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Ernest Hemingway: Middlebrow Revolutionary

In June 1925, <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> turned to a blank page in his notebook and scrawled these five hopeful words:Along With YouthA NovelHemingway was 25 …

Can Monsanto Save the Planet?

<b>By Beth Kowitt</b><p>Photograph by Ryan Donnell for Fortune Magazine<p>June 6, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT<p>The world’s most vilified company—now a takeover target—has a …

How Obama Is ‘Trump-Proofing’ His Climate Pact

While the GOP nominee-presumptive promises to dismantle the Paris accord, U.S. officials are rushing to secure it. And Trump’s energy czar is already hinting he may back down.<p>In a roomful of oil and gas executives in North Dakota late last month, Donald Trump reiterated his threat to “cancel” the …

Why Corporate America's Love of Renewable Energy Should Terrify Traditional Utilities

Image source: NRG Energy.<p>Don't look now, but corporate America may lead the next phase of the renewable energy revolution. And that's terrible news for utilities across the country.<p>Companies are looking at renewable energy as a way to save costs, lock in rates, and go green, and they may have more …

Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism: Now The Chavistas Riot For Food In Venezuela

The central contention of that Bolivarian socialism, that Hugo Chavez led revolution in the economic affairs of Venezuela, was and is that the poor of that country deserve a better shake of the stick. And there’s nothing at all wrong with either that claim or that desire. It is an extremely rare …

Briton Leslie Binns abandons Everest peak to save fellow climber

<b>A British ex-serviceman abandoned his Mount Everest climb some 500m from the summit to save a fellow mountaineer.</b><p>Leslie Binns, 42, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, turned around to save Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who was scaling the summit ahead of him.<p>He said he felt "immensely proud" to have …

Pulitzer winner William Finnegan 'didn't want to be stereotyped as a dumb surfer'

Speaking at the New York public library, the prize-winning writer of Barbarian Days talked about surfing, memory and memoir<p>William Finnegan had the story idea that would become his Pulitzer-winning memoir when he was forced to come up with suggestions on the spot to impress an editor. Though this …

Books

Poo-to-Power Breakthrough Appears in China

XIANGYANG, China—This factory located in a quiet island of central China’s Xiangyang city probably won’t grab your attention. Its stainless steel …

Natural Gas

The intended (and unintended) consequences of India’s crackdown on black money

2016-05-31T12:05:26.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>Before we begin, how about a very, very quick quiz?<p>Question: What percentage of Indians paid income tax in …

Black Money

Scientists finally know what stopped Mongol hordes from conquering Europe

The khan's ruthless tactics and loyal horde swept across Asia. One territory after another fell under the overwhelming force of the Mongol Empire, which would eventually stretch from the eastern shores of China. A series of successful forays in Hungary and Poland made even Europe seem within reach …

Stephanie Danler on "Sweetbitter" & Reducing Fiction to Essentials

By Jonathan Lee May 24, 2016<p><i>The first sentence of Stephanie Danler’s riveting debut novel is perhaps more an injunction than an imperative: “You will develop a palate.” Over the 355 pages of</i> Sweetbitter, <i>the narrator, twenty-two-year-old Tess, encounters a number of appetites. She arrives in New</i> …

There's Big Money In Energy Big Data

Some day the power grid may operate a lot more intelligently, using data sources like the Internet does. But until then, there will be a growing need …

India is going to be an overwhelmingly domestic story: Paul Gruenwald

<b>New Delhi:</b> India has the potential to grow at around 8% in the medium term and it will remain relatively insulated from the volatile global economy, …

India

Wind and solar become new “base load” power for South Australia

It has only been a week since the closure of South Australia’s last coal-fired generator, but already a new pattern is emerging that points the way …

Renewable Energy

Energy-Storing Train Gets Nevada Approval

One of the biggest challenges of the shift to renewable energy like solar and wind is energy storage. The wind or sun don’t always generate power …

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Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

Stephen King

Ian Rankin: ‘Solitude, coffee, music: 27 days later I have a first draft’

There is no such thing as a “typical” day, even when I’m busy on a book. Some days the words flow, others feel like wading through suet. The phone rings, the doorbell sounds, there’s shopping to be done or an urgent email demanding a reply. That’s why I try to get away. I’ve got a house on the …

Brian Eno

Here's the story of how a guy making $66,000 a year lost $7.2 billion for one of Europe's biggest banks

Jerome Kerviel was a junior level derivatives trader earning US$66,000 per year at Societe Generale, one of Europe's largest banks. By January 9, 2008, he had amassed a stock index futures position of US$73 billion. The way he did so ended up costing Societe Generale (SocGen) US$7.2 billion - six …

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy

Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6% of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict.<p>The combined effects …

Basic Income and Blockchain Courts

<b>Bill Gross Investment Outlook.</b>There are a lot of different ways to advocate for a universal basic income: as a socialist-ish equalization of …

Neuroscience Science Community - News, Articles, Multimedia | Technology Networks

Italian Study Shows Being a Child of Same-Sex Parents Does Not Affect Your Development Article<p>Study shows no difference in the development of …

Neuroscience

How To Write A Novel (And Actually Get It Published)

Got an idea for a book?<p>Google 'how to write a novel' and there are 237 million results to choose from: factual 'how to' manuals; rose-tinted …

Writing

The Sympathizer Won a Pulitzer and an Edgar, and May Herald the Great Literary Convergence

Last week, the Mystery Writers of America handed out the 2016 Edgar Awards, the most prestigious of the crime-writing awards. Among the winners was</i> …

Why did The Economist favour free trade?

<i>A better understanding of economic history might have helped the world avoid the worst of the recent crisis. Free exchange continues its discussion</i> …

Why Keynes wouldn’t have too rosy a view of our economic future

The economy is currently sick, as yet another month of weak job growth shows. But is it sick in a "walk it off" kind of way, where, even though it looks like a commercial for flu medication, it’ll eventually get better on its own, or is it sick in a pneumonia kind of way and will just permanently …

How a 1930s theory explains the economics of the internet

When the news broke last week that Ronald Coase, the economist and Nobel laureate, had died at the age of 102, what came immediately to mind was Keynes's observation that "practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some …

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

If everyone you know is telling you to buy a house, you should read Robert Shiller's work.<p>Yale economist Robert Shiller won a Nobel prize on Monday (or, rather, a third of one) for his work suggesting that financial markets might not always be quite as efficient as we think, in large part due to …

Robert Shiller’s Nobel should help the world accept (and improve) imperfect financial markets

With the world still suffering from the 2008 financial crisis, it is good to see Nobel prizes going to three economists who have set the bar for analyzing how stock prices and other asset prices move in the real world: Eugene Fama, Robert Shiller, and Lars Hansen. Eugene Fama is best known for …

Financial Markets

Good news: Japan is finally defeating deflation. Bad news: Japan is finally defeating deflation

Japan seems like it is finally turning the tide in its decades-long battle with deflation.<p>Broad-based, persistent declines in prices are a drag on economic growth. (If prices are falling, it’s a good idea to hold off on spending and investment until they fall just a bit further. When everybody …

Economics