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Why Google’s secret lab gave up on space elevators, hoverboards, and teleportation

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15 mentions1 week ago 1 week ago
Google X, Google's private research laboratory, puts billions of dollars into moonshot projects with long odds that have the potential to change the world. Ongoing examples include Google Glass, driverless cars, and glucose-monitoring contact lenses. More important than how the lab comes up with ideas, is how it ...

This GIF Shows the Meteoric Rise of Boys' Names Ending in 'N'

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12 mentions2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
The hegemony of "Ryan" and "Aidan," as seen through Social Security Administration data

Seriously, increasing housing supply increases affordability

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5 mentions1 week ago 1 week ago
Think developers only want to build luxury projects rather than affordable ones? It doesn't really matter, since even high end development makes housing markets more affordable.

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

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364 mentions7 hours ago 7 hours ago
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse..

Robots, robots everywhere

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5 mentions3 weeks ago 3 weeks ago
So the long project on robots I have been working on for a while has now come to fruition. The special report in the Economist, called Immigrants from the Future, starts here with an overview that ...

‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, by Thomas Piketty

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4 mentions1 week ago 1 week ago
Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, translated by Thomas Goldhammer, Harvard University Press RRP£29.95/Belknap Press RRP$39.95, 696 pages French economist Thomas Piketty has written an extraordinarily important book. Open-minded

To Gauge Jobs Progress, Fed Should Focus on Wages: Former BOE Officials

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The Federal Reserve should focus on evidence of wage gains rather than falling unemployment as a sign the economy is improving enough to start raising interest rates, two former Bank of England officials say.

Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album

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139 mentions1 week ago 1 week ago
Wu-Tang's aim is to use the album as a springboard for the reconsideration of music as art, hoping that the approach will help restore recorded music to a place alongside visual art--and change the music business in the process.