Daniel Lemire is a computer science professor at the Data Science Laboratory of the Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) in Montreal. His research is focused on software performance and data engineering. He is a techno-optimist and a free-speech advocate.
Science and Technology links (November 26 2022)
In Molière’s famous play, Tartuffe, the main characters is outwardly pious but fundamentally deceitful. Are people who insist on broadcasting their high virtue better people, or are they more like Tartuffe? Dong et al. (2022) conclude that people who say that they have good values are not necessarily better people in practice, but they are more likely to be hypocrites. That is, Tartuffe is a realistic character. It is worth pointing out that Molière’s play was censored by the king.
The thymus is a small organ which plays a critical role in your immune system by producing T cells. As you get older, your thymus nearly disappears. The net result is that by the time you are 60 years old, you have few available T cells left and your immune system cannot adapt to new diseases as well. Calum Chace reports on a small clinical trial that showed that we can rejuvenate the thymus inexpensively. Unfortunately, though the clinical trial has been completed years ago, nobody seems to care about what is possibly a medical breakthrough in the fight against aging.