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Cool Stuff Week of June 12th, 2017

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El Salvador- This last week I went on a surf trip to El Salvador. The flight was easy (4.5 hours from LAX).  The prices are reasonable.  The time change is -1 hour from PST.  The water is a balmy 85 degrees, and the surf is predictably good most of the summer months.  We went for a three day quick surf, and we were not disappointed.

A couple of quick cool stuff thoughts- Disclaimer: I am not sure if this is true; I heard that in China doctors are paid when a patient is healthy and not paid when a patient is sick.  The rationale is:  It is the doctor’s job to keep you healthy not just cure you when you are sick.  In the US we have a system of sick care and it is bankrupting the country.  Maybe a system of well care would help?

Hua Tuo (c. 140–208)

As a corollary, what if we paid our teachers a lot of money when our students demonstrated high learning achievements (to be defined) and not when our students failed?

The world is amazing and getting amazinger (I know it’s my word). Here are a few facts to support my conclusion:

  1. In 2001, it cost $100 million to sequence the human genome. In 2015 it took 10 months to sequence the human genome. Today it costs just over $1,000 and takes less than 27 hours.
  2. From 2005-2015 India’s middle class grew from 14 million households to 66 million households.
  3. In 1993 there were 114 genetic diagnostic tests available. Today, there are 5,007 diagnostic tests available.

A magnifying glass focusing on a section of a DNA strand. Very high resolution 3D render.

Cool Quote- “Two elements must therefore be rooted out once and for all, -the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet.” – Seneca

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