Berndt Carrington

* 21 februari 1944

✝ 24 december 2017



Google Maps’s Moat — How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?

Interesting comparison between Google and Apple maps. Particularly fascinating is the analysis of how Google seems to be generating new features (data) by algorithmically analysing and combining aerial and streetview imagery (other data).

Is Most Published Research Wrong?

“The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone” (Sheikh Yamani).

Here’s a mystery: How did a nonexistent paper rack up hundreds of citations?

Pieter Kroonenberg, an emeritus professor of statistics at Leiden University in The Netherlands, was puzzled when he tried to locate a paper about academic writing and discovered the article didn’t exist. In fact, the journal—Journal of Science Communications—also didn’t exist.

Let There Be Rock!

(via See Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses’ Live Tributes to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, Rolling Stone 2017-11-19.)

Stuck in traffic.

Vad är det som smäller?

Äntligen lite magi och/eller science fiction i vardagen.

Historically, how did a country get a name in another language? For example, Germans, call their country “Deutschland”, while Britons call it “Germany”.

So, here is the irony: Toilets that are cleaned too often are more likely to be covered in fecal bacteria” (Yong, 2016, I contain multitudes).

Now that’s a dilemma!

The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

Every year, when Nobel Prizes are awarded in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, critics note that they are an absurd and anachronistic way of recognizing scientists for their work. Instead of honoring science, they distort its nature, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its important contributors.

What types of researchers are most likely to recycle text? The answers might surprise you – Retraction Watch

Among Dutch historians we found virtually no text recycling. However, among Dutch psychologists text recycling is more elevated and among economists it is as much as one in seven publications. Text recycling also occurs more often among productive authors, in papers with fewer co-authors, and in journals that do not specify clear rules.

Byråkratins ökning i universitetsvärlden

The Nobel peace prize is a who’s who of hawks, hypocrites and war criminals

Turn it up. It’s the Beach Boys. ♬

May the sting be with you: Another journal prank, too good to overlook

…I created a spoof manuscript about “midi-chlorians” – the fictional entities which live inside cells and give Jedi their powers in Star Wars. I filled it with other references to the galaxy far, far away, and submitted it to nine journals under the names of Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin.

Apparently, I never listen to music at 11 AM. I had no idea. is a really fun complement to, which of course is a must if you are interested in your listening history.

Guilty of most. But English is not my native language, so I’m going to use that as an excuse.

Om man inte drömmer blir man galen, men mitt i drömmen väcks man av förståndet, som beställer en traditionell engelsk frukost. Man får gå halvgalen en dag till.

Werner Aspenström (1976). ”Drömmen” Ur Ordbok.

Glen Campbell, hit singer and guitarist, dead at 81

I very rarely listen to country music but when I do it is often to hear this guy play guitar.

In this sense, science, as physicist Steven Weinberg has emphasized, does not make it impossible to believe in God, but rather makes it possible to not believe in God. Without science, everything is a miracle. With science, there remains the possibility that nothing is. Religious belief in this case becomes less and less necessary, and also less and less relevant” (Krauss, 2012, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, p. 182).

Tanometer – a not advertised feature of Apple Watch.

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