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When Vegetarians Tried To Build A Utopia of Octagonal Houses in Kansas

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3 mentions9 hours ago 9 hours ago
If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you'll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state, now much better known for BBQ, was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City. Its strict geometric plan was a grand, city-scale ...

Who Has More Hair, Prince George or Prince William? An Investigation

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11 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
Prince William and his son Prince George have many things in common: a patriotic duty to the nation of their birth; an intimate working knowledge of Kate Middleton's breasts; a high risk of hemophilia. Between them, they also have enough hair to cover the head of one human ...

The problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition

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The most interesting and provocative thing to be written of late about financial innovation in general, and high-frequency trading in particular, comes from Joe Stiglitz.

Is America an Oligarchy?

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7 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
A new study says that rich people and organizations representing business interests have a powerful grip on U.S. government policy.

Dear Falcor

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3 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
Editorial note: In a recent BBS thread concerning legendarily passive-aggressive advice column Dear Abby, Boing Boing commenters took it upon themselves to request assistance in their daily lives from our moderator, Falcor the Don't-Push-Your-Luck Dragon.

When to Hold Out For a Lower Airfare

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5 mentions9 hours ago 9 hours ago
In 2009, Microsoft snapped up Farecast, a company in the business of predicting airfares, for a handy $115 million. A poster child of the Big Data revolution, Farecast analyzed hundreds of billions...

Finland’s graphic gay bondage stamps are amazing.

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32 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
The United States has some pretty cool stamps and, once the Harvey Milk stamp is released next month, at least one commemorating an openly LGBTQ American. But it’s difficult to imagine a future where America’s stamps are as amazingly, graphically gay as Finland’s. This fall, the country will ...

How to Cut Tomatoes Like a Ninja

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How to cut tomatoes quickly and easily. Great cooking and kitchen tip, and a fun life hack. Perfect for small cherry tomatoes, and ideal if you need to cut a...

When it comes to surveys, significance and bias are separate issues

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5 mentions6 days ago 6 days ago
Full Fact Live: factchecking in brief from Full Fact and elsewhere.

Broadacre City: Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

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3 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
Frank Lloyd Wright was arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant. But above all, he was a shrewd businessman who understood the importance of spectacle in keeping his business afloat. Wright put on many shows over the course of his lifetime, but arguably no performance was greater than his utopian plan ...

Have living standards really stopped rising?

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Income inequality is soaring in the US and the UK. The income earned by all but a few has been stagnating for a generation. So I claimed in my column of March 22. But was I right? Several readers contacted me to suggest alternative interpretations

An evening with Tim Harford, the "Undercover Economist" Tickets, London

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Join Tim Harford, author and senior FT columnist, in conversation with Prospect's Jonathan Derbyshire as they discuss his book, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run - or Ruin - an Economy.Includes wine, soft drinks and canapes with the speakers after the event. This event is held ...

Why are diamonds clear, but coal black?

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9 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
Maggie Koerth-Baker answers a new Science Question from a Toddler.

"he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England"

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Harrison Ford does an “Ask me anything” We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And … Continue reading →

Windows Phone 8.1 review: A magnificent smartphone platform

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5 mentions6 days ago 6 days ago
It's a 0.1 update that feels like a 2.0 update.

Jee Young Lee: Resurrection

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2 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
For these self-portraits, the Korean artist Jee Young Lee created an elaborate installation in her studio.

'Blood moon' lunar eclipse – in pictures

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14 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
The moon turns red and orange during a total lunar eclipsedue to a perfect alignment of the sun, Earth and the moon, otherwise known as a syzygy

Economists aren’t all bad

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‘Some research on students suggests economics either attracts or creates sociopaths’ Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently bemoaned the way that “we are all reduced to being Homo fin...

cover story

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3 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925

What’s the point of HS2?

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12 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
Mohammed Salique owns a restaurant called Diwana in Drummond Street, which runs west from the side of Euston station. Diwana, which opened in 1970, claims that it was the first restaurant in Britain to serve South Indian vegetarian food. It wasn’t the first Asian food outlet in the ...

A Tiny Radio Show About Design with Roman Mars

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A Tiny Radio Show About Design with Roman Mars