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Teasing out the link between moderation in health spending and subpar economic growth is a daunting but important task that could have a big and unpredictable impact on the American economy in the years and decades ahead.
On the one hand, the growth in health spending, which has been gobbling up a …Economics
A new diagram suggests two physical properties — how efficiently the black hole feeds and the system's orientation — lie behind quasars' …Quasars
The first year of enrollment under the federal health care law was marred by the troubled start of HealthCare.gov, rampant confusion among consumers and a steep learning curve for insurers and government officials alike.
But insurance executives and managers of the online marketplaces are already …Insurance
A new measurement could be the farthest back in time astronomers have ever reached when measuring a black hole’s spin.
The quasar Q2237+0305 is split …
WASHINGTON — In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care.
Although doctors have often performed such work between office …
OF all the ways to limit health care costs, perhaps none is as popular as cutting payments to doctors. In recent years payment cuts have resulted in a sharp downturn in revenue for many hospitals and private practices. What this has meant for most physicians is that in order to maintain their …
July 11, 2015
It’s Antarctic winter on Pluto. The sun has not been visible for twenty years in this frigid south polar region; it will not shine again …Space
In July 2012 the Earth dodged a bullet. Or more accurately, the bullet was misaimed. But had it hit, we’d have been in big trouble.
Phil Plait writes …
For the first time, scientists have watched a pulsar transition from a low-energy system to a high one.
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In his Allegory of the Cave, the …
An image of the Andromeda galaxy, Messier 31. Image credit: Adam Evans
Our Milky Way galaxy is less massive than astronomers previously thought, …
An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart mass to other particles.
The Higgs boson particle, which was detected for the first time in 2012, is essentially tossed around like a ball between two …Physics
House and Senate negotiators reached agreement during the weekend on a legislative package intended to stabilize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ sprawling and embattled health care system, according to people briefed on the deal.
The leaders in the negotiations — Senator Bernard Sanders, a …Health Care
The U.S. delivers roughly three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times as many MRI scans, and a third more C-sections per capita than the average OECD country.
Despite the news last week that America's healthcare spending will not be rising at the sky-high rate that was once predicted, the …Health Care
OF all the ways to limit health care costs, perhaps none is as popular as cutting payments to doctors. In recent years payment cuts have resulted in a sharp downturn in revenue for many hospitals and private practices. What this has meant for most physicians is that in order to maintain their …Health Care
The future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it. And astronomers have been busy working the proverbial smoke-filled rooms (or whatever passes for them today) where the destiny of big science is often shaped and crisscrossing one another in airports on fund-raising trips. Now they are …Astronomy
The politics of health and the psychology of planning for the future
One of my favorite lessons from Daniel Gilbert, the Harvard psychologist, is that the future is rarely as hellish or as heavenly as we imagine it to be. It's not an argument for ignoring future realities—savings are still crucial, …Health Care Technology
We tend to think of health care as a local good. Most people use the doctor or hospital in their neighborhood. China does not export medical care. Health and life spans differ from country to country, even county to county.
But when it comes to health care spending, the picture is starting to look …Medicine
For centuries people have found meaning — or thought they did — in what they could see in the sky, the shapes of the constellations echoing old myths, the sudden feathery intrusion of comets, the regular dances of the planets, the chains of galaxies, spanning unfathomable distances of time and …Universe
The censors, name callers and twaddlers must be censored systematically
this time I suggested an IP ban, and I hope the site complies
this is ONE TIME …
Europa is like a spherical ice cube that has partially melted. In fact, if you shook this small moon of Jupiter, you might hear a sloshing sound.
That’s because a deep, global ocean lies beneath the moon’s frozen, criss-crossed crust – an ocean that might be as much as 100 kilometers deep. In fact, …Cool Stuff
From World Science U, Science Unplugged provides hundreds of short video answers to a wide range of questions from "What is a Higgs Particle?" to …Universe
Astronomers find supermassive black hole blasting molecular gas at 600,000 miles per hour from a galaxy
New research has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies that deepens our understanding of the future of the Milky …