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The algorithmic arms race Reuters

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Business

From www.reuters.com

As algorithmic hedge funds have become better known and sucked in investors′ money, returns have started to falter. Managed futures funds on average have lost money in two of the past three years, gaining just 4 percent in aggregate while the S&P 500 rose 49 percent.

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A Life Worth Ending

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Medicine

From nymag.com

This is not just a drawn-out, stoic, and heroic long good-bye. This is human carnage. Seventy percent of those older than 80 have a chronic disability, according to one study; 53 percent in this group have at least one severe disability; and 36 percent have moderate to severe cognitive impairments; you definitely don’t want to know what’s considered to be a moderate impairment.

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Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality - Jim Tankersley - NationalJournal.com

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Society

From nationaljournal.com

There’s one idea that TED’s organizers recently decided was too controversial to spread: the notion that widening income inequality is a bad thing for America, and that as a result, the rich should pay more in taxes.

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Is the Purpose of Sleep to Let Our Brains “Defragment,” Like a Hard Drive? The Crux Discover Magazine

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Medicine

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

We spend a third of our lives doing so, and all known animals with a nervous system either sleep, or show some kind of related behaviour. But scientists still don’t know what the point of it is.

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The Smartphone Psychology Manifesto (PDF)

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.unm.edu

Although smartphones were not designed for psychological research, they can collect vast amounts of ecologically valid data, easily and quickly, from large global samples.

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n+1: Fresno

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: America

From nplusonemag.com

My parents moved us into an apartment complex in northwest Fresno called Cobblestone Village. This was the scaffolded edge of the city, only half a mile from where the suburbs disintegrated at the sandy banks of the San Joaquin.

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Research - Fredrik M Sjoberg′s Personal Website

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Politics

From sites.google.com

Why would an autocrat want to reduce election fraud? In recent years, non-democratic rulers have surprisingly begun to embrace fraud-reducing technologies, like web cameras or transparent ballot boxes.

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The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Bloomberg

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.bloomberg.com

For our grandparents’ generation, marriage was about separate roles, separate spheres and specialization. Gary Becker, an economist at the University of Chicago, won the Nobel Prize partly for describing the family as an economic institution -- a bit like a small firm that employs people with different skills to produce both income and a well-run household.

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A Town Without Poverty?: Canada′s only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning The Dominion

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.dominionpaper.ca

For a four-year period in the ′70s, the poorest families in Dauphin, Manitoba, were granted a guaranteed minimum income by the federal and provincial governments. Thirty-five years later all that remains of the experiment are 2,000 boxes of documents that have gathered dust in the Canadian archives building in Winnipeg.

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