Jesse Moehlman

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Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect

Daniel Horn, a fresh New York architecture graduate, has launched a global competition around a tricky design question—what is the most aesthetic way to raise the elevation of an entire neighborhood block by eight to 10 feet?<p>Call it extreme weather architecture. Horn, a 23-year-old graduate of the …

Google[x] unveils Project Loon to bring the world Internet via balloon

Google is bringing the Internet to the developing world via balloon.<p>Yesterday the search giant published a blog post detailing Project Loon. The project emerged out of Google[x], Google’s secret lab that works on “moonshot ideas,” or projects that are a little farther afield.<p>Internet connectivity …

The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror

When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy.<p>Reuters<p>The image is still powerful, isn't it?<p>So are the anger, and the memories.<p>Most Americans don't just remember where they were on September 11, 2001 -- they remember feeling frightened. Along …

This chart explains why cities are at the center of innovation

It’s obvious from human history that people have long found unique value in living and working in cities, even if for reasons they couldn’t quite articulate. Put people together, and opportunities and ideas and wealth seem to grow at a more powerful rate than a simple sum of all our numbers. This …

Admit It, Rep. Sensenbrenner: You Were Wrong About the Patriot Act

An author of the controversial legislation keeps defending it -- even though he's felt betrayed by related abuses three times.

The Most Important Population Statistic That Hardly Ever Gets Talked About

Invitation to private meetings with Holder splits media

News organizations are divided on whether to accept invitations Thursday and Friday for private meetings with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the Department of Justice guidelines on targeting journalists in leak investigations.<p>The Justice Department invited Washington bureau chiefs to the …

Frank Rich on the National Circus: Why Obama Might Just End the ‘Perpetual War’

<i>Every week,</i> New York <i>Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with contributor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This</i> …

Can Obama End the 'Forever War'?

Ahead of Thursday's speech, the president is trying to narrow the use of drones.<p>In what is being billed as a major speech Thursday, President Obama is expected to lay out the "next phase" in America's nearly 12-year-old war against al-Qaida, possibly including a plan to clear out the Guantanamo Bay …

Quantifying the Cost of Sprawl

A hospital case

SAINT GORAN’S hospital is one of the glories of the Swedish welfare state. It is also a laboratory for applying business principles to the public …

Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for a human being?

Suddenly a robotised, automated economic reality is moving off the science fiction pages and into daily life. The growing use of unmanned battlefield …

Don't Look Now, but Our Medicare Spending Projections Are Plummeting

Predictions are hard, especially about health care inflation<p>Here's the story budget wonks will tell from today's Congressional Budget Office report: The deficit is poised to shrink to its lowest level since 2008. Good news? Yes, if you're a deficit hawk. Bad news? Yes, if you think (as I do) the …

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The article that you tried to access, which was part of a feed supplied by a news agency, is no longer on available on the Guardian …

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Colleges Soak Poor U.S. Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to …