Friday, March 27, 2015

The Best Way To Shuffle Cards

"Statistician-magician on the best way to shuffle cards". (Via H.R.)

Extreme Gardening

"Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproduced". (Via M.B.)

Messenger Wars

Messenger wars.

Kindle Cover Disasters

Kindle cover disasters.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Patients Secretly Recording Doctors

JAMA: "Ethical Implications of Patients and Families Secretly Recording Conversations With Physicians".

I don't think patients should record their physicians without their consent. However, I do strongly favor such recordings when both sides agree, as discussed in my February 2015 Forbes column, "Why You Should Record Your Doctor Visits".

But I also recognize that many states allow such surreptitious recordings with only "one party" (patient) consent.  Hence, I also agree with the JAMA piece that physicians should probably start communicating as if their words were being permanently recorded by the patient. 

Security Prompts Shut Down Brain

"MRIs show our brains shutting down when we see security prompts".

1975 DNA Asilomar Meeting

Meetings that changed the world: Asilomar 1975: DNA modification secured"

Top 'Oddball' Job-Interview Questions

Top 'oddball' job-interview questions, according to Glassdoor.

Some of them include:
Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

Describe the color yellow to somebody who’s blind.

If you had a machine that produced $100 for life, what would you be willing to pay for it today?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NFL Lineman Publishes Math Paper

"John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It is titled 'A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians'".

Here's an excerpt from his paper:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fridge Caught Sending Spam

"Fridge caught sending spam emails in botnet attack":
In the first documented attack of its kind, the Internet of Things has been used as part of an attack that sent out over 750,000 spam emails.

3D Printing Update

"Incredible New 3D Printing Technique Looks Like Sci-Fi". (Via H.R.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015