Monthly Archives: February 2015

How to prevent peanut allergy: give babes peanuts

Slowly America learning that early exposure is protective Dishwashing provides another new example Best policy – grow up in a farmyard Finally the message seems to be getting through to America that lack of early exposure to antigens is what … Continue reading

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Smoking ban extended life, and bars and restaurants multiplied, in NYC

Eating and drinking establishments multiplied like mushrooms in NYC after the 2004 smoking ban was imposed by Bloomberg, who sees cause not correlation. The number of permits for restaurants, bars and cafes rose more than 27% to 23,705 at the … Continue reading

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Adjustable specs

Economist blog Babbage http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/06/adjustable-spectacles Adjustable spectacles Seeing clearly Jun 5th 2012, 13:33 BY THE ECONOMIST ONLINE Timekeeper MILLIONS around the world would have their lives improved by a pair of glasses, but cannot afford one. The problem is particularly acute … Continue reading

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Bias Hidden but Real

Two Op Ed Times pieces recently and another on unconscious bias Feb 21 Sun Kristof Straight Talk for White Men http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-straight-talk-for-white-men.html   SUPERMARKET shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing, and to buy German … Continue reading

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New Antibiotics Needed – Pharmas Giving Up

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/opinion/how-to-develop-new-antibiotics.html     THE bacteria are winning. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least two million people are infected with bacteria that can’t be wiped out with antibiotics, and as a result, 23,000 people … Continue reading

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Scientology’s Chilling Effect

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/opinion/joe-nocera-scientologys-chilling-effect.html?_r=0 When I was at Fortune magazine in the 1990s, one of my colleagues was a reporter named Richard Behar. He had a special lock on his door, and he wouldn’t even let the janitor in to empty his wastebasket. … Continue reading

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Poker Cracked by Computer – Not

http://www.wsj.com/articles/computer-conquers-texas-hold-em-canadian-researchers-say-1420743623 WSJ publishes misleading article claiming a computer can beat all comers at poker – but a close look says not yet. It repeats the story of the Deep Blue beating Kasparov in 1997 – also misleading, since Kasparov was … Continue reading

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Infants Outsmart Computers

http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-a-child-can-teach-a-smart-computer-1421942333 What a Child Can Teach a Smart Computer Children are remarkably good at coming up with creative concepts in a way that computers can’t even begin to match By ALISON GOPNIK [spoiler title=”Click for whole story” open=”0″ style=”1″] WHAT … Continue reading

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Ocean Plastic – World’s Biggest Threat As Art

Idiotic exhibition – or excellent indirect way to arouse alarm and action? https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibits/gyre-the-plastic-ocean/expedition/ Free documentary: Garbage Island

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Vaccines work – but too many all at once?

An excellent graphic representation at http://graphics.wsj.com/infectious-diseases-and-vaccines/ shows how well vaccines have worked in the USA. The WSJ included it today in a general piece on the Return of the Vaccine Wars. at http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-return-of-the-vaccine-wars-1424463778?mod=WSJ_article_EditorsPicks_0 Here’s the story with comments, which are … Continue reading

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Vaccines – solid research backs doubts

See Gary Null for experts who make research based challenge to unlimited vaccines. Radio broadcasts of Feb 2015 feature solid sources. Apparently there is much material showing a) danger B)irresponsible suffocation of doubt on part of vaccine makers. Interesting link … Continue reading

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GMO Apples Arrive

www.nytimes.com/2015/02/14/business/gmo-apples-are-approved-for-growing-in-us.html Gene-Altered Apples Get U.S. Approval By ANDREW POLLACKFEB. 13, 2015 Photo After eight hours, Arctic Granny apples, right, do not brown like unmodified Granny apples. Credit Okanagan Specialty Fruits [spoiler title=”Continue reading the main story” open=”0″ style=”1″] The government … Continue reading

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