Monday, June 4, 2012

Behind the scenes: Injection molding

Military industrial complex: "This is the state of our military-industrial-scientific complex in miniature: The military has so much money that it has two extra telescopes better than anything civilians have; meanwhile, NASA will need eight years to find enough change in the couches at Cape Canaveral to turn these gifts into something they can use."

"There is no credit for originality in investing; only in being right by having the best judgment."

"[W]hen the Equity Q ratio is high, large losses are 'no longer a tail event, but become an expected event.'"

"C4 plants have a competitive advantage over plants possessing the more common C3 carbon fixation pathway under conditions of drought, high temperatures, and nitrogen or CO2 limitation. C4 carbon fixation has evolved on up to 40 independent occasions in different families of plants, making it a prime example of convergent evolution. C4 metabolism originated when grasses migrated from the shady forest undercanopy to more open environments, where the high sunlight gave it an advantage over the C3 pathway. Today, C4 plants represent about 5% of Earth's plant biomass and 3% of its known plant species. Despite this scarcity, they account for about 30% of terrestrial carbon fixation."

"Carnivorous plants are widespread but rather rare. They are almost entirely restricted to habitats such as bogs, where soil nutrients are extremely limiting, but where sunlight and water are readily available. Only under such extreme conditions is carnivory favoured to an extent that makes the adaptations obvious. Carnivorous plants exist between these two extremes: the less limiting light and water are, and the more limiting soil nutrients are, the higher the optimum investment in carnivory, and hence the more obvious the adaptations will be to the casual observer. In general, carnivorous plants are poor competitors, because they invest too heavily in structures that have no selective advantage in nutrient-rich habitats. They succeed only where other plants fail. Carnivores are to nutrients what cacti are to water."

"Emerging technologies are ushering in more fuel-efficient, comfortable and exotic aircraft."

"Chronic training for, and competing in, extreme endurance exercise such as marathons, iron man distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races may cause structural changes to the heart and large arteries, leading to myocardial injury."

Coal industry primer

life insurance primer

Another horrible Forbes article on CHK. This guy is single handedly hurting the Forbes brand with bad writing and analysis.

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