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Breaking Old Habits: Five Steps to Conquer the Dwindle Effect

You made a commitment to walk every evening after work, but you can’t remember the last time you did. Work is so stressful, you’ve decided it’s a bad time to quit smoking. Or your New Year’s resolution not to drink during the week has been […]

How to Measure Imagination

Scott Barry Kaufman Aspen, Colo. — A couple of days ago I took a walk down a narrow, somewhat perilous mountain trail with Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director of the Imagination Institute. The trail began near the Aspen Institute’s...Show More Summary

Forams with Teeth

Time for another foram post. The above image (copyright Robert P. Speijer, scale bar = 100 µm) shows Turrilina brevispira, a typical Eocene representative of the foram subfamily Turrilininae.The Turrilininae are a group of calcareous forams that first appeared in Middle Jurassic (Loeblich & Tappan 1964). Show More Summary

The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows

Despite already low costs, the installed price of solar fell by 5 to 12 percent in 2015 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Saturday assorted links

1. A deal with FARC is not enough to bring peace to Colombia. 2. My 2009 post on what we should have done instead of Obamacare. 3. Ecuador introduces a new kind of electronic money. 4. The political culture that is Russian (videos). 5. The political economy of elephant protection in Gabon (NYT). The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The Fed Is Overestimating Economic Growth

In her speech today at the Federal Reserve’s annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Fed Chair Janet Yellen stated that “the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months.” She based that view on...Show More Summary

Coal Use Declined in Almost Every State from 2007 to 2015

Coal may still represent 33% of electricity generation in the US - but its use is on the decline. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Milky Way's 'Lurking, Dormant Monster' --"Our Central Black Hole Currently Fails to Outshine a Single Star"

Like a massive, dormant volcano, the Milky Way's central black hole appears to be a sleeping monster. Black holes are regions of spacetime where gravity is so strong that “what goes into them does not come out,” says Avery Broderick...

Republican Pressure to Modify the Nomination Process

I suggested in my recent Washington Post piece on the history of the Presidential nomination process, here, that after the fall election there is likely going to be significant pressure to reconsider the post-1960s process that has developed for choosing … Continue reading ?

Does Moderate Alcohol Consumption Improve Brain Function?

It is well documented that excessive consumption of alcohol is linked to various serious health problems. Heavy drinking is a known risk factor for diseases such as cardiovascular problems, some types of cancer, cirrhosis, dementia,Show More Summary

Activity tracker uses heart rate to personalize amount of exercise needed to prevent death

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: A novel activity tracker has been developed that uses heart rate data to personalise the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The science behind the tracker is presented for the first time today at ESC Congress 2016.1 read more

Moderate physical activity linked with 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1 The 12 year study in nearly 2500Show More Summary

20 cent school intervention stops unhealthy weight gain in children

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: A school intervention costing less than 20 cents per child has stopped unhealthy weight gain. The randomised study is presented at ESC Congress 2016 today by Ms Daniela Schneid Schuh, a nutritionist at theShow More Summary

Low socioeconomic status associated with higher risk of second heart attack or stroke

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: Low socioeconomic status is associated with a higher risk of a second heart attack or stroke, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1 The study in nearly 30 000 patients with a prior heart...Show More Summary

Smartphone detects atrial fibrillation with existing hardware

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: Smartphones can be used to detect atrial fibrillation with existing hardware, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1 A low-cost application (app) has been developed that uses the phone's own accelerometer and gyroscope to check for atrial fibrillation. read more

Alcohol-related hospitalization associated with doubled stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: Alcohol related hospitalisation is associated with a doubled risk of ischaemic stroke risk in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, according to a study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today by DrShow More Summary

Direct catheter-based thrombectomy equal to bridging thrombolysis in ischemic stroke

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: Direct catheter-based thrombectomy is equally effective to bridging thrombolysis in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke, according to results from the observational PRAGUE-16 registry study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1 read more

ESC and EACTS launch first collaborative atrial fibrillation guidelines

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: The first European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on Atrial Fibrillation developed in collaboration with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) are published online today in European Heart Journal1 and the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, and on the ESC Website.2 read more

ESC/EAS guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemias launched today

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) Guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemias are published online today in European Heart Journal1 and on the ESC Website.2 Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills over four million people in Europe each year. Show More Summary

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