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  • IBM casts doubt on Google’s claims of quantum supremacy

    10/23/2019 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | By Adrian Cho Oct. 23, 2019 , 5:40 AM
    *Update, 23 October, 5:40 a.m.: A study from Google claiming quantum supremacy, accidentally leaked online last month, has now been published in Nature. The Google group reiterates its claim that its 53-qubit computer performed, in 200 seconds, an arcane task that would take 10,000 years for Summit, a supercomputer IBM built for the Department of Energy that is currently the world’s fastest. But IBM appears to have already rebutted Google’s claim. On 21 October, it announced that, by tweaking the way Summit approaches the task, it can do it far faster: in 2.5 days. IBM says the threshold for quantum...
  • New Mexico school resource officer resigns after being caught on video allegedly roughing up[trun]

    10/23/2019 2:18:31 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/22/2019 | Theo Wayt
    A New Mexico school resource officer has resigned after allegedly using excessive force against an 11-year-old girl who he alleges "took more milks than she was supposed to" from the cafeteria.
  • New PragerU Video Shows 2 Scientific Reasons to Doubt Evolution

    10/22/2019 8:18:04 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 21, 2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    New PragerU Video Shows 2 Scientific Reasons to Doubt Evolution On Monday, PragerU released a video giving two solid scientific reasons to doubt the Darwinian theory of evolution. In the video, Stephen C. Meyer, who earned a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science and who serves as a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, lays out two key flaws in the evolutionary theory that is often taught as gospel truth in may high schools and colleges.Meyer begins the video by quoting evolutionary biologist and New Atheist Richard Dawkins, who claimed that anyone who does not believe in evolution...
  • Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude

    10/22/2019 4:26:50 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/22/2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>What do widely diverse crises such declining demography, increasing indebtedness, Generation Z’s indifference to religion and patriotism, static rates of home ownership, and a national epidemic of ignorance about American history and traditions all have in common?</p> <p>In a word, 21st-century higher education.</p>
  • Will your tax dollars pay for abortion on Virginia campuses?

    10/21/2019 5:14:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    National Right to Life ^ | October 21, 2019 | Olivia Gans Turner, President, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)
    Only days ago, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new, first of its kind law that will require all tax-payer funded public universities to make chemical abortion available to students. That’s right, the Governor of California has decided it is reasonable to force the taxpayers of California to pay for campus abortions! According to a report from the California’s Department of Finance (which objected to the legislation), “the new policy would cost University of California–system schools somewhere between $4.6 million and $7.8 million to initiate, with additional ongoing costs of $2.2 million to $3.3 million beginning in 2023 to operate...
  • This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

    10/21/2019 2:51:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | By David Grossman Oct 18, 2019
    Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow. Multiplying large numbers is hard. In 1971, two German professors predicted an algorithm that would make it easier, but no one ever proved it. Until now. Mathematicians from Australia and France say their algorithm can make multiplication and other kinds of arithmetic much more efficient. ================================================================ From grade school onward, complex multiplication has been a headache. But an assistant professor from the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia has developed a new method for multiplying giant numbers together that's more efficient than the "long multiplication" so many...
  • Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed

    10/20/2019 6:48:19 AM PDT · by Openurmind · 13 replies
    Science Daily/McMaster University ^ | Oct 16, 2019 | Michelle Donovan
    Scientists have unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed. The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region -- long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans. The new evidence is leading researchers to reconsider the routes our early ancestors took as they moved out of Africa into Europe and demonstrates their ability to...
  • NYC students can graduate without attending school in absence policy loophole

    10/19/2019 8:14:36 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 19, 2019 | Susan Edelman
    Going to class is not required to receive a city diploma. It’s not widely advertised, but under Department of Education rules, students cannot be denied credit or graduation “based on lack of seat time alone.” Under state law, school districts may adopt a “minimum attendance standard.” New York City does not. While city schools must take attendance, kids can still pass or be promoted even if chronically absent, which is missing more than 10 percent of days.
  • All 34 public colleges in California to offer abortion pill in 2023

    10/18/2019 1:08:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    FOX40 ^ | October 16, 2019 | Bridgette Bjorlo,
    DAVIS, Calif. (KTXL) -- Abortion pills will soon be available at all 34 public colleges across California for those who want them. “I think it’s a great idea,” University of California, Davis student Areeba Zaman told FOX40. Access to the pill is expected to start January 2023 at all University of California and California State University health centers. The centers will be required to provide access to the abortion medication for students who want it. “Being able to refer to your school as a resource for that sort of thing is very helpful,” student Andrea Garcia said. The new law,...
  • Political Correctness Erases History and Turns Heroes Into Villains

    10/18/2019 7:09:14 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    The Stream ^ | October 17, 2019 | Jerry Newcombe
    Political Correctness Erases History and Turns Heroes Into Villains Another Columbus Day is behind us. Again it is obvious that Columbus, a former hero, has been vilified. It’s primarily because of  terrible things that came after he opened up the new world to the old.Our culture has turned Columbus the hero into Columbus the villain. It’s one of many examples of the ongoing “war on history” of our times.Columbus Day is no longer celebrated in the “District of Columbia” (named after him), noted Jarrett Stepman. Stepman writes for The Daily Signal (Heritage Foundation). He’s just written a book, entitled, The War on History: The...
  • Paris zoo unveils the "blob", an organism with no brain but 720 sexes

    10/17/2019 7:26:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 16, 2019 / 12:08 PM / Updated 2 hours ago | Reporting by Thierry Chiarello and Kathryn Carlson,Benoit Van Overstraeten
    PARIS (Reuters) - A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism on Wednesday, dubbed the “blob”, a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal. This newest exhibit of the Paris Zoological Park, which goes on display to the public on Saturday, has no mouth, no stomach, no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it. The blob also has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half. “The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries”,...
  • Time capsule from 1887 opened by Ogden school [UT]

    10/17/2019 7:16:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | Posted 6:37 pm, October 16, 2019, | by Hailey Higgins
    OGDEN, Utah— A time capsule buried in an Ogden school in 1887 was opened to the public for the first time. During the construction of the Ogden Academy, educators, students, and even construction workers dropped what was important to them inside a capsule and closed it 132 years ago. The capsule was uncovered when the building was demolished in 1959 but sat in storage until Wednesday. “Nobody does this unless they think what they’re doing is important,” Alan Barnett said, local government archivist for the Utah State Archive. The building was also important to early Utahns. It was built for...
  • Reading Suggestions for Aquinas’ Five Ways

    10/16/2019 6:11:40 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 4 replies
    Evolution News ^ | October 16, 2019 | Michael Egnor
    Reading Suggestions for Aquinas’ Five Ways Michael Egnor October 16, 2019, 4:35 AM In discussions with atheists and materialists, theists have powerful resources at our disposal. Our perspective is supported by a rigorous and elegant metaphysical framework, that began with Plato and particularly Aristotle, is synthesized by St. Thomas Aquinas, and continues with the work of many superb philosophers today.  At the core of our dispute with atheists is the evidence for the existence of God. Of course, His existence can be proven — as convincingly as any question about existence can be proven and more convincingly than any scientific...
  • Illinois School District “LGBT” Activists Call K-8 Indoctrination “Equity”

    10/15/2019 9:27:26 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 13 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 10/15/2019 | Laurie Higgins
    Last week School District 65, which serves the racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse Evanston and Skokie, Illinois communities, went whole hog on disseminating a controversial ideology to captive audiences of other people’s children who came to school with open minds and hearts into which “progressives” poured poison masquerading as inarguable truth. District 65’s celebration of “LGBTQ+ Equity Week” offers a glimpse into the kind of pernicious indoctrination that the cunningly named “Inclusive Curriculum” bill signed into law by Governor J. B. Pritzker will bring to Illinois school children.
  • Doggie School Bus...and Max and Quackers

    10/15/2019 6:26:48 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 11 replies ^ | 2017 | The Oregonian / WCCO - CBS Minnesota
    Dog school...and Max and Quackers...
  • Portsmouth school board member asks to pay less in child support (No Job Bob)

    10/15/2019 3:41:59 PM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 15 OCTOBER 2019 | Scott Daugherty
    A member of the Portsmouth school board repeatedly asked the court earlier this year to reduce his child support obligations, according to court documents. Part of De’Andre Barnes’ reasoning: His position on the board prevents him from landing some good-paying jobs. “I never said I can’t get a job,” Barnes, 33, explained Friday in Portsmouth Juvenile Domestic Relations Court. “I said it precludes me from certain opportunities.” When asked outside the courtroom how long he’d been unemployed, Barnes said he “wasn’t 100 percent sure.” During a subsequent interview Monday, he said he left the For Our Future Political Action Committee...
  • First Case Of Lunch Shaming In California (Satire)

    10/14/2019 6:31:11 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 7 replies
    10/14/19 | RetiredTexasVet
    Gov. Newsom signed the Lunch Shaming Law today and the first arrest was made within hours of the signing. 3rd Grader Samantha White of San Francisco was charged with felony lunch shaming at her elementary school. School security officers arrested and transported Samantha to police headquarters after receiving complaints from the school staff. From her mother, it was learned that Samantha had taken a lunch to school which consisted of a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich, bag of chips and bannana. When Samantha started eating her lunch, with the approved carton of white milk, her classmates were immediately "lunch shamed" when they...
  • No Safe Spaces (movie)

    10/14/2019 6:14:35 PM PDT · by Pollard · 6 replies
    No Safe Spaces (movie) ^ | Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager
    SYNOPSIS The First Amendment and the very idea of free speech are under attack in America today. A growing number of Americans don't believe you have the right to speak your mind if what you have to say might offend someone, somewhere. They advocate for "safe spaces" in which people won't be offended by ideas they may find troubling. But is that what America is about? In No Safe Spaces, comedian and podcast king Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager travel the country, talking to experts on the right and left, tour college campuses and examine their...
  • Education: Why has cheating become an epidemic?

    10/14/2019 4:17:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 27, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (A look back. This article was first published seven years ago. The public didn't know this sort of information, but you can be sure the people running education knew everything. Did they move to fix things? No! Everything got worse and more reckless until the big cheating scandal broke this year and we had the spectacle of athletic coaches accepting bribes to say that kids played sports they had never played. K-16 in America has become increasingly corrupt.) ––––––––––– Pundits routinely assert there is a cheating epidemic in American education. A few statistics can confirm the extent of the problem....
  • Happy Columbus Day to my fellow Italian Freepers (NOT BS "Indigenous" Day)

    10/14/2019 11:33:24 AM PDT · by max americana · 86 replies
    Donald Trump Says so ^ | 10/14/2019 | max
    according to duckduckgo... "Columbus Day, which is on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples."