Read — 2014/05/20

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. General Declares Martial Law across Thailand amid Paralyzing Protests“, by Thomas Fuller (NY Times). Said Thailand’s General Prayuth Chan-ocha, “The army intends to bring peace to the beloved country of all Thais as soon as possible…We urge people not to panic…The imposition of martial law is not a coup d’état.”
  2. 5 in China Army Face U.S. Charges of Cyberattacks“, by Michael S. Schmidt & David E. Sanger (NY Times). The U.S. Justice Department traces the hacking of Westinghouse Electric and the United States Steel Corp to a Shanghai-based cyberunit of China’s People’s Liberation Army; the Justice Department formally charged five. “The move by the Justice Department was almost certainly symbolic since there is virtually no chance that the Chinese would turn over the five People’s Liberation Army members named in the indictment.”
  3. Remembering, as an Extreme Sport“, by Benedict Carey (NY Times). The Extreme Memory Tournament, held in San Diego, offers suspense to spectators and data to scientists. According to lead researcher Dr. Henry L. Roediger III, “We found that one of the biggest differences between memory athletes and the rest of us…is in a cognitive ability that’s not a direct measure of memory at all but of attention.” It was no surprise that nearly all contestants used the millenia-old memory technique known as the method of loci, or memory palaces. Researchers highlighted memory athletes’ high scores on tests of working memory (a mental sketchpad, sort of like human RAM) and attentional control (focus and selective forgetting).
  4. Creation, in the Eye of the Beholder“, by George Johnson (NY Times). Criticizing the anthropic principle latent in creationist arguments, Johson writes “our image of God the machinist is a reflection of ourselves”.
  5. Boozing it up“, by J.S. & L.P (The Economist). It would be interesting to correlate the percentage of drinkers in a country with the frequency of alcohol abuse.
  6. In Performance: Jeremy Denk“, by Erik Braund & Ashley Maas (NY Times). Pianist Jeremy Denk plays Mozart’s Rondo in F, K. 494.