Links 8/15/14

Links for you. Science:

Extracting audio from visual information: Algorithm recovers speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag filmed through soundproof glass.
The filter problem
Scientific Inference Via Statistical Rituals
NASA Tests EM Drive
Why NASA’s “Impossible” Engine Is Likely Just That

Other:

The Higgs boson and the purpose of a republic (excellent; must-read)
Never Can Say Goodbye
Catholic, Episcopal leaders in Liberia: Ebola is God’s punishment for “penetrating homosexualism” (with leaders like this, who needs societal breakdown? Not helping)
Gaza and the outrage of millions
Hamas’s Chances
How much can you get wrong in an eight hundred word biographical sketch of a very famous sixteenth and seventeenth-century mathematicus and philosophicus? – One helluva lot it seems?
A Love Deferred
Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
Holes in the welfare hammock
The Inevitability of Republican Reactions
It Isn’t About the Tunnels. So What Is the Gaza Conflict Really About?
The Economic Recovery, Not Gang Violence, Caused the Border Crisis
The Reason Health Care Is So Expensive: Insurance Companies
Israel’s fake victory: There were many examples of heroism and sacrifice in this war, but pride isn’t the only thing the IDF bequeathed to Israel. We cannot forget that the destruction and mass killing were also the work of IDF soldiers.
Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’: Experts say attacks go beyond Israel-Palestinian conflict as hate crimes strike fear into Jewish communities

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