Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Creating a society based on competitive markets and democracy

By Natalie Jaresko, Aivaras Abromavicius, Oleksiy Pavlenko, Andriy Pyvovarsky, Dmytro Shymkiv and Andriy Kobolyev – Our goal is to dismantle the broken structures of cronyism and instead, create an open society based on the rule of law, economic freedom, competitive markets and democracy.

Our first priority is to put an end to the endemic corruption that has stifled productive commercial activity and hindered our economic development since independence.

To achieve prosperity and put Ukraine on the path of sustainable economic growth, we need to free our economy and mobilize the skills and talents of the Ukrainian people as a whole. So we are removing obstacles that have prevented the creation of new businesses in the past, cutting back unnecessary business regulation, creating a simplified tax structure, and reducing the size of the state bureaucracy. more> http://tinyurl.com/qd7c6q7

The Problem With Google’s Perceived Omniscience

By Rick Paulas – “There’s this crazy idea that all the billions of webpages have been thoroughly vetted and reviewed, and this omniscient source found the best,” says Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist from Harvard and former editor of Psychology Today who studies how search engines affect behavior.

“That whoever or whatever is doing the searching for us is infallible and omniscient.

“Google isn’t necessarily giving you the best information,” Epstein says, “but what it thinks you want.” more> http://tinyurl.com/phbxdzd


Researchers reveal elusive molecule

By Daniel Stolte – According to Andrei Sanov, one of the motivations for pursuing ethylenedione is the elegant fundamental puzzle that the molecule presents: Most students with elementary chemistry education can draw the straightforward structure, O=C=C=O.

Over the years, the anticipated existence of OCCO also has been backed by predictions of sophisticated theory. However, all past studies failed to provide conclusive experimental evidence that ethylenedione exists—and therein lay the puzzle.

Forgoing the past synthetic strategies that relied on the manipulation of neutral species, two students in Sanov’s laboratory created OCCO from its negatively charged ion and used a highly advanced technique called photoelectron imaging spectroscopy to analyze the product.

This technique uses laser pulses to eject electrons from molecules, effectively yielding “a portrait of the molecule viewed from within,” as Sanov put it. more> http://tinyurl.com/qcnwge6

An Empire Strikes Back

By George Friedman – What a nation wants to do and what it will do are two different things.

What Germany wanted was Greek submission to greater austerity in return for support for its banking system. It was not the government’s position that troubled Germany the most, but the Greek referendum.

The situation in Greece is desperate because of the condition of the banking system. It was the pressure point that the Germans used to force Greek capitulation.

But Greece is now facing not only austerity, but also foreign governance.

The Germans’ position is they do not trust the Greeks. They do not mean the government now, but the Greek electorate. Therefore, they want monitoring and controls.

This is reasonable from the German point of view, but it will be explosive to the Greeks. more> http://tinyurl.com/q9zegrj