A Saved Wretch

A personal blog

Archive for October 2017

Trump is not the new normal

An encouraging article by Maria Konnikova for the New Yorker, How Norms Change, gives me hope that the bizarre behaviour of Donald Trump does not need to become a new normal for America. Konnikova looks at the difference between biases originating from deeply held beliefs, and social norms which are the ways in which we behave in a society. She points out that while a bias is slow to change, social […]

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Counting decimal places

As a biochemist I have become quite accustomed to doing unit conversions in my head and working in scientific notation. But we all occasionally have to stop and count decimal places to get it right. The owner of this calculator (a student left it in one of our teaching labs) obviously has particular problems with this!

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Let the bugs live

I read an interesting, and worrying, article today from the Guardian: Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers. It discussed the results of a longitudinal study surveying the biomass of flying insects in German nature reserves over the period from 1989 to 2016. Overall, the study found a 76% decline in the biomass of flying insects. The authors of the published paper suggest that pesticide use and […]

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