Animated Visualization of World War II Deaths

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Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-004-3633-32A,_Russland,_Cholm,_gefallene_RotarmistenThinking that you might have missed the history of World War II, this is a nice 18:16 minutes overview. To spite the topic, this is quite a positive presentation, and time well spent.

http://io9.com/this-animated-data-visualization-of-world-war-ii-fatali-1709065880

If you had $400 million … where would you spend it?

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Think about this for a moment before clicking through … you have $400 million that you don’t really need for anything special. You have to give it away all at once. Where do you send it?

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/3/8725331/malcolm-gladwell-harvard

Cleveland Police Agree To Stop Hitting People On The Head With Guns

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This is a real story reported by what might be the BEST legal story blog on the Internet. Try this story as an introduction to this extraordinary blog.

http://www.loweringthebar.net/2015/05/cleveland-police-agree-to-stop-hitting.html

Error Catastrophe – the weapon of the future

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Death by error catastrophe

Death by error catastrophe

Viruses are notoriusly difficult to stop, as we are reminded each flu season when we dutifully partake of the flu vaccine de jour hoping for some relief from the annual invasion. We reach for vaccines because it is easier to stop a virus before it gets established, before we get sick.

This is why vaccines against viruses are so important. Some viruses with available vaccines are: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and hepatitis – all ugly diseases.

My next novel has a viral plague, so I have been researching methods used to cure people already infected.

Reading another scientific paper, I ran across a flowery description of a drug’s mechanism of action. So forget supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the way to sound precocious today is to use this in a sentence: “the induction of mutagenesis to the threshold of error catastrophe.”

Something like this will get you lots of points with the nerd set, “The vampires (orcs if you prefer) were after me, but I stopped them dead with the induction of mutagenesis to the threshold of error catastrophe.”

 

Shannon Entropy = 0

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Shannon entropy is a information theory measure of the amount of information in a message, measured in shannons. A computer byte is an 8-bit message which communicates 8 shannons of information. A message that communicates no information has a Shannon entropy of zero.

There are two way to accomplish this. An empty message has 0 shannons. Alternately, a perfectly random message also has 0 shannons of entropy.

You be the judge if this blog reaches its lofty objectives.

Nobel Prize Winner, Mathematician, John Nash dead

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Riding in a New Jersey taxicab, John Nash and his wife were killed in a car accident. The world already had too few mathematicians. Sad. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32865248