top Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph
Can any other country boast a top political leader who has a STEM leader . . . ?
Sure: China. Practically everyone on the top for the last 5 decades was a STEM person.
top Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94
Gnome2, AmaroK, Songbird...
Yea, OSS just isnt the miracle elixir people like to pretend it is, and "Just fork it" isnt an effective incantation.
But the Mate Desktop, a Gnome 2 fork, exists, so GP seems to be right: If it's popular enough, it will live on.
about a month and a half ago
top Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
There's actually a lot of potentional scientific correct stuff in the Bible.
The point about science is the
process, not the result. There may be correct content in the bible, but that does not make it scientific.
top VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better
Meanwhile, they let you rot in prison. Thats what key disclosure laws are about.
top Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?
Thanks for following up! You had a small mixup there, 28 million were all pregnancies, including planned ones, leaving only 12.25 unplanned pregnanies, of which 3.3 occur in the U.S, which is a bit above average, given 1.2 billion people in developed nations.
The absolute numbers are misleading, though, as pregnancies are not evenly distributed among the countries. More relevant the relative amount of unplanned pregnancies among all pregnancies among a given country. There, the U.S. has 49% - 51% (,) unplanned pregnancies, France has 33%  and Britain has 16% .
The numbers get even more drastic if you look at teenagers only. There, the US has 5 times as much unplanned pregnancies (relative to overall population) as Germany .
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top Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?
We have about 3.3 million unplanned pregnancies annually in the u.s. alone which are not aborted due to recreational sex.
Thats a problem of the bad sex ed in the US, not a problem of birth control. No other developed country has unplanned pregnancy rates that high.
top 15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market
It's hard to fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you.
Quite the opposite, the 50% of the population has no problem to "fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you."
The problem is not the intelligence of the kid, but the fact he thinks he's gifted. If you achieve good grades in school without effort and your parents constantly tell you you're gifted, you never really learn the correlation between effort and achievement. Then, suddenly, the real world kicks in. Other young adults, not gifted but learning none the less, catched up. Now they get the interesting jobs.
If you have contact to a gifted child, it's important to give him/her appropriate input. Put the focus on productive output, on effort (e.g. for a kid with math skills: Present interesting engineering problems, perhaps a bridge has to be built over a creek or something similar). On helping others and on developing the ability to communicate effectively with non-gifted kids (or adults).
top Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous
The difference is liquidity. Bitcoins market depth is
tiny. A truck full of Euros (about the same market value as the bitcoins) sold at market rate wouldn't be noticable on the charts. 30k of bitcoins sold at market rate would absolutely crush the market.
top How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?
An "economist" like in the article is a macro economist while your investing neighbor most probably is a micro economist. Same field, different point of view. A macro economist does stuff like predicting the housing bubble, but may suck mightily as a CEO of a company (and vice versa for the micro economist).
top Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling
That's great and all, but if I walk into the streets of oh let's say France, I don't need to worry if I'm a Jew that Christians are going to start attacking me.
If you are a Jew in France you have a pretty high propability of Christians attacking you. You should read real news more often, France has a massive racism problem right now. Jews are emigrating from France at an unprecedented scale (WW2 excluded).
top Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses
Really? I don't find the legitimate ones bad at all. Much better than the SAT for testing raw, innate intelligence.
IQ is like a brightness of a flashlight. It's potential. Brighter is better, but it doesn't guarantee you point it at a useful direction, or even use it for anything useful at all other than to study playboy under the bedsheets.
The problem is that IQ as a variable is pretty useless in practice. It has no prognostic validity for success in life or in a job. Motivation is far more important for that, but it's also harder to measure.
I would think if they took recent Nobel Prize winners in the hard sciences, they would be trending above average and by a margin.
Sure, but you would find even more high-IQ persons in quite mundane jobs. IQ is a confounding variable for success. Counter example: most Nobel Prize winners are male, too. Is that the reason for their success?
top "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa
Given that hunger in developing nations is mostly an issue of distribution, not production (africa mostly is anything but arid:
https://www.google.com/search?...), I would indeed be impressed if GMO bananas will help here.
top US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe
We could fix this problem easily with barely any significant change to our style of life.
Similarly, residential electricity prices in Germany (note that Germany and Denmark, both with heavily subsidized, high share "green" power generation, have electricity pricing on par with small island nations)
First, in Germany renewables are not heavily subsidized (i.e. tax-financed) at all, but instead cross-financed trough averaging production costs of non-renewables and renwables. No tax money involved.
Second, It does not make sense to compare the price per kWh when the overall effiency is so vastly different to the USA :While I am paying about .29EUR per kWh on my renewables-only plan, in absolute numbers that amounts to only 40EUR per month on electricity for a 4 person household. We have a well insulated house, efficient appliences, LED lighting everywhere, efficient computers etc. With absolute consumption as low as that, I couldn't care less about the price per kWh.
top Enlightenment E19 To Have Full Wayland Support
If I'm not mistaken the Direct Rendering Manager is 8 years older:
http://dri.freedesktop.org/wik... - you have to blame Hollywood for that :)
top YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices
No one said they have to licence it for free. The debate between Google and Gema revolves around technicalities of payment. Most other royality collectors agreed to get an undisclosed percentage of advertisement earnings for the licences, but GEMA insists on a flat fee, regardless of amount of viewers etc. of a particular track. AFAIK GEMA is the only royality collector worldwide insisting on that.
top A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back
Most other developed countries have equal or higher teacher's salaries and don't have a student debt problem at all. That pretty much falsifies you view on the topic (and would have been trivial for you to find out for yourself).
top Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898
Started a car manufacturing company producing high-tech electric vehicles that make anything produced in Detroit these days look like a Model T.
At the risk of being nit-picky: Musk only invested in Tesla, not started it. The investment was significant and included the right for Musk to call himself co-founder IIRC.
top 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
Soylent has better marketing, that's it.
top Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed
Apple managed to secure virtually the entire output of 1.8" hard drives from Toshiba (the only manufacturer of such drives at the time).
Many players at that time already had 1" hard drives, so 1.8" doesn't sound very impressive (1.8" drives were introduced in 1993 BTW).
The iPhone was the first capacitive touchscreen phone.
No, the LG Prada was the first one. Look it up:
top Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses
I think the idea that scepticism comes from humanities rather than science is a joke, and shows a complete misunderstanding of falsifiability and Karl Popper's work on the philosophy of science.
are aware that Popper was a professor at a humanist department, right? That whole " philosophy of science" thing could have been a hint... about a year and a half ago
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