Category Archives: News

May 4, 2015

Read this article on Freddie Gray’s funeral and thought Bill Murphy looked familiar. Turns out he played himself in an episode of The Wire.

Turns out that show was—and still is—tragically accurate in many respects.

May 1, 2015

Prosecutors Charge 6 Baltimore Officers in Freddie Gray Death

The state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby, filed the charges almost as soon as she received a medical examiner’s report Friday that ruled Mr. Gray’s death a homicide, and a day after the police concluded their initial investigation and handed her their findings. Officials had cautioned that it could take considerable time for her office to complete its own investigation and decide whether to prosecute.

October 14, 2014

That Techcrunch blog post was sensationalist, misleading and above all ignorant. “Journalism” at its finest.

And no, I’m not giving them any hits by linking to the post.

March 19, 2014

How Statisticians Could Help Find That Missing Plane

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and where is it now?

Statistical tools can’t answer those questions any more definitively than Malaysian officials have. Yet they can help refine and focus the hunt for the plane and for a solution to the deepening mystery of its March 8 disappearance.

Includes a good basic example of bayesian inference.

January 31, 2014

Russian Space Farmers Harvest Wheat, Peas and Greens

A variety of crops have been successfully harvested on board the International Space Station and verified as safe to eat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.

“The experiments with peas have been very promising,” Margarita Levinskikh, a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Problems told an annual space conference in Moscow.

Russian cosmonauts have also grown Japanese leafy greens and a variety of dwarf wheat that has produced seeds of “just extraordinary quality,” she added.

Space agriculture.

January 30, 2014

Nintendo’s Big Plan Is a Third Platform, Focusing on Health

At a briefing for investors and the media held on Thursday morning, Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata outlined the company’s plan to create a third platform to sit alongside its Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game machines.

But, said Iwata, the aim is to create a platform that’s not a videogame machine first and foremost, but one that’s entirely focused around these “quality of life” apps. Thus, he hopes to sail the company into another “blue ocean” — an untapped market of consumers who’d never buy a videogame console, but who would buy a product focused around health instead of hijinks.

Trust Nintendo to announce something that no one thought they would announce. I was just about as wrong as one can be.