07 Dec 12:37

Light Harvesting for Organic Photovoltaics

by Gordon J. Hedley, Arvydas Ruseckas and Ifor D. W. Samuel

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Chemical Reviews
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00215
07 Dec 16:00

Dad Accidentally Texts Son Extremely Awkward Picture, But the Kid Plays Situation Perfectly


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Tagged: FAIL , Awkward , parenting , texting
06 Dec 14:00

Sit-Ups and Planks Aren't Enough to Build a Strong Core

by Stephanie Lee on Vitals, shared by Alan Henry to Lifehacker

If you can hold a plank for ages and crack walnuts with infinite sit-ups, you’ve got good core strength. But a strong core is more than brute-forcing your way through ab exercises. Your core needs stability to protect you from injury. In other words, you need core strength and core stability.


07 Dec 03:54

Links 12/16: Site Makes Right

by Scott Alexander

The town of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky is supposedly named because it’s in a county whose shape looks like a monkey’s head, and the town is around where the eyebrow would be.

A man involved in a homophobic hate killing and a fellow prisoner who also murdered a gay man have become the first couple to gay marry in prison.

Claritas Prizm helps companies analyze consumer demographics using their system of 66 US social classes with cutesy names.

Ribbonfarm offers a live video blogging course aimed at “beefing up [their] pipeline of potential contributors”, complete with assigned reading, homework, and a fee. It’s already over, so don’t bother applying. I guess I’m just linking this so that one day, when I get put in jail for blogging without the appropriate licenses and certifications, I know where things started to go wrong.

NASA is publishing their paper finding that the EMDrive produces meaningful thrust; more skeptical friends have recommended this and this picking-apart of some of their methods. I know nothing about physics, but the little I know of social sciences recommends extreme skepticism about effects so small that it takes heroic effort to distinguish them from noise, especially when they don’t respond to manipulations in predictable ways.

Time-waste subreddits for the week: /r/nononoyes, /r/yesyesyesno, /r/nononoawwww, /r/nonono, and various things along those veins.

Prescient Marginal Revolution post from last year on how celebrities and CEOs make better politicians than politicians

One of the better post-election-handwringing pieces: Nathan Robinson, What This Means, How This Happened, What To Do Now?

The Atlantic: are transgender people more autistic? If so, why? My thoughts on this deserve a full blog post, but for now I’ll just leave this paper on autism in congenital adrenal hyperplasia and let you draw your own conclusions.

Ben Carson declines a role in Trump’s cabinet on the grounds that he is a doctor and knows nothing about politics and would probably screw it up. On the one hand, this is admirably humble and clear-thinking. On the other, I am kind of confused what he thought he was doing when he ran for President. Update: Trump picks Carson to lead HUD.

Reddit asks people who randomly ran into Donald Trump before he was President what he was like in real life. A surprising number of New Yorkers had encounters with him, and all gave pretty much the same picture.

Kanye West: I didn’t vote, but if I did I would have voted for Trump. Possibly related: Kanye West hospitalized, placed on psychiatric hold. Old, but relevant under the circumstances: Scott Adams: The Odds Of A Kanye West Presidency Are 90 Percent.

The North Pole is 36 degrees warmer than usual right now, with extreme effects on sea ice.

Chinese scientists claim they can use machine learning to predict criminality from facial appearance. Still needs a lot of double-checking before accepted, but basically believable. Maybe related to mutational load: “The variation among criminal faces is significantly greater than that of the non-criminal faces. The two manifolds consisting of criminal and non-criminal faces appear to be concentric, with the non-criminal manifold lying in the kernel with a smaller span”.

Less Wrong is trying to regain its status as a good discussion hub and it’s actually going pretty well. Among the posts there worth checking out: A Return To Discussion, Double Crux: A Strategy For Resolving Disagreement, and Sample Means: How Do They Work?

Related to the Return To Discussion post: is an intentionally confusing interface the secret of Tumblr’s success?

Ozy at Thing of Things did a social justice Intellectual Turing Test.

NEJM: genetic risk and healthy lifestyles are independent determinants of cardiac disease. That is, whether you have a high or a low genetic risk, living a healthy lifestyle will decrease your risk of heart disease about the same relative amount.

SSC reader Fiona van Dahl, some of whose other work has been mentioned here, has a new novel out, New Night.

Remember Trump’s claim that millions of non-citizens voted in the election? It comes from a journal article in Electoral Studies (article, popular summary) calculating that several hundred thousand non-citizens probably voted in the 2008 election. But further research has challenged that claim (study, popular article), and it now seems to be very much in doubt. [EDIT: National Review defends the study, and relevant SSC]

Related: the studies above form part of the backdrop of Nathan Robinson’s excellent article The Necessity Of Credibility: To Prevent Fake News You Have To Offer Real News. I think it says a lot of important things, but it does miss the important question of when you should or shouldn’t report on exciting-sounding but not-yet-replicated studies – and so fails to have a good theory of whether the villains of the piece even did anything wrong.

In my post on Daraprim (the toxoplasma drug Martin Shkreli hiked the price of), I noted that the Daraprim molecule looks easy to make and somebody could probably cook up a batch for pretty cheap as an act of civil disobedience. Now it’s been done: Daraprim Drug’s Key Ingredient Recreated By High School Students In Sydney For Just $20.

Looking for a good charity to give to over the holidays? Aceso Under Glass makes the case for Tostan.

The wit and wisdom of new Defense Secretary pick James Mattis: “Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”

Andrew Gelman: How Can You Evaluate A Research Paper?

A lot of Castro retrospectives were along the lines of “Cuban communism could be brutal, but at least it brought people good affordable healthcare”. But Cuban healthcare and other public services actually underperformed most other Latin American countries during the Castro period.

Big Macs vs. The Naked Chef – on problems of scalability. And Miranda applies this to nursing.

Today in “forced to have grudging admiration for people I don’t respect very much for speaking out unexpectedly eloquently against people I respect even less”: Sarah Palin denounces Trump Carrier deal as crony capitalism. I have a really bad feeling that this ends with every company that was planning to do something good anyway crediting Trump in exchange for free Presidential goodwill, and we get a neverending string of apparent Trump victories that are very hard to disprove.

The surprising popularity of the (American) far right in China

Internationally Comparable Math Scores For Fourteen African Countries. African countries’ math scores are “significantly lower than predicted by African per capita GDP levels, and converging slowly, if at all, to the rest of the world during the 2000s.” Apparently the African economic boom is not going to solve educational problems on its own. Best case scenario: we just need more deworming.

Also in bad news: South Sudan “on the brink of genocide”

kontextmachine on the history of county power in the US.

I’ve previously criticized Vox in general and Sarah Kliff in particular for their pieces on drug regulation, so I should give credit where credit is due: their latest article, The True Story Of America’s Sky-High Prescription Drug Prices, is pretty good and well-balanced (aside from using stick figures, which I find condescending and annoying). It also uses the word “trade-off” seven times, which is how you know you should trust it.

Globalization Not To Blame For Income Woes, Study Says. But you can mostly skip the article itself in favor of this convincing re-imagining of the famous “elephant graph”.

US labor productivity still increasing at same rate as always, apparently.

The new King of Thailand, Vajiralongkorn Borommachakkrayadisonsantatiwong Thewetthamrongsuboriban Aphikhunuprakanmahittaladunladet Phumiphonnaretwarangkun Kittisirisombunsawangkhawat Borommakhattiyaratchakuman (Vaj to his friends). Interesting fact: he got second-class honors (= a B grade) on his law degree in a Thai university. I feel like when someone feels safe giving the Crown Prince a ‘B’, that’s a good sign that your country is sufficiently non-corrupt.

New study on Swedish intergenerational mobility finds somewhere in between Clark and his critics.

Trump’s election victory raised interest in epistocracy, a hypothetical system of government where only well-informed people can vote. A new blog post pops that bubble, calculating that Trump beat Clinton among well-informed voters by an even bigger margin than among the general public, although note that the methodology uses broad demographic bins and can’t prove this is true of individual voters.

Lord Dunsany wrote a sequel to The Tortoise And The Hare, where there’s a forest fire and the animals need to send warning quickly. Since they have already determined that the tortoise is faster than the hare, they send him to spread the message, and everybody burns to death. This is probably a metaphor for life.

07 Dec 05:00

Never Seen Star Wars

If anyone calls you on any weird detail, just say it's from the Jedi Prince book series, which contains so much random incongruous stuff that even most Expanded Universe/Legends fans collectively agreed to forget about it decades ago.
07 Dec 11:00

Behind Bars With The Lord of the Rings: Part 1, The Perfect Movie for a Maximum Security Prison

by Richard Beck
During the month of July when I'm out of town visiting my family in PA Herb and I like to line up some movies for the guys in our prison bible study at the French Robertson Unit. "Movie Month" in July is a nice break for everyone when I'm out of town.

The movies should have a religious theme. The administration won't let us show just any movie in the chapel. But what counts as a "religious theme" is a bit open to interpretation. The movies we tend to show are explicitly religious, but this July I suggested that we watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

That raised a few eyebrows among the men. Readers of this blog, I'm sure, know all about the Inklings, that J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Catholic and that he weaved Christian themes through The Lord of the Rings. But the guys in the prison know none of this. They've never heard of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien or the Inklings. When they hear "The Lord of the Rings" they don't think theology, they think action movies.

So when I suggested we watch The Lord of the Rings as a Christian movie that sounded very strange to them, as if I suggested we look for Jesus in the Fast & Furious movies. It didn't compute.

So before we watched the movies I took some time to set it all up. I told them about Tolkien and his faith and how he wove Christian themes through the book.

And some of those themes, I said, make The Lord of the Rings the perfect Christian movie to show in a maximum security prison.
07 Dec 08:34

Comic: PSI

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: PSI
06 Dec 04:55

Mi történt a forinttal? - Mintha még mindig bóvli lenne Magyarország

Lassan megint a 315-öt közelíti a forint az euróval szemben, amire nyár óta nem volt példa. Pedig azóta az S&P és a Moody's is felminősítette Magyarországot, azonban ezeknek a lépéseknek a pozitív...
07 Dec 08:00

Chapter 60: Page 11

Kat is the etheric party pooper. ----------------------------- Looking for Christmas gifts? Be sure to check out my Topatoco store for presents for loved ones and enemies!
07 Dec 14:41

Когда спускался по лестнице чет приуныл

в камменатх бонус

06 Dec 06:19


Дней десять назад мы с приятелем вливали в себя купленное задорого дешёвое Beaujolais nouveau урожая 2016 года; новое божоле для нас было как старая нефть для России -- сакрально, бессмысленно и беспощадно.

Пытаясь соблюсти формат, включили французский шансон, однако шансон как раз не вписывался в формат, к молодому вину идеально подошёл Марвин Гэй (Marvin Gaye -- это имя, а не характеристика).

-- Для нас, русских, вино -- недостаточный повод, духовности маловато, - задумчиво сказал приятель, чья родословная восходила к мудрому царю Соломону, так что "мы, русские" было не слишком удачным сравнением.
-- БГ. Сегодня день рождения БГ. Кстати, давай поставим лучший альбом "Аквариума".

Выбор лучшего альбома едва не закончился дракой, но вопрос решили демократически -- порезали хренову кучу бумажек, написали на каждой название альбома, выбрали вслепую десять штук, однако второй этап голосования не выявил победителя.

Вот эти десять случайных бумажек. "Доисторические" записи мы не взяли сознательно, сольники БГ включили в избирательный список, "Радио Африка", правда, потерялось, но оно и лучше -- меньше искушений.

Уж помогите нам, не дайте случиться третьей драке.

06 Dec 05:01


by David M Willis

wttfz5previewYesterday was Monday, which means it was time for another Welcome To The Fuck Zone page!

Week One: Walky/Dorothy
Week Two: Sarah
Week Three: Ethan
Week Four: Marcie
Week Five: Danny/Amazi-Girl
Week Six: Grace/Mandy <—new

These stand-alone NSFW artworks can be accessed by Slipshine subscribers and there’ll be a new one every week!

Next week: well um don’t look now but this twitter poll kind of thinks it should be mary

06 Dec 13:31

Pronounced Effects of a Triazine Core on Photovoltaic Performance–Efficient Organic Solar Cells Enabled by a PDI Trimer-Based Small Molecular Acceptor

by Yuwei Duan, Xiaopeng Xu, He Yan, Wenlin Wu, Zuojia Li, Qiang Peng
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A novel small molecular acceptor with electron-deficient 1,3,5-triazine as the core and perylene diimides as the arms is developed as the acceptor material for efficient bulk heterojunction organic solar cells with an efficiency of 9.15%.

07 Dec 05:00

Girl Genius for Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The Girl Genius comic for Wednesday, December 07, 2016 has been posted.
07 Dec 06:02

Comic for December 07, 2016

Dilbert readers - Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.
07 Dec 00:00

Never Seen Star Wars

If anyone calls you on any weird detail, just say it's from the Jedi Prince book series, which contains so much random incongruous stuff that even most Expanded Universe/Legends fans collectively agreed to forget about it decades ago.
07 Dec 05:01


by David M Willis


magnetset1Every* order I get in the online store this week, lasting from last Monday to the end of Sunday five days from now, will get a free character magnet included!  Just thrown right in there.  You can’t choose your magnet — it’ll be random — but, hey, free character magnet!  Buy a book?  Free magnet!  Buy a buttload of books?  Free magnet!  Buy magnets?  STILL A FREE ADDITIONAL MAGNET.

So, yay!

*does not include buying the links to Joyce and Walky! comics, because i can’t throw a magnet into an email

07 Dec 12:56

An All-Solution Processed Recombination Layer with Mild Post-Treatment Enabling Efficient Homo-Tandem Non-fullerene Organic Solar Cells

by Shangshang Chen, Guangye Zhang, Jing Liu, Huatong Yao, Jianquan Zhang, Tingxuan Ma, Zhengke Li, He Yan
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The first homo-tandem non-fullerene organic solar cell enabled by a novel recombination layer which only requires a very mild thermal annealing treatment is reported. The best efficiency achieved is 10.8% with a Voc over 2.1 V, which is the highest Voc for double-junction organic solar cells reported to date.

07 Dec 09:03

Comic: PSI

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: PSI
07 Dec 06:00

Comic for 2016.12.07

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
07 Dec 22:09

The characters of Westworld beautifully reimagined as horses

by Matthew Inman
08 Dec 06:06

Comic for December 08, 2016

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07 Dec 22:09

The characters of Westworld beautifully reimagined as horses

by Matthew Inman
08 Dec 12:30

This Great Course on Beating Procrastination Used to Be Paid, Now It’s Free

by Mihir Patkar

Productivity trainer Kosio Angelov built a paid course at Udemy on how to beat procrastination, and over a thousand people took it. Now Angelov has ditched the $47 price tag and released the course on YouTube for free.


08 Dec 15:42

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Irrational

by tech@thehiveworks.com

I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry.

New comic!
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