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There is much talk about #evolution   but I agree with scientists like +Frans de Waal that most of us overlook many of the implications of evolution for human nature and the origins of our social behavior and #morality  .  Science is showing that what we commonly refer to as moral decision-making is more deeply-rooted in the brain than traditional philosophers and social activists would prefer. 
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A lesson in (not) listening by way of some Java  #geekhumor  
#geekhumour  
 
Programmers' wife :D 
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An interesting map of the United States shared by +Olga Khazan   at  +The Atlantic compares per-state #lifeexpectancy with that of other countries around the world. An encouraging sign of how advances in health care and policy are benefiting many around the world as well as a reality check on any supposed superiority of the US health care system and lifestyle choices.
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A link to the orignal article on #stress levels by #generation from the +American Psychological Association . It is not too surpirsing that  work, money and #jobsecurity are the biggest concerns of the younger generations, all of which are more immediate and urgent than the other issues on the horizon. Will these same stressors continue to spread into the older generations?
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A post by +Morgan Housel at the +Motley Fool mourns the demise of long-term thinking in business and finance. Some recent reading I have done on #economicdevelopment and economic history make me think this is a symptom of an evolving social dynamic that will only become apparent in retrospection some time in the future.
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Wishing this were an #aprilfools joke. Is #incomeinequality or #instantgratification the problem?
+Business Insider #retirementcrisis  
April is Financial Literacy Month (and dreaded...
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Many of the Seniors who live on s.s are having a rough time living on their 1check. Many worked for years with out 401's .
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Another article on the impending #retirementcrisis in the USA. You don't need to read too deeply to note the undercurrent of #incomeinequality .
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So much in this article by +Edwin Lyngar posted over at +Salon characterizes what has happened to my father as well: the transformation from thoughtful conservative to hysterical reactionary.
#teaparty   #foxnews   
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Insights into the #onepercent shared by an anonymous wealth management advisor in 2011, re-shared by Gus Lubin at +Business Insider bares the truth about making it in America. It is a lengthy read but worth it. One notable quote:

"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping for better and prevents social and political instability. The odds of getting into that top 0.5% are very slim and the door is kept firmly shut by those within it."

#incomeinequality
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An interesting development shaping up in #china where they expect to raise the #retirement age for the first time since the 1950s. On the surface it is supposed to address a projected worker shortage but I suspect there are other motives. Could not China eventually #outsource to other countries in order to address labor issues just as most of the West has done?
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Get the latest U.S. business and financial news and share your opinions on corporate America, finance, housing, unemployment and other money

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The 10 Best TED Talks of 2011
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Olympic Physics: How Pole Vaulters Go Over the Top | Playbook | Wired.com
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Our resident physicist breaks down the work-energy principle of the pole vault.

Arctic sea ice likely to hit record low next week
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is likely to shrink to a record small size sometime next week, and then keep on melting,

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Predatory Pythons Shift Everglades Ecology - Science News
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As invasive snakes expand territory, some mammal populations drop by more than 90 percent

At the gym: who is looking at whom - The Oatmeal
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A comic about people who stare at the gym. Comics: Random Most Popular All Cats Grammar Food Animals Tech. At the gym: who is looking at who

Scrap 'unwinnable' drugs war and divert funds into curbing global antibi...
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Governments around the world should stop squandering resources fighting an "unwinnable war" against illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroi

Pessimism about the future may lead to longer, healthier life
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Older people who have low expectations for a satisfying future may be more likely to live longer, healthier lives than those who see brighte

Global tipping point not backed by science, experts argue
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A group of international ecological scientists have rejected a doomsday-like scenario of sudden, irreversible change to the Earth's ecology.

Short Sharp Science: Fire destroys the City of Science in Naples, Italy
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Laura Margottini, contributor. 42-44100134.jpg. (Image: Ciro Fusco/EPA/Corbis). Where there was once a 12000-square-metre festival of scienc

Top 10 Consumer Cloud Applications of 2011
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For the last few years, many everyday folks who've been asked in surveys, "What is a cloud application?" have either guessed wrong or said t

GEN | Analysis & Insight: Genomic Studies Are Adding to Evidence of ...
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As research unravels more genetic clues, it also reveals how tough drug R&D is going to be.