Science and Technology links (April 11 2023)

  1. Robert Metcalfe won the Turing Award (the ‘Computer Science Nobel Prize’) for his work on early networking. According to DBLP, Metcalfe published 11 journal articles and 7 peer-review conference papers. Metcalfe was denied his PhD at first. Among other things, he is known for the following law:

    Metcalfe’s law states that the financial value or impact of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system.

  2. Loconte et al. propose using standadized psychological tests to evaluate tools like ChatGPT.
  3. Altay and Acerbi report that people fear misinformation because they assume that other people are gullible.
  4. Short videos in sequence may impair your cognition.
  5. You can train yourself for competitive high intensity exercises while on a high fat diet.
  6. 4% of boys and 1% of girls have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at age 8 according to the CDC.
  7. An amateur mathematician (David Smith) discovered for the first time how to create a tile that can cover a plane without ever repeating the pattern.
  8. According to Verger, as the rise of the West was already operating at great speeds prior to European colonialism, the often-suggested idea that the West’s ascent can be attributed to Europe’s colonialist history is untenable.
  9. Woody vegetation cover over sub-Saharan Africa increased by 8% between 1986 and 2016.
  10. Over the last century, the hardwood trees in Ohio have extended their growth season by an extra month, due to warmer temperatures.
  11. High-protein diets and intermittent fasting are effective at weight loss.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

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