Bonaparte’s army could have grown taller, if they’d eaten more eggs

Napoleon Bonaparte sharing a globe shaped pudding with William Pit. Pit has the larger slice, but appears disinterested, while Bonaparte greedily carves out Europe.
This painting, “The Plum Pudding in Danger”, based on James Gilroy’s 1805 print, is not historically accurate. Bonaparte was not a big fan of desert.

(Disclaimer: Measurements are in centimetres, not because the British, French and Swiss have used different systems through time, but because centimetres are smaller than inches.)

Here’s a message I received in my email: “Napoleon Bonaparte might have grown taller had he eaten more… eggs!”  That’s right eggs.

The NHS, referencing the BBC, reports that “an egg a day may prevent stunted growth in infants.”   Continue reading “Bonaparte’s army could have grown taller, if they’d eaten more eggs”

Human doctors will always be needed, Kai-Fu Lee predicts

While computers might help with diagnosis, and technology is making diagnosis more accurate, human doctors will always be with us.

Kai-Fu Lee, a popular blogger on Chinese social media, runs Sinovation Ventures, which invests heavily in artificial intelligence.  He sees this as the wave of the future, changing the way we earn and learn, as well as how we are treated for disease.  Tech crunch reports Lee as saying:

“AI is really changing every profession and every industry. There’s almost nothing that won’t be touched by AI.  You could easily imagine education applications for instance — AI could replace a lot of the basic teaching functions. Medicine and health are also key areas.”

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