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IoT Forensics, Window Seat Showdowns, and Ranking Public Transportation

September 20, 2019

A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect
Lauren Smiley | WIRED | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
In the age of the Internet of Things, smartwatches and home security cameras can make or break a murder case, but how reliable is the information they provide?
AP Analysis: US-UK Trade Deal Won’t Be so Easy Post-Brexit
Paul Wiseman | The Associated Press | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel
Some officials in the Trump administration have made it clear that they want a trade deal with the United Kingdom, but issues such as the Irish border and a ban on haggis could derail any potential agreement.
The Showdown at the Window Seat
Scott McCartney | The Wall Street Journal | Shared by Tyler Cowen
With the proliferation of in-flight entertainment and personal devices, airline passengers

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Expensive Movie Popcorn, Flying Cars, and Age Reversal

September 13, 2019

The NFL Is Now on TikTok to Court Younger Viewers
Dami Lee | The Verge | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
In this new partnership, the National Football League is teaming up with an up-and-coming social media platform to increase football viewership among younger and foreign audiences.
The Trade War Will Catch up to Trump
Chad P. Brown | The Atlantic | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel
While Trump has so far escaped political turmoil over the trade war, increased tariffs on consumer goods later this year could mobilize corporations and the electorate.
Why Is Movie Theater Popcorn so Outrageously Expensive?
Zachary Crockett | The Hustle | Shared by Tyler Cowen
While $8 for popcorn may seem pricey, it could be the only thing keeping the dying movie theater industry in business.
EHang Starts

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Alex Tabarrok on Higher-Ed Inflation: Productivity Hasn't Budged Since Socrates

September 9, 2019

Higher education and healthcare are the only US sectors with persistent price increases, leaving economists and policymakers puzzled during decades of otherwise generally low inflation.
On Monday’s episode of “Macro Musings,” Mercatus Center economist Alex Tabarrok discussed his research into the source of those rising prices.
“Cars are far cheaper in terms of quality, when you measure including quality today. Computers have obviously come down in price. Clothing and shoes have declined in price dramatically,” said Tabarrok, a professor of economics at George Mason University.
“So, we see all these gains, and yet … we see massive increases in the price of education, massive increases in the price of health care – and with other services, typically services. And the question is why. Lots of

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Senior Gaming Stars, Prison Currencies, and an Economist Goes to Burning Man

September 6, 2019

Older People Are Embracing Video Games. For Some, That Means Stardom.
Kalhan Rosenblatt | NBC News | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Seniors across the country are playing video games for social interaction and cognitive stimulation, and streaming their experience. 
China’s Manufacturing Job Losses Are Not What They Seem
Nicholas R. Lardy | Peterson Institute for International Economics | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel
While President Trump’s assertion that China lost 5 million jobs is technically correct, the data paints a more complicated picture.
From Pecan Pralines to ‘Dots’ as Currency: How the Prison Economy Works
Richard Davies | The Guardian | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Louisiana’s only maximum-security jail, and the largest in the country, holds an innovative, complex, and modern system

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Tariff Costs, Chinese 5G Struggles, and the Green New Deal

August 30, 2019

Airbnb Should Be Legally on the Hook for Illegal Rental Listings, Hawaii Rep Says
Christopher Zara | Fast Company | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
In the latest attack on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a congressman from Hawaii (who just so happens to have ties to the hotel industry) wants the liability shield removed from home-sharing platforms.
Here’s What New Tariffs Will Cost the Average American Household
Maggie Fitzgerald | CNBC | Retweeted by Matthew Mitchell
The third wave of tariffs will cost the average American household $1,000. While farmers are getting subsidies to offset their loss, alleviating the burden from consumers isn’t easily done.
Dating While Dying
Josie Rubio | The New York Times | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Did you think dating in your 40s couldn’t get

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Virtual Dolphins, Escape Rooms, and Cosmetology Debt

August 23, 2019

Got Pain? A Virtual Swim with Dolphins May Help Melt It Away
Allison Aubrey | NPR | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Virtual reality has many emerging uses, but research shows pain management may be one of the most promising.
The Truth about Faster Internet: It’s Not Worth It
Shalini Ramachandran, Thomas Gryta, Kara Dapena, and Patrick Thomas | The Wall Street Journal | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
After months of net neutrality advocates lamenting that internet speeds would be hurt by its repeal (which turned out to be false), tests show that paying for faster internet usually isn’t worth it.
The Great Escape
Rachel Sugar | Vox | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Escape rooms, which have gained popularity over the past few years especially for corporate team exercises, are more about escaping reality than

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Fountains of Youth, $1 Homes, and Honey Bees and Trade

August 16, 2019

Lime Scooters Now a Transportation Option in Google Maps
Syd Stone | Chicago Sun-Times | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
In over 100 cities, Google Maps users on Androids can find Lime scooters, directions to the scooter, price estimates, and more.
Has This Scientist Finally Found the Fountain of Youth?
Erika Hayasaki | MIT Technology Review | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
One scientist is experimenting with “reprogramming” genes in rats, and the practice could one day be used to extend the human lifespan.
Italy’s $1 Homes Might Be Dirt Cheap, but They Need a Lot of Work — Take a Look Inside
Tom Murray | Business Insider | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Small Italian towns are offering homes for as little as one euro, but the work needed to restore them would be much more expensive.
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Butter Astronauts, Personal Postcodes, and the Perils of Paper Straws

August 9, 2019

Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas
Aarian Marshall | Wired | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Self-driving truck company Kodiak Robotics, as well as others, have chosen Texas as its main testing ground because of the state’s temperate weather, booming freight economy, and friendly regulatory environment.
Apollo 11 Mission Memorialized with 2,200 Pounds of Butter
Jason Daley | Smithsonian Magazine | Retweeted by Robert Graboyes
At the Ohio State Fair, American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were sculpted into butter as part of a 50th anniversary tribute to the moon landing.
Can Kanye West Solve America’s Housing Crisis? Maybe…
Luke O’Neil | The Guardian | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Rapper Kanye West is taking cues from Star Wars architecture in an

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Cottage Neighborhoods, the Golden Girls' Zoning Law Violations, and Corporate Equality

August 2, 2019

The Last All-Male Board on the S&P 500 Is No Longer
Vanessa Fuhrmans | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Facing pressure from shareholders and state governments, companies have begun adding females to their boards of directors. In 2012, one in eight S&P 500 boards was all-male.
The Soviet Space Program Was Not Woke
Marina Koren | The Atlantic | Tweeted by Robert Graboyes
While the Soviet Union “won the space race for equality,” their intentions were more nationalist than nondiscriminatory.
Computers Can’t Tell If You’re Happy When You Smile
Angela Chen | MIT Review | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Emotion recognition technology, while a $20 billion industry, is incapable of registering one of the most common indicators of happiness.
Parents Are Giving up Custody of Their Kids

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The Human Brain Project, Fixing the Middle Seat, and How the CRA Speeds Gentrification

July 26, 2019

Cruise Scales up Self-Driving Car Tests as It Delays Driverless Ride Service Launch
Alan Ohnsman | Forbes | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Cruise, a tech company owned by General Motors, said they’d be ready to begin driverless ride sharing by 2019, but they’ve postponed that move and will instead log more test miles in San Francisco.
Airlines Are Finally Fixing the Middle Seat
Mark Wilson | Fast Company | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
In order to make flying more comfortable for the one-third of passengers stuck in the middle seat, Molon Labe Seating has gotten a new design approved by the FAA. It uses staggering to allow for more room, and even helps with armrest battles.
The Human Brain Project Hasn’t Lived up to Its Promise
Ed Yong | The Atlantic | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Ten years after

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Apollo 11, Drones, and Donors

July 19, 2019

This Last-Mile Delivery Startup Wants to Put Robots in Bike Lanes
James Vincent | The Verge | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
A new startup is attempting to put its next-generation delivery robots, that are bigger and more rugged than competitors, in bike lanes. However, they may face protests from the cycling community.
China’s State-Driven Growth Model Is Running out of Gas
Greg Ip | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel
Compared to other countries, China is lagging behind in economic growth. This is due to many factors, but predominantly its state-led economy and trade wars.
Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software
Robert Lee Hotz | The Wall Street Journal | Shared by Tyler Cowen
As the Apollo 11 lunar lander was descending on the moon, alarms rang out from the computer.

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Tortillas, Picnics, and Earth-Destroying Asteroids

July 12, 2019

Amazon’s Alexa Will Deliver NHS Medical Advice in the UK
James Vincent | The Verge | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
A new partnership between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and Amazon’s Alexa will allow the smart device to offer health advice vetted by the NHS for basic questions like, “How do I treat a migraine?”
Taco Bell Struck by Tortilla Shortage: ‘We Are Working Diligently to Replenish Our Supply’
Michael Hollan | Fox News | Tweeted by Robert Graboyes
If you’re craving a burrito or quesadilla, you might want to call your local Taco Bell first. Locations across the country are facing a tortilla shortage as the chain works to replenish its supply.
Hotel Guests in Wuhan Can Soon Scan Linens to Check Hygiene
Fan Yiying | Sixth Tone | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Two washing companies in

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Bobby Bonilla's Sweet Deal, Identifying Heartbeats, and Idaho Leaves Snails to Themselves

July 5, 2019

Happy 40th Birthday, Walkman
CNN Staff | CNN | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
The Walkman, which revolutionized the way we listen to music, turned 40 this month. While Apple eventually ran them out of the market, there were certain technopanics that accompanied the first successful portable music player.
Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! Why Mets pay him $1.19M every July 1
ESPN.com| Tweeted by Adam Thierer
Although he hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999, Bobby Bonilla will collect a check for $1,193,248.20 as part of one of the most lucrative deferred-money contracts in baseball.
The Pentagon Has a Laser That Can Identify People from a Distance—by Their Heartbeat
David Hambling | MIT Technology Review | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Like your fingerprint or iris, your unique cardiac signature can be

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Walmart's AI, Bitcoin, and African Internet Shutdowns

June 28, 2019

Walmart Is Using AI-Powered Cameras to Prevent Theft at Checkout Lanes
Natt Garun | The Verge | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Walmart has implemented AI surveillance technology at self-checkout kiosks and traditional registers in more than 1,000 stores across the US over the past two years, but has not specified their effectiveness.
We Used to Fly from New York to Paris in 3 Hours. Let’s Do That Again.
Michael Kratsios | The Washington Post | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
Since the Concorde’s final flight in 2003, consumer supersonic flight has remained dormant. Proposed rule changes by the Federal Aviation Administration could bring it back.
The Numbing Experience of Living through Africa’s Growing Internet Shutdowns
Abdi Latif Dahir | Quartz Africa | Shared by Tyler Cowen
In many African

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Alien Reptile Cults, E-Verify, and Organ Wait Lists

June 14, 2019

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Declaring Children’s Lemonade Stands Legal
Matthew Watkins | The Texas Tribune | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Just in time for summer, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill prohibiting cities or neighborhood associations from banning or regulating children who sell nonalcoholic drinks on private property.
US Job Openings Outnumber Unemployed by Widest Gap Ever
Sarah Chaney | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Adam Thierer
In a historically tight job market, employers are having difficulty finding workers to fill open roles.
‘A More Humane Country’: Canada to Ban Keeping Whales, Dolphins in Captivity
Laura Howells | CBC News | Shared by Tyler Cowen
Three years after it was originally introduced, a bill that bans keeping and breeding

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Tariffs, Guns, and Horses

May 31, 2019

The Genealogy Site That Helped Catch the Golden State Killer Is Grappling with Privacy
Natalie Ram | Slate | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
GEDmatch, a genealogy database with over a million users, gave users more control over their personal data, but now allows law enforcement to use that data for minor crimes.
Uber Drivers Seek Extra Cash Working for House Flippers
Will Parker and Cameron McWhirter | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Adam Thierer
In the fast-growing house flipping industry, firms are hiring Uber drivers to scout leads for potential flips. This is evidence that new technologies like Uber open up new opportunities.
Former Football Pros Die at a Faster Rate Than Baseball Veterans—and the Reasons Are Surprising
Meredith Wadman | Science | Shared by Tyler Cowen
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Pet Toy Tariffs, an Everest Traffic Jam, and Calls from North Korea

May 24, 2019

Google Trained Its AI to Predict Lung Cancer
Christine Fisher | Engadget | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Google is testing a new AI-based tool to detect lung cancer. In early studies, Google’s AI detected five percent more cancer cases than six board-certified radiologists and reduced false-positive exams by more than 11 percent.
Facial Recognition: Dawn of Dystopia, or Just the New Fingerprint?
Julie Bosman and Serge F. Kovaleski | The New York Times | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
Law enforcement agencies across the country use facial recognition to solve cold cases, but many worry this is a violation of Americans’ privacy.
Velocity Is Strangling Baseball — and Its Grip Keeps Tightening
Dave Sheinin | The Washington Post | Shared by Tyler Cowen
With the increasing velocity of pitchers,

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Privacy Legislation's Unintended Consequences, the Coming Car Revolution, and School Lunch Debt

May 17, 2019

Ron Wyden Wrote the Law That Built the Internet. He Still Stands by It — and Everything It’s Brought with It.
Emily Stewart | Vox | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Social media platforms have recently come under fire from conservatives for content moderation and from liberals over data privacy. The architect of a law that gives them control over moderation stands by its original intent.
Would Privacy Legislation Actually Improve People’s Privacy?
Jim Harper | AEIdeas | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
Privacy legislation has the nearly impossible task of securing a subjective condition for every American. At its best, it would deliver consumers someone else’s sense of privacy.
Cars Will Change More in the Next Decade Than They Have in the Past Century
Claude C. Chibelushi, Dan Lewis, and Debi

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Unpopular Tariffs, Robotaxis, and a Less Dystopian Brand of Sci-Fi

May 10, 2019

Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix
Kirsten Korosec | TechCrunch | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Phoenix rideshare customers will soon have the option to hail a self-driving vehicle directly from the Lyft app through their latest partnership with Waymo.
Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian
Joyce Carol Oates | The New Yorker | Retweeted by Adam Thierer
In a new collection of science fiction stories by Ted Chiang, we are reminded that technology can be a force for good, and not our dystopian demise as told by other science fiction stories.
Global Meat-Eating Is on the Rise, Bringing Surprising Benefits
The Economist | Shared by Tyler Cowen
As developing countries find efficient ways to import and farm animal products, the health benefits will

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Cyber 'Events,' Russian Spy Whales, and Tariffs

May 3, 2019

Tesla’s New Chip Holds the Key to ‘Full Self-Driving’
Tom Simonite | Wired | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a custom-designed artificial intelligence chip, claiming it is powerful enough to autonomously pilot Teslas by the end of this year. Others in the automobile and computing industries doubt this claim.
Scientists Use Artificial Intelligence to Turn Brain Signals into Speech
Robert Lee Hotz | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Adam Thierer
University of California, San Francisco researchers introduced an experimental brain decoder that uses artificial intelligence to turn brain signals into speech. While not perfected, this technology could help people with disabilities speak their minds.
‘Cyber Event’ Disrupted US Grid Networks — DOE
Blake

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Woke Twitter Users, UFOs, and the Malaria Vaccine

April 26, 2019

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Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us
Issie Lapowsky | Wired | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
According to a Pew Research report, Twitter users are richer, younger, and more likely to lean left than the US population.
Microsoft Staff Are Openly Questioning the Value of Diversity
Dave Gershgorn | Quartz | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok
On an internal message board, Microsoft employees’ heated discussions show a growing discourse in the tech sector regarding diversity.
Google Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval
Alan Levin | Bloomberg | Tweeted by Brent Skorup
In mountainous southwest Virginia, an offshoot of Google will soon start delivering packages with

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Coffee Robots, Struggling Lobbyists, and Questionable Diets

April 19, 2019

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Electric Scooters Have Zipped by Docked Bikes in Popularity
Cathy Bussewitz | The Associated Press | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
In the heated competition between micromobility startups, people took two million more rides on shared electric scooters than docked bikes last year.
Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut
Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley | The New York Times | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok
Data shows that most Americans got a tax cut this year, but only 40% think so. This stems from a sustained effort by opponents of the new tax law to rebrand it, as well as under-the-radar implementation.
Net Neutrality Debate Is Really about the Ballooning Regulatory State
Will Rinehart | Washington

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Organisms in Space, Canadian Tech, and Airplane Self-Certification

March 29, 2019

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This 19-Year-Old Is Paying Her Way through College by Naming over 677,000 Chinese Babies
Karen Gilchrist | CNBC | Tweeted by Michael D. Farren
At just 15, Beau Jessup came up with the idea of Special Name, a website designed to provide Chinese parents with culturally appropriate English names for their babies.
Strange Earth Organisms Have Somehow Survived Living outside the ISS
Michelle Starr | ScienceAlert | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok
Extensive testing on the International Space Station has demonstrated that unicellular organisms found in Earth’s harshest environments could, in theory, survive on Mars.
The Future of Aviation? Even More Automation
Stephen Rice and Scott Winter | Fast Company | Tweeted

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John Deere's AI, Google's Failed Experiment, and the Flintstone House

March 22, 2019

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The Amazing Ways John Deere Uses AI and Machine Vision to Help Feed 10 Billion People
Bernard Marr | Forbes | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston
In 30 years, the human population of our planet will be close to 10 billion. John Deere is testing artificial intelligence to help farmers efficiently sustain this growing population.
The Troubling Limits of the ‘Great Crime Decline’
Mark Obbie | CityLab | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok
While the fall of urban violence since the early 1990s was a public health breakthrough, more research is needed to fully measure this breakthrough’s impact and fragility.
When Google Fiber Abandons Your City as a Failed Experiment
Adam K. Raymond | Gizmodo | Tweeted by Brent

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Timesharing Dolphins, Broadband Blimps, and Price Signals in Urban Planning

December 21, 2018

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Headspace vs. Calm: The Meditation Battle That’s Anything but Zen 

Hilary Potkewitz | The Wall Street Journal | Shared by Tyler Cowen 

You might expect the $1.2 billion meditation industry to be peaceful. However, Headspace and Calm, the two most popular meditation applications, are battling for market share. 

Your New Gas Can Still Doesn’t Work 

Jeffrey A. Tucker | American Institute for Economic Research | Shared by Donald Boudreaux  

In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations to make gas cans safer and more environmentally friendly. Like many regulations, the rules made the problem worse. 

Broadband Blimp Makes First Test Flight over Fremont

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