September 09, 2011

How to create the next 40-year economic boom for the United States

One word: Immigration. Now is not the time for the United States to keep people out of the country. China and India are picking up a lot of growth and becoming more desirable places for people that want the excitement of a developing country with modern ammenities. They are creating...

November 03, 2010

Character

I know it has been over a year, but I thought the following quote in Consilience, which I am working on finishing, is great to reflect on. True character arises from a deeper well than religion. It is the internalization of the moral principles of a society, augmented by those...

July 31, 2009

If Food Doesn't Require Insurance, Health Care Doesn't Require Insurance

With all of the fuss in DC surrounding Congress working on sponsoring new health care initiatives, it doesn't seem like anyone has asked this basic question: is health care truly that critical? Here's the short question and answer - if you don't have health care for a year, will the...

July 30, 2009

The Next Industrial Revolution

Bob Hauge's research team at Rice University just announced they've created a method that can build pure carbon nanotubes that are currently measured in centimeters, but could eventually yield nanotubes of unlimited length. For those who are wondering what's so big about carbon nanotubes, carbon nanotubes are small carbon tubes...

July 16, 2009

Large Scale Genetic Studies of Diseases May Be Seriously Flawed

A group of researchers from McGill University studying abdominal aortic aneurysms published a paper in the July issue of Human Mutation that has serious implications for all large scale genetics studies that have been started in the last 15 years (except for those using DNA from cancer cells), including those...

July 15, 2009

Learning Limb Regeneration From Salamanders

Back in high school, a friend of mine gave a presentation in an advanced biology class we had together about the potential to regenerate human limbs by learning about salamanders, which he also tied to how humans could eventually take-on the power of some superheroes. Well, it looks like researchers...

July 10, 2009

The Genius Curve

A couple of friends had passingly mentioned it, so I decided to hunt down the paper on "the genius curve." It's a very interesting paper published in 2003 about how the genius and crime curves are linked by the testosterone drop that happens in men once they get married and...

July 08, 2009

Translating the 10 Principles of Economics for Non-Economists

In case you were wondering what is guiding all of those economists out their making decisions right now that will decide the future state of our economy (or if we'll have one), Yoram Bauman does a brilliant job of translating the 10 principles, so that non-economists can understand what is...

June 23, 2009

Controlling Rising Health Care Costs - Give the Power to the People

Right now, Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. are fighting over what type of system the United States should use to control skyrocketing health care costs. I thought I would do some digging to see which plan will actually reduce costs. The Plans: Democrats - Government-insured (especially a push for...

June 18, 2009

Break-up Big Banks to Increase Shareholder Value and Reduce Systemic Risk

Since before the Federal Government decided to get in the game of bailing-out the banks last fall, I've been of the opinion that it would be better for the Federal Government to not let banks get too big to fail and to break them up into smaller pieces when they...
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