Political Cartoons – Wall Street is not healthy | Washington Times


Illustration by Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee

Source: Political Cartoons – Campaigns and Elections – Wall Street is not healthy – Washington Times

Hundreds of Galaxies Were Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Way | Smithsonian


“It was not really not that surprising, because the stars and dust in our own Milky Way block a not insignificant part of the sky from our view, in optical light that is,” Renée C. Kraan-Korteweg says.

“So yes, we did expect that many galaxies would be lying behind the plane of the Milky Way, or the so-called Zone of Avoidance. However, we did not know anything about their distribution in space.”

Source: Hundreds of Galaxies Were Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Way | Science | Smithsonian

Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds | The Guardian


The new research also reveals that 500m people live in places where water consumption is double the amount replenished by rain for the entire year, leaving them extremely vulnerable as underground aquifers run down.

Many of those living with fragile water resources are in India and China, but other regions highlighted are the central and western US, Australia and even the city of London.

Source: Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds | Environment | The Guardian

Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender | The Guardian


.. the authors differentiated between women whose profiles made it clear that they were female, and women developers whose profiles were gender neutral.

It was here that they made the disturbing discovery: women’s work was more likely to be accepted than men’s, unless “their gender is identifiable,” in which case the acceptance rate was worse than men’s.

Source: Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender | Technology | The Guardian

Pope Francis gives tough love to Mexico’s political, church elite | Washington Times


“Experience teaches us that each time we seek the path of privileges or benefits for a few to the detriment of the good of all, sooner or later the life of society becomes a fertile soil for corruption, drug trade, exclusion of different cultures, violence and also human trafficking, kidnapping and death, bringing suffering and slowing down development,” he told government authorities at the presidential palace.

In a subsequent hard-hitting speech to his own bishops, Francis challenged church leaders known for their deference to Mexico’s wealthy and powerful to courageously denounce the “insidious threat” posed by the drug trade and not hide behind their own privilege and careers.

Source: Pope Francis gives tough love to Mexico’s political, church elite – Washington Times

Mind (and Body) Bending Photos Pay Homage to Yoga’s Classical Lineage | Smithsonian


.. Neurologists told him the next day that he’d never again be able to use his right arm—a limb that had helped earn him a 35-year career photographing presidents, celebrities and wildlife.

To cope with the shock, he began meditating, and practiced yoga and hydrotherapy to strengthen and heal his body. Within a year, he’d regained movement in his arm.

Source: Mind (and Body) Bending Photos Pay Homage to Yoga’s Classical Lineage | Travel | Smithsonian

Check Out These Vintage Computer Viruses at the Malware Museum | Smithsonian


“Most of the malware we analyze today is coming from organized criminal groups…and intelligence agencies,” Mikk Hyppönen tells Zoe Kleinman.

“Old school happy hackers who used to write viruses for fun are nowhere to be seen.”

Source: Check Out These Vintage Computer Viruses at the Malware Museum | Smart News | Smithsonian

The Plot to Steal the Color White From DuPont


The basics are public knowledge.

First, the ore is fed into a large ceramic-lined vessel—the chlorinator. There it’s mixed with coke (pure carbon) and chlorine and heated to at least 1,800F.

“The material inside here resembles lava. This is like running a big volcano,” Daniel Dayton, a former top executive at DuPont, told jurors about the chlorinator in 2014.

Hot gas in the chlorinator gets piped out and condensed into a new compound called titanium tetrachloride, or “tickle,” as engineers call it.

The tickle is heated again, subjected to various purifying chemical reactions, and cooled. Now a yellowish liquid, the tickle is inserted into a second vessel, called the oxidizer.

It’s again heated to very high temperatures and mixed with oxygen; the reaction knocks the chlorine molecule off the titanium, and two oxygen molecules attach to the titanium in its place. The resulting particles are so fine that the white stuff has the consistency of talcum powder.

Source: The Plot to Steal the Color White From DuPont

A Hierarchy of Advisor Value | Above the Market


Proper advisor priorities begin with a recognition of what is important and what is achievable.

That’s why I have created this hierarchy of advisor value, which was developed for a presentation I have been giving to groups of advisors.

Source: A Hierarchy of Advisor Value | Above the Market

How Sturdy Is the M&A Market? | Bloomberg Gadfly


Last year, there was a record $3.8 trillion of M&A globally.

Pharma and biotech accounted for almost 12 percent of the volume. Excluding all those big drug transactions from the tally would paint a very different picture.

It wouldn’t have been a record,  for one. And in a potentially ominous sign, 2015’s biggest LBO — Carlyle Group’s purchase of Symantec’s data-storage business — was reworked, in part because of strains in the debt market.

Source: How Sturdy Is the M&A Market? – Bloomberg Gadfly