Marine biologist Kristen Marhaver explained in a TED Talk that baby coral polyps are drawn to “white and pink, the colors of a healthy reef,” and they “they prefer crevices and grooves and holes, where they will be safe from being trampled or eaten by a predator.” 3D printers are working to recreate this environment.
Sniffing like a dog gives chemical detectors a boost
Dogs have used their incredible sense of smell to help us find missing people, bombs, corpses, and drugs; detect diseases like cancer; and even aid conservation efforts by sniffing out koala poop. Now, their powerful noses may inspire better tools to detect traces of explosives, drugs, and other substances.
“The faster growth in 2014 and 2015 occurred as the Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance coverage for individuals through Marketplace health insurance plans and the Medicaid program,” the report said.
His most famous weapon is the tweet, those midnight brain belches that suddenly erupt from Trump Tower and are turned into instant news by a panting press corps. Politico’s press critic, Jack Shafer, suspects that Trump’s tweets, even the strange ones, are strategically provocative, designed to throw reporters off the scent of real Trump stories (his business entanglements, the settlement of the Trump University lawsuit) by giving them something more immediate, sensational, and easier to cover. Shafer is probably giving Trump too much credit, but there’s no doubting that our president-elect provokes a response from his intended audience.
Remember when a cast member of the musical Hamilton gave a pompous lecture to Vice President-elect Pence from a Broadway stage? If you’ve forgotten the lecture you probably remember the tweet that Trump fired off when he learned about it (“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!”). And then you might remember the reaction of the press to Trump’s reaction.
The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent called Trump’s tweet “unhinged and bizarre.” News readers on NPR nearly choked with indignation. When Trump briefly appeared in public the next day, the questions from the press pen were all about the tweet. (Aleppo was crumbling, children’s hospitals in Syria were bombed to rubble . . . but Mr. President-elect, what about Broadway?)
Making a compound once in a school lab is not the same as scaling it up to full production and clearly regulatory hurdles, as Shkreli smugly reacted on The students started with $37 of (4-chlorophenyl)acetonitrile, and synthesized it down to 3.7 grams of pyrimethamine. According to their chemistry teacher, the students did so in a different way than the patented method so that they could avoid using dangerous reagents.
Making a compound once in a school lab is not the same as scaling it up to full production and clearly regulatory hurdles, as Shkreli smugly reacted on [Twitter].
Shkreli also posted a video to YouTube of himself reading a polished statement about the promise of STEM education in the coming century. He compared the teenagers in Australia to Ahmed Mohamed, the teenager last year who assembled a clock and brought it to his school in Irving, Texas, only to be arrested under suspicion of having made a bomb. Feuding about teenagers on the internet is an odd way to encourage future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, and it detracts from Shkreli’s broader point: making a compound in a school lab, with the help of teachers and advisers, is different than bringing it to market.
Still, in his angry takedown of how the Australian students approached their project, Shkreli misses the broader point: other pathways to the compound exist than the one already patented, and while scale, testing, and labor are indeed costs that drug companies have to cover, none of them are so steep as to require a 5000 percent increase in the price of an existing, life-saving medicine, whose formula already exists.
If you google the topic, you can get endless details on the vote, but here are the salient points. The Italian nation in its current form was born right after WWII and as such, has a deep seated fear of concentrated power; pretty understandable after the fun times under Mussolini and his buddy Hitler.
That fear created a government with essentially two congressional bodies, both like America’s House of Representatives, except with more than double the members and even more layers of government from the top federal level on down to localities. There are a lot of people whose entire raison d’etre is to express their opinions and these are Italians, so the whole thing takes longer and is more emphatic.
Here is what Gott wrote in the Guardian about Chávez in 2012:
In Venezuela itself, there is no doubt that the Bolivarian revolution presided over by Chávez will be able to soldier on without him. After 14 years of considerable institutional change, huge oil revenues now pour into the alleviation of the acute poverty suffered by a large percentage of the country, and there is a rock-solid base of chavista support that will take decades to erode. …
… What is so extraordinary about Gott’s Castro obituary, however, is that it makes no assessment of the economic effects of Castro’s regime. When Castro seized power, Cuba was at the economic level of Italy, and richer than Spain. It had a poor peasantry, but so did Spain and Italy. Like Perón in Argentina, but even more dramatically, Castro undeveloped his country.
Cooke is exactly the right person to join Myron Ebell, another free-market thinker, in transforming the wayward EPA from a power-hungry bureaucracy that does more damage than good, into an agency that serves rather than subjugates taxpayers.