Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
It is about economic growth because when you place restraints like this on the market, there are real economic consequences.
In real terms (PPP), for the vast majority of the population, there has been no economic growth in the west since the 80s. All the economic benefits since then have accrued only to the wealthy elite.
So the current system is clearly failing - it is not delivering benefit to society.
Rigging Up Baby
One can argue that these devices have little use other than helping parents sleep, knowing they'd be alarmed if something happens. Even if that's the case, trust me, it is money well spent. As a new parent, there are a ton of things that you'll be concerned about and this just helps easy your mind.
Paediatricians don't recommend the use of these devices. They haven't been shown to decrease the risk of anything. They tend to produce false alarms, causing a hell of a lot of parent anxiety, and which may contribute to post-natal depression (which has got a well established link to infant death).
EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
The busybodies in our government have no problem throwing the poor under the bus to achieve some feel-good goal so they can go home to their mansions at night and feel good about themselves. They're hurting real people.
All this rule changes is the efficiency for NEW wood burning stoves. It doesn't make them even cost any more. It just means they run more efficiently and put out less smoke. Pre-existing stoves don't need to be pulled out or anything.
So for the rural poor that means less cost for heating (or work of chopping wood if you prefer), and less lung disease, for really no increased cost.
Can't see that as a bad thing.
Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other
I wish I could get this rule to work with my 2 and 4 kids. Even better don't touch anything! and don't talk either!
Good luck enforcing that one.
Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App
"Feel good about buying Apple products, because we're helping you stick it to the man."
Cool! So that's an open invitation to jailbreak their devices and develop a secondary resale market for itunes purchases then?
Why would apple want anyone to stick it to the man?
Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON
Is a series of sequel movies to deep impact -- featuring Mars!
All the graphics, none of the emotional impact.
Microsoft Investors Call For Bill Gates To Step Down As Chairman
"I see you are trying to ruin the company, would you like help with that" - FTFY
Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week
No permission slip would make any difference to being sued.
Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve
You can't transmit information with quantum entanglement.
It's like this - you have one very long coin which stretches between one place and another.
At some point you toss it, and it lands either heads up or down. At the other location you try to toss it, but it's already landed, so you see the result.
You don't know at which point in time the other end has been tossed, just that the two results are the same in the end, so it can't be used for communication.
Naps Nurture Growing Brains
Now how about some research on actually persuading your child to have a nap, rather than a protracted battle of wills that gets everyone on edge.
Naps are great when they happen, but all parties must be willing
How Long Can the ISS Last?
Deorbit delta V is zero if you wait a while.
Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
Why is the shin - the area of the body the most likely to get bashed into things - not protected by a fat pad? And why does it have such a poor blood supply?
Why do hips - which bear the weight of the whole body - have a 90 degree bend in them?
What's with the appendix?
Why have testis outside the body, where they can be bashed easily
Why do the ovaries not have a complete covering? (deadly ectopic pregnancies)
Why is the appendix there at all?
That's just a few working bottom up. I could go on.
Tooth Cavities May Protect Against Cancer
JAMA seems to be an aggressive organization that sometimes promotes financial success for doctors against the interests of the public.
The JAMA is the journal of the AMA, the doctor's union.
It exists to promote doctor's interests. If it wasn't doing so it would be doing the wrong thing.
Tooth Cavities May Protect Against Cancer
More to the point - head and neck cancer is very rare. Heart disease kills one in three.
So reduce a very rare risk in order to increase a very common risk, plus suffer tooth decay as well? Seems like a pretty poor trade to me.
It Takes 2.99 Gigajoules To Vaporize a Human Body
Hang on a moment... TFA isn't talking about vaporizing - turning water to steam. It's talking about ionizing, which is clearly going to require a much bigger quantity of energy.
For actual vaporization, making a very rough calculation - 60kg person, 2,270 kJ/kg latent heat of vaporization of water = 136 MJ,
Sure there's specific heat to add in there too, but the vaporization of water is the dominant term, so it's at least out by an order of magnitude.
Lesson learned - don't try and be 'all sciency' and use the wrong jargon!
Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells
By the time you've had amniocentesis to diagnose the disorder, the damage is already done.
Development has largely happened by the 12-14 weeks at which point amniocentesis is viable, from there on it's really just growing with a few bits of finishing off.
Unfortunately the only 'cure' for downs is to terminate the pregnancy when it's detected. In fact a considerable percentage of affected pregnancies end in miscarriage anyhow.
Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions For Programmers?
I used to work in Geophysics programming geology models. It's really fascinating work, very enjoyable. Lots of maths of course.
There is also good money in it, if you work for a mining company. I don't know if that satisfies your social conscience issues.
In the end I got out of programming, partially due to the reasons you stated. I'm now a doctor.
Google Preparing "Google Mine" For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On Google+
But what could me more metaphorically obvious, than your circles using glass for mining from the stream?
International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go
C'mon, we all know the real reason why Japan wants it!
Godzilla is still wandering around the bottom of the pacific plotting his revenge against Tokyo.
When they build this thing they can subject a centipede to the high radioactive flux, creating MEGA-CENTI-PEDE!
Yes, One hundred million goddamn legs! With at least one hundred friggin' lasers attached to the head.
Take THAT Godzilla!
New Drugs Trail Many Old Ones In Effectiveness Against Disease
Sure the old drugs are great, but there's plenty of new ones that are great too.
Take statins for example - relatively new class of medication that have dramatically changed the treatment of high cholesterol - which leads to the number one killer of heart disease. Another example - artemisinin - great treatment for malaria, relatively recent invention.
Not to mention the survivorship bias http://youarenotsosmart.com/2013/05/23/survivorship-bias/ - there's heaps of old drugs that just aren't used anymore because frankly they were no good and had a ton of side effects. You don't hear about those ones much simply because they aren't used. This gives the perception that 'the old drugs are better' when in truth they were just as bad or worse, and only the good ones have stood the test of time.
But even if it were true - should we then give up drug discovery? Give up the chance to find the next great drug just because the low hanging fruit are already taken? What exactly is the solution to this?
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