hallucinating, arty ANN's - cool. And it reminds me of a paper I read in the 90's where a man took a back-propagation network trained to recognize classes of things, clamped the outputs at 100% recognition and ran the network backwards. He perturbed the weights just a little bit and this gave him many examples of patterns that fell into the class he had trained on. (The example I remember best was positions of human joints in natural poses.)
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