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Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

After one of the longest confirmation processes in the history of the Attorney General’s office, Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate today as Eric Holder’s successor. From a criminal justice perspective, whether Lynch will embrace...Show More Summary

Green Light For Metal Detecting Change in Irish Republic

A wholly tendentious film has just been released by a group called "Green Light For Change" that want to see Irish heritage protection legislation changed to see artefact hunting and collecting made legal. It seems to be led by Liam Nolan. Show More Summary

Should we call the Gallipoli campaign an ‘invasion’?

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest we forget. The Ode of Remembrance awakens a sense of nationalistic pride within the hearts of many Australians [...]

Atomic Clock Could Stay on Time for 15B Years

That incredibly accurate atomic clock we heard about last year just upped its game. The JILA timepiece, created in a joint venture between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado Boulder, received upgrades that now have it (in theory, at least) faithfully ticking away for...

Racing Extinction Screening ~ Earth Day Texas 2015

Racing Extinction Trailer – Screening at Earth Day Texas 2015 from Oceanic Preservation Society. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of … Continue reading ?

Political pitch ranges

I don't have time for much this morning, but here's a plot of the f0 quantiles of the first minute or so of each of six speeches from the 2015 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum: Here's the same thing on a semitone (i.e. log) scale:   Do these large differences reflect differences in intrinsic vocal range, or […]

Did You See the Gorilla? An Interview with Psychologist Daniel Simons

If you’ve spent any time on YouTube over the last few years (and you know you have), you’ve likely seen the video of the invisible gorilla experiment (if you’ve somehow missed it, catch yourself up here). The researchers who conducted that study, Dan Simons … Continue reading ?

Always Touch the Art

A year ago tonight my friend Joel Jonientz suddenly died. Over the past year, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to think about the mark that he made on our community, friends, and my life. At his memorial service, his colleague Lucy Ganje made a stack of letter press cards that read: “He Loved a Bad… Read More ?

Dataverse: an open source solution for data sharing

When you think of scholarship you might think first of publications, articles and books, but that is just the final product. Yes it is polished through countless hours of research, writing, and responding to reviewers, however all that work is built on an even more time consuming foundation of collecting raw materials. Show More Summary

Disney's New 3D Printer Churns Out Soft Bunnies

If anyone were going to create a 3D printer that would create cuddly objects made out of felt, it would be Disney. And that's exactly what's happened, in conjunction with Cornell and Carnegie Mellon universities. The printer "slices" a 3D model of an object into layers, then laser-cuts those layers...

Sunday assorted links

1. The smooshing model and randomizing the deck. 2. The esoteric Adam Smith (Dan Klein video).  And Tim Harford’s FT piece on what British economists recommend doing. 3. The highest-grossing restaurants in America, via the estimable Chug. 4. New kinds of butlers for billionaires. 5. Edward Tufte’s Grand Truths about human behavior. 6. Michael Reddell, […]

Monday assorted links

1. How much is a dinosaur worth? 2. Session-by-session videos from the Coase conference, including myself, Sam Peltzman, and Kenneth Arrow on the future of the economics profession. 3. Evidence for ZMP labor. 4. The creeping success of the ruble in eastern Ukraine. 5. Various negative claims about Cornel West. 6. Data is the new […]

Stalin’s Jaffna Kolaveri.

The admirable fisheyed not only revived this old thread (and remember, every time an old thread is revived, an angel gets his wings) but linked to a video and an explication thereof by Fotheringay-Phipps at Ground Views that are so interesting I thought I’d give them their own post. From the latter: The day before […]

Do these dolls look familiar? In 1997 Intel released the...

Do these dolls look familiar? In 1997 Intel released the Pentium II processor and advertised it with commercials starring “BunnyPeople.” That name is not a reference to the animals with floppy ears; bunny suits are protective clothing worn by lab technicians who build microprocessors. Show More Summary

Aurorae Out an Airplane Window

It’s fun to look out an airplane window at night and try to identify stars above and cities below. But I’ve never had as good a view as this: That time-lapse video is by Paul Williams, a systems designer based in London. He flies toShow More Summary

Crash Course Astronomy: Mercury

Quick: What’s the hottest planet in the solar system? You might think Mercury, because it’s the closest to the Sun. But in fact, it’s not! Venus is hotter due to its runaway greenhouse effect. But that’s not to say Mercury isn’t loaded with astronomical goodness. Show More Summary

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