An ABC proof too tough even for mathematicians — In Kyoto, a solitary thinker unveils a solution that’s either a dizzying advance — or a blind alley. Outsiders in? (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
A Shape-Shifting Smartphone Touch Screen — A microfluidic panel lets users push buttons on a flat interface.
Riverbeds in Reverse — Inverted riverbeds? Wow. That's as weird as some of the Missoula Flood topology.
New age of exploration in the hunt for extreme life
Doha: fighting climate change best hope for UK economy — Fighting global warming by selling renewable energy like wind turbines to the rest of the world is the best chance for Britain to grow economically, according to Greg Barker, the Energy and Climate Change Minister. In other words, economic opportunity, not ideological freak out.
Is Yahweh a Boy? — The Concept of the J Text Deity in Genesis. (Via
Court Denies Atheists Right to Choose How to Get Married — More of that modern persecution
Fracking industry refusing to report which chemicals they’re using — Confidential to GOP in America: Tell me again why industry self-regulation is superior to Federal regulation? Or do you plan to stop drinking water for the rest of your life?
Are Independents More Immune to Bias Than Liberals or Conservatives? — What this doesn't address is whether the bias is acknowledged or compensated for. There really isn't any equivalent phenomenon on the American "left" to the Right's extremely well-documented epistemic closure. When your one of your core biases is in favor of examining new concepts and questioning assumptions, speaking as a liberal-progressive it's hard not to see that as a subjectively more useful bias than one in favor of reflexively rejecting evidence over ideology and always embracing the Argument from Authority.
Republicans, welcome to the reality-based community — Defeat has shattered the US right's impenetrable front on tax and healthcare. The party's pragmatists are finding their voice. A Uk perspective on the conservative disaster of epistemic closure. (Or, in simpler terms, GOP idiocy.)
?otD: Mooch much?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 11.0 hours (9 hours fitful plus napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: The Rhesus Chart by Charlie Stross