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  • El cisne negro. Nueva edición ampliada y revisada - Nassim Nicholas Taleb October 19, 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 October 19, 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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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach October 19, 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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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach October 19, 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 October 19, 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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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku October 19, 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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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova October 19, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein October 19, 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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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day October 19, 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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  • Una mochila para el universo - Elsa Punset October 19, 2017
    ¿Cuánto debe durar un abrazo? ¿De qué sirve llorar? ¿Qué podemos hacer para cambiar nuestra suerte? ¿Tiene algún propósito el enamoramiento? ¿Y por qué es tan inevitable el desamor? ¿Cómo aprendemosa tener miedo? ¿A partir de qué edad empezamos a mentir? ¿Por qué sentimos envidia? ¿Cuántos amigos necesitamos para ser felices? ¿Podemos evitar estresarnos sin […]
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Daily Self-Discipline: Everyday Habits and Exercises to Build Self-Discipline and Achieve Your Goals (Unabridged) – Martin Meadows

Daily Self-Discipline: Everyday Habits and Exercises to Build Self-Discipline and Achieve Your Goals (Unabridged)
Martin Meadows
Genre: Self Development
Price: $5.95
Publish Date: November 24, 2015 © ? © 2015 Meadows Publishing […]

Gardens make "bad hombres" into good neighbors

All this talk of “bad hombres” got you down? Here’s an antidote. […]

N.S.A., Migrant Crisis, San Francisco Giants: Your Thursday Briefing

Supported byBriefingN.S.A., Migrant Crisis, San Francisco Giants: Your Thursday BriefingPhotoMore than 11,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean by aid groups and the Italian Coast Guard this week.Credit Aris Messinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning.Here’s what you need to know:• Possible new theft of N.S.A. records.Details are still emerging about the secret arrest of Harold T. Martin III, a former National Security Agency contractor. The F.B.I. is investigating whether he stole and disclosed classified computer code that is used to hack into the networks of foreign governments.PhotoAdm. Michael Rogers, the National Security Agency director, was brought in to restore the agency’s credibility and open it to more scrutiny.Credit Jim Wilson/The New York TimesMr. Martin, 51, a Navy veteran, was arrested in August and is in federal custody. Like Edward J. Snowden, he was also a contractor for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.• What we know about the case.According to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday, Mr. […]

To save the climate, use more energy?

It might sound counterintuitive, but it sometimes makes sense to use more energy, not less. At least when renewables are abundant. […]

As the Price of Ivory Falls in China, a Time to Keep the Pressure On

By Susan Lieberman and Simon Hedges The price of illegal raw ivory in China has almost halved since mid-2014, according to new research to be published by Save the Elephants. The survey by Esmond Martin and Lucy Vigne shows that price of raw ivory had tripled in the four years to 2014, reaching an average wholesale price of US$2,100/kilogram. By November 2015 that price had dropped to $1,100. While this news is tremendously encouraging and should give us hope that the rampant illegal killing of Africa’s elephants – driven largely by demand for their ivory — may eventually fall significantly across the continent, the story is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. Although consumption of ivory appears to be falling in China, it is essential that governments and the conservation community continue to invest in demand reduction initiatives. Photo by Charles Foley ©WCS. We agree that there has been a significant drop in prices – WCS’s monitoring work also shows ivory prices dropping in Vietnam and China – but it is important to note that we are only talking about a relatively short period of lower prices rather than a prolonged trend; prices could climb again. Martin and Vigne suggest the price fall results from the Chinese government’s stated intent to close China’s domestic ivory market, growing awareness in China about the impacts of buying ivory, and the slowdown in the Chinese economy. All of these factors are likely to have contributed to the price fall. But as with any commodity, the drop may also be influenced by a surplus in supply and we know that elephant poaching continues unchecked in too many places in Africa and that much of the resulting ivory flows to China. We know that elephant poaching continues unchecked in too many places in Africa and that much of the resulting ivory flows to China. Photo by Alastair Nelson ©WCS. It is encouraging to think that demand reduction campaigns, including those run by WCS, are beginning to have an impact. Indeed one of the most interesting points emerging from the new study was the lack of buyers seen by the researchers. It is unclear, however, whether this reduction in visible signs of consumption is due to a genuine reduction in the desire to purchase ivory or whether it might also be explained by other more complex factors (e.g., falls in the consumer confidence index and reaction to government actions). Indeed, the carvers and retailers told Martin and Vigne that the economic slowdown – together with the government’s anti-corruption campaign – had hit the ivory trade hard. We should also recall that much ivory in China is now traded on the internet, including through social media, not in conventional retail outlets. But even if demand reduction work is having an effect we have not reached the ‘job done’ point yet and consumption of ivory remains a problem in China. It is essential therefore that governments and the conservation community continue to invest in demand reduction initiatives, along with anti-poaching, anti-trafficking, and policy work. Earlier this year the Chinese government announced that it will phase out the commercial domestic ivory trade. This welcome announcement was made during the ivory crush in Beijing in May and reiterated during President Xi’s trip to the US in September. After conducting its second crush of confiscated elephant ivory in May of this year, the Chinese government announced that it would be phasing out its commercial domestic trade in ivory. Photo ©WCS China. While these announcements were rightly hailed as ‘game changers’, some experts feared that announcing an impending ban without an implementation timetable might fuel a spike in demand (and a spike in ivory prices and elephant poaching). Fortunately, the Martin and Vigne study indicates such a spike did not happen. In fact, work commissioned by WCS suggests that the price of ivory had already begun to fall in China before May’s announcement, so the new study suggests this welcome trend has continued throughout this year, driven and maintained in part, we believe, by the policy changes signaled by the Chinese government. We know from experiences around the world with ivory and other wildlife products that bans by themselves are insufficient. There must be a combination of effective law enforcement at key wildlife sites, properly enforced trade bans to prevent illegal ivory being sold under the cover of legal trade, and sophisticated demand reduction work. Even if demand reduction work is having an effect we have not reached the ‘job done’ point yet. Photo by Andrea Turkalo ©WCS. Thus the Chinese Government’s highly welcome announcements should not be seen as rendering demand reduction unnecessary or even less important, but rather as significantly strengthening the responses already in place. While the decline in the price of ivory is highly positive, we must be cautious about claiming a significant permanent reduction in demand for and consumption of ivory in China with the resulting reduction in threats to elephants. Instead, we should take the welcome news as an opportunity to continue to push for substantive policy change and enforcement: implementation of the promised domestic ban as soon as possible. Only then will we be able to say with confidence that elephants have the chance to recover from the poaching crisis. — Dr. Susan Lieberman is Vice President for International Policy at WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). Dr. Simon Hedges is WCS Elephant Coordinator and Ivory Trade Policy Analyst. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

Everything I ever knew or said about green sustainable design was probably wrong

A new article by Martin Holladay questions a whole truckload of accepted wisdom […]