'Of course, it’s been a long hard road for particle physics these past 30 or so years. Back in the 1950s when particle physics was launched in earnest, there was a certain sense of follow-on and "thank you" for the Manhattan project. And in the 1960s and 1970s the pace of discoveries kept the best and the brightest coming into particle physics. But by the 1980s as particle physics settled into its role as an established academic discipline, there began to be an ever stronger "brain drain". And by the time the Superconducting Super Collider project was canceled in 1993, it was clear that particle physics had lost its special place in the world of basic research. … [Read more...] about ‘It feels like it’s a bit of a hack’: Why disappointed scientist Stephen Wolfram feels bittersweet about the discovery of the Higgs boson
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Around four hours later, Sessions fired back: '@RealDonaldTrump Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you're damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do.' … [Read more...] about Donald Trump slams Jeff Sessions as not ‘mentally qualified’ to be attorney general – even though he appointed him to the job – as feud between two men shows no sign of abating
Google made a big point of claiming smart replies respond not to your own style of writing, but to a generalised neural network of everyone’s responses to similar cases. This was, I presume, intended to placate those who felt the opposite was too creepy, but I began to find it unnerving, too. After a week I started to accept this was not Google’s idea of who I was, but their conception of some new, better me they felt I should become. No more Séamas the recalcitrant Scrooge, indifferent to the ecstasy of being asked, for a sixth time, if I was attending a social function. Step forward my new, better self, one who screams: “Yes, I’ll be there thanks!” with something like the manic ebullience of someone hoping to deter you from entering the bathroom they’re in. … [Read more...] about How smart are Gmail’s ‘smart replies’?
K-pop: The scandals and tragedies of 2019 More and more deaths Cha In-ha, a popular South Korean actor-singer, was found dead at his home on December 3, 2019. A police official told media that the cause of Cha's death was not immediately known. The 27-year-old celebrity made his film debut in 2017 and was part of the Surprise U band, which released two albums. There were no reports to suggest that Cha had been a target of personal attacks or cyberbullying. … [Read more...] about Hana Kimura: Suicide of Japanese wrestler blamed on online bullying