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Private Religious Schools Have Public Responsibilities Too
Is it permissible for private schools in this country to disregard state standards of proficiency in English, math, and U.S. history? This is the question at the heart of a recent wide-ranging investigative report from The New York Times . The article focuses on the Hasidic educational system in New York, whose students almost uniformly fail state standardized tests in reading and math. A key nub


Why Household Robots Like Rosie From the 'Jetsons' Are Still Out of Reach
With recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics technology , there is growing interest in developing and marketing household robots capable of handling a variety of domestic chores. Tesla is building a humanoid robot , which, according to CEO Elon Musk, could be used for cooking meals and helping elderly people. Amazon recently acquired iRobot , a prominent robotic vacuum manufacture
Victory Brings Its Own Dangers
Last weekend I was in Kyiv, where European, American, and Ukrainian officials were mingling with journalists and policy experts at the Yalta European Strategy conference. With Ukrainian troops liberating Izium, Balakliya, and other northeastern towns, the atmosphere was triumphant. Until the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, the conference had been held in Yalta, and some participants began t
Yoga Teachers Furious Over Lululemon's Use of Environment-Destroying Factories
Coal-lulemon The Lululemon yoga company manufactures much of its expensive workout wear in coal-powered factories — and its stans are royally irked about it. In an open letter to lululemon chairman Glenn Murphy, nearly 1,700 yoga teachers and students are urging the high-end athleisure company to "practice what you preach" by committing to phase out the use of coal plants and use renewable resour
Scientists Find Weird Ultra-Strong Diamonds From Obliterated Dwarf Planet
Space Bling Diamonds are forever, and they're also everywhere: in exoplanets, in meteorites, in your mother's wedding ring. Some, though, are far more exotic than what you'd find in your local mall's Swarovski. In a study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences (PNAS), a team of researchers say they've found the largest crystals yet of a mysterio
Tesla Morale Low As Workers Still Don't Have Desks, Face Increased Attendance Surveillance
Workplace Woes As companies across the country prematurely transition into a return to "normalcy," Tesla has been struggling to get its workers back in the physical workplace. On Wednesday, CNBC reported that at one Tesla factory, around one-eighth of workers were absent on any given day, compared to one-tenth company-wide. To make matters worse, it reported , Tesla still doesn't have "room or re
Experts: 90% of Online Content Will Be AI-Generated by 2026
Fake It 'Til You Break It "Don't believe everything you see on the Internet" has been pretty standard advice for quite some time now. And according to a new report from European law enforcement group Europol, we have all the reason in the world to step up that vigilance. "Experts estimate that as much as 90 percent of online content may be synthetically generated by 2026," the report warned, addi
Scientists Have Bad News About All These Energy Efficient LEDs
Shine a Light We've all heard of the woes of blue light: don't look at your phone or computer before going to bed, because it'll make it harder for you to sleep. And according to a new study published Wednesday in Science Advances , that problem may extend beyond your personal beauty sleep to a much larger, environmental scale. Studying the spectral composition of the continent's lighting using i
For millennia, poets have tried to describe the animals in their lives. Some of the most famous verses concern a particular creature—wild or adorable or filthy or dignified—closely observed. Take Elizabeth Bishop detailing the shallow, yellowed eyes of her caught fish ; Mary Oliver looking up at wild geese sweeping across the sky; D. H. Lawrence tenderly cheering on a baby tortoise , "a tiny, fra
Readers reply: if everyone isolated for a month, would all transmissible diseases disappear?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts • Click here for this week's question If every person in the world isolated from each other for a certain period of time, say a month, would all transmissible diseases disappear? Lily Pauls Post your answers (and new questions
Why do I pick fights with my husband? Because I want a happy marriage | Emma Beddington
The right kind of argument can apparently bring couples closer together. Is bickering about the bread bin a good start? I want to get better at arguing. Not the bitter, exhausting kind that happens online, and not the kind that occurs when you put two French people in a room and within 90 seconds one of them is quoting Montaigne and the other has countered with Immanuel Kant, even though they are
Can This Huge Team Survive to Day 60? | Naked and Afraid
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Has Trumpism Run Out of Steam?
JAY, Maine—Services at the New Life Baptist Church had just wrapped up, and in the parking lot outside its tiny chapel, Paul LePage was standing behind me with his arm wrapped around my head. He held a cellphone inches from my face, as if he were filming an extreme close-up. The former and perhaps future governor of Maine had insisted on reenacting an incident that had occurred a few weeks earlie
The Hobbit King
T he Queen is dead. Long live the King. How strange this process, how archaic and theatrical, moving and melancholy, mixing the worlds of King Arthur and Netflix . We are often told that it is this connection to the deep past that gives monarchy its meaning. But as the world prepares for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London tomorrow, the unchanging continuity is less significant than the s
Why gender is at the heart of the matter for cardiac illness
Studies show that women with heart disease are more likely to be misdiagnosed than men, and will have worse outcomes for surgery. What is behind this bias and how can how it be fixed? Heart diseases are still chronically misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed in women. With depressing regularity, we see stories of women failed by the health system when they come to hospitals with the symptoms of a heart
Finally, we have evidence that hell is other people on social media | Torsten Bell
Seeing how much fun your peers are having is bad for your mental health, a study of students suggests Scrolling Twitter or refreshing Facebook definitely feels like it's bad for you, as our attention spans rot and meaning is drained from our lives. Despite those strong feelings, we're usually told the evidence isn't yet there to prove social media damages our mental health. The evidence of surging
Three learning stages and accuracy–efficiency tradeoff of restricted Boltzmann machines
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33126-x Restricted Boltzmann Machines are unsupervised machine learning model that have been applied for various tasks from image analysis to many-body physics. The authors elaborate the interplay of accuracy and efficiency of this model and define possible balance regimes for applications.
Quantitative fragmentomics allow affinity mapping of interactomes
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33018-0 Protein networks have been widely explored but most binding affinities remain unknown, limiting the quantitative interpretation of interactomes. Here the authors measure affinities of 65,000 interactions involving human PDZ domains and target sequence motifs relevant for viral infection and cancer.
Leakage does not fully offset soy supply-chain efforts to reduce deforestation in Brazil
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33213-z This research quantifies the role of zero deforestation policies and potential leakages in Brazilian soybean production, the third major driver of deforestation globally. Here the authors provide the first estimates of net global avoided soy-driven deforestation from zero-deforestation import restrictions a
Main-chain engineering of polymer photocatalysts with hydrophilic non-conjugated segments for visible-light-driven hydrogen evolution
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33211-1 The introduction of hydrophilic segments into the main-chain of polymer photocatalysts allows water to efficiently enter the interior through these hydrophilic segments, and results in effective water/polymer interfaces for hydrogen evolution.
A self-assembled trimeric protein vaccine induces protective immunity against Omicron variant
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33209-9 The SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant has quickly become the predominant circulating variant, due to the high transmissibility and immune escape. Here, the authors develop a trimeric protein vaccine candidate and show a sustained humoral immune response, and protection from challenge (Omicron and Delta) in various
Single-cell transcriptomics reveal cellular diversity of aortic valve and the immunomodulation by PPARγ during hyperlipidemia
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33202-2 Identifying the mechanisms underlying the early inflammatory phase of aortic valve disease is crucial for disease prevention. Here the authors perform single-cell RNA sequencing to show the immunomodulatory role of PPARγ in valvular endothelial cells during hyperlipidemia.
Phylogeographic analysis reveals an ancient East African origin of human herpes simplex virus 2 dispersal out-of-Africa
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33214-y There are competing hypotheses for human herpes simplex virus 2's migration out-of-Africa. Here, the authors sequence 65 new herpes simplex virus 2 genomes with a focus on under-sampled sub-Saharan African countries, suggesting an Eastern African origin for global dispersal the virus between 22-29 thousand
Infralimbic medial prefrontal cortex signalling to calbindin 1 positive neurons in posterior basolateral amygdala suppresses anxiety- and depression-like behaviours
Nature Communications, Published online: 17 September 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33139-6 The neural mechanisms for reward generalization are not fully understood. Here the authors investigate the role of posterior basolateral amygdala calbindin-expressing cells in modulating behavioural responses related to reward and aversion.
Karma Calculator
Hello everyone! I was wondering would it be possible to eventually create a karma calculator for calculating if an action causes positive or negative karma? I'm just speculating, but I think the idea is interesting and would prove very useful. For example, let's say there's a candy bar in a nearby store, and there's a homeless person starving, you can give him money or buy him a candy bar. The ho
Drug use and long-lasting cognitive impairment?
I used to be pretty decent at a video game, I processed things fast, motor skills and hand-eye coordination was good, I can vividly remember how it felt like at that time. Due to mental health issues arising, I had to be on medications, such as SSRI, SNRI, NDRI, and took random supplements, and ever since then, even after quitting all meds for a long time now, I still cannot perform like how I us
Chess Is Just Poker Now
It was as if a bottom seed had knocked out the top team in March Madness: At the Sinquefield Cup chess tournament in St. Louis earlier this month, an upstart American teenager named Hans Niemann snapped the 53-game unbeaten streak of world champion Magnus Carlsen, perhaps the game's best player of all time. But the real uproar came the following day, when Carlsen posted a cryptic tweet announcing
Uber Hack Was So Huge Employees Thought It Was a Prank
Not A Joke When a hacker announced that they had breached Uber's security, some of the ride-sharing company's employees reportedly thought they were being pranked. As screenshots provided to The Washington Post show that when the still-unknown hacker announced themselves via a company Slack channel, many employees responded with emoji reactions that suggest they thought someone was playing a joke
NFT Rental Platform Shuts Down Due to "Close to Zero Traction"
Tractionless Occasionally, the invisible hand of the free market does, in fact, deliver. In a sheepish statement, the non-fungible token (NFT) rental startup Rentable, which was supposed to let people rent out their monkey jpgs — like Rent the Runway for NFTs, basically — announced this week that it's shuttering because it was unable to find a "product market fit." "I am sorry to announce that Re
Funding for neuro tech research UK
Hey guys, My line manager assigned me a task to make a spreadsheet of all the potential funding sources we could reach out to apply to for a neuro tech feasibility trial we've designed. She threw in a comment about how this would be a good task for me as "it would give me a taste of what it's like to be a real psychologist"…. which was a bit mad as I've been working as an Assistant Psych for near
Deranged Scheme Proposes Mounting Queen's Coffin on Robot Arm
Coffin Drop There are few things as quintessentially English as queues and the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II's death, at the ripe old age of 96, and her impending funeral, has brought those two corners of English life together outside Westminster Hall, resulting in a line over five miles long to view and pay respects to her coffin. Saying it's become a logistical nightmare would be an understatement.
China Announces Plan for Hybrid Fission-Fusion Power Facility
China says that it will start generating fusion power using the world's largest pulse-powered energy plant by 2028, thereby turning fusion energy into a reality — an eyebrow-raising claim, considering the decades of research and billions of dollars that have already been poured into doing just that. "Being the world's first to achieve energy-scale fusion release will lay the most important milest
This Photo of a Dying Comet Is So Incredible That It's Melting Our Eyeballs
Comet's Tail Austrian astrophotographer Gerald Rhemann has really outdone himself with an absolutely stunning picture of a dying comet, including its dazzling tail, in front of an endless stretch of stars — and it's so beautiful, we're having trouble believing it's real. The photo, which earned Rhemann the top prize at the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest t
Guy Claims He Invented Bitcoin But Then "Stomped on the Hard Drive" Containing Proof
The Australian programmer who claims to be the creator of Bitcoin has a super believable excuse for why he can't prove it. During the raucous proceedings of a defamation trial in Norway, computer scientist Craig Wright claimed that he "stomped on the hard drive" that contained the "key slices" to prove he's the pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakomoto, as Coindesk relays . As the crypto blog
'I was lacking deeper connection': can online friends be the answer to loneliness?
People you don't see face to face can still provide a community I was raised not to talk to strangers. Strangers, I was taught as a child, are people we've never met before, therefore we don't know them. Childhood me would have been horrified to know that, now in my 30s, I frequently engage with complete randoms without giving it much thought. I'm not just talking about shop staff who make the mi
Does exercise drive development? In the sea anemone, the way you move matters
Researchers employed interdisciplinary approaches to show how sea anemone 'exercise' changes their developing size and shape, uncovering an intimate relationship between behavior and body development. With expertise in live imaging, computational methodology, biophysics, and genetics, the multidisciplinary team of scientists turned 2D and 3D live imaging into quantitative features to track changes
Infants, young children finally get relief from eczema's terrible itch
The first study to treat moderate-to-severe eczema in infants and children 6 months to 5 years old with a biologic drug rather than immune-suppressing medications shows the drug was highly effective in reducing the signs and symptoms of eczema. More than half of children had at least a 75% reduction in signs of eczema and itch. Kids slept through night for first time instead of scratching. Parents
What Atlanta Gave Me
The pioneering FX comedy helmed by Donald Glover is coming to an end—but its cultural impact will live on.
Andungar på rad får IgNobelpris
Andungars förmåga att simma i formation, förstoppade skorpioner och rituella lavemang. Det är forskning som prisas i årets IgNobel. Två svenskar finns bland pristagarna. Inlägget dök först upp på .
How Will We Remember Roger Federer?
In the end, it was the knee. Roger Federer has played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years, and has never quit in the middle of one for injury, illness, exhaustion, burnout, or apathy. His most formidable on-court opponents, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have surpassed him in Grand Slam count and are still battling it out for statistical GOAT status, cannot say the same. Nadal has retired (
Separating Sports by Sex Doesn't Make Sense
Shira Mandelzis fell in love with flag football while playing on her middle-school team. An avid snowboarder and all-around athletic kid, she loved the energy she felt while on the field, and the camaraderie engendered by the intensely physical game. So last summer, heading into her junior year at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, Mandelzis decided to sign up for football. She would be the o
Why Parker Decided Not to Buy This Wash Plant | Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
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Astronomer Virginia Trimble: 'There were 14 women on the Caltech campus when I arrived in 1964'
As her book of essays by female astronomers is published, the veteran scientist reflects on her career as an astronomy prodigy, the face of the Twilight Zone and Richard Feynman's life model Virginia Trimble, 78, is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, whose astronomy career spans more than 50 years. She has studied the structure and evolution of stars, ga
Best US Colleges for Comp + CogSci?
Hi friends! I'm aware that this isn't r/a2c subreddit, but I find cogsci to be genuinely fascinating and hopes to pursue it for my undergraduate degree. I've a rather tech-centric background (did software, security, ai engineering etc.) and would love to perhaps integrate knowledge of comp+cogsci to build intelligent systems. I hope to ask if anyone here is familiar with great US colleges for com
Weekend reads: Russian co-authorship ban; predatory conferences; 'Does peer review improve the statistical content of manuscripts?'
Would you consider a donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Stanford prof appeals order to pay $428K in legal fees after dropping defamation suit Journal sends cease-and-desist letter to a company marketing a homeopathic alternative to opioids How journal editors kept questionable data about women's … Continue reading
The Problem for Trump's Intellectual Heirs
Donald Trump will be remembered as one of the most consequential presidents in American history. On a political level, he attempted to overturn an election—an unusual enterprise for a president—and popularized the idea that democratic outcomes can be rejected outright if you don't like the results. Oddly enough, however, Trump's impact may prove more distinctive and perhaps even more lasting on a
Ukrainian Success Will Not Be Catastrophic
"The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish … the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature," Carl von Clausewitz wrote in his landmark treatise On War . "This is the first of all strategic questions and the most comprehensive.
Se hur isen ristar djupa spår i havsbottnen
För första gången finns nu en högupplöst bild av havsbottnen under en flytande glaciär längs Antarktis kust – Vi trodde inte våra ögon när vi först såg de här spåren. Det såg ut som om människor hade gjort dem, säger Anna Wåhlin. Nu kan spåren avslöja hur fort isen riskerar att smälta i framtiden.
What are the most visceral climate scenarios (or those which are already here), which could jar people to demand immediate emergency action?
For example: The breaking of the Doomsday glacier, causing immediate sea level rise and genocide for island and coastal cultures around the world. Proliferation of fungal infections, which we have few remedies for. Also, proliferation of fungal infections among plants and wildlife, which disrupt/threaten food webs and many species' abilities to survive. The collapse of the Mediterranean sea ecosy
Labs that combine cognitive science & pedagogy/education?
I will try to keep this short. I am applying to grad school this time around, and I am wondering if any of you know any labs that are attempting to apply the findings of cognitive science and education? Specifically, I am looking for labs that are justifying the improvement of school curriculums based on the findings in Cog Sci that kids are extremely receptive to general exposure to information,
A Sadistic Immigration Stunt
This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here . Ron DeSantis's hideous political stunt is a reminder that the GOP's policies are no longer about achieving results, but gratifying the basest impulses of MAGA voters. But first, here are three new sto
Scientists Absolutely Thrilled to Find 150 Million Year Old Vomit
Vom de Terre As the saying goes, sort of: one being's 150 million year old pile of puked-out amphibian bones is another's scientific treasure. Per a new study, published in the journal Palaios , a team of researchers have indeed recovered the fossilized remains of a prehistoric pile o' puke. And boy, are they happy about it — as they should be! It's a unique finding, and one that could reveal a l
Cognitive Science graduates… What do you do?
Hey everyone, I am graduating with a bachelor's in cognitive science this year, and am unsure of what I am going to do next. If you are taking cognitive science, what are your plans for after you graduate? If you have graduated with a degree in cognitive science, what do you do currently? submitted by /u/swampshark19 [link] [comments]
Miners Forked Ether So They Can Still Pollute After the Merge, But It's Already Crashing in Value
New Reality The Ethereum blockchain, the second-largest cryptocurrency by trading volume, has completed the "merge," switching from a proof-of-work to proof-of-stake system. It's a major win for the environment, as it puts energy-intensive Ethereum mining operations out of business overnight. But that also means mining outfits are now sitting on massive piles of extremely power-hungry hardware. M
Best Wireless Microphones In 2022
Wireless microphones can simplify your recording or live music setup by reducing the number of cables that need to be strewn around your studio or the stage. This is especially helpful when playing live music, as you'll be able to move around without running the risk of tripping over a thick XLR cord. We often associate microphones with musicians and podcasters, but they're also an incredibly imp
Climate change from the ground up: Researchers explore sea level rise impact on building foundations
Researchers have considered how flooding from rising sea levels and storm surges will damage the built environment along the coast, but what about climate change's less noticeable impacts below the surface? A new study by civil engineers examines the hidden costs to building foundations due to sea level rise. They propose a method for inspection and repair to lower the cost associated with deterio
Pythons are true choke artists
Biologists have found that it's not just the size of its head and body that puts almost everything on a Burmese python's menu. They evolved super-stretchy skin between their lower jaws that allows them to consume prey up to six times larger than similar-sized snakes.
Even smartest AI models don't match human visual processing
Deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) don't see objects the way humans do — using configural shape perception — and that could be dangerous in real-world AI applications. The study employed novel visual stimuli called 'Frankensteins' to explore how the human brain and DCNNs process holistic, configural object properties.

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