The Return of Hans Rosling
Statistician extraordinaire Hans Rosling is back on the presentation circuit with data that suggests reorienting the debate over the success of AIDS prevention could be a wise next move.
Unveiling data at a recent TED conference, Rosling, Director of the Gapminder Institute, shows that prevention efforts in AIDS-afflicted countries can be skewed if experts only focused on death rates from the virus.
In middle-income Bostwana, for example, AIDS still looms as a major health threat despite success in increasing life expectancy for carriers through drug treatments.
Rosling goes on to describe how Sweden's tradition of "serial monogamy" has produced a burly chlamydia epidemic.
For a Big Think primer on Rosling's approach to interactive statistics, have a look at Rosling's presentation on the surprising relationship between GDP per capita and infant mortality.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.
- Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
- Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
- Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
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