Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has explained her candidate’s low poll numbers this way: “It’s become socially desirable, if you’re a college-educated person in the U.S., to say that you’re against Donald Trump.” At a rally in Wisconsin last Monday, Trump himself pointed to inaccurate polling predictions during the primary elections, saying, “I guess […]
What will happen if Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidency, as is widely predicted? Will Trump’s supporters raise pitchforks and torches on Nov. 9, rejecting the results — or will they accept the loss? Donald Trump has ratcheted up claims of voter fraud, alleging that the Nov. 8 election may be “rigged” against him, and he […]
So, half of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission went well the other day. The Trace Gas Orbiter is now circling the planet, and appears to be healthy and happy. Unfortunately, the Schiaparelli lander didn’t do so well. Instead...Show More Summary
We hear a lot about foreign fighters inspired by propaganda and willing to give up their homes to fight for the Islamic State. Less discussed are the Islamic State’s plans for the unwilling, captured in conquest. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, would much prefer enthusiastic members to coerced subjects, but is it […]
Readers of this blog can probably tell that I’m enamored with Kate Eichhorn’s Adjusted Margin (MIT 2016). The book traces the history and use of xerography and argues that it offered a medium for folks at the margins to find a voice. I’ve blogged a bit on her argument that copy shops and photocopying in… Read More ?
Over the past ten years, the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory's (STEREO) twin spacecraft has delivered incredible views and science. From tracking solar storms to mapping the entire Sun, STEREO has expanded our knowledge of our star.
You burn more fat during your morning run if you skip breakfast, a new study suggests. Skipping breakfast was also linked with consuming fewer calories all day long.
Another must-read from Michael Wines of the NYT: While Donald J. Trump repeatedly claims that the election is “rigged”against him, voting rights groups are increasingly battling something more concrete in this year’s ferocious wars over access to the ballot box: … Continue reading ?
NYT: A video posted on Monday by a British newspaper appeared to show a Republican consultant with ties to Donald J. Trump offering to disguise the source of contributions to a “super PAC” intended to aid Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. … Continue reading ?
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Classes start in 307 days. I am still working on Dr. Boonin's book, The Problem of Punishment. In previous posts, I presented what I am now calling a moral aversion theory of punishment. The purpose of punishment is to create moral aversions. I then explained how this theory fits within Dr. Show More Summary
Politico: A conservative-leaning watchdog group is accusing the DCCC and a dozen of its candidates of using illegal advertising practices this fall, arguing in new complaints that the committee has used its ad strategy to direct extra money to a … Continue reading ?
The University of Washington is getting $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, officials said Tuesday.
(Wiley) Global food demand is expected to grow by 110 percent over the next 30 to 35 years, and for many of the poorest people on the planet, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is the most important source of calories. Cassava is also important as a crop that is resistant to climate change, but it has not received the same amount of attention as other staple food crops.
The New Moon is Monday October 31. This is a "Blue" New Moon. Venus is between Antares and Saturn on Friday the 28th, and many places will see the ISS pass by the trio. The crescent Moon visits Venus and Saturn on the November 3rd. Mars heads towards Capricorn. Show More Summary
1. Marina Abramovi? has a memoir coming out. I have pre-ordered it. 2. The word “conflate” does not mean what you think it means. 3. How to cheat at poker, and many other games. And the economics of the Trump policy shop in Alexandria. 4. Electronic surveillance up 500 percent in the D.C. area since […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.
The 2016 election has turned into a nightmare for the Republican Party. With Donald Trump ensnared in a wave of scandals, allegations, and feuds — many of his own making — a considerable number of Republican elected officials have taken the unusual step of withdrawing support for their party’s presidential nominee. In a race that […]
Glass fibres do everything from connecting us to the internet to enabling keyhole surgery by delivering light through medical devices such as endoscopes. But as versatile as today's fiber optics are, scientists around the world have been working to expand their capabilities by adding semiconductor core materials to the glass fibers.
Today, manufacturing strong magnets is no problem from a technical perspective. It is, however, difficult to produce a permanent magnet with a magnetic field of a specific pre-determined shape. That is, until now, thanks to the new solution devised at TU Wien: for the first time ever, permanent magnets can be produced using a 3D printer. Show More Summary
Ultrasound is more than sound. Obstetricians use it to peer inside a woman's uterus and observe a growing baby. Surgeons use powerful beams of ultrasound to destroy cancer cells. Researchers fire ultrasound into materials to test their properties. But these high-frequency acoustic waves can do even more.