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Comment self-fulfilling prophecy (Score 1) 150

Researchers from the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) believe the software will allow doctors to better treat patients with pulmonary hypertension by determining how aggressive their treatment needs to be. ... The LMS scientists claim that the software was able to accurately predict patients who would still be alive after a year around 80% of the time.

Hmm... Software predicts patient probably won't be alive after a year, doctors don't treat as aggressively, patient dies shortly thereafter. Sounds like researchers have discovered the self-fulfilling prophecy.

Of course, anyone could make those accurate predictions by simply killing off patients -- of course, not 100% accurate as that would be suspicious.

Comment Tendency? (Score 1) 71

One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones.

Tendency? I don't thin you know what that word means.

Given the number of lithium-ion batteries in the world, then number of fires and explosions is rather small, even including the well-publicized Samsung devices and Boeing 787 incident.

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