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Thomas Paine, Advocate of Sound Money and Banking

Between writing his well-known revolutionary liberal tracts Common Sense (1776) and The Rights of Man (1791), Thomas Paine contributed knowledgeably to a 1785-6 debate over money and banking in Pennsylvania. Paine defended the Bank of...Show More Summary

Needy robot babies may make teens more likely to have real babies

Infant simulators didn’t curb teen pregnancy and may promote early parenthood.

Will Juno’s Instruments Observe the Moons of Jupiter?

It is not easy to observe Jupiter’s moons as more than points of light with Juno, because Juno will never get very close to any of the moons, but as its orbit shifts there will be opportunities to collect data on some of the moons.

Publication bias occurs within as well as between projects

Kent Holsinger points to this post by Kevin Drum entitled, “Publication Bias Is Boring. You Should Care About It Anyway,” and writes: I am an evolutionary biologist, not a psychologist, but this article describes a disturbing Scenario concerning oxytocin research that seems plausible. Show More Summary

In Defense of “Pseudoscience”

Don’t be confused by the headline – my intention is not to defend pseudoscience itself but rather the use of the term “pseudoscience.” In a recent commentary for American Scientist, Katie L. Burke argues that journalists and science communicators should stop using the term, “pseudoscience.” I disagree with her position and I think she is […]

Important Current Affairs Quiz 30th August 2016

Here is a quiz for upcoming Banking, Insurance and Government exams. This quiz contains expected questions which match the exam pattern of Govt Job Exams and other Banking Exams. So make sure you attempt Important Current Affairs Quiz 30th August to check your preparation level. Show More Summary

The Lying Whale.

I ran across a reference in a Russian passage to “??? ????,” and immediately recognized it as the nearby star Tau Ceti. I thought with amusement “Hey, ???? [kita] is a lot like Ceti!” and then did a classic double-take: of course it is — both the Russian and Latin words are borrowed from Greek […]

SSC CGL Tier I 30th August Shift 2 – Questions Asked

The SSC CGL Tier I exam 2016 started on 27th August. The exams will take place in two shifts until 29th August 2016. From  30th August 2016, the exam will take place in three shifts, upto 11th September 2016. This year, the Staff Selection Commission is conducting the exam online. Show More Summary

"I don't think you cannot deny someone the right"

Jamison Hensley, "Ravens' John Harbaugh defends Colin Kaepernick's right to protest anthem", ESPN sports 8/29/2016: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he respects Colin Kaepernick's right to protest the national anthem and cited a French Enlightenment philosopher in doing so.   "Voltaire so eloquently stated, 'I may not agree with what you say, […]

Seeking a Clear Image of Moll Pitcher

To figure out what sort of fortune-telling Mary “Moll” Pitcher of Lynn did requires getting around the romanticized descriptions and legends that grew over the nineteenth century. For example, in Moll Pitcher’s Prophecies; or, The American Sibyl (1895), Ellen M. Show More Summary

Sleight of mind in fMRI

I’ve written a piece for the BPS Research Digest about a fascinating study that caused people to feel their thoughts were being controlled by outside forces. It’s a psychologically intriguing study because it used the psychologyShow More Summary

Big Logic

As systems get larger and more complex, we need new tools to test whether these systems are correctly specified and implemented. These tools may not be new per se, but they may be applied with new urgency. Dimensional analysis is a well-established method of error detection. Simply checking that you’re not doing something like adding […]

The FDA and the EpiPen Shock

I haven’t written much about the massive increase in the price of the EpiPen because I’ve said it all before–mostly this about FDA costs and delay and some bending of various laws to favor cronies and, as with the infamous Shkreli and...Show More Summary

The deindustrialization of Boydton, Virginia

Microsoft did not dispute reports that it would spend $1.1 billion on the Boydton data center, and said that “on average, data centers employ tens to several dozen people,” in a mixture of corporate and contracted positions. It declined to let a reporter tour the site. Show More Summary

"Life's Cosmic Catalyst" --Meteorites Delivered the Backbone of DNA to Earth

Where terrestrial life on Earth got its phosphorus has been a mystery. University of Arizona scientists have discovered that meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, may have been critical to the evolution of life on Earth. Their research shows that meteorites easily...

Progress in refining the genetic causes of schizophrenia

The study, published today in Genome Biology and funded by the Medical Research Council, combined genetic sequence information with measures of gene regulation in schizophrenia patients and matched controls. Schizophrenia is an inherited, neuropsychiatric disorder characterised by episodes of psychosis and altered brain function. Show More Summary

Spike activity 24-06-2016

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why do some children thrive in adult life despite a background of violence and neglect? Fascinating piece from Mosaic. Scientific American asks with the flood of neuroscience PhDs,...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday September 1 to Thursday September 8

The New Moon is Thursday September 1. Venus, Jupiter and Mercury form a triangle in the twilight and are visited by the crescent Moon on the 3rd. Mars and Saturn are visible all evening long and form a triangle with the red star Antares. Show More Summary

Important Current Affairs 30th August 2016 with PDF

Here is an update containing all the important current affairs for 30th August 2016. You can download the Important Current Affairs 30th August 2016 with pdf capsule too. US Open: Saketh Myneni loses 1st round India’s Saketh Myneni posted...Show More Summary

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