China's middle-class boom - Jun. 26 Since 1980, yearly earnings for an average Chinese household multiplied ten times over. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- As China's economy has exploded over the last 30 years, so too have the incomes and living standards of average Chinese people. The average disposable income of urban Chinese households rose to around $3,000 per capita in 2010, according to an analysis of official government statistics by China Market Research Group.
Dr. Kary Banks Mullis The benefits of science Advice to Young Scientists One of the nicest things about winning the Nobel Prize is that you can divert your interests in any direction that you are serious about, even if it is not the same thing that you have been successful with in the past. Think Again: War - By Joshua S. Goldstein "The World Is a More Violent Place Than It Used to Be." No way. The early 21st century seems awash in wars: the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, street battles in Somalia, Islamist insurgencies in Pakistan, massacres in the Congo, genocidal campaigns in Sudan. All in all, regular fighting is taking place in 18 wars around the globe today.
Why 2012 was the best year ever Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity Has national morale ever been as strong as it was during the Jubilee and the Olympics? Photo: Getty Images. The below is from The Spectator, the best-written and most entertaining magazine in the English language. Economy of India The independence-era Indian economy (from 1947 to 1991) was based on a mixed economy combining features of capitalism and socialism, resulting in an inward-looking, interventionist policies and import-substituting economy that failed to take advantage of the post-war expansion of trade. This model contributed to widespread inefficiencies and corruption, and the failings of this system were due largely to its poor implementation. In 1991, India adopted liberal and free-market principles and liberalised its economy to international trade under the guidance of Former Finance minister Manmohan Singh under the Prime Ministrship of P.V.Narasimha Rao, who had eliminated Licence Raj, a pre- and post-British era mechanism of strict government controls on setting up new industry. Overview The combination of protectionist, import-substitution, and Fabian social democratic-inspired policies governed India for sometime after the end of British occupation.
Do not respect authority I’m sorry to inflict this on you, and it’s OK if you decide not to torture your brain watching it. This is Kary Mullis, Nobel prize winner for the discovery of PCR, giving a talk. It’s long and rambling, and at various points he endorses global warming denialism and HIV denialism, but somehow thinks maybe there is something to astrology. It’s a terrible, awful, embarrassingly bad talk from a prestigious kook. Mullis has one point of pride with me: when anyone asks me to name a book by a legitimate, successful scientist that demonstrates that even smart people can be awesomely stupid, Mullis’s Dancing in the Mind Field beats out even Collins’ Language of God. There are funny moments in the video, but they’re mostly funny because they expose the inanity and hypocrisy of Mullis.
Over half the world now live in cities according to UN Report July 12, 2007 A United Nations report coinciding with World Population Day reveals that for the first time in history, more people now live in cities than rural areas. There are now 6.6 billion of us – a figure expected to surge dramatically by 37 percent to 9.076 billion by the year 2050 according to the UN report, with Asia and Africa leading the growth. World Population Day on July 11 is aimed at focusing on efforts to turn the challenges of population growth into opportunities. “What happens in the cities of Africa and Asia and other regions will shape our common future,” says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund.
What If the 21st Century Begins in 2014? As if you didn’t already have enough to be nervous about, here’s something creepy to ponder as the new year opens. This what-if isn’t technological, social, political or even science-fictional. Rather, it’s a bit of wholly unscientific, superstitious pattern-recognition. Watch 10 seconds of high-frequency stock trading in super slow motion Presumably, it will take them a bit of time to actually read out the resolution. How do you know there weren't computers executing the trade before the news reached Chicago? Maybe they were measuring the probability that the decision would be made. In addition, a spike in trading could be bets placed both ways. There could be short options bought or long.
The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo Replications and Extensions of the Stanford Prison Experiment efore we explore a range of examples of how far the SPE has traveled in the social science and general public realms, I need to present briefly a criticism of our study from one of my early idols, Erich Fromm. As a student, my thinking was influenced by his penetrating analysis in Escape From Freedom, showing how the rise of authoritarian dictators is possible when people surrender their freedom to seek the illusion of security. However, in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, Fromm challenges the assertion that our psychological tests enabled us to pre select student volunteers who were "normal" without any evidence of pathology. From his psychoanalytic perspective such objective assessments do not get at the deeper aspect of human nature. He believes that the guards must have had sadistic tendencies and the prisoners masochistic ones--to begin with, rather than situational forces creating such behaviors.
Human Intelligence: The Flynn Effect This page is now located at an updated address. Please update your bookmarks! The new address is posted below. You will be redirected to the new page in 15 seconds or you can click the link below. The Flynn Effect Originally prepared by: Charles Graham (fall 2001)Revised: Jonathan Plucker (fall 2002) Rare Iceland armed police operation leaves man dead 2 December 2013Last updated at 11:27 ET Apartments were evacuated as neighbours were considered to be in danger Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday. The Freight Train That Is Android March 24, 2011: March 24, 2011: [Follow Me on Twitter] “People get ready, there’s a train a comin’” - The Impressions From Zacks via Yahoo: Mark Vickery, On Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:58 pm EDT “BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NasdaqGS: RIMM – News) beat its fiscal 4Q EPS estimates by 2 cents per share, but missed slightly on quarterly revenues and offered guidance well below the current consensus. This has sent RIMM shares down nearly 10% in after-market trading…”