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Rational Religion

Introduction Rational Religion recently received a message from someone I’ll call ‘Sara.’ Sara used to be a Sunni Muslim. When her Muslim husband …

Religion

There's a growing movement to abolish a key part of America's criminal-justice system

So Patterson, 39, promised to pay a bail bonds company $15,000 plus interest to put up the $150,000 bail for her, allowing to go home and care for her invalid grandmother.<p>The day after her release, the district attorney decided not to pursue charges. But Patterson still owes the bail bonds company. …

The story of the surgery that made Ben Carson famous — and its complicated aftermath

For months, a team of physicians and nurses had rehearsed for the delicate surgery. For hours they had prepped the two tiny bodies perilously joined at the head. And when it came time on that day in 1987 to put a knife to the large vein connecting them - the most fraught step in the groundbreaking …

Ben Carson

Bayesian vs Frequentist A/B Testing – What’s the Difference?

There’s a philosophical statistics debate in the optimization in the world: Bayesian vs Frequentist.<p>This is not a new debate; Thomas Bayes wrote “An …

The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well

The world has been clamoring for a super-battery.<p>Since about 2010, a critical mass of national leaders, policy professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and writers have all but demanded a transformation of the humble lithium-ion cell. Only batteries that can store a lot more energy for a …

Energy

Watch this learning AI smash Super Mario World with ease

How good are you at Super Mario World? Chances are, you’re not as good as a neural network and genetic algorithms.<p>MarI/O may be just that, and it’s <i>really</i> good at Super Mario World. In the video above, you’ll see MarI/O beating a level of the game with ease, and a quick explainer on what made it so …

11 documentaries that will make you smarter about business

From a film on Wal-Mart's business practices to one on aspiring sommeliers, each will simultaneously entertain and educate you about business.

More Free Data Mining, Data Science Books and Resources

An Introduction to Data Science by Jeffrey Stanton, Robert De Graaf, 2013.<br>An introductory level resource developed by Syracuse University<p>An …

Machine Learning

Machine Learning: Introduction to Genetic Algorithms

<i>The Introduction to “Machine Learning in Javascript” post provides a nice introduction and context for this post and the rest of the series.</i>I like …

ISIS: A Short History

The terrorist group's evolution from fervid fantasy to death cult<p>The Sunni militants who now threaten to take over Iraq seemed to spring from nowhere when they stormed Mosul in early June. But the group that recently renamed itself simply “the Islamic State” has existed under various names and in …

How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

At this point, you probably have a working understanding of what bitcoins are (at the very least your handle of bitcoins is like how you can kinda, …

Deleted Snapchat photos recovered 'within days' by forensics company

Privacy in the digital world has taken another hit as engineers announced this week they were able to recover deleted files from the popular mobile …