Pseudo Random News and Comment

Ranbaxy recalls generic Lipitor doses How hard was this to see coming? I linked to a Ranbaxy story in one of the first posts I ever did (here). Once approved by the FDA many insurers will only cover the generic version and manufacturers are routinely switched by pharmacies to improve margins (and shoddy manufacturing is generally cheaper), so you can wind up with something from Ranbaxy without realizing it – as I just noticed I have. #$@^%!!!

University disciplines researchers who study toxins used in GMO crops; at least seven corrections to follow Research was related to the mechanism of action of BT bacteria so it’s nothing that should give GMO opponents any fodder, but ethicists should have a field day.

Two Chinese officials hit by sex scandals I’d be very interested to see the P&L of the blackmailers. The strategy, especially with such poor execution, only makes sense under certain conditions.

Vitamin D slows the progression of cells from premalignant to malignant states, keeping their proliferation in check  Obviously doesn’t work too well on skin cancers.

In His Own Words: Bill Gates Dishes on Computers, Religion and Being Smart [Excerpt] “Smartness is an ability to absorb new facts. To walk into a situation, have something explained to you, and immediately say, “Well, what about this?” To ask an insightful question. To absorb it in real time. A capacity to remember. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first.”

Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control I thought this stuff was only supposed to be happening in China, because the US supports internet freedom. I know because they said so.

Neurons can silence each other without any direct connections Again proving the brain is more complex than thought.

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