Peter Thiel on what the decline of hedge funds means for Main Street

Peter Thiel: Actually, I think the role’s been somewhat less than people have said. It’s, people have been focused and obsessed with the hedge fund industry for a number of years and the reality is that the problem turned out to be the investment banks, which were hedge funds in disguise. It turned out to be the retail banks, the subprime lenders, maybe even the insurance companies.  The AIG blowup was something that came very much out of left field, and more generally it turned out to be extremely excessive leverage which most hedge funds actually were not excessively leveraged.

Recorded: October 23, 2008

Peter Thiel on what the decline of hedge funds means for Main Street.

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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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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Cornell scientists engineer artificial material that has three key traits of life

An innovation may lead to lifelike self-reproducing and 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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