News from around the web: 2009-09-23

  • Boy dies of swine flu infection | The Japan Times Online

    The boy became the youngest, and 18th, fatal victim of the epidemic in Japan

  • Robert Reich’s Blog: Why the Dow is Hitting 10,000 Even When Consumers Can’t Buy And Business Cries "Socialism"

    This says Obama created a sop for business at the expense of the middle class.

  • Rolfe Winkler » Banks should pay for FDIC fund

    A provocative ‘shrink the financial sector’ take on the FDIC’s dilemma.

  • Google enables Push Gmail for iPhone & Windows Mobile

    "Unfortunately the system is Microsoft Exchange-based, and iPhone OS devices can only support on Exchange configuration, so if you’re already hooked up to an Exchange server at work you won’t be able to use Google Sync’s push services for a personal Google account."

  • Bullish Today, Marc Faber Is "Highly Confident" the Future Will Be Very Bleak

    He’s talking wars, government bankruptcy, poverty

  • Henin to return to competitive tennis – Tennis – Yahoo! Sports

    She sees the star treatment Clijsters is getting and says I want a piece of that.

  • Hit by Job Slump, Ireland Sees Migration Tide Turn – Real Time Economics – WSJ

    "The Irish government said net out-migration returned for the first time since 1995, as the recession deepened and work opportunities dried up."

  • Pound slides again as markets enter Bank of England-fuelled ‘bubble’ stage – Telegraph

    "The pound slid closer to parity with the euro on Monday, as one of London’s leading hedge fund managers warned stock markets are in a Government-fuelled bubble."

  • McChrystal: More Forces or ‘Mission Failure’ –

    "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

  • Mathematicians Solve ‘Trillion Triangle’ Problem

    This right triangle thing is what really turned me on to math in middle school.

  • Why Are We Annoyed by the Sound of Nails on a Chalkboard?: Scientific American

    More on how humans are hard-wired to perceive noises and react viscerally

  • Scary Music Scarier with Eyes Shut: Scientific American Podcast

    Here’s an interesting post on the psychology of music and how it elicits an emotional response.

  • Race Has Little Effect On People’s Ability To Spot Family Resemblances

    "Scientists have ample evidence that individuals use a variety of cues to identify their own kin. People can also detect resemblances in families other than their own. A new study shows that their success in doing so is the same, whether or not those families are the same race as themselves."

  • Late Show Video – President Obama Top Ten List –

    "Watch the "Top Ten Reasons President Obama Agreed To Appear On The Late Show," edited from the September 21, 2009 broadcast."

  • How Scientists Think: Fostering Creativity In Problem Solving

    "Profound discoveries and insights on the frontiers of science do not burst out of thin air but often arise from incremental processes of weaving together analogies, images, and simulations in a constrained fashion."

  • Ozone Layer Depletion Leveling Off, Satellite Data Show

    "By merging more than a decade of atmospheric data from European satellites, scientists have compiled a homogeneous long-term ozone record that allows them to monitor total ozone trends on a global scale – and the findings look promising."

    Distraction of the Day: Wii is addictive, even when making a drug raid

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