Thursday, July 7, 2011


Some commercially valuable fish are going to be on endangered species list.

What happens if the U.S. breaks the debt ceiling.

Scientific knowledge and democracy—what happens when people don’t have scientific knowledge.

What’s drug resistance worth to governments?:
For every death from AIDS, the US federal research establishment awards approximately $69,000 in grant funds. And for every death from MRSA, it awards $570…. the research budget at the National Institutes of Health has been rising, from $13.1 billion in 1998 to $28.7 billion in 2008; within that, so has the research budget at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), from $1.4 billion to $4.6 billion over that same decade. They wondered how much of that research funding was going to this resistance problem that health authorities nationally and globally have pronounced a crisis. MRSA, let’s remember, kills an estimated 19,000 Americans a year: more than HIV, and more than pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, H. influenzae and group A Streptococcus combined.
MRSA, remember, is a big, big deal—it’s the nasty antibiotic-resistant disease that we should be looking out for.

China’s cities’ debt overloads.

Why illegal immigration from Mexico is less appealing (Mexicans are better off).

Using satellite data to predict cholera outbreaks.

The final space shuttle liftoff—what it’s like in the astronaut’s words.

A interview with Bill James on crime.

Chicago by boat: A timelapse journey from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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