29 Apr 2013 Did life arrive on earth as microbes?
Leave the last word to the Monty Python "Galaxy Song": "And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space 'Cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth."
23 Apr 2013 The key to growth? Race with the machines
As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates.
18 Apr 2013 Newton's Apple
If operating margins go to 10%, which would be respectable for a manufacturing company and happens to be the long term average for Apple since 1992, let's see what Apple looks like...
15 Apr 2013 Gold hit by sharpest tumble in 30 years
Bill Gross of Pimco, the world’s largest bond fund manager, in February described gold as a “decent hedge” “OK, so I made a bad call,” he admitted in a tweet on Monday, but added that he “would still buy gold here”.
Some "safe haven"!
It's doubtful Bill Gross has any clue what gold is really worth, or Mike "Mish" Sherlock
for that matter. Mish, a gold bull, now suggests "everyone must do their own due diligence and assess market conditions before making investment decisions"! Exactly how do you do "due diligence" on gold or "assess market conditions"?
In reality gold is only worth what people say it is. It has no earnings and no intrinsic value. It's a useless metal. It's a greater fool investment.
12 Apr 2013 The Philosophical Breakfast Club
In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves “natural philosophers” until they later coined “scientist” -- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.
11 Apr 2013 Consumer microbiomics
...there is growing speculation that an obsession with cleanliness is leading to a steep rise in allergies, asthma and other inflammatory and autoimmune disease.
11 Apr 2013 PC Shipments Post the Steepest Decline Ever in a Single Quarter
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.