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CUDA, GPUs, and all that

Looking for free sites that would allow some experimentation with GPU programming, likely CUDA.  Also, thinking about buying something, what would you recommend? Something useful but not bleeding-edge? Advertisements

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Synthetic Men of Mars

Let us suppose  that Elon Musk makes substantial progress in Mars colonization.  There’s a problem* – it’s not clear  that current Earth humans could thrive there. The gravity is a lot lower: we know that zero G is bad for … Continue reading

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Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a viral disease that probably originated in Africa- it used to be a big problem in the Caribbean.  It occasionally showed up on the South, sometimes as far north as Philadelphia.  Nobody understood how it was transmitted … Continue reading

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Go and look

I have said this before, but since fetal cells can linger in mothers for a long time, while maternal cells can be transmitted to offspring, there is a niche for a kind of cell that is transmitted indefinitely through the … Continue reading

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She Has Her Mother’s Laugh

I’m going to review Carl Zimmer’s new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh. Well, you can see why he has a job at the New York Times.  And I do mean that in a bad way. “of making many books … Continue reading

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New podcasts

I have done a couple more podcasts with James Miller: one on the prehistory of Europe, and another on the prehistory of the Americas.

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Thrall’s Saga

There’s a new paper out on Iceland’s demography. Originally, Iceland was roughly half Scandihoovian and half bog-trotters. But today, the islanders are about 70% Norse. The authors think that this was probably genetic drift. They are wrong.  Those Gaelic ancestors … Continue reading

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