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Daily Digest 7/21 - Disappearing Packaging Will Blow Your Mind, Why Is The U.S. So Sick?

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 11:29 AM


Disappearing Product Packaging Will Blow Your Mind (Amanda)

Glad Bags’ packaging creates 49 grams of paper waste. That is 3,334 pounds of waste per truck!
Glad Bags' packaging creates 49 grams of paper waste. That is 3,334 pounds of waste per truck!

The solution: Get rid of the paper box. Roll up all the garbage bags, and print all product info on the roll itself.

Detroit bankruptcy: Is it a warning sign of things to come? (westcoastjan)

The whole house of cards teetered on a fiction that the city would return to its former prosperity. But somewhere between 1960, when Detroit had the highest income per person in the United States, and now, the city fell into a vicious circle of decline.

As good jobs left, so did educated people. Nearly half the population is now functionally illiterate. And while loans and liabilities were accumulated when the city had nearly 2 million people, now 700,000 bear all the responsibility for its debts.

Can You Spend A Week Without Cash? (westcoastjan)

In times of economic uncertainty, official currency loses its allure. “There have been occasions that the public fled national banks in favour of financial service providers,” says technology consultant Dave Birch, who runs the Tomorrow’s Transactions blog at Consult Hyperion. “Kenya has the most successful mobile payment system in the world, M-Pesa. In the unrest following the 2007 elections, many Kenyans took money out of banks and put it into the M-Pesa mobile [payment] system.” Birch explains that these people knew that M-Pesa’s parent company, Vodafone, is a multinational company, and therefore judged it a safer place to keep their savings than a Kenyan high-street bank.

A Shuffle of Aluminum, but to Banks, Pure Gold (Nervous Nelly)

This industrial dance has been choreographed by Goldman to exploit pricing regulations set up by an overseas commodities exchange, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The back-and-forth lengthens the storage time. And that adds many millions a year to the coffers of Goldman, which owns the warehouses and charges rent to store the metal. It also increases prices paid by manufacturers and consumers across the country.

'Intelligent knife' tells surgeon which tissue is cancerous (jdargis)

As well as potentially improving cancer survival, the device could save thousands of pounds per patient by cutting the cost of lab tests and follow-up operations.

The device is a hi-tech form of "electric scalpel", a tool routinely used by surgeons that uses electricity to sear through membranes and internal organs.

Why Is The United States So Sick? (jdargis)

The poorer outcomes in the United States are reflected in measures as varied as infant mortality, the rate of teen pregnancy, traffic fatalities, and heart disease. Even those with health insurance, high incomes, college educations, and healthy lifestyles appear to be sicker than their counterparts in other wealthy countries. The U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank, described the report as "a catalog of horrors."

Pesticide Found in Meals That Killed India Children, Official Says (jdargis)

The police said Friday that they suspected the cooking oil used in the meal had been kept in a container previously used to store the pesticide. They are still looking for the headmistress of the school, who fled after the deaths.

The World Health Organization describes monocrotophos as highly hazardous and says that the handling and application of it should be entrusted only to competently supervised and well-trained applicators.

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