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  • Ben 6:24 am on 6/21/2016 Permalink  

    The Mistrust of Science 

    So, then, what is a science believer to do? Is the future just an unending battle of warring claims? Not necessarily. Emerging from the findings was also evidence that suggested how you might build trust in science. Rebutting bad science may not be effective, but asserting the true facts of good science is. And including the narrative that explains them is even better.

    Atul Gawande

  • Ben 12:11 pm on 5/11/2016 Permalink  

    Mechanics of Metabolism Maintenance: Cars, Keys, and Karelia 

    And, yes, there is that other population that got it right. They reside in Karelia, Finland. Here, the message was not willfully garbled for profit, but was assessed carefully, and applied with fidelity. This population heeded the actual prescription of Keys and others of his day. The result? A marked increase in life expectancy, and an 80% reduction in incident cardiovascular disease.

    That bears repeating: the basic message about metabolism maintenance that is seemingly so controversial now, when applied faithfully, produced a 80% reduction in heart disease rates at the level of a whole population, persisting now for decades. This is among the more stunning achievements in the history of public health.


  • Ben 2:46 pm on 4/20/2016 Permalink  

    Moby: Long Ambients 1 

    it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc. and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be.

  • Ben 9:27 am on 4/11/2016 Permalink  

    When Is It Ethical to Withhold Prevention? 

    Congress has used cost-effectiveness analyses in deciding that Medicare should cover selected secondary prevention services, such as screening for breast cancer and colon cancer. But the measure of cost per QALY is routinely ignored in decisions both about treatment for demonstrated disease and about primary prevention of disease. It is ignored, though, in entirely different ways. Medical treatments are paid for even if they are cost-ineffective; in fact, the Medicare program has been blocked from even considering cost-effectiveness in determining whether to cover the costs of treatment. For example, treatment of metastatic lung cancer may cost $800,000 per QALY, but it is typically provided. In sharp contrast, primary preventive services are often withheld even if they are highly cost-effective. For example, the Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle-training program focused on exercise and nutrition that costs only $14,000 per QALY, is covered by only some health insurance plans; Medicare is not among them.


  • Ben 7:04 pm on 3/23/2016 Permalink  

    The Myth of High-Protein Diets 

    Dean Ornish: The Myth of High-Protein Diets.

  • Ben 6:59 pm on 3/23/2016 Permalink  

    Julie Rubicon 

    That afternoon, looking out across the salt flats, she trembled with certainty. “They know.”

    They don’t, I assured her. They can’t.

    “They will. They’ll look at the logs. We’re gonna get in trouble. We’re gonna go to jail.”

    “I don’t think there’s any law against this,” I said. How could there be a law against something that’s not possible?


  • Ben 5:48 am on 3/22/2016 Permalink  

    Vegan Eating Would Slash Food’s Global Warming Emissions 

    Adopting a diet in line with the global guidelines could avert 5.1 million deaths per year by 2050, while 8.1 million fewer people would die in a world of vegans who do not consume animal products, including eggs and milk.

    When it comes to climate change, following dietary recommendations would cut food-related emissions by 29 percent, adopting vegetarian diets would cut them by 63 percent and vegan diets by 70 percent.


  • Ben 7:15 am on 3/13/2016 Permalink  

    Daily Table sells healthy food at a deep discount 

    In keeping with its mission, Daily Table sells produce at rock-bottom rates. Its bananas sell for 29 cents per pound, and apples go for 69 cents per pound, and those prices are about half of the U.S. city average price…

    While there is currently only one location, the company plans to open additional stores in both the greater Boston area and in cities across the country.


  • Ben 1:21 pm on 2/10/2016 Permalink  

    Why Stack Overflow Doesn’t Care About Ad Blockers 

    [W]e understand that some people just don’t like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn’t like them, and they won’t click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them– plus, serving ads to people who won’t click on them harms campaign performance.

    Why Stack Overflow Doesn’t Care About Ad Blockers

  • Ben 1:19 pm on 1/6/2016 Permalink  

    The Greatest Diet Myth of All 

    David Katz: The Greatest Diet Myth of All

    These days, the most common take-away about diet and health is that everything we thought we knew about diet and health is a myth. As best I can tell, however, the notion that reputable journalistic platforms are interested in getting at a reliable, stable truth about diet and health is the myth.

  • Ben 6:10 pm on 1/5/2016 Permalink  

    Dan Gillmor: I Moved to Linux and It’s Even Better Than I Expected

  • Ben 1:51 pm on 12/22/2015 Permalink  

    Scientific American: How Sugar and Fat Trick the Brain into Wanting More Food

  • Ben 2:52 pm on 12/17/2015 Permalink  

    Up to 90% of cancer ‘could be wiped out by avoiding triggers’

  • Ben 5:44 pm on 11/20/2015 Permalink  

    Only 4 percent of Americans are eating enough vegetables

  • Ben 12:26 pm on 9/23/2015 Permalink  

    Maciej Ceglowski: What Happens Next Will Amaze You 

    If we’re going to have networked devices, we need a foolproof way of disconnecting them. I don’t want to have to log in to my pencil sharpener’s web management interface to ask it to stop spinning because some teenager in Andorra figured out how to make it spin all night.

    Samsung recently got in hot water with their smart refrigerator. Because it failed to validate SSL certificates, the fridge would leak your Gmail credentials (used by its little calendar) to anyone who asked it. All I wanted was some ice, and instead my email got hacked.

    We need an Internet off switch.


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