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November 23, 2014

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7:00 AM | Une de reste.
Je vous propose de jouer avec des graines de citrouille. Voilà le principe, il est simple. Commençons par jouer à deux. Sur la table il y a un certain nombre de graines de citrouille. Disons au moins 15 ou un nombre assez difficile à évaluer précisément à l'oeil. À chacun son tour, il faut prélever une, deux ou trois graines, à son libre choix. L'objectif est de faire prendre la dernière à son adversaire. Les enfants à partir de 10 ans s'amusent beaucoup à cela et peuvent […]
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5:35 AM | Two MIT seniors and an alumnus named Rhodes Scholars
Elliot Akama-Garren ’15, Anisha Gururaj ’15, and Noam Angrist ’13 are among 32 winners nationwide.

November 22, 2014

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9:21 PM | A new resource for those interested in graduate programs in philosophy of biology
By Roberta Millstein A graduate student in my department, Shawn Miller, has created a wiki for graduate programs having faculty who specialize in philosophy of biology: philbio.net It gives an at-a-glance overview of schools and faculty, with links to websites, CVs, and PhilPapers profiles for individual faculty. The wiki thus...
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8:23 PM | Waiting on Ferguson
by Leigh M. Johnson We continue awaiting the decision of a grand jury on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, exactly 15 weeks ago today on a suburban street in Ferguson, Missouri. News reporters from...
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2:48 PM | Weekend reads: Novartis fires scientist for faking data; journal accepts F-bomb-laden spam paper
The week at Retraction Watch began with a case of a South Korean engineer who had to retract ten studies at once. Here’s what was happening elsewhere, along with an update on a story we covered a few days ago: We have an update on the case of a former Vanderbilt scientist found to have […]
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6:00 AM | WS MoreOrLess: Caps off to Rooney 21 Nov 14
England captain Wayne Rooney made his 100th appearance last weekend but former England star Chris Waddle claims that it’s easier to win caps now than it was in previous generations. Wesley Stephenson asks whether Waddle is right and how many caps would greats like Bobby Moore, Maradona and Pele have won if they’d played in today’s era. Plus the programme hears from Professor Carlos Vilalta from the University of California San Diego and Steven Dudley from Insight Crime about claims that […]

November 21, 2014

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8:52 PM | Statshot: Demographics, Heart Disease and iPhone Games
This week in Statshot, demographics, heart disease and iPhone games.
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4:40 PM | ‘‘I don’t take whores in taxis”: Casual sexism in scientific journal leads to editor’s note
The Elsevier journal Biological Conservation has put out an apology, but not a retraction, after outcry over a bizarre, misogynistic nonsequitor in a book review by Duke conservation biologist Stuart Pimm. Here’s the introduction to Pimm’s review of Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth, which went online in October ahead of its December print publication: I confess […]
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3:37 PM | Steven Salaita, Palestinians, And Autobiography
By: Samir Chopra Last night, along with many Brooklyn College students, faculty (and some external visitors) I attended ‘Silencing Dissent: A Conversation with Steven Salaita, Katherine Franke and Corey Robin‘, organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine. (My previous posts on this event can be found here and here.)...
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2:30 PM | Can you hear me now? Neuroscience paper sunk by audio stimulus error
Have you ever noticed that hearing something read aloud as you follow along helps you remember what you’re reading better? Two bioengineers at Trinity College Dublin, Michael Crosse and Edmund Lalor, decided to investigate the underlying reason for the phenomenon. Unfortunately, after they published their findings in the Journal of Neurophysiology earlier this year, they tried […]
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2:00 PM | Thoughts on the coming storm
From a text exchange I had on election nightThe press has gone from"The Republicans are the responsible party"To"Both parties are irresponsible"To"The Republicans will start being responsible after they win"ToWhatever they are going to say after the impeachment.[voice recognition errors corrected.]This must be an interesting time to be a political scientist or anyone studying the way institutions form, function and fail.The  Republican party seems locked into a course that defies […]
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1:52 PM | An Interview with James Maynard: 2014 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize winner
The prestigious 2014 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize was awarded to Dr. James Maynard, a 27 year old mathematician from Oxford University who specializes in number theory. The prize, established in 2005, is awarded annually to young mathematicians for outstanding contributions in the areas influenced by the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. The age limit for the prize
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12:56 PM | 'The imitation game'
Over the last few years the name of Alan Turing, mathematician and WWII code breaker, has emerged from relative obscurity.read more
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3:00 AM | Novembre, 3ème défi
Chaque semaine, un défi du calendrier mathématique 2014... - Défis du Calendrier Mathématique 2014 / Carrousel

November 20, 2014

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8:17 PM | Former Vanderbilt scientist faked nearly 70 images, will retract 6 papers: ORI
A former Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer committed fraud on a massive scale, according to a new Office of Research Integrity (ORI) report. Igor Dzhura is banned from receiving federal funding for three years, and is retracting six papers, which have been cited more than 500 times. Since leaving Vanderbilt, he has worked at SUNY Upstate […]
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4:35 PM | Journal retracts paper when authors refuse to pay page charges
Taylor & Francis has withdrawn a paper published online after a disagreement with the authors about page charges. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, Judit Dobránszki, Jean Carlos Cardoso, and Songjun Zeng had submitted the manuscript, “Genetic transformation of Dendrobium,” to GM Crops and Food: Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain earlier this year. It was […]
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3:26 PM | Taylor Swift's Platonism
By Gordon Hull Over on Cyborgology, my colleague Robin James has a post up about Taylor Swift’s promotion of her new album. James focuses on two moments in that promotion: on the one hand, Swift has removed her music from the free streaming part of Spotify, on the grounds that...
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3:06 PM | Standing By Sponsoring 'Steven Salaita at Brooklyn College'
By: Samir Chopra Last week, I made note here of the philosophy department at Brooklyn College co-sponsoring ‘Silencing Dissent: A Conversation with Steven Salaita, Katherine Franke and Corey Robin‘, an event organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine and scheduled for Thursday, November 20th. As you will notice, on...
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2:30 PM | Tracking down lit crit plagiarism leads to “discourses of madness”
This one brings together a bunch of our favorite topics, including plagiarism, poetry, and predatory publishers. Look, alliteration! Richard Lawrence Etienne Barnett, who often publishes under the name R-L Etienne Barnett, has been accused of plagiarizing at least 18 articles by other scholars, mostly analyses of French poetry, as well as duplicating his own work at least eight […]
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2:13 PM | In the beginning…
Rachel Thomas Bob Wald tells us why probabilities are important in cosmology Scientific theories need to be tested in order to be accepted as a fully fledged piece of our scientific understanding of the world around us. To do this, you need an example of your physical system that the theory describes. Your theory should […]
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2:00 PM | Other than stem cells...
What are the most notable examples of regulation holding back new technology? There has been a lots of talk recently about encouraging innovation through deregulation zones. The idea being that, for example, having a city with no regulation on drones will spur a great deal of research into the technology. On one level, this does make a certain amount of sense. The easier it is to do research, the more research we expect to see.That said, other than studies with human subjects (where the rules […]
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1:53 PM | Participation for a survey on religious disagreement
What do philosophers think about religious disagreement? This is a brief survey (takes about 5-10 minutes) to find this out. The survey is aimed at academic philosophers, by which I mean people who hold a PhD in philosophy or are graduate students in philosophy. If you fit these criteria, please...
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12:15 PM | Watch out! I’m a blue whale and I’m about to land on you!
I don’t know why this question popped into my head, but it’s been sitting there for the past week and showing no signs of moving on. Suppose an enemy of mine threw a friendly blue whale at me. Being a friendly whale, it makes the blue-whale-noise equivalent of “DUCK!” to warn me it’s coming. How quickly... Read more »
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9:26 AM | Philosophy, children, curiosity, and wonder
By Catarina Dutilh Novaes Today is UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day, which is celebrated on the third Thursday of November every year. As it so happens, November 20th is also the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day (here is a blog post I wrote for the occasion 2 years ago). I am...
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9:25 AM | Snow, snow, beautiful snow!
Our images of the week show the amazing snow art created by Simon Beck. Snow art. Image © Simon Beck.read more
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6:00 AM | Du côté des lettres (3) : Il y a cent ans, Volterra et Darboux échangent sur la Grande Guerre
Depuis longtemps, les correspondances alimentent le travail des historiens. Aux noms de mathématiciens renommés s'associent des centaines de correspondants, illustres ou anonymes, tissant ainsi un vaste réseau de sociabilités. - Histoire des Mathématiques / Piste verte, featured
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5:00 AM | Why Prove Theorems? Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Since at least the time when it was understood that the circumference of a circle is pi multiplied by its diameter, the applications of mathematics have raced on far ahead of the foundations of the subject itself. By considering a variety of examples, principally from the 19th century, we will explore the tension between mathematics and its applications, and reasons why it remains a valuable and rewarding occupation to develop the necessary framework for existing and “well understood” […]
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12:22 AM | "Duct tape and string"
Or as we used say back in the hills, spit and bailing wire.From James Kwak's recent piece on United Airlines:There are two lessons to be drawn from these entirely unexceptional examples of air travel gone wrong. One is that United’s computer systems don’t work — for the same reasons that many large companies’ core systems don’t work. The overnight unbooking and rebooking was probably a computer error, and in any case United had no way of rolling back all the automated changes […]
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12:00 AM | Alternate Universe What Ifs
Alternate Universe What Ifs Dispatches from a horrifying alternate universe This week: Excerpts from What If articles written in a world which, thankfully, is not the one we live in: ... and most SCUBA equipment functions relatively well when immersed in human blood. However, since the density of blood (1.06 kg/L) is much higher than fresh water (1.00 kg/L) and slightly higher than seawater (1.03 kg/L), SCUBA diving weights must be adjusted. For obvious reasons, most equipment manufactured […]

November 19, 2014

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10:54 PM | Low energy nuclear reactions: Papers and patents
Introduction The world community is truly at a crossroads like never before faced in the history of our civilization. If we continue business-as-usual with the consumption of fossil fuels, then, according to the 2014 edition 2014 edition of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s climate change report, grave consequences will almost surely ensue, including Continue reading Low energy nuclear reactions: Papers and patents
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