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I’ve developed cataracts. Nothing very surprising there: there’s a family history of cataracts, and 42% of people here in the US between 52 and 64 are affected. So I’ve moved quickly through the various stages of understanding: Shit, what’s happening to my eyesight? Did my optometrist screw up my last prescription? Hmmm, I’m having difficulty…

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Enough politics: let’s talk about probability. The Quantum Pontiff has a delightful piece up about “Gambler’s ruin”: Gambler’s ruin is one of my favorite basic probability exercises… Suppose you have access to a game in which you have a slight advantage in winning… [W]hat is your probability of ruin, given a starting bankroll of D…

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File this under “things that I expected to happen, but not so soon”: Researchers from the Cybernetic Intelligence Research Group at the University of Reading have developed a robot whose movements are controlled by neurons growing in a culture dish. The really beautiful bit of the experiment is that the neurons seem to have self-organized…

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