Friday, June 15, 2018


"IBM inventors received a record 9,043 patents in 2017, marking the company’s 25th consecutive year of U.S. patent leadership and crossing the 100,000-patent milestone. 
Nearly half of the patents granted to IBM in 2017 are pioneering advancements in AI, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain and quantum computing."

- IBM Research 


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018


The top 10 most popular scientific research papers of 2017
  1. Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study 
  2. Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students 
  3. Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians  
  4. Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos  
  5. Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests  
  6. More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas  
  7. Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults  
  8. A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber  
  9. Efficacy and effectiveness of an rVSV-vectored vaccine in preventing Ebola virus disease: final results from the Guinea ring vaccination, open-label, cluster-randomised trial (Ebola Ça Suffit!)  
  10. An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb  

"To compile the list, Altmetric looked at a range of measures including mainstream news media references, Wikipedia citations, social media mentions and performance in scholarly spaces such as post-publication peer-review forums and patient advocacy groups. This image shows how the top-rating article performed on this range of alternative measures."
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Thursday, May 31, 2018


10^9  2^32  <  Number of human people in the world  <  10^10 

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Monday, April 30, 2018

The kids have changed

The 90s babies I used to teach had this astrological signature that made them "easy" - with Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn, they respect tradition and order and are likely to love teachers and tradition as a result.  This group was born in the late eighties to mid-nineties and I stopped working at the university in 2016.

Those two planets - Uranus and Neptune - shifted from Capricorn into Aquarius around 1997, signifying that those born in this new influence will collectively or on average be a source of bafflement to me: you can expect them to not want to be painted into straight lines and to not care for any kind of regime at all, to not want to be understood, controlled, refined or contained.

So I won't be teaching for a while.  Really.  There seems to be no point.

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