Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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    What’s Cooking?

    Feb 4, 11 • 241 Views • No Comments

    The kitchen that my mother used 50 years ago is really not that different from the one we use today. Electricity, a mechanical refrigerator, and hot and cold running water have been here for a long time. But 60 years before that, the kitchen was a very...  [read more]

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    Random Technology Notes

    Jan 13, 11 • 243 Views • No Comments

    In 1810, Nicholas Appert, a cook and bottler, inserted some food in a Champagne bottle, sealed it, and placed it in boiling water. Described by James Burke in Circles: Fifty Roundtrips Through History, Technology, Science, Culture, a French newspaper said...  [read more]

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    Idea Incubators and Economic Growth

    Jun 28, 10 • 267 Views • No Comments

    It is so tempting to assume that we get the best results when we tell people what to do. If we want to use less oil, then pass laws that encourage us to invent better batteries. Yes? Using Selman Waksman as an example, retired Harvard professor David S....  [read more]

  • Consumer spending

    Jun 21, 10 • 255 Views • No Comments

    In Pursuing Happiness: American Consumers in the Twentieth Century, economist Stanley Lebergott asked us to imagine that automobiles, penicillin, electric washing machines, refrigerators, disposable diapers, electricity, television, and “every...  [read more]

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    The GDP and Happiness

    Jun 9, 10 • 214 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday’s post about the impact of individual wealth on happiness started me wondering about flush toilets, washing machines, and cars. As our nation became wealthier and produced more goods and services, how did that affect our happiness? To get some...  [read more]