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Justice Breyer Not Too Worried About 8-Justice Supreme Court Handling Presidential Election Dispute

Glad he can be so sanguine. I’m not (except for the fact that the election does not appear to be close right now). … Continue reading ?

Enabling direct carbon capture

(King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)) Researchers have developed a solid material that can capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, even at very low concentrations. This new materials could be added to exhaust pipes to collect the green house gas before as it is emitted.

Ancient Quasars Cast Light on Mysteries of the Cosmic Web

An international collaboration of astronomers, led by a group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, has used the unrivalled observing power of MUSE on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory to study...

High-storage sodium ion batteries

(King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)) Tin selenide is found to have the highest energy density of any transition metal selenide. It can be combined with sodium ion batteries for high-performing renewable batteries to replace lithium ion.

Will your next doctor be a human being -- or a machine?

(Springer) Which would provide more accurate diagnosis and better treatment -- a human doctor, an intelligent machine, or some combination of the two? In Social Machines, authors James Hendler and Alice Mulvehill aim to help readers navigate the partnership between humans and AI. This is not a book about robots, but about the cognitive aspects of AI.

FAU receives $4.4 million grant to increase Hispanics in computer-related careers

(Florida Atlantic University) Economic indicators show that the fields of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering provide great potential career pathways with large numbers of available jobs in Florida -- particularly South Florida. Show More Summary

The problems are everywhere, once you know to look

Josh Miller writes: My friend and colleague Joachim Vosgerau (at Bocconi) sent me some papers from PNAS and they are right in your wheelhouse. Higher social class people behave more unethically. I can certainly vouch for the jerky behavior...Show More Summary

Halloween Fright: The Unusual Sex Lives of Dark Fishing Spiders

Male dark fishing spiders spontaneously die after sex — but their nutritious bodies provide fuel for their mates to have more offspring that are larger and healthier.

Open Access Week Musings

This week is #OpenAccessWeek which is one of those fake holidays like Halloween or University Educators Day. But like those other two celebrations, this week has a beneficial goal (as well as supporting a growing number of Open Access Week cards and gift): to promote open access publishing. This week also marked the release of… Read More ?

Natural growth

Interesting passage from Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher: Nature always, so to speak, knows where and when to stop. There is a measure in all natural things—in their size, speed, or violence. As a result, the system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be […]

“Celebrating Birth Nights, not of a President, but a Private citizen?”

When we left President John Adams in 1797, he had privately expressed disapproval of the balls that Philadelphians had regularly held on George Washington’s birthday.“In Countries where Birth is respected and where Authority goes with...Show More Summary

Links I liked

A list of some of the most spectacular Reddit posts of all time (with emphasis on the word spectacle) The New York Times giving us the naked truth on our Germanic friends: “Germans, known to credit oddly specific activities with salubrious effects … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Customer-oriented firms are environmental leaders

Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the environmental management practices of the firms they have relationships with and buy products from. Several studies have shown that customers are willing to pay premium prices for products manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. Show More Summary

Additional benefit of omega-3 fatty acids for the clearance of metabolites from the brain

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in fish oil), could improve the function of the glymphatic system,...Show More Summary

Recent advances in ligand and structure based screening of potent quorum sensing inhibitors

(Bentham Science Publishers) Computer-aided high throughput ligand and structure based virtual screening are most effective pharmacoinformatic tools prior to experiment.

The molecular mechanism that blocks membrane receptors has been identified

(University of the Basque Country ) Nearly 70 percent of the drugs currently being developed target membrane receptors. That is why in order to be able to advance in the development of more specific and more efficient drugs, the molecular mechanism that regulates the activity of these receptors needs to be deciphered. Show More Summary

NTU Singapore's robot to spray paint JTC's industrial developments

(Nanyang Technological University) A new NTU Singapore robot will soon be spray-painting the interiors of industrial buildings in Singapore, saving time and manpower while improving safety.

Justice Thomas: ". . . so politically incorrect that he may not even be black."

Edward J. Erler, Last Chance to Defeat Political Correctness? Excerpt (exphasis added):... Progressive Liberals have viciously criticized Justice Clarence Thomas for refusing to represent his racial class on the Supreme Court. He sees his duty, instead, as...

Why do so many women oppose feminism? A psychologist explains

Just when you thought sexism was a thing of the past, revelations about Donald Trump bragging about groping women hit the news. Yet only 13 per cent of female Republicans think he should stop campaigning for the presidency. While women generally favour his Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, 49% of them rate her unfavourably. Show More Summary

How Just Three Stars Light Up a Stellar Nursery

Today I’m going to toss a little bit of math your way. If you’re an arithmophobe, never fear: It’s mostly just me throwing around some gee-whiz numbers, and I’ll help you swallow this medicine with the sweet, sweet eye candy above. That...Show More Summary

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