May 23, 2016

May 21, 2016

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.

Isaac Asimov

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We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.

Thomas A. Edison

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May 20, 2016

'Too much sunshine' to blame for Tube delays

London Underground has said “excess sunlight” is causing delays for the Tube network.

Bright sunshine beaming onto CCTV monitors, which are used to give a clear view of the platform before pulling away, is blocking drivers’ line of sight, according to staff.

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May 19, 2016

If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.

Oliver Sacks

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May 18, 2016

UT computer scientists develop new method for generating random numbers

With an advance that one cryptography expert called a “masterpiece,” University of Texas at Austin computer scientists have developed a new method for producing truly random numbers, a breakthrough that could be used to encrypt data, make electronic voting more secure, conduct statistically significant polls and more accurately simulate complex systems such as Earth’s climate.

The new method creates truly random numbers with less computational effort than other methods, which could facilitate significantly higher levels of security for everything from consumer credit card transactions to military communications.

The new method takes two weakly random sequences of numbers and turns them into one sequence of truly random numbers. Weakly random sequences, such as air temperatures and stock market prices sampled over time, harbor predictable patterns. Truly random sequences have nothing predictable about them, like a coin toss.

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May 17, 2016