November 11 2022 – Explorations & Discoveries

“While every cycle need not exhibit a spectacular boom or bust, it is a sure bet that you will see more recessions and recoveries in the future.”
~Lakshman Achuthan and Anirvan Banerji


Unexpected Articles from this Week

There are two distinct issues when it comes to global population growth: rapid population growth in some nations and population declines in others. Many see limiting population growth as vital for tackling various environmental catastrophes unfolding around the world, yet for wealthy Westerners to call for lower-income countries to control their populations simply in the name of protecting nature is hypocritical in the extreme. Read more here.


The cryptocurrency market is in turmoil after a sharp decline in prices. This follows a week of speculation about the financial health of one of the world’s largest exchanges, FTX. FTX is facing a liquidity crunch and has agreed to a rescue deal with its rival, Binance. However, the terms of the deal have not been disclosed and there is uncertainty about whether it will proceed. This has caused further instability in the market and prices have continued to fall. Read more here.


Kaltenegger’s research focuses on understanding how planetary atmospheres interact with starlight, and on developing new computer models to simulate alien worlds. Her team uses these models to predict what kinds of planets might be hospitable for life, and to forecast what kind of atmospheric gases such worlds might produce. They also analyze telescope data to glean insights about the atmospheres of already discovered planets. Read more here.


Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered that the neurotransmitter adenosine effectively acts as a brake to dopamine, another well-known neurotransmitter involved in motor control. This discovery could immediately suggest new avenues of drug development to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a movement disorder where the loss of dopamine-producing cells has been widely implicated as a cause. Read more here. 


What I am reading

PMA Approval Rate Has Jumped Since FDA Changed Panel Meetings
(Article)

Public REITs Are Down, Nontraded REITs Are Up. Which Is Right?
(Article)

Excess Returns
(Book)

The Banker’s Code
(Book)

Unbeatable Mind
(Book)


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Until next week, 
Ian Eliason