Archive for December, 2010

Insight Links for Dec 29, 6:00 am

// December 29th, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Dec 29, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • The FCC Tries Its Own Race to the Top, Team @ Freakonomics:
    The FCC seems to have taken note of the Department of Education’s controversial Race to the Top program.
  • It’s Official: 2001-2010 warmest 10-year period in recorded history, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    Cancun/Geneva (WMO) – The year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top 3 warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2010 (January–October) …

  • Do We Drink Because We’re Monogamous, or Are We Monogamous Because We Drink?, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    Our latest Freakonomics Radio podcast is called “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?” It features some research presented by the American Association of Wine Economists, whose members include Karl Storchmann, managing editor of the group’s Journal of…
  • Iatrogenic Legal Assistance?, Ian Ayres @ Freakonomics:
    Harvard Professors Jim Greiner and Cassandra Pattanayak have posted a remarkable randomized experiment (“What Difference Representation?”) with evidence showing that offers for free legal representation from the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) ended up…
  • some messages for the ground crew from George Green_a starter, Emil Möller @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    Handbook for the New Paradigm – Volume One
      

    This Internet Edition of the Handbook…

Foresight Links for Dec 27, 6:00 am

// December 27th, 2010 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Dec 27, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Genome Sequencing Enables Genetic Disease Treatment, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Full sequencing of a 3 year year old’s genome enabled identification of a life-threatening mutation and a successful treatment using donor cord blood stem cells. A collaborative team of scientists and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin and …
  • IBM offers glimpse into the future, Ole Peter Galaasen @ plausible futures:
    Air-powered batteries, 3-D cellphones that project holographs and personalized commutes are among the predictions of IBM scientists gazing into their crystal balls. Source: Physorg.
  • New Type of Ancient Human Found, Anuradha Menon @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    A previously unknown kind of human-the Denisovans-likely roamed Asia for thousands of years, probably interbreeding occasionally with humans like you and me, according to a new genetic study. In fact, living Pacific islanders in Papua New Guinea may be…
  • Pre-Industrial Cloud Formation, Janice Karin @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Scientists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have been exploring the origins of clouds and the chemical composition of the particles that form them. The researchers were able to isolate air from a pristine environment high above a remot…
  • Seven-Month-Old Babies Can ‘Read Minds’, Anuradha Menon @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    Babies as young as seven months old may be able to take into account the thoughts and beliefs of other people, according to a paper published today in Science. Called ‘theory of mind’, this ability is central to human cooperation. The finding provides …

Hindsight Links for Dec 24, 6:00 am

// December 24th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Dec 24, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • NYC Big Apps Version 2.0, Fred Wilson @ A VC:
    Last year NYC ran a mobile and web app developer contest called NYC Big Apps. I posted about it and was one of a number of judges. The city and the participating developers thought it was a successful effort and…
  • The Top 10 HBR Blog Posts of 2010, Team @ HBR.org:
    We think more about quality than quantity here on the HBR blog network, but we do pay close attention to…
  • The Most Intriguing HBR Blog Posts of 2010, Team @ HBR.org:
    In a previous post, we listed The Top 10 HBR Blog Posts of 2010, according to our readers. Here we’ve…
  • Gender, Brain Science, and Wrong-Headed Notions, Team @ HBR.org:
    Not too many people these days argue against the idea that having more women in positions of leadership and authority…
  • Peekaboo Forest, Team @ Cool Hunting:
    A new app for kids, Peekaboo Forest, brings the storybook quality of illustrator Charley Harper to the small screen. Constructed around the passing of seasons, the narrative features animals emerging from the bush and hiding in the dark of night, delighting toddlers with its roster of real animal sounds…

Insight Links for Dec 22, 6:00 am

// December 22nd, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Dec 22, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • The "Baseball Economist" Answers Your Questions, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    We recently solicited your questions for “baseball economist” J.C. Bradbury, author of the new book Hot Stove Economics. His responses show great range. The most fascinating answer, in response to a question about the agent Scott Boras’s dominating per……
  • The endangered status of the commons in South Asia, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    The forces ranged against CPRs are too many and too powerful. Despite recognition of their economic and environmental contributions, the role of CPRs in maintaining and building ‘social capital’ and in providing sustenance to the rural poor has been decreasing in recent decades. Ironically, whereas concern for CPRs is on …
  • The LWOT: British arrest 12 in terror sweep; Ghailani to file appeal – by Andrew Lebovich, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on foreignpolicy.com or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • How do I cite a TEDTalk?, Jenny Zurawell @ TED Blog:
    To cite a TEDTalk, use APA Style for video Weblog posts: Author. (Year, Month Date). Title [Video file]. Retrieved from URL For example: Sandberg, S. (2010, December 21)….
  • Forensic Accounting and Al Qaeda, Team @ Freakonomics:
    A new RAND study of captured documents from al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) reveals some interesting facts about the organization. It found that “AQI was a hierarchical organization with decentralized decisionmaking; AQI in Anbar was profitable enough to send s…

Insight Links for Dec 20, 9:19 pm

// December 20th, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Dec 20, 9:19 pm // Opinion

  • Kill the smartphone: the slow fight against the rat race, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    Stop! Stop the rushing, racing, elbowing to compete in a hyper-wired world whose mantra is to move fast, whatever the direction. That is the message the Slow movement has been gently spreading for a quarter century. In this roadrunner world, it can sometimes feel like there is no option but to follow the hurrying herd. But there is,” says Carl Honore, whose 2004 book on the movement, “In Praise of Slowness”, became an international bestseller. (Read more…)

  • The LWOT: Sweden looks for accomplices in suicide bombing; Abdulmutallab hit with more charges – by Andrew Lebovich, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on foreignpolicy.com or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • This Week at War: Could North Korea be the next Afghanistan? – By Robert Haddick, ROBERT HADDICK @ Foreign Policy:
    East Asia on the brink of small war.
  • A general public license for seeds?, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    Context from Sepp Hasslberger: “The same multinational corporations that are putting their proprietary, genetically modified plants into the envorinment and onto our tables are also well on the way to establishing a monopoly …on seeds. They have purchased the majority of commercial seed companies and the choices for farmers to use non-GM seeds are getting […]
  • Creating a compassionate world: Roundup of TEDPrize@UN, Matthew Trost @ TED Blog:
    On Nov. 18, TEDsters gathered at the UN to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Charter for Compassion — Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize Wish. The event, TEDPrize@UN featured talks on compassion by a number of fascinating speakers: Karen Armstrong: “We need to apply the Golden Rule globally. It’s not just a […]
  • Why Groupon Works, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Google’s recent reported $6 billion bid for Groupon — rebuffed, for now — took observers by surprise and worried the company’s investors. James Surowiecki analyzes the deal and Groupon’s business model.
  • 13th December 2010: GWOT Counterfactuals, Alex @ Alex Burns:
    Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit, suggests that the 2003 Iraq War was a significant recruitment tool and self-justification for Al Qaeda. This prompts what political scientist Richard Ned Lebow calls a counterfactual: an alternative history or series of events if different choices had been made. What if the US […]
  • Between Necessity and Probability: Searching for the Definition and Origin of Life, Team @ Complexity Digest 2011.02:
    This book systematically explores the early origins and basic definition of life. It investigates the major theories of the origins of life in light of modern research with the aim of distinguishing between the necessary and the optional and …
  • The Quantity C is the Radius of Curvature of All Natural law – Planet Forward, Team @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    My post to Planet Forward’s Question reposted at Freedom Times: What theory, behavior, or norm are you or your team researching that will lead to an improvement in how we generate or use energy?

  • Thank You for Seven Years of Worldchanging, Team @ Worldchanging: Bright Green:
    WorldChanging TeamWe have some news. Seven years ago, Alex Steffen and Jamais Cascio started Worldchanging with the intention of providing access to the tools, models and…

Foresight Links for Dec 20, 6:00 am

// December 20th, 2010 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Dec 20, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • First Nissan Leaf Owner Reports On Battery Range, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    Olivier Chalouhi can only get the claimed 100 mile range at lower speeds. After picking up his car on Dec. 11 and taking it to a press conference at San Francisco City Hall, Chalouhi said he brought the Leaf home and plugged it in — the battery was ru…
  • Mummified Forest Found on Treeless Arctic, Anuradha Menon @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    An ancient mummified forest, complete with well-preserved logs, leaves, and seedpods, has been discovered deep in the Canadian Arctic, scientists say. The dry, frigid site is now surrounded by glaciers and is completely treeless, except for a few bonsa…
  • Deep Fat Is Not The Problem, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    The mainstream is beginning to accept elements of the Paleo Diet. Refined flour and sugar are the root evils. "Fat is not the problem," says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. "If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, …
  • Jumping Beats Moonwalking – Virtual Robot, Anuradha Menon @ TFOT – The Future Of Things:
    A humanoid robot has just emulated Neil Armstrong’s "giant leap" – though only in a simulation. It’s one small step towards developing a robot that can handle the unusual challenges of walking on the moon. In light of the problems NASA has ha…
  • Our Universe Bumped Into Other Universes?, Randall Parker @ FuturePundit:
    The multiverse is so crowded that universes bump into each other. We need to move our universe out into a rural part of the multiverse so we can get some peace. Background cosmic microwave radiation provides evidence of whole universe collisions? Now S…

Hindsight Links for Dec 17, 6:00 am

// December 17th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Dec 17, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • The Top Six Innovation Ideas of 2011, Michael Schrage @ HBR.org:
    That’s right. 2011. These six ideas emerged in 2010 as powerful “innovation invitations” and seem sure to intensify in power…
  • Facebook’s New Golden Rule, Team @ HBR.org:
    You don’t often attend an NFL game to bring home a profound insight about marketing. But that was my good…
  • CH Editions: Zillion, Karen Day @ Cool Hunting:
    Tokyo-based label Zillion is the brainchild of French fabric enthusiast David Guarino, who began collecting Indian and Nepalese textiles nearly two decades ago. When his family moved to Japan, Guarino began sourcing old-school kimono cloth to use for caps, one of his favorite accessories. His fascination with applying kimono…
  • Seven Ways To Give the Gift of a Better Digital Life, Team @ HBR.org:
    The holiday season sends many of us into the aisles of Best Buy or the Apple Store. We might wander…
  • Something I Want To Be Able To Do, Fred Wilson @ A VC:
    I love coming across a quote, a tweet, an image, a video, a link and being able to quickly share it with my friends on Facebook or my followers on Twitter and Tumblr. Its a big part of what I…