Einstein on operationally defining and measuring simplicity

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/einstein-philscience/ But for all that Einstein’s faith in simplicity was strong, he despaired of giving a precise, formal characterization of how we assess the simplicity of a theory. In 1946 he wrote about the perspective of simplicity (here termed the “inner perfection” of a theory): This point of view, whose exact formulation meets with great…

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Wired: Alt Text: Cleaning Up the Olympics, Genetic-Engineering Style

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/07/alt-text-olympics-genetic-engineering An interesting proposal to fix the unfair genetic advantage that some people have over other people in the olympics (or any competition at all). He proposes: “To begin with, Olympic athletes all start out with a completely unfair advantage over those of us who will never snatch, clean or jerk at a world-class level:…

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I have been studying nuclear power…

I just wanted to do a quick study using Wikipedia. Well, that didnt happen. On the other hand, now i learned alot about nuclear power. Starting with 1 tab open, i eventually had to open a metatab in Firefox. The number of tabs in this metatab rose exponentially from 1 to 38 tabs. I have…

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Big Five’s Openness to Experience and declicious correlations (yummy!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openness_to_experience Lots of interesting correlations! “Intelligence and knowledge Openness correlates with intelligence, correlation coefficients ranging from about r = .30 to r = .45.[11] Openness is moderately associated with crystallized intelligence, but only weakly with fluid intelligence.[11][12] A study examining the facets of openness found that the Ideas and Actions facets had modest positive correlations…

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More research is paving the way for gamete selection, not just embryo/zygote selection

http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2012/07/genome-sequencing-of-human-sperm.html   The entire genomes of 91 human sperm from one man have been sequenced by Stanford University researchers. The results provide a fascinating glimpse into naturally occurring genetic variation in one individual, and are the first to report the whole-genome sequence of a human gamete — the only cells that become a child and…

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Report: Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story (Michael A. Carrier)

Official loation. Download mirror: Copyright and Innovation The Untold Story   It reads like a series of cases studies of how horribly the current legislation is being abused.     Abstract: Copyright has an innovation problem. Judicial decisions, private enforcement, and public dialogue ignore innovation and overemphasize the harms of copyright infringement. Just to pick…

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John Graham-Cunning on Charlges Babbage’s machines, and other things

  He is a pretty cool guy himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Graham-Cumming   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Babbage “In 1838, Babbage invented the pilot (also called a cow-catcher), the metal frame attached to the front of locomotives that clears the tracks of obstacles.[37] He also constructed a dynamometer car and performed several studies on Isambard Kingdom Brunel‘s Great Western Railway in about…

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