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To the untrained eye, the crystal waters surrounding the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean look devoid of life. But zoom in a bit, and the barren sea transforms into a breathtaking patchwork of pulsing colour, movement and light. Welcome to the word of "super-macro". [...]

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Photographer Jeannot Kuenzel trains his lens on the ocean's unseen: most of his subjects are less than ten millimetres long, about the same length as two grains of rice.
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"All too often, anger becomes an alluring substitute for grieving, promising agency and control when one’s real situation does not offer control… Anger is often well-grounded, but it is too easy for it to hijack the necessary mourning process."

"Anger is not always, but very often, about status-injury. And status-injury has a narcissistic flavor: rather than focusing on the wrongfulness of the act as such, a focus that might lead to concern for wrongful acts of the same type more generally, the status-angry person focuses obsessively on herself and her standing vis-à-vis others.

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We are prone to anger to the extent that we feel insecure or lacking control with respect to the aspect of our goals that has been assailed — and to the extent that we expect or desire control. Anger aims at restoring lost control and often achieves at least an illusion of it. To the extent that a culture encourages people to feel vulnerable to affront and down-ranking in a wide variety of situations, it encourages the roots of status-focused anger."

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“All too often, anger becomes an alluring substitute for grieving, promising agency and control when one’s real situation does not offer control… Anger is often well-grounded, but it is…
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Good stuff, but I'm surprised it's from a philosopher instead of a psychologist.
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Abstract: It is known that Lie algebra L is nilpotent if it admits a grading by (Zp,+) with support X not containing 0. It is also known that the class of L can be bounded by some explicit function of |X|. We generalise this and other classical results to gradings of Lie algebras by arbitrary ...
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"At least five European nations still have laws prohibiting insults against heads of states or royals. [...]"

"At least seven European nations still have blasphemy laws. [...]"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/europes-blasphemy-and-defamation-laws-threaten-democratic-values-critics-say/

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a. Europe’s blasphemy and defamation laws threaten democratic values, critics say: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/europes-blasphemy-and-defamation-laws-threaten-democratic-values-critics-say/

b. Blasphemy law: Blasphemy law is a law limiting the freedom of speech and expression relating to blasphemy, or irreverence toward holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, or beliefs. Blasphemy laws are generally used to protect the religious beliefs of a majority or those who control the law.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law

c. Lèse-majesté: Lèse-majesté /ˌliːz ˈmædʒᵻsti/ (French: lèse-majesté [lɛz maʒɛste]; Law French, from the Latin laesa maiestas, "injured majesty"; in English, also lese-majesty, lese majesty or leze majesty) is the crime of violating majesty, an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A8se-majest%C3%A9

d. Image: Blasphemy laws worldwide. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blasphemy_laws_worldwide.svg
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"[...] She’s not kidding about the large amounts. Klein’s team estimated that in a patch of forest the size of a rugby field, the trees trade around 280 kilograms of carbon every year [through their underground network of fungi]. That’s around 40 percent of the carbon in their fine roots, and about 4 percent of what they produce in total through photosynthesis.

There were earlier hints of these underground carbon exchanges. [...]"
A new study shows that different species can exchange large amounts of carbon via the fungal internet that connects their roots.
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Film Dialogue: from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age

"By their color palettes, by their dramatic structures, by their shot lengths, by the frequency and variety of their characters’ swearing: film enthusiasts have found ways to analyze just about every aspect of film. But only recently has the world of film analysis seen a large-scale study of dialogue by gender and age — in fact, the largest-scale study of dialogue by gender and age yet — undertaken by a new site called Polygraph, “a publication that explores popular culture with data and visual storytelling.” They wanted to put to the data test part of the notion, widely expressed in opinion pieces, that “white men dominate movie roles.” [...]"

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Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles.
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a. Film Dialogue: http://polygraph.cool/films/index.html

b. The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue (Over 4 Million Lines in 2,000 Scripts) Reveals Gender Bias Built Into Cinema: http://www.openculture.com/2016/04/the-largest-ever-analysis-of-film-dialogue-reveals-gender-bias-in-cinema.html

c. Bechdel test: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test
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Abstract: We study group-graded Lie algebras L with finite support X. We show that L is nilpotent of |X|-bounded class if X is arithmetically-free. Conversely: we show that X supports the grading of a non-nilpotent Lie algebra if X is not arithmetically-free.
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"Zero emission milestone reached as Iberian country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours [...]"
Zero emission milestone reached as Iberian country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
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Microsculpture: Formed at scales too tiny for us to perceive and with astonishing complexity, the true structure and beauty of insects remains mostly hidden. Their intricate shapes, colours and microsculpture are dizzying in their variety, but it takes the power of an optical microscope or camera lens to experience insects at their own scale.

At high magnification the surface of even the plainest looking beetle or fly is completely transformed as details of their microsculpture become visible: ridges, pits or engraved meshes all combine at different spatial scales in a breath-taking intricacy. It is thought that these microscopic structures alter the properties of the insect’s surface in different ways, reflecting sunlight, shedding water, or trapping air.

Alongside these elements are minute hairs adapted for many purposes. They can help insects grip smooth surfaces, carry pollen, or detect movements in the air, to name but a few. The shape of these hairs is sometimes modified into flattened scales – structures so small they appear like dust to the naked eye. In some insects, such as butterflies and beetles, these scales scatter and reflect light, creating some of the most vibrant and intense colours seen in nature.

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Explore the beauty of the Orchid Cuckoo Bee in astonishing detail. Created from around 8000 photographs taken by Levon Biss as part of the Microsculpture project.
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Edit: the answer is not "X".
Here is the connect-the-towns math problem: There are four towns (points A, B, C, and D). They are arranged in a perfect one mile by one mile square. What ...
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+Jeff Green Not calculus so much as geometry and graph theory, though you can use Lagrangian multipliers to solve the optimization problem.  Search for the "Steiner tree" problem and the "Fermat point" of a triangle.
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While biology shows us gender can be fluid, our brains struggle to see it that way.: "[...] There are many advantages to thinking categorically. It’s easier to remember things that have been categorically labeled, and easier to manipulate, organize, and make executive decisions about information that is categorically digital rather than on an analog continuum. For a traditional hunter-gatherer, a beneficial automatic categorization would probably have been “animals that I do/don’t have to run away from ASAP.” An example from our Westernized lives is so ingrained it’s hard to appreciate: “Red means stop and green means go.” If we were in a foreign country whose red lights were a different shade than our own, that sure wouldn’t make us hesitate about stopping at a busy intersection.

There are disadvantages, of course: We underestimate the differences between points arbitrarily chunked in the same category, overestimate the difference when they are in separate ones. This is the heart of parochialism and xenophobia, of stereotyping and prejudice. But nonetheless the advantages of categorical thinking have seemingly been sufficient to make it the strong cognitive tendency that it is. [...]" by +Robert Sapolsky

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Somewhere in the middle of the night in a Central African rainforest, a chimpanzee gives birth. Soon after, as the sun rises, mother…
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Great article! Thank you for sharing it, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens 
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