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Interview with Alvin Roth

Stanford economist on matching theory, kidney markets and the importance of coffee

Douglas Clement | Editor, The Region

Published June 15, 2015 | June …


There's no reason to debate guacamole. It's already gentrified beyond good taste

America was once a great nation – the greatest nation. A nation where mice and men once went to the moon. But now? Now, as our 239th birthday rolls around, we’ve devolved into nothing more than a mass of spineless, vegetarian techies – as evidenced by the mind-numbing guacamole debate.

Trouble …


Unbundling Reality

Reality is bloated.

It started off as a lean, mean MVP with a minimal feature set — hunting and gathering, procreating, a little story-telling around …

Body Language

Stirling Behavioural Science Blog : List of 19 Natural Experiments

Many researchers consider randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to be the gold standard methodology in the social sciences. Figure 1, taken from Test, …

Desert Solitaire: An Uncommonly Beautiful Love Letter to Solitude and the Spiritual Rewards of Getting Lost

“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.”

“As the desert offers no tangible riches, as there is nothing to see or hear in the desert,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in his exquisite …


Is This New Swim Stroke the Fastest Yet? - Issue 25: Water

I tug my black swim cap over my hair, strap on my pink goggles, and keep a focused calm, like Michael Phelps before a race. It’s lap swim on a Monday …


Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

by John Lasseter

It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.

I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what …

It Is Accomplished

As Gandhi never quite said,First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.I remember one of the first TV debates I …

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?

1. Youngstown, U.S.A.

The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …


James Salter, 1925–2015

Her body awakened, she was suddenly aware that within it, as if existing by themselves, there were deep feelings of strength. When it was extended, hung upside down, when the muscles beneath were warmed and loose, when she felt like a young runner, she realized how much she could love this body, …

James Salter

The “dreams” of Google’s AI are equal parts amazing and disturbing

American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick once famously asked, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? While he was on the right track, the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. They dream of dog-headed knights atop horses, of camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes.

Google’s …


Two Weeks of Status Updates from Your Vague Friend on Facebook

Two Weeks of Status Updates from Your Vague Friend on FacebookPHOTOGRAPH BY BETSIE VAN DER MEER / GETTYMONDAYWow. What a day. Today was one of those …


Why You Should Buy Your Next Bottle of Wine at Costco

In this excerpt from Reverse Wine Snob, author Jon Thorsen explains why the country's biggest wine retailer also happens to be its best.

The days of drinking bagged wine are behind us, but it's not uncommon to see some bottles priced in the three-figure range. Thankfully, wine blogger Jon Thorsen


Waterloo or railways - Matt Ridley

My Times column on the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo:

In Waterloo week, I confess I am a sucker for tales of military glory. I cannot get …


The Wetsuitman

The sand sweeps across the ground in biting wind, making it difficult to see. A few hundred metres further on, in the grey-brown sand between two …


The 30: Even From Last Place, the Red Sox Have Kept Their Eyes on the Ball

Welcome to the golden age of strikeouts. Since 2005, the leaguewide strikeout rate has increased every year, reaching an all-time peak of 20.4 percent in 2014. Through two and a half months, umpires are calling fewer low strikes this year, but that has led to only a slight drop, as the 2015 …


I Let IBM’s Robot Chef Tell Me What to Cook for a Week

Originally published at

If you’ve been following IBM’s Watson project and like food, you may have noticed growing excitement …


How Many Calories Are You Really Burning?

If you think running and walking both torch the same number of calories per mile, you better put down that cookie.

A few months ago I got into an argument with someone who's far smarter than I am. I should have known better, but you know how these things go. Needless to say, I lost the argument. …


The Mischievous Science of Richard Thaler


Review of MISBEHAVING: The Making of Behavioral Economics, by Richard H. Thaler

W. W. Norton & Company, 2015



Law Enforcement's 'Warrior' Problem

Within law enforcement, few things are more venerated than the concept of the Warrior. Officers are trained to cultivate a “warrior mindset,” the …


What Is Code? If You Don't Know, You Need to Read This

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …


Lost Brother in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Afternoon gave way to evening, and the parade of restless clouds and the occasional bursts of rain had moved on from Yosemite Valley. In their wake was the empty quiet of Taft Point, 3,000 feet above a famous green valley going gray in late-day shadow.

There were no …

BASE Jumping

The Misunderstanding of 3-D

The Misunderstanding of 3-DA 1952 screening of Arch Oboler’s “Bwana Devil,” the first commercial 3-D feature in color. PHOTOGRAPH BY MURRAY …