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AI could fix science's greatest modern time waster Razi, a Persian scientist, 10th century. Drawing: Louis Figuer's 'Vies des Savants Moyen Age,' 1867. Photo: Hulton/Getty Ever since science became a formal discipline some five centuries ago, academic research — a fundamental driver of innovation — has, on and off, seemed broken: Scientists have cranked out too many incremental advances, fallen behind on the best research in their field and produced unreplicable work. Driving the news:  Now, some are again rethinking the process, hoping that artificial intelligence could be the long-sought highway to faster and more reliable scientific discovery. Show less Why it matters:  The U.S. government spends billions on academic research each year — and companies toss in billions more. Yet science  can appear to be treading water , turning out a similar scale of breakthroughs as when funding was lower and the number of researchers smaller. One problem:  A combination of factors — higher funding, faster computers and

Central Asia Digest: Ananta Center

  Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar Advisor, Central Asia, Ananta Centre Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia December 2018| VOL 03 ISSUE 12| MONTHLY   H I G H L I G H T S  ●   Political Developments   ● Economic Developments ● India-Central Asia Relations  Political Developments Discussions on divesting former presidents of Kyrgyzstan of their immunity, potentially opening the path for prosecution of former President Almazbek Atambaev, are advancing in the parliament committee for constitutional law. A group of ethnic Kyrgyz originally from north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang have urged Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov to seek release of their relatives from "re-education camps" in China. Kyrgyzstan’s first reaction to reports that ethnic Kyrgyz had been detained en masse as part of a giant crackdown in China’s Xinjiang region suggested that Kyrgyzstan was unwilling to rock the boat. A UN panel has determined that over one million peop

INTERVIEW: Balochistan is a strategic center of gravity - Colonel Lawrence Sellin Interview with Retired U.S. Army colonel Lawrence Sellin He is a retired American Colonel, a war veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq and a mission to West Africa. He is also an expert of Kurdish and Arabic languages. He has a keen interest in the AfPak region and is also a harsh critic of the lenient USA policy towards Pakistan and China. Sangar Media Group took the opportunity to hold an interview with Retired USA Army Colonel Lawrence Sellin. We are thankful to Mr. Sellin for taking his time out for this interview. Q1.      The US has begun to withdraw from Afghanistan. What USA has achieved in the nearly two decades spent in Pak-Afghan region? Mr.Lawrence Sellin: After an initial victory deposing the Taliban regime, attempting to rebuild the country and establish democratic institutions, Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming a major strategic defeat for the United States. We were unwilling to take the fight to the real enemy, Pakistan

Russian Analytical Digest No 228: Cultural Politics

18 Dec 2018 By Ulrich Schmid, Peter Rollberg and Andey Makarychev for Center for Security Studies (CSS) This edition of the Russian Analytical Digest considers the politics of culture in contemporary Russia. Firstly, Ulrich Schmid focuses on the reactions to the house arrest of acclaimed director Kirill Serebrennikov. Secondly, Peter Rollberg considers the contested legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Russia, outlining how Solzhenitsyn has become a useful authority legitimizing Putin’s statist agenda. Thirdly, Andrey Makarychev notes that, from a cultural standpoint, the strong Russian roots of the Estonian city of Narva represent an opportunity for, rather than a threat to the efforts aimed at Europeanization. The articles featured here were orignally published by the  Center for Security Studies (CSS)  in the  Russian Analytical Digest  on 30 November 2018.  Image  courtesy of ( CC BY 4.0 ) Kirill Serebrennikov and the Changing Russian Politics of Culture By Ulrich

Russia’s Approach to the Development of Intermediate-Range Missiles

By Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski Image  courtesy of Jacob Smith/DVIDS This article was  originally published  by the  Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) on 14 November 2018. Russia will present the  expected withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Elimination Treaty (INF)  as a step forcing a military response from Moscow. Even if the Russian Federation were to violate the INF by deploying new cruise missiles with a range greater than 500 km, the U.S. withdrawal from the treaty creates opportunity  to blur responsibility. In the event of divided opinions within NATO, Russia’s position in arms control might be stronger vis-à-vis Europe and, indirectly, the United States. Moreover, Russia will continue  expansion  of its arsenal of ground-launched missiles. Russia’s Approach in 1991–2007 The INF Treaty, signed in 1987, marked the end of confrontation between the Warsaw Pact and NATO and the beginning of a new security architecture in Eu

Dharmawiki – unified knowledge resource platform of Bharatavarsha

Dharmawiki is dedicated to promote holistic approaches of Dharmika Jivana Vidhana By   Team PGurus  - December 28, 2018 Dharmawiki is a unified knowledge resource platform to present traditional viewpoints of Sanatana Dharma ‘Dharmawiki ‘  is a unified  knowledge resource platform  to present traditional viewpoints of  Sanatana Dharma  as well as the rich and diverse research heritage of Bharatavarsha. Dharmawiki is dedicated to promote holistic approaches of  Dharmika Jivana Vidhana . Our goal is to build narratives on the innumerable angles of Bharatiya Samskrtika Parampara, to leave behind a legacy for the generations to come. Dharmawiki is slated to be a repository for Dharmika concepts and guidelines, that will contain crisp yet comprehensive articles  free from western interpretations, psychoanalysis, and extrapolations. The goal of Dharmawiki is to dispel myths created by western  indoctrination  and bring back Shastriya Samalochana Paddati (Shashtra based thinking pro