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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein September 26, 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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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking September 26, 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 September 26, 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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  • Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari September 26, 2017
    New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “hum […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach September 26, 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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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova September 26, 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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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking September 26, 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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  • El cisne negro. Nueva edición ampliada y revisada - Nassim Nicholas Taleb September 26, 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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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day September 26, 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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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach September 26, 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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Al Franken had to explain the scientific method to Rick Perry.

The nation’s largest privately owned coal company, Murray Energy, just filed a lawsuit against the Last Week Tonight host over the show’s recent segment. Oliver had criticized the company’s CEO, Robert Murray, for acting carelessly toward miners’ safety.

Murray Energy’s complaint stated that the segment was a “meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation” of Murray by broadcasting “false, injurious, and defamatory comments.”

Oliver shouldn’t be too concerned, according to Ken White, a First Amendment litigator at Los Angeles firm, who told the Daily Beast that the complaint was “frivolous and vexatious.”

The lawsuit is hardly a shocking development. Before the show aired, Oliver received a cease-and-desist letter from the company. He noted that Murray has a history of filing defamation suits against news outlets (most recently, the New York Times).

Oliver said in the episode, “I know that you are probably going to sue me, but you know what, I stand by everything I said.”

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Japanese companies saving money and energy by crowding the elevators, turning out lights

How much of a difference it makes is another story, but it’s the thought that counts. […]

World’s largest private coal miner may file for bankruptcy

Things are not looking good for King Coal. […]

How to Keep Companies Honest About Fighting Climate Change

Going green is the latest corporate trend—but it can be tough to separate the companies that are actually making major environmental commitments from those that are just giving lip service to the cause. Now that Walmart, Google, Goldman Sachs and other international corporations have pledged to cut their carbon footprint—commitments that would have been almost unimaginable a decade ago—climate leaders are turning their attention to the next challenge: ensuring that companies follow through on their promises. That’s the aim of a new effort spearheaded by the U.N.’s recently appointed climate champion, French climate change ambassador Laurence Tubiana. She hopes to build a system that measures corporate efforts to address climate change, with non-governmental organizations playing a role as fact checkers. “All sorts of institutions have registered their various commitments,” says Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, an advocacy group that works with dozens of corporations. “Some of those were real commitments and some of those were high level ‘we’ll think about doing something.’ How do we find a common set of methodologies and monitoring, verification and reporting systems so things can be compared?” Tubiana, a key figure at the Paris climate conference in December, is still determining the form of the future transparency system, but here’s how climate policy experts say you should evaluate a corporate climate commitment: 1. Support from top executives Strong climate commitments should be approved at a company’s highest levels with consent of the board of directors. Such high-level commitment helps ensure that the company leadership sees addressing global warming as a key part of the corporate strategy and will be less likely to abandon commitments on a whim. 2. Concrete goals Companies should also make their goals concrete and offer a plausible path to meet them. That means an assessment of where across the supply chain—including in transportation and products purchased from outside vendors—carbon emissions come from and a plan to address those specific issues. And, while reasonable goals may only extend a decade or so into the future, companies should have a plan to reassess and strengthen them going forward. “Good environmental management is good business management,” says Tom Murray, who runs the corporate partnerships program at the Environmental Defense Fund. “A big part of that is setting big goals and delivering on that.” 3. Transparent reporting Perhaps most importantly, climate policy experts say companies should report on their progress transparently and offer a way for external experts to verify the information. In some ways, outside verification is easy. Top-tier accounting firms like Deloitte and KPMG have developed methods to audit companies’ sustainability efforts. But the audits come with a hefty price tag, and companies are often unwilling to add to their bottom line without a strong business incentive. Read More: Air Pollution Kills More Than 5 Million People Around the World Every Year Once a transparency system has been implemented, and companies begin to comply, policy experts will gain a sense of how much progress has been achieved by the private sector toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions. One estimate from the Climate Group suggests that a commitment from the world’s 1,000 biggest companies to go 100% renewable would result in a 15% global reduction in carbon emissions. Around 50 companies have signed up already, including a slew of household names like Johnson and Johnson, Starbucks and Microsoft. Just a decade ago, opposition to new regulation from corporate leaders made it difficult to address climate change. Some companies allegedly went as far as obscuring evidence supporting the existence of climate change. Today, corporations are more likely to take on carbon emissions as a serious issue. They’re partly motivated by the strong argument that climate change could wreak havoc on the global economy, destroying the markets that many companies need to sell their products and services. A 2015 report from financial services firm Citigroup found that keeping temperature rise to 2.7ºF (1.5ºC) instead of 8.1ºF (4.5ºC), the do-nothing scenario, in the coming decades would minimize global GDP loss by $50 trillion. Companies have also realized there’s a lot to be gained from switching to low-carbon technologies, including a long-term reduction in energy costs. “Right now we’re seeing companies step up and be supportive of climate policy in a way that I think is new and goes beyond what they’ve done before,” says Murray. “If you think about leadership being a curve, people are working their way up it.” […]

Al Molinaro, Happy Days Actor, Dies at 96

(GLENDALE, Calif.) — Al Molinaro, the loveable character actor with the hangdog face who was known to millions of TV viewers for playing Murray the cop on “The Odd Couple” and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on “Happy Days,” died Friday at Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, his son Michael Molinaro said. Molinaro, retired from acting since the 1990s, died of complications of gallstone problems, his son said. He was 96. The Kenosha, Wisconsin, native was a journeyman performer well into middle age when a comedy improv class led to his breakthrough. Producer Garry Marshall heard about Molinaro and hired him for the part of police Officer Murray Greshler on “The Odd Couple,” the TV version of Neil Simon’s play about feuding roommates. It starred Tony Randall as photographer Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as sports writer Oscar Madison and featured Molinaro as one of their buddies, a simpleminded policemen who at times seemed as much a threat to his friends as he did to any crooks. “The Odd Couple” ran from 1970-75 and not only demonstrated Molinaro’s knack for goofiness, but exploited his most distinctive feature — his plus-sized nose. In one defining scene, Murray attempts to enter his friends’ apartment, but the door is locked. Murray instead sticks his nose through a peephole. “Oh, hi Murray,” Oscar calls out. His son Michael said that Molinaro “was good friends till the end with all of the group of people involved in ‘The Odd Couple.’ ” His next long-running role was that of Al Delvecchio in “Happy Days,” the 1974-1984 nostalgic sitcom about 1950s life that starred Ron Howard and Henry Winkler. Molinaro joined the cast in 1976, replacing Pat Morita as the owner of Arnold’s Drive-In, and remained until 1982. In ABC’s 1992 “‘Happy Days’ Reunion Special,” Molinaro defended the show from criticism that it sentimentalized the 1950s. “In the industry, they used to consider us like a bubble-gum show,” he said. “But I think they overlooked one thing. To the public in America, ‘Happy Days’ was an important show, and I think it was and I think it still is.” Molinaro built on his “Happy Days” success for years after he left the show. He brought the character of Al to “Joanie Loves Chachi,” a short-lived “Happy Days” spinoff that aired from 1982-83. In 1987, he and Anson Williams, who played Potsie on “Happy Days,” started Big Al’s, a Midwestern diner chain. He brought Al back for a brief appearance in “Buddy Holly,” a 1995 music video for the group Weezer that was directed by Spike Jonze. Molinaro played a grandfather in “The Family Man” sitcom that aired from 1990-1991, and continued to make guest appearances on other series through the early ’90s. He also filmed commercials, notably for On-Cor frozen dinners. Molinaro came to acting late in life. He had a brief teenage stint as a clarinet player with a band, then worked at a variety of jobs after graduating high school. He moved to California in the early 1950s on casual advice from a friend who suggested he pursue acting. “I said, ‘I’ll do that,’” Molinaro told the Kenosha News in a 2004 interview. “I get on the Greyhound bus and I’m in Hollywood.” His first TV job was in production, when he talked an independent TV station manager into hiring him. Then it was on to TV commercials and ads, including a Los Angeles billboard that featured him in a chef’s cap. The producers of “Get Smart” spotted it and hired Molinaro to play Agent 44 for a few episodes in 1969. That was followed by guest roles in such sitcoms as “Green Acres,” ”That Girl” and “Bewitched.” “I spent 20 years here before I got anything going, and from that I got lucky,” he said. Molinaro had a son, Michael, from his first marriage. He and his second wife, Betty Farrell, married in 1981. […]

Life Can Be A Drag, But When You’re A French Bulldog, Sometimes That’s A Good Thing

You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? In this dog’s case, the answer is a resounding no.

Meet Tui, a French bulldog who seems to prefer getting pulled through the grass instead of walking.

Tui’s human, Nick Murray, assures visitors to his YouTube page that the lazy dog enjoys the unconventional mode of transit. “Before you all shout ‘dog abuse!'” writes Nick, “she would have me drag her through the grass all day if she had her way.”

Can’t get your dog to walk? That’s a drag.

Then again, maybe Tui is secretly just hoping for a hill to roll down.

WATCH the delightful drag, above.

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We Try out Dog Puzzles That Promise to Turn Rover Into Einstein

My dog Murray is the sweetest mutt around. Is he the smartest? Hey look, there are games to test (and encourage) just that! I was sent several of them to try out by Kyjen, a company that promises its products will challenge dogs, teach “step-by-step problem solving skills” and will also be an “interactive, positive, and fun experience.” First up: A toy called the Doggy Blocks Spinner. Getting it set up was a bit of a human intelligence test. But — with the help of two friends, who are themselves very smart and whose corgi Bronson was participating, and their neighbor, whose rescue pup Amelia was along to experiment — we finally wrangled four biscuits into the appropriate treat chambers, then put some plastic caps on top of that. Bronson watching his owner set up the Doggy Blocks Spinner The dogs were supposed to figure out about the hidden treats, tug the plastic caps off the biscuit receptacles with their teeth, then rotate a little wheel to reveal the biscuits. It hadn’t occurred to anyone that the dogs might not then grasp the last step — eating the biscuits — until Murray began chewing on some of the plastic […]