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Why Apple?
Why Does Apple's Manufacturing Bother Us So Much? -- As Tim Worstall has pointed out, there's nothing particularly noteworthy about Foxconn's manufacturing in China, or Apple's relationship with it. Oppressive conditions are par-for-the course over there, and Foxconn actually has a slightly lower suicide rate than China writ-large. and any electronics company worth their salt does their manufacturing in similar conditions: it's the game they all play, and it's the game we demand when we ask for cheap electronics. And yet, there were no Microsoft protests yesterday, no Samsung protests or Nokia protests. Apple continues to receive the brunt of public fury over Chinese manufacturing conditions. Why?

Bringing a new drug to market.
The Truly Staggering Cost Of Inventing New Drugs -- During the Super Bowl, a representative of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly posted the on the company's corporate blog that the average cost of bringing a new drug to market is $1.3 billion, a price that would buy 371 Super Bowl ads, 16 million official NFL footballs, two pro football stadiums, pay of almost all NFL football players, and every seat in every NFL stadium for six weeks in a row. This is, of course, ludicrous.

My "yuck factor" will NEVER SUBSIDE.
As 'Yuck Factor' Subsides, Treated Wastewater Flows From Taps -- With climate change threatening to diminish water supplies in the fast-growing Southwest, more cities are considering the potential of reclaimed water. A new report from the National Academy of Sciences said that if coastal communities used advanced treatment procedures on the effluent that is now sent out to sea, it could increase the amount of municipal water available by as much as 27 percent. San Diego's success, 12 years after its City Council recoiled from the toilet-to-tap concept, offers a blueprint for other districts considering wastewater reuse.

Have a tuba? LOCK IT UP.
'Tuba Raids' Plague Schools in California -- Teachers point to the targeted pattern of the burglaries: the expensive brass tubas and sousaphones, which cost $2,000 to $7,000, are pilfered, while electronics, cheaper fiberglass tubas and other brass instruments are usually left behind. "Frankly, I don't think somebody would go through all that trouble just to take some brass to go to the salvage lot," said Ligia Chaves-Rasas, the music teacher at Bell High School. "Banda is very popular in this area of Southern California, and people will pay top dollar for a banda with a sousaphone player. Now, I have kids coming up to me saying they want to learn the tuba so they can be in a banda."

- Sheena Moore

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