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“He is so close to us. He uses the same equipment as we do when he goes to the mountain, just the materials are different,” she said. “And we are still killing each other, so maybe there hasn’t been so much evolution after all.”

Hat tip to +David Amerland
A 5,000 Year Old Cold Case Solved

By recreating the Iceman's last three days Detective Inspector Alexander Horn of the Munich Police managed to determine, motive, opportunity and cause. This is a fascinating story made only more so by the fact that over 5,000 years we seem to have changed so little.

Our technology is better, but not our behavior. Dive in, it's not too long and it is truly fascinating. 

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I enjoyed the sight of the fresh snow heavily covering trees and bushes as I left for tennis. The damped sound of my footsteps in the snow reminded me of the good old days with a healthy dose of nostalgia for happy days forever gone.

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March 23 is reserved to Pierre-Simon Laplace
Today is the birthday of Pierre-Simon Laplace, a renowned mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He was born in 1749 in Beaumount-en-Auge, France. Between 1770 and his election to the French Academy of Sciences in 1773, he submitted 13 papers to the academy, on such subjects as integral calculus, mechanics, and physical astronomy. His in-depth study of the motions of the planets and the stability of the solar system formed the basis of his seminal work, the five-volume Traité de Mécanique Céleste (Celestial mechanics; 1799–1825).

Because of the social and political upheaval brought on by the French Revolution, which began in 1789, Laplace left Paris with his wife and children. Unlike many of his colleagues, such as Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, Laplace managed to avoid being guillotined during the Reign of Terror. In 1795 the academy was reopened, and Laplace helped found the Bureau des Longitudes. Meanwhile, he continued his research and made important contributions to probability and statistics with the 1812 publication of Théorie Analytique des Probabilités. Laplace continued to produce papers well into his 70s before dying at age 77 in 1827.

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http://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.5.031440/full/

#history #math #physics

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How do you define what it means to be human? When can you define it? How confident can you be? Homo or Australopithecus, that is part of the question.

We can't always ask those fundamental questions. Yet, they concern us all. Sciences, mathematics, philosophy describe the context of our human existences. How can we dare to remain ignorant of them?

They are also schools of thought for our daily lives, the problems we try to solve, the categories we build, the solutions we develop.

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Bird - Pinkerly, London 1850 - White to play

Combinations are about patterns and calculations. This little gem is an unusually striking pattern. Once you have seen it, you can never forget it. Only your calculation skills will determine if you ever miss it in a game.

About Henry Edward Bird, Fine writes: "Bird was what we would call today a "natural player". He cared little for theory, that is, what others thought, and went his own way."

His legacy includes an opening named after him and few brilliant games including the very first beauty price. But that will be for another post.
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Bird - Pinkerly, London 1850 - White to play

Combinations are about patterns and calculations. This little gem is an unusually striking pattern. Once you have seen it, you can never forget it. Only your calculation skills will determine if you ever miss it in a game.

About Henry Edward Bird, Fine writes: "Bird was what we would call today a "natural player". He cared little for theory, that is, what others thought, and went his own way."

His legacy includes an opening named after him and few brilliant games including the very first beauty price. But that will be for another post.
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I enjoyed the fresh wind in my face, the warmth of the sun, skiing downhill on those cross-country trails close to the city and yet far enough to gain some distance from the routines of workdays.
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It is well known since Nobel prize winning economist Amartya Sen published his 1981 piece "Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation", that famines are caused by inequalities and not lack of food. I would be very surprised if lots of exceptions were found. The Irish famine is just another case in point.

Most countries, whether the US as mentioned in the article as the worthy successor of the empire which was responsible for the Irish famine, have such inequalities at home and thanks to the corrupt political and judicial systems in place enjoy the starvation of their own people.

The northern European countries were once the only hope, along with Switzerland and to a somewhat lesser degree France, to see functional national systems which can provide for all in times of need. The influx of a culture which is alien to such righteous behavior and only recognize and favor their own clan is a threat to the very core of an enlightened society and mankind's first, last and only hope.


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The fabulous one-handed backhandboys! Lots of fun and the boy's groups have a reason to be scared, and I don't mean on the tennis court where this team can crush anyone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DobaTDDHOl8

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Friday full training: the body said "I am too tired and old". The mind replied "I will. It's right!" Mind over matter. Mind won a hard fight
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