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China estimate of the day

China’s “augmented fiscal deficit” (i.e. off-budget items included) has climbed to nearly 15% of GDP That is from Goldman Sachs, via Simon Rabinowitz. The post China estimate of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Free Speech and the University of Cape Town

Cato adjunct scholar Flemming Rose who recently won the 2016 Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty has been disinvited from speaking at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The academic freedom committee of the university had asked Rose to give the annual TB Davie Academic Freedom Lecture. Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. What birds do for fun. 2. Barry Lyndon is an excellent movie. 3. Why inflation didn’t fall more. 4. New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators. 5. The Chronicle on the Fryer study. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

A Better Turing Test

Dave Wilton posts at In 1950, computer pioneer Alan Turing formulated his famous test for determining whether or not a computer was true artificial intelligence (AI). It involved discourse between humans and a computer, and if the humans could not tell whether they were speaking to a another person or to a machine, then […]

What if Ukraine was Fighting a ?????? ????? and nobody noticed?

Ukraine’s top military commander promised an “adequate response” after seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 14 injured in the past 24 hours in fighting with Russian-backed separatists controlling the country’s breakaway far Report July 19, July 20, July 22 & July 24.

Hot news flash! Menopause, sleepless nights make women's bodies age faster

Menopause--and the insomnia that often accompanies it --make women age faster, two new studies reveal. The work suggests these factors could increase women's risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death.

Astronomers discover dizzying spin of the Milky Way galaxy's 'halo'

Astronomers have discovered for the first time that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy's disk, which contains our stars, planets, gas, and dust. This...Show More Summary

'Watching' crystal structure change in real time

Rresearchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time.

Sub-set of stem cells found to minimize risks when used to treat damaged hearts

Scientists use mathematical modeling to simulate human mesenchymal stem cell delivery to a damaged heart and found that using one sub-set of these stem cells minimizes the risks associated with this therapy. The study represents a development in novel strategies to repair and regenerate heart muscle and could improve stem cell treatments for heart attack patients.

Human 'super predator' more terrifying than bears, wolves and dogs

Bears, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts but the fear they inspire in their prey pales in comparison to that caused by the human 'super predator.' A new study demonstrates that smaller carnivores, like European badgers, that may be prey to large carnivores, actually perceive humans as far more frightening.

Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

Theoretical physicists have analyzed the electronic consequences of creating circuits in two dimensions by simulating the juxtaposition of different atom-thick materials like graphene and hexagonal boron nitride.

Aging can drive progress, say scientists

Twenty years from now, the number of retired persons worldwide will have grown by 600 million, almost double the current number. Life expectancy will have increased, bringing new economic challenges. Yet the growing number of seniors can also stimulate important breakthroughs in medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, cognitive sciences and robotics, say scientists.

DNA analyses reveal genetic identities of world's first farmers

Conducting the first large-scale, genome-wide analyses of ancient human remains from the Near East, an international team of scientists has illuminated the genetic identities and population dynamics of the world's first farmers.

New robot overcomes obstacles

It looks like a bicycle chain, but has just twelve segments about the size of a fist. In each segment there is a motor. This describes pretty much the robot developed by the four bachelor students in Computer Engineering.

Cooperation can help boost your reputation

A decision made without cost-benefit analysis still leads to personal benefits.

Before animals, evolution waited eons to inhale

Time to smash the beaker when thinking about oxygen concentrations in water, at the time when animal life first evolved. Oceans stacked oxygen here and depleted it there, as a new novel model demonstrates. It may well toss a wrench into the way we have dated the evolution of the earliest animals.

New gene variants present in three percent of all ALS patients

Variations in a gene with multiple functions in neurons are present in approximately 3 percent of all cases of ALS in North American and European populations, both sporadic and familial, making it one of the most common genetic causes of the disease, according to a new article.


Researchers have developed the first placenta-on-a-chip that can fully model the transport of nutrients across the placental barrier. The flash-drive-sized device contains two layers of human cells that model the interface between mother and fetus.

Enhancing molecular imaging with light

A new technology platform is able to image molecules at the nanoscale with super-resolution.

Among the oldest adults, poor balance may signal higher risk for dementia

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examined whether four different measures of poor physical performance might be linked to increased dementia risk for people aged 90 and older.

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