A Code for What Ails You

A Code for What Ails You

Today, hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. A new federally-mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000, adding codes that can describe precisely what bone was broken and where the patient got hurt, from art galleries to chicken coops. Search for diagnosis codes from the U.S. edition of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision — by typing in a keyword. We’ve provided a few to get you started.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

I plugged “jet engine” into the WSJ’s interactive tool, and it came up with three codes: “Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter,” “Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter,” and “Sucked into jet engine, sequela.”

I want to know who gets sucked into a jet engine more than once. I would think the first time would pretty much sour a guy on the whole concept.

Watch This: The Most Realistic Simulation of Spiral Galaxy Formation to Date | 80beats | Discover Magazine

This is just pretty damn cool. Thirteen billion years compressed into less than three minutes of video, and it supports some interesting theories of how the universe got to be the way it is.

Science rocks.



This is a fascinating concept. Filmmaker makes a music video with the band’s permission, but as it begins to get popular on the Internet, the band yanks its permission and asks her to take the video down. She does, of course, but then releases the (soundless) video and invites the world to remix it.

I have no video editing tools (or skills) whatsoever, but I am interested to see what people come up with. I also wonder if the original band will regret their decision.

Click the image to get to the site and find out more.

Wondermark » Archive » #744; In which Anything is tried once


I watched a bit of the process of creating this comic via Malki!’s Livestream last night, until I decided I was falling asleep. Really fascinating to see him in action. And to hear his commentary/interaction with the chat stream.

Now this is an interesting approach


The Kaiser Chiefs’ new album drops today, but you can make it your own. Given 20 tracks, you get to pick 10, arrange them in the order you want, design some artwork (again, based on elements provided to you) and voila! You’ve got your album. You can buy it and make it available for others to buy… and you get a little kickback any time someone buys yours.

Just when you think the traditional music industry is slowly dying… something like this comes along and you realize its demise might not be quite so slow after all.