Got the winning lottery ticket? An economist explains what to do with all that money

Business 10/25/18, 22:50

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University (THE CONVERSATION) A yet-to-be-identified person in South Carolina recently won the Mega Millions jackpot of almost US$1.537 billion. Meanwhile, the Powerball’s prize continues to grow and is currently at $750 million. This ...

E-cigarettes and a new threat: How to dispose of them

Enviroment 10/24/18, 03:32

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Yogi H. Hendlin, University of California, San Francisco (THE CONVERSATION) The two largest global brands of capsule coffee, Nespresso and Keurig, are regarded by many as environmental nightmares. Billions of the throwaway nonrecyclable plastic products currently ...

Why did the flu kill 80,000 Americans last year?

Health 10/24/18, 03:26

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Patricia L. Foster, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) The 2017-2018 flu season was historically severe. Public health officials estimate that 900,000 Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. For comparison, the previous ...

The risk of ‘cascading’ natural disasters is on the rise

U.S. 10/22/18, 21:42

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Farshid Vahedifard, Mississippi State University and Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine (THE CONVERSATION) In a warming world, the dangers from natural disasters are changing. In a recent commentary, we identified a number of costly and ...

Why health apps are like the Wild West, with Apple just riding into town

Health 10/18/18, 23:54

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Michael L. Millenson, Northwestern University (THE CONVERSATION) The heart rate monitor built into the new Apple Watch has sparked sharp debate over its risks and benefits, even though the feature was cleared by the Food and ...

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