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  • El cisne negro. Nueva edición ampliada y revisada - Nassim Nicholas Taleb November 24, 2017
    ¿Qué es un cisne negro? Para empezar, es un suceso improbable, sus consecuencias son importantes y todas las explicaciones que se puedan ofrecer a posteriori no tienen en cuenta el azar y sólo buscan encajar lo imprevisible en un modelo perfecto. El éxito de Google y You Tube, y hasta ell 11-S, son “cisnes negros”. Para Nassim Nicholas Taleb, los cisnes negr […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking November 24, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku November 24, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Física General Esencial - Agustín Vázquez Sánchez November 24, 2017
    La nueva edición del ebook contiene ahora ocho temas completos de física y una sección de prácticas para realizar en casa. Se han corregido errores y agregado más ejemplos y ejercicios además de recursos multimedia en todos los capítulos.  Los ejemplos resueltos se presentan paso a paso a través de una solución algebraica con lo cual se evitan errores n […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach November 24, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day November 24, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein November 24, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach November 24, 2017
    EnCambio te va a permitir alumbrar los procesos por los cuales te comportás de determinada manera con el fin de dejar atrás aquellos hábitos y conductas que ya no te sirven. El objetivo es que aprendas del potencial que tiene tu cerebro para cambiar y la capacidad que tenés vos para modificarlo. Este año cambio de trabajo, empiezo el gimnasio, bajo esos kili […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking November 24, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • Introducción a la Ciencia - Isaac Asimov November 24, 2017
    Introducción a la ciencia es un libro publicado en dos volúmenes donde Asimov hace un extenso relato de los descubrimientos científicos en todos los campos de la ciencia.La lectura de él es fácil y los temas son relatados brillantemente comenzando desde los primeros conocimientos sobre el tema (generalmente desde los griegos o antes, o en algunos casos en lo […]
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New York Today: New York Today: The Big Chill

Weather.init(); }()); In the News • Across the region, both urban and suburban Democratic voters turned out to defeat Republicans, shifting a focus toward 2018. [New York Times] Photo Laura Curran became the first woman to hold the county executive office in Nassau County. Credit Vincent Tullo for The New York Times • A judge’s rule to order prosecutors to search files and disclose all evidence in a timely manner could favor the defense in future cases. [New York Times] • A day after being re-elected, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to make some “bold changes.” [New York Times] • According to jurors, a court video clearly showed self-defense in the case of Officer Wayne Isaacs’ fatal shooting of a motorist in 2016. [New York Times] • The trial for a Queens man charged with the fatal shooting of a police officer painted two pictures of the defendant: a person wrongly identified, and a career criminal. [New York Times] • The Pan Am Foundation will honor the 24 passengers and seven crewmembers of a no-fatality plane crash that occurred over the ocean about 61 years ago. [New York Times] Photo in 1956, Pan Am World Airlines Flight 6 ditched into the Pacific Ocean. No one was killed. Credit Pan Am Historical Foundation • A profile of the newly elected governor of New Jersey explores his political inexperience and progressive roots. [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Hoboken’s mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla is the first Sikh elected to lead a New Jersey city, and one of only a few Sikhs in the country to ever become mayor […]

The Paradise Papers: After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits

Seeking ‘the Holy Grail’Since the mid-1990s, multinationals based in the United States have increasingly shifted profits into offshore tax havens. Indeed, a tiny handful of jurisdictions — mostly Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands — now account for 63 percent of all profits that American multinational companies claim to earn overseas, according to an analysis by Gabriel Zucman, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Those destinations hold far less than 1 percent of the world’s population.Continue reading the main storyCriticism of such profit shifting was largely ignored until government finances around the globe came under pressure in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, when the practice led to government inquiries, tax inspector raids, media scrutiny and promises of reform.In May 2013, the Senate’s investigative subcommittee released a 142-page report on Apple’s tax avoidance, finding that the company was attributing billions of dollars in profits each year to three Irish subsidiaries that declared “tax residency” nowhere in the world.Under Irish law, if a company can convince Irish tax authorities that it is “managed and controlled” abroad, it can largely escape Irish income tax. By seeming to run its Irish subsidiaries from its world headquarters in California, Apple ensured that Irish tax residency was avoided.At the same time, American law dictated that the subsidiaries were only tax residents in the United States if incorporated there. The federal government permits taxes on any income generated by foreign units to be deferred indefinitely, as long as the company says those profits stay offshore.U.S. Profits Made in Offshore Tax Havens IncreaseThe share of U.S. companies’ foreign profits attributed to a handful of tax havens has more than doubled in past 20 years.%604020063%2000200520102015“Apple has sought the holy grail of tax avoidance: offshore corporations that it argues are not, for tax purposes, resident anywhere in any nation,” then-Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, who was the subcommittee chairman, said at the 2013 hearing.Ireland’s finance minister at the time, Michael Noonan, at first defended his country’s policies: “I do not want to be the whipping boy for some misunderstanding in a hearing in the U.S. Congress.” Ireland had long pursued business-friendly tax policies, which helped lure jobs to the country, primarily for technology and pharmaceutical companies. […]

New York Today: New York Today: A Terror Attack in Manhattan

Weather.init(); }()); Welcome to November: It’s cool and gray. Temperatures this morning may dip into the low 40s, but the sun will accompany you on your commute. The rest of the day is a trade off: More clouds will roll in this afternoon, but temperatures should rise to 57. In the News • At the Village Halloween parade, which kicked off hours after the truck attack, the crowd was thinner and more muted, attendees said. [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Universal prekindergarten stands out as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most salient achievement, but it also came with lasting consequences. [New York Times] Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio at the School of Journeys, a prekindergarten program in Brooklyn. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times • The battle over the sale of Starrett City, the largest federally subsidized housing complex in the country, is a messy family drama. [New York Times] • A 96-year-old retired priest who was once a high-ranking official of the Archdiocese of New York was arraigned on charges of possessing child pornography. [New York Times] • For Philip D. […]

Charlottesville and Trump’s Response Reshape Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Mr. Northam said in an interview that “an awakening” had taken place in Virginia after the Charlottesville violence that left one woman dead, many more wounded and a liberal college town convulsing.“We have to be sensitive to all people’s feelings and represent all Virginians,” he said, criticizing his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, for not “denouncing the president” by name after Mr. Trump asserted that there were good people marching alongside Nazi sympathizers and Klansmen last weekend.Yet Mr. Northam has little appetite to make Virginia’s counties and cities uproot their memorials to the Confederacy and says the decision should remain up to the localities.Mr. Gillespie also believes local communities should make that decision. He argues that the statues should remain in place, but include added context clarifying that the lost cause they represent would have perpetuated slavery, not just the euphemistic “states’ rights” preferred by some traditionalists.“Rather than glorifying their objects, the statues should be instructional,” Mr. Gillespie said in a lengthy written statement earlier in the week.In an illustration of this state’s complicated politics, and the expectations of each party’s base, it is Mr. […]

‘Evil Attack’ in Virginia Is Domestic Terrorism, Sessions Says

Mr. Sessions, who is coming off weeks of pointed criticism from Mr. Trump over his performance as attorney general, was pressed to explain why the president had not forcefully condemned white nationalism.Mr. Sessions said the president had done so, but he was referring to an unattributed White House statement on Sunday that condemned “white supremacists,” not to comments Mr. Trump made publicly.“He said that yesterday, his spokesman did,” Mr. Sessions said on ABC.“It came from the White House,” Mr. Sessions said on NBC’s “Today” show. “It was authorized.”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.“I think we’re making too much of this,” Mr. Sessions added on “CBS This Morning.”As United States attorney in Alabama, Mr. […]

New York Today: New York Today: Sales Slow for Shops at Penn Station

Weather.init(); }()); If you were thinking of sunbathing, think again. It will be mostly cloudy throughout the day, with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. But it’ll still be hot — the high might climb to 86. In the News • When Officer Miosotis Familia, one of more than 6,300 women in the New York City police force, was killed, her gender was far less of a focus than the dangers of her profession. [New York Times] Photo A tribute to Officer Miosotis Familia at the 46th Precinct in the Bronx. Credit Craig Ruttle/Associated Press • Mayor Bill de Blasio faced criticism when he returned to New York from Germany, where he spoke at a nonviolent demonstration against the G-20 summit meeting. [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • President Trump stands to make millions from his part-ownership of Starrett City, the nation’s largest federally subsidized housing complex in Brooklyn. [New York Times] • After a new opinion poll found more than 80 percent of New Jersey respondents disapproved of Gov. Chris Christie’s performance, he addressed criticism on a radio show. […]

Some methane emissions could actually slow climate change.

Nicky Sheats has done his homework. After getting his degree from Harvard Law, Sheats went back to get a PhD in biogeochemistry, also at Harvard, and did a quick post-doc at Columbia. (Did we mention he went to Princeton for undergrad?) When his studies brought him to an environmental justice conference, Sheats saw a cause that united all his interests.

Over his career, Sheats has leaned on academic research to write policy initiatives for cleaner air in communities of color, which typically suffer from higher rates of air pollution. Recently, Sheats helped develop a municipal ordinance in Newark, New Jersey, that calls for stricter regulation of pollution caused by development projects. After six long years of campaigning, Newark passed the ordinance in July 2016.

Another win: When, in 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plan, a set of rules that require electric power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Sheats saw huge gaps in policy and regulation that could potentially hurt low-income communities and communities of color. He gave lectures and wrote to policymakers, advocating for mandatory reductions of air pollution around these communities — not just for greenhouse gases, but also for “co-pollutants,” other toxins commonly released from power plants.

The EPA ended up adapting some of Sheats’ policies, albeit without including any concrete mechanisms to achieve that goal. “We think that if you don’t use climate change policy to reduce inequalities,” Sheats says, “you’ll miss a big opportunity to help environmental justice communities that may not come around again.”


Meet all the fixers on this year’s Grist 50.

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