Global Markets: US stocks opened sharply lower yesterday, but clawed their way back to end the session more or less flat on the day. In the absence of much excitement in other markets, EURUSD has traded above 1.09 for the first time since April 2022. December US durable goods orders are out later too – too choppy to make sense of this data series. South Korea: Real GDP dropped sharply as expected, posting a contraction of 0.4% QoQ (sa) in 4Q23 (vs +0.3% in 3Q22). For domestic components, private consumption dropped 0.4% with declines in both goods and service consumption.
What began as public outcry against Iran’s so-called morality police (in actuality, Gasht-e-Ershad, or “guidance patrols”) has snowballed into a mass movement targeting the very essence of the Islamic republic. The 1979 revolution, which overthrew the Shah, had women marching on streets and donning the chador out of respect for the revolution’s leader. Iranian women protest during the 1979 revolution. (Credit: Public Domain)Of these struggles, only the 1979 revolution brought about a wholesale change: a monarchy was deposed in favor of a theocratic system that has a cleric at its head. This time, however, there were near-immediate calls for the abolishment of the Islamic regime.2 months ago Big Think
An international team of researchers analyzed all of the clinical research comparing ECT directly to ketamine for the treatment of depression. In every single trial, ECT topped ketamine at reducing the severity of depression symptoms. ECT patients were more likely to experience headache and muscle pain, while ketamine users suffered more from blurred vision, vertigo, diplopia, and dissociation. Though less effective, ketamine treatments tended to be better tolerated, with fewer adverse effects overall. Two large clinical trials comparing ketamine and ECT for the treatment of depression, targeting over 600 participants, are currently underway in North America.3 months ago Big Think
the Eel-luminati):“ALL the eels in Europe and America are born in the Sargasso Sea (in the Bermuda Triangle! and sea to get to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.”“Eels just need a bit of dampness on the ground to travel over land. Researchers were finally able to track European eels all the way to the Sargasso Sea using satellite trackers! Despite this, NO ONE HAS EVER PHYSICALLY SEEN A MATURE EEL IN THE SARGASSO SEA!”Life cycle of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). At present, very little is known about the routes or the timing of these migrations, the speed at which the eels swim, and most intriguingly, their navigational methods.3 months ago Big Think
Both of the NASA rovers currently exploring Mars — Curiosity and Perseverance — have been turning up more and more evidence of organic compounds at the planet’s surface. And just last month, NASA reported Perseverance’s discovery of organic compounds in Jezero Crater, an ancient lake environment that may have hosted life a long time ago. The mere presence of organic compounds isn’t evidence for life since there are many ways to produce them abiotically. Another refuge for Martian life might be caves, particularly deep lava tube caves or ice caves that are natural windows to the subsurface. Drill, baby, drillIf we want to find Martian life today, we may need to go deep.3 months ago Big Think