Putin Loses His Grip on Central Asia as China Moves In | Businessweek


Beijing has plenty of reasons to spend big in Central Asia.

Improved infrastructure would help link China to European markets and give China increased access to the region’s rich natural resources. Kazakhstan is a major oil producer, while neighboring Kyrgyzstan has large mineral deposits and Turkmenistan produces natural gas.

via Putin Loses His Grip on Central Asia as China Moves In – Businessweek.

The origins of multicellular life


Beginning with single cells, the researchers show how simple cooperating groups of bacteria can reproduce via a life cycle that incorporates ‘cheating’ cells as a primitive germ line.

Cheats are cells that do not contribute to the integrity of the group, but still take advantage of the benefits of being part of a collective. An over abundance of cheating cells can cause the group to collapse.

via The origins of multicellular life.

The Democrats’ lost generation | POLITICO


.. party leaders are confronting a challenge perhaps even more daunting than their defeats in the House and Senate: the virtual wipeout of the Democratic talent pool across the country.

via The Democrats’ lost generation – Alexander Burns – POLITICO.

Law Schools and the Legal One Per Cent | The New Yorker


“­More than 180 of the 200 US law schools are unable to find jobs for more than 80% of their graduates.”

Median starting salaries for those who do find work are down by seventeen per cent, and more than a third of graduates cannot find full-time employment.

via Law Schools and the Legal One Per Cent – The New Yorker.