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The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker
If this turns out to be legit, it's an amazing find that will rewrite the end of the Cretaceous.
profile  research  paleontology  dinosaurs  newyorker  earth 
march 2019 by UltraNurd
We aren’t having an evidence-based debate about guns - Vox
They don't want to fund the research because they know the evidence won't go their way.
guncontrol  research  vox  cdc  via:mumbly_joe  gop  publichealth  nra 
february 2018 by UltraNurd
Machines Learn a Biased View of Women | WIRED
No surprise to anyone who has worked in the field. It is good to have this result out there — important to know what biases are present in these big training sets.
bias  racism  research  wired  machinelearning  sexism 
september 2017 by UltraNurd
Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog: How Will Human-Forced Climate Change Affect the Pacific Northwest?
We'll have low impact for the first half of the century, but then... also current models aren't high enough resolution yet.
research  pacificnorthwest  blag  climatechange  seattle 
august 2017 by UltraNurd
Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science | WIRED
When your identity is built on objectivity and an objective study shows you're not as objective as you think...
opinion  science  wired  sexism  research 
august 2017 by UltraNurd
Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces | Environment | The Guardian
I think this reporting vastly simplifies the science, but hard to deny that human impacts are operating on much shorter time scales with much greater intensity.
anthropocene  theguardian  maths  climatechange  research 
february 2017 by UltraNurd
Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum
Wild quantum weirdness potentially giving us a new long-range engine technology.
physics  pdf  space  quantummechanics  research  science 
november 2016 by UltraNurd
An Exclusive Look at How AI and Machine Learning Work at Apple – Backchannel
Impressive. I'm surprised they're going to publish a paper on Differential Privacy.
research  apple  interview  siri  machinelearning 
august 2016 by UltraNurd
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
So much agreement with all of this! It's not surprising to me that the moral outrage effect is stronger towards mothers, either.
psychology  parenting  npr  morality  class  interview  bias  research 
august 2016 by UltraNurd
Oceans may become too acidic for animals to smell their way around
It's the little things you don't think of that break an ecosystem.
climatechange  research  oceans  animals 
june 2016 by UltraNurd
How juice companies game science to perpetuate the myth that cranberry prevents UTIs - Vox
Whoa. I've heard this health angle for years... And had no idea it was mostly industry research.
food  research  health  vox  sugar 
june 2016 by UltraNurd
Hidden Technical Debt in Machine Learning Systems
Oof. So much of this covers what I end up trying to fix. I think one of the worst offenses is not deleting unused code, which makes big maintenance tasks much harder.

"Changing Anything Changes Everything" indeed.
machinelearning  google  pdf  softwareengineering  research 
may 2016 by UltraNurd
Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet
Very interesting. Dieting makes weight gain worse by many indicators.
opinion  health  research  food  neuroscience  diet  nyt 
may 2016 by UltraNurd
After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight - NYTimes.com
"The only way to maintain weight loss is to be hungry all the time." Fascinating anecdata on weight loss vs. weight maintenance, hunger, and metabolism. Needs more study.
health  via:aleen  nyt  obesity  research  realitytv 
may 2016 by UltraNurd
What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? | FiveThirtyEight
Very interesting overview. I had heard of MINCOME; glad to see more experiments with better design are in the works. It seems necessary to me to address it before near complete automation.
welfare  fivethirtyeight  economics  basicincome  taxes  research 
april 2016 by UltraNurd
Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?
Fascinating, but unsurprising, example of unconscious bias in services. Effective redlining from historical racial income disparities.
amazon  research  bloomberg  racialissues 
april 2016 by UltraNurd
Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - NYTimes.com
Not terribly surprising the removing people from evaluating reduced bias. Hope this can be applied more broadly.
racism  via:mumbly_joe  education  florida  nyt  standardizedtesting  research 
april 2016 by UltraNurd
The rise of American authoritarianism - Vox
Fascinating in-depth explanation of the modern GOP's dysfunction at the national level. It seems to be the latent authoritarianism combined with the one-two of the Great Recession and electing a black President. That said I think it gives far too much of a pass on racism — making it sound like a lot of people are primed for fearing other (somewhat believable as small group management) and are told who to fear by mass media, as opposed to having internalized the racial power hierarchies.
2016election  gop  vox  research  fascism  donaldtrump 
april 2016 by UltraNurd
Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries - NYTimes.com
Some of this won't happen for over a century, but still really bad potential impact.
nyt  climatechange  research 
february 2016 by UltraNurd
LIGO Scientific Collaboration - The science of LSC research
"In fact, the gravitational-wave power radiated by GW150914 was more than ten times greater than the combined luminosity (i.e. the light power) of every star and galaxy in the observable Universe."

science  astrophysics  physics  research 
february 2016 by UltraNurd
The Muscular Dystrophy Patient and Olympic Medalist with the Same Genetic Disorder - ProPublica
Fascinating. And a great example of the serendipity you get when everyone has access to the world's collective knowledge.
disease  propublica  science  genetics  sports  research 
january 2016 by UltraNurd
People Don't Actually Want Equality - The Atlantic
Interesting summary of research into how people feel about equality and fairness in society.
research  economics  atlanticmonthly  psychology 
october 2015 by UltraNurd
What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic - Los Angeles Times
Maddening. Their denial goes against their own internal studies that planned for the economic impact of Arctic warming!
arctic  climatechange  bigoil  latimes  research 
october 2015 by UltraNurd
Gun Control Is the Only Way Out -- Science of Us
Short of profiling all angry young men... Let's take the guns.
research  opinion  usa  guncontrol  newyorkmagazine  australia 
october 2015 by UltraNurd
“Picture yourself as a stereotypical male”
I knew it was a problem, but I didn't realize all these ways that it applies.
racialissues  standardizedtesting  research  mit  blag  sexism 
september 2015 by UltraNurd
All the Feels: the Morphology of Reaction Gifs
Neat background on emoticons and GIFs entering written language.
gifs  linguistics  research  internetculture 
march 2015 by UltraNurd
Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’ - The Washington Post
I'm usually suspect of anything going farther back than PIE, but this core vocabulary idea is tempting.
wapo  linguistics  research 
december 2014 by UltraNurd
Fusion energy breakthrough: Lockheed Martin’s latest claim is a working reactor in five years.
I remember reading about Tokamaks in the late '80s as coming soon. Same with domestic robots.
slate  research  energy  science 
october 2014 by UltraNurd
Patient Zero Believed to Be Sole Source of Ebola Outbreak - Scientific American
Apparently it's good news that this outbreak stems from an existing human strain instead of a new leap from animals.
sciam  ebola  publichealth  research 
october 2014 by UltraNurd
The Herculean Effort Taken By One Group To Show Hollywood Is Sexist | FiveThirtyEight
Great data collection effort, depressing data. This stuff matters because of the position movies occupy in our culture - they present the idea of what women can be or how they should act, and perpetuate patriarchal ideas.
fivethirtyeight  filmmaking  feminism  research 
october 2014 by UltraNurd
Gamers helping UW in Ebola research
I've tried my hand at FoldIt. I didn't stick with it. Cool to hear it used to help guide disease treatment research.
science  research  biology  ebola  videogames  seattletimes 
august 2014 by UltraNurd
Is the Oculus Rift sexist? – Quartz
I had heard of sex differences in visual perception before, but this is an interesting twist.
virtualreality  research  sexism  via:gruber 
april 2014 by UltraNurd
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World
I wonder how much this invalidates. Also interesting that in some ways we're least suited to studying ourselves.
culture  research  psychology  anthropology 
march 2014 by UltraNurd
The Climate of Middle Earth
Appropriate that it's "written" by Radagast. Some good points in general on climate modeling, and some funny nods for fans. Does this qualify as fanfic?
pdf  research  lordoftherings  tolkien  climatechange  parody  via:theverge 
december 2013 by UltraNurd
Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls - NYTimes.com
Not shocked at all. Annoying though - I doubt they verified whether a player was a US citizen.
nyt  nsa  surveillance  research  warcraft 
december 2013 by UltraNurd
PLOS ONE: The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood
Apply phylogenetic to discover the origin of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and its variants around the world.
research  folklore  fairytales  linguistics 
november 2013 by UltraNurd
The embodiment of sexualized virtual selves: The Proteus effect and experiences of self-objectification via avatars
At least they acknowledge the problems of using college students as subjects. The effect is still pretty strong, and implies we need to fix games so their portrayals stop hurting women.
research  pdf  stanford  sexuality  rape  feminism  videogames  via:polygon 
november 2013 by UltraNurd
Gender Stereotypes: An Analysis of Popular Films and TV
Some unsurprising in kind but surprising in degree results about gender portrayals in film.
research  filmmaking  television  genderissues  pdf 
august 2013 by UltraNurd
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