Innovation, from an evolutionary perspective
A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. This was the cover of the February 17 issue of The Economist: "The end of the cash era." With electronic payments and various forms of digital money on the rise, the era of coins and bills could be nearing an end: "Cash, after millennia as one of mankind's most versatile and enduring technologies, looks set over the next 15 years or so finally to melt away into an electronic stream of ones and zeros..."
What better way to approach this topic than from an evolutionary perspective? In this image, dinosaurs comprised of coins and pterodactyls comprised of dollar bill fragments are being showered by cosmic meteorites in the ultimate dinosaur doomsday scenario. In the background, the U.S. $20 bill stands lonely vigil over a decimated economic landscape.
[image: The Economist]
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Be glad your name isn't attached to any of these bad ideas.
- Some inventions can be celebrated during their time, but are proven to be devastating in the long run.
- The inventions doesn't have to be physical. Complex mathematical creations that create money for Wall Street can do as much damage, in theory, as a gas that destroys the ozone layer.
- Inventors can even see their creations be used for purposes far different than they had intended.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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