Weekend econlinks

  • The other side of scientific publishing: the Editor’s perspective. In this case nothing to complain about (au contraire: e.g., see earlier): if only most editors (cross-disciplinary) would follow on McAfee’s steps… unfortunately, plenty of counterexamples around, such as the editors involved here
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Rubik’s solved in max 25 moves

from any initial configuration, that is.

The above was on theory and impressive computing power. See also a former post of mine on the latest Rubik’s cube pratical world championship, with winning results here. To retain: the least number of moves to solve the standard Rubik was 35; in the speed competition the standard Rubik was solved in 11’50”.  → Read more

Chinese (Couch) Potato

“Tudou.com” (=”Potato”, in Romanized Chinese) is one of the several Chinese “Youtubes”, seemingly the largest one at present (possibly larger than YouTube itself in some dimensions). Tudou’s stated goal is “to move couch potatoes from the TV screen to computer screens, a process very much under way in China“.  → Read more

CES 2008 and Bill’s last keynote speech

SciAm’s full coverage of the ’08 CES. From where surely you won’t miss the Bill Gates bits: Bill on the future of robotics; Bill giving a personal tour of MS’s new “surface”. And, of course, Bill’s last CES keynote address, fully available for instance on YouTube (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, plus of course, the end— where Bill has his Guitar Hero moment & Slash literally rocks).  → Read more

The importance of cooperation in the production of knowledge… or of anything valuable, for that matter

Here’s a link to an older post I wrote on the importance of team building (particularized for Romania) and I paraphrased Graham Bell in the end of it, just as I had done here (in Romanian).

A very interesting recent report in Science, “The Increasing Dominance of Teams in Production of Knowledge” (subscription needed to view the full PDF), by three researchers from Northwestern University, makes the point above very clear for the specific area concerning production of scientific knowledge (in any discipline).  → Read more