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The truth behind Facebook AI inventing a new language (píše môj bratranec)

Nothing scary, shocking or even note-worthy happened. Just a regular day with a regular scientific experiment. And then all hell broke loose as wanna-be journalists posted one doomsday article after another. Shutting down a chat bot when it stops showing a reasonable outcome is about as ominous as changing a faulty light bulb.

video recepty v štýle slávnych režisérov

Don’t trust what the fake news media says about Cersei Lannister (aj na u nás sa píše na tieto témy), a ešte v tejto súvislosti: Hey, Black America, Let’s All Ditch Our Slave Names

A century-and-a-half after the end of slavery and I’m still identifying with the name of the slave-owner who once owned my family. That’s my house. Their house. That sucks. That’s a bone deep pain, one hidden and held in the letters of my last name.

beauty of low margins

s deťmi sme pozerali zatmenie (mňa ešte viac zaujalo Path of curiosity

ešte na podobnú tému Voyager’s 40th Anniversary (dobré obrázky)

we react differently to our sons and daughters 

The participants included 52 fathers of toddlers (30 girls and 22 boys) in the Atlanta area who agreed to clip a small personal digital assistant equipped with the EAR software onto their belts and wear it for one weekday and one weekend day. The fathers were also told to leave the device charging in their child’s room at night so any nighttime interactions with their children could be recorded. The device randomly turned on for 50 seconds every nine minutes to record any ambient sound during the 48-hour period.

rozhovor s Pavlom Čekanom (ach, tie slovenské súťaže o eurofondy … určite ste už čítali, ale keby náhodou nie, tak tu)

Tech’s damaging myth of the loner genius nerd (h/t Ondrovi za linku)


Measuring accuracy of latitude and longitude (nemala som byť prekvapená, ale trochu som bola)

badass trees a ešte malé stromy (moja veľká slabosť… jeden som mala, ale neprežil, kým som bola na konferencii, tak teraz ich len takto platonicky obzerám a hovorím si, že snáď ma raz prejde túžba nejaký mať… nepomáha, že máme bonsajové štúdio len pár metrov od domu)

19 Women Leading Math and Physics

Women’s fashion in every year from 1784-1970

WHO creates controversial ‘reserve’ list of antibiotics for superbug threats

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výborné video delenia buniek (time lapse video of the cells in a tadpole egg dividing over a period of 33 hours)

woman facts

Once women who lived unconventional lives were seized as witches and burned. Now people just say to them, “You look tired.”
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Large numbers of women can be caught by baiting a trap with a crying infant. Though only one woman may fall into the trap, hundreds of others will gather to criticize everything she does with the child.

Aerial Shots of the Bright and Colorful Goods Sold by Street Vendors in Vietnam – parádne

a toto je hrôza: President Trump’s Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods 

I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know.

omeletu za 34 euro by som vynechala, ale zámok by som si išla pozrieť

the Matilda effect 

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Ladies: the day after Halloween, don’t forget to buy all the discounted blood capsules to keep in your mouth when men tell you to smile – a 99 ďalších tweetov podobného razenia.

What It’s Like To Handle The Nastiest Pathogens As Your Day Job

the sheer delight of google earth timelapse

interesting facts about every country in the world

Výrečné obrázky




They tried to bury us; they didn’t know we were seeds:



Takéto panely vznikali na každej plenárnej WD diskusii a postupne pribúdali na “hlavnej promenáde”:


A na záver úplne off-topic jeden vtip, na ktorý som nedávno natrafila a hodí sa sem čiste len preto, že je to výrečný obrázok. Jeden z dôvodov, prečo sa oplatí investovať viac peňazí do výskumu:


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Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

There’s a Name for That: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Wild Animals Practically Pose For Him – výborné fotky

vtipné odpovede rodičov na sms-ky svojich teenagerov

The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary – h/t Zuzine za linku

He created a “uterus” from a football bladder by punching a couple of holes in it, and filling it with goat’s blood. A former classmate, a butcher, would ring his bicycle bell outside the house whenever he was going to kill a goat. Muruganantham would collect the blood and mix in an additive he got from another friend at a blood bank to prevent it clotting too quickly – but it didn’t stop the smell. He walked, cycled and ran with the football bladder under his traditional clothes, constantly pumping blood out to test his sanitary pad’s absorption rates. Everyone thought he’d gone mad.

While getting the message out to new areas of the country is still difficult, Muruganantham is sceptical about the effectiveness of TV advertising. “You always have a girl in white jeans, jumping over a wall,” he says. “They never talk about hygiene.”

Muruganantham also works with schools – 23% of girls drop out of education once they start menstruating.

toto by som si veľmi chcela ísť niekedy pozrieť; už ich majú dokonca aj v UK; pekné video o tom, ako vznikajú

Tri tvorivé tvory

Včera sme sa boli smiať na týchto (vianočný darček):

Predstavenie bolo samozrejme iné, lebo dvakrát to isté nehrajú. A boli traja, ako majú aj v názve. Asi ešte niekedy pôjdeme. Hláška na konci, keď improvizovali jednu pesničku:

Nás ani rytmus ani melódia nerozhodia, my si spievame po svojom.

Výborný bol aj hudobník Stan z Nového Zélandu, ktorého mali so sebou (iný, ako v tomto videu). Keď sa ho pýtali, ako sa jeho jednočlenná kapela volá dnes večer, povedal po slovensky Stromový čaj – tritee.

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kruhový objazd pre peších (vďaka Borke za tip)

Kruhový objazd

počty narodených detí v jednotlivé dni roka (vďaka Renči za linku)

ako si internet predstavujú väzni, ktorí s ním nikdy neprišli do kontaktu

Through books, presentations, and printouts, they gained a theoretical understanding of the web, but not a practical one. While they still haven’t been online, this basic understanding made it easier for them to articulate just how far off their first impressions were. Here’s what they told me:

I envisioned the web to be like this infinite space filled with information about everything under the sun. I was confused about how you got from one piece of info to the next and I was clueless in terms of the lingo used to describe it all… The technical aspects of it make me go, Hmmmm? I realize everything is getting faster and moving toward mobile, so I often wonder about who’s doing all this stuff and where is it all taking place?

—Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal, 44; entered prison in 1994

unlikely… but not impossible

Turecký premiér chce, aby mali ženy “aspoň tri deti, najlepšie päť” Hádajte akým spôsobom to chce dosiahnuť?

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je to smutné, keď to najlepšie, čo som tento týždeň čítala o Sýrii, bolo na The Onion (pre tých, ktorí cibuľu nepoznajú: ľudia, to je satira)

magická brada:

not a beautiful woman – úryvky z rôznych kníh… keď sú takto jeden vedľa druhého, je to hrozné

there’s more to life than being happy

how many people are in space right now – Keď som bola malá, tak som si myslela, že keď budem dospelá, tak toto číslo bude veľmi veľké. Stovky, tisícky. A ono je to 6.

your ancestors didn’t sleep like you – veľmi zaujímavé

Red Bull fotky

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the gift of siblings

They’re less tailored fits than friends are. But in a family that’s succeeded at closeness, they’re more natural, better harbors. As Colt observed of his siblings, and it’s true of mine as well, they aren’t people he would have likely made an effort to know or spend time with if he’d met them at school, say, or at work. And yet a reunion with them thrills him more than a reunion with friends, who don’t make him feel that he’s “a part of a larger quilt,” he said. His brothers do.

Star Wars vs Game of Thrones – nestáva sa mi to často, ale tu som sa reálne nahlas rehotala… ale aby to bolo vtipné, treba poznať dej oboch… a asi by som mala dať aj varovanie pre tých, ktorí nie sú úplne up-to-date: spoiler alert:


hororové príbehy v dvoch vetách – niektoré sú ozaj dobré

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

how to talk to your daughter about her body

don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.
If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:
“You look so healthy!” is a great one.
Or how about, “you’re looking so strong.”
“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”
Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.
Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.

Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.

ešte pár fotiek z našej dovolenky: Legoland a Kodaň

práva detí (Katka, ďakujem)

toto je síce pár rokov staré (natrafila som na to, keď som hľadala niečo iné), ale keby namiesto dvojvetových hororových príbehov písali čo najdeprimujúcejšie jednovetové, tak by to bol jeden z finalistov:

Although there was no difference in the body mass index measurements between the three-year-old boys and girls, mothers reported that their daughters ate enough food, but their sons did not (p<.01), the researchers reported in the December issue of International Journal of Eating Disorders.

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The selection process for the kaihōgyō is after the first 100 days of running, the gyōja (trainee monk) will petition the senior monks to complete the remaining 900 days. In the first 100 days, withdrawal from the challenge is possible, but from day 101 onwards the monk is no longer allowed to withdraw; he must either complete the course or take his own life.

JK Rowling revealed as author of The Cuckoo’s Calling

Kate Mills, fiction editor at Orion Books, admitted she had turned down the crime novel, which she described as “well-written but quiet”. “So, I can now say that I turned down JK Rowling. I did read and say no to Cuckoo’s Calling. Anyone else going to confess?” she tweeted.

najintelektuálnejšie vtipy tu a tu

Snake Island

At one snake per meter, you’re never more than three feet away from death.

A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

The rules of the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge, established in 1980, specify that the craft must fly for 60 seconds, must rise to an altitude of at least 3 meters, and must remain within a horizontal area no bigger than 10 meters by 10 meters.

Dear George Zimmerman … tento týždeň som čítala veľa reakcií na rozsudok pre Georga Zimmermana, ale táto zarezonovala najviac. Oslobodili ho z obvinenia z vraždy 17-ročného neozbrojeného Trayvona Martina, ktorý pred ním utekal. White supremacy v dnešnej praxi. Mať právo byť v bezpečí nerovná sa mať právo cítiť sa bezpečne… ale to porota (6 žien, z toho 5 bielych, všetky majú deti) vidí inak.

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