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Comment Re:Just another step closer... (Score 1) 205

Not necessarily. Our universe could merely be a manifestation of a mathematical structure, among an "ultimate ensemble" of infinite and statistically equal mathematical structures (which manifest themselves as parallel universes with drastically different physics in each one). In other words, all rules and conditions arise out of pure statistics.

Comment Re:Stop using gate at the end of 'scandals' (Score 4, Insightful) 107

Chill dude. Languages are dynamic and evolving, and "-gate" is a perfect example in English. Not unlike "-ism", "-ology", etc, it's concise, immediately recognisiable, and perfectly convey the essence and nuance of the whole situation.

Languages are not laws of physics. They are more like technological standards -- when something gets used by a lot of people, it often becomes the de facto standard.

Comment Truth... (Score 2, Interesting) 326

China bashing is all in vogue these days, since they are supposed to be the next superpower, which doesn't bode well with the current superpower that is the U.S. But realistically, neither side is pure evil, or for that matter, completely innocent. The Chinese are people like you and me, capable of things both good and bad.

Moral of the story: when deciphering all the spin in the media, truth is always somewhere in the middle.

Science

Submission + - Exercise Makes You Smarter 1

InfiniteZero writes: Latest studies from the University of Tsukuba in Japan indicates that exercise increases the baseline level of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) in the brain, especially in the frontal cortex and the hippocampus which are critical to thinking and memory. According to professor Hideaki Soya, senior author of the studies, while a brain with more fuel reserves is potentially a brain that can sustain and direct movement longer, it also may be a key mechanism underlying exercise-enhanced cognitive function.

Dr. Soya also suggests that D.I.Y. "glycogen supercompensation" efforts seem like an attractive possibility, and the process may even be easy.
Social Networks

Submission + - Ray Kurzweil for President? (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "Ray Kurzweil for President? Americans Elect is an online organization hoping to add a third party presidential candidate to the national ballot in 2012. They’ve already gathered more than 2.4 million signatures, over 80% of the 2.9 million signatures they’ll need to get on the presidential ballot in every state.The not-for-profit is open to electing anyone nominated (and supported) by their delegates – and any US citizen can be a delegate. And, as of 12:01pm PST on February 10, 2012, Ray Kurzweil’s name is in the running to be the Americans Elect candidate."
Education

Submission + - A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn't Working (chronicle.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Wesch has been on the lecture circuit for years touting new models of active teaching with technology. The associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University has given TED talks. Wired magazine gave him a Rave Award. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching once named him a national professor of the year. But now Mr. Wesch finds himself rethinking the fundamentals of teaching after hearing that other professors can't get his experiments with Twitter and YouTube to work in their classes. Is the lecture best after all?
Communications

Submission + - New error-correcting codes guarantee the fastest possible rate of data transmiss (patexia.com)

danielsmith1214 writes: "In the next issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Gregory Wornell, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, Uri Erez at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Mitchell Trott at Google describe a new coding scheme that guarantees the fastest possible delivery of data over fluctuating wireless connections without requiring prior knowledge of noise levels. The scheme works by creating one long codeword for each message, but successively longer chunks of the codeword are themselves good codewords."

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