Using Fashion to Explain Trends in Medical Testing (Marketplace)

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According to Marketplace, cancer tumor profiling is the Gucci of lab tests, while run-of-the-mill cholesterol assessments are like cheap knockoffs. That’s because today’s healthcare thrives on value rather than volume. Consequently, the lab industry has shifted away from inexpensive, routine tests in favor of more costly, specialized work. In the medical world, sequencing for genetic disorders is in, and thyroid tests are out.

Fish Soars to Devour Bird (Nature)

The bird-eating tendencies of the ferocious African tigerfish have historically been discarded as mere myth — that is, until now. Legend became fact when a group of scientists witnessed one of these magnificent creatures spring from the murky depths and sink its teeth into a passing swallow. This video and supplementary text by Nature allow viewers to observe a food chain reversal with their own eyes. The footage is truly spectacular (and the banjo music doesn’t hurt either).

Word Frequency Reflects Economic Trends (Smithsonian)

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What can the prevalence of dismal words like “fear” or “sadness” tell us about a country’s economic situation? As it turns out, quite a lot. The use of melancholic language in 20th century books has been shown to mirror unemployment and inflation patterns in the U.S., Britain, and Germany. This recent study outlined in Smithsonian magazine explains the link between literary and financial misery.

The Secret to a More Athletic Brain (Huffington Post)

Weight lifting weightsTo those who believe athletic prowess stems solely from innumerable reps at the gym, think again. The concept that superior competitors must exercise both body and mind is nothing new. However, recent findings suggest that physical aptitude has less to do with mental toughness, and instead hinges upon cognitive efficiency. The Huffington Post details the newest technologies rumored to boost brainpower.