Martin Topinka

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The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

1 of 19<p>Introduction<p>In 1900, the British physicist Lord Kelvin is said to have pronounced: "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All …

Black Holes

Weird: Naked mole rats don't die of old age

Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age.<p>Unlike literally every other mammal, naked mole rats don't become more likely to die as they get up there in years. In humans, for example, with all else being equal …

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Normalizing Flows Tutorial, Part 1: Distributions and Determinants

<i>I'm looking for help translate these posts into different languages! Please email me at <myfirstname><mylastname>2004<at>gmail.com if you are</i> …

The Generalization Mystery: Sharp vs Flat Minima

I set out to write about the following paper I saw people talk about on twitter and reddit:• Hao Li, Zheng Xu, Gavin Taylor, Tom Goldstein Visualizing …

The 10 Statistical Techniques Data Scientists Need to Master

This was a basic run-down of some basic statistical techniques that can help a data science program manager and or executive have a better …

We Chatted With an Astronaut About Showering, Farting, and Boning in Space

As journalists, it’s our obligation—nay, our duty—to ask the hard questions. So when presented with the opportunity to ask a living former astronaut …

Soundtracks

In A First, Gravitational Lens Reveals Magnified And Multiplied Images Of A Type 1a Supernova

Astronomers have, for the first time, detected a gravitationally lensed type 1a supernova — objects that always explode with the same brightness, and …

GLMs, CPUs, and GPUs: An introduction to machine learning through logistic regression, Python and OpenCL

Welcome! As a mentee in the ChiPy mentorship program I will be writing a few blog posts about my project — which was to learn how to implement a …

Supermassive Black Holes Suggest We May Be Very Wrong About How Our Universe Formed

Riddled with Holes<p>The universe can be thought of as one big, continuously expanding space. An interesting theory about this expansion assumes that …

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …