Hyperbolic discounting

Tom Business, Reading, Science 0 Comments

Humans are rubbish at time management and one of the reasons is our poor ability to understand how we make choices on short and long scales. The example in the piece is choosing a meal two weeks ahead versus two minutes ahead: we go healthy until we actually come to choose. Two useful pieces of advice to overcome this: Make …

Parachute RCTs

Tom Reading, Science 0 Comments

Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials Lovely piece in the BMJ. Thanks to @charlesarthur for the RT. Results We were unable to identify any randomised controlled trials of parachute intervention.  

Food steganography

Tom Reading, Science 1 Comment

This is beyond awesome. Steganography is the art of hiding something in something else. It is most often used to refer to hiding information in digital images in such a way that the image is not altered to the human eye. This is useful because viewers don’t know there is an encrypted message in the image as they would if they looked at encrypted text. …

Israeli desalination

Tom Business, Government, Reading, Science 0 Comments

Some amazing stats on water use in Israel following the worst rainfall in years. This is massive. 30% of potable water from desalination rising to 40% in 2015 90% of waste water recycled for agricultural use Max $500 each year for a family’s needs for desalinated drinking water http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/1.596270

If you can’t end it one way…

Tom Reading, Science 0 Comments

More excellent spurious correlations. Surprised to see divorce rates falling, even slightly. Now to do some research and find out my assumptions they are rising everywhere are mistaken. Divorce rate in Alabama correlates with Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation.


Tom Science, View 0 Comments

I’m not sure what it is showing: “effective” connectivity anyone? It doesn’t matter. Flying through your own brain seeing its activity in real-time is remarkable. I usually “feel” I am thinking at the front and sides of my head. The video suggests otherwise.

Could adults learn perfect pitch?

Tom Reading, Science 5 Comments

The idea seems to be to reactivate some early-life learning mechanisms (most people only learn perfect pitch early in their lives) through valproate. Then do exercises to learn to successfully identify pitch. To my untrained eye, it seems a reasonable study with placebo control and there are some interesting comments on the abstract. A new resolution for 2014? The pill …