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[1508.06028] Knot Logic: Logical Connection and Topological Connection
The purpose of this paper is to discuss how topology and geometry provide, in many instances, the connective tissue that enables logical comprehension. We illustrate this theme with many examples including Venn diagrams, knot diagrams, knot-logical diagrams and an arrow of reference that elucidates self-reference and Goedelian self-reference.
knot-theory  review  rather-interesting  to-understand  topology 
15 hours ago by Vaguery
Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower - The New York Times
But in its rush to dominance, China has stood out in another, less boastful way. Since 2012, the country has retracted more scientific papers because of faked peer reviews than all other countries and territories put together, according to Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks and seeks to publicize retractions of research papers.
science  research  fraud  review  critique  China  NYTimes  2017 
15 hours ago by inspiral
[1406.5156] Pattern-avoiding permutations and Brownian excursion Part I: Shapes and fluctuations
Permutations that avoid given patterns are among the most classical objects in combinatorics and have strong connections to many fields of mathematics, computer science and biology. In this paper we study the scaling limits of a random permutation avoiding a pattern of length 3 and their relations to Brownian excursion. Exploring this connection to Brownian excursion allows us to strengthen the recent results of Madras and Pehlivan, and Miner and Pak as well as to understand many of the interesting phenomena that had previously gone unexplained.
permutations  combinatorics  review  rather-interesting  feature-extraction  ranimuladom-walks  simulation  nudge-targets  consider:feature-discovery 
17 hours ago by Vaguery
Hillary Unbowed |
In the case of the Clintons, the motive is not simply to accumulate wealth. It is political – to win friends and influence people. To perpetually expand their political machine and pursue their own version of the great society.
politics  USA2016  argument  book  review 
19 hours ago by kmt
Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened. - Vox
The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.
Mars  chocolate  health  nutrition  research  Journalism  review  critique  Vox  2017 
21 hours ago by inspiral
The iPhone 8 Plus Review – The Sweet Setup
I’m not convinced waiting for the iPhone X is the best bang for your buck. The iPhone 8 Plus is too tried, too tested, and too trusted to be written off as last year’s technology.
This is the first time we’ve seen Apple release two flagship iPhones on the same day. Instead of the normal big screen vs. small screen choice, would-be buyers are faced with a more complicated matrix: buy now/buy less expensive/buy traditional design vs. buy later/buy more expensve/buy tomorrow’s design. It’s just not as simple as it once was.
At the heart of the iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X decision is one’s taste in design. The iPhone 8 Plus design is now four years old, including its curved aluminum edges and large bezels. In many ways, the 8 Plus jams today’s technology into yesterday’s body.
But let’s pause for a second — maybe I’m getting old, but the now four year old design has never been an issue until now. The backside materials may have been more slippery than a bar of soap, but the year-over-year improvements from the iPhone 6 Plus to iPhone 8 Plus have never once let me down. The body chassis is easy to hold, the materials are sturdy and durable, and the extra size of the Plus-sized screen has done wonders for (my) productivity.
iphone8  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
Our Guide to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and SE: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
If you’re considering a new iPhone—especially if you’re on an upgrade plan from Apple or your carrier—we think the iPhone 8 is the best one for most people. The iPhone 8, along with its larger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus, offers a number of upgrades over 2016’s iPhone 7, including better performance and camera quality, an improved display, support for wireless charging, and a grippier (though more breakable) glass back. And like previous iPhones, this generation remains easy to use out of the box and doesn’t require tinkering for you to get the most out of it, making it an easy recommendation for most people.
Last updated: October 18, 2017
We tested Apple’s newest phones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and found that the iPhone 8 (64 GB) is the best choice for most people looking to buy a new iPhone. However, if you take a lot of photos and video, or use your phone for more than a few hours per day, you should consider the iPhone 8 Plus for its better camera, longer battery life, and larger screen.
iphone8  review  comparo  wirecutter 
yesterday by rgl7194
The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
Mesh-networking kits, which use multiple access points spread around your house, are a great alternative to traditional routers for large and troublesome homes where a single powerful router won’t cut it. After spending over 50 hours testing nine mesh Wi-Fi networking kits in a large, complicated, multilevel home, we’re confident the Netgear Orbi kit is the best choice for most people. Our testing, however, also showed that most people will still be fine with our current router pick.
Last updated: October 18, 2017
After running nine mesh kits through an updated set of tests, we’ve concluded that the Netgear Orbi RBK50 is still the best mesh Wi-Fi kit for most people because of its excellent performance, middle-of-the-road price, and future expandability. The three-piece second-generation Eero Home WiFi System (which includes one Eero router and two Eero Beacons) is our new runner-up pick; you’ll need to be careful where you place the Beacons to get the best range and performance, but the Eero system may be easier to install for people who have spare wall outlets and don’t want cables running everywhere. And the two-piece version of the Eero Home WiFi System, which includes the same Eero router but just a single Beacon, is our new budget pick; it costs about $100 less, still provides good coverage for small homes or larger apartments, and is easily expandable with more Eero routers or Beacons later on if you need them. We’re writing up our test results now, and we will publish an updated version of this guide in about a month.
mesh  networking  comparo  review  wi-fi  wirecutter 
yesterday by rgl7194
REVIEW ROUNDUP: Robert Plant's new solo album 'Carry Fire' - Led Zeppelin News
Robert Plant’s new solo album “Carry Fire” will be released on October 13, and reviews of the album are starting to be published. Here’s a roundup of every review we could find.
We’ll keep this post updated with new reviews as they’re published.
Classic Rock Magazine: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewer David Stubbs said the album “represents a higher creative point than, say, his somewhat poodle-haired solo work of the early 1980s.” He said that Plant’s voice “has developed into something quite different with age: smoky, intimate, delicate, hankering, with none of the epic, blues-orientated screeching that was once his stock-in-trade.”
Stubbs concludes that “‘Carry Fire’ is about as good an album as we could reasonably expect from him in 2017.”
robert_plant  music  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
2019 Audi A7: Similarly Slinky Looks, Lots of New Technology
Style meets practicality. Again.
Audi didn’t invent the four-door-coupe segment, but it could be argued that the German brand perfected it with the arrival of its A7 mid-size luxury car. Launched as a 2012 model in the United States, the A7 had alluring looks that cloaked a versatile hatchback body style providing access to a sizable cargo hold. With the redesigned second-generation A7, Audi is once again out to prove that style and practicality needn’t be mutually exclusive.
Like the recently revealed 2019 A8 flagship sedan, the new A7 wears Audi’s latest design language, which features a wider, more hexagonal version of Audi’s shield grille. Shortened front and rear overhangs snip 0.6 inch from the A7’s overall length, while flared fenders provide the low-slung four-door with a less slab-sided look compared with its predecessor.
cars  audi  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
Selfies as a second language — Remains of the Day
But I suspect it's more than that. I've happily embraced emoji and the fetishistic allusiveness of the GIF. When it comes to the selfie, however, I'm a not-yet adopter. I am of that generation for whom selfies are not second nature but instead a second language.
selfies  language  communication  review  author:EugeneWei  RemainsoftheDay  2017 
yesterday by inspiral

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