Atul Gawande and fellow contributors write about ten hospital systems in the US who consistently deliver better patient outcomes than their peers, and how their experience can help improve the delivery of health-care across the country.
It seems the Swiss decided to dump large quantities of ordinance into various alpine lakes after the end of World War II. The NY Times writes about how a fisherman will, every once in a while, snare a hand-grenade.
NY Times op-ed on the history of corporate funds influencing politics.
The NY Times reports on a letter sent by a large number of parliamentarians to Ahmadinejad asking that they be consulted on any cabinet appointments.
The Economist writes about the political drama unfolding in Iran and the longer term implications this has for Iranian society and the current regime.
The NY Times’ wine critic writes about the tough business environment winemakers and grape growers in California are facing.
The Journal’s coverage of the show-trial resorted to by the Iranian regime in an attempt to suppress and intimidate the opposition.
Paul Wilmott’s claim to fame is that numerous students have used his books to study derivatives and quantitative finance.
He’s written a thoughtful op-ed in the Times today about high-speed algorithmic trading; in it he critiques some of the cavalier supporting arguments its proponents have advanced.
An article in the NY Times focuses on the theft of identity and transcripts by unscrupulous local Chinese officials. Corrupt local officials have routinely seized land from farmers without compensation only to turn around and sell it to developers for favors or bribes. This is a new variation where a person’s identity and academic record is sold to someone else. For those still under the misconception that the average Chinese citizen lives in a functioning meritocracy with an equal application of justice, this article will be a rude awakening.
The NY Times has an article about a bear in the Adirondacks High Peaks region who has figured out a way to open a widely-used “bear-proof” canister. I’ve hiked in the area, and own the canister this article is about, so it felt very personal.