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Low Health Bills Slow Economy

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 …

Supply and Demand

The Quasar Main Sequence

A new diagram suggests two physical properties — how efficiently the black hole feeds and the system's orientation — lie behind quasars' …

Quasars

Bracing for New Challenges in Year 2 of Health Care Law

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

Distant Black Hole’s Spin Clocked

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 …

Spiral Galaxy

Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

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 …

Medicine

Astronomers Happen Upon The Most Distant Lensing Galaxy Ever Discovered

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted an elliptical galaxy 9.6-billion light years from Earth that is so colossal, its gravity …

Space Science

Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending

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 Bare Truth About Hospitals, And Why It's Time For A Revolution

Going to a hospital for patient care has become almost more painful than an ailment itself. Hospitals—whether wittingly or not—are very militaristic with their uniforms, processes galore, hierarchy and power struggles—the unfortunate byproduct of being raised in a world that subscribes to the …

Hospitals

Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

April 11, 2015

Certain types of supernovae, or exploding stars, are more diverse than previously thought, a University of Arizona-led team of …

The 2012 Solar Disaster That Almost Was

An X-ray sequence showing the Sun from 2008 through 2014, taken by the Hinode spacecraft. Solar magnetic activity peaked in 2014, but solar storms …

Renewable Energy

NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar

[image-36]In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before …

The Black Hole That Birthed the Big Bang

Is the big bang, and all that came from it, a holographic mirage from another dimension?

BIGBANG

Milky Way is about half as massive as Andromeda galaxy, say astronomers

An image of the Andromeda galaxy, Messier 31. Image credit: Adam EvansOur Milky Way galaxy is less massive than astronomers previously thought, …

Milky Way Galaxy

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons work.

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 …

Any Insurer Angst On Obamacare Subsidies May Emerge This Week

If there is any anxiety from the health insurance industry in regard to the potential for certain Americans who signed up for medical coverage on the federally-run exchange to lose coverage, it could emerge later this week.

A parade of publicly-traded health insurance companies are expected to …

Subsidies

Lawmakers Reach Deal on a Fix for V.A.’s Health Care System

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 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that …

Astronomy

Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?

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

More Eyes on the Skies

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

What If Healthcare Spending Doesn't Destroy America?

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, …

Medical Technology

The Global Slowdown in Medical Costs

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

Stalking the Shadow Universe

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

America's Most Generous Companies

What is the most generous company in the United States? According to a new survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, New York-based aluminum giant Alcoa (together with its foundation) gave away the highest percentage of its profits, 12.1%, in 2013. In raw dollars, Alcoa’s $39 million in donations …

Artificial spacetime experiment could show tantalizing effects of gravitational waves

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 …

Gravitational Waves

Scientist find that 80 percent of all light in the Universe is missing

A New View of Europa

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

What Do We Really Know About Obamacare's Impact On The Number Of Uninsured?

There’s been quite a bit of bad news about Obamacare in recent weeks:

a SCOTUS smackdown on the contraception mandate overreach,
• the possibility of an even more momentous court decision being handed down next week,
• worrying signs of more rate shock to face Exchange plan buyers next fall, with many …

Statistics

What is the shape of the universe?

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 …

Space

Health law covers at least 8 million

President Obama's healthcare law has reduced the number of uninsured adults by 8 million to 11 million in its first year, according to three new studies, and the vast majority report satisfaction with their new health plans.

The studies — done separately by the Commonwealth Fund, the Urban Institute …

Insurance