Indonesian baby on 40 cigarettes a day

I have to say this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen.

This baby smokes like he's a boss. And then there's the gun at the end.

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Healthcare bill -- who wins, who loses

Stanford's Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, associate professor of medicine and health economist, on the healthcare bill of the Obama administration

Question prescriptions from doctors

I highly recommend to do so.  As far as I can recall, I have never taken any medication beyond the required vaccines and shots.  I think my health is decent, so I have always wondered why others need to take so much medication.  Maybe it's just orders from the doctors.  Below is an excerpt from a pharmaceutical sales representative recently summarizing his work:

Why solar cells are sometimes blue

Amount of pesticides in produce

Published in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group, reproduced below is a list ranking the amount of pesticides used in common produce.   I don't think it matters whether my avocado is organic.  On the other extreme, I choose organic apples, peaches, celery and strawberries when possible.

Strict vegan is unhealthy

I stopped eating chicken, pork, and beef three years ago after I saw Earthlings.  I still ate things that had simple or no nervous systems--milk, cheese, egg, seafood--so as to minimize the pain I inflict upon others.  Salmon was probably the biggest one.

That was going okay, and then I learned about how egg production results in the holocaust of male chicks.  Google "male chicks" and you will see what I mean.  I learned about how cows were injected with chemicals, confined to a cage, and forced to constantly lactate.  I learned about over fishing, mercury, PCBs, and other human-caused contaminants in seafood.  So one year ago I tried going strict vegan in an attempt to avoid it all.

As I felt great and didn't get sick once for the first two years, and since I kept reading everywhere about how meats caused this cancer and that cancer, I also thought it would be a healthy transition.


Antioxidants & Carcinogens

A quick Google search on "antioxidant rich foods" reveals a bunch of links listing foods such as
  • prunes
  • apples
  • berries
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • potatoes
  • beans
  • broccoli
  • etc

In search of a good deal on chocolate

organic vegan dark chocolate, that is.  For a 3.2 to 3.5 oz bar, I think $2.00 to $2.50 is a good deal.  My all time favorite is...

p or n-type wafer for silicon solar cells?

If you pay attention to the wafer polarity of silicon-based solar cells on the market, you will notice that they are mostly p-type.  The most common argument I have heard in classes and textbooks is that electrons have higher mobility than holes, so for the same minority carrier lifetime the electrons will diffuse farther, and thereby increasing collection efficiency.  A couple of renegade companies--Sanyo and SunPower--however, use n-type wafers.  Those two happen to manufacture the highest efficiency single junction silicon solar cells, so surely they are not out of their minds.  What's the real deal here?  (Note that this discussion is meant to be relevant to high-efficiency single crystal silicon solar cells.)