Famed Princeton mathematician Persi Diaconis and co-authors say, "No."
For all your prime number needs. Including, should you want them, the first 50,000,000 primes.
"18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year"
A nice collection of quotes for putting the imminent ecological disaster du jour in perspective.
"On the academy’s latest folly."
There's no way I'm going to summarize this. If you have a few minutes, you just have to read it.
But--credit where credit is due--Professor Carey says a very smart thing about climate change models:
Carey is hardly skeptical about climate change or its catastrophic impacts: In the book, he documents (among other things) how melting glaciers have contributed to more than 20,000 deaths in Peru. But Carey also cites Peru as a fitting example of what gets missed by economic climate models. Despite the retreating glaciers and declining water flows, the country’s Andean communities are actually using more water these days, not less, thanks in large part to human adaptation and social investment. With economic climate models now predicting costly water shortages in the future, Carey says that history provides grounds for reasoned skepticism.
Funny cartoon illustrating the old wisecrack, "If you can't forecast accurately, forecast often."
Related: quickly review some panics of the past with "Mountains Our of Molehills: A Timeline of Media-Inflamed Fears".
In one word: exomoons.
And as the global warming folks have taught us, you can't argue with science.
Well, no. But there's this:
While Chinese may remain the most spoken language on account of the large and growing native population that speaks it, English certainly isn't going anywhere. One of the chief reasons is that it has cemented itself as the defining cosmopolitan language of our time.
The manuscript in question is the famous Voynich manuscript and it is not quite "decoded"--it seems to be only a clever start.