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November 2013

November 30, 2013

"This Little Girl’s Opera Aria On "Holland’s Got Talent" Is Stunning"

"Nine-year-old Amira Willighagen’s rendition of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Carobrought the audience (and the judges) to their feet."

"Teenage fashion through the years"

I think few people would lament the passing of these "fashions".

November 28, 2013

"Why Is Turkey Cheaper When Demand Is Higher?"

Some economic explanations

"Pies, Ranked"

"Thanksgiving is coming, blah blah blah. Let's cut the bullshit: it's pie week. Better choose wisely."

Your mileage may vary.

A reason to give thanks

"Americans Are Living Better Than They Have At Any Point in Human History." Read about what Hans Riegel, Helen Greiner, John Mauchly and John Eckert, Chuck Hall, Hiram Moore, Percy Spencer, Vladimir Zworykin, Frederick McKinley Jones, Philippe de Girard, Arthur Fry, and Stephanie Kwolek have done for us.

November 27, 2013

"5 Mysteries About The Universe That Should Be Keeping Physicists Awake At Night"

Number one is "Will we ever understand quantum mechanics?"

Hey, if it gave Big Al trouble, it's a pretty darn difficult question.

"The Amazon Whisperer"

Yet another example of the startling power of markets

He also knew his Hipe speaker would appeal to me, because that insight--knowing what people are searching for on Amazon--is at the core of what he does. He has an entire team of people who read reviews on Amazon, looking for moments when people say, "I wish this speaker were rechargeable." Pikarski then makes a rechargeable version. 

"Fox News Investigated Why The University Of Wisconsin Is The 'Sexiest College In America'"

Adorable.

Wisconsin students told Watters that "everyone is equally sexy on campus," which they attributed to everything from good genetics to book smarts. 

"Country’s most affluent opting for Teslas over Bentleys"

But if they keep catching on fire, this might not last long.

November 26, 2013

"Time to end the war against saturated fat?"

An article in the British Medical Journal says "yes".

Malhotra cites a 2009 UCLA study showing that three-quarters of patients admitted to the hospital with acute myocardial infarction do not have high total cholesterol; what they do have, at a rate of 66%, is metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of worrying signs including hypertension, high fasting blood sugar, abdominal obesity, high triglycerides and low HDL ("good" cholesterol).

Meanwhile, research has shown that when people with high LDL cholesterol (the "bad" kind) purge their diet of saturated fats, they lower one kind of LDL (the large, buoyant particles called "Type A" LDL), but not the small, dense particles ("Type B" LDL) that are linked to high carbohydrate intake and are implicated in heart disease.

Related: "9 Lies About Fat That Destroyed The World's Health" and "What Grain is Doing To Your Brain".

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