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My Research – Natalia Rigol
Interesting - and crazy long! - pipeline of research.
economists-to-follow  economist  *** 
4 days ago by MarcK
The battle for digital supremacy - America v China
America’s technological hegemony is under threat from China
china  artificialintelligence  economist 
8 days ago by jorgebarba
In solitude what happiness? | 1843
Loneliness is silent, invisible and as deadly as a smoking habit. Maggie Fergusson seeks out those beside themselves at being by themselves
economist  society  psychology 
11 days ago by robward
The known unknowns of plastic pollution
MR MCGUIRE had just one word for young Benjamin, in “The Graduate”(1967): plastics.. symbolised America’s consumerism and moral emptiness...ten rivers—two in Africa and the rest in Asia—discharge 90% of all plastic marine debris. The Yangtze alone carries 1.5m tonnes a year.Countries as varied as Bangladesh, France and Rwanda have duly banned plastic bags..anyone offering them in Kenya risks four years in prison or a fine of up to $40,000.. In the past two years .. an uptick in grants for plastics-related research.While researchers get a better handle on the science, campaigners badger politicians and browbeat consumers to kick the polymer habit. They often invoke the precautionary principle. If the impact of something is uncertain but could be great, the argument goes, better forestall it just in case. As the proliferation of plastic bans and strategies suggest, they are having some success.
Economist  environment 
12 days ago by thomas.kochi
History in the making, or a show made for TV? The pros and cons of a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
Now America is giving bluster and incoherence a go.But sceptics are also right to fear that Mr Trump—a man who boasts about his television ratings, and who is bored by briefings and scornful of foreign alliances—could end up being played like a gold-plated violin. And yet, as word of the summit pinged around the internet and barged onto newspaper front pages already crowded with Trump-news, a third camp made itself heard, arguing that maybe this time is different. What could be more satisfying than a sudden, historic deal to make all those mocking experts and diplomats eat their words? And to pull off a quick win, Mr Trump the salesman has long been willing to promise anything—especially when someone else will pay the price for failure.
Economist  Trump  N.Korea  US 
14 days ago by thomas.kochi
The incredible inventiveness of Hedy Lamarr
SHE was considered “the most beautiful woman in the world”, and had one of the most iconic faces of Hollywood. She provided the inspiration for Snow White and Catwoman. But Hedy Lamarr’s glamorous career overshadows her most significant achievements. “Bombshell”, a new documentary film from Alexandra Dean, restores Lamarr’s rightful place in the history not only of film, but of science as well. In 1940, she was determined to find a way to help the Allies in the war; the Nazis’ U-Boats were overpowering British ships. In collaboration with George Antheil, an avant-garde composer , she sought a solution to “radio jamming”—the deliberate disruption of radio signals—that was causing torpedoes to go off-course. Using paper tape, they created a device that would allow “frequency hopping” and secure communications. “Bombshell” shows us her original notes and diagrams, using animation to help with the explanation.Eventually, frequency hopping would form the basis for most of the world’s secure communications, including military satellites, Wi-Fi and GPS.
inventors  biopics  movies  Economist 
15 days ago by thomas.kochi
Both God and Mammon Protestantism might be good for the wallet, after all
CAN religion make people wealthier? In 1905 Max Weber, a German sociologist, argued that it had happened in Europe. Protestants did not invent capitalism in the 16th century, he suggested. But, by discarding monastic asceticism and embracing the notion that diligence and self-improvement are pleasing to God, they became particularly good at it... For now, anyone recalling nudges from grandma urging wakefulness through tedious sermons should consider that she may have been right.
Economist  religion  evangelism 
23 days ago by thomas.kochi
As long as there are ignorance and poverty on earth”, wrote Victor Hugo in his preface to “Les Misérables” in 1862, “books such as this one may not be useless.” Never mind those self-help manuals urging that some classic novel may change your life: in this sparkling study of the birth, growth and afterlife of Hugo’s evergreen block-buster, The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables, David Bellos argues that “Les Misérables” already has.
Economist  books 
24 days ago by thomas.kochi
The rapid rise and fall of the Anbang empire
RARELY in corporate history has a giant come and gone so quickly. Anbang was founded in 2004 as a small Chinese car-insurance company. By the start of last year it ranked among the world’s biggest insurers with some $300bn of assets, including stakes in hotels and financial firms across America, Europe and Asia. Given another ten years, boasted Wu Xiaohui, its swashbuckling founder, Anbang’s scale would “exceed your imagination”. But then, just as vertiginous as its ascent, came its fall. Alarmed at its debt-fuelled expansion, regulators started blocking its overseas deals, reined in its insurance business and detained Mr Wu. On February 23rd its disgrace became complete: the Chinese government announced that it had taken over Anbang and would prosecute Mr Wu for economic crimes...Anbang could be all but wound up by next February. It would return to where it began barely a decade ago, a small player on the periphery of China’s financial system, not the colossus at its heart of which Mr Wu dreamed
Economist  corporates 
27 days ago by thomas.kochi
Too many prisons make bad people worse. There is a better way
Bastoy, an island prison in Norway..the “world’s nicest prison”..what is most unusual about Bastoy is not that it treats prisoners like human beings, but that it treats them like adults.Nelson Mandela once observed that: “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.Far too many fit the description of Douglas Hurd, a former British home secretary, who said that: “Prison is an expensive way of making bad people worse.”There are at least 10.3m people behind bars worldwide Perhaps.Prisons around the world use a variety of tools to prevent recidivism. the best tool is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Norway uses CBT a lot.. America uses it spottily.
Economist  prisons  crime  punishment 
27 days ago by thomas.kochi

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