U.S. Health Care Spending Highest Among Developed Countries | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the chief reason is not greater health care utilization, but higher prices, according to a study from a team led by a JHSPH researcher.
— Read on publichealth.jhu.edu/2019/us-health-care-spending-highest-among-developed-countries

Hiltzik: The downside of copyrights – Los Angeles Times

‘Winnie-the-Pooh,’ ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and many other works entered the public domain on Saturday. They show what’s wrong with the system.
— Read on www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-01-03/winnie-the-pooh-public-domain

Learning in double time: The effect of lecture video speed on immediate and delayed comprehension – Murphy – – Applied Cognitive Psychology – Wiley Online Library

We presented participants with lecture videos at different speeds and tested immediate and delayed (1 week) comprehension. Results revealed minimal costs incurred by increasing video speed from 1x to 1.5x, or 2x speed, but performance declined beyond 2x speed. We also compared learning outcomes after watching videos once at 1x or twice at 2x speed. There was not an advantage to watching twice at 2x speed but if participants watched the video again at 2x speed immediately before the test, compared with watching once at 1x a week before the test, comprehension improved. Thus, increasing the speed of videos (up to 2x) may be an efficient strategy, especially if students use the time saved for additional studying or rewatching the videos, but learners should do this additional studying shortly before an exam. However, these trends may differ for videos with different speech rates, complexity or difficulty, and audiovisual overlap.
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acp.3899

Top 7 Discoveries in Human Evolution, 2021 Edition – PLOS SciComm

Top 7 Discoveries in Human Evolution, 2021 Edition – PLOS SciComm
— Read on scicomm.plos.org/2021/12/17/top-7-discoveries-in-human-evolution-2021-edition/

World’s first ‘true’ millipede with over 1,000 legs discovered deep below Earth’s surface

Emerging from a drill hole in Western Australia, a new record holder for leggiest animal on the planet.
— Read on www.cnet.com/news/worlds-first-true-millipede-with-over-1000-legs-discovered-deep-below-earths-surface/

How Donald Trump Could Subvert the 2024 Election – The Atlantic

January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/january-6-insurrection-trump-coup-2024-election/620843/

The Possible End Of American Democracy As We Know It : Fresh Air : NPR

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman says the Republican party is increasingly unwilling to accept defeat and, in fact, is “prepared to win by sacrificing the essential elements of democracy.” His new Atlantic article is ‘Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun.’
— Read on www.npr.org/2021/12/09/1062742421/the-possible-end-of-american-democracy-as-we-know-it

The ingenious living bridges of India – BBC Future

For centuries, indigenous groups in north-east India have crafted intricate bridges from living fig trees. Now this ancient skill is making its way to European cities.
— Read on www.bbc.com/future/article/20211117-how-indias-living-bridges-could-transform-architecture

NFTs, Explained | a16z Podcast

with @jessewldn @ljxie @smc90

Everything you need or want to know about NFTs (or to help others understand NFTs.) Cuts through the noise to share the signal:
covering what NFTs are, the underlying crypto big picture, and then specifically what forms they take; addressing common myths and misconceptions from “just a JPG” to the question of energy use; sharing briefly how NFTs work; providing a quick overview of the players/ ecosystem; and throughout, discussing various applications too.

This episode was originally released in March 2021.
— Read on a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/nfts-explained-CesNt_e1

Plant-based ice cream 2.0? Eclipse Foods buoyed by ‘incredible’ early data from Whole Foods

Eclipse Foods – a plant-based brand on a mission to replicate the taste and functionality of conventional dairy rather than building a brand around ‘hero’ ingredients such as oat, almond or coconut – says early data from Whole Foods suggests its strategy is paying off.
— Read on www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2021/11/28/Plant-based-ice-cream-2.0-Eclipse-Foods-buoyed-by-incredible-early-data-from-Whole-Foods