Politicians who preside over economic booms often develop delusions of competence. You can see this domestically: Jeb Bush imagines that he knows the secrets of economic growth because he happened to be governor when Florida was experiencing a giant housing bubble, and he had the good luck to leave office just before it burst. We’ve seen it in many countries: I still remember the omniscience and omnipotence ascribed to Japanese bureaucrats in the 1980s, before the long stagnation set in.
This is the context in which you need to understand the strange goings-on in China’s stock market. In and of itself, the price of Chinese equities shouldn’t matter all that much. But the authorities have chosen to put their credibility on the line by trying to control that market — and are in the process of demonstrating that, China’s remarkable success over the past 25 years notwithstanding, the nation’s rulers have no idea what they’re doing.
In this video, watch how novel robotic insects developed by a team of Seoul National University and Harvard scientists can jump directly off water's surface. The robots emulate the natural locomotion of water strider insects, which skim on and jump off the surface of water. For more information, visit the PR link.
Boston’s pile reached a maximum of 75 feet—so big it was summited and skied by two Powder magazine writers (they said it smelled awful). And that is the other critical thing to know about Boston’s pile: Because one of the most major snowfalls occurred on a trash pickup day where cans were knocked over into the streets as plows went by, this pile was saturated with garbage.
In Buffalo, a “Snovember” lake effect blizzard dropped a stunning seven feet of snow on the city in a single storm. The city was immobilized when plows couldn’t clear the roads fast enough because they didn’t have anywhere to put the snow. Officials estimated that somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000 truckloads of snow were taken to this site near the city’s Central Terminal. Buffalo’s pile was estimated at one point to be five stories tall.
A guest post on Kory Merritt's children's books by Sukie:
When I first found Kory Merritt’s work I felt just like I suspect I would have felt had I found Chas Addams early in his career. I knew that I was watching the budding of genius.
Strong words? Kory Merritt’s work is quirky, at times spooky without being too scary for grade school kids, and he can make even the most improbable characters multidimensional and endearing in his art work, wording, and plots. Besides, he has managed to come up with many of the most amazing ice cream flavor names ever devised, and some of the strangest characters. To see some of those characters just go to
Although I am a lot older than 14 and some of our relatives are younger than 11, we and they already have preorders for the book which will come out in early October.
So, if you enjoy moving characters with strange appearances, fun stories, and seeking unexpected hidden gems then definitely give _The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York, a Yarn for the Strange at Heart_ a try!
If you want to share info on a fun book with people who have children, classes, libraries, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or others who are young at heart then pass along this post to them. Feel free! I do not mind being quoted about how marvelous Kory’s work can be and has been. With a first issue of 5,000 copies I expect them to sell out fast and do not want to wait for the second printing so have already ordered, an action I recommend.
Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached
"He came down the aisle, he didn't actually look at me … or make eye contact. He turned to the gentleman across the aisle and said, 'Change.'"
Flynn said she was confused at first, wondering why the man was speaking to the other passenger and gesturing toward her. The man didn't speak to her directly, but Flynn said it's clear to her that he didn't want to sit next to her because she's a woman.
At the core of the ME20F-SH is a 2.26 megapixel CMOS sensor, originally announced in 2013, which has pixels measuring 19μm - 5.5X larger than what's found on high-end DSLRs. This allows for 1080/60p/30p/24p (and PAL equivalent) video capture in light levels as low as 0.0005 lux at a maximum gain setting of 75 Db, which is equivalent to over ISO 4,000,000. As with the company's professional cinema cameras, Canon Log and Wide DR modes are available for capturing a wide dynamic range.
But this success story is beginning to look more complicated: some hospitals have been unable to replicate the impressive results of initial trials. An analysis of more than 200,000 procedures at 101 hospitals in Ontario, Canada, for example, found no significant reductions in complications or deaths after surgical-safety checklists were introduced2. “We see this all the time,” says David Urbach, a surgeon at the University of Toronto who led the Ontario analysis. “A lot of studies that should be a slam dunk don't seem to work in practice.” The stakes are high, because poor use of checklists means that people may be dying unnecessarily.
A cadre of researchers is working to make sense of the discrepancies. They are finding a variety of factors that can influence a checklist's success or failure, ranging from the attitudes of staff to the ways that administrators introduce the tool. The research is part of the growing field of implementation science, which examines why some innovations that work wonderfully in experimental trials tend to fall flat in the real world. The results could help to improve the introduction of other evidence-based programmes, in medicine and beyond.