A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: July, 2015

Read — 2015/07/13

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Greece debt crisis: Eurozone summit strikes deal” (BBC). The deal demands that Greece immediately institute measures that are stricter than the ones Greek voters rejected in a referendum last Sunday.

Science — 2015/07/12

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Protecting neurons from amyloid β“, by Lane-Donovan et al. (Science Signaling).
  2. An over-massive black hole in a typical star-forming galaxy, 2 billion years after the Big Bang“, by Benny Trakhtenbrot et al. (Science).

Read — 2015/07/12

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Does it really matter exactly when the Fed raises rates?“, by Neil Irwin (NY Times). Commentary on “the yawning gap that can appear between Economics 101 and Markets 101”. Long-term trajectory, rational thinking, expectations, and cheap talk.
  2. To lose weight, eating less is far more important than exercising more“, by Aaron E. Carroll (NY Times). Exercise has many health benefits, just not weight loss. For weight loss, it’s all about calorie (ac)counting.
  3. Traces of earliest stars that enriched cosmos are spied“, by Dennis Overbye (NY Times). The life cycle of stars is fascinating, each generation literally forging materials for the next. Population I, II, and III stars.
  4. NASA is seriously considering terraforming part of the moon with robots“, by Kelsey D. Atherton (Popular Science).
  5. What it’s like as a ‘girl’ in the lab“, by Sarah Clatterbuck Soper (NY Times). Insightful article.

    Twenty-first-century science has a great deal in common with the medieval apprentice system.

    One wonders how science continually advances the “cutting edge” in spite of itself.

    [T]his is no different from the hard choices other ambitious women face in many fields.

    Gender hurdles appear outside of science, too. Stay aware that bias — gender, racial, socioeconomic — exists, and stay vigilant.