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How long do vaccines last? The surprising answers may help protect people longer – The “surprising answer” is “for some vaccines, not that long!”. Apparently for the flu shot your immunity can vanish as soon as three months after you get the vaccine, which means if you get it in September it might be gone by January, which is around the peak of flu season. So I think we’re going to start getting our flu shots a bit later! (thanks David!) A ‘Blockchain Bandit’ Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions – ah, cryptocurrency. Here’s another take on this. While this particular problem seems unlikely to hit average users (I guess? why the extremely weak private keys were chosen is still not really known), this is a good example of why you probably shouldn’t be using cryptocurrency unless you know what you’re doing, and even if you are you’re still vulnerable to shady operators like Bitfinex. The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you – a fun interactive quiz that shows that we need government or industry action to make the biggest impact. (thanks Justin!) How pharmaceutical industry financial modelers think about your rare disease – even if “big pharma” is behaving well, this is why leaving the development of medicines up to “the market” seems to be a pretty bad idea to me. How America’s Oldest Gun Maker Went Bankrupt: A Financial Engineering Mystery – spoiler alert: a private equity firm did it. Chasten Buttigieg has been a homeless community college student and a Starbucks barista. Now, he could be ‘first gentleman.’ – a reminder of how far we’ve come! How pharmaceutical industry financial modelers think about your rare disease – Even if “big pharma” is behaving well, this is a great example of why it doesn’t seem to make sense to leave development of medicines up to “the market”. ‘Getting Worse, Not Better’: Illegal Pot Market Booming in California Despite Legalization – interesting; I really would have thought that legalization would have driven most people to buy pot legally. Maybe the problem is that each city in California can set their own regulations? (it seems like Colorado doesn’t have this problem?) Indonesia Plans To Move Its Capital Out Of Jakarta, A City That’s Sinking – it’s sinking because they pumped out too much groundwater, but yikes! Teen Suicide Spiked After Debut Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why,’ Study Says – there are some legitimate questions about the study, but mental health professionals warned about this before the series was released… Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling – cool, I wondered how single-stream recycling worked! James Comey: How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr – sigh. A Conspiracy To Kill IE6 – neat story! I think I remember when this happened; it was big news!
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