by Yunkyu Sohn
A great collection of talks done in International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems are all available at Videolectures.net. The conference features the finest set of complex systems scientists including Ernst Fehr, Shlomo Havlin, Didier Sornette and Neil F. Johnson.
ps: Havlin’s talk covers influential spreaders article introduced below.
By Yonatan Lupu
Those interested in judicial politics and/or citation networks might want to check out this new article by Stephen Choi, Mitu Gulati and Eric Posner. Here’s the abstract:
We report evidence from a dataset of federal district judges from 2001 to 2002 that district judges adjust their opinion-writing practices to minimize their workload while maximizing their reputation and chance for elevation to a higher court. District judges in circuits with politically uniform circuit judges are better able to predict what opinions will get affirmed by the circuit court, leading to higher publication rates and a higher affirmance rate. In contrast, district judges in circuits with politically diverse circuit judges are less able to predict the preferences of the reviewing circuit court panel, leading district judges to publish fewer but higher quality opinions in an effort to maximize their affirmance rate.
Random, but intriguing:
ArtPower Exhibit: “one-of-a-kind custom art from your DNA”
We should have an HNG cultural excursion!
Saw this over at the Monkey Cage:
A group of experimentalists (including Eric Dickson, Don Green, and Rebecca Morton) have set up a web site for members of APSA to sign a petition for a new organized section of APSA for experimental research. The section would support experimental research in the lab, field, and all other variants in research in comparative, American, political economy, and international politics. You can read the petition and sign it at this location. We need to have at least 200 members of apsa sign the petition by the end of the month or it will fail. So, if you are a member of apsa, and are supportive of experimental research, please sign the petition. We believe having an organized section will benefit many who do experimental research and we hope to succeed in our effort.
By Patrick Rogers
We’re all familiar with the Blue Brain Project, which is attempting to computationally replicate a mammalian brain, at this point they’ve already succeeded in building the first cellular-level neocortical column based entirely on biological data.
There’s now a documentary short covering the project called “BLUEBRAIN – Year One”. It’s a little over 16 minutes, and pretty cool.
Bluebrain | Year One from Couple 3 Films on Vimeo.