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The rise and decline of thinking over feeling.

“In texts, … thinking words relating to technology and social organization (experiment, gravity, weigh, cost, contract) become more common between 1850 and approximately 1977 (beginning of the great stagnation) but since then thinking words have declined markedly and feeling words […]

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Ten million deaths a year from air pollution.

This article shines a spotlight on the problem. A ray of hope is that unlike decarbonization, “for one thing, it’s actually under the control of local and national governments. It’s also a significant burden on public health, which if alleviated […]

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The coming world ruling class.

“This ruling class might sometimes offer their larger community some options to choose between. But mostly this is when the ruling elite can’t decide, or wants to make others feel more involved. Such as who exactly to put at the […]

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Five mysteries the Standard Model can’t explain.

“It is the most rigorous theory of particle physics, incredibly precise and accurate in its predictions. … Despite its great predictive power, however, the Standard Model fails to answer five crucial questions, which is why particle physicists know their work […]

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Climate activism via blockchain.

A Digital Autonomous Organization (DAO) has acquired $100 million worth of carbon offset credits. “The core team told Cointelegraph that it intends to put upward pressure on the price of carbon offsets “so that it becomes more profitable to engage […]

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Secrets of the great families.

How come some families are so extremely impressive? “Aldous Huxley was an author most famous for Brave New World, though his other stuff is also great and underappreciated. His brother Julian Huxley founded UNESCO and the World Wildlife Fund, was […]

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Turning ordinary cells into human eggs.

“A few years ago, a young man from California’s technology scene began popping up in the world’s leading developmental biology labs. These labs were deciphering the secrets of embryos and had a particular interest in how eggs are formed. Some […]

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The push for bioplastics.

I am paying attention to the shift away from fossil materials to make plastics. There’s a global wave of consumer and regulatory pressure that I expect to drive this change. Coca Cola has a new prototype bottle made entirely from […]