The upshot of this new study:  _possible_ improvements in immunotherapy for pancreatic…

The upshot of this new study:  _possible_ improvements in immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers, with the survival period after diagnosis being only four to six months. The main reason for the poor prognosis is that chemotherapy, which has had some success in extending lives for patients with other cancers, doesn’t seem to slow down pancreatic cancer.

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Figuring out why drugs don’t work on pancreatic cancer
A mix of cancerous and normal cells alters interactions with the immune system.

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Having a better survival rate for cancer doesn't necessarily mean you're…

Having a better survival rate for cancer doesn't necessarily mean you're treating cancer better.

The problem here is simple: survival rates don't necessarily measure when people die. They also measure when they're diagnosed — and sometimes, that's all they measure.

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Is America better at treating cancer than Europe?
America spends much more on medical care than any other country. But are we getting anything for it?

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We hear a lot about how we're on track for solar power reaching cost-parity with…

We hear a lot about how we're on track for solar power reaching cost-parity with conventional power sources.

One of the hurdles for grid-provided solar power is it's intermittent nature:  when the sun isn't shining solar doesn't power.

Some new research looks at concentrated solar power as a method of alleviating this issue.

CSP involves the use of mirrors to focus sunlight onto a liquid, rapidly bringing it up to extremely high temperatures. The resulting heat can be used immediately to generate electricity, or some fraction of it can be stored and used to drive generators later. Depending on the details of the storage, CSP can typically generate electricity for at least eight hours after the Sun sets, and some plants have managed to produce power around the clock during the summer.

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Analysis suggests that solar thermal can provide baseline power
But it requires careful coordination across multiple plants.

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Knowing is not half the battle

Children of the 1980's (like the younger of these two co-authors) may fondly remember a TV cartoon called G. I. Joe, whose closing conceit—a cheesy public service announcement—remains a much-parodied YouTube sensation almost thirty years later. Following each of these moralizing pronouncements came the show's famous epithet: "Now you know. And knowing is half the battle."

While there may be some domains where knowing is half the battle, there are many more where it is not. Recent work in cognitive science has demonstrated that knowing is a shockingly tiny portion of the battle for most real world decisions. You may know that $19.99 is pretty much the same price as $20.00, but the first still feels like a significantly better deal. You may know a prisoner's guilt is independent of whether you are hungry or not, but she'll still seem like a better candidate for parole when you've recently had a snack.

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Children of the 1980′s (like the younger of these two co-authors) may fondly remember a TV cartoon called G. I. Joe, whose closing conceit—a cheesy public service announcement—remains a much-parodied YouTube sensation almost thirty years later. Following each of these moralizing pronouncements …

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“Whether it’s Bitnet, The Tor – which is 90% of the Internet – peer-to-peer…

“Whether it’s Bitnet, The Tor – which is 90% of the Internet – peer-to-peer sharing, or the streaming capability worldwide. At what point does civil society say that as well as the benefits that brings, this enables huge risk and threat to our society that we need to take action against?”

–  Commissioner Adrian Leppard of City of London Police.

Leppard is in charge of the intellectual property enforcement division.  Apparently, technology isn't his strong suit.  And why would you need to understand technology when in charge of enforcing laws about it?

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Animal lives per 1000 calories provided to humans.

Animal lives per 1000 calories provided to humans.

Animal lives per 1000 calories provided to humans.

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99.9% of humans have face mites

They come out at night and have sex.  

On your face.

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These mites live on your face and come out to have sex at night
Our bodies are home to millions of mites, but scientists know barely anything about them

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On how learning to think rationally is like learning to dream lucidly

And the problem with irrationality is that it depresses your natural ability to wonder if you are being irrational. One of the fundamental skills of rationality is noticing that you are confused, which also happens to be one of the fundamental skills of dealing with being chased around Venice by a giant dragon with the head of your second-grade teacher.

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CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
I am going to do something very dangerous today, something that makes me acutely aware of my own mortality. I am going to disagree with Robin Hanson. In my defense, he wrote an entire blog post cal…

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