Monthly Archives: December 2013

Regret Minimization Framework

At the last BYU Innovation Academy meeting last year, Professor Jeff Dyer of BYU presented his work from the Innovator’s DNA.  During the presentation he showed a video clip from Jeff Bezos of Amazon explaining his “Regret Minimization Framework“. I … Continue reading

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Feathers were the exception rather than the rule for dinosaurs

Feathers were the exception rather than the rule for dinosaurs.  Using databases, modern technology, and exhaustive meticulousness, paleontologists are rewriting what we know of dinosaurs.

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What do the Builders of Zion Do After Zion is Built?

I’ve been reading some of my Mormon Pioneer ancestry history recently.  It has been fascinating to learn of their lives, usually originating in Europe, as they sacrifice to make their way to America and then to Zion in the intermountain … Continue reading

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How December 25 Became Christmas

An insightful article on Biblical Archaeology about the dating of Christmas and other Christian holidays.  Some argue that Jesus was conceived on April 6, born on January 6, and crucified on April 6.  Cyclical views of time where significant events … Continue reading

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Global cereal crop reaching maximum yields?

“Around 30% of the main global cereal crops, including rice and wheat, may have reached their maximum possible crop yield potential in farmer’s fields, reports research published…in Nature Communications.” http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/131217/ncomms3918/full/ncomms3918.html

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Shrub genome reveals secrets of flower power

“Amborella sequence might help to explain why flowering plants conquered Earth.” http://www.nature.com/news/shrub-genome-reveals-secrets-of-flower-power-1.14426

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Were ancient Minoans centuries ahead of their time?

“A geometrical figure commonly attributed to Archimedes in 300 BC has been identified in Minoan wall paintings dated to over 1,000 years earlier.”  http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060227/full/news060227-3.html. Compare this to the Golden Ratio or Phi, an incredibly ancient and influential concept for beauty … Continue reading

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