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Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier evaluate the economics of Olympic success and how to boost a country′s medal count

Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.grantland.com

Being rich in raw materials (people) and having the wealth to develop them are the main economic determinants of Olympic success. And, since population and wealth are not distributed equally across countries, neither are Olympic medals.

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Virtual Reality Is Addictive and Unhealthy - IEEE Spectrum

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Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: Technology

From spectrum.ieee.org

Our relationship with tools dates back millions of years, and anthropologists still debate whether it was the intelligence of human-apes that enabled them to create tools or the creation of tools that enabled them to become intelligent.

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Qaddafi′s Spawn

Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: World

From www.foreignaffairs.com

The military campaign against Muammar al-Qaddafi′s regime has been hailed a success. In March, Permanent U.S. Representative to NATO Ivo Daalder and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis wrote in Foreign Affairs that, faced with the humanitarian disaster in Libya, NATO "succeeded in protecting those civilians and, ultimately, in providing the time and space necessary for local forces to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi.

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In Zimbabwe Land Takeover, a Golden Lining

Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

Before Zimbabwe’s government began the violent and chaotic seizure of white-owned farms in 2000, fewer than 2,000 farmers were growing tobacco, the country’s most lucrative crop, and most were white.

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