Who to blame for giving up?

A study of 27,350 adults drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) finds that adults are not trying to lose weight.

Part of that is cultural. We said women and men in media who were thin were sending an unrealistic body image to everyone else, it was “fat shaming” and they are probably anorexic anyway.We enabled obesity and it worked.

This will probably go on for a few more years.

The IRS has told a federal court that they’ve recently identified almost 7,000 more documents that could contain information on how the agency targeted the tax-exempt applications of Tea Party organizations or other conservative political groups starting back in 2010, according to a court document.
But IRS in the document would not commit to a timeline for releasing the documents.

The revelation of thousands of unreleased documents was made in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that specializes in filing, and in many instances litigating, FOIA requests.

They also get funding through non-profits that get government money. … Whack a mole.

President Trump will seek to eliminate government funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the budget blueprint he is announcing Thursday.

Once again, Big Bird faces having to go it alone.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney confirmed Wednesday that the president’s budget request for fiscal 2018 would aim to end funding for the CPB, which gives money to PBS, National Public Radio and other public media.

The trend stops in the Netherlands.

Dutch people rejected “the wrong kind of populism”, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said, as he celebrated victory in Wednesday’s election.

“The Netherlands said ‘Whoa!'” he declared after his centre-right VVD party’s lead positioned him for a third successive term as prime minister.

With nearly all votes counted, his party easily beat the anti-immigration Freedom party of Geert Wilders.

Fellow eurozone countries France and Germany also face elections this year.

The Dutch race was seen as a test of support for nationalist parties that have been gaining ground across Europe.

Mr Wilders insisted “the patriotic spring” would still happen.

The euro gained as the results pointed to a clear victory for the prime minister’s party.

I’m not buying it. … That and it sounds very uncomfortable.

Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

Mouse study is the first to show less strenuous alternative can benefit bone health

A less strenuous form of exercise known as whole-body vibration (WBV) can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise in mice, according to a new study. WBV consists of a person sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second.

No IPO here.

A group of Swedish university students that raised 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in crowdfunding for their startup to build electric cars has caught the attention of German industrial heavyweight Siemens.

The two sides said Wednesday that they were starting a partnership that will see them create 50,000 lightweight city cars annually starting next year.

The twin-seat vehicles, called L7e, have 15kW engines with a maximum speed of 130 kilometers (81 miles) per hour. They weigh 400 kilograms (880 pounds) each and have a 150 kilometer (93 miles) range.

The cars are made from sustainable composite materials and will be unveiled in late 2017, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2019. The first high-end vehicle has a target price of 200,000 kronor ($22,285)—the price for an electric Smart Car in Sweden is at least 210,000 kronor ($23,400).

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-03-swedish-student-startup-electric-cars.html#jCp