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For elites, politics is driven by ideology. For voters, it’s not.
" Once you’re used to seeing politics through an ideological lens, it becomes easy to forget that others don’t. ... Trump was easy for political professionals to underestimate because they are ideologues who are surrounded by ideologues, and so they naturally came to see a coherent ideology as a prerequisite for a successful politician"
Income inequality and subjective well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis
"The association between income inequality and [subjective well-being] is weak, complex and moderated by the country economic development."
To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old
"there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that late blooming is no anomaly. A 2016 Information Technology and Innovation Foundation study found that inventors peak in their late 40s and tend to be highly productive in the last half of their careers. Similarly, professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Hitotsubashi University in Japan, who studied data about patent holders, found that, in the United States, the average inventor sends in his or her application to the patent office at age 47, and that the highest-value patents often come from the oldest inventors — those over the age of 55."

On banning words like "like", "love", and "hate"

Adam Grant On Interviewing to Hire Trailblazers, Nonconformists and Originals:

One of the first names noted when listing nonconformists is Nancy Lublin. ... she prompts her people to act originally by banning words such as like, love and hate, because, as a basic visceral response, they circumvent any critical thought. Saying why something is loved or hated inspires new, substantial ideas.

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Drug 'melts away' fat inside arteries
Quoting one of the researchers: "These have only been tested at pre-clinical level, in mice, so far but the results were quite impressive and showed that just a single dose of this drug seemed to completely reverse the effects of arthrosclerosis."
Woman Gets Pregnant While Already Pregnant: Rare 'Twin' Case Explained
"The 31-year-old woman, Jessica Allen, agreed to be a gestational surrogate ... Allen soon became pregnant with the other couple's baby, but at six weeks of pregnancy, she was told she was carrying twins. ... A month after she had given birth to the two babies, she learned that the "twins" were not identical. They looked different, and a DNA test confirmed that one baby was Allen's biological child and the other baby was the Chinese couple's child."
Chinese scientists may have just found a new way to feed 200 million people
"Scientists in China have developed several types of rice that can be grown in seawater ... There are one million square kilometres of land in China where crops do not grow because of high salinity. Scientists hope the development of the new rice will allow some of these areas to be used for agriculture."

Kazuo Ishiguro on "What’s the worst piece of writing advice you’ve received?"

From Kazuo Ishiguro Talks Zuckerberg, Game Of Thrones And His New Novel:

‘Write about what you know’ is the most stupid thing I’ve heard. It encourages people to write a dull autobiography. It’s the reverse of firing the imagination and potential of writers. But no one’s ever said that to me, oddly.

Generally speaking I tend to dislike the sort of authors who win prizes like the Nobel in Literature or the Man Booker but I actually rather enjoyed a few of Kazuo Ishiguro's books - particularly Never Let Me Go. My interests in the realm of fiction have tended to be fairly low-brow. Ishiguro winning the Nobel in Literature this year would probably have been enough for me to cross him off my to-read list so I suppose it's a good thing I read him before.

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