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How the American consumer got addicted to choice (Link)
"At a meeting with the CEO of a digital jukebox company, he learned the average digital music player offers around 10,000 different albums. The CEO asked him what percentage of the 10,000 albums sold at least one track per quarter. Using the 80/20 rule where 80% of sales tend to come from 20% of the products, you would assume the number is fairly small. Astonishingly, the answer was 98%!"
Why the housing markets is struggling to keep pace with the booming economy $(Link)
"It seems that sellers are unhappily realizing that they aren’t going to get what they thought their house was worth six months ago, and buyers still think homes are too expensive.That helps explain why transaction volume, especially for new houses, has fallen substantially while prices haven’t (at least yet). It’s a standoff. And the outcome of the standoff will, in the aggregate, play a role in shaping the future of the economy."
20 Americans die each day waiting for organs. Can pigs save them? $(Link)
"After years of setbacks, the past two years have seen a cascade of record-breaking xenotransplants using primate models, and researchers are working with regulators to prepare for clinical trials with humans. The first pig-to-human skin graft using live cells is set to take place this month in Boston".