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Why Physics Needs Philosophy

A short piece by Tim Maudlin. Good as far as it goes, but it doesn't go deep enough. Maudlin rightly opposes the "reigning attitude": The reigning attitude in physics has been “shut up and calculate”: solve the equations, and do...

Why a man in Finland was fined $58,000 for driving 64 mph in 50 mph zone.

Because he's a millionaire, and fines are calculated based on your wealth, so everyone is equally pained by the punishment and equally deterred. Given the speed he was going, [Reima] Kuisla was assessed eight days. His fine was thenShow More Summary

Apple Watch teardown reveals pulse oximeter, suggesting future measurement of blood oxygen

iFixit’s teardown of the Apple Watch has revealed that the sophisticated heart-rate monitor used is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This data would be useful for health and fitness monitoring, but the functionality is not currently […]

Could a Carbon Tax Finance Corporate Rate Cuts?

How about using revenue from a carbon tax to help pay for corporate tax rate cuts? That’s the idea proposed yesterday by Rep. John Delaney (D-MD). His political calculation: Democrats would back the bill as a way to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. Republicans would support the plan to [...]

How High Is Your Score on the Most Important Measure of Wealth?

Net worth just might be the king of personal financial calculations and the most important scorecard in the game of wealth-building. By tallying total assets minus liabilities (or debts), your resulting net worth provides you with a quick and accurate snapshot of how you're doing financially. If...

Baker Hughes Cuts 17% Of Workforce As Oil Slump Ripples Through Economy

One thing we’ve been keen to point out whenever and wherever the occasion arises, is the vast and ridiculous discrepancy between BLS calculations of job losses in the oil & gas space and those reported by both Challenger and by the companies who are actually doing the firing. Show More Summary

Before & After Questionnaire: Mrs. Squid’s Answers After the Wedding

Fun fact: today marks my one year anniversary on Weddingbee and I’m celebrating (by my calculations) with my 130th post. Our recaps might be done, but there are still a few posts up my sleeve including the after questionnaire that’s … read more

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Hillary Hits the Campaign Trail

Hillary Hits the Campaign Trail by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –David Letterman made Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement video into a Scientology ad –Hillary Clinton’s Calculated, Low-Key Campaign Rolls On –Mission possible? Turning Hillary Clinton into a fresh face. –How Hillary Clinton is Trying to Win Over Liberal Critics Mike Peters is recognized as one [...]Show More Summary

If You Calculate It Purely by Mass

Asian stereotype #1: Yeah, if I'm not valedictorian, I'll definitely be in the top ten.Asian stereotype #2: Wait, but aren't there like thirteen people in the top ten?–1 TrainOverheard by: non-stereotype Asian

ISIS' Strategy Leak Reveals Syrian Takeover Plot, US "Created A Group Of Very Intelligent Enemies"

While western propaganda would like ISIS to appear to be run by religious fanaticism, it instead, as RT reports, has been functioning more like a secret intelligence service, calculating every operation and drafting plans of a covert Syrian takeover for years. Show More Summary

Secret Files Reveal The Structure Of Islamic State

An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in Syria and SPIEGEL has been given exclusive access to his papers. They portray an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. Show More Summary

The Net Neutrality Order Has Hit the Federal Register!

Get your calendars out. It’s time to calculate the date by which petitions for judicial review of the FCC’s Open Internet Report and Order (R&O) must be filed.

How radiative fluxes are affected by cloud and particle characteristics

Climate models calculate a changing mix of clouds and emissions that interact with solar energy. To narrow the broad range of possible answers from a climate model, researchers analyzed the effect of several proven numerical stand-ins for atmospheric processes on the energy flux at the top of the atmosphere. Show More Summary

Cameron's absence from UK election debate could prove a clever calculation

By Richard Hytner, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, London Business School and author of Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows. There were three lessons for leaders from last night’s live television Challengers’ Debate on the BBC. First, a leader does not have to be present to make their presence felt. The debate took place [...]

The dramatic solutions to lift the country’s economy, as only college students could imagine

If you think Chris Christie's Social Security plan is bold, you should see Team 109's. It would raise the retirement age to 70, cut benefits for new recipients by 15 percent, switch inflation calculators to reduce benefit growth and raise the cap on income subject to payroll taxes to fund the program. It puts privatization […]

Married couple tax bonuses and penalties

Using calculations by Nick Kasprak from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kyle Pomerleau from Tax Foundation, Amanda Cox shows tax penalties and bonuses for married couples. The… Tags: New York Times, taxes

Getting a Bargain on a Buzz? Calculating the Real Price of Alcohol

It's long been said that two things are unavoidable: death and taxes. But what if I told you that one could be a lot more avoidable simply by adopting a smarter, more equitable approach to the other? It's true. It's really, really true. It's...Show More Summary

Alan Turing’s Only Notebook Sold For $1 Million – Was Kept By Friend As A Dream Journal

Nazi code breaker Alan Turing has been credited with helping the Allies to victory many times over during World War II. Now, the only known notebook containing his mathematical calculations and personal thoughts has been purchased by an unknown buyer for $1 million. Show More Summary

How to Optimize Your Flesh Prison

Begin by finding your face shape. Hold a pencil against your nose to calculate the arch of your brow, then add a statement necklace to transition your look effortlessly from day to night. What is your dress size? Your inseam? What is the name of the doctor who did your cousin’s nose? Squat over a […]

On deck this week

Mon: Why do we communicate probability calculations so poorly, even when we know how to do it better? Tues: “For better or for worse, academics are fascinated by academic rankings...” Wed: A message I just sent to my class Thurs: Perhaps...Show More Summary

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