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25,060 lawyers on the rank and file federal agency payroll with a job classification of ‘general attorney’ cost taxpayers $3.3 billion last year and $26.2 billion since 2007, plus $130 million in bonuses

The average federal lawyer ‘earned’ $132,817.06 plus bonuses in FY2014.

The number of federal lawyers exceeds the total public payroll headcount of twelve states including Alaska (25,050); Delaware (23,249); Idaho (20,270); Maine (18,602); Maryland (16,877); Nevada (24,524); New Hampshire (14,694); North Dakota (15,742); Rhode Island (17,073); South Dakota (12,774); Vermont (13,289); and Wyoming (8,500).

If the feds were a private-sector law firm, they would exceed the TOP 7 Largest Private Law Firms – combined (24,411): Baker & McKenzie (4,363); Yingke (4,153); DLA Piper (3,702); Dacheng (3,700); Norton Rose Fulbright (3,461); CMS Legal Service (2,522); and Jones Day (2,510).

More than half of the lawyers are located inside the Washington, D.C. beltway.

Apr 30, 16

The smartest people do just about everything better than most everyone else. They write better, plan better, and reason better. They are better, until it comes to running a business. Then, they are not better; they are screwed.

Apr 30, 16

good chart with numbers - US estimate 15$ - charges over the map - charts on political support - recommended by Krugman.

Apr 29, 16


Something like total surrender of authority as a Republican leader:

We’ll probably need a new national story. Up until now, America’s story has been some version of the rags-to-riches story, the lone individual who rises from the bottom through pluck and work. But that story isn’t working for people anymore, especially for people who think the system is rigged.

I don’t know what the new national story will be, but maybe it will be less individualistic and more redemptive. Maybe it will be a story about communities that heal those who suffer from addiction, broken homes, trauma, prison and loss, a story of those who triumph over the isolation, social instability and dislocation so common today.

We’ll probably need a new definition of masculinity, too.

Apr 29, 16

at any given time there are generally more than 50,000 merchant ships on the high seas, moving goods and commodities all over the place.

>An interactive map, created by the data-visualisation firm Kiln and University College London's Energy Institute, shows the movements of all ships in the global merchant fleet during 2012, the most recent year with complete data. It illustrates the vast scale of shipping, as well as the complex nature of the industry, using a series of filters.

Apr 29, 16

Talking to yourself makes your brain work more efficiently

In one experiment, Swigley and Lupya gave 20 people the name of an object (like a loaf of bread or an apple), which they were told to find in the supermarket. During the first set of trials, the participants were bound to silence. In the second set, they repeated the object’s name out loud as they looked for it in the store.

Test subjects found the object with greater ease when they spoke to themselves while searching. Saying things out loud sparks memory. It solidifies the end game and makes it tangible.

Apr 28, 16

A lot is known about ferrite selection - design for
square wave transformers may not be bad.

Cooling will be an issue.

Apr 28, 16

But what makes a job "good" or "great?" Gallup's definition is simple. A good job is one that includes at least 30 hours of consistent weekly work and a paycheck from an employer — in other words, a full-time job. Based on that definition, an estimated 1.3 billion of the world's 5 billion adults have good jobsull-time workers who also enjoyed what they do are the ones with great jobs, according to Gallup.Globally, the share of adults in a country who hold great jobs rarely surpasses 10 percent. In fact, only six of 130 countries are at or above that threshold. They are Panama, the United States, Russia, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Chile.

Apr 28, 16

It is a time of turbulence for the hedge fund industry, where some of the biggest names have reported double-digit losses. Last year, firms fell deeply into the red after wide swings in certain so-called hedge fund hotel stocks, leading what Daniel S. Loeb of Third Point Management called a “hedge fund killing field” in a recent investor letter.

The total value of hedge fund positions in SunEdison, which once accounted for 66 percent of the company’s shares, is now worth just $15 million after its bankruptcy filing, according to FactSet, the financial research firm. Before hedge funds began selling their SunEdison shares last year, the value of all of those firms’ holdings was $3.5 billion.

The losses are worse with Valeant. At the beginning of 2015, hedge funds owned about 23 percent of the company’s shares. Today, the market value of the industry’s holdings in Valeant have fallen by $7.3 billion even as hedge funds bought more, according to FactSet.

Apr 28, 16

But as Cook suggested at Apple's shareholder meeting earlier this year, when it finds a company it likes, it will gladly buy it no matter its size — even if it has to spend a good chunk of its $233 billion in cash reserves.

So this means that Apple could conceivably buy a company like Dropbox, worth $10 billion, as I argued earlier this month. But the question is whether Apple sees technology it would like to own.

Apple currently has more than $250 billion in cash and marketable securities it could use.

Apr 28, 16

Here's what he's focused on:

Curing all diseases by the end of this century

Upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student

Protecting our environment from climate change.

Right now, there are amazing scientists, educators and doctors around the world doing incredible work," he adds. "We want to help them make a bigger difference today, not 30 or 40 years down the road."

Apr 28, 16

New research has revealed that the brain uses a highly organised archiving system for language, where words are grouped by related meaning and context (pictured). Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley produced an atlas pinpointing where in the brain definitions of individual words are stored, illustrating the brain's semantic system in stunning detail

Apr 28, 16

David Vaughan works on the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef in the world and a vastly important ecosystem for sustaining underwater life. He and a team of scientists are working to combat the crisis in the world’s coral reefs—that is, that human beings have lost 25 to 40 percent of the world’s corals in recent decades due largely to seawater temperature rise and continued acidification of the ocean. Vaughan has developed a technique called “microfragmenting” that allows corals to grow more than 25 times faster than normal, which could rapidly restore the dwindling population of healthy coral reefs. The Atlantic went inside the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key, Florida, where Vaughan is the executive director, to uncover how the process works and understand how much hope there is to reverse the damage caused by humans.

Apr 28, 16

As a the head curator for TED, the global nonprofit famous for its insightful talks, Chris Anderson knows a thing or two about what a successful TED talk looks like.

And all the best ones, he says, begin with eye contact.

"At TED, our number-one advice to speakers on the day of their talk is to make regular eye contact with members of the audience," Anderson writes in his new book. "Be warm. Be real. Be you."

Apr 28, 16

How science explains monster waves
Physics Girl
Published on Apr 27, 2016

Rogue waves - enormous, spontaneous surface waves in the open ocean - were once the tall tales of sailors. They are waves that reach 2-3x taller than the largest average waves in the area, reaching heights of 75 – 100ft. With the help of a ESA satellite survey, the scientific community now accepts they happen frequently. What causes rogue waves?

Nice 6 minute exposition - nonlinear effects and "chaos" make hyperwaves much more likely than simple superpostion.

Apr 28, 16

On a London reservoir

World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm to Provide 10 Million People With Clean Drinking Water (Videos)
England will soon be home to Europe’s largest floating solar farm, if not the world. The 6.3 megawatt array consists of 23,000 solar panels that sit on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir at Walton-on-Thames, a suburb of London near Heathrow Airport.The Thames Water floating solar array will cover around a tenth of the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir, roughly the area of eight soccer stadiums. Photo credit: Thames WaterAccording to The Guardian, the £6 million (about $8 million) project will help power local water treatment plants that provide clean drinking water to London and south-east England’s 10 million residents“This will be the biggest floating solar farm in the world for...

Apr 27, 16

Inverters - in Milwaukee - Spanish company

Apr 27, 16

Advances in Cryogenic Engineering: Proceedings of the 1960 Cryogenic ...
By K. D. Timmerhaus

Niobium transformer

Apr 27, 16

One of the additives used in ferrites is niobium oxide. The advantages of its use in ferrite devices, as well as in other ceramic components, have been reported in numerous publications. Accordingly, small amounts of Nb2O5 (0.01-0.08 wt%) in transformer Mn-Zn based ferrites reduce power loss in the high frequency range. The reasons are not fully understood; the addition of Nb oxide perhaps impacts the magnetic properties by altering the grain boundaries;3 however, only high purity Nb-compounds can be used to achieve such an effect.

>In another example, Nb-oxide-containing ferrites, which are used as cores for line filters, have shown an improved permeability and a superior frequency dependency at frequencies of 100 to 500 kHz.4

According to TDK Corp., 5 power loss and high frequency performance have been improved in Nb-containing ferrites of the Mn-Zn system. As a result, the size of power supply transformers can be reduced, and they can be used over a wider temperature range.

Niobium doping has been reported to alter electrical properties in non-ferrite applications as well, such as in the case of facilitating domain switching in PZT films, 6 or by affecting the permittivity of Nb-doped bismuth titanate. 7 The role of oxygen mobility in connection with niobium seems to play an important role.

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