Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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    Walking Matters

    Dec 5, 10 • 288 Views • No Comments

    A podcast on cities from WNYC’s Radiolab cited walking speed as a part of a city’s personality. To walk 60 feet, people averaged 10.55 seconds in Singapore,  12.37 seconds in Paris, 21 seconds in Buchanan, Liberia, and 31.60 seconds in...  [read more]

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    Innovation and Regulation

    Dec 2, 10 • 256 Views • No Comments

    Is more innovation the opportunity cost of more regulation? If so, which do you prefer? To see one person’s opinion, I recommend a recent Washington Post op-ed, “Strangling innovation and job creation with red tape.” The Washington Post...  [read more]

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    Flying Snakes and Economic Growth

    Nov 24, 10 • 394 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes the federal government spends a tax payer’s money in unexpected ways. According to the Washington Post, scientists funded by the Department of Defense are studying snakes that can fly. Slightly venomous, sort of air-slithering, these Southeast...  [read more]

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    Creatively Destroying Pontiac

    Nov 7, 10 • 306 Views • No Comments

    At some point, sooner or later, people get tired of black. During the 1920s, Henry Ford realized that the Model T, so very practical and affordable because it only came in black, needed some vitality. What forced him to recognize that the Model T was becoming...  [read more]

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    Why Was Malthus a Reverend?

    Nov 1, 10 • 280 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever wondered why Malthus was a reverend? The surprising answer is in Bill Bryson’s wonderful new book, At Home A Short History of Private Life (which I just started reading). 18th and 19th century rectors and vicars tended to be affluent and...  [read more]