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The World’s Most Complex Crystal Has No Repeating Patterns: Beauty and Utility in Icosahedral Quasicrystals

A team of chemical engineers headed by Michael Engel at the University of Michigan recently published a study in Nature Materials unveiling the most complicated crystalline structure ever simulated by computers. The structure, which is known as an icosahedral quasicrystal (IQC), is ‘quasicrystalline’ due to its ability to retain order, but not periodicity, or order…

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Slow Down, Gandhi: On the Paradox of Nonviolence, the Myth of Progress, and Impossibility of Peace

“Abandon all Hope, ye who enter here.” -Canto III, Dante’s Inferno   If the 20th century taught humanity anything, it taught them the limitless nature of human depravity: this was the century which witnessed Hitler, Stalin, Pol-pot, Mussolini, and a whole host of other nefarious historical personages responsible for the murder of millions of people…

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See Max Stirner. See Max Stirner Roll in His Grave: On Ferguson, OWS, and America’s Crisis of Responsibility

“Implicit in the act of protest is the belief that a change will be forthcoming once the masters are aware of the protester’s “grievance” (the very word connotes begging, supplications to the gods).” -Etheridge Knight                 Despite appearances, it is difficult to say that the acquittal of law enforcement officer Darren Wilson this past Monday came as…

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Google’s Secretive DeepMind Unveils Neural Turing Machine that Mimics the Human Brain

Earlier this year Google dropped a hefty $500 million on DeepMind Technologies, a London based startup that specializes in ‘learning algorithms,’ and it looks as though the search giant’s investment is finally starting to payoff. Early last week, DeepMind unveiled their ‘Neural Turing Machine,’ a prototype self-programming computer that is capable of learning – kind…