The Stream: Information Curated

The ‘Stream‘ is a collection of interesting links I come across.

The Conditions for Emergence of National Identity: The Narrative of Eugen Weber’s Peasants into Frenchmen
FT – Among the Taliban – a soldier-turned-writer’s journey through Afghanistan

How Government Helped Create the Coming Doctor Shortage
How State Policies Are Worsening Our Doctor Shortage

Google Culture Explained – Blake Lemoine

Japanese Zoning is better than US Zoning – UrbanKChoze
Why no one went to Jail for Recession –
Cultural Intelligence – Michele Gelfand – Edge

Evolution of Brains – Evolution Institute – BBS, Brains, and the Pain of Altruism: An Interview with Barbara Finlay
Corruption in Society – Edge – When the Rule of Law is Not Working

Anglophone India – Say Hello to India’s Newest and Fastest-Growing Caste
Viral Videos Upset Incumbents – LA Times – From obscurity to political stardom: How viral videos are reshaping elections

USA Grows Sclerotic under Bad Laws – The Captured Economy
Bee Brains as Model Connectomes – Edge – The Connectomic Revolution
Women’s Science vs Feminist Agendas – Edge – The Bias Against Understanding the Biological Foundations of Women’s Behavior

Cybercriminals out-innovate Police – Guardian – Cyberlaundering: from ghost Uber rides to gibberish on Amazon
Examining the Myopia Epidemic – Nature – The Myopia Boom

1850s 2820 km long triangulation survey to get Earth diameter – Amusing Planet – Struve Geodetic Arc: The 2,820 Km Line That Produced The First Accurate Measurement of The Earth’s Size
Fashion Show for Men – Guardian – ‘We’re Top Gear for clothes’: the guys behind PAQ
Bombay Beach revives – Guardian – In a forgotten town by the Salton Sea, newcomers build a bohemian dream

Reality is fundamentally information theoretic – John Wheeler – Information, Physics, Quantum: The Search for Links
Deciphering ancient epidemics – Popular Science – Scientists just uncovered the cause of a massive epidemic using 500-year-old teeth
When Progress causes Suicides in Greenland – NPR – The Arctic Suicides: It’s Not The Dark That Kills You

“Inside Out” Film Shows Science and Psychology of Adolescence – NYT
Tripura in India offers alternate model for development

How Saudi Arabia Changes – Bloomberg – Saudi Arabia women drivers campaign
Neutron star collision – Fox News
Online dating changes society – Pew Research
Dunbar’s number in dolphins – Nature – Neocortex and sociality across mammals

Ethereum’s founder explains blockchain – Vitalik Buterin – Decentralizing Everything at Disrupt 2017
Transparency at work enables decision making – Ray Dalio – How to build a company where the best ideas win
Predicting research quality from test score – Emilio Borghesan – About that supposed weak link between test-taking and research quality …
USA vs Mississippi River – New Yorker / John McPhee – Atchafalaya

WWII Jewish Refugees in India – Jewish Standard – From Reich to Raj
Intersexual selection is important – National Geographic – Why It Matters Who Females have Sex With

Tensions in an Accelerating World – Mensa
All Labor Is Not Equal – HBR – The Great Decoupling

Qatar versus All Neighbors – The Sunday Times – Qatar fights siege with bling and bravado
Puerto Rico’s Unique Political Problems
– Washington Post – Puerto Rico votes on statehood on Sunday — for the fifth time. Here’s what’s at stake.

Earth Life History through Energy Sources – Nature – The energy expansions of evolution
Restoring Ovary Function with 3D-printed Scaffold
– Nature – A bioprosthetic ovary created using 3D printed microporous scaffolds restores ovarian function in sterilized mice

The Humans in Google AI – Ars Technica – The secret lives of Google raters
Rajan Diagnoses Global Economy
– Finanz und Wirtschaft – The Fundamental Problems of the Financial Crisis Are Still with Us

Reddit Interactive Internet Art Exihibit – Arstechnica – Reddit’s 72 Hour  Graffiti Wall A Social Experiment
Long Lifespans Preserve Knowledge
– Edge – Life History and Grandparents
How Nature Adapts to Us
– Edge – Urban Evolution How Species Adapt, or Don’t, to City Living
White America is Losing
– NPR – The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People’s ‘Deaths Of Despair’

Limits of Human Physical Ability – NPR – How Does A Nepalese Porter Carry So Much Weight?
Espionage, Statecraft, Covert Ops with Hundreds … Virtually
 – PC  Gamer – Murder Incorporated
$300,000 Virtual War in a Virtual Universe
– Wiki – Bloodbath of B-R5RB
Snapchat IPO Ownership Doubts
– Reuters / Rob Cox – Snap IPO marks moment investors donned sweats
Snapchat does Offices Differently – LA Times – Why Snapchat’s unprecedented real estate strategy in Venice could be tech’s new standard
Google’s Backbone Database
– Wired – Spanner, the Google Database That Mastered Time, Is Now Open to Everyone
Poop Emoji – Fastcompany – The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)

Trump’s Use of Psychometrics (effect seems overstated) – Vice – The Data That Turned the World Upside Down
Predicting You From Facebook – Kosinski – Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior
Pufferfish build sea-sand sculptures to attract mates – Kawase – Role of Huge Geometric Circular Structures in the Reproduction of a Marine Pufferfish
New “end-game” AI Algorithm Scores – IEEE Spectrum – AI Decisively Defeats Human Poker Players

Economics is All Wrong – Paul Romer – The Trouble with Macroeconomics 
De-regulation created the Urban-Rural divide
– The Atlantic – Why the Economic Fates of America’s Cities Diverged

Scaling across structures – – Why cities keep growing, corporations and people always die, and life gets faster
Placebos: Honest fakery – Understanding and exploiting the placebo effect – Nature
Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature – Excel bug causes errors in 20% of genetics papers
Why We’re Different – Understanding from and learning the genetic basis for our differences
Bacteria Invade Antibiotics And Transform Into Superbugs – Watch bacteria evolve before your eyes

Hip-hop deconstructed – Vox – Rapping, deconstructed: The best rhymers of all time
It’s Nature & Nurture – Why We’re Different
You cannot separate interleaved books – Physics Today – Why can’t you separate interleaved books?

Why Study Mathematics – Jeremy Kun – Habits of highly mathematical people
Britain’s genes are a smorgasbord of European DNA – Telegraph – Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms
Introduction to population genetics – Pickrell, Reich – Toward a new history and geography of human genes informed by ancient DNA
Tibetans get high-altitude adaptation from now-extinct hominid species – Sanchez et al – Altitude adaptation in Tibet caused by introgression of Denisovan-like DNA
The Homology of Feathers, Furs, and Scales – Milinkovitch et al – Scales and Fur have a Shared Origin

We Cause a New Species to Evolve – The Economist – New Animal Species Emerges in Front of Scientist’s Eyes
Neat Visualization of Earth’s Increasing Temperature – Climate Central
Greatest Western Science Books – Discover Magazine
The Direction of Artificial Intelligence – Is Big Data Taking Us Closer to the Deeper Questions in Artificial Intelligence? – Edge
The Arms Race of Search – Google v/s web – Infographic

The Mother-Fetus Conflict – Quora – what is the Evolutionary Purpose of Periods?

Talking Population Genetics – Edge – The Genomic Ancient DNA Revolution
Non-Drug Addictions are Bad Too – Olsen – Natural Rewards, Neuroplasticity, and Non-Drug Addictions
Is Race Real? – Scientific American – Race is a Social Construct

The Battle for CRISPR’s History – MIT Tech Review – A Scientist’s Contested History of CRISPR
It’s carbs, not fat stupid – Boston Magazine – If David Ludwig Is Right, Everything We Thought We Knew About Obesity—and Low-Fat Diets—Is Wrong
Intuition Maketh the Physicist – Nature – A Meeting with Enrico Fermi

Awesome Graph Isomorphism Algorithm – Quanta Magazine – Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse
The Physics of the Ultimate Cause
– Harper’s Magazine – What Came Before the Big Bang?
Korean Men Face New Gender Norms
– The Economist – The East Turns Rouge
Can Wealth Protect Itself?
– The Atlantic – Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts

The “microbiome-gut-brain” axis – Nature – The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain
What does Denmark have for the US? – Vox – 9 questions about Denmark, Bernie Sanders’s favorite socialist utopia
How Democratic is America? – Journalist’s Resource – The influence of elites, interest groups and average voters on American politics
Connecting epigenetics & homosexuality – ScienceMag
Asian Immigrants in the US – The Economist – Education levels & income by ethnic group
Tao solves Erdos Discrepancy Problem – Quanta – A Magical Answer to a 80-Year-Old Puzzle

Doctors: Second thoughts about an M.D. – Jake Seliger – Why you should become a nurse or physicians assistant instead of a doctor: the underrated perils of medical school
Horrors of Hiroshima
– New Yorker – Hiroshima

Lev Landau’s Personal Life – The Top-Secret Life of Lev Landau

Climate change & the Neolithic Revolution – UC Davis – Was Agriculture Impossible during the Pleistocene but Mandatory during the Holocene? A Climate Change Hypothesis
Where Nuclear Fusion Stands – ScienceAlert – Here’s why it’ll take us decades to master nuclear fusion
How Millenials Invest – Bloomberg – Robo-Investing Craze Now Pitting Vanguard Against Fidelity
Combining materials science & biology – R&D Mag – Adapting nanoscience imaging tools to study ants’ heat-deflecting adaptations
Machine Learning for Mario – Video – Training a Neural Network to Play Mario
How to Teach Math – – A Mathematician’s Lament

Some men are losing – The Economist – Men Adrift – Badly educated men in rich countries have not adapted well to trade, technology or feminism
Indian history on a map – – The changing map of India from 1 AD to the 20th century
The Middle-East Summarized – LobeLog – Squaring the Circle of ISIS
Moving on from the Selfish Gene – Aeon – Die, selfish gene, die
Male Suicide – The male suicides: how social perfectionism kills
Cali Water District – Slate Star Codex – California, Water You Doing?

Possible link between red meat consumption and cardiovascular disease – Intestinal microbiota metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis
Explaining Hipsters – NYMag – What Was the Hipster?
Slab City grapples with governance – KPBS – Will Slab City Remain The Last Free Place In America?
Elon, Neil, and Bill chat about life – Star Talk radio

Ev Psych and Fashion – Nautilus – Dress for Evolutionary Success
Gods and Us – Nature – Complex societies evolved without belief in all-powerful deity
How to interview programmers – SockPuppet Blog – The Hiring Post
Our culture changes – Racked – The Fall of the Hipster Brand: Inside the Decline of American Apparel and Urban Outfitters
Illegal and unethical spoofing – Forbes – As ‘Spoof’ Trading Persists, Regulators Clamp Down

Misgivings over Tech Titans – Der Spigel – Tomorrowland: How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future
Not Kuhn nor Popper! – SciAm – Quantum Gravity Expert Says “Philosophical Superficiality” Has Harmed Physics
Educational Attainment in LA – Image
Protein Structure & Genomic Variation – New Scientist – Random no more: Evolution isn’t down to chance alone

What if Marathas won Panipat? – Swaraja Maganzine – What If the Marathas Had Won at Panipat?
Zionism and politics today in the United States – NYTimes – Can Liberal Zionists Count On Hillary Clinton?
Amazon warriors – National Geographic – Amazon Warriors Did Indeed Fight and Die Like Men
Indian morals, female decency and the British – BBC Magazine – Dressing the Indian woman through history
The Science of a Good Marriage – Scientific American – How to Craft An Empirically-Supported Marriage
Silly US World & News Report Rankings – Boston Magazine – How Northeastern Gamed the Rankings
Science, Morality, Feminism – Edge – Getting Human Nature Right

Most-cited research – Nature – The top 100 papers

Using Sicilian culture to stop the Mafia – The Economist – Dealing with the mafia: Stop that racket
Cocoa traders make money off Ebola – PBS – How cocoa traders make money on the Ebola scare
Musk and Mars – Wired – Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars
Interesting thoughts on trade and war – MIT Technology Review – Network Theory Reveals The Hidden Link Between Trade And Military Alliances That Leads to Conflict-Free Stability
Explaining Entropy – Daniel Wilkerson – An Intuitive Explanation of the Information Entropy of a Random Variable
All about ambient music – A Strangely Isolated Place – Neither scene nor heard: a journey through ambient music
The Heritability of Intelligent – Nature – Genetics and intelligence differences: five special findings
Is intelligence ‘g’ a signifier of underlying fitness? – Wiring the Brain – The genetics of stupidity
Making history in Mecca – BusinessInsider – ‘Mecca-hattan’: Islam’s Holiest City Is Being Overhauled, And People Are Furious
Nauru: 21st century imbroglio – The Economist – Paradise well and truly lost

Rescuing a space station – ArsTechnica – The Little Known Soviet Mission to Rescue a Dead Space Station

Index funds FTW – The Economist – Practice makes imperfect: Even experienced fund managers don’t beat the market
What is lifelong happiness? – The Atlantic – What Makes Us Happy?
Where do transistors stand now? Funny you ask – Usenix – The Slow Winter
Floating-point arithmetic is for dinosaurs. What next? – IEEE – UNUM … a better alternative to IEEE Floating Point?
Stepping stones to the Neolithic Revolution – Evo and Proud – The agricultural revolution that wasn’t
Biological self-control of structure – National Geographic – How Did You Get Five Fingers?
Nature gets inventive with torture – SciAm – Parasite Shoots Tiny Animals with Harpoons Launched from Guns
Your national digital identity…in Estonia – The Economist – Digital identity cards

Intersection of biosphere and geosphere – SciAm – How Scientists Uncovered Arctic Clues to a Past Where a Tiny Fern Changed the Planet
A 1000km brave, perilous ice hike to surive [2] – CNN – Marooned at the end of the world
Before Air-Conditioning – New Yorker – Before Air-Conditioning by Arthur Miller
Converting an art to a science in business – BusinessWeek – At 3M, a Struggle between Efficienty and Creativity
No engineering heroes? – IEEE Spectrum – Where Are Today’s Engineering Heroes?
A dim view of Cambridge gentrification – The Baffler – The People’s Republic of Zuckerstan
Why Sex? – The Scientist – The Sex Paradox

Ground Zero – – Finally, find out: was the zero really reinvented in India?
Japan opening up to immigration – The Economist – The incredible shrinking country
Fathers and their children – Scientific American – How Dads Influence Teens’ Happiness
Women outlive men because mitochondria? – The Economist – Mitochondria and male lifespan
You can’t beat the market – The Economist – Financial knowledge and investment performance

Brain circuits for parental behavior in mice – BostonGlobe – Brain circuits may control parental behavior
Behavioural Economics – Edge – Rory Sutherland: This Thing For Which We Have No Name
Monty Hall Problem – Wikipedia – Monty Hall Problem
“The German Question” – The New Statesman – The Cracked Heart of the Old World”
Mandelbrot on Fractals – TeD – Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness
Does your engineering heart beat for Emacs or Vi? – The Oldest Rivalry in Computing

Nervous system and immune response – Scientific American – Inflammation Reduced with Behavioral Training
Horizontal gene transfer in plants – Scientific American – In Darkened Forests, Ferns Stole Gene From an Unlikely Source — and Then From Each Other
What success takes – The Economist – Revenge of the tiger mother
How to move moolah – The Economist – Uncontained
All about Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics – Scientific American – Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics

“Econophysics” – Mark Buchanan – The Physics of Finance – What’s the use of “econo-physics”?
Drought possibly ended Indus Valley Civilisation – Scientific American – 200-Year Drought Doomed Indus Valley Civilization
Printing and growing cells to organs – The Economist – Bioprinters
Printing a bit of me
Nuclear option the only option – MIT Technology Review – The Numbers Behind Japan’s Renewed Embrace of Nuclear
Aesthetics of Science – The Economist – Beauty and the geek

You got served, by web ads – CMSummit – Behind the Banner
Individualistic society makes marriage complicated – Economist – Marital psychology – Happily ever after?
Re-introduced wolves restore riparian ecosystems in Yellowstone – Oregon State University – Trophic cascades in Yellowstone: The first 15 years after wolf reintroduction
Pesky p-values. What do they mean? When is truth Truth? – Nature – Scientific method: Statistical errors
Facebook uses data to analyze relationships.
1. Love and Religion
2. The Age of Love
3. Flings or Lifetimes?
4. Looking for Love
5. The Formation of Love
6. When Love Goes Awry
Neurochemistry of Love at First Sight – The Economist – The science of love at first sight
Do microbes have the last word? – SciAm – Suspicious Virus Makes Rare Cross-Kingdom Leap From Plants to Honeybees
Simple game theory yields fascinating behavioral insights – – Robert Axelrod – The Evolution of Cooperation excerpt
Attractiveness correlates with athleticism – The Economist – Sexual selection: Hot wheels

Ashkenazi Jewish Surnames – Slate – Jewish Surnames Explained
Jewishness – The Economist – Who is a Jew?
Mythological continuity in South-East Asia – Business Standard – How Hanuman became Houliman
Quick & Dirty Introduction to High Frequency Trading – ACM Queue – High-frequency Trading and Exchange Technology
Glimmerings of progress in understanding ourselves – Forbes – The Grand Theory Of Business, From Charles Darwin
Science loses to Hawaii’s Anti-GMO Liberal Lobby – NYT – A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops
Drugs cost money and are expensive, yet we need to save people, how? – Economist – Hard pills to swallow
Drug firms have new medicines and patients are desperate for them. But the arguments over cost are growing

Axioms of Mathematics – SciAm – Dispute over Infinity Divides Mathematicians

Evidence that American governance is growing dysfunctional – The Economist – Legislative verbosity: Outrageous bills
How prokaryotes share genes – Wikipedia – Horizontal gene transfer
Down with New Criticism and Symbolism! – MentalFloss – Famous Novelists on Symbolism in their Work and Whether it was Intentional
High Stakes Diplomacy with Iran, Israel, USA – Reuters – Israel struggling to win friends, influence people
Thoughtful Discussion on Positive Emotions – Edge – HeadCon ’13: Part II

What is Art? – V.S. Ramachandran and William Hirstein: The Science of Art, A Neurological Theory of Aesthetic Experience
The Perils of Presidentialism – Journal of Democracy 1990 – Juan Linz
The Plano Real – NPR – How Fake Money Saved Brazil
Actual hard Science Fiction movie plots – Twitter – Hard Sci-Fi movies
Do Saturn & Jupiter have diamond rain? (and diamond cores?!) – LA Times – Do Jupiter and Saturn have diamond ‘rain’?
Has the NIF achieved energy positive fusion?! – CBS – Apparent breakthrough in nuclear fusion silenced by shutdown

The rise & fall of Kowloon – Daily Mail – Inside the Kowloon Walled City
First carbon nanotube computer – – A first: Stanford engineers build computer using carbon nanotube technology
Socialize risk, privatize profit looks pretty good – – Ex-Wall Street Chieftains Living Large in Post-Meltdown World
How do Germans do voting? – The Economist – How does Germany’s electoral system work?
Right side analytical & left side creative? It’s all hokum – Scientific American – The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

Is democracy mathematically impossible? – Wikipedia – Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem
Democracy + Nepotism + Feudalism = India – India Today – Dynasty Raj
Appendix isn’t vestigial? – Political Blind Spot – Scientists discover function of the human appendix
Big data applied to the legal system – IEEE Spectrum – Can Big Data win your next court case?
Fascinating anthropology reading – Wikipedia – Yanomami
Silicon’s slow demise – IEEE Spectrum – Changing the Channel
New Hampshire receives freedom and liberty – Reason – The Free State Project Grows up
What keeps women in science? – Fair Hall Lab – How does she do it?

So much over so little – Washington Post – After Wendy Davis’s filibuster, Texas abortion bill misses deadline
Privacy: the devil is in the details – The Chronicle – Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’
News sucks. No really – Rolf Dobelli – Avoid News
Edward Snowden’s motivation – the guardian – Edward Snowden, NSA files source: ‘If they want to get you, in time they will’

Neurons are general purpose – MIT News – Complex Brain Function depends on Flexibility
The dating game – UCSB Sociology – Making the Connection
Why Japanese adult adoption? – The Economist – Keeping it in the family
Indian hopelessness – The Economist – Angry young Indians, what a waste
Should one “serve” in 3rd world countries? – BBC – Viewpoint: Is gap year volunteering a bad thing?
What makes a city special? – PNAS – Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities

An exercise in the dismal science – Bloomberg – Refereeing the Reinhart Rogoff debate
Canadian oil in USA – Reuters – Analysis: Spills flame Canadian oil debate, but won’t curb flows to U.S
Perspectives on Cancer – The Scientist – The Cancer Tradeoff
See through brains illuminate our understanding – Nature – See through brains clarify connections
Why we developed reason – Edge – The Argumentative Theory
Consumer microbiomics – The Economist – Microbes and Men
Sexy 3D printed concept car – IEEE Spectrum – What’s next for 3D printing car bodies
Decoding bone structure – MIT News – Decoding the structure of bone
Plants drive the water cycle – Scientific American – Plant life floods Earth’s atmosphere
21st century Luddism? – Nature – Animal-rights activists wreak havoc in Milan laboratory
Can you replace the hippocampus? – MIT Review – Brain implants could helps Alzheimer’s and others with severe memory damage
Chaos in weather patterns – MPE2013 – Chaos in an atmosphere hanging on a wall
Transparent brains illuminate our understanding – Nature – See-through brains clarify connections
Perspectives on Cancer – The Scientist – Q&A The Cancer Tradeoff
Rise of the Renminbi – The birth of a global currency – Business without Borders
Anti-Science in Canada – Scientific freedom in Canada – The Economist
New 3 body solutions found – ScienceMag – Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to Three-Body Problem
Simulating the Universe – IEEE Spectrum – The Cosmological Supercomputer
Global warming tipping points – Scientific American – Quick-Change Planet: Do Global Climate Tipping Points Exist?
Social networks in basketball – IEEE Spectrum – Basketball and Biology: A Tale of Two Social Networks

Presidential power always increases in the US – Boston University – Eleven reason why presidential power inevitably expands and why it matters
AI doctor vs human doctor – Gigaom – Researchers say AI prescribes better treatment than doctors
Fascinating complexity in industrial supply chains – IEEE Spectrum – Are Boeing’s Battery Difficulties Part of a Much Bigger Problem?
The lowdown on the US-Mexican border – AP News – What does a `secure’ border look like?
Can police collect your DNA? – Scientific American – Editorial: Chief Justices Should Not Allow DNA Collection During an Arrest Booking

Justice in the Niger Delta? – The Economist – Shell and Nigeria
Law, its practise and regulation [2] – NYTimes – Lawyers call for drastic change in education new lawyers
Ratings Agency Drama [2] – CBS News – Egan Jones banned from Rating Governments
Better, faster drug testing – IEEE Spectrum – Engineers are reinventing drug testing
Should algorithms be patentable? – Pluto – Should algorithms be patentable?
Gun control by data & facts – Sam Harris – The Riddle of the Gun
Storing information in DNA – Nature – Synthetic double-helix faithfully stores Shakespeare’s sonnets
Middle class being hollowed out? [2] [3] – Associated Press – Technology killing millions of middle-class jobs
Money and Marriage – UBC – Dowry & Brideprice
Trapizing that cell membrane – MIT News – Putting the squeeze on cells
How do you move? – Science Daily – New Brain Circuit Sheds Light On Development of Voluntary Movements
Test tube synthetic biology – Science Daily – Discovery in Synthetic Biology Takes Us a Step Closer to New ‘Industrial Revolution’
Graphene and Magnetism in Transistors – IEEE Spectrum – Graphene Goes the Distance in Spintronics

Tech Dreams become Reality – My Science Academy – Science Fictions that became Science Facts
Why GM Food – Mark Lynas – Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference
The Origins of Life – Scientific American – Archaebacteria: The Third Domain of Life Missed by Biologists for Decades
Technologies to come in 2013 – IEEE Spectrum – Top Tech 2013
Math & Chemistry explain Life – MIT Technology Review – The Single Theory That Could Explain Emergence, Organisation And The Origin of Life

Anti-Science on the Left – Forbes – White House Reverses Itself, Lifts Political Block on FDA Approval of GM Salmon
Why Altruism and not Selfishness? – The Price of Anarchy – SIAM
Noise in the Data – Princeton – Howard Wainer: Picturing the Uncertain World
The Spooks on our Future – Bloomberg U.S. Intelligence Agencies See a Different World in 2030
Two differing views on taxes and the economy – Congressional Research, and, Heritage – Taxes and the Economy and What Economists are Really Saying
Expanding human colour vision – Nature – How to see a redder red
Pioneer anamoly explanation is mundane but telling – IEEE Spectrum –
Finding the Source of the Pioneer Anomaly
DNA Tricks: Building nanostructures – Physics World – Complex 3D nanostructures built using DNA bricks

Space:Discrete or Analog? – – The Unquantum Quantum
Dark Attraction at First Sight – Scientific American – Psychology Uncovers Sex Appeal of Dark Personalities
Nothing but a Mess – The Economist – Who is to blame for the fighting in Gaza?
Want perspective? See what your enemies say – – Leaked North Korean documentary ‘exposes Western propaganda’
Humans are late to the party – Scientific American – The Stars Are Beginning To Go Out…
What’s up with Men? – Psychology Today – Why Men Behave Badly: Causality vs. Morality
The Attitudes to Learning – NPR – Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning
Connecting Geography & Demographics in the South – Deep Sea News – How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline
Slime Intelligence – Scientific American – How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence
It’s all a Matter of Size – The Economist – Economics of Scale in the Largest Firms
Language comes in Chunks – CornellU – Language use is simpler than previously thought
US Elections Everything you need to know – – Presidential Election 2012 FAQ

Complexity Over Time – NY Academy of Sciences – How the Eye Evolved
The Basis for ‘Do unto others as you want them to do unto you’ – U-Michigan – Robert Axelrod: Evolving New Strategies
Computers judge Humans – WSJ – Meet the New Boss: Big Data
What is Bombay? – – The lure of Bombay, city of dreams
Social Unrest’s Underlying Cause – – The Food Crises and Political Instability in North Africa and the Middle East
Cultural Optimization of Agricultural Techniques – Santa Fe Institute – How complexity helped restore Bali’s rice harvest
Can we understand a worm? – Scientfic American – The Connectome Debate: Is Mapping the Mind of a Worm Worth It?
The Problem with Popularizing Science – – Kinship with the Stars
Optimizing Patent Systems – The Becker-Posner Blog – Do patent and copyright law restrict competition and creativity excessively? Posner
Modeling Financial Systems – Institutional Investor – J. Doyne Farmer on Agent-Based Modeling

Quantifying Human Information – – How Much Information is there in “Information Society”?
9/11 & The American Recoil – Scientific American – Did the U.S. Overreact to the 9/11 Attacks?
Science naysayers yield their motives – U West Alabama – Motivated Rejection of Science
The People of Mathematics – AMS – Freeman Dyson – Birds & Frogs
Artistry & Aesthetics in Mathematics – SciAm – Bridging the Gap Between Math and Art

The Politics of Reform – The Economist – The politics of recovery
Counterintuitive Education Reform – The Atlantic – What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success
The Problem with Knowledge – More Intelligent Life – The Last Days of the Polymath
Academia versus Industry – The Chronicle – On Leaving Academe
The Place of Mathematics – Scientific American – Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one.

Indian Social Strcutures – Ideas For India – The Persistence of Caste in India: An Economic Explanation
Thorny issues of Free Speech & Law – The Atlantic – Does Europe Understand the First Amendment Better Than We Do?
Insects & Philosophy – Wikipedia – Digger Wasp
Who is Norman Borlaug? – The Atlantic – Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity.
A Diamond Cartel is Forever – NY Times – International Business: A Diamond Cartel May Be Forever; The Hereditary Leader of De Beers Pursues Post-Apartheid Growth
Socialism Critiqued in the Shadow of WWII – Wikipedia – The Road to Serfdom
George Washington bids adieu – Early America – George Washington’s Farewell Address.
The Social Fabric & Capitalism – LA Times – Free markets vs. family values.
Why Marriage? – LA Times – The single-mom catastrophe.
Eschatology? The End of the Universe – Freeman Dyson – Time without end: Physics and Biology in an open universe
How “efficient” is a language? – Wikipedia – Kolmogorov Complexity
Tesla worship seems to be the rage now-a-days – The Oatmeal – Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived
Where Rock and Drum & Bass Segue into each other – Discogs – Various / Stadium Drum & Bass Compilation
Real Soccer Moms – LA Times – Soccer really is child’s play for U.S. women’s team
America, Americans, their life choices and stress – The Atlantic – Trickle-Down Distress: How America’s Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic.
The Complexity of a City – The Atlantic – The Mathematical Puzzle That Is the Complexity of the City.
Are the Immune System and Language related? – 1984 Medicine Nobel Prize – The Generative Grammar of the Immune System.

How do you move Black Gold without anyone being the wiser? – BCC News – Iran tries to dodge oil sanctions.
Information-Complexity-Entropy – Scott Aramson – The First Law of Complexodynamics
Perspectives on Education – N+1 Magazine – Death by Degrees
How do Robots go to Mars? – YouTube – Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror
What is Society? – NYTimes – Mystery of Big Data’s Parallel Universe Brings Fear, and a Thrill
How much can a person know? – – Piero Scaruffi
Are you successful? Or lucky? – Business Insider – Michael Lewis: Successful People Like Me Were Actually Just Really Lucky
Can you Simulate the Universe? – Virgo Consortium – The Millennium Simulation
Zizek on Vegetarians – YouTube – Slavoj Zizek on Vegetarians
Radical Centrism anyone? – Wikipedia – Communitarianism
Bitcoin – IEEE Spectrum – How does a Bitcoin Transaction Work?

Where are we at in Climate Change? – The Guardian – Warming gas levels hit ‘troubling milestone’
What do Markets do anyway? – The Atlantic – What Isn’t for Sale?
Healthcare: Why cure? Why not prevention? – NY Times – A Long View on Health Care: Think Like an Investor
Post Dubstep Music – YouTube – Mars / India Sleeping
How great can a comic get? – Dresden Codak – Comics

America looks in the mirror – NY Times – Unexceptionalism: A Primer
Chicken Crossing Road – ChaosMatrix – Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Experts Answer.
Football is cerebral – Telegraph – Footballers are highly intelligent according to new study
Most Under-rated SF series – Wikipedia – Mars Trilogy
Why can’t we Humanize Science? – ScienceMag – How to Write Like a Scientist

Go Play in the Dirt! – Nature – Early exposure to germs has lasting benefits
Harsh, but for the sake of perspective – The Atlantic – The White Savior Industrial Complex
Does literature make real? – NY Times – The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction
India is losing her innocence – NY Times – How India Became America
DNA Computing – The Economics – Computer with Soup
Feynman on Flowers & Science – YouTube – Richard Feynman – Ode on a Flower
Markets & Ideas – Business Insider – 10 Sneaky Marketing Tricks That Got You Hooked
Hipster Psychology – The Economist – The Lana Del Rey affair
Believe it or not – Life is Good – TED – Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

What is the Deal with Marijuana? – Scientific American – Experts Tell the Truth about Pot
How did we invent Quantum Mechanics – – Heisenberg and the early days of quantum mechanics
Can Humans Hibernate? – InHumanExperiment – The Curious Case of Human Hibernation
Skeptics v/s Scientists: Round 2: FIGHT! – The Guardian – Climate scientist Peter Gleick admits he leaked Heartland Institute documents
Europe, Deficits & America – The Economist – Europe has lower deficits than America
Bombay! What are you? – BBC News – In pictures: Mumbai – Chronicles of a past life
Censorship in Canada? – BBC News – Canadian government is ‘muzzling its scientists’
General Assembly, not Security Council moves on Syria – Reuters – U.N. assembly adopts resolution condemning Syria
There is Wonder Enough – HTwins – Scale of the Universe II

Knowledge, anyone? – Edge – 2012 : What is your favorite deep, elegant or beautiful explanation?
How Do you Work Language? – LA Times – The Writing Life: The point of the long and winding sentence
Dictatorship for Dummies – The Economist – How to be a Dictator

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