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Archives for June, 2009

Peak Psychology

Psychology is turning out to be a rather important field these days.  Nate Hagens has a post on The Oil Drum, The Psychological and Evolutionary Roots of Resource Overconsumption Revisited.  He reviews the evolutionary psychology of poor economic decision-making.  Calculated Risk has a post, Scientific American: Bubbles and Busts. It’s based on an article in…

Baubike: Adventures in Design

OK, folks, explain this to me.  It is a bicycle.  Bicycles are cool.  But from the looks of this thing, it seems as though it would be like riding an anvil around town.  Sure, it’d be great if you got hit by a Hummer.  The bike would be fine. There are more photos at designbloom,…

Update on Nav1.7

PhysioProf commented about this back in 2006 after Alex Palazzo ‘s post, A silent mutation affects pain perception? That post discussed mutations that affect pain perception.  Now, there is a bit more information available about potential commercial developments stemming from this line of genetic research.   Firewalker’s Faulty Gene May Shake Up Market for Painkillers…

It was the second-most-blogged article on the NYT when I got up this morning; now, it is the first-most-blogged.  It is the article that reports on a survey that shows 72% support for a government-run health insurance program.  The program would be similar to Medicare, but would be available to persons under 65 and not…

This method, if it pans out, could not only be clean, it could make the environment even cleaner. Jonathan Trent, the lead research scientist on the Spaceship Earth project at NASA Ames Research Center, has been working on a method to produce oil from algae.  Their Algal Biofuels Team appears to be making progress. NASA…

AMA Slides Into Irrelevancy

When I first heard about the American Medical Association (AMA) opposing Obama’s health care reform, I was troubled.  I almost wrote a post about it, but by the time I got home, I found that others had beaten me to it.  Revere, for example, appears to have written before work, posting at 6:46AM.  That’s dedication.…

This is one of those “interesting, wonder if it’ll ever pan out” studies.  So far it has been presented at a meeting, but not published.   The study was summarized in an article on Medpage Today (free registration): APSS: Depression and Insomnia May Be Genetically Linked

Latest Hedge Fund Strategy

Market Folly writes of a new hedge fund strategy, and asks if there are any more ideas like this: We came across this interesting piece in Dealbook the other day and thought it was very intriguing. Simply put: hedge funds are now investing in lawsuits. The premise is pretty simple: they invest in one side…

New Kind of Cloud

In 2008, we were informed that a kind of cloud formation had been named: the mammatus formation, so-called because it resembles a breast.  Sort of.  Whatever. A new development is more serious.  The Cloud Appreciation Society has suggested that the name asperatus be given to clouds that portray a particular kind of turbulence. Flickr photo…

Miscellaneous Financial Link

Business Matters has posted interviews about the financial crisis.   these interviews provide a good overview of the origin of the crisis, plus some clues as to where we are headed.  The first interview is with Paul Craig Roberts.  Roberts was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.  The second interview is with…