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How to Cut the Poverty Rate in Half (It's Easy)

By sending every adult and child $3,000 a year, the government could achieve historic poverty reductions. Think of it as Social Security for all, not just the elderly.<p>In the United States, we are generally told that poverty is a deeply complicated problem whose solution requires dozens of reforms …

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain

Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.<p>Matthew Lieberman, a distinguished social psychologist and neuroscientist, basically won the lottery. This past summer, he was offered three million …

The Golden Age of American Cities—and What's Really Behind It

The United States' urban revival has more to do with markets than mayors.<p>The New York City mayoral race is entering its final days, and it seems all but certain that Bill de Blasio will be the new master of City Hall. That’s prompted anxiety among some in New York, best encapsulated by an ad run by …

Who Will Stand Up to Wall Street's Robot Armies? The 'Navy SEALs' of Finance

The funds investing your retirement savings are taking the biggest hit from high-frequency traders. Here's how they're taking on the predatory bots of finance<p>A plague of predators are eating away at Americans’ retirement funds. But the “Navy SEALs” of trading are here to help.<p>If you’re like most …

500 Startups Is Raising $100 Million For Its Third Early-Stage Investment Fund

“Always be raising.”<p>It’s not a bad motto, and it’s one that Dave McClure’s 500 Startups seems to be taking to heart. After all, it had just recently closed Fund I when an SEC filing dropped alerting us all that it was raising another $50 million for Fund II. And now that the ink is dry on that one, …

Mintigo Raises $10M More To Improve Sales And Marketing With Social Data

Marketing intelligence company Mintigo is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series C funding.<p>In an email, co-founder and CEO Jacob Shama compared the company to an “air traffic controller” that points marketers and salespeople to the leads most likely to respond in a given campaign. It …

A New App Lets You Bribe People for Dates

Carrot Dating is a new app that lets users bribe each other with gifts and treats in the hopes of securing a first date. Creator Brandon Wade considers it a breakthrough for men who have trouble with the ladies, and users consider it the perfect way to...<p>We live in a big cyber world filled to the …

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How Would You Design Grand Avenue?

<i>"Will Grand Avenue finally turn around? Most likely not until they make it a two-way, add more trees, bike lanes, and pedestrian amenities. Buildings</i> …

How to Build a Happier Brain

A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias<p>There is a motif, in fiction and in life, of people having wonderful things happen to them, but still ending up unhappy. We can adapt to …

Japan's Elderly Have an Odd Hobby: Stalking

The number of stalkers aged 70 and older has increased 460 percent in the last decade.<p>Adding to the problem is that stalking cases have exploded in the last year. The number of reported cases hit 19,920 in 2012, up 36.3 percent on the previous year, the highest since the police first started …

China Loves Its Cheap and Convenient E-Bikes—Will the U.S.?

Electronic bicycles—ubiquitous in Chinese cities—are widely banned in many American towns. Advocates are hoping for this to change.<p>With traditional bicycle use growing in many U.S. cities, there is also a brewing culture clash between traditional bike purists and e-bikes over whether the motorized …

Make Your Own Sifteo Games With Wildflower

Reading Time: 1 minute<p>Sifteo is a cool little game system consisting of several “cubes,” each with its own color touchscreen and accelerometer. The …

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