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Shy Trump supporters? This new evidence says no.

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 […]

How will Trump supporters react if he loses?

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 […]

Mars Lander Impact Site Seen from Orbit

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

This is what can we learn about ISIS from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army

  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 […]

More on Adjusted Margin

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 ?

Seeing The Sun Like Never Before - NASA STEREO's Top 5 Wins | Video

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.

Could Working Out Before Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

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.

“Why Struck-Down Voter ID Laws Trouble Would-Be Voters”

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 ?

“Consultant With Ties to Donald Trump Linked to Offer to Hide Source of Donations”

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 ?

Punishment: Deterrance vs. Moral Aversion

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

“Complaints allege House Democrats’ Trump ads break campaign finance law”

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 ?

University of Washington gets $210M from Gates Foundation

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.

Scientists root for more cassava research to help meet greater demand for food

(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 Sky This Week - Thursday October 27 to Thursday November 3

7 minutes agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

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

Tuesday assorted links

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 Republican Party is coming apart. Here’s what it can learn from the 1956 Democrats.

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 […]

Making silicon-germanium core fibers a reality

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.

For the first time, magnets are be made with a 3-D printer

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

Controlling ultrasound with 3-D printed devices

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.

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