They’ve fallen for all sorts of tricks: the silly notion that freezing or applying green sharpie to a CD can improve its sound.
In a memorandum, the Harvard University Faculty Advisory Council has warned that the universitys library can no longer afford the subscription rates for scientific journals from major publishing houses. As a consequence, the university is encouraging its scientists to move towards the free publication of the universitys prestigious research results in line with the “open access” model.
Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis.
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To most people, this seems like a no-brainer: what could be smarter than popping a multivitamin as insurance in case your diet isnt giving you all the vitamins you need?
I guess “smaller gains” are better than pain. Wonder if smaller is 5% or 25%?
In August, we posted a photograph of some odd, rare clouds known as Morning Glory clouds without providing an explanation for how they form. In response to reader interest, we followed up with meteorologist Roger Smith of the University of Munich, who has studied their formation.
“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”
So proclaimed statistician George Box 30 years ago, and he was right. But what choice did we have? Only models, from cosmological equations to theories of human behavior, seemed to be able to consistently, if imperfectly, explain the world around us. Until now. Today companies like Google, which have grown up in an era of massively abundant data, don’t have to settle for wrong models. Indeed, they don’t have to settle for models at all.