Researchers have discovered that DNA has a second encoding built into it -
Not just what proteins are expressed, but how and when. This is big news. The fact that we’ve been staring it in the face for 40 years without noticing is pretty amazing.
All told, 364,682 people in two months selected an insurer using the federal and state exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a government report today. An additional 803,077 were found eligible for state children’s health plans or Medicaid, the program for the poor being expanded in at least 26 states next year. —
Hey so finally numbers are looking decent for Obamacare enrollment. In particular, 800,000 people getting access to children’s plans and Medicaid is awesome news.
The private sector number is way behind where the government was hoping they’d be by this point (1.2 million buying insurance coverage from a private company, rather than 365,000). This is probably not great news in terms of avoiding the “death spiral” where only the people who need medical care in the immediate future sign up for coverage. Insofar as this system is set up to coddle private insurance companies and guarantee them steady profit, this is always going to be a risk with the private insurance mandate.
So why aren’t people signing up? Definitely there is a pool of people for whom health insurance is unambiguously too expensive at current prices. But that still leaves millions of people unaccounted for who would clearly benefit from insurance but haven’t signed up for it. What are they doing? Three possibilities:
Anyway yeah it looks like at least the system is avoiding the kind of total disaster where no one signs up at all. But enrollment is well below goals and it’s still not clear why. Hopefully next month’s numbers will give more context.
Millennial women (ages 25 to 34) now make nearly as much as their male counterparts -
Progress! Of course, they still make 7 cents less on the dollar for no reason, and it’s only true of younger women, so don’t pat yourselves on the back too quickly.
In a surprise ruling, India's supreme court has effectively re-criminalized homosexual sex -
This is a huge and embarrassing setback for India.
Reform Government Surveillance is a major effort by tech companies to lobby the US government for better privacy laws -
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo are all on board — quite the lineup.
Upworthy posts a somewhat defensive blog post about the quality of its content -
They are of course correct — linkbait headlines alone can’t make people share good content. However, they are disingenuous — the headlines *do* make people click on things once shared, so Upworthy shares convert much better than others. There’s a reason they spend so much time on their headlines.
Data suggests 5% of American men are gay, and that a great deal of them are married to women -
I was hoping for a longer list of his sources than what was given in this article, given how controversial this number remains.