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The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT Where: UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, …

Mathematics

Antibiotics and agriculture via Eat This Podcast

Tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance at (one) source In the past year or so there has been a slew of high-level meetings pointing to …

Agriculture

Why Connecting Hardware with the Web is So Neat by Eli Fatsi

We just wrapped up development on Lightwalk, an interactive art installation living at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. For a number …

Internet of Things

Using Facepiles in Comments for WordPress with Webmentions and Semantic Linkbacks

Today, through the brilliant and diligent work of David Shanske and Matthias Pfefferle (as well as Ashton McAllan and many other opensource …

Social Media

📺 The Vietnam War: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) Episode 1

After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War …

Vietnam

Algebraic Geometry Lecture 1

For those who are still on the fence about taking Algebraic Geometry this quarter (or the follow on course next quarter), here’s a downloadable copy …

Mathematics

Norm Peterson on Cheers invented the symbol for Bitcoin

In the cold opening of Cheers, Season 9, Episode 23 “Carla Loves Clavin” aired on March 21, 1991, Norm Peterson (portrayed by George Wendt) invents …

Getting to know the cinta senese on its home turf | Eat This Podcast

In the town hall of Siena is a series of glorious frescoes that depict The Allegory of Good and Bad Government. In one of them is a pig, long snouted …

Jam Tomorrow | Eat This Podcast

What is jam? “A preserve made from whole fruit boiled to a pulp with sugar.” Lots of opportunities to quibble with that, most especially, if you’re …

Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable by Ethan Zuckerman

Most distributed publishing tools are simply too complex for most users to adopt. Mastodon may have overcome that problem, borrowing design ideas …

Eclipse Photos August 21, 2017

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer

SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the …

👓 Link: The futility of science communication conferences by John Hawks

Rich Borschelt is the communication director for science at the Department of Energy, and recently attended a science communication workshop. He …

Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress

Post Types<p>Within the broader social media world there are a huge variety of types of posts. These range from common articles to status updates to …

🔖 Elementary Algebraic Geometry by Klaus Hulek

This is a genuine introduction to algebraic geometry. The author makes no assumption that readers know more than can be expected of a good …

🔖 Universal Sign-In Button

The Universal Sign-In Button is a customisable bookmarklet that will auto-fill a sign-in form on the page you are currently visiting and submit it …

👓 Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath by Allison Harbin, Ph.D.

The next few days following my defense, or to be honest, the next few weeks, still feel emotionally distant, almost as if it happened to someone …

🎧 This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition, July 22nd – 28th, 2017 | Marty McGuire

Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 22nd - 28th, 2017. This week features a brief interview with Johannes Ernst recorded at IndieWeb …

👓 Big names in statistics want to shake up much-maligned P value | Nature

One of scientists’ favourite statistics — the P value — should face tougher standards, say leading researchers.<p>Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical …

📺 Linguist and Cognitive Scientist George Lakoff on Tavis Smiley (PBS)

The esteemed academic discusses Trump supporters who stay faithful to him even when he works against their material best interests and well-being.<p>Dr. …

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how …

An Introduction to the IndieWeb

Whether you're starting a blog, building your personal brand, posting a resume, promoting a hobby, writing a personal journal, creating an online …

Introduction to Algebraic Geometry | UCLA Extension in Fall 2017

Algebraic geometry is the study, using algebraic tools, of geometric objects defined as the solution sets to systems of polynomial equations in …

A Domain of One's Own in a Post-Ownership Society | Hack Education

The University of Mary Washington’s initiative, “Domain of One’s Own,” is phrased thusly as a nod to Virginia Woolf’s essay “A Room of One’s Own,” in …

Entropy 2018: From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry

14-16 May 2018; Auditorium Enric Casassas, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain<p>One of the most frequently used scientific …

Subjectivity and Correlation in Randomized Strategies by Robert J. Aumann

(.pdf download) Subjectivity and correlation, though formally related, are conceptually distinct and independent issues. We start by discussing …

👓 In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium

John Nash’s notion of equilibrium is ubiquitous in economic theory, but a new study shows that it is often impossible to reach efficiently.<p>There’s a …

👓 Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business? | Hack Education

Within the past week, two well-known and well-established coding bootcamps have announced they’ll be closing their doors: Dev Bootcamp, owned by …

I'd love to have a Johns Hopkins hat just like this with "Math" instead of "Lacrosse". Surely the department has them made occasionally?

Cotton twill hat features a full color embroidered Johns Hopkins lacrosse design showcasing our shielded blue jay. Unstructured low profile fit. Just …