There are two interesting aspects of the newly proposed blood test for Alzheimer’s. First, it completely trumps the prediction from APO allele e4, meaning that it likely is looking at more distal factors, meaning that it may give clues for potential treatment. Second, it detects onset years before symptoms.
At least, when it comes to being an asshole. And a new study proves it. No surprise there.
Texas politicians long have had a cozy relationship with oil companies. Of course, many wells have only cattle near them, and the rancher was more than eager to take that revenue interest off the top. Where communities are, the general attitude has been that the boom is worth the smell and pollution, whether individuals think so or not. Bloomberg has an article on how this is playing out in the Eagle Ford shale.
That article is right to point out that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is pretty much a joke. Corpus Christi is fortunate that the federal EPA regulates refinery emissions. Neighboring Port Aransas recently voted to ban refineries. Nick Jiminez points out the political twist in that.
It may but shouldn’t surprise Americans that this January was the fourth hottest on record. “May,” because this has been a cold winter for much of the populous US. “Shouldn’t,” because Americans should realize the US isn’t the whole of the world, and isn’t the bellweather of geography or climate just because it is where we live.
Two cheers for Tim Cook, who blasted representatives from a conservative “think” tank, pushing back against Apple’s conservation efforts at a shareholder meeting. Apple’s stock isn’t languishing because of its conservation efforts, but because investors want Tim Cook to show as much cojones in its technical agenda. But what is a conservative to do? Sell Apple and buy Google?
A pair of economists compared religiosity with its productive entrepreneurship, and found the expected correlation. (Cite.) And though expected, I’m not much impressed with the data. States are a result of a messy history, and all sorts of stories can be read from such correlations. California, Massachusetts, and Washington have lots of atheists and entrepreneurial activity. The paper’s authors work at Mississippi State and West Virginia University. Those two states sit on the other end of the scale. But what if this study had been done in 1850? Then, it might have found that being religious was correlated with entrepreneurial activity, in precisely the southern states where there is so little of it now! Two cheers, then, for religion?
I think it’s quite a plausible thesis that being a successful entrepreneur in the modern, high-tech world requires a flexibility of mind that is inimical to religious belief. State correlations just seem a poor way to investigate such issues. Texas is a very religious state, but has a lot of entrepreneurial activity. In cities like Austin and Houston, which have a high proportion of disbelief. And even in those cities, the high-tech community concentrates that further. Which doesn’t prove the thesis, since there are so many confounding factors. But does point to the bluntness of analysis at the state level. (Drawing shows Stephen Girard, early American atheist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.)