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In Search of Gods Mathematical Perfect Proofs

Paul Erdős, the famously eccentric, peripatetic and prolific 20th-century mathematician, was fond of the idea that God has a celestial volume containing the perfect proof of every mathematical theorem. “This one is from The Book,” he would declare when he wanted to bestow his highest praise on a beautiful proof. Whether the proof is understandable and beautiful depends not only on the proof but also on the reader. The book, which has been called “a glimpse of mathematical heaven,” presents proofs of dozens of theorems from number theory, geometry, analysis,…

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The Unavoidable Folly of Making Humans Train Self-Driving Cars

The British Royal Air Force had a problem. It was 1943, and the Brits were using radar equipment to spot German submarines sneaking around off the western coast of France. The young men sitting in planes circling over the Bay of Biscay had more than enough motivation to keep a watchful eye for the telltale blips on the screens in front of them. Yet they had a worrying tendency to miss the signals they’d been trained to spot. The longer they spent looking at the screen, the less reliable they…

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Emma Gonzlez Stands On Stage In Total Silence To Remember Parkland Shooting

“Six minutes and about 20 seconds,” said the teen when she first appeared onstage. “In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community, was forever altered.” “For us, long, tearful, chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing,” González said during her speech. González then listed all of the victims’ names and talked about things they would never get to do again.  When she finished the list, the teary-eyed teen stayed…

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This Bench Absorbs More Air Pollution Than A Small Forest

It’s no secret that London’s air is grimy as hell. Within just one month, “the Big Smoke” reached its air pollution limit set by the EU for the whole of 2018. But a novel piece of urban furniture hopes to serve as a footsoldier in the capital’s big battle to “go green”. Germany-based tech startup Green City Solutions has recently “planted” a CityTree outside the pubs and organic supermarkets of Glasshouse Street in London, a short walk from the notoriously busy Piccadilly Circus. It’s a kind of hybrid between a city…

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Why We Can’t Stop Hating The Poor

A T-shirt that says “I HATE POOR PEOPLE” is considered unsuitable attire for most occasions. That’s because it’s a sentiment most non-shitheads won’t express out loud. What we will do instead is make snide comments about the girl with fucked-up teeth, or bad hygiene, or poor grammar, or “trashy” clothes. And we’ll positively seethe when we see somebody on the internet doing a GoFundMe to pay off medical bills, only to notice in the next video that they seem to have gotten their hair done. The reality is that, well,…

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Airlines Draw U.K. Scrutiny Over Extra Fees

Aviation Minister Sugg says passengers need more information Fees can cover passenger details and printing of boarding pass Elizabeth Sugg said in an emailed statement. “When passengers book flights, they can sometimes be hit with additional charges over and above the original quoted flight cost,” Sugg said. “Through our aviation strategy, we will explore ways to improve and enhance the information available, so passengers can make well-informed decisions.” The extra fees represented a large chunk of about $45 billion in ancillary revenue for 66 airlines in 2016, according to a…

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Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors to co-develop electric motorcycles

Motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson is now a stakeholder in Alta Motors, the electric motorcycle and light vehicle EV drivetrain maker based in Brisbane, California. Harley-Davidson and Alta made the investment public today, and also announced that Alta Motors will collaborate with the legendary motorbike maker on building future electric motorcycles as part of the deal. This comes hot on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s announcement that it will be releasing an all-electric motorcycle, a first for the company, sometime in 2019. The collaboration between Harley and Alta will focus on “new electric…

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March For Our Lives drew 800,000 protesters — more than a certain someone’s inauguration

Image: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Facts don’t lie. That’s as true now as it was at Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. The estimated turnout at the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. falls at around 800,000. That data point comes from official connected to the demonstration’s organizers, speaking to NBC. SEE ALSO: Emma Gonzalez’s March For Our Lives speech will go down in history It’s also a significantly higher number than earlier forecasts had predicted.

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The Shirk Report Volume 466

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – Hard right! – Honestly this sounds way better – So Virgin Active just opened a new gym and their welcome sign was not well thought out – When she says she’s into embroidery – Surprising move from…

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Environmentalism FTW: NASCAR Is Cutting Down On Emissions By Replacing All The Race Cars With A Single Bus That Drivers Share

Everyone knows NASCAR has a carbon-footprint problem. The sport is responsible for emitting more than 4 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, and clearly overdue for some eco-friendly changes. Luckily, if this bold new initiative is any indication, the league is finally taking its environmental impact seriously: NASCAR will be cutting down on emissions by replacing all the race cars with a single bus that drivers share. NASCAR: 1. Climate change: 0. Yes! Effective immediately, NASCAR is dropping the number of vehicles allowed on its track…

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