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The Economy is not a car, and fiscal stimulus is not a gas pedal

Great observations from Arnold Kling, promoting his new ebook, Specialization and Trade: A Re-introduction to Economics. I don’t buy into everything Arnold writes, but I do agree that there are problems with the paradigm of macroeconomists treating the economy like a homogenous GDP factory … Continue reading

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The knowledge economy is a myth. We don’t need more universities to feed it | Andre Spicer

Interesting take on the somewhat overhyped knowledge economy.  It’s a pretty accurate assesment in terms of the types of jobs we have in the economy (even in the 21st century) — but it neglects that fact that knowledge management and data analytics … Continue reading

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SpaceX plans a reusable booster landing test …

… on Saturday.  If all goes well, the SpaceX booster will land on a sea-based autonomous landing platform built from deep sea drilling rig components!

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Rosetta mission succeeds in landing on a comet

Really cool seeing the first ever images of the surface of a comet from the Rosetta mission, courtesy of the ESA. It really does look like a dirty snowball. Unfortunately it seems that the lander ended up in a shady … Continue reading

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U.S. Treasury clampdown on tax inversions continues to ripple through industry: The AbbVie and Shire merger may be off.. The EU’s investigation of Apple’s Irish tax breaks probably had an influence as well. Shenzhen tech ecosystem disrupts Samsung and other … Continue reading

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Engineers use LEGOs for cheaper, flexible plant research

As reported by Mike Krapfl-Iowa State at Futurity.org, scientists have been constructing high-tech apparatus for conducting plant research using LEGO bricks: Ludovico Cademartiri, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, was looking for something modular, scalable, and structurally precise. … Continue reading

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Juno

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Amazing Images from the Cassini Mission

Following up on the space exploration theme in yesterday’s post (and one from a while back), here is a link to Nadia Drake / Wired Magazine’s summary of discoveries from the Cassini spacecraft’s mission to Saturn. One of my favorites is the incredible … Continue reading

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Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

What happens to the U.S. economy when the entire trucking industry converts to self-driving vehicles?  What does it mean for the medical profession if IBM’s Watson is available 24/7 to diagnose your illness?  When an entire college or graduate school … Continue reading

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Not your father’s yacht racing…

Congratulations to Oracle Team USA on winning their America’s Cup defense. When you think of the America’s Cup, if you think of this: …think again!

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