Non-random Random Primes

(July 14, 2016) This is the story of how a curious coin-tossing paradox led a pair of Stanford University mathematicians to find an unexpected property of prime numbers, a quirk in full...

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Sunk Cost Fallacy

(June 30, 2016) "Every garage sale is a funeral for someone's sunk costs." — David McRaney How do I deceive me? Let me count the ways ... number one would be my belief...

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Lassic Peaks, Lassik Band

(June 16, 2016) Straddling Humboldt's eastern border with Trinity County, the three peaks known collectively as the Lassics on the edge of the Mount Lassic Wilderness make for some fine nearby hiking. First,...

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E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

(June 2, 2016) In the time it takes to read this sentence, seven seconds after inhaling either a regular or an electronic cigarette, molecules of nicotine link up with receptor molecules in the...

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The Good Old Days?

(May 19, 2016) Writing about 700 BC, the Greek poet Hesiod waxed nostalgic for "the good old days" as he imagined them: "They lived as if they were gods, their hearts free...

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Cash, Plastic or Bitcoin?

(May 5, 2016) When he encountered the Great Khan's paper money in China around 1260, explorer Marco Polo was astonished at the ready acceptance of what we now call "fiat money," i.e. currency...

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Hydro Power: Clean, Green — and Mean?

(April 21, 2016) Electricity generated by hydroelectric plants is frequently said to be the cleanest, greenest form of power. By far the largest source of renewable energy, hydro accounts for 16 percent of...

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Bayes, Mammograms and False Positives

(April 7, 2016) Bayes' Theorem is, apparently, the new sexy. Everyone's quoting it, from psychologists to ecologists to cosmologists, even TV show The Big Bang Theory. Named after an 18th century English minister...

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The Martellus Map

Part 2 of 2

(March 17, 2016) As we saw last time, Columbus optimistically believed he was sailing west to Marco Polo's Cipangu (Japan), then thought of as part of the "Indies," which he estimated to...

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The Martellus Map

Part 1 of 2

(March 10, 2016) In February 1970, two days after arriving in Canada, I was sitting in an employment office in Vancouver. The guy on the other side of the desk said, "There's an...

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Gravity Waves: Confirming a Metaphor

(February 25, 2016) At 2:51 a.m. PDT on Sept. 14, twin observatories in Washington and Louisiana detected "ripples in the fabric of spacetime." After months of checking and re-checking, the LIGO (Laser...

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Country Matters

(February 11, 2016) Soon after I moved from London to New Zealand in the 1960s, I was taken aback when a Kiwi friend referred to a mutual acquaintance as "a good cunt,...

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Is the Dodo Effect Dead?

(January 21, 2016) In 1936, American psychologist Saul Rosenzweig published a paper in The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry that made waves still felt 80 years later. Reviewing the various types of talk therapy...

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Laniakea

Our place in space

(January 14, 2016) In my unrepresentative poll, it seems all of us who grew up in the 1950s used to expand our addresses way beyond local streets and towns as children. For instance,...

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Disruption (Personal Edition)

(December 31, 2015) "Disruption" seems to be the latest business fad; if you're not disrupting — taking risks, causing chaos and regularly failing — you may as well pack up and go home....

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Non-random Random Primes

    • Hi Maybe, these were from first billion primes (i.e. two billion pairs). Apparently the bias…

    • on July 16, 2016
  • Re: Non-random Random Primes

    • Barry: I assume these percentages were derived from analyzing the first X number of prime…

    • on July 15, 2016
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