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Four short links: 29 July 2013



coronary bypass surgery, BP oil spill, Digital Fabricator, Vaclav Smil

Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S. - Bloomberg -- Global health-care costs are rising rapidly and as countries move toward universal health coverage, they will have to face the challenge of providing health care at a fairly affordable cost, said the World Heart Federations Reddy, a New Delhi-based cardiologist who is also president of the Public Health Foundation of India. Cutting medical costs is especially vital in India, where more than two-thirds of the population lives on less than $2 a day and 86 percent of health care is paid out of pocket by individuals. Cutting medical costs is especially vital in India, where more than two-thirds of the population lives on less than $2 a day and 86 percent of health care is paid out of pocket by individuals.

BBC News - Awesome Foundation gives no-strings cash to great ideas -- The Awesome Foundation funds "awesome" ideas and projects ranging from community aquaponic gardens to re-enactions of scenes from the Indiana Jones films.

Introducing Cornucopia, the food printer -- (PhysOrg.com) -- US scientists have introduced a concept design of the "Cornucopia" or Digital Fabricator, a "personal food factory" able to print food from specified ingredients, with no waste at the point of cooking. During deposition of the layers onto the serving tray the ingredients are either cooked or cooled in the chamber or by heating/cooling tubes attached to the printing head.

Harvesting The Biosphere: Book Review | Bill Gates -- Smil tries to figure out what portion of the biosphere's primary productivity the amount of plant life generated each year by photosynthesis is consumed by humans. It is amazing how little meat was available in most diets as recently as 1800: just a few kilograms per year, versus about 100 kg of meat per year in an average American diet today. (The average Indian, by contrast, eats about 10 kg of meat each year.) The world now harvests far more crops to feed animals that produce meat, dairy, and eggs than to feed humans. He pointed out that humans eat about 300 million tons of meat a year, and producing even a small percentage of that amount in meat alternatives would be a real challenge.

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