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18 июля, 21:58

Wednesday assorted links

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1. Is “the Right” more rigid? 2. Uh-oh. 3. How mosquitoes bite you (short video, gross). 4. My 2005 iPod shuffle list of songs. 5. Give the embryo the right? 6. Can you be killed by a lightning strike indoors? The post Wednesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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18 июля, 18:34

My Conversation with Vitalik Buterin

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Obviously his talents in crypto and programming are well-known, but he is also a first-rate thinker on both economics and what you broadly might call sociology.  You could take away the crypto contributions altogether, and he still would be one of the very smartest people I have met.  Here is the audio and transcript.  The […] The post My Conversation with Vitalik Buterin appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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18 июля, 14:25

The Misallocation of International Math Talent

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Wealthier countries allocate a greater proportion of their workers to science and engineering, fields which produce ideas that often benefit everyone. This is one reason why we all gain when other countries become rich. It’s not just the number of scientists and engineers that matters, however. In a clever paper, Agarwal and Gaule demonstrate that […] The post The Misallocation of International Math Talent appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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18 июля, 09:14

Christopher Balding is leaving China

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One of the best short essays you will read this year. The post Christopher Balding is leaving China appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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18 июля, 07:32

My take on the Statue of Liberty

That is my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit: Cleveland described the statue as “keeping watch and ward before the gates of America.” This is not exactly warm rhetoric — the plaque with Emma Lazarus’s poem welcoming the “huddled masses” to America was not added until 1903 — and although Cleveland supported free trade, he opposed Chinese immigrants, […] The post My take on the Statue of Liberty appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 июля, 22:03

Stripe Press

Stripe partners with hundreds of thousands of the world’s most innovative businesses—organizations that will shape the world of tomorrow. These businesses are the result of many different inputs. Perhaps the most important ingredient is “ideas.” Stripe Press highlights ideas that we think can be broadly useful. Some books contain entirely new material, some are collections […] The post Stripe Press appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 июля, 21:11

What did 17th century food taste like?

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I didn’t realize until recently that broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and collard greens are all technically the same species, Brassica oleracea. The substantial differences between these sub-species are all due to patient intervention by human farmers over millennia. Many of these changes are surprisingly recent. Early versions of cauliflower may have been mentioned by Pliny and […] The post What did 17th century food taste like? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 июля, 18:34

Tuesday assorted links

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1. “Novels, when they work, use lies to tell the truth. The information marketplace, battling for an audience, tends, more and more, to transform intolerable truths into novelistic, riveting, enjoyable lies.”  From Elena Ferrante. 2. Marginal Revolution poem. 3. Health care cross subsidies. 4. Ancestral characteristics of modern populations. 5. The economics of postcards. 6. “In […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 июля, 16:07

Jack Goldsmith on cybersecurity and international law

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…the U.S. intelligence services break into computers and computer networks abroad at an astounding rate, certainly on a greater scale than any other intelligence service in the world. How will the United States respond when Russia and China and Iran start naming and indicting U.S. officials?  Maybe the United States thinks its concealment techniques are […] The post Jack Goldsmith on cybersecurity and international law appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 июля, 07:41

Madagascar fact of the day

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Madagascar, one of world’s poorest countries, has the fastest broadband internet speed in Africa and has average speeds much faster than some of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to a broadband speed league table from UK analytics firm Cable, which collects data from 200 countries. At 24.9 megabits per second, Madagascar’s broadband speed is more than twice the […] The post Madagascar fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 июля, 07:02

Crack cocaine as a cause of violence

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Crack cocaine markets were associated with substantial increases in violence in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s. Using cross-city variation in the emergence of these markets, we show that the resulting violence has important long-term implications for understanding current levels of murder rates by age, sex and race. We estimate that the murder rate […] The post Crack cocaine as a cause of violence appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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16 июля, 20:32

Is NIH funding seeing diminishing returns?

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Scientific output is not a linear function of amounts of federal grant support to individual investigators. As funding per investigator increases beyond a certain point, productivity decreases. This study reports that such diminishing marginal returns also apply for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project grant funding to institutions. Analyses of data (2006-2015) for a […] The post Is NIH funding seeing diminishing returns? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.