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Do most leaders lack business acumen?


Uh oh, GE just warned of another year of falling profits . It recently sold off its BioPharma unit making investors feel a bit better, until they realized things were still getting worse. GE needed to do something after cutting its dividend and reporting a huge loss . Jack Welch would be turning in his grave except for the fact that he’s alive. Do ...
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Is AI too left-brained to ensure global survival?


I’m thinking that you think you have a brain. Nope. Actually, you have two. We all have two brains . As in two hemispheres, the left and the right. They both do very different things, although there is some overlap. The left hemisphere does logic, process, rules and analysis. The right does envisioning, emotion, empathy and social stuff. So what? I...
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Employers need to get serious about helping employees to exercise!


You can’t read anything these days without finding articles on how you gotta exercise. And it’s true. Exercise has enormous benefits, physical, mental, cognitive and so on. If you exercise you get all these massive benefits for free. So what’s not to like? Well clearly many people no like. The CDC estimates that only 20% of the population meet its ...
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Could hackers launch a global nuclear war?


I guess you are all aware of the US decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty (INF)? In defense of the decision its clear that the Russians have flouted it for many years. So, does this make nuclear war more likely, or less? Well, Putin just threatened the US with its new hypersonic weapons if the US puts more weapons ...
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Smoking 2.0: Will second-hand vaping lead to mass nicotine addiction?


Just saw an article that claims that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking . They were, it was reported, twice as effective as gum or patches. Beautiful right? But what about the fact that these people didn’t quit imbibing nicotine? They just switched to another method which is less likely to give them lung cancer. This study by the way was publish...
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Do black holes affect personality?


Do black holes affect personality? I guess black holes are cool and fashionable right now, at least to judge by the volume of black holes news being fed to me online these days. So, I feel the need to write about black holes, not that I know the slightest thing about them. But who cares, I say. And the news, such as it might go by that name, is get...
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What’s the strategy if we never find a cure for Alzheimer’s?


I posted on Alzheimer’s early last year (“ We urgently need a Manhattan Project for Alzheimer's! ”). My thesis was that we needed more out-of-the-box thinking. So far there’s no public hints of that happening either in the scientific community or the NIH. (OK, flash release: interesting research linking gum disease with Alzheimer’s , but still way ...
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AI creates weapons of mass deception!


Voice control is hot. Amazon announced a voice-controlled microwave late last year, in fact it actually works with Alexa, the belle that everyone wants to take to the ball. But voice stuff even now is getting to be passé. Sure, Alexa can take orders and give you replies to everyday questions. But what if Alexa knew if you were angry, skeptical or e...
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Are Big Data and happiness incompatible?


I don’t have to tell you that Big Data is hot. Almost Godly really. And happiness is a perennial as old as mankind itself. Wouldn’t it be nice if they both played nice together? Why shouldn’t they anyway? These thoughts come from after reading a book by Mo Gawdat, Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy . The author is a Google executive and the...
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There’s a way to solve the health problem of living alone!


You might have associated UK Prime Minister Teresa May with BREXIT. But she has another distinction. She appointed the first Minister for Loneliness ever in the UK early in 2018 . At the time I thought it was a weird idea. That shows you how little I know. The current fashionable buzz is about living alone and loneliness. The concern is that living...
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Can willpower be developed through exercise?


Science says you can be 30 years younger, read on! As a runner I keep my eyes out for uplifting articles on the effects of exercise. So recently I was greatly uplifted by this one: “ Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger ”. And no, it wasn’t an ad, it was published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, by researchers at Ba...
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Does nose breathing enhance cognitive performance?


This sounds a little weird right? But the research I am talking about has been  published in a respectable journal ( Journal of Neuroscience 22 October 2018, 3360-17 ) by a group of bona fide researchers in Sweden. So, let’s take it on trust for the moment. The research tested two groups, one of which breathed through the mouth and the other throug...
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Will quantum computers kill AI as we know it?


Sigh, I can’t help taking aim at AI. It’s just so fashionable and politically correct. Ask anyone in leadership positions in politics or the private sector what the future is, and they will all tell you seriously it’s all AI, OF COURSE. I have this pressing need to knock down shibboleths, even it they are good ones. So here goes. Here’s my question...
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BREXIT is just a sideshow – the main act is European disintegration


It looks like BREXIT is a mess. It’s fiendishly complicated. I already posted on this in 2016 (“ BREXITed - UK Gain, EU Pain ”). My thesis was that BREXIT would hurt the EU far more than the UK. Now I’ve had more time to consider the issue what’s my lowly opinion now? My opinion last time concerned the short-term, what would happen in the next 5 ye...
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The California wildfires - Stay in your car in a wildfire – don’t get out of it!


The fires in California are tragic with a huge loss of life. I grew up in Australia in the bush and we used to get a lot of bushfires. They are very scary of course but the Australians have built up a hard core of safety knowledge based on bitter experience . I am doing this blog as a public service because I am surprised that none of that experien...
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Two wheels good, four wheels bad (as long as they’re octonionic)


It seems that Americans, especially millennials don’t want to drive any more or own cars. Part of the problem is that the average commuter spends three times as much time in their annual commuting that they do on vacation. Hmmm but how about those Teslas? But I get it. Muscle cars are out; electric vehicles are in. Metrosexuals for EVs right? But h...
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Ban tourism to slow down climate change?


You’ve no doubt heard that Venice is flooding due to climate change. Now we know that it’s also being flooded by tourists. As a result, the locals are leaving as the tourists ruin the city with too many people. A similar thing is happening in other tourist cities of the world. Santorini, the Forbidden City, Florence and so on an on. Tourism is rapi...
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The imminent Great Global Final Biological Collapse; can reverse gene drives prevent it?


That sounds like an overly alarmist headline, right? So get this: “ Hyper alarming’ study shows massive insect loss ”. Apparently over the past 20 years insect populations have declined on average 50% and in some cases even higher. We’re all seeing it. Have you noticed that these days the number of love bugs plastered over your windscreen and headl...
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Are those missing aliens lurking in the hidden dimensions of string theory?


Another day another UFO. Did you see the report that one was seen over Myrtle Beach in August of this year? Hmmm, Fox News, maybe it’s fake news? But then again, maybe not. You might have also noticed that three navy pilots tracked a seeming UFO late last year using Raytheon radar mounted in US navy fighter jets. This report was carried by Raytheon...
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Are fruits and veggies bad for you?


In the category of believe it or not: “ Zoo Weans Animals Off Fruit Because Its Increased Sugar Makes Them Fat and Rots Their Teeth” . BTW the zoo is in Melbourne, Australia. Are these Aussies crazy politically correct, or just plain crazy?  Full disclosure: I’m a card (viz. passport) -carrying Australian. As in Fosters, Australian for beer. G’ day...
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