Brainmail newsletter (May)

It’s finally up. Here are some of the best bits…

Benefits of sexism
According to Nicholas Kristof, a journalist on the New York Times, the exclusion of women from the workforce during the last century did have one benefit – many of the most brilliant women became school-teachers. So how can we lure more exceptional women (and men) back to school? One answer would be to radically increase pay. In 1970, a graduate teacher in a government school in NTC earned about $2,000 less than a counterpart at a major city law firm. Nowadays the trainee lawyer makes about $115,000 more than the trainee teacher.

Too much information
According to research conducted by the University of Southern California, the average individual receives 174 newspapers’ worth of information every day. We also create and distribute 6 newspapers’ worth of information everyday. Back in 2007 it was 2.5.

Sleep well and live longer
A study of almost 475,000 people in 8 countries tracked across 25 years has found that people that regularly sleep for less than 6 hours per night, or whose sleep is highly disturbed, had a 50% greater chance of developing heart disease and a 15% greater risk of a stroke.

Some numbers…
There are more than a billion Africans, but they use only 4% of the world’s electricity.

20% of UK children aged 4 and under has a television in their bedroom.

Cotton uses 25% of world fertiliser production.

The average US supermarket carries 48,750 lines – a 500% increase since 1975.

Prescriptions for drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the UK have grown from 3,500 in 1993 to over 610,000 in 2009.


One thought on “Brainmail newsletter (May)

  1. If we took the present value of the future economic growth created by good teachers and paid even half of that as salary, teachers would make a lot more money. (Under that scheme, the best kindergarten teachers would make $160,000 per year.)

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