samazon writes: Last night on the campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) students watching the election began shouting racial epithets and offensive political chants. As a resident of the red state with a variety of acquaintances on both sides of the fence, I saw some pretty offensive things on Facebook, but you would think that the younger and arguably better-informed students of Ole Miss would at least realize that shouting racial slurs across campus might come back to bite them in a job interview (or class the next morning).
samazon writes: Online retail shop Etsy announced a living-expenses grant program for women interested in attending the free Hacker School 3-month programming course. The program is hosted in various New York locations (NYU and Spotify have both hosted sessions) and not only is Etsy offering $5,000 grants to ten women who are accepted into the program, they're also hosting the summer course, and have offered enough space to double the class size to 40 students.
samazon writes: Ph.D. students at Trinity College in Dublin have constructed an artificial neural network model to demonstrate the Machiavellian intelligence theory — that human intelligence evolved based on the need for social teamwork and indexing a variety of social relationships and statuses. (Abstract) The experiment described in detail here involved programming a base group of 50 simulated "brains" which were required to participate one of two classical game theory dilemmas — the Prisoner's Dilemma or the Snowdrift game. Upon completion of either game, each "brain" produced "offspring" asexually, with "brains" that made more advantageous choices during the games programmed to have a better chance to reproduce. A potential random mutation during each generation changed the "brain's structure, number of neurons, or the strengths of the connections between those neurons," simulating the evolution of the social brain. After 50,000 generations, the model showed that as cooperation increased, so did the intelligence of the programmed brains.
samazon writes: "Researchers Grzegorz Milczarek from Poznan University of Technology in Poland and Olle Inganäs from Linköping University in Sweden, have combined a polymer with a waste material from the paper and pulp industry to create a new kind of battery cathode, which today are mostly made from nonrenewable metals such as lithium or cobalt. Specifically, Milczarek and Inganäs used lignin, an organic substance binding the cells, fibers and vessels that make up wood."