Jon Corzine on America’s Next High-Growth Industries

Corzine: I think I would be looking for a diversified portfolio that looked at real estate, energy, particularly alternative energy, energy efficiency related companies. [IB] it’s not private but although Warren Buffet made it almost private by taking a stake in a company like General Electric, which is involved in the infrastructure and particularly in the energy related areas that has good cash position, long-term good position in society. I would look at biotech companies on ones that are working on the applications of stem cells, in advancing how we would deal with multiplicity of diseases that just have not yet come up with the kind of treatments that, I think, there’s a huge market for. Think about MS. Think about diabetes. Think about things that have huge markets, companies that are working on that, that have the ability, investing in those companies that have good starter sets of research in those areas, I think, will lead to great success over a longer period of time.

Gov. Jon Corzine has a list of the next big economic opportunities.

Meet the Bajau sea nomads — they can reportedly hold their breath for 13 minutes

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.

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Culture & Religion
  • 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.
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After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists

Some evidence attributes a certain neurological phenomenon to a near death experience.

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Surprising Science

Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As a result, the heart locks up. The moment the heart stops is considered time of death. But does death overtake our mind immediately afterward or does it slowly creep in?

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Scientists create a "lifelike" material that has metabolism and can self-reproduce

An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.

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  • 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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