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Olympic Game Theory

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Sports

From marginalrevolution.com

How can you win a race by going slow? Check out the following video from the World Cup 2012 Individual Sprint Track Cycling (similar scenes can be found at the Olympics). The two cyclists, some of the fastest riders in the world, start out by going as slow as possible, almost like something out of Monty Python.

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"No More Growth Miracles" by Dani Rodrik Project Syndicate

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: World

From www.project-syndicate.org

uccessful long-term development therefore requires a two-pronged push. It requires an industrialization drive, accompanied by the steady accumulation of human capital and institutional capabilities to sustain services-driven growth once industrialization reaches its limits.

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Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Health

From gizmodo.com

This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can′t breathe anymore.

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FT Alphaville » 3D Printing: Rise of the machines

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Innovation

From ftalphaville.ft.com

Low-cost production techniques could soon become so advanced and so low cost — thanks to developments like 3D printing — that even the tiniest salaries in Africa will not make it worthwhile to employ human beings at all.

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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers The Verge

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.theverge.com

Shawn Sarver took a deep breath and stared at the bottle of Listerine on the counter. “A minty fresh feeling for your mouth... cures bad breath,” he repeated to himself, as the scalpel sliced open his ring finger.

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Terms of Service in New York Restaurants - Graphic - NYTimes.com

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Food

From www.nytimes.com

In the first of a new series on private languages, we offer a selection of secret codes used in the dining rooms and kitchens of some of New York’s finest restaurants.

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The beginnings of life: Chemistry’s grand question

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

Nobody knows how a mixture of amino acids, sugars, lipids and nucleotides forms proteins, enzymes and functional DNA and RNA, let alone makes the momentous leap into achieving a self-containing, replicating and metabolizing reaction system.

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Y Combinator′s First Batch: Where Are They Now?

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Technology

From thenextweb.com

Seven long years ago, in 2005, Paul Graham had dinner with a bunch of college kids. A few hours before he had told them, during a talk at Harvard Computer Society, not to come to him for funding, but to seek it elsewhere from individual rich people who had been involved in technology startups themselves.

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China’s wealthy and influential sometimes hire body doubles to serve their prison sentences

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: China

From www.slate.com

In May 2009, a wealthy 20-year-old was drag racing through the city streets of Hangzhou, China, when his Mitsubishi struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The car was traveling so fast that the victim—a 25-year-old telecom engineer of a modest, rural background—was flung at least 20 yards.

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