Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians?
So if "applied" means "useful," doesn't it follow that "pure" must mean... "useless"?
article  mathematics  history  editorial  philosophy  blog 
11 hours ago
Point/Counterpoint: Chip Kelly Is A Genius And Rex Ryan Is Insane
FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's newly launched website at ESPN, uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, science, economics, lifestyle, and sports.
article  538  nfl  editorial  statistics 
16 hours ago
Fraud Comes to Apple Pay
Some banks are seeing a growing incidence of fraud on Apple Pay as criminals exploit vulnerabilities in the verification process of adding a credit card.
article  apple  finance  wsj  applepay  fraud  security 
Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
Restaurants, home cooks and now a growing number of cities are embracing the belief that efficiency, composting and wasting less in the kitchen are just smart economics.
article  cooking  recycling  compost  nytimes  editorial  waste 
Why BuzzFeed is the Most Important News Organization in the World
Great journalism depends on a great business model, which is what BuzzFeed seems to have. And "The Dress" was no accident.
article  stratechery  media  history  technology  buzzfeed  nytimes  blog  editorial  journalism 
The religious states of America, in 22 maps
A new survey of more than 50,000 people reveals religious differences by state.
washingtonpost  maps  demographics  religion  usa 
What Makes a City Beautiful?
A provocative new video featuring Alain de Botton says beauty in urban settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life.
video  article  theatlantic  cities  editorial  alaindebotton  politics  architecture 
2 days ago
Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links
Being trustworthy and accurate could help a web page rise up Google rankings if the search engine giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links
article  epistemology  google  technology  algorithms 
2 days ago
Islamic State threatens Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey over account bans
"We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it."
article  twitter  isis  violence 
2 days ago
Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts
On a visit to my son’s second grade classroom, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board.
article  nytimes  editorial  education  philosophy  truth  * 
2 days ago
Edible Growth: 3D-Printed Living Food That Grows before You Eat Itby Christopher Jobson on March 2, 2015
Photo by Bart van Overbeeke 3D-printed nylon prototype Edible Growth is an ongoing project by Eindhoven-based food designer Chloé Rutzerveld that blends food, gardening, and 3d printing. The concept involves a specially printed outer casing made from dough that contains "edible soi
food  article  video  cool  3dprinting 
2 days ago
Secret Marijuana Farm Beneath Brooklyn Cherry Factory Leaves Many Mysteries
Days after discovering the illegal operation inside Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company, investigators had many questions, including how the owner, Arthur Mondella, distributed the drugs.
article  nytimes  drugs  marijuana  nyc 
5 days ago
I'd Rather Be a Chicken's Head
In China, there is a well-known idiom that says, “I’d rather be a chicken’s head than the tail of a phoenix.
article  theology  missiology  statistics  significance  china 
5 days ago
Resale Prices Tumble on Electric Cars
With gasoline prices down 33% from a year ago and buyers cooling toward electric vehicles, Nissan dealers worry that weak demand for used electric Leaf cars will put a flood of used models on the market.
article  wsj  energy  electriccars  editorial  economics 
5 days ago
Sex redefined
The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.
article  gender  sexuality  culture  naturemag 
5 days ago
Stafford shares her experience as a juror in the American Sniper trial
Stephenville city secretary Cindy Stafford was one of 10 women and two men who found Eddie Routh guilty Tuesday of capital murder.
article  peopleiknow  stephenville  tx  law 
6 days ago
Why I Joined ISIS
New recruits tell their story.
article  isis  blog  interview  twitter 
6 days ago
Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept.
One donation from Algeria violated an ethics agreement with Obama administration, the group says.
article  washingtonpost  hillaryclinton  corruption 
6 days ago
Raising Babies in Adult-Land
Why an age-integrated community is important for human flourishing
article  editorial  community  parenting  culture 
6 days ago
AI masters 49 Atari 2600 games without instructions
Brain-like artificial intelligence almost as good as professional games tester.
article  ai  games  machinelearning  arstechnica 
7 days ago
Our Work and Life’s Meaning
We long for our work to matter, and this yearning, along with our talents and gifts, is inborn, it comes from a place beyond ourselves.
article  epistemology  theology  *  culture  work 
7 days ago
How unemployment warps your personality over time
New research suggests a long job hunt can have damaging mental effects.
article  psychology  washingtonpost  jobs  community  economics  socialresearch 
7 days ago
Ukraine Bids Farewell to Russia
A farewell to Russia By Vitaly Portnikov Russia may have won Crimea but it has lost Ukraine, writes Vitaly Portnikov. At the same time, Ukraine has gained a whole world of sympathetic people who support the country in its fight for something that should in fact be just as much a necessity for Russia too:…
article  blog  ukraine  russia 
7 days ago
Let’s talk about jets, baby: Jet engines, to be more precise
Remarkably, a modern jet engine can look and function a lot like a big propeller.
article  arstechnica  technology  propulsion  energy 
7 days ago
Bank of America is predicting a massive Tesla collapse
An analyst is predicting a nearly 70 percent decline in Tesla stock price, which would reduce the market cap to around $8 billion.
article  economics  tesla  editorial  business 
7 days ago
Two Interpretations of the Extended Mind Hypothesis
I’m trying to wrap my head around the extended mind hypothesis.
article  h+  phenomenology  neuroscience  technology  philosophy  mind 
7 days ago
How to ditch Google for more privacy and fewer ads
Tired of targeted ads? Protect your user data with these alternatives to Google, Gmail, Chrome, and Google Drive.
article  privacy  technology  google  pcworld 
7 days ago
Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize
We're still not sure precisely <em>how</em> computer vision differs from our own, which creates some baffling quirks in AI.
article  wired  ai  computerlearning  computervision  algorithms 
7 days ago
In the summer of 1978, Bill Murray played professional baseball with the Grays Harbor Loggers and established himself as a bona fide movie star. With the 40th anniversary of SNL airing Sunday night, here's the story of that glorious summer.
article  baseball  history  billmurray  sports 
7 days ago
What Happens When Robots Can Do All the Jobs?
Robots are getting smarter fast -- what happens when they can do every job better and cheaper than human beings?
article  blog  ai  future  editorial 
7 days ago
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