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The 1980 Math Olympiad Program: Where are they now?

Brian Hunt: He was the #1 math team kid in our team (Montgomery County, Maryland). I think he came in first place in the international olympiad the next year (yup, here’s the announcement). We carpooled once or twice to county math team...Show More Summary

Three Million Page Views

Yesterday, the Typepad version of Maverick Philosopher shot past the three million page view mark. This, the third main version of MavPhil, commenced operations on 31 October 2008. The first main version took off on 4 May 2004. To b...

The rsvp and livestream for my conversations with Peter Thiel and Jeffrey Sachs

You can sign up for rsvp or the live stream here, the chat with Peter Thiel is March 31, 2-3:30 p.m. EST, held at the Arlington campus of George Mason University.  It is part of a new event series Conversations with Tyler. The chat with Jeffrey Sachs is April 7, 3:30 to 5 p.m., again […]

Dr. NakaMats discusses his ideas for better ideas

Dr. NakaMats, possibly the greatest man in the world, who is about to make his grand farewell appearances in the UK, Denmark and Sweden, granted an interview to Jack Preston of Virgin Entrepreneur. Dr. NakaMats was awarded the 2005 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period […]

Is Red Nose Day Secretly Subversive?

Asked nobody ever, but stay with me. I can just about remember the first Red Nose Day. In the build up there was a palpable sense of excitement among us kiddy-winks. What crazy capers could we get up to? Our school alas, while paying...Show More Summary

The Great Attractor --"Exists Within an Immense Supercluster of 100,000 Galaxies" (Weekend Feature)

Astronomers have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, which they have dubbed "Laniakea," which means "immense heaven" in Hawaiian. This discovery clarifies the boundaries of our galactic neighborhood and...

Friday the 13th Cat Blogging! In the Foothills of the Superstition Mountains.

I Ain't Superstitious, leastways no more than Howlin' Wolf, but two twin black tuxedo cats just crossed my path. All dressed up with nowhere to go. Nine lives and dressed to the nines. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Superstition. Guitar solo starts...

Graphene + Coffee: Most glam substance, foodstuff combined

At last, at last, it’s happened. The most glamorous substance — graphene — has been brought to bear on the most glamorous foodstuff — coffee. Details are in this study: “Molecularly imprinted coated graphene oxide solid-phase extraction monolithic capillary column for selective extraction and sensitive determination of phloxine B in coffee bean,” Haiyun Zhai, Zihao […]

Imaginary woods

Often, when we think about the past, we do so in our imaginations, using the pictures and impressions we have picked from our shared visual culture, we mix the real things we find into a fantasy world. Envisioning the environment inShow More Summary

Why French Is Easy: How to Understand Spoken French

Learning French can be easy, fun, and fast. Though it took me a while to discover that. French was the third language I tried to learn, after Spanish and Italian. You would think that by the time I got to French, things would have been easy and I’d breeze through the language in no time. Show More Summary

Yes, Dr. Lanka, Measles is Real

This is something I thought would probably never happen – a science denier, in this case German virologist Stefan Lanka, was ordered by a court to pay 100,000 Euros to German doctor David Barden for meeting his challenge to prove that the measles virus exists. Lanka is clearly, in my opinion, a crank, which is a [...]

Einstein's most famous equation

You’ve heard of Einstein’s E=mc 2, but what does it mean? With Einstein’s birthday just around the corner on March 14 (which also happens to be Pi Day), it seems appropriate to take a fresh look at one of his biggest accomplishments with a short video. In 1905, Einstein published four papers that radically changed how we look at the world around us. Show More Summary

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