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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Key To Your Health Could Be In Your ZIP Code. In January 2015, President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, a plan to support research into treatment and prevention strategies that take differences between people – especially genetics – into account. However, precision medicine can’t just look gene-deep. Where we live – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the environments around us – has a huge impact on our health and even on our DNA. As a professor of environmental health sciences, epidemiology and medicine and codirector of the Joint Geisinger-JHSPH Environmental Health Institute (EHI), I have been working with electronic health record data to link such environmental issues as animal feeding operations, agricultural practices, unconventional natural gas development and the built environment to such outcomes as drug-resistant infections, diabetes and asthma control, pregnancy outcomes and obesity. Different. Crowd via www.shutterstock.com Biology Isn’t The Only Thing That Makes Us Different Cracking The ZNA Code.

We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants. Here’s a quick story you’ve probably heard before, followed by one you probably haven’t. In 1979 a young Steve Jobs paid a visit to Xerox PARC, the legendary R&D lab in Palo Alto, California, and witnessed a demonstration of something now called the graphical user interface. An engineer from PARC used a prototype mouse to navigate a computer screen studded with icons, drop-down menus, and “windows” that overlapped each other like sheets of paper on a desktop. It was unlike anything Jobs had seen before, and he was beside himself. “Within 10 minutes,” he would later say, “it was so obvious that every computer would work this way someday.” As legend has it, Jobs raced back to Apple and commanded a team to set about replicating and improving on what he had just seen at PARC. And with that, personal computing sprinted off in the direction it has been traveling for the past 40 years, from the first Macintosh all the way up to the iPhone.

Pipe Down, Jarvis Go Back to Top. Why I'm happy for my pre-teen kids to be on social media. Of course, these restrictions are scoffed at by millions of pre-teens and their parents as patently absurd. False dates of birth are gladly entered when signing up. The majority of the ten-year-old's classmates have Instagram. Very few have a Facebook account -- but that's because they think it's totally lame. According to Ofcom, 20 per cent of 8 to 11-year-olds had an active social media account in 2014, and it hits 71 per cent for the age group 12 to 15.

To deny the 12-year-old WhatsApp or the Instagram direct-message facility would be akin to sewing up his lips. Social media is here to stay, pre-teens might as well get their heads around it Photo: ALAMY I am fairly agnostic as to whether my children using grimacing faces and smiling turds are a better form of communication than putting pen to paper. To deny the 12-year-old WhatsApp or Instagram would be akin to sewing up his lips.

The problem is not social media, or even the internet. "But how will they ever know I am not 13?” Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov. For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish border and the deserts of Iraq, which hardly seemed likely to shape the fate of nations. A weathered sign at its entrance said 4,000 people lived there, most of whom appeared to have left by 2013, driven out over time by a lack of work – and lately by insurrection. For the first three years of Syria’s civil war, the arrival of a strange car would lure bored children to the town’s otherwise empty streets, scattering cats and chickens as they scampered after it.

Little else moved. Dabiq’s few remaining men worked on the odd building project: a half-finished mosque, a humble house for one local who had just returned after 10 years labouring in Lebanon, or a fence for the shrine that was the town’s only showpiece – the tomb of Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik. “The Hour will not be established until the Romans [Christians] land at Dabiq,” the hadith says.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true. Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included. Using Quantum Physics to Explain Human Cognition and Behavior. The theory of quantum mechanics earned its stripes by making accurate predictions concerning the behavior of atoms and the tiny particles that make them up.

No one quite understands what quantum mechanics means, but it works. That’s its appeal, and so it’s understandable that researchers in other fields might want to borrow the insights of quantum mechanics. Enter “quantum cognition,” a new theory which suggests that the mathematical principles behind quantum mechanics could be used to better understand another notoriously inexplicable area of study: human behavior.

“It’s interesting—when we say something is irrational in decision-making, it’s because it’s against what a classical probability-based decision model should predict,” says Zheng Joyce Wang, an associate professor of communication at Ohio State University and a co-author on both papers. “But humans don’t behave in that way.” Take, for example, the classic prisoner’s dilemma. Classical probability can’t explain this. EXCHANGE: Film photographer rolls back time - SFGate. In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, camera enthusiast and amateur photographer Ron White, of Decatur, Ill., has cameras from several eras of film photography including the Kodak Pocket Instamatic 50 that requires 110 film.

White is finding it very hard to keep up his longtime hobby of film photography because of dwindling accessibility to film and processing. (Jim Bowling/Herald & Review via AP) Photo: Jim Bowling, AP In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, camera enthusiast and amateur... In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, amateur photographer Ron White looks at sleeves of film in Decatur, Ill. In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, amateur photographer Ron White looks at... In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, amateur photographer Ron White, of Decatur, Ill., shows macro photos he took with film in 1981.

In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, amateur photographer Ron White, of... EXCHANGE: Film photographer rolls back time DECATUR, Ill. But White was one of those die-hards who never saw anything much wrong with film. Russian vetoes are putting UN security council's legitimacy at risk, says US. The United States has warned that Russia’s continued blanket use of its UN veto will jeopardise the security council’s long-term legitimacy and could lead the US and like-minded countries to bypass it as a decision-making body. The warning comes as the UN reaches its 70th anniversary and the security council faces a crisis caused by its paralysis over Syria. It has failed to agree concerted action to try to stem the bloodshed, even after more than 220,000 Syrians have died and more than 11 million have been forced from their homes. Russia has used its veto powers four times to block resolutions on Syria that Moscow sees as damaging to its ally, the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

It has also forestalled common action on Ukraine where it is a party to the conflict, having annexed Crimea and pursued a covert military campaign in support of eastern separatists. “It’s a Darwinian universe here. “Our initiative is based on the key and core conviction that veto power is not a privilege. Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family? | Larissa MacFarquhar. For many years, Julia Wise wondered if she would ever meet another person who thought as she did. Everyone she knew thought her ideas about morality were strange. Some people told her they thought she might be right, but they were not willing to make the sacrifices she made; other people thought her ideas were not only misguided, but actually bad. All this made her worry that she might be wrong. How likely was it that everyone else was wrong and she was right?

Julia believed that because each person was equally valuable, she was not entitled to care more for herself than for anyone else; she believed that she was therefore obliged to spend much of her life working for the benefit of others. Julia has experienced depression in the past, and even now that she has been happy for several years, and is often funny, the dregs of her sadness still cling to her. Despite her extreme frugality, she is not an ascetic. The term “do-gooder” is, of course, often demeaning. Meet the Superstar Architect Transforming NYC's Skyline. The foremost constraint involved Foster, or rather the remnants of his design. As the result of a political compromise between Silverstein and the Port Authority, Foster’s foundation had already been constructed to allow the completion of a $4 billion underground transportation hub.

The rest of the tower was to be built once Silverstein secured a major anchor tenant. But James didn’t think Foster’s stodgy skyscraper suited a media company’s needs. Ingels was similarly dismissive, calling the design “a generic extrusion with a flashy hat.” Piggybacking a new skyscraper onto Foster’s foundation, however, created tricky structural problems, especially in the lobby and the lower floors, which would have to be engineered to shift the tower’s weight onto the preexisting supports.

Ingels looks up from his board to see Ute Rinnebach, his project manager for Two World Trade Center, hurtle into the office. “How did it go?” “Really bad,” Rinnebach says. Photo by: Dan Winters. lLBcgod. 16936220978_cc641ab90c_b. Broadband is a “core utility” like electricity, White House report says. Broadband Internet service "has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility" and is now "taking its place alongside water, sewer, and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities," says a report released by the White House yesterday.

The report was written by the Broadband Opportunity Council, which was created by President Obama and is chaired by the heads of the Commerce and Agriculture departments. In an accompanying blog post, the White House touted Obama's "leadership" in expanding broadband access but said that nearly 51 million Americans still cannot purchase wired broadband with download speeds of at least 25Mbps. The statistic was based on data from 2013, so things may have improved since then.

But it's time for a government-wide effort to expand broadband deployment and adoption, the White House blog post said. Solutions to the Fermi paradox are deeply unsettling. Flickr/Dave Dugdale Even on the clearest, darkest night far from city lights, you can see only about 1% of the Milky Way galaxy's 100 billion to 400 billion stars. Here's the real trip though: For every star in the Milky Way, there's a unique galaxy drifting through the universe, each with its own billions of stars, and approximately one planet orbiting each of those stars.

That's billions and billions and billions of worlds. And yet decades' worth of missions by Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), an organization which listens for signs of life in space, have come up completely empty handed. Physicist Enrico Fermi is famous for posing the natural question that follows: Where is everybody?

Welcome to the Fermi paradox. Philosophers, physicists, and astronomers have tried to answer the Fermi paradox since its unofficial inception in 1950. These and other answers proposed by experts are deeply unsettling — especially if you spend too much time researching them, like I did. Uk.businessinsider. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Diana Saverin. The Terror and Tedium of Living Like Thoreau When you’re alone in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, the simplest question becomes the most complicated: How do you fill a day? The Thoreau of the Suburbs When Annie Dillard wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, she didn’t think anyone would want to read a memoir by a "Virginia housewife.

" So she left her domestic life out of the book—and turned her surroundings into a wilderness. The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling. This is What A Real Bomb Looks Like. In 1980, Lake Tahoe, Nevada was a popular tourist spot. The area offered skiing, sailing, hiking in the mountains, and of course, gambling on the Nevada side of the lake. It was in this somewhat unlikely place where the authorities found the largest improvised bomb seen to that date in the USA. Harvey’s casino was opened by former butcher Harvey Gross in 1944. In less than 20 years it grew to a 192 room, 11 story hotel casino. Thousands of people played Harvey’s slot machines and table games.

Some were winners, but most were losers. Born in Hungary in 1922 as János Birges, John grew up in Budapest. In 1957 Birges and his wife Elizabeth immigrated to California. Appearances can be deceiving. Birges built his bomb. The bomb itself looked like two large steel boxes stacked on top of each other. There were no less than 8 independent trigger systems, each capable of causing an explosion: Double-walled box triggers: Both the top and bottom box were lined with rubber. Sources: Obama-Xi State Visit: How China's President Defines the Chinese Dream. The Governance of China, a collection of the political theories of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I mean that quite literally: The book, as an object, is lovely.

There are 515 pages of creamy, heavy, acid-free stock; gold-flecked endpapers; a full-page frontispiece portrait, complete with a facsimile of Xi’s signature; 22 glossy, double-sided photo pages; a silver-embossed, silk-bound cover; and a sturdy white dust jacket. This is China’s new scripture, a book, published in October 2014, that the government has willed into being a bestseller. Chinese state media claim that over 5 million copies have already been sold around the world. Yet from all the available evidence, very few people outside of China—except maybe Bulgaria and Mark Zuckerberg—have read it. It’s worth exploring what such a man is thinking. You can’t blame people for not wanting to read The Governance of China.

This is the Gospel of Xi. It’s a shrewd strategy. Newrepublic. Dizhou Tong (1902-1979) | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia. Dizhou Tong, also called Ti Chou Tung, studied marine animals and helped introduce and organize experimental embryology in China during the twentieth century. He introduced cellular nuclear transfer technology to the Chinese biological community, developed methods to clone organisms from many marine species, and investigated the role of cytoplasm in early development. Tong's administrative and scientific leadership in the fields of marine, cellular, and developmental biology contributed to China's experimental embryology research programs. Tong was born in a village in Jin County, Zhejing Province, China, on 28 May 1902. His father was a teacher in the village and was responsible for Tong's early education. Tong's father died when Tong was fourteen years old, leaving his mother to care for Tong and his six siblings.

In 1927 Tong started work as an assistant to professor Bao Cai in the Department of Biology in National Central University in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of. Donald Trump Is Saving Our Democracy -- NYMag. Photos of abandoned places. Quora. This turns me on. Inside the Brain of a Super Memorizer. Let’s Face It, China Runs U.S. Monetary Policy Now | TIME. ELI5: How does the Voyager still have power after all the years it's been in space? : explainlikeimfive. How Boko Haram keeps its secrets secret. Born In The USA: How America Created Iran's Nuclear Program : Parallels. 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science — Startups + Wanderlust + Life Hacking — Medium.

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Dear Dad, Send Money - Letters from Students in the Middle Ages. How David Hume Helped Me Solve My Midlife Crisis. Scientists Learn How Genes Can Jump Between Species. With Refugee Exodus, West Pays Cost of Inaction Against Assad. The psychology behind why couples always fight when assembling Ikea furniture. Why We Should Welcome Migrants. c3PN3UP. Hacker Lexicon: A Guide to Ransomware, the Scary Hack That's on the Rise. Introducing Signal for Facebook and Instagram. Exclusive: This is the 2nd gen. Chromecast w/ backdrop feeds, better WiFi, ‘Fast Play,’ more. Inside USC’s crazy experimental VR lab | The Verge. If you’re white, science says you’re probably a racist. Now what? GvtfOjV.jpg (JPEG Image, 546 × 385 pixels) What-did-George-W. The 1 Passage You Need To Read To Understand Donald Trump's Appeal : It's All Politics.

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