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Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Climate change seems like this complicated problem with a million pieces. But Henry Jacoby, an economist at MIT's business school, says there's really just one thing you need to do to solve the problem: Tax carbon emissions.<p>"If you let the economists write the legislation," Jacoby says, "it could …

Your Income Mobility Depends A Lot On Your Location: Study

The secret to getting ahead in life is apparently the same as the secret to real estate: location.<p>A new paper by economists at Harvard and Berkeley finds big differences in income mobility in different parts of the U.S., with most of the Southeast offering fewer opportunities to climb the income …

Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?

That's No Joke. Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don't laugh.) The "Most Influential Vice President in History." (Seriously, stop laughing.) One of our nation's most senior statesmen. (Look it up!) So why is the man who could be the next president also the butt of so …

Eric L. Moore II

What the World War Z movie has in common with the book

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US scrambles to find Edward Snowden and urges Russia to co-operate

The attempt by Edward Snowden to escape the clutches of US authorities descended into farce when the 30-year-old surveillance whistleblower outpaced …

Gideon Defoe on Twitter: "From a 1977 essay in Vogue, and - apart from the video tape bit - JG Ballard pretty much nails social media. http://t.co/zV6plHLQ4x"

New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>gideondefoe</b><p>.@<b>sportinglife29</b> check</b> …

Big Breaks for Blowjobs: The Dark Underbelly of the Miss USA Pageant

Ashleigh Blake never dreamed of becoming a beauty queen. The 21-year-old amateur model and part-time tutor fantasized about being a movie star or the …

LEGO Game of Thrones Minifigs: Does Ned's Head Pop off? - Technabob

LEGO is a family-friendly brand, so I can say with a high degree of certainty that they’ll never release an official line of <i>Game of Thrones</i> minifigs. …

Scrubbed

On November 29, 2010, federal agents in San Francisco arrested a 33-year-old New Yorker named Samuel Phineas Upham, setting in motion the chain of …

3MillionCats

Mercenary for Justice

Dennis Malvasi was the kind of kid everyone else wanted to be�the funny one, the street-smart one, the handsome one with a natural swagger. The …

Sony still has a lot to prove at E3 2013

Heading into E3, Sony has more to prove with the PlayStation 4 (PS4) than its console-making competition. Microsoft has already shown that, in its quest to take over your living room, the Xbox One will offer more than just upgraded graphics and a new controller. And for good or ill (ill, for now), …

Living Rooms

‘Diverging diamond’ interchange opens in Gwinnett

Motorists have had to deal with construction gridlock and rain this weekend, but it’s not all bad news.<p>The “diverging diamond” interchange at the …

How 'Canabalt' revived a long-forgotten genre

The 2009 game <i>Canabalt</i> is largely credited with sparking the ongoing trend of endless running games. Endless, or "forced" runners, as the names suggest, revolve around a single character, who is perpetually propelled forward. Although some question the sanity of running towards an ever-expanding …

Leon Wieseltier Commencement Speech at Brandeis University 2013

<i>On May 19,</i> New Republic <i>literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow</i> …

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Do Fans Really Own Fan Fiction?

Amazon's bid to make money off of independent works based on corporately owned entertainment calls into question how independent those works really ever were.<p>Anki / The All-Ages Kirk/Spock Archive<p>Who owns Superman? Who owns Star Trek? Who owns Harry Potter?<p>The answers appear to be simple enough; in …

China is starting to get embarrassed about its tourists’ obnoxious behavior abroad

Chinese tourists are making their mark on the global tourism industry—literally. The picture above is a relief etched 3,500 years ago in Egypt’s Luxor Temple in Egypt. More recently, someone added the characters “Ding Jinhao was here,” as documented by an ashamed Chinese traveler who posted his …

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Is Dying Detroit Trying to Murder its Museum?

How desperate can a city facing financial armageddon get? What’s the last resort for cities such as Detroit, wounded first by the failing American …

CNN's Wolf Blitzer to tornado victim: "You gotta thank the lord". Victim: "I'm an atheist"

This is CNN.

Star Trek Into Darkness: The Spoiler FAQ

After making a mere $84 million at the U.S. box office, <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i> is considered by some to be a disappointment. Perhaps the problem is …

Computer Love

Looking back at Star Trek: The Next Generation on its 25th anniversary<p>We had orange carpet in our living room in Oklahoma where, on regular …

Profound and hilarious poetry written by arranging book spines

Nina Katchadourian borrows the words she uses for her unusual poetry from the spines of books. She arranges those spines, book upon book, so that …

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How to turn a high concept idea into an actual story

Every story begins with an idea. What's amazing about science fiction stories is, they often start with a cool idea. Like a spin on space travel or …