genericmk writes "MIT News is reporting a publication where atomic collapse, a phenomenon first predicted in the 1930s based on quantum mechanics and relativistic physics but never before observed, has now been seen for the first time in an “artificial nucleus” simulated on a sheet of graphene. The observation not only provides confirmation of long-held theoretical predictions, but could also pave the way for new kinds of graphene-based electronic devices, and for further research on basic physics." Link to Original Source top
genericmk writes "Using econometric models of repeated cross-sectional data on diabetes and nutritional components of food from 175 countries, this study found that every 150 kcal/person/day increase in sugar availability (about one can of soda/day) was associated with increased diabetes prevalence by 1.1% after testing for potential selection biases and controlling for other food types (including fibers, meats, fruits, oils, cereals), total calories, overweight and obesity, period-effects, and several socioeconomic variables such as aging, urbanization and income. As Mark Brittman points out in his NY Times blog This is as good (or bad) as it gets, the closest thing to causation and a smoking gun that we will see. The study demonstrates this with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s." Link to Original Source top
Large corporations displacing aging IT workers with H1B visa workers
genericmk writes "NPR is running an interesting story about the unfortunate state of the aging programmers in the IT industry. The headline reads of aging IT workers opposing the H1B visa overhaul; the underlining reality is that large corporations claim shortage of IT talent and are bringing in large volumes of foreign staff. The staff is easier to control and demands less wage; indentured servitude is replacing higher cost labor." Link to Original Source top
genericmk writes "While driving in to work and listening to NPR I was hearing about the struggle of getting voting stations up and running it has occurred to me that Hurricane Sandy makes for a strong case toward retention of the Electoral College. New England is a strongly Democratic base; the hurricane has debilitated the region and the voter turnout may suffer. As a result the voice of the overall vote would be swayed by the effective disenfranchisement of the New England Democratic vote. Electoral College allows for the Sandy disaster to remain regional and not effect the nation as a whole as the drop in Democratic turnout would likely be the same as the drop in Republican turnout in the region affected by the storm."