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May 2012

May 29, 2012

Will the last person leaving Detroit please turn out the lights?

Oops, never mind. They already are

Here are a few pictures of the Motor City in better days

"UNC system health insurance costs to rise for students"

Hey kids, how's that hope and change a lot of you voted for working out?

On top of rising tuition and fees, those UNC system students who buy the university-sponsored health insurance plan will face steep premium increases in the next academic year.

The cost of health insurance will climb from a range of $61 to $77 monthly to a range of $118 to $133 monthly, according to a memo sent from UNC President Tom Ross to the UNC Board of Governors. On an annual basis, most students will pay about $500 to $700 more in 2012-13, depending on the campus. . . . 

[UNC vice president for academic and student affairs Bruce] Mallette said the insurance increases are due to the health care usage of UNC system students during the past couple of years, plus federal regulations on preventive care and pharmacy services issued in March. The process is complicated, he said, by the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

More teenagers like this, please

"Fifteen-Year-Old Creates Non-Invasive Pancreatic Cancer Detection Tool".

Jack Andraka, 15, of Crownsville, Md. was awarded first place for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer at this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Based on diabetic test paper, Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Jack received the Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of $75,000.

And this one, too: "Schoolboy 'genius' solves puzzles posed by Sir Isaac Newton that have baffled mathematicians for 350 years".

Four on losing weight: three discouraging, one encouraging

Discouraging;

"Why dieting makes you FAT: Research shows trying to lose weight alters your brain and hormones so you're doomed to pile it on again".

"The Real Cause Of Obesity Is Beyond The Reach Of Weight Loss Drugs".

Related: this article that the New York Times amazingly ran. 

Encouraging:

"Eating Well Without the Flavor of Shame". It makes a lot of sense: try to get as much flavor per calorie as you can.

Four on global warming

Or "climate change" or whatever they're calling it now.

"RDU’s paint by numbers temperature and climate monitoring".

"Climate Science Humor: What if Your Model Predicts Wrongly".

"What Nordhaus gets wrong about climate change".

"How I Learned Not to Deny Climate Change".

May 28, 2012

"The Best Of Prom 2012"

Too good.

"Experts Share How To Get Through Peak Rental Season In NYC Alive"

I've never rented in NYC and it's been a long time since I rented anywhere, but this article looks like it might be helpful to those who do. 

"The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Genius"

The strange, sad story of Margie Profet.

Evolution's It Girl: In 1993, Margie Profet received a MacArthur "Genius" grant tor her work in Evolutionary Biology. She was 34. 

Margie Profet was always a study in sharp contradictions.  A maverick thinker remembered for her innocent demeanor, she was a woman who paired running shorts with heavy sweaters year-round, and had a professional pedigree as eccentric as her clothing choices: Profet had multiple academic degrees but no true perch in academe. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Profet published original theories about female reproduction that pushed the boundaries of evolutionary biology, forcing an entire field to take note. Indeed, back then it was hard not to notice Margie Profet, a vibrant young woman who made a “forever impression” on grade school chums and Harvard Ph.D.s alike. Today, the most salient fact about Profet is her absence. Neither friends, former advisers, publishers, nor ex-lovers has any idea what happened to her or where she is today. Sometime between 2002 and 2005, Profet, who was then in her mid-40s, vanished without a trace.

"What’s Wrong With the Coffee Mortality Study? You Tell Us"

Commenters look for an omitted variable

"25 Tostitos Recipes That Are Delicious For The Party"

Hmmm . . . Tostitos!

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