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    Daily Digest 9/13 – The Real Cost Of Filling Up, The Art Of Insight

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3:50 PM


The Art Of Insight In Science And Engineering (richcabot)

For many years, at the University of Cambridge and at MIT, I taught a course on the “Art of Approximation” organized by topics in physics and engineering. This organization limited the material’s generality: Unless you become a specialist in general relativity, you may not study gravitation again. Yet estimating how much gravity deflects starlight teaches reasoning tools that you can use far beyond that example. Tools are more general and useful than topics.

Sovereign Debt for Territory: A new Global Elite Swap Strategy (richcabot)

One often wonders why governments indebt themselves for so much more than they can ever hope to pay… Here, Western economists, bankers, traders, Ivy League academics and professors, Nobel laureates and the mainstream media have a quick and monolithic reply: because all nations need “investment and investors” if they wish to build highways, power plants, schools, airports, hospitals, raise armies, service infrastructures and a long list of et ceteras, economic and national activities are all about.

Sustainable development, science, and the UN (jdargis)

Colglazier writes that the 2015 UN Global Sustainable Development Report should act as a platform for continued interaction between scientists and policy makers. Doing so could help the policy officials develop a “science advisory ecosystem,” one that could encourage the use of science to inform sustainable development.

Mass Incarceration, Visualized (jdargis)

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become a normal life event. "We've chosen the response of the deprivation of liberty for a historically aggrieved group, whose liberty in the United States was never firmly established to begin with," Western says.

An eighth-grade boy’s ‘outrageous’ class schedule (jdargis)

Have you ever wondered what a student’s schedule looks like? After all, New Jersey Department of Education is laser-focused on standardized test scores and being college and career ready. How does New Jersey translate that into the lives of the young citizens of Newark?

A Newark dad shared his child’s schedule. To my suburban friends, can you ever imagine your child bringing home a schedule that looks like this? Or a superintendent selling this to you? No? Me neither. This is outrageous.

The Real Cost of Filling Up: Gasoline prices by country (jdargis)

This ranking sorts 61 countries by price, earnings needed to buy a gallon, and annual income spent on fuel.

Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing 'alarming' decline in bees (Wendy SD)

Janette Brimmer, who represented the beekeepers for Earthjustice, an environmental group, said the ruling affects the entire country and will force states to withdraw more local rules that have permitted the insecticide. Federal appeals courts "almost never" overturn EPA approvals of pesticides, Brimmer said. "This was a pretty significant decision," she said. "It revokes the registration, and it is a national registration."

Climate change impacts: The growth of understanding (richcabot)

In the late 1950s, a few scientists realized that the level of carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere might be rising and suggested that the average global temperature might climb a few degrees Celsius before the end of the 21st century. Roger Revelle, the most senior of those researchers (figure 2), publicly speculated that in the 21st century the greenhouse effect might exert “a violent effect on the earth’s climate” (as quoted by Time magazine in its 28 May 1956 issue). He thought the temperature rise might eventually melt the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, which would raise sea levels enough to flood coastlines. In 1957 Revelle told a congressional committee that the greenhouse effect might someday turn Southern California and Texas into real deserts. He also remarked that the Arctic Ocean might become ice free. But everyone understood that it was all speculation, more science fiction than scientific prediction.

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  • Mon, Sep 14, 2015 - 5:49am


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    The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given the threat of climate change.

    Which is a killer argument for subsidizing renewables. Or even throwing a few scraps towards the Cold Fusion boys researchers. (I was going to say boys,  but Pamela Mosier-Boss is doing fine work over at SPAWAR, last I heard.)


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  • Mon, Sep 14, 2015 - 11:53am


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    It would appear as if Tom

    It would appear as if Tom Campbell is correct. I make this stuff up as I go along.

    After we wrote about the matter recently, is even the record been made aware that the Silicon Valley-based Cold Fusion-Energy Company has been in Brillouin Norway. The company has had meetings with both politicians and several large Norwegian companies, including hot water tank manufacturer OSO Hotwater. The small Norwegian company Black Swan Technology currently working with to convey and get investors to Brillouin Energy. They offer investors to travel to the Brillouins development lab in Berkeley, so that they themselves should be able to measure their way to what the company believes is evidence of cold fusion

    Thanks Alain.

    Now it wouldn't be too hard for someone living near Berkley to pop in for a gander, given the importance of the subject,  now would it? Or are we going to stick with willful blindness? 

    No matter, the money is beginning to flow.  I hear that the Norwegian Navy is interested. Good for them. It will do wonders for their subs. 

    The Trouble is, you see, the facts just don't fit the theory.  So what's a poor scientist to do?  Believe his models or his lying eyes?



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  • Mon, Sep 14, 2015 - 3:52pm



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  • Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 4:39am



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    Re: An eighth-grade boy’s ‘outrageous’ class schedule

    Interesting, the entire day is devoted to what appears to be "useful" classes. Mostly Math and Science. The parent in the article complains there is no "Music", "Arts" or Sports. The Parent wants the curriculum dumbed down.


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  • Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 1:53pm

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    >> The Parent wants

    >> The Parent wants the curriculum dumbed down

    No way. Leaving out music, arts and sports IS the dumbing down!

    The parent wants the curriculum to be broader and to include disciplines that will teach a variety of thinking skills and practical skills.

    Students will learn better if they have some variety in what they focus on.

    And they'll have a better chance to earn a living if their education doesn't give them tunnel vision.


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  • Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 2:31pm

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    TechGuy wrote:Interesting,


    Interesting, the entire day is devoted to what appears to be "useful" classes. Mostly Math and Science. The parent in the article complains there is no "Music", "Arts" or Sports. The Parent wants the curriculum dumbed down.[/quote]

    "Dumbed down" is what has historically been called a liberal education.  It is the core of what education is supposed to encourage:  an informed populace that is able to think critically, interact socially, understand the issues of the day and generally conduct themselves as responsible citizens.  To some extent the emphasis on STEM education has diminished the public sphere where we interact as social and civic beings.

    Our social structure has become atomized to a point where the village square as a focus of public participation in governing and socializing is a relic of the past.  Of course that is not solely the fault of STEM education, but a focus on the technical aspects of specialization to the exclusion of all else certainly doesn't foster an informed electorate or a socially responsible citizenry.

    IMHO, we really need to get back to the ideal of the renaissance man (now person) to build the kind of culture that we strive for at PP.

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