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Japanese Help End American Culture War

Japanese scientists have just announced an incredible discovery: normal mice blood cells can be transformed into pluripotent (all-purpose) stem cells just by dipping them in acid.

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Skyrocketing Doctor Salaries Point to Structural Problems

The salaries of specialist doctors are skyrocketing—and those costs are being passed on to consumers. This is why reform efforts like Obamacare, which rely on subsidies more than on efforts to rein in costs, are just propping up a deeply unsustainable status quo.

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Health Care Reform That Won't Make You Furious

The first months of 2014 aren’t shaping up to give Obamacare any better publicity than the last months of 2013. At Wonkblog, Sarah Kliff highlights one issue that she says is likely to make Americans “furious” even if it will also lower costs: narrow networks.This is what happens when you try to control costs by tinkering with insurance plans and coverage requirements—or even rate setting. Instead of imposing network changes on people who don’t want them, we should be thinking about how to change the structure of care delivery such that basic services are cheaper and health care is more convenient for everyone.

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The World Wants Radically Different Health Care

A new global survey of attitudes about the future of health care shows a big pent-up demand for a vastly different type of system than we currently have: one that is more DIY, less hospital and doctor-centric, more personalized, and characterized by smarter use of technology and better service delivery. The closer we can come to realizing that vision, the cheaper, more efficient, and more open to reform our health care system will be.

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Driving is Dying, But That Doesn't Mean the Suburbs Have To

The death of driving doesn’t mean the end of the suburbs. Thanks to computers and mobile devices, people are able to live richer, more social lives in more places than ever.

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The Biggest Breakthroughs Have Not Yet Been Made

An accidental discovery by an Argentinian car mechanic could make child-birthing easier for women worldwide. In the barbershops and car garages and offices across the world the next Jorge Odon might even now be accidentally discovering the next simple, cheap device for improving our health care experience.

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Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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