When it comes to predicting March Madness winners, who knows best: experts, algorithms, or the crowd?
An estimated 45% of Americans will fill out an NCAA tournament bracket this year. That’s more than the number of people who voted in the 2010 midterm elections. And until the clock strikes 12:15 p.m. on March 15, and actual balls start being thrown at actual baskets, each and every one of us can pretend to be the smartest guy or gal in the room when it comes to making March Madness predictions. But who (or what) really knows best? Last month, we looked at algorithmic, social, and expert approaches to predicting Oscar winners and determined that a combination of expert opinion and algorithmic analysis was the most successful tactic. Now, on the eve of America’s favorite predictive orgy, March Madness, we ask the question again: Are the best predictors robots, writers, or the crowd at-large?
Transverse section of a horse’s hoof at 30x magnification. 8th place in the 1990 Nikon Small World Competition.
TRIPLEWART SEADEVIL - Cryptopsaras couesii
The triplewart seadevil is a seadevil of the family Ceratiidae, found in all oceans, from the surface to 2,000 m. Its length is approximately 12”/30 cm for females and 2”/3 cm for males. They belong to the anglerfish family.
The species displays extreme sexual dimorphism. Females are more typical in appearance to other anglerfish, whereas the males are tiny rudimentary creatures with stunted digestive systems. A male must find a female and attach to her near the vent; he then lives on her parasitically, becoming little more than a sperm-producing appendage. Source
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California Puppy Bent on Moving Objects With His Mind
Telekinesis is impossible, but lame facts like that don’t stop Orion from trying. The 4-year-old pup from Oakland, CA insists that with enough training, he’ll be able to move inanimate objects by staring at them.
“He really likes to just stare at things for extended periods of time,” says Helen Agnes, a source close to the situation. ”My hypothesis is that he’s either trying to use The Force, or he’s just intensely wishing for bacon.”
Submitted by Helen Agnes.