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Remove those precogs from the water, use ML
Twitter can predict riots and other dangerous situations before police can, according to a Cardiff University study; used a dataset of 1.6M tweets from London's 2011 riots to inform machine learning algorithms; then scanned tweets, taking into account location, time, and the frequency of certain words; was able to detect probable gang activity 28 minutes before police did

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People with creative personalities really do see the world differently

In our research, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, we found that open people don't just bring a different perspective to things, they genuinely see things differently to the average individual. We wanted to test whether openness is linked to a phenomenon in visual perception called binocular rivalry. This occurs when two different images are presented to each eye simultaneously, such as a red patch to the right eye and a green patch to the left eye. For the observer, the images seem to flip intermittently from one to the other. At one moment only the green patch is perceived, and at the next moment only the red patch – each stimulus appearing to rival the other (see illustration below). Intriguingly, participants in binocular rivalry studies occasionally see a fused or scrambled combination of both images (see middle frame, above). These moments of "rivalry suppression", when both images become consciously accessible at once, seem almost like a "creative" solution to the problem presented by the two incompatible stimuli. Across three experiments, we found that open people saw the fused or scrambled images for longer periods than the average person. Furthermore, they reported seeing this for even longer when experiencing a positive mood state similar to those that are known to boost creativity. Our findings suggest that the creative tendencies of open people extend all the way down to basic visual perception. Open people may have fundamentally different visual experiences to the average person.

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Spider-Ganesha

It's a natural combination. Ganesha is one of the most beloved of the Hindu gods. Kids love him, because after all, just how cool is an elephant-headed god? But he's also revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences - and the god of beginnings, honored at the start of ceremonies. He first appeared around the 5th century AD, and he's been spreading ever since. Even many Buddhists and Jains like him.

Spider-Man is one of the most beloved of the Marvel Comics superheroes. He has super strength, extreme agility, a "spider-sense" for detecting foes, and the ability to cling to most surfaces and shoot spiderwebs using wrist-mounted devices of his own invention. And yet he's approachable, since he's also Peter Parker, a photographer at the Daily Bugle with problems like our own.

I don't know who invented Spider-Ganesha, and I don't know if this blend will catch on. But it could - the line between gods and superheroes is smaller than monotheists might think. They say that after his death Hercules ascended to Olympus. There was an Egyptian cult honoring Alexander the Great from the 3rd to the 1st centuries BC. And the historical Chinese general Guan Yu was deified about 300 years after his death. I've seen plenty of statues of him in Taoist and Buddhist temples in Shanghai and Singapore - and in Hong Kong, you can find him in every police station!

If we're going to have gods and heroes, I say we should have lots, and do it with a playful, relaxed attitude, enjoying them without "believing" in them.

So, three cheers for Spider-Ganesha!
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Here are some of Donald Trump tweets when he mistakenly thought Romney won the popular vote in 2012.
Enjoy!
#PresidentDrumpf 🚽
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