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My TED Talk on Mind-Controlling Parasites

When we think about animal behaviour, we often assume that the animals are in charge of their own actions. That’s often not the case. At the TED2014 conference in Vancouver last week, I gave a talk on the fascinating and macabre world of mind-controlling parasites, from the tapeworm that makes …

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Cosmic Inflation Explained

Chronotherapy

1346: Career

Come on ... those tasks can't be random ... someone find out what is Randal referring to ... isn't Luke Skywalker doing something wiht dryer traps at …

Solomonoff Cartesianism

<b>Summary</b>: If you want to predict arbitrary computable patterns of data, Solomonoff induction is the optimal way to go about it — provided that you're …

Programming with Chemical Reaction Networks

There will be a 5-day workshop on Programming with Chemical Reaction Networks: Mathematical Foundation at BIRS from Sunday, June 8 to Friday June 13, …

Zigzags and the Mercator projection

<b>Zigzags and the Mercator projection</b><p>My thesis advisor's advisor's advisor's advisor's advisor's advisor's advisor was a mathematician named <b>Christoph Gudermann</b>.<p><i>His</i> advisor was Gauss. He was one of Gauss' worst students. That's not so bad, since three of the other four were Bessel, Dedekind and Riemann - famous guys. But what did Gudermann actually do?<p>He mainly messed around with spherical geometry. His only minor claim to fame is that someone named a function after him: the 'gudermannian'.<p>What's …