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Happy Pi Day!

from wikiHow Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is also one of the most revered mathematical constants in the known world.[1] Pi Day was first officially celebrated on a large scale in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium.[2] Since then, Pi Day has been celebrated […]

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The Tyranny of Convenience

from NYTs Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the same thing as trivial. In the […]

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China To Build Giant Facial Recognition Database To Identify Any Citizen Within Seconds

from SCMP The goal is for the system to able to match someone’s face to their ID photo with about 90 per cent accuracy. The project, launched by the Ministry of Public Security in 2015, is under development in conjunction with a security company based in Shanghai. The system can be connected to surveillance camera […]

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How Martin Luther Changed the World

from The New Yorker Clang! Clang! Down the corridors of religious history we hear this sound: Martin Luther, an energetic thirty-three-year-old Augustinian friar, hammering his Ninety-five Theses to the doors of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, in Saxony, and thus, eventually, splitting the thousand-year-old Roman Catholic Church into two churches—one loyal to the Pope in […]

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