Posts Tagged ‘x57s’

Should “data” be singular or plural? | The Economist

September 17, 2022

Enjoyed this article! I studied Latin, but, unfortunately, now agree with the article: “It is poignant that [trivia] a word that once meant a knowledge of Latin now means a knowledge of impractical random facts.”

Chewing burns more calories than you think—and may have shaped our evolution | Science | AAAS

August 28, 2022 Great article! Wondered about the implications of chewing for weight loss: Perhaps humans so readily “overeat” because they don’t have to spend so much time chewing.

Moderna Sues Pfizer and BioNTech Over Covid Vaccine Technology – The New York Times

August 27, 2022
Depressing that the heroes of the US vaccine are now locked in a nasty dispute.

The Age of the Superyacht | The New Yorker

August 20, 2022

Huge “foundation models” are turbo-charging AI progress | The Economist

August 20, 2022

A “world that Bert built” but perhaps LaMDA is disassembling.

Record-Breaking Voyager Spacecraft Begin to Power Down – Scientific American

August 7, 2022

These spacecraft have traveled nearly 1M miles almost every day of my life. Incredible!

And don’t forget their look back at the pale blue dot of earth,images%20of%20the%20Solar%20System.

How Scientists Are Reviving Cells in Dead Pigs’ Organs – The New York Times

August 3, 2022 Amazing work by the Sestan Lab
(within @YaleMed)

Opinion | Endemic Covid-19 Looks Pretty Brutal – The New York Times

July 31, 2022

If Bedford is correct — and that steady state means 100,000 annual Covid deaths going forward, for at least the next several years — the two facts may be a bit hard to square in your mind. (Especially if you remember both the initial state of emergency the pandemic called into being and the more recent hope that it could at some point “be over.”) A hundred thousand deaths is more than the annual toll of any other infectious disease and would make Covid-19 a top-10 cause of death in the country — a major and novel cause of widespread death clouding the American horizon with another dark layer of morbidity we had never known before. It’s a few multiples of a typical flu season and more than die each year from diabetes, pneumonia or kidney disease. …
Mina compares the building of immunity to the learning of a language. “It’s a fact of the biology of immunity that it’s really hard to build a brand-new memory and keep it if you’re old,” he says. “And so I do think that for quite a while our elderly population is going to keep having really big problems because they just can’t retain these new memories.” People exposed today, who will become 80 years old in 25 years or so, won’t have the same problem, Mina says, because they will have built their immune memory at a younger age.

Really liked the comparison of building immunity to the learning of a language. In a sense, the immune system learns things like the brain.

Why is the human brain so difficult to understand? We asked 4 neuroscientists.

July 31, 2022

Nearly 100 years ago, physicist Emerson Pugh famously said, “If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.”

Liked the quote: “If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.”

Ealing’s Local Web site

July 31, 2022

My condolences. Your mother was an amazing woman. Very impressed by the MA at 92!