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March 1st, 2014
thesmithian

By failing to consider relevant science, the Obama administration’s decision could be a death sentence for many marine mammals, needlessly turning the Atlantic Ocean into a blast zone…”

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January 18th, 2014
thesmithian

The existence of winter does not disprove global warming, and in fact, some scientists attribute the recent deep freeze to global warming, an idea that is not new.

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November 12th, 2013
thesmithian

mashablehq:

We sat down with Haile Owusu, Mashable’s new Chief Data Scientist to learn more about his position and the pioneering work he is doing for Mashable.

Can you tell us a little bit more about what you do as a Chief Data Scientist for Mashable?

As a data scientist, I take in the reams of data that Mashable receives from its users and model them to capture the interesting behaviors of our audience. Once collected and analyzed, I can then offer statistical models to understand and predict our audience’s future behavior.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working with Mashable’s patent-pending Velocity algorithm to better understand how Mashable’s content propagates on the web. Mashable has a unique and highly engaged audience and they are very inclined to take in the content we provide for them in interesting ways. We want to be able to predict where the content will go after a certain period of time.

What does it mean for Mashable to have a Chief Data Scientist?

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October 30th, 2013
thesmithian

Are we still evolving? If so, have our culture and our technology changed our evolutionary trajectory?

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October 30th, 2013
thesmithian

'…an interview with a high-profile woman reliably hones in on…how she’s aging, what she’s wearing, what she eats, what shape she’s in. No matter what their personal achievements, musical, sporting, political or scientific, we’re given the intimate details of their domestic set-up, whether they have children—and if not, WHY not—and who they’re married to or divorced from, ‘blissfully happy’ or ‘unlucky in love’. We don’t do this with famous men. When a male writer gives an interview, it’s about the new book, not their body or what they order for breakfast.'

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August 12th, 2013
thesmithian

The book’s title misleads, since he forcefully argues that no single known gene is sufficient to ensure athletic success. His answer to the question “Nature or nurture?” is both. If that sounds like a hedge, it isn’t: instead, it’s a testament to the author’s close attention to nuance. He approaches his subject like a scientist, stopping to examine the uncertainties and taking care not to overgeneralize.

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July 27th, 2013
thesmithian
…reading and math test scores are very similar for children where English is not the primary language in the home and for children who are in homes where English is the primary language. This holds true for whites, Hispanics, blacks and Asians…more than half of children in each group are not reading proficiently in fourth grade. These low reading scores are especially important because third grade is a pivot point…Up to third grade, students and teachers spend most of their time in developing reading skills, but after third grade, they move away from learning to read. Instead, students use their reading skills to learn science, math and other subjects…and if they’re not reading well by fourth grade because of this shift, they’re much more likely to not graduate from high school. They’re really at a strong disadvantage for the rest of their school years.
Donald Hernandez, co-author of the report, “Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation”
July 19th, 2013
thesmithian

George Washington Carver and Henry Ford shared a vision of a future in which agricultural products would be put to new uses to create products and industries. One idea both men worked on more than 60 years ago—biofuels—is again in vogue as America seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

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George Washington Carver and Henry Ford shared a vision of a future in which agricultural products would be put to new uses to create products and industries. One idea both men worked on more than 60 years ago—biofuels—is again in vogue as America seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

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July 1st, 2013
thesmithian

When President Obama unveiled his program to tackle climate change last month, he…sidestepped Congress as a hopeless bastion of obstruction, relying completely on changes that could be imposed by regulatory agencies. A two-year study by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, released today, illustrates what might be one of the reasons why he had to take this circuitous route. Fossil fuel magnates Charles and David Koch have, through Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group they back, succeeded in persuading many members of Congress to sign a little-known pledge in which they have promised to vote against “legislation relating to climate change unless it is accompanied by an equivalent amount of tax cuts”…the pledge essentially commits those who sign to it to vote against nearly any meaningful bill regarding global warning…

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June 9th, 2013
thesmithian

'…Jobs involving communication and expression (music, journalism and so forth) are suddenly much harder to come by, because information is now held to be free. Naturally, a 19th-century trope, the Horatio Alger story, has reappeared. With enough hard work, opportunity is said to be around the corner for young journalists and musicians. Alas, there are only a few genuine success stories. Almost everyone else in the game lives on false hope…'

…accepting the benefits of an informal economy—reputation and barter—while helping a small, distant elite build real wealth…The fate of journalism and music awaits every other industry, and every kind of job, unless this pattern is undone. As this century unfolds…More and more activities will be operated by software. Instead of Teamsters, there will be robotic trucks. Where there had once been miners, there will be mining robots. Instead of factories, there will be 3-D printers in every home. Experimental robots have already outperformed many a white-collar worker, including the legal researcher, the pharmacist and the scientific investigator. All forms of automation ultimately rely on data that come from people, however. There is no magical “artificial intelligence.” When a big, remote computer translates a document from English to Spanish, for instance, it doesn’t understand what it is doing. It is only mashing up earlier translations created by real people, who have been forgotten because of the theater of the Internet. There are always real people behind the curtain. The rise of inequality isn’t because of people not being needed—more precisely, it’s because of an illusion that they aren’t even there.

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