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Comment: Evolutionary pressure? (Score 1) 109

by superdana (#47772059) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
Imagine a world where we've got people living their whole lives, or something close to it, in space. Over time the people who are least affected by these kinds of problems would presumably have an evolutionary advantage. Long term, a whole new race of humans adapted to life in space develops.

Comment: Re:The death of College Hiring (Score 1) 341

by superdana (#47339447) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Here's the thing I don't understand whenever the H-1B thing comes up. In 2012 the US issued about 134,000 H-1B visas, which are good for three to six years. Meanwhile the total US labor force is about 150 million. So that's about 0.3% to 0.5% of US jobs filled by people here on H-1B visas. Unemployment is what, 7% right now? Take away the H-1Bs and that drops to... still 7% if we're being honest about sig figs?

It just seems like the rhetoric around H-1B visas is totally out of proportion to its actual impact. Am I missing something?

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