Has the World Economy Recovered?
As American firms hire more people and Europe avoids a Greek catastrophe, there are signs that the global economic is recovering. Countries need to take cautiously optimistic action.
What's the Latest Development?
As the world economy shows signs of resiliency, perhaps the best news is coming out of the US. The good news may be both cyclical, as unemployment and underemployment are falling and consumers are spending more, and cyclical, as the economic drag from the housing bubble begins to wane. "More jobs have been created in the three months since November than in any three-month period since 2006." The nation's economic growth is forecast at 2.5 percent this year, which is not a boom, but understandable given debt-laden governments and households.
What's the Big Idea?
In the short term, there remain threats to a global recovery, such as an oil supply crisis instigated by Iran. Over the long term, governments should focus more on creating economic growth than on cutting budgets, since growth is the best way to generate the revenue needed to pay down government debt. China's economy, which has helped sustained world markets while the West imploded, must be reoriented toward creating more domestic consumption. To do that, pensions and health spending should receive more funding than infrastructure.
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Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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