Category Archives: Science

In praise of short abstracts

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Who wore it best? (periodic table edition)


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Close to zero

As we approach the end of the winter season, what are the chances of finding two identical snowflakes? According to physicist Jon Nelson (via Popular Mechanics), the chances are “essentially zero.” Or, to be more mathematically precise, the chances are one … Continue reading

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Black History Data Visualization

In honor of Black History Month, we are reposting this hand-drawn visualization of demographic data created by W. E. B. Du Bois in the year 1900. You can find more such turn-of-the-century data visualizations here. (Hat tip: digg.)

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Dandelion, frozen in time

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Legal liability for research fraud

That is the title of our latest paper, forthcoming in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS. Props to Steve Koczela and Orlando I. Martinez-Garcia for their comments and suggestions on the paper. In addition, props to my wife Sydjia Robinson … Continue reading

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Trump’s toupee

Gawker’s Ashley Feinberg did some digging and was able to trace the origins of Donald’s Trump’s meticulous hairdo. It’s a toupee! According to Ms Feinberg, Trump’s toupee is based on “a little-known, patented hair restoration treatment [pictured below] called a … Continue reading

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Visualization of Jupiter’s massive size

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The spatial physics of cancer cells

Jammed Cells Expose the Physics of Cancer — Quanta Magazine (@QuantaMagazine) August 18, 2016

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Ethical machines (part 3 of 3)

In our previous posts, we presented Brett Frischmann’s novel idea of a Reverse Turing Test, i.e. the idea of testing the ability of humans to think like a machine or a computer. But, how would we create such a test? … Continue reading

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