Falling Awake

Just Darts Since 2009

Quick hits

Fed Plans New Rules to Protect Future Homebuyers

[The mortgage rules] would prohibit lenders from engaging in a pattern or practice of lending without considering a borrower’s ability to repay a home loan from sources other than the home’s value.

This is a rule that shouldn’t need to exist.  But if lenders stop lending money to black and hispanic prospective homebuyers based on their ability to repay, expect Congressional hearings.


Frozen Embryos Better Than Fresh, Study Shows

Infants born from embryos which were frozen and then thawed before being implanted into a woman had a higher birth weight and were less likely to suffer abnormalities.

Perhaps all embryos should be frozen?  Oh, wait…

“We think the reason for the differences is probably positive selection of the embryos for frozen embryo replacement, [said Dr. Anja Pinborg.] 

 “Only the very top quality embryos survive the freezing and thawing process.”

That which does not kill you makes you stronger.  Of course, the embryos that had been frozen still had malformation rates of 7.1 percent.  They’re obviously not killing enough of them.


Higher CO2 Levels May Be Good for Plants: German Scientists

How many German scientists does it take to prove the obvious?


Stealing Recyclables Is Good Business

With prices for aluminum, cardboard and newsprint going up and an economic slowdown putting added pressure on people’s pocketbooks, curbside refuse has become a hot commodity.

A truck piled high with mixed recyclables can fetch upward of $1,000; newspapers alone can grab about $600.

Why is my city–Stamford, Connecticut–spending $1.5 million next year on recycling when “thieves” will do it for free?


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