Friday, September 30, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• A surgeon's apology will often head off a malpractice suit, or expedite the settlement process, but doctors are typically unwilling to admit error, so U.S. states are passing "apology laws."

• A two-man team from Poland and Switzerland has come up with a way of making inflatable steel.

• American parents may be trying to save by skipping a few diaper changes. Disposable-diaper sales fell 9% last year, three times the rate of decline in the number of babies age 2 and under, while sales of diaper-rash cream rose 2.8%.

• Research indicates that our sex hormones affect our career choices. Specifically, people of either gender who have higher levels of androgen (a type of male sex hormone) will tend to be attracted to occupations involving things, while lower levels are associated with occupations related to people.

• E-reader users must read 50-100 e-books before those gizmos become more eco-friendly than the plain old ink-on-paper variety.

• The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
How about that?

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