Thursday, July 20, 2017

What I'm Reading Today

Today is being spent writing, but I have a few tabs open to read at some point today:
  • Nate Silver writes about what the world would be like if Hillary Clinton had won
  • The Atlantic reports that only about 9% of plastic is recycled; 12% has been incinerated and the remaining 79% is in either in landfills or the natural environment (such as in an interesting mix with sand and rock some call "plastiglomerate")
  • Via Science Daily, a study finds that people can identify a manipulated image slightly better than chance - about 60% of the time - and can only say what's wrong with the image about 45% of the time
  • Also via Science Daily, a study on the effect of sleep deprivation on personality and mental health
  • And finally, an interesting book I learned about while reading A Concise History of Mathematics by Dirk J. Struik: mathematician Leonhard Euler wrote a theory of music considered too mathy for musicians and too musical for mathematicians; unfortunately for me, it's written in Latin

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