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Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage by Kaiser Fung

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Can a New Statistic Make Us Less Fat?

In front of you are five sachets. Four of them contain milkshake powder, three chocolates, and one banana. They are soluble in cold water, and remind one of Nesquik instant chocolate milk. The other packet is a chicken soup powder, which you’ll dissolve in hot water. You are looking at the entirety of your day’s ration. Yes, four cold shakes and a hot soup are all you’re permitted to consume. That, and eight glasses of water. All liquids. Combined, they supply 800 calories, about 14 grams of proteins, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of fat. The time is 8 a.m., and you’re about to make your first shake. ...

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