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Escaping the Confucian trap

Escaping the Confucian trap

We’re going to have quite a number of interesting laureates in town. But before we go live, so to speak, let me blog about a laureate who, sadly, couldn’t come.

September 18, 2013 — Markus Pössel
Pauline Tan: Stereovision Maths

Pauline Tan: Stereovision Maths

This is a part of a series of Q&As with mathematicians and computer scientists participating at the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 22-27, 2013.

September 18, 2013 — Beatrice Lugger
40 Percent of Food in the U.S. Never Gets Eaten

Forty Percent of Food in the US Never Gets Eaten

My second round of inquiry into The Dating Game report by NRDC, which explains how the food dating system drives food waste in America, was with two authors of the report itself- Emily Broad Lieb, who directs the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, an expert on the legal system that contributes to [...]..

September 18, 2013 — Perrin Ireland
A Warrior for the Blind

A Warrior for the Blind

Why should sighted people have all the fun? Kyle Rector, one of the young participants in this year’s Heidelberg Laureate Forum, doesn’t think they should.

September 17, 2013 — Dana Mackenzie
A few funny* things about citations

A few funny* things about citations

In honor of the recent Ig Nobel prizes, awarded for achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think,” I present a few funny* things about scholarly citations...

September 17, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
A socialist iPhone?

A socialist iPhone?

Yes, yes, yes, new iPhone, new IOS, new stuff, cheap, expensive, blah blah blah. Nobody needs to tell you that your phone is obsolete about an hour and a half after you buy it, and nobody needs to tell you that your old phones either build up in our house (I can put my hands [...]..

September 17, 2013 — Scott Huler
Science “Wine Snobs”

Science “Wine Snobs”

Alton Brown’s got our science communication conundrum solved. Brown, celebrity host of Food Network’s Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and Cutthroat Kitchen, recently dropped by the American Chemical Society’s Fall Meeting in Indianapolis...

September 17, 2013 — See Arr Oh
The Meta Post to the 6 out of 200 Series

The Meta Post to the 6 out of 200 series

One of many ways of characterizing the typical HLF attendee is probably the fact that, when faced with a blog article series called “6 out of 200“, their first reaction is not likely to be “oh, cool, let me read about six of the other 200 young researchers attending the meeting”...

September 16, 2013 — Markus Pössel
Salvaging Costa Concordia

Salvaging Costa Concordia

Image of the Week #109, September 16th, 2013: [Click to see large] From: Raising the Costa Concordia Shipwreck: How Do They Do It? by Mark Fischetti at Observations.

September 16, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
“My brain is in town”

“My brain is in town”

Paul Erdős was in many ways a mathematician’s mathematician – the most prolific researcher in mathematics in terms of article number, and legendary for the number of his collaborations...

September 16, 2013 — Markus Pössel
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